Tech Talk: Women in Tech: Their Journey to the C-Suite

11/09/2022 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm CST Virtual
  • Corporate
  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage
Event Start Date:
June 10, 2023
Event End Date:
June 10, 2023
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Ready to get into the C-suite? Per the recent CNBC Equity and Opportunity article, only 5% of CEOs are women, and 19.2% of corporate leadership team members are women of 1,677 public companies surveyed from 20 different countries.

Let’s change the numbers together! Per a Harvard Business Report, research has shown that firms with more women in senior positions are more profitable, more socially responsible, and provide safer, higher-quality customer experiences – among many other benefits. 

Prepare your path to the C- suite by learning from those who made the journey successfully. 

Our panelists of amazing Women in Technology will discuss:

  • What enabled them to reach the C-Suite
  • The challenges they encountered on their path to the C-Suite
  • Their perspective on why there is a lack of women in C-level positions
  • Their leadership style and how it may have been impacted by the pandemic
  • The advice they offer women who want to reach the C-suite

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Moderator- Colleen D. Egan is President & CEO of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. A former R.N. turned serial entrepreneur; she has been a founder, co-founder, and C-Level executive, leading numerous companies across multiple sectors.

She’s a founding member of The Women In Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University and serves on multiple boards and councils, including Chicago Tech Academy, Chicago: Blend,  ITA’s Talent Advisory Board, National Louis University’s  M.S. Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship Program, GET Cities, Innovators Council, Illinois Technology Council, SSTI and is a member of the Chicago Innovation Women’s Mentoring Co-Op and U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s LGBTQ task force.  

Colleen speaks regularly on entrepreneurship, diversity, equity, inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, and LGBTQ issues and has been recognized for her work, receiving the 2018 Illinois Technology Association Prominent Woman in Tech award,  2018’s Connected World Woman of IoT award, and Crain’s Chicago Business Notable LGBTQ Executive in 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Panelist- Feyi Olopade Ayodele is CancerIQ’s co-founder and CEO. In this role, Feyi is leading CancerIQ’s bold vision to end cancer as we know it by empowering providers and health systems to improve access to the latest innovations in early cancer detection and prevention. CancerIQ easily gathers comprehensive patient data, automatically maps it to the latest evidence-based guidelines, and expands access to cutting-edge care. 

Under Feyi’s leadership, CancerIQ has grown its provider network to over 200 locations across the county and established a robust ecosystem of leading diagnostic and genomics testing vendors. These efforts have enabled health systems to increase the use of preventive services, generate downstream revenue, improve quality and screening compliance, and shift cancer diagnoses to earlier stages. Concurrently, CancerIQ has helped its partners get their innovative, life-saving technologies into the hands of more providers. 

Feyi recently closed CancerIQ’s Series B funding round, led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Amgen Ventures, making her one of the year’s most funded Black female founders. 

A trusted expert in the field of precision prevention, Feyi is routinely featured by prominent industry outlets and organizations, including Forbes, Modern Healthcare, Health Management Academy, the Association of Cancer Executives, and more. In recognition of her success, Feyi was named to Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 list in 2019 and has won multiple honors, including a Chicago Innovation Award, the Chicago Booth New Venture Challenge, a Rock Health fellowship, and Women Tech Founders Award.

Feyi received both her bachelor’s and MBA from The Wharton School. Before CancerIQ, she worked as a management consultant, investor, and investment banker at McKinsey, Actis LLP, and Credit Suisse.

Panelist- Allison Radecki is Chief Information Officer for Havi, Allison is responsible for the information and digital technology functions globally, including strategic planning, product delivery, operations, security, controls, and compliance. She is charged with leading the team to be a competitive asset for the company by focusing resources and prioritizing initiatives that deliver the greatest opportunities for revenue growth and improved business performance. 

Before joining HAVI, Allison served as Chief Information Officer for Beam Suntory Inc., a world leader in premium spirits, as Senior Director of Information Systems for Mondelēz International, and spent ten years at GS1 US as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. 

Allison began her career in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she spent ten years specializing in supply chain management process re-engineering and information systems implementation for the consumer products industry. Allison received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She lives in Chicago and enjoys running.

PanelistCandice Savino is a CTO from Chicago. She is a recognized industry leader in infrastructure, product strategy, and scale. With 20 years of technology and leadership experience from companies including Groupon, Trunk Club, and Farmer’s Fridge, Candice brings a wealth of experience scaling consumer technology platforms, building diverse technology teams, and leading innovation. Her career as an engineering leader spans from early-stage startups to high-growth stage companies. She has a passion for DEI and building diverse engineering teams. An active participant in Chicago’s technology community, Candice was named one of Crain’s Notable Women in STEM in 2020 and Crain’s Tech 50 in 2017. She sat on the board of the Illinois Technology Association and works as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s center for tech entrepreneurship. Candice graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from DePaul University.

Panelist – Dr. Jeanette Shutay is currently the CDTO for Charity Navigator. She has over 20 years of experience applying advanced analytics and data science concepts to solve complex problems across multiple disciplines and industries. Jeanette has served as a corporate data science leader and an independent consultant. She helped non-profits, the federal government, and educational institutions with program evaluation, research, data processing, and analysis. In more recent years, Jeanette has been focusing on building out data science and engineering teams and developing predictive analytics software using machine learning, AI, and Cloud platforms at scale.