WMNtech Leaders Alumni Networking & Fireside Chat

04/06/2022 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm CST

    Current and past participants of the WMNtech Leaders program are invited to join 1871 and Deloitte for the hybrid fireside chat The Enterprise Frontier: Unlocking Value from Unlimited Reality, with networking and connections to follow.

    Event Start Date:
    June 17, 2024
    Event End Date:
    June 17, 2024
    Event Venue:

    We are looking forward to bringing members of the current WMNtech Leaders (formerly known as the Women’s Leadership Accelerator) cohorts as well as alumni participants and supporters together in this intimate, hybrid format. The in-person event will be held at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart. 

    All current and past participants are invited to join us for a fireside chat between 1871’s CEO Betsy Ziegler and Frances Yu, Global Customer Strategy & Applied Design Leader at Deloitte, followed by open networking with light bites and beverages. 

    As virtual worlds accelerate the next wave of business disruption, enterprise operations will exponentially expand into physically accurate digital realms. At the heart of this transformation, insights gleaned from traditional operational approaches will help reimagine future application.

    During their conversation, Betsy and Frances will address the convergence of technology with major cultural and behavioral change, leaving attendees with two major takeaways:

    • Considerations and opportunities for design, workflows and immersive collaboration
    • Expectations for navigating the known and unknown of virtual and hybrid worlds. 


    •  4:00 – 4:15pm CST: Arrival & networking
    • 4:15 – 4:25pm CST: Welcome
    • 4:25 – 5:10pm CST: Fireside Chat and Q&A
    • 5:10 – 6:00pm CST: Hybrid networking

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    A lifelong problem solver, people leader, and learner, Betsy Ziegler is the CEO of 1871, the #1 ranked private incubator in the world inspiring and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and innovators solving some of the world’s most important problems. Before joining 1871, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer, and the Associate Dean Degree Programs and Dean of Students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg, she was a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office. She is a leader on multiple for-profit and nonprofit boards and is an investor in many young tech companies. 

    Every day for the last 20+ years, Betsy has had the opportunity to help other people be successful – clients, students, and now entrepreneurs and innovators. She is often described as a dot connector and her favorite thing to do is help people unlock their own potential. 

    Raised in Milwaukee as a Cubs fan, Betsy is a collector of unusual experiences, has circled the globe solo, is a maniacal Ohio State Buckeye football fan, and is a proud mom to her young son Charlie.  

    Frances Yu is a Partner at Deloitte US and leads their Global Customer Strategy & Applied Design practice. She leads a team of 2,600+ thinkers, makers, designers, and entrepreneurs who collaborate deeply with clients and communities to innovate, scale new businesses, and humanize tech-enabled change. 

    The convergence of time, space, and technologies has created a whole new set of promises: The customer is now an active player in the value network. Over the past 20 years, Frances helps Deloitte’s global clients transform from a supply-driven model to a customer-led model, advising them on how to launch multiple digital-first businesses.  

    Currently, she is focusing on launching Deloitte’s Unlimited Reality offering, an end-to-end services offering addressing business needs in web3 and metaverse. 

    Throughout her dynamic 18-year journey at Deloitte, Frances continues to be energized by the ability to co-create innovative business solutions by leveraging Deloitte’s unparalleled global-local scale and scope of services and ecosystems. Her work includes spearheading innovations like Deloitte’s Global Enterprise Digital Strategy offering, launching a Global Cloud Alliance, and piloting Deloitte’s Chief Digital Officer and Chief Customer Officer labs.  

    On the personal side, Frances loves life’s simple joys, especially when shared with family and friends.  She enjoys travelling, cycling, and cooking with her family.