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1871 is proud to present a day of programming in celebration of International Women’s Day and the theme for 2017, Be Bold for Change. With this programming, we hope to empower business-minded women and entrepreneurs and recognize the accomplishments of trailblazers and thought leaders. At 1871, providing access and resources to women in technology and business is a daily pursuit. We’re excited to open our doors to all women in the Chicago community for this special event, and we hope, by doing so, more women will feel encouraged to pursue their dreams and #beboldforchange.

8:00am – 9:00am (check-in at 7:30am)

Resting Bold Face: Powerful Women Who Lead by Example

[Breakfast Panel] To kick off 1871’s celebration of International Women’s Day and to emphasize the 2017 theme “Be Bold For Change,” we will be celebrating the accomplishments of successful women who serve as role models to the larger community of women in technology, education, and the nonprofit world. You’ll hear about the triumphs and struggles of women who stand out in their respective fields and the trajectory that brought them to where they are now.

Featured panelists include:



9:15am – 10:45am

Entrepreneur’s Roadmap: A Guide to Designing Your Business Model

[Workshop] Women entrepreneurship is on the rise as more female-founders are starting businesses that solve a problem in their lives.  With the Business Model Canvas (based on the book Design a Better Business: A Handbook For Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers), you will be able to look at your business idea from different angles to ensure that what you are envisioning is a viable business model. This workshop will give you the tools to describe, design, and challenge your business model in order to ultimately develop a better product. All levels of entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend–just come prepared with an idea for a business.



11:00am – 12:00pm

Ditch the Pitch: Communicate Your Business in 30 seconds

[Workshop] It’s the classic scenario…You find yourself in a situation where you have opportunity and attention of someone who can make or break your idea. The problem is, you only have a few seconds to help them understand who you are, why you are relevant, what you have to offer and how to continue the conversation. This hands-on workshop walks you through some basic exercises to help you perfect your message by getting down to the essentials of the moment.



12:00pm – 1:00pm

Ms.Tech Mastermind: Personal Development 

[Meetup] Gather together with other women professionals and share those bold moments and bold actions taken to help improve or develop an aspect of our career or business. This is a special monthly Mastermind at 1871 where we will be discussing Personal Development and celebrating the global movement to #BeBoldForChange!



6:00pm – 8:00pm

Battle Scars: Feminist Fight Club Author Jessica Bennett on Battling Office Sexism with Practical Hacks

[Featured Keynote] It was a Fight Club…but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called it a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove— than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the Feminist Fight Club was born. Join us for an incredible chat with author Jessica Bennett as she shares the bruises, scrapes, and scars that mark their experience – and ultimately their victories – in battling office sexism. Sponsored by Northern Trust.

**Books will be available for sale from The Book Cellar.


Also, don’t miss the International Women’s Day Celebration at Moto (19th floor Merchandise Mart) before the 1871 Fireside Chat! Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls CODE, will be a special guest speaker, followed by a panel of local leaders from 4:30-6:15pm at the Merchandise Mart. Tickets include heavy apps and an open bar, and all ticket proceeds will be matched by the Motorola Mobility Foundation and donated to Black Girls CODE.

Click here to register.