Chicago Tech Academy’s Young Women’s Leadership Society and ActiveCampaign Present the 6th Annual Little Black Dress Night

This event will empower, educate, and connect the next generation of tech leaders.


Chicago, IL, April 14, 2020 — Chicago Tech Academy’s Young Women’s Leadership Society and ActiveCampaign will present the 6th Annual Little Black Dress Night on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. A sell-out event, Little Black Dress Night features networking, a conversation with tech leaders, and inspiring words from AnitaB CEO, Brenda Wilkerson and Illinois CIO and Secretary of Innovation and Technology, Ron Guerrier. In response to our changing circumstances, this year’s event will be held in a virtual format. 

Building upon the success and impact of the first five years, Chicago Tech Academy is bringing together local and international CEOs and leaders to share thoughts on tech education and diversity in the tech industry. Featured panelists at the event embody the pioneer spirit, leadership, and grit that ChiTech’s Young Women’s Leadership Society cultivates. 

“At ChiTech, our mission is to prepare students for technology-related careers through hands-on courses and connections with Chicago’s leading tech pioneers through real world learning experiences and partnerships” said Tiara Wheatley, Assistant Principal and YWLS Founder. AnitaB President and CEO Brenda Wilkerson will offer opening remarks and introduce the central component of the night: a panel moderated by serial entrepreneur, Colleen Egan.

Joining Colleen on this panel are World Business Chicago CEO, Andrea Zopp, Black Women in Science & Engineering (BWISE) Chicago Director, Leslie McKinney, Jellyvision CEO, Amanda Lannert, and Groupon CTO, John Higginson

State of Illinois’ CIO and Secretary of Innovation and Technology, Ron Guerrier is the closing keynote speaker. This year’s speakers will inspire and expose students and guests to the many routes leading to success all while bringing light to the diversity challenges currently faced by the tech industry.

Tickets are available at Contact Tiara Wheatley at to become an event sponsor. To learn more about supporting YWLS please, visit the YWLS homepage.

We’re turning the technology industry on its heels and challenging the status quo. Learn more about the 6th Annual Little Black Dress Night.

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About Chicago Tech Academy
Chicago Tech Academy is an educational community whose mission is to educate, empower and connect a diverse next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers to discover their passions, succeed in college and thrive in a digital world.We use project based learning, entrepreneurial principles, STEM education, and real world experience with Chicago companies to shape the diverse next generation of leaders.

About Chicago Tech Academy’s Young Women’s Leadership Society
The Young Women’s Leadership Society at ChiTech provides support for female students’ professional advancement as future leaders in tech and entrepreneurship. YWLS sponsors events, hosts workshops, plans college campus visits, and facilitates discussion. All of these activities are designed to examine stereotypes, explore the development of healthy relationships, and fosters the skills necessary for the cultivation of valuable professional networks.  For more info on YWLS visit:


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