September 2017 Meeting – Meet Our Members Night

Register for the September 14th meeting.

At our next meeting we will conduct a panel discussion with several of our members. Each has achieved a successful competitive internship with one of our valued corporate or civic partners and is forging a career in the exciting tech sector!

Advisory Team member and Membership committee co-chair Val Kendrick will be moderating this high-energy discussion with a diverse panel of ITKAN members. This promises to be a valuable evening whether you’re a candidate, HR or talent executive, or C level officer looking to establish a more diverse, inclusive and innovative culture. Please join us and Meet our Members!

September 14, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Summer Vacation

We are beginning to experience more opportunities to place ITKAN members into competitive internships or full-time roles! Our next meeting will be September 14th, Val Kendrick will lead a “Meet the Candidates Night”.

Recently our full Advisory Team met to strategize on moving ITKAN into our next phase with a focus on preparing our members for the shifting technology landscape. Our Membership, Partnerships, and Knowledge Share Committees are kicking off their efforts through the summer, and as a result our next Monthly Members’ Meeting will be September’s. We will send September event invitations three weeks before the meeting.

Future Meetings

  • We are planning our 2nd Annual Business After-Hours for our October meeting at the MTC to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer will give the keynote, and we will present the Rose Stein “Light from Within” Award.
  • Our November meeting will be at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kennedy will introduce us to his unique Neuro-training program, Combat Brain Training. Trust us, you want to be there!

Hope to see you in September.

June 2017 Meeting – Silicon Cowboys – A Techumentary Series

Register for the June 8th meeting.

Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many others had tried duplicating IBM’s code, only to face legal opposition. However, Compaq’s vision for a portable PC found astonishing success, sending shockwaves through the industry and overthrowing a tech giant.

Join us for the second installment of our Techumentary Series at ITKAN! In June we’ll view and discuss Silicon Cowboys, a riveting documentary on the computer company that paved the way for innovation and disruption. Afterwards, founder of Compaq Computers, Rod Canion, will join us via Skype to answer questions.

June 8, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

May 2017 Meeting – Designing Accessible User Experiences

Register for the May 11th meeting. We will have an American Sign Language interpreter at this meeting.

Enhancing user satisfaction through design is an important aspect of creating a web site or mobile app. Accessibility empowers people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the greater community through the web and mobile apps. Join us at the next ITKAN meeting as Rebecca Lawson, a user experience consultant at Microsoft, speaks on creating accessible and inclusive user experiences.

Rebecca Lawson is a User Experience (UX) Consultant in Microsoft Consulting Services. Her focus areas include user research, accessibility, inclusive design, graphic design and usability. Rebecca received her degree in User Experience Design from the University of Michigan School of Information in Ann Arbor.

May 11, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

The Give Something Back Foundation looking for mentors

Member Hannah Thompson asked us to consider this group…

Refer a Mentor!

Hello Mentors.  We just accepted a new class of 62 scholars.  They are high school freshman from Will County and the city of Aurora.

Would you take a few minutes to consider nominating someone to become a mentor for GSB and these new students?  I always appreciate referrals for new mentors.

Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can call or email me directly if they have any questions.  If they are someone you know well, just ask them to type your name in the long-answer section of the application so we know who referred them, and they can skip to the next.  The application can be found at http://www.giveback.ngo/mentors/illinois-mentor-application/ 

Mentors should be in college or already have a bachelor’s degree.  And, as you know, mentors are asked to communicate with students once every two weeks during the school year, reply to my check-in emails and participate in a check-in call once every thee months.