Category Archives: Meetings

ITKAN’s Business After-Hours on Disability Inclusion at Microsoft

Register for the October 12th event.

Join us as we celebrate ITKAN’s corporate and civic relationships at our second annual ITKAN Business After-Hours on October 12, 2017 at the Microsoft Technology Center in downtown Chicago!

Kick off the evening with a cocktail hour sponsored by SPR Consulting, and network with colleagues or make new connections in the business and civic community. Jenny Lay-FlurrieMicrosoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer, will give our keynote address – Disability Inclusion: Empowering Everyone to Achieve More! Gain insights on disability inclusion at Microsoft and how building the best products for everyone requires a diverse and inclusive workforce across all abilities.

We will be honoring our long-time partners Adam Hecktman and Shelley Stern Grach of Microsoft’s Urban Engagement Team with the Rose Stein Light from Within Award for their ongoing commitment to and support of our mission to create passionate tech leaders with disabilities for the workforce of tomorrow. Finally, Tim Roessler, Director of Outreach & Partnerships at GenesysWorks and ITKAN Advisory Team member, will give the closing remarks.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, October 12, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT

LOCATION
Microsoft Technology Center
200 East Randolph Street
#200
Chicago, IL 60601

The Microsoft Urban Engagement Team manages Microsoft’s civic engagement in Chicago, engaging with local community and civic leaders to understand and diagnose community needs and bring relevant resources and programs to bear on public challenges. Adam Hecktman is the Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Chicago and Cleveland on this team, and Shelley Stern Grach is the Director of Civic Engagement for Chicago and Detroit.   Collectively, they have over 40 years of tenure at Microsoft, serving the company that they treasure in the city that they love.

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September 2017 Meeting – Meet Our Members Night

Update: Our September meeting has been moved to SPR Consulting’s office at the Willis Tower. 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
Willis Tower
SPR Consulting
233 S Wacker Dr., Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60606

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

April 2017 Meeting – Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology

Register for the April 13th meeting.

Blockchain has the potential to disrupt industries from financial services to real estate to healthcare and beyond. These shared ledgers encrypted at the record level provide a way to validate transactions through little or no human intervention. According to PwC, immutable blockchain has the ability to turn huge volumes of transactions that involve people and paper processing taking days into an automatic validation process, saving significant time, resources and money. Sound like hype? It actually has the potential to transform the delivery of both private and public services. In addition to bringing efficiency and accuracy to business processes, it holds the promise of redefining the relationship between government and the citizen in terms of data sharing, transparency and trust along the way. Learn what this technology means, how it works, and what the promise is from Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Omkar Naik.

Omkar Naik joined Microsoft in July 2016 as a sales lead for Data Platform and Blockchain in Midwest. He is responsible for defining and managing Microsoft’s Data Platform sales to enterprise customers in Midwest including planning, forecasting and execution. He previously led connected vehicle product strategy at CNH, and locomotive development at Caterpillar. Omkar also founded My Shaving Club – a Shaving as a Subscription service. Omkar has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Alabama, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

April 13, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

March 2017 Meeting – The Secret Rules of Modern Life: Algorithms

Register for the March 9th meeting.

From search engines to social media and predictions to entertainment, algorithms are all around us. These mathematical formulas, from simple to complex, are playing a growing role in our lives whether keeping us safe, helping to solve daily challenges, or simply entertaining us. But they aren’t as straight forward as they may seem. In fact, they raise many questions like why they work, are they always right, and why has this ancient mathematical application held favor since the time of Euclid?

Join us as we kick off our Techumentary Series at ITKAN! In March we’ll view and discuss Algorithms: The Secret Rules of Modern Living. This immersive film is narrated by Oxford Mathematics Professor Marcus du Sautoy. He explores the ancient rules of algorithms and their myriad applications in our lives. Following our viewing we’ll discuss the film with a special guest…you won’t want to miss it!

When
March 9, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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