Category Archives: Meetings

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

February 2017 Meeting – The Impact of Self-Directed Online Learning

Register for the February 9th meeting.

IT is, almost by definition, a forward-thinking industry that demands constant learning. And that learning comes in many forms. Digital education platforms are on the rise, and often offer a great opportunity to learn a skill in a compressed amount of time. They are leveraged by individuals looking to sharpen skills for their existing roles, people looking to develop their talents for their next career moves, and organizations of all types who embrace remote work and education. Further, this style of learning can help people become more informed and articulate on many hot topics, thus strengthening their confidence to participate in career-growth activities like hacking and networking.

Join us at the MTC on February 9th as we discuss self-directed online learning and how it can have an impact on PwD. We’ll discuss the benefits of self-directed learning as well as examine some platforms such as Microsoft Virtual Academy, LinkedIn Learning, Codecademy, and Khan Academy.

Brian Chorba, Marketing Administrator at SPR Consulting and ITKAN Advisory Team member, as well as Pat Maher, Director of Civic Engagement at SPR Consulting and founding member of ITKAN, will facilitate the discussion.

When
February 9, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

January 2017 Meeting – Integrating Assistive Technology to Forge a Career

Hannah Thompson: A Young Professional Chronicles Her Professional Journey and the Effective Integration of Assistive Technology to Forge a Career

Register for the January 12th meeting. 

At the next members meeting ITKAN welcomes Hannah Thompson to discuss the use of assistive technology to support a full life and career. Hannah has Cerebral Palsy and a movement disorder called Dystonia. The Cerebral Palsy affects her balance and her ability to walk and speak. The dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes involuntary movements in all of her extremities. She utilizes various assistive technology to improve her productivity and assure her success. She uses a DynaVox to communicate daily, and it has also played a critical role in support of her motivational speaking career. With the use of Intellikeys, Hannah accesses her laptop commands efficiently. Along with these critical tools, Hannah uses software such as WordQ and Kurzweil to assist her in succeeding in college and now in her career.

Hannah Thompson graduated from Elmhurst College in 2012. She participated in Greek Life and was heavily involved in spiritual life on campus as well. Her professors nominated her for prestigious awards such as Lincoln Laureate. She currently lives independently in Elmhurst. She is a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee which is a complete honor to Hannah. She also had the privilege of having a documentary made about her life during her college years. She also blogs monthly, you can access her blogs at Hannah’s Adventures of Living Her Dream and Hannah’s College Adventures. After a year of being unemployed, she recently got a position at the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation as an advocate. In her free time, she serves as a mentor for the Give Something Back Foundation and is active in her community.

The next meeting will be
January 12, 2017, 5-7:30PM
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center, 2nd Floor
200 E. Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

ITKAN’s Year-Ahead Planning Meeting for 2017

Register for the December 8th event.

Join us for our annual ITKAN Year-Ahead Planning Meeting for 2017 on Thursday, December 8th from 5-7pm at the MTC Chicago. Get excited for new speakers/presenters, training opportunities and increased networking initiatives in the new year. We are planning compelling meetings – including some great tech documentaries accompanied by group discussion! Plan to join us and offer your input to keep ITKAN fresh, insightful, and exciting in 2017.

When
December 8, 2016
5-7:30 p.m.

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

ITKAN’s Business After-Hours on Innovation and the Future of Work

Register for the November 10th event.

The first annual ITKAN Business After-Hours is on November 10, 2016 at the Microsoft Technology Center in downtown Chicago! Adam Hecktman, Microsoft Chicago’s Director of Civic Technology and Innovation, will kick off the event with an open discussion with leaders of Chicago’s tech, civic and advocacy communities on the shifting definition and impact of innovation on the workforce.

Chris Gandy, former Chicago Bull and now Executive Vice President at Mass Mutual, will give our keynote address! Finally, we will be honoring corporate partner ELCA with the Rose Stein Light from Within Award for their ongoing commitment and support of our mission to create passionate tech leaders with disabilities for the workforce of tomorrow.

You can learn more about fostering innovation through a diverse workforce in this whitepaper from Forbes as well as CEO and Disability Consultant, Debra Ruh’s interview on WBEZ’s Morning Shift. Learn how ITKAN is teaming up with Microsoft and Directions to deliver SQL Server/Business Intelligence training in this blog post co-written by Adam Hecktman and ITKAN co-founder, Pat Maher.

When
November 10, 2016
5-7:30 p.m.

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

October 2016 Meeting – Navigating the Screening and Interview Process for Candidates with Disabilities

Register for the October 13th meeting.

Impression Management, Behavioral Interviewing, and Putting Your Best Self Forward

It’s tough to get on track with your career, and if you manage a disability as well it’s even tougher! The unemployment rate for PwD was nearly twice that of the general labor force in 2015 and the labor force participation rate continues to be dramatically lower as well. Additionally, negative perceptions related to productivity, illness, and cost among other key labor force factors persist regarding PwD in the workplace despite research indicating their capacity and value.

Join us as we explore opportunities for you to create and make the most of your career in this challenging and competitive environment. Recognize that your disability is a strength that can be clearly communicated to a prospective employer! Professor Fong Chan will share his application of Impression Management principles with the audience along with his decades of experience. Cabot Microelectronics Global Director of IT, Tim Roessler, and Lisa Polevoes, Sr. VP of Human Resources at Cabot will join Prof. Chan to provide insights on Behavioral Interviewing techniques. Take the next step in your career development by joining us in the Boardroom of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital on October 13th!

Professor Fong Chan, Chair – Dept. of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a global leader in establishing evidence-based research practices on behalf of supporting a higher quality of life for PwD. Tim Roessler serves on the ITKAN Advisory Team and has been a great supporter of PwD in the workforce.

When
October 13, 2016
5-7 p.m.

Where
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL  60187
Building 1, Board Room