About OPEN Chicago
OPEN Chicago is a voluntary not-for-profit association dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and professional excellence within diaspora communities in Chicagoland and the Midwest. Our members include professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists, social leaders, academics, and students.
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
My vision for OPEN Chicago is to serve as the platform for Americans of Pakistani origin and diaspora communities, not only in Chicago, but also across the entire Midwest.
I invite you to come experience OPEN Chicago and learn how you can get involved. Take the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, give back to your community, and see what your community can do for you. I hope to see you at one of our many upcoming events. Past events include our Annual Business Conference, our Mentorship Breakfast, Fireside Chats, and social events including brunches at meetups and dinners. In addition, Charter Members and their families have the opportunity to attend the OPEN Global Conference which is held annually. Previous locations of this Conference include Monterey, CA, Leesburg, VA, and Long Beach, CA. As someone who has attended all three of these conferences, I can attest that they were weekends filled with learning, networking, entertainment and fun for not only myself, but also for my family. I also invite you to participate in our future webinars and virtual events. Come join us to learn, connect, network, and amplify the positive contributions of diaspora entrepreneurs and business leaders across Chicagoland and beyond.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
2017 Annual Business Conference Program Details
9:15 - 9:45
Networking over Coffee and Pastries
9:45 - 10:00
Kickoff – Welcome
10:00 - 10:05
Message: Representative of Chicago Office of the Mayor*
10:05 - 10:10
10:10 - 10:15
Message: Kewan Khawaja (President, OPEN Global; Co-CEO, Technologix)
10:15 - 11:00
Keynote Address: Immigrant Entrepreneur Success Story and Overview of Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
11:00 - 11:45
Panel Discussion #1: Changing Landscape of Healthcare
Moderator: Omair Siraj (Founder and CEO, Chestnut Health Company, Inc.)
11:45 – 12:30
12:30 - 1:15
Panel Discussion #2: Entrepreneurial Stories
Panelist(s): Rehan Allahwala (President, Super Technologies, Inc.); Zain Jeewanjee (CEO, Insure 123 Insurance Agency, An Escalon Services Company; Founder and CEO, G1G Travel Insurance);Sajid Patel (CEO, Optimal Design)
1:15 – 1:45
Energizer: Improv for Entrepreneurs
1:45 - 2:30
Panel Discussion #3: Pakistani-American Arts Entrepreneurship: An Emerging Enterprise
Moderator: Zafar Malik (Dean for Development & University Relations, East-West University)
2:30 - 3:15
Panel Discussion #4: Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
Moderator: Farrukh Khan (Co-Founder and CEO, Inference Analytics)
3:15 – 3:45
Final Keynote : Women in Leadership, Media Trends
Speaker: Rida Khan (President, Style Network Channel)
Closing Comments and Recognitions
4:00 – 5:00
Our Vision and Mission
The vision of OPEN Chicago is to serve as platform that creates value for its community of stakeholders. We seek to inspire, meaningfully connect, and mentor young professionals in their careers; serve as a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to solidify business plans, find teams members, and fund their ventures; facilitate business acceleration of established enterprises; seek to promote social entrepreneurship; and leverage the platform to increase stakeholder access to critical resources and thought leaders in the Chicago area, nationally, and internationally through sister OPEN chapters.