Registration:

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When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where: 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, Illinois


What is the Event?

Who Should Attend?

OPEN Chicago is proud to announce its Second Annual Conference to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Come join us for a day full of learning and networking opportunities with successful entrepreneurs and corporate leaders of the Chicagoland community.

This is our premier public event that will provide both learning and networking opportunities to diaspora business and entrepreneurial communities of Chicagoland and the Midwest. Attendees are invited to join us in these learning conversations with our high-profile speakers and successful panelists while networking and socializing.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and lunch will be served.

This is a great opportunity for seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders to network with each other and for aspiring entrepreneurs and students to learn from leaders in our community.

  • Startup Founders and Co-Founders
  • Corporate Leaders
  • Mentors and Advisers
  • Investors and Service Providers (legal, finance,
    marketing, etc.)
  • Civic Leaders
  • Professionals
  • Aspiring Entrepreneurs
  • Students


Marketing Materials

Promotional Video for 2017 Annual Conference


Promotional Flyer for 2017 Annual Conference

Speakers

Zain Jeewanjee

Zain Jeewanjee is the Founder and CEO of G1G Travel Insurance (America's largest travel insurance aggregator) & Co-Founder of several other insurance companies. One of his companies Escalon Services was just listed by Inc 500 magazine among the 1000 fastest growing companies in the country. Zain has created several market leading insurance products over the last three decades, ranging from products to insure visitors and H1B visa holders (clients include Cisco and MetLife), to creating the first product to insure independent drivers (used by UBER). Zain is an active social networker who has been a Charter member of OPEN Silicon Valley since day one, and helped establish TiE Chapters in Karachi and Lahore.


Rida Khan

Rida Khan is head of fashion and entertainment programming for Sinclair Broadcasting, which is the largest television station owner in the United States and the new owner of the Chicago Tribune. Sinclair Broadcasting controls content for more than 400 television stations nationwide. Rida's former roles include President of Maxim TV and President/Owner of Addicted Brands.

Rida is also Senior Media Advisor for Fashion 4 Development, the fashion initiative from the United Nations. Rida began her career at Morgan Stanley, then founded both the Zee Report and ZeePortal.com; both of which are used by tradeshows worldwide. Rida joined Fashion TV in 2013 and purchased the rights of Style TV in 2014. Style TV was later acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting which led to Rida’s role as head of fashion and entertainment programming.



Jai Shekhawat

Jai Shekhawat founded Fieldglass, a software platform that offers a Vendor Management System to manage large contingent workforces through cloud-based technology, growing it to be the largest in the world with users in 25+ languages in 120 countries. Jai ultimately sold Fieldglass to SAP for more than $1 billion in 2014. He stepped down as CEO in 2015. Ernst & Young named Shekhawat the 2012 Midwest “Entrepreneur of the Year." He is also a Founding Member of the Firestarter Fund and an active angel investor in more than 40 startups. In addition, he serves on the board of 1871, Chicago’s Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Conference Details 

To view a downloadable PDF of the Conference Program, click here. 

09:00 - 09:45 
Registration

09:15 - 9:45 
Networking Over Coffee and Pastries

9:45 - 10:00
Welcome Address by Haris Ahmed (President, OPEN Chicago; Founder and CEO, Pragmatium Consulting Group, Inc.)

10:00 - 10:05
Message: Howard Tullman (CEO, 1871)

10:05 - 10:10
Message: Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi (Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago)

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

Speaker: Jai Shekhawat (Founder, Fieldglass; Board Member, 1871)

Moderator: Haris Ahmed (President, OPEN Chicago; CEO, Pragmatium Consulting Group, Inc.)

11:00 - 11:45
Panel Discussion #1: Changing Landscape of Healthcare
Panelist(s): Bilal Ansari, M.D. (Medical Oncologist, Michiana Hematology-Oncology, P.C.); Tracy Graham (Founder and Managing Principal, Graham Allen Partners); Sapan Shah, M.D. J.D. (Managing Partner, Flagship Healthcare); and Khan Siddiqui (Founder and Chief Medical/Technology Officer, higi)
Moderator: Omair Siraj (Founder and CEO, Chestnut Health Company, Inc.)

11:45 - 12:30
Networking Lunch

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); and Sajid Patel (CEO, Optimal Design)
Moderator: Aamir Chalisa (Managing Director, Futurity First Insurance Group)

1:15 - 2:00
Panel Discussion #3: Pakistani-American Arts Entrepreneurship: An Emerging Enterprise
Panelist(s): Malik Gillani (Founding Executive Director, Silk Road Rising); Fawzia Mirza, Actor, Writer, and Producer; and Sadia Uqaili (Founder, Explore Their Stories, Inc.)
Moderator: Zafar Malik (Dean for Development and University Relations, East-West University)

2:00 - 2:30
Energizer: Improv for Entrepreneurs
Meg Grunewald (Director and Corporate Trainer, CSz Theater Chicago and ComedySportz Chicago)

2:30 - 3:15
Panel Discussion #4: Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
Panelist(s): Omer Abdullah (CEO, Smart Cube); Charles Kwon (Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Concitor); and Raheel Retiwalla (Director of Digital Business Strategy, BlueMetal, Inc.);
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)
Moderator: Zareefa Flener (Managing Partner, Flener IP Law)

3:45 - 4:00
Closing Comments and Recognitions

4:00 - 5:00
Networking Reception

About Sponsorship

Why Sponsor OPEN Chicago’s Conference?

OPEN Chicago is a premier entrepreneur and professional network community for diaspora communities in Chicagoland and the Midwest. 

Our members include senior corporate leaders, successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists, social leaders, academics, and students.

OPEN Chicago membership includes highly-successful individuals and collectively constitutes a group with significant buying power and influence.

Reach of OPEN Chicago

Email List:

950+ Distribution List

Facebook Group:

730+ Members

www.facebook.com/groups/openchicago

Facebook Fan Page:

260+ Followers

www.facebook.com/Openchicagoofficial



Platinum - $5,000

    • Speaking Opportunity (15 minutes)
    • Verbal Acknowledgement at Open and Close of Conference
    • Table/Booth Space at Event
    • 5 Complimentary Passes to the Conference
    • Company Logo/Advertisement on Screens Multiple Times During the Conference
    • Full Page Advertisement in Conference Brochure
    • Listed as Sponsor on OPEN Chicago's Website w/Logo and Link (until September 2018)
    • Mentioned in OPEN Chicago's Promotional Materials
    • Logo and Link on OPEN Chicago Facebook Fan Page
      Gold - $3,000
        • Speaking Opportunity (5 minutes)
        • Verbal Acknowledgement at Open and Close of Conference
        • Table/Booth Space at Event
        • 3 Complimentary Passes to the Conference
        • Company Logo/Advertisement on Screens Multiple Times During the Conference
        • Half Page Advertisement in Conference Brochure
        • Listed as Sponsor on OPEN Chicago's Website w/Logo and Link (until September 2018)
        • Mentioned in OPEN Chicago's Promotional Materials
        • Logo and Link on OPEN Chicago Facebook Fan Page
          Silver - $2,000
            • Speaking Opportunity (3 minutes)
            • Verbal Acknowledgement at Open and Close of Conference
            • Table/Booth Space at Event
            • 2 Complimentary Passes to the Conference
            • Quarter Page Advertisement in Conference Brochure
            • Listed as Sponsor on OPEN Chicago's Website w/Logo and Link (until September 2018)
            • Mentioned in OPEN Chicago's Promotional Materials
            • Logo and Link on OPEN Chicago Facebook Fan Page
              Bronze - $500
                • Verbal Acknowledgement at Open and Close of Conference
                • Table/Booth Space at Event
                • 1 Complimentary Pass to the Conference
                • Logo Listed in Conference Brochure
                • Listed as Sponsor on OPEN Chicago's Website w/Logo and Link (until September 2018)
                • Mentioned in OPEN Chicago's Promotional Materials
                • Logo and Link on OPEN Chicago Facebook Fan Page
                Other Sponsorship Opportunities:
                • Sponsor Breakfast, Lunch, or the Networking Reception
                • Place your Advertisement in the Conference Brochure and Listed as Sponsor on OPEN Chicago's Website w/Logo and Link (until September 2018)

                Full Page - $400

                Half Page - $300

                Quarter Page - $200

                Logo Only - $100

                If you are interested in showcasing your products and services to this influential target audience, please contact Faiz Syed: faiz@luminus.tech / 630-245-9607 OR Farrukh Kahn: farrukhemail@gmail.com / 312-933-2453.

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