Upcoming Events

    • October 21, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, IL 60654

    Join us on Saturday, October 21st from 9am to 5pm for our 2017 Annual Business Conference at 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, IL 60654.

    Our conference is one of the largest gatherings of diaspora business leaders and entrepreneurs in Chicagoland.

    This full-day conference will feature high-profile speakers, panel discussions, and time for 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.

    Click on the following link to view the complete program outline: 2017 OPEN Chicago Annual Business Conference - Program Details

    Key Note Speakers

    Rida Khan is one of the leading women in media—currently she heads entertainment and lifestyle programming for Sinclair Broadcasting, which controls what is shown on more than 450 TV stations in the United States. She also runs and owns Maxim TV (globally). Additionally, she owns Addicted Brands, which is an eyewear holding company that owns Ed Hardy Eyewear, Judith Ripka, and David Yurman. Her charity work includes working directly with the United Nation’s Secretary General and Fashion 4 Development. Rida started her career at Morgan Stanley and left to form a disruptive platform in the fashion industry that revolutionized the way buying is done across the industries. Her platform is used by a large number of tradeshows worldwide. She was the CEO of Fashion TV and the President of Style TV that was subsequently acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting.

    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.


    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.

    This is not it! We also have an excellent lineup of panel discussions! Click on the following link to see full program details: OPEN Chicago Panel Discussions 

    The conference will also include a Coaching/Career Corner of which you will have the opportunity throughout the day to meet one-on-one with an experienced business leader to speak about your career goals, business idea, etc., and receive expert advice.


OPEN Chicago - Annual Technology Leadership Event

OPEN Chicago is proud to honor Rafiq Mohammadi as keynote speaker for our annual technology leadership event.  Mohammadi is one of the biggest success stories of the Pakistani American community.

The event will be hosted at 1871, the premier incubator of start-ups in Chicago.  Come meet professionals, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at this exciting location.

When: 6-9pm Wed, Sept 24, 2014
Where: 1871, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL
Cost: $40  (Dinner Included)
Registration: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=yzhqp

Rafiq Mohammadi

Rafiq Mohamamdi served as general manager, Promote, of HP Autonomy, a business unit within HP software.  In this role, he was responsible for defining the business vision, direction and goals of Promote, as well as driving the sales, marketing, service delivery and development organizations working to exceed business objectives.

Mohammadi has more than 15 years of experience in the content management space.  He served as group chief technology officer (CTO) of HP Autonomy, after the completion of HP Autonomy’s acquisition of Interwoven.  He co-founded iManage, Inc. in 1995.  He also played the role of CTO at iManage where he was a key member of the team that successfully built the company from a start-up to a profitable and growing publicly traded software company that went IPO within four years.  After the Interwoven’s acquisition of iManage in 2004, Rafiq was CTO of Interwoven for four years, where he helped the company to establish its dominant market leadership in both Web Content Management and Document Management.

Mohammadi holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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