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2017 Annual Business Conference

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

Registration

  • This registration type is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, as well as for our Current Charter Members and Current Professional Members, If you are a current Charter or Professional Member, please log in to your account prior to completing your registration. If you do not know your log-in information, please choose "Forgot Password" and follow the emailed instructions. All currently non-members will receive a complimentary one-year Professional Membership in OPEN Chicago and will be invited to many of our upcoming events. We are excited to have you!
  • This registration type is for Sponsors of the 2017 Annual Business Conference and Special Guests. All Sponsors who have committed to the levels of Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze receive a predetermined number of complimentary passes. Registration code required (Sponsors and Special Guests will receive the code either from their OPEN Chicago contact person or from the OPEN Chicago Coordinator).
  • This registration type is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, as well as for Current Student Members. If you are a current Student Member, please log in to your account prior to completing your registration. If you do not know your log-in information, please choose "Forgot Password" and follow the emailed instructions. All currently non-members will receive a complimentary one-year Student Membership in OPEN Chicago and you will be invited to many of our upcoming events. We are excited to have you!
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Be one of the first 30 student registrants by October 15th and receive $20 off the regular Student pricing! This Student Ambassador pricing is limited to the first 30 registrants, so hurry and register now!

Register


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.

Panelists

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.


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