Spotlight on Women Techmakers: Entrepreneurship in Tech

GDG Chicago
Tue, Apr 17, 2018, 5:30 PM (CDT)

About this event

This workshop is the kickoff of our series: Women Techmakers powered by GDG Chicago. This series is focused on promoting an environment of inclusion for women in technology, as well as celebrating women leading the industry. All tech enthusiasts at any skill level are encouraged to join us in learning, teaching, and networking with others.

We have two amazing speakers for this month; Melissa McSherry ( and Awatif Yahya (

Speaker: Melissa McSherry, Leadership Coach
Melissa is a mentor at the renowned Chicago tech hub 1871. An entrepreneur since 2010, she has launched two successful business, doubled her monthly income, and created a true life by design, all while raising a six-year-old son. She has been the guest on numerous podcasts including “The Brave Entrepreneur” with Jena Rodriguez, “The Weekly Parady” with Heather Parady, and “Learn Grown Earn” with Mike Szczesniak.

Talk Title: Prioritizing Primary Profit Avenues
Join us as Melissa McSherry (author, leadership coach, and speaker) shares her expertise on how to succeed in tech entrepreneurship and walks us through 5 Profit Priority Points. These include getting clear on, and connecting to, your goals, realistic time management, and creating a concrete plan of action to success. Your business has huge potential. Sometimes, it seems hard to reach that potential, because you feel buried under all the things you believe you need to do to be successful. The fastest path through stress and overwhelm, and to experience profit and freedom, is when you have a crystal clear Profit Priority Plan, designed to create results fast for your unique business.

If you’ve ever dreamed of joining the world of tech startups or are looking to increase your side-hustle and freelance game, this workshop is for you! Learn how to escape from the traditional 9 to 5 and get exactly what you want from entrepreneurship...and from life. Sign up now to get what you want from the tech industry and the time to enjoy it.

Speaker: Awatif Yahya
Awatif Yahya started her career in IT with a BSc in Information Technology from Leeds University, U.K, then pivoted to business functions, and obtained an MBA through a Fulbright Scholarship. She has fifteen years of industry work experience; ten of which are with British American Tobacco where her last role was Head of HR sitting on the executive board.

Awatif is passionate about organizations that are inspiring, motivating, safe and fun workplaces. She would like to see more organizations take the lead in employee development and engagement. For that reason, she channels her passion, academic training and work experience by offering workshops to business managers and entrepreneurs empowering them with the necessary tools to create productive and healthy work places.

She wants to share her knowledge and experiences to help both companies and their employees reach new horizons where tranquility exists between life and work. This is the mission of her company, Awe Horizons.

Talk Title: Leadership Skills Workshop
Understanding what leadership is, what it is not, and discussing the difference between leadership and dictatorship. The workshop will address the role of emotional intelligence in effective leadership, and dive into three leadership categories: People Leadership, Business Leadership and Strategic Leadership. There will be a fun activity to get participants off their seats and engaged with the topic.

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