How Nora Brathol’s Social Good Belief System Fuels Her 6-Figure Business


FCM Member Spotlight Nora Brathol Nora Brathol founded Arka Pana Consulting after a string of successful online fundraising and advocacy campaigns for international non-profit organizations. With a focus on using social media for social good, Arka Pana Consulting has grown into a full-service digital marketing agency with clients ranging from … Read More

Creative Woman: Meet Ari Krzyzek


Meet Ari Krzyzek Our very FIRST FCM Member Spotlight! Ari is the Co-founder & Creative Director of Chykalophia (read: see-ka-lo-fia), where she implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact through the web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, she founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as a … Read More

InclusionNYC: A Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion Tech


Nearly a dozen different local NYC community groups gathered to host “Inclusion NYC.” An event for students and tech professionals of all ages, ethnicities, genders and races for small group discussions, centered on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.  Inclusion NYC is a unique event intentionally designed not to … Read More

March Mastermind: Professional Development

My first Ms.Tech Mastermind I walked into my first Ms. Tech Mastermind lunch feeling slightly uncertain – where should I sit?  How would the topic of professional development relate to my own experience as a recent career-changer?  Finally, was it too soon to start eating the cookies? After chatting with … Read More

Introducing Guest Mastermind on Innovation, Dima Elissa


Some of you may know Dima Elissa as a WiSTEM mentor; maybe you know her as an investor; or as a fellow entrepreneur; as one of Chicago’s undeniable serial techpreneurs?  Perhaps you’ve seen an instagram or snapchat of a 3D Printed Selfie?  Yes, that’s Dima on the far right and Ms. Katy … Read More



General Assembly Chicago has turned one! To celebrate they partnered with Time Out Chicago to host “Made in Chicago,” a week honoring the local innovators and trends that make The Windy City second to none—from food and comedy to sports and media to tech and entrepreneurship. Kicking things off — a birthday … Read More

Monday Makers: Breanna Anderson

Breanna Anderson Mirrim 3D Tell us about you and your business! I’m a 30 year veteran software engineer and entrepreneur. I’ve specialized in database development systems and content publishing and management systems. I was the designer of one of the first heavy-weight Web CMS systems for MSNBC interactive in 1995. … Read More

Monday Makers: Kim LaPaglia

Kim LaPaglia Sant Tell us about you and your business! Sant creates experiences that promote balance in minds, bodies, communities and the environment. The first experience is a dried superfruit that infuses into a fresh beverage. Sant’s superfruit has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years to bring balance … Read More