Fashion Tech Chicago
This event series will showcase the most innovative developments, pioneering trends and cutting-edge disruptive technologies in the Chicago fashion industry. Hear from Chicago entrepreneurs from both fashion and technology industries present their products, innovations and solutions. Non-members, please click here to register http://bit.ly/2VmHp6W
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
4245 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641 Get Directions
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This event series will showcase the most innovative developments, pioneering trends and cutting-edge disruptive technologies in the Chicago fashion industry. Hear from Chicago entrepreneurs from both fashion and technology industries present their products, innovations and solutions.
Moderated by Patrick McKey and Maria Vathis, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP
- Lee Anderson, Founder, Starkweather and FAAR
- Katie Gilbert, Vice President, ZipFit Denim
- Dana Todd, Founder, Balodana
- Sarah Perkins, CEO, Co-Founder, DesignerShare
- Lacey Bell, Founder, FireFlyLine
About the panelists:
Katie Gilbert is the Vice President of ZipFit Denim and works on key finance, marketing, and strategy initiatives. ZipFit helps you find the perfect fitting jeans by combining the top denim brands, its technology, and its team of jean experts. All while never having to leave your office or apartment building.
Prior to ZipFit, Katie worked in the Capital Markets Group at MB Financial Bank. She holds a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and an MBA from Chicago Booth. When not at ZipFit, Katie can be found training for her next marathon along Lake Michigan or volunteering as a high school math tutor for Horizons for Youth.
Lee Anderson is a designer and creative strategist working at the intersection where design and lifestyle meet technology and innovation. Lee is the founder of fashion design consultancy Starkweather, and of FAAR, an initiative promoting the mutual interests of the fashion and aerospace industries. Lee is also a part-time lecturer in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons. (Twitter: @lstarkweather Instagram: @starkweatherouterwear)
Lacey Bell founded Fireflyline to provide services and process improvements to those creating cut & sew goods. Services include 3D virtual prototypes, allowing designs to be visualized early in the development process. Prior to launching Fireflyline, Lacey led Technical Design of Outerwear & Swimwear for Lands' End. Lacey holds a MS in Project Management and a BS in Apparel Merchandising, Production, and Design.
Dana Todd started her career as a newspaper journalist, then changed directions when she fell in love with the world of advertising, marketing and tech. She co-founded one of the first US digital agencies in San Diego in 1997 building multi-million-dollar websites and online ad campaigns for major brands. Always on the forefront of emerging technology, she created a search marketing practice at the agency which took them to industry leadership. In 2004 she co-founded SEMPO, the largest global trade organization for search marketers. SEMPO and its members are credited for growing the industry into the massive economic ecosystem that it is today. Dana spoke around the world, advised media and brands, and rang the bell at NASDAQ on Cyber Monday 2008 as board chairperson.
In 2006, Dana’s vision to create a unique monetization system for online news media begat a spinoff company called Newsforce. Its patented platform optimized press releases to rank higher in Google News and converted traditional banner ad units into native advertising. Newsforce successful raised seed capital and equity partners and sold its IP to a major PR software company in 2010.
In 2011, Dana moved to Chicago to lead global marketing for Performics, a Publicis digital agency, and then moved brand-side to represent several companies as a Chief Marketing Officer. But she never lost the entrepreneur bug, and when a personal frustration turned into a “light bulb moment” for a new business idea, she bootstrapped and launched Balodana, a marketplace platform powering the first online department store dedicated entirely to women’s made-to-measure clothing.
Networking reception to follow
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