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Announcing Heart of Bold: 1871 to celebrate International Women’s Day March 8

1871 will celebrate International Women's Day 2017 with HEART OF BOLD, a full day of free public events and workshops, culminating in a featured keynote by  Feminist Fight Club Author Jessica Bennett. The event will reflect this year's theme “Be Bold for Change” with programming tailored to empower and inspire women in tech and business. 

The free public event series, titled “Heart of Bold,” invites participants from all professional backgrounds to 1871 for a full day of panels, development workshops and meetups that have been specifically curated to empower business-minded women and entrepreneurs and recognize the accomplishments of trailblazers and thought leaders. The day will conclude with a featured keynote by “Feminist Fight Club” author Jessica Bennett. All events at 1871 are free and open to the public.

“1871 is a natural host for a celebration of women in technology that will bring together some of the boldest and brightest minds on International Women’s Day,” said 1871 board member and JPMorgan Chase managing director, Laura Ferris Anderson. “With programs like its WiSTEM incubator and a commitment to purchasing from women and minority owned vendors, 1871 is a consistent force in celebrating diversity in tech."

A full schedule of events and registration links can be found here, as well as below. Members of the media wishing to attend any of the events or arrange interviews can contact or Mick Swasko at (312) 350-5183.

Resting Bold Face: Powerful Women Who Lead by Example
Breakfast Panel - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

To kick off 1871’s celebration of International Women’s Day and to emphasize the 2017 theme “Be Bold For Change,” we will be celebrating the accomplishments of successful women who serve as role models to the larger community of women in technology, education, and the nonprofit world. You’ll hear about the triumphs and struggles of women who stand out in their respective fields and the trajectory that brought them to where they are now. Register.

Entrepreneur's Roadmap: A Guide to Designing Your Business Model
Workshop - 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Women entrepreneurship is on the rise as more female-founders are starting businesses that solve a problem in their lives.  With the Business Model Canvas (based on the book Design a Better Business: A Handbook For Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers), you will be able to look at your business idea from different angles to ensure that what you are envisioning is a viable business model. This workshop will give you the tools to describe, design, and challenge your business model in order to ultimately develop a better product. All levels of entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend–just come prepared with an idea for a business. Register.

Ditch the Pitch: Communicate Your Business in 30 Seconds
Workshop - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It’s the classic scenario…You find yourself in a situation where you have the attention of someone who can make or break your idea. The problem is, you only have a few seconds to help them understand who you are, why you are relevant, what you have to offer and how to continue the conversation. This hands-on workshop walks you through some basic exercises to help you perfect your message by getting down to the essentials of the moment. Register.

Ms.Tech Mastermind: Personal Development
Meetup - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Gather together with other women professionals and share those bold moments and bold actions taken to help improve or develop an aspect of our career or business. This is a special monthly Mastermind at 1871 where we will be discussing Personal Development and celebrating the global movement to #BeBoldForChange! Register.

Moto Panel: Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls CODE
Panel Discussion - 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Don’t miss the International Women’s Day Celebration at Moto before the 1871 Featured Keynote with Jessica Bennett. Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls CODE, will be a special guest speaker, followed by a panel of local leaders from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on the 19th floor of Merchandise Mart. Tickets include heavy appetizers and an open bar. All ticket proceeds will be matched by the Motorola Mobility Foundation and donated to Black Girls CODE. Register.

Battle Scars: Feminist Fight Club Author Jessica Bennett on Battling Office Sexism with Practical Hacks
Featured Keynote - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jessica Bennett transformed a regular meeting of women to vent about sexist office behavior into a movement, and the Feminist Fight Club was born. Join us for an incredible chat with author Jessica Bennett as she shares the bruises, scrapes, and scars that mark the experience of women – and ultimately their victories – in battling office sexism. The conversation will be hosted by Lauren Chooljian of WBEZ Chicago. **Books will be available for sale from The Book Cellar. Register.

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