What is the Event?
Who Should Attend?
OPEN Chicago is proud to announce its Second Annual Conference to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Come join us for a day full of learning and networking opportunities with successful entrepreneurs and corporate leaders of the Chicagoland community.
This is our premier public event that will provide both learning and networking opportunities to diaspora business and entrepreneurial communities of Chicagoland and the Midwest. Attendees are invited to join us in these learning conversations with our high-profile speakers and successful panelists while 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.
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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.
Rida Khan is head of fashion and entertainment programming for Sinclair Broadcasting, which is the largest television station owner in the United States and the new owner of the Chicago Tribune. Sinclair Broadcasting controls content for more than 400 television stations nationwide. Rida's former roles include President of Maxim TV and President/Owner of Addicted Brands.
Rida is also Senior Media Advisor for Fashion 4 Development, the fashion initiative from the United Nations. Rida began her career at Morgan Stanley, then founded both the Zee Report and ZeePortal.com; both of which are used by tradeshows worldwide. Rida joined Fashion TV in 2013 and purchased the rights of Style TV in 2014. Style TV was later acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting which led to Rida’s role as head of fashion and entertainment programming.
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, Chicago’s Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship.
09:00 - 09:45
09:15 - 9:45
Networking Over Coffee and Pastries
10:00 - 10:05
Message: Howard Tullman (CEO, 1871)
10:15 - 11:00
Keynote Address: Immigrant Entrepreneur Success Story and Overview of Chicago’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
11:00 - 11:45
Panel Discussion #1: Changing Landscape of Healthcare
Panelist(s): Bilal Ansari, M.D. (Medical Oncologist, Michiana Hematology-Oncology, P.C.); Tracy Graham (Founder and Managing Principal, Graham Allen Partners); Sapan Shah, M.D. J.D. (Managing Partner, Flagship Healthcare); and Khan Siddiqui (Founder and Chief Medical/Technology Officer, higi)
Moderator: Omair Siraj (Founder and CEO, Chestnut Health Company, Inc.)
11:45 - 12:30
12:30 - 1:15
Panel Discussion #2: Entrepreneurial Stories
Panelist(s): Rehan Allahwala (President, Super Technologies, Inc.); Zain Jeewanjee (CEO, Insure 123 Insurance Agency, an Escalon Services Company; Founder and CEO, G1G Travel Insurance); and Sajid Patel (CEO, Optimal Design)
Moderator: Aamir Chalisa (Managing Director, Futurity First Insurance Group)
1:15 - 2:00
Panel Discussion #3: Pakistani-American Arts Entrepreneurship: An Emerging Enterprise
Panelist(s): Malik Gillani (Founding Executive Director, Silk Road Rising); Fawzia Mirza, Actor, Writer, and Producer; and Sadia Uqaili (Founder, Explore Their Stories, Inc.)
Moderator: Zafar Malik (Dean for Development and University Relations, East-West University)
2:30 - 3:15
Panel Discussion #4: Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
Panelist(s): Omer Abdullah (CEO, Smart Cube); Charles Kwon (Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Concitor); and Raheel Retiwalla (Director of Digital Business Strategy, BlueMetal, Inc.);
Moderator: Farrukh Khan (Co-Founder and CEO, Inference Analytics)
3:45 - 4:00
Closing Comments and Recognitions
4:00 - 5:00
Why Sponsor OPEN Chicago’s Conference?
OPEN Chicago is a premier entrepreneur and professional network community for diaspora communities in Chicagoland and the Midwest.
Our members include senior corporate leaders, successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists, social leaders, academics, and students.
OPEN Chicago membership includes highly-successful individuals and collectively constitutes a group with significant buying power and influence.
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Platinum - $5,000
Other Sponsorship Opportunities:
If you are interested in showcasing your products and services to this influential target audience, please contact Faiz Syed: firstname.lastname@example.org / 630-245-9607 OR Farrukh Kahn: email@example.com / 312-933-2453.