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OPEN Chicago’s Monthly Fireside Chat and meet up - Mar 27th, 2016

  • March 27, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1146 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


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OPEN Chicago’s Monthly Fireside Chat and meet up - Mar 27th, 2016

OPEN Chicago is proud to present Trisha C Mokosh and Syed Z. Ali as keynote speakers for the Mar' 16 Open Chicago monthly Fireside chat and meet-ups. This OPEN-Chicago meetup is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs and professionals to learn from experiences and insight of industry leaders.

Trisha C Mokosh and Syed Z. Ali will share their life journey and some insights about their respective industries.

When: 10:00 am to noon Sun, Mar 27, 2016

Where: 1146 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Cost: Complimentary



The objective is to provide an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals to network with industry leaders and learn from their personal experiences.

Who attends?

  • Startup Founders and Co-Founders

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Developers and Programmers

  • Professionals

  • Mentors and Advisers

  • Investors and Service Providers (legal, finance, marketing, etc.)

Thank you: We would like to thanks Aamir Ghaffar for hosting this event at his office space and our Charter members.

Syed Z. Ali

Mr. Ali has over twenty years of electrical engineering experience. For the last twelve years he has been working as a president and CEO of ZZSI Inc. a Consulting Engineering firm. ZZSI Inc. has a long term contract with a firm called S&C Electric Co, which is one of the largest Major Electrical Equipment manufacturing company in the City of Chicago.

Mr. Ali works as Senior Business Development Engineer for S&C Electric Co., responsible for developing proposals, cost estimates, engineering estimates, installation estimates and schedules for large utility grade turnkey projects with major emphasis in the Renewable Energy market. The projects include substation, wind farm, solar power generation, power quality, DVR DSTATCOM and Large Medium Voltage UPS turnkey installations, substation upgrades, transmission and distribution lines, distribution automation projects etc.

Most recently Mr. Ali has started another startup company called Alternative Power Generation (APG) where he is serving as CFO. APG is a full service Engineering,  Procurement and Construction (EPC) company serving the global Renewable Energy market with major emphasis on the Solar Energy, Wind Energy and the upcoming large scale Energy storage market, as well as tying the renewable energy to the Grid including Substations and Transmission Lines

Trisha C Mokosh

Trisha Squires has spent a life and a career growing businesses and people.  Having more than 20 years of experience in business advisory and executive leadership, she is skilled in leading multi-disciplinary teams, creating immense value and extraordinary professionals along the way. She has served multinational clients in multiple industries, providing focused, innovative, practical solutions to technical and business problems, demonstrating continuous market differentiation, excellence, and dominance.


Executive Leadership:  Trisha spent most of her career leading large, diverse teams toward the delivery of value for her clients at Ernst & Young, a Big 4 Accounting and Advisory firm, wherein she served as a partner.  She has been pivotal in the discovery and sustainability of value in the billions of dollars for her clients.  She has worked with executives and their teams in dozens of Fortune 500 companies in the majority of states.  She has also created enormous value for entrepreneurs, high growth companies, and aspiring start-ups.

Strategic Thinking & Planning:  Having made partner in a Big 4 accounting firm in 9 years, Trisha was charged with building thriving practices from scratch in 4 different regions of the country.  Through laser-focused strategies and the ability to scale talent and service delivery quickly, she was able to create growth businesses that have expanded exponentially.  The leaders she’s cultivated have gone on to be partners, CFOs, CEOs, and much more.

Today:  With her own company, Empowered, Trisha is able to bring her years of experience and enormous passion to leaders all over the country and globe.  She partners with C-suite teams to think, plan, and execute strategically for the purpose of accelerated and sustainable growth.  The vehicles are transformational strategic planning and business acceleration masterminding.  Her executive leadership experiences and fresh approach to authentic leadership in a high growth business allow her to deliver unprecedented results to inspired leadership teams, as well as growth-oriented companies.  Her fresh approaches deliver impact and value, infused with unique business insights, passions, and humor.

With a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a business degree from Miami University, Trisha brings practical results-driven insights as well as leadership acumen.  She regularly writes and speaks on a variety of topics, including authenticity in leadership, high impact teams, creating growth cultures, and many more.

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