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Get your business growth-ready at our Chicago event


Our first Readiness Event in Chicago is just a few weeks away, on the theme of capital raising and getting companies growth-ready. The event will focus on readiness; the role it plays in the current, fast-changing climate, and how business leaders today can achieve a state of ‘always-on’ preparedness for risks and opportunities.

We’re lucky enough to have a number of amazing speakers whose experience and knowledge on capital raising spans industries; they’ll be in attendance to share their expertise, including everything they wished they had known before their first one. We can’t wait to welcome them.

If you haven’t yet, you can register for our Chicago event here.

Sonia joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2016, and looks after sourcing, diligence and oversight for the firm’s investments in consumer, enterprise and emerging technologies.

Recently, Sonia was Vice President of Product and Head of Mobile Apps for RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE), responsible for cross-platform strategy and leading an app redesign that earned a 2015 People’s Voice Webby Award for Best Shopping App. Sonia joined RetailMeNot in 2014 following its acquisition of Pickie, the venture-backed mobile shopping start-up she co-founded in 2011.

Prior to Pickie, Sonia was a senior associate for Booz & Company leading post-merger integration and growth strategy projects for digital media and retail clients. Previously she worked in product management, investment banking, and engineering roles with Amazon, Goldman Sachs and General Motors.


Maria Christopoulos Katris is the Co-Founder & CEO of Built In, the most powerful online recruiting solution for tech companies across six US markets. The network of Built In sites provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the innovative products and cultures of today’s top tech companies. Currently headquartered in Chicago, Built In also operates sites in Los Angeles, Colorado, Austin, New York and Boston.

Katris is a born entrepreneur, having caught the bug from her serial entrepreneur parents who emigrated from Greece. Following their example, Katris founded and sold her first business in two short years while a student at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Katris brings more than 16 years of marketing, strategy and consulting expertise to the table, spanning industries. Over her career, she also ran a non-profit for technology entrepreneurs called TiE Midwest, held a strategic analyst role at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and started her career as a healthcare consultant for Arthur Andersen and Huron Consulting Group.


Allison is the Founder and CEO of The Mom Project, a leading technology platform for enterprises to connect with female talent. Under Allison’s leadership, The Mom Project has grown its reach to serve more than 500 customers, including executives of many of the Fortune 500 who’ve long sought a turnkey solution for attracting gender diverse talent.

Prior to founding The Mom Project, Allison spent eight years with Procter and Gamble managing enterprise relationships and building consumer-led market strategies. Allison has received coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the world, including the Today Show, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and CNN and has received numerous distinctions such as the P&G 40 under 40 and Chicago Innovation Awards.


Ed Bellis is a security industry veteran and expert and was once named ‘Information Security Executive of the Year’. He founded Kenna Security to deliver a data-driven risk-based approach to remediation and help IT teams prioritize and thwart would-be security threats.

Ed is the former CISO of Orbitz and former Vice President, Corporate Information Security at Bank of America. He is an advisor to Dharma and former advisor to and Society of Payment Security Professionals. Ed is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Security (Oram, Andy & Viega, John, O’Reilly Media, 2009).


Register for our growth-ready event in Chicago on 21 June here

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