Join us at the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) 2019 Viewing Party hosted by Morningstar WIT and MAA!
Please join members of Morningstar Women in Technology (WIT) and Men as Allies (MAA) for a reception celebrating great women in technology at 4:30 on Oct. 29th, 7th floor Café. We’ve got an action-packed agenda this year where we’ll have a panel discussion on several individuals’ experiences at Grace Hopper, as well as a round-table discussion with executives on how women achieve career and financial success, culminating with a workshop which will help you understand what behaviors you can improve to reach your financial goals. Our hope is that you leave inspired and educated on taking more control of your future.
4:30-5pm: Networking and Welcome
5-5:15pm: GHC Keynote Viewing
5:15-6pm: Panel Discussion on key takeaways from GHC 2019
Shafia Zubair, IT Disaster Recovery Analyst, Morningstar
Ximena Cortez, QA Engineer, Kenna Security
Stephen Weinberg, Director of Site Reliability, Morningstar
Maria Diaz, Student, Northeastern Illinois University
Moderator: Lindsay Lachner, AnitaB Chicago Leader
6-7pm: Roundtable Discussion on achieving career and financial success
Christine Benz, Director of Personal Finance, Morningstar
Concepcion Prado, Principal and Founder of Greenfield Group
Candice Savino, CTO of Farmer’s Fridge
Colleen D. Egan, Co-Founder & CEO, Tiger Puppet Studios
Lauri Hoffherr, Head of Product Development at Oranj
7-8pm Workshop on creating a successful financial mindset
Sarah Newcomb, Director of Behavior Science, Morningstar
When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 from 5pm – 8pm, doors open at 4:30pm for attendees
Where: Morningstar, 22 W Washington Chicago, Illinois 60602
M Concepción Prado
Concepción Prado is Principal and Founder of Greenfield Group, a management & IT consulting firm based in Chicago. She sets the direction and vision of the organization and manages key national and local relationships with clients. As a practicing consultant, Concepción combines her hands-on technical experience and management skills to complex projects such as M&A integrations, system implementations and enterprise strategy support. With more than 25 years of experience, Prado provides leadership in support of her client’s priorities to deliver excellent service, maximize impact, and increase efficiencies in their operations using creativity. Most recently, she was honored to read personal leadership story featured in new book, “Choosing Leadership”.
Prior to founding Greenfield Group, Prado started other companies; in technology, helpdesk Inc as co-founder and a wellness company which was recognized with the New Venture Award in 2002 by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Her personal causes include education and women-rights. Concepción has served on the Latino Advisory Council for the March of Dimes and is an advocate on topics of education, health and wellness and professional development. When she is not serving her clients as a consultant, you will find her reading, writing for her company blog or public speaking as an ambassador on her causes. Prado holds a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Christine Benz is director of personal finance for Morningstar and senior columnist for Morningstar.com. She is author of 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances (Wiley, 2010).
Benz is also co-author of Morningstar® Guide to Mutual Funds: 5-Star Strategies for Success, a national bestseller published in 2003, and author of the book’s second edition, which was published in 2005. Before assuming her current role in 2008, Benz also served as Morningstar’s director of mutual fund analysis. She has served as editor of several of Morningstar’s publications over the years, including PracticalFinance, Morningstar® Mutual FundsTM, and Morningstar® FundInvestorTM. She has worked as an analyst and editor at Morningstar since 1993.
Benz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian/East European studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Candice Savino serves as the CTO at Farmer’s Fridge in Chicago. In that role Savino leads the engineering, product, design and data teams. She is focused on ensuring the tech platform is ready for growth, using data to personalize the consumer experience and maximizing operational efficiency across the supply chain. With more than 16 years of technology and leadership experience across companies including Groupon, WMS Gaming, Encyclopedia Brittanica and IBM, she brings a wealth of experience scaling consumer technology, building technology teams, and leading innovation.
An active participant in Chicago’s technology community, she was named to Crain’s Tech 50 in 2017. She sits on the board of the Illinois Technology Association, focused on Women in Chicago and works as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s center for entrepreneurship and technology. Candice graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science from DePaul University in Chicago.
As Head of Product Development and Client Success at Oranj,Lauri leads the development and support of next generation wealth management software that gives advisors the tools needed to effectively practice in today’s digital age. She started her career at an options trading firm just as a wave of technology revolutionized capital markets. Lauri quickly moved from the business side to technology as the role of Product Manager developed during the early days of agile. After a stop at Obtiva as agile coach, she arrived at Groupon in 2010 and joined the then 40 person engineering team for a front row seat to the explosive growth. Lauri returned to fintech at Morningstar in 2016 and today she is building the Oranj platform for advisors, investors and asset managers as well as managing the Client Success team and leader of Oranj Crush, the house band.
Lauri is Chicago Co-Chair of A Leg to Stand On charity, a frequent speaker and moderator on product management, an avid supporter and mentor of women in technology, received her first multi-media email from Steve Jobs on her NeXT computer and holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia.