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AnitaB.org Connects:HiredNow

July 17, 2020 · 10:30 am - 5:00 pm CDT




AnitaB.org Connects:HiredNow is an inaugural event focused solely on providing awesome networking and employment opportunities for our community of technologists. Join us for an inspiring general session that will focus on discussing employment issues that we are facing during these unprecedented times. This event will provide an opportunity for students, early-career, and mid-career women technologists to learn about potential careers in the tech industry, submit resumes, network with potential employers, and network with like-minded community members of all professional levels. Networking sessions enable women to engage with peers, allies and mentors, and support one another along their career paths.



Jeanne Sparrow, TV/Radio Personality
Jeanne Sparrow is a 3-time Emmy-winning television and radio personality at V103/WVAZ Chicago, an iHeart Radio station.
Jeanne is also a speaker, consultant and graduate faculty instructor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Jeanne helps people and organizations find more success by developing and fine tuning the way they tell their stories, express themselves and communicate their value.  She believes that words have power that can change lives – and even the world – when you use them with intention and purpose.
Connect with Jeanne at www.fearlessauthenticity.com or on FacebookInstagram & Twitter… and look for her forthcoming book, “Fearless Authenticity: Insider Secrets to Lead Better, Sell More and Speak Sensationally.”




Brenda Darden Wilkerson, AnitaB.org President & CEO
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization that connects, inspires, and strives for greater equality for women technologists in business, academia, and government. She founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools, and serving as the inspiration for the Obama administration’s national CS4All initiatives.



Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago
On May 20, 2019, Lori E. Lightfoot became the 56th Mayor of the City of Chicago. Her campaign’s call for an ethical and responsive government and opportunities for all Chicagoans resonated in every ward of the city. Mayor Lightfoot came to City Hall following a career as a manager, advocate, and reform expert, with extensive experience working at the city and federal level to make government more accountable and accessible. Before taking office, she served as a senior equity partner in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown LLP. While at Mayer Brown, Mayor Lightfoot took on two critical tasks for the City of Chicago, chairing the Police Accountability Task Force, and serving as president of the Chicago Police Board.



  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am → Opening Remarks!
    • Speakers: Jeanne Sparrow, Brenda Darden Wilkerson, Mayor Lori Lightfoot
  • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm → HiredNow Career Fair
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm → BRAID Career Fair

For the first time ever, AnitaB.org is hosting an exclusive BRAID Career Fair for students from BRAID Schools and Affiliates! On July 17, 2020 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM CST, students from these institutions can meet with companies that support BRAID, like Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.If you are from one of the following institutions and are interested in participating in this event, please click here to register and submit your resume!

Arizona State University University of California, Irvine University of South Carolina
Dalhousie University University of Illinois at Chicago University of South Florida, Tampa
Missouri University of Science and Technology University of Maryland, Baltimore County University of Texas at El Paso
New Jersey Institute of Technology University of Maryland, College Park University of Vermont University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Northwestern University University of Nebraska-Lincoln Villanova University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick) University of North Carolina at Charlotte York University
Southern New Hampshire University University of North Texas
The Australian National University University of Rochester

We hope to see you there!

  • 5:00 pm → Closure

Timezone: Chicago (CST)


Questions? Email: hirednow@regsvc.com


Volunteers are an important part of AnitaB.org Connects: HiredNow. Each volunteer works 2 hours, helping with various conference management activities.

Application Process

Fill out the application form. Decisions will be emailed during the week of June 29, 2020. You must be 18 years or older to apply.

If we accept you into the AnitaB.org Connects: HiredNow Volunteer Program, you must:

  • be available for volunteer tasks during the entire event on July 17, 2020;
  • dedicate 2 hours of your time to volunteer assignments during the event
  • commit to the assignments you will choose
  • fill out a feedback form of the experience at the end.

If you attend AnitaB.org Connects: HiredNow and do not perform your volunteer assignments, you will not be considered for future volunteer opportunities for 1 year.



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If you are interested in sponsoring AnitaB.org Connects: HiredNow, please contact: BusinessDevelopment@AnitaB.org




July 17, 2020
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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