The Fear Paradox is a women’s summit, a two-day event, designed to remove friction from the path of innovation, to lead you closer to your fears, inspiring you to leap into the anxiety abyss, pushing paradoxical “fearlessness” to a new level of success.  Hosted by Ms.Tech + SimplyBe, for women entrepreneurs, technologists, executives and artists from around the country are invited to a summit unlike anything they have experienced before.

THE EXPERIENCE

The Fear Paradox Summit is built on three core pillars:

eXpand

We will eXpand our networks, minds and horizons as we immerse ourselves in fierce fireside chats, powerful panels, and innovative techXhibits.

eXperiment

We will get outside of our heads, go with our gut, and jump from the ledges of limiting thoughts, and take on heart-pumping fear inducing eXperiments.

eXecute

We commit to try something new, to flex our minds, to feel out the edges of fear, unlock unlimited potential, to eXecute and reach new levels of success.

Alison Victoria
   

Keynote Speaker

Alison Victoria


Founder and President of Alison Victoria Interiors with offices in Chicago and Las Vegas, Alison Victoria is known for creating glamorous, modern interiors with a client list that includes high-end boutiques, resorts and private residences. AS a culmination of her design vision, Alison introduced the Alison Victoria Collection, a line of luxury furniture for the home. She went on to host Kitchen Crashers on HGTV and DIY Network, becoming the first female lead in the popular Crashers franchise. Her new show, Windy City Flip , follows Alison in her role as developer and designer, renovating properties in her hometown of Chicago. The show is set to air in 2017 on HGTV.

Emcee

Micae Brown


Micae Brown is the host of WVON 1690AM’s The Urban Business Roundtable, creator and host of The Micae Brown Report, and philanthropist. Micae’s media career began at the Chicago Sun-Times where she served as the National Business Development Manager, specializing in constructing advertising strategies for clients including Comcast, Macy’s and the Chicago White Sox. While holding this position, she conceptualized and hosted the “Minority Report” video series with the Chicago Sun-Times to showcase the city’s vibrant community of entrepreneurs and professionals of color. Micae conducted interviews with acclaimed guests as diverse as Chicago’s former Treasurer Stephanie Neely, advertising executive Sherman Wright, and NFL star Israel Idonije.

micae-brown
     

SPECIAL GUESTS

Kelly Hoey
Kelly Hoey
Author

Build Your Dream Network

 

Tara-Tate
Tara Tate
Pro Snowboarder
Skateboard Athlete
Women’s Project Manager

Arbor Collective

A skateboarder & competitive snowboarder for about 8 years, I currently am the head of the Women’s Program for an Action Sports/Lifestyle brand called Arbor. I advocate for women’s action sports. I’ve dealt with & see a lot of fear in my line of work, but everything is scary until you do it once & survive. In 2015 I was run over by a truck while downhill skating & fractured my skull in 5 places. About 3 months later, I found myself being promoted to the position I’m in now for my company.
Dr. Anitha  Roa
Dr. Anitha Rao
Founder/CEO

Neurocern

 

Dr. Rao is CEO and Co-Founder of Neurocern, an aging and caregiving technology startup that empowers caregivers with limited resources by creating custom care solutions in order to improve the quality of life of their loved one. Dr. Rao also practices part-time as a board-certified neurologist and specializes in memory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Her additional interests include: public health, policy, big data, machine learning, and predictive modeling in health information technology. Dr. Rao has published several articles on neurological disease and public health outcomes, and served as an Advisor for the American Geriatrics Society and The American Academy of Neurology.

Samara Mejia Hernandez
Samara M. Hernandez
Venture Capital Investor

MATH Venture Partners

Samara is an early stage investor at MATH Venture Partners based in Chicago. Prior to joining MATH, Samara spent eight years at Goldman Sachs, where she was continually ranked top 5 in selling financial products, providing market insights, advising on portfolio construction, and consulting on business practices. She started her career in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity (FICC) group where she lead multiple technology enhancing projects across global exchanges. Samara is actively involved in the Chicago tech community and passionate about helping underrepresented groups get into STEM education, venture capital and entrepreneurship. She is on the leadership council for Women Tech Founders and an active mentor at 1871 and with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Samara earned an Industrial and Operations Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University.
Shavalerie Thurman
Shavalerie Thurman
Producer

CNN

Shavalerie Thurman is a seasoned media professional and multi-talented producer at CNN, producing diverse, innovative programming. With more than 10 years spearheading original programming on news shows in top 10 and mid-level affiliate markets, Shavalerie brings a unique approach to problem-solving and the delivery of cutting-edge material. She has built a successful career utilizing her skills and talents producing, writing and editing, while balancing life as a single mother of two sons, putting herself through college and serving as a mentor for future journalists and single, working moms.
Dena Khalafallah
Dena Khalafallah
Promotions

iHeartMedia

Dena is a Loyola University Chicago alumna, majored in Communication Studies with minors in marketing and Arabic. Last Spring Dena worked with Chicago’s #1 morning news show, WGN-TV and she currently works for iHeartMedia Chicago as well as a graduate student in journalism at Northwestern Medill. She’s an aspiring entertainment reporter who happens to be a first generation American, daughter of Egyptian immigrants!
Alex Batdorf
Alex Batdorf
Co-Founder

ZipFit Denim

Alex Batdorf is the Co-Founder & CMO of ZipFit Denim, a venture backed eCommerce company solving for fit while shopping for designer clothing. Unlike the old way of shopping in trying to fit into clothing, ZipFit has developed proprietary technology that helps identify designer clothing that will fit and is customized perfectly to you. ZipFit launched in 2011 out of New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago Booth School of business and started with men’s denim. They now offer a product assortment for men and recently launched their women’s denim collection. Their goal is to be your online destination for perfect fitting designer clothing. Alex obtained her BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Prior to ZIpFit, she worked in marketing for companies like Valspar, Starcom Mediavest Group, and provided freelance marketing consulting for local fashion brands in Chicago.
Ari Krzyzek
Ari Krzyzek
Creative Director & Chief designer

Chykalophia

Co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, she founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

RIGHT?! WE CAN’T WAIT.

Who Should Attend?


Innovators ready to feel out the edges of their fears and reach for new levels of success.

fear paradox summit tracks

the fortuitous

Founder

the adamant

Artist

the elevated

Executive

the wishful

Wantrepreneur


 

Four Unique Tracks

FOUNDER

FEARS...

Founder

Raising money, finding tech talent...

LEARN MORE

Executive

FEARS...

Executive

Not being good enough

LEARN MORE

Artist

FEARS...

Artist

Not being remembered

LEARN MORE

Wantrepreneur

FEARS...

Wantrepreneur

entrepreneurship is too risky

LEARN MORE

Take our quiz

Discover your profile and choose the best track for you!

START HERE!

Shout Out to Key Sponsors

VIRGIN HOTEL
soulcycle
VIRGIN HOTEL

CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR PARTNERS HERE.

stay-in-the-know

Subscribe to be the first to find out about our news and updates!