Introducing our virtual workshop series

Female Founders Roundtables


We started the female founders community this year for International Women's Day, to bring together entrepreneurial women in Chicago for a roundtable discussion about equality, collaboration and identity. During these challenging times, we aim to strengthen our community by welcoming more female founders into the network for a series of panels and workshops to inspire the female founders of the future.
These workshops will be collaborative and instructional, with an audience of fellow founders, entrepreneurial women, and students.

Here are some of the amazing women leading our discussions!

Sheila Patel

Sheila is the founder of the Life Bags Company, kicking off our workshop series with a session focused on social impact and collaborations.

Emily Burnett

Emily is the founder, CEO and creative director for Burnett New York, a women's luxury brand built by women, for all women. Before she founded Burnett, she was the creative director at Dennis Basso. 

Kylee Alexander

Kylee is a Chicago based designer specializing in fur design, conceptual womenswear and traditional craftsmanship. She is also a cofounder of She Makes Chicago and is dedicated to improving the landscape for creative entrepreneurship within her city.

Sharon Brand

Sharon is the founder of Brand's Media Group, where she helps brands, influencers, and entrepreneurs elevate their online presence and increase their sales through branding and marketing initiatives.

Sararose Krenger

Sararose is a Chicago-based designer, known for her fashion and lifestyle publication and Stix and Roses, a vegan and sustainable fashion line. She welcomes a community of creatives with a shared love for purpose driven beauty, food, and style. 

Natasha Pearl Hansen

Natasha is a comedian, actress and producer joining a conversation on women in the entertainment industry. She recently hosted a comedy show fundraiser with Boss Comedy to support our Covid-19 aid projects in India.

Diandra Lammens

Diandra is the founder of Matty and Lou, an online boutique featuring comfy, trendy clothing with a store in Chicago's Wicker Park.

Vania Tafur

Vania is a textile expert, instructor, and award winning fashion designer based in Peru. She is also the design coordinator and head of production for Reuben Oliver, a limited edition knitwear brand.

Kimberly Pace Arquilla

Kimberly founded Work+Shop after a successful career at PriceWaterhouse Cooper by pooling her resources, connections and business acumen to create a safe space where other women can evolve into their next phase of life and work.

Patti Morrow

Patti is a health and wellness advisor with certifications in health and life coaching, nutrition, yoga and sports massage. She serves as a mentor and motivator to connect your mind, body, and spirit.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah founded Seven Summits Pictures and Management, a talent agency in Los Angeles. She will be leading a discussion with women in the entertainment industry.

Upcoming Workshops

June 24: Collaborations with Sheila Patel
June 29: 10 Social Media Secrets ALL Business Owners Should Know with Sharon Brand
July 8: The Future of Fashion and Sustainability


If you're a female founder looking to get involved, email