Nicole Yeary

Keynote speaker on the Fear Paradox, award-winning diversity & inclusion advocate, social entrepreneur, and technologist

Nicole has led Ms.Tech, a Chicago-based company focused on seeing more women start and scale companies, as the founding President since 2014. She has spent over fifteen years in leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies in various capacities such as Direct Sales, Marketing Services, and Learning Development and several years helping build a startup within a corporation that collectively became the most profitable unit. Nicole now invests her time advising and guiding the next generation of startup companies through a strong partnership between Ms.Tech and 1871 as the co-facilitator WiSTEM, a curriculum-based program that connects women to capital, community, and technology resources.

Since 2010, Nicole has made it her mission to see more women capture the resources needed to build scalable startup companies. In just under a year, Ms. Tech was recognized in “Crain's Guide to Networking” as one of “Six Great Tech Groups, practically guaranteed to commune with the scene's best and brightest!"

Nicole delivers and shares her expertise by serving select advisory boards. She is a sponsoring member of the United Nations, UN Women, Social Enterprise Alliance, Internet Society and OpenID. Most recently Nicole was recognized as one of Chicago’s “Top 100 Innovators” by Tribune, awarded "Prominent Woman in Tech" by the Illinois Technology Association, 35 Under 35 Making an Impact, among the 100 Most Inspirational Women by Today's Chicago Woman, awarded MAFA Masters Honoree as an “Industry Entrepreneur Emerging Leader,” recognized as a 2016 Women Tech Leader by Chicago Woman Magazine, and among Huffington Post’s "Women In Tech.”

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