Capitalize 2015

Celebrate the importance of mentoring and the positive effects local IT leaders have in developing future IT and community leaders.


When: 1 May 2015 - 7:00am - 12:00pm America/Chicago
Where: 516 North Clark St (Maggiano's), Chicago IL, Chicago IL

This premier event brings together over 200 C-Level IT executives, i.c.stars alumni, sponsors and board members to share and learn together. Capitalize on Illinois is a great opportunity to meet the i.c.stars interns and alums while being immersed in our innovative culture.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carey Kogol, Development Director at (312) 275-5730 or

This year's conference will center on themes in Cybersecurity in the context of modern business practices and an environment of evolving threat actors. Conference Agenda will include:

  • Kellogg Company Steven Young, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, will kick off the conference with a keynote during the VIP Session
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP & Cycle 32 interns presenting on their mobile app prototype, highlighting how CIO organizations engage with i.c.stars during the 4-month internship
  • Enova"What computer do you take to China?": CTO John Higginson on protecting data in foreign countries
  • KPMG & Chicago Transit AuthorityA Sr. Security Advisor shares a C-Level case study along with CTA Chief Information Officer Hema Sundaram
  • ThoughtWorks, The importance of moving away from the "security sandwich" towards making security thinking a part of the delivery cycle from Joanne Molesky
  • ServiceNowCybersecurity & the cloud
  • LancopeThe Evolution of Detecting Intrusions
  • i.c.starsSandee Kastrul, President and co-founder of i.c.stars on what's next in technology workforce development
  • Facilitated Discussion Session lead by 60+ CIO Table Hosts.
  • Check out some photos from last year's conference:

    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

    A Measurable Impact

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