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Sandee Kastrul featured on the Chicago Morning Takeover - WGCI

Listen to Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder of i.c.stars, speak on the recent Wintrust event celebrating Black business leaders.

Listen to “Chicago Morning Takeover - Wintrust” on Spreaker.

Red Foundry Announces Multi-City i.c.stars Sponsorship Agreement

January 29, 2018

Red Foundry, a leading provider of mobile product design, development and digital innovation services in the Chicago area, today announced an innovative multi-city sponsorship agreement with i.c.stars.

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AOL’s Co-Founder Steve Case Mentions i.c.stars in Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed

October 12, 2017

AOL’s Co-Founder Steve Case Mentions i.c.stars Columbus in Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed: Talented entrepreneurs can find a home here.

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Windy City Times Features i.c.stars

November 28, 2017

The Windy City Times features i.c.stars, its president Sandee Kastrul, staff and interns.

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i.c.stars featured on ABC 7's Ñ Beat - 9/24/17

September 24, 2017

i.c.stars was featured in the September 24, 2017 episode of ABC 7’s Ñ Beat, highlighting leaders in the latinx community around Chicago.

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Banking CIO Says Community Service Key to Leadership

June 30, 2017 The PrivateBank’s chief information officer discusses his engagement with i.c.stars and its value for leaders, in an interview with The Enterprisers Project. Read article.

Take the Lead Profiles i.c.stars' Chief Operating Officer: Singing COO Sees Stars, Gives Back In Mentoring Leadership Program

June 15, 2017
In a Take the Lead profile, i.c.stars COO Gillian Downey shares her thoughts on women in tech, mentoring, and transformation: Singing COO Sees Stars, Gives Back In Mentoring Leadership Program.

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Blue Sky Innovation writes that i.c.stars among Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship cohort

June 2, 2017

i.c.stars was selected by Blackstone Charitable Foundation to receive grant to support programming for minority entrepreneurs across Chicago.

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Chicago Ideas profiles i.c.stars recruiter and alumnus: Rico Bryant, like many formerly incarcerated people, isn't defined by

Rico Bryant is the Recruitment Manager of i.c.stars, a technology-based workforce development program assisting low-income adults. One of the pillars that i.c.stars touts is its leadership training, how it helps people from underserved communities tap into their potential and grow into forward-thinking leaders. The 33-year-old Bryant knows this well.

Read the full article at blog.chicagoideas.com written by David Anthony.

i.c.stars Partners with Chicago Ideas for Roundtable on Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

February 22, 2017

i.c.stars partnered with Chicago Ideas on a roundtable discsussion on hiring formerly incarcerated individuals.

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