Using project-based learning and immersion teaching, i.c.stars provides an opportunity for change-driven, future leaders to develop skills in business and technology.


Covid-19 Update: i.c.stars’ training programs continue to operate virtually, supported by our remote teams. This includes video-based high teas, remote client project work, Geek Week and leadership workshops. Contact us at info@icstars.org with any questions.

Interested in applying for the training program? Sign up for a virtual info session or email recruitment@icstars.org. 


i.c.stars provides a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for underserved adults, connecting them with career opportunities through our social enterprise and partner organizations. Participants learn by doing; they build web based applications to solve client challenges – with coding, business, and leadership instruction provided along the way. They also gain the professional network needed to jumpstart their careers. 

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For two decades, i.c.stars has seen the world as an intersection of two powerfully aligned aspirations—success and impact. Some young adults already have what it takes to excel in technology careers and to play leadership roles in their communities. How do we know this? We discovered that the qualities that lead to excellence in technology are closely linked to those associated with community leadership—namely, solutions orientation, resilience, collaboration, commitment, empathy, reciprocity, and accountability. Through our recruitment and selection methods and our field-based curriculum, we generate unparalleled results for both young adults and employers.

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Since inception, i.c.stars has engaged more than 10,000 employers – changing perceptions and practices around nontraditional talent. No other workforce development organization has of corporate network of this size. We leverage this network to build social capital for participants and alumni.


They define how we work and how we live our lives.


We’re committed to creating opportunity for others.


We know that to learn and lead is the greatest form of justice.


Agents to Change:
We invest in change and innovation, not charity.


We’re strong, courageous and capable of overcoming adversity.


Solution Finders:
We shape our future by solving problems in and with the community.


TechBash 2020

TechBash 2020

December 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST

Ticket $50 Join us for i.c.stars end of year celebration bringing together i.c.stars interns and alumni as well as Chicago's technology and business leaders! This year's TechBash will be taking place virtually- but we'll be brought together by a signature cocktail, a unique speed networking activity, and a CIO & i.c.stars alumni Talent Show- [...]

Register Here - $50 Celebrate with tech & business leaders from the Metro Milwaukee area Please join i.c.stars |* Milwaukee for our first StarBash end of year celebration event!  We were hoping to celebrate in person but due to the impact of COVID we will be celebrating virtually in the comfort of our own [...]

Join 300 Technology and Business leaders for powerful content and facilitated conversations with CxOs.

Capitalize 2020

Capitalize on Illinois 2020

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am CDT

Join 200 Technology and Business leaders for powerful content and facilitated conversations with CxOs from the Chicagoland area.

Chicago HR Roundtable v2

HR Roundtable Chicago

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 pm CDT

i.c.stars is bringing together HR, Talent Acquisition and D&I leaders to talk through taking best practices in recruiting and retaining diverse talent on April 21st for our first all-virtual thought leadership and networking event. This panel discussion and interactive Q&A will be moderated by Sandee Kastrul, President and cofounder of i.c.stars, an innovative technology, [...]

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