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Trailblazing women: Lead the way on diversity, direct the conversation

Posted by Amina Elahi on Blue Sky on December 12, 2014

Laughter reigned as a panel of female trailblazers told stories of success, risks and struggles at an ARA event called "Breaking Barriers: Lessons Learned from Trailblazing Women.".

The Wednesday night discussion drew about 300 people, mostly women, to the auditorium at tech hub 1871. Sandee Kastrul, president and co-founder of i.c. stars, a non-profit that prepares inner-city adults for careers in technology, moderated. The Chicago-based ARA network -- that's ARA for "Attract, Retain, Advance" -- promotes women in IT through mentorship.

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