Nicole Yeary is the founder and CEO of Ms.Tech, a Chicago-based company focused on seeing more women start and scale companies. Yeary and her team encourage women to develop entrepreneurial management thinking, educated risk-taking, creative problem solving, and inspirational, supportive leadership for their teams, organizations, and businesses through education, mentorship, networking, and information sharing.
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.
Yeary 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, Yeary 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!"
Yeary 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.
Yeary has been recognized as one of Chicago’s “Top 100 Innovators” by Tribune and awarded "Prominent Woman in Tech" by the Illinois Technology Association and made the 35 Under 35 Making an Impact list. She is among Today's Chicago Woman's list of the 100 Most Inspirational Women. Yeary was awarded MAFA Masters Honoree as an “Industry Entrepreneur Emerging Leader,” and recognized as a 2016 Women Tech Leader by Chicago Woman Magazine.
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Nicole Yeary is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Nicole Yeary for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Nicole Yeary generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nicole Yeary for an upcoming event.
By James Janega, Blue Sky Reporter Oct. 23, 2013, 9:20 a.m. Nicole Yeary spent 10 years selling health insurance by telephone, learning to navigate the complex pathways of the health care landscape. The job didn’t last after the economy tanked, but the knowledge she gained about how to get the right medical coverage seemed more pertinent and valuable than ever. An entrepreneur at heart, Yeary crafted a plan to build an online business that matched customers to health plans, and she set out to find venture capitalists and other investors. They didn't seem interested.... cont.
Nicole Yeary, founder of Ms. Tech, Grind (Antonio Perez / Blue Sky / 2013 ) By Kate MacArthur, Special to Blue Sky April 29, 2014, 5:30 a.m. When Nicole Yeary couldn’t get her health care startup funded in 2011, she launched a Facebook group for women facing the same challenge and a new focus. As she added offline education and networking events, Yeary and Lisa Russell co-founded the startup as Ms. Tech. In February, they established it as a membership organization. Yeary shares lessons about getting investors and why women shouldn’t take an “us versus them” view on men in tech and startups. ...
“There’s at least six (female founders), and we tend to find each other and sometimes it might be a Friday afternoon, and we’ll sit at the same coworking table together and discuss ways we can send each other business or collaborate. I don’t know that that happens in other coworking spaces. Grind from the beginning knew it was important to be diverse and kind of invited us in to experience the space. “Like a terrarium, you have all these elements that play into the ecosystem. Diversity to me is the exact same kind of element.”
We won’t see flying cars in 2015. But we’ll continue to see advancements in health care technology, wearables, smartphones and more. A panel of four tech-industry leaders gathered at Google Chicago on Thursday night to discuss trends, new gadgets, and the 2015 tech horizon. Blue Sky reporter John Carpenter moderated the event, hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Organizers said 86 people attended. Panelists were Ted Souder, Google’s head of industry, retail; Nicole Yeary, founder of Ms. Tech; Linda Maclachlan, CEO of YJT Solutions; and John Flavin, executive director of the Chicago Innovation Exchange at the University of Chicago. They shared insights on what businesses need to know to prevent being left behind. Health care Panelists said the Internet of Things, the sector for interconnected devices, will lead to big advancements in health care. Data analytics and predictive technologies will enable more personalized medicine. Yeary: Focus on women-founded businesses. Yeary does this by asking her Ms. Tech team to stay knowledgeable about the latest female entrepreneurs. “Tell me about the women who are building companies that are game-changing, anywhere from 3D medical printing to telemedicine.” Future of business The next wave of entrepreneurs may have new technologies at their disposal, and collaboration will rule. Yeary: If you have an idea or product, the ability to build and sell online opens opportunities. “It’s great to see now that we’re not allowing regulation to keep us from innovating.” Copyright © 2016, Chicago Tribune
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