Spring Summit is a rendezvous of like minded individuals for professional development and intellectually stimulating discussion at a corporate setting.


20 W. Kinzie Street, 17th Floor
Chicago, Illinois

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Event Details

We pick a different topic every year and invite a panel or a speaker to discuss the topic. This year's topic is Women In Tech. 

Come join fellow Booth women to talk about Women in Tech. Hosts Victoria Gustafson (2001) and Zora Senat (2018) will moderate a panel of highly successful women with diverse experience in this space. We will discuss unique opportunities and challenges that the rapidly changing tech marketplace presents to women and share advice on how to capture immediate opportunities and prepare yourself to succeed in the future.

After the panel discussion, you will have an opportunity to network and enjoy an open bar and gourmet appetizers in a friendly setting with a great view of Chicago's River North neighborhood. So, join us and bring a friend!

Seats are limited. Register today to reserve your spot!!


Pre-pay: $20. Includes heavy gourmet hors d'oeuvres and open beer and wine bar.


Register Online

Deadline: 4/24/2017

Speaker Profiles

Shari Matzelle (Panelist) '93
Managing Director and Founder, RGS

Shari is an accomplished global business consultant with over 25 years of experience. Shari has founded and run two technology startups in the competitive sports services space, one of which is in operation now. She built her technology foundation as an engineer working with the B2 and F15 fighter programs, implementing the first cellular systems across the US, Asia and Latin America, as well as GPS and data centers. Shari spent many years as a management consultant, driving major global technology transformations and account management with a 2 year expatriation in Europe. Her current independent consulting practice focuses on demand-side optimization in sales, marketing and business development in IoT, AI and Wireless technologies.

Katherine Priore (Panelist) '14
AVP, Information Technology Strategy and Analytics, Avalon Risk Management

Katie started her career in the logistics insurance industry in 2007 as an Account Manager for Avalon's National Accounts department. After working with clients such as UPS and DHL on their risk management and surety bond needs, Katie accepted a position in Avalon's IT department to grow and manage the business analyst team. At first, her primary goal was to be the voice of the business and serve as the reminder that the heart of all IT initiatives should positively impact corporate goals and strategies. Within a few years, Katie was asked to start the analytics department and tackle initiatives which would answer business questions with data.

Renee Borkowski (Panelist)
SVP Strategy & Consulting, SapientRazorfish

Around for the beginning of the digital era first as a digital B2B marketer, then as a consultant for one of the first digital agency start-ups, Renee brings rigorous strategy, innovation, and make-it-work approaches to strategic planning and organizational change. Renee led digital transformation roadmaps for senior executives, innovative approaches to real-time marketing, behaviorally driven customer segmentation and valuation, lead generation solutions for channel partners, ecommerce planning and implementation, and integrated marketing planning for new product launches. Renee aligns teams, clients and partners around a common vision of the future and a relentless pursuit and realization of business and customer value.

Zora Senat (Panelist) '18
President, Exact Data

Zora Senat is President of Exact Data, a database marketing company based here in Chicago. Zora joined Exact Data as its first marketing employee in 2011 and is the first woman to lead the company since its founding in 2001. In her rise to executive leadership, Zora focused primarily on implementing marketing technology with the purpose of lowering client acquisition costs and improving returns on advertising spend. She also designed and implemented proprietary web applications and CRM customizations to advance daily operations.

Jane Altobelli (Panelist)
Chief People Officer, IRI

In her current role, Jane is responsible for global HR strategy, and design and delivery of HR processes and programs including leadership and organizational development, recruitment, talent management, and compensation and benefits. Jane is also a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and has conducted strengths-based sessions around the world, helping individuals and teams leverage their strengths and talents for maximum performance outcomes. Jane also has her own executive and life coaching practice. In her earlier career, Jane had global responsibilities focused on transformational culture change in addition to her general HR duties.

Victoria Gustafson (Moderator) '01
Partner, Business Evolution, Verde Associates

Victoria is a Global Strategy Executive with passion for business growth. She spent almost 20 years of her career helping businesses grow through converting data into actionable insights and leveraging latest technology to build and streamline business intelligence processes. Most recently, she joined Verde Associates, where her focus is on driving clients' growth through data-driven decision-making and leading edge analytics. Victoria is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Chicago Graham School of Professional Studies.


Victoria Gustafson ('01) and Zora Senat ('18) 

Other Information

Since 2002, the Chicago Booth Women's Network (formerly known as the Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network) is the worldwide organization of women graduates of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Our mission is to support our alma mater, facilitate a global alumnae network online and in person, and support women in business worldwide.

Visit our web site: https://www.chicagobooth.edu/alumni/clubs/womens-network