In this monthly series, Built In Chicago highlights some of the most important players in our digital ecosystem: the women. From entrepreneurs to technologists, investors to academic leaders, and corporate innovators to developers, women play important and diverse roles in dozens of local organizations. Every month, we'll introduce you to five women worth knowing. Through these exclusive interviews, get to know these women through their likes, experiences, and maybe even their secrets. Here's one of them.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I find solutions - as an entrepreneur, investor, mentor - and hope to inspire others to live their potential in improving society or world. [Also, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at ContextMedia.]
HOW DID YOU BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
I was always passionately curious to learn the how's and why's of everything and ended up executing in media, education & health-tech.
BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
I was told by my mom at a young age to never be afraid of outcomes and to focus all the energy on fearless actions instead.
YOUR SECRET WEAPON?
Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I pause and meditate - either by listening to music or being by an ocean - to recalibrate perspective.
YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE?
I love spending time with students who are looking for the encouragement to dream big and for guidance on how to make it reality.
YOUR FIRST JOB?
My first enterprise was in 4th grade renting my books to classmates to raise enough money to buy more books and it soon became a library.
YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION?
I enjoy learning about history and diverse cultures around the globe or spending time by the ocean!
Nominate your favorite woman for future installments of The Women Driving Chicago's Digital Renaissance by emailing Amina Elahi ([email protected]). Include her name, title, organization and a 140-character description of why she deserves to be featured.