Katrina Markoff, owner of Vosges Haut Chocolat and Wild Ophelia (read our story on Wild Ophelia here), recently donated $5,000 to WiSTEM, a new program under the 1871 umbrella to support women-founded tech businesses. The announcement of the donation was followed by a panel discussion on women entrepreneurs during the 2015 Momentum Awards Dinner VIP pre-reception on October 8. Restaurateur Alpana Singh and Skinny Pop founder Pamela Netsky joined Markoff during the panel discussion.
Pam Netsky, 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, Alpana Singh, Katrina Markoff
“I’m thrilled to announce my donation to the WiSTEM program today,” said Markoff. “It is my passion to innovate through the medium of chocolate, and now I want to give other women the opportunity to explore their passions. Through WiSTEM I am able to help an entire cohort of women at the cusp of achieving their dreams.”
The mission of WiSTEM is to focus on connecting women entrepreneurs to three primary areas important to the growth of their businesses—capital, technology, and community.
“Our goal in creating WiSTEM has been to produce a purposeful and long-lasting program that meets real needs and creates impactful opportunities for women,” said 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman. “The involvement of Chicago’s community of women entrepreneurs has been a valuable resource for accomplishing this goal, and we are incredibly grateful for Katrina’s support.” Members of the first WiSTEM cohort were also present at the event.
Photos by Greg Rothstein, 1871/SpotMyPhotos