TechForward's City-Wide Shadow Day, supported by ITA's Women Influence Chicago initiative, is a program designed for high school aged women in the city of Chicago to experience a "day in the life​" at local tech companies. Held in conjunction with International Women's Day, this event provides the young women of Chicago Public Schools hands-on experience and mentorship with experienced professionals.

One of the goals of Shadow Day, aside from mentorship and hands-on experience, is to present and allow the young women to explore the variety of careers available at technology companies - marketing, design, engineering, product management, customer support and many others. 

In the two years since the program's inception, over 150 students from area schools have been matched with 20+ Chicago tech companies for a day of learning and inspiration about STEM-based careers. For more information about the next City-Wide Shadow day, please contact

Student Testimonials:

"This sounded like a really good experience to me because I've never done something like it before but have always wanted to shadow a professional. I hadn't heard of anything specifically for girls, and this was empowering to get to talk to women and see what they do. You can see there are a lot of opportunities for women to do what men do."

- Chicago Tech Academy Student

"This was a great opportunity for young women, put on by women. It excites me to be part of the movement for women to come into stronger roles in business, especially in Chicago."

- Kennedy High School Student

Past participating companies have included: 

  • Avionos

  • Backstop Solutions


  • CDW

  • Centro

  • DialogTech

  • Enova

  • Envoy Global

  • Gogo

  • HighGround

  • Home Chef

  • Hireology

  • IMC


  • Jellyvision

  • Microsoft

  • Morningstar

  • MxD (formerly UI Labs)

  • Narrative Science

  • OneNorth

  • Relativity

  • ShopperTrak

  • Solstice

  • Trading Technologies

  • TransUnion

  • Trunk Club

  • Vibes

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