ALL ABOUT US
Creative Women’s Co. is a series of intimate gatherings for creative women entrepreneurs to connect with each other on a personal level, learn together and spark collaborations.
OUR MISSION
To create an inspiring and collaborative community for women entrepreneurs
We host monthly events that range from brunch mini-workshop, cocktails & conversations, speed mentoring, retreat, virtual talks, and panel events. Special events like speed mentoring and panel events are hosted annually. Our monthly events are each limited to 10-12 women (total including the host/co-host) in order to create an intimate environment, so it’s less like meeting up with random professionals but more like seeing friends.
OUR VISION
Creative Women’s Co. is a creative oasis for women entrepreneur where they can share their goals & struggles, exchange feedbacks and even collaborate to lift each other up.
OUR FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Ari Krzyzek
Co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek implements powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, she founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as a design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

COMMUNITY & OUTREACH ADVISOR
SOCIAL & COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR
Our Team
COMMUNITY ASSISTANT
Leslie Castromayor
SUPPORT HER
BIO
Never Heard of Her is a place for creative women, trans people, and femmes alike to come together, and empower each other through art, photography, visual design, & fashion. All featured artists are on the cusp of being the next big thing, art darling, or fashion ingenue.
EVENT STORYTELLER
Anna Olsztynska
FOLLOW HER
BIO
Anna is a Senior Admissions & Marketing Coordinator at BISC South Loop, where she works on digital and print overlook of the brand while serving as a lead ambassador as she enjoys developing dynamic relationships with people. Most recently, Anna served as a Design Co-Mentor & Creative Director at AIGA Chicago to paired select teams of “creatives” across all disciplines and industries. Anna is also a Committee Member of SheSays Chicago Chapter, an award-winning organization that helps women succeed. Through the work experience as a Creative Associate, PR Intern, and Project Manager, Anna developed her knowledge and translated client needs into communication action steps with a creative and solution-oriented focus.
UX RESEARCHER & L.A. AMBASSADOR
Viviana Anaya
BIO
I’m UX/UI researcher based out of L.A. I grew up in Chicago. I hold a master’s degree in human-computer interaction. I combine research and design to create easy-to-use and thoughtful solutions. I am new to the area and looking to meet new folks. Feel free to reach to out to me.
L.A. AMBASSADOR
Rebecca Heinemann
BIO
Rebecca is the founder and creative director of CraftWell, a brand strategy and design studio. Utilizing best practices in design, UX, strategy and branding she has led and launched countless campaigns throughout her career. Working with Allergan, HBO, Vail Resorts, Pfizer, Boston Scientific and Universal Music Group (to name a few) she was instrumental in developing many of those brands businesses. Career highlights include, creating the award-winning experiential campaign for AMD’s (Advanced Micro Devices) developers conference, then followed by a post as Creative Director for Anthem BCBS, where she was instrumental in launching their digital department.
VISUAL DESIGNER
Kat Richards
BIO
Hi, I’m Kat! I’m a UX Lead at Hoffman York, an advertising agency in Milwaukee, WI by day. And by night, I’m making laser cut wood jewelry and wall décor for my business, SimplistiCreations. I’ve always been a crafter, even as a kid. I remember thinking through my crayon choices meticulously. As I got older, I never lost that passion. I started SimplistiCreations in hopes to share my passion for art and inspire others to see beauty in the little things. I make what I love and it’s extremely rewarding to know my pieces are adding flair/creativity/inspiration somewhere!
THIS COULD BE
You!

BACKSTORY

How we got started …

Founder of Creative Women’s Co. Ari Krzyzek, always enjoy meeting new women entrepreneurs. Not only she found that by meeting them it helps her build her network, but every woman has always inspires her in many different ways. She believes that creative is a mindset that each of us has within ourselves. Whether you have your own business, just starting or planning one, or even just want to be surrounded by creativity, you are a creative woman!

Ari created Creative Women’s Co. in 2015 as an answer to her own networking anxiety when going to bigger networking events. She felt a little overwhelmed going to bigger networking events as she felt it was just so hard for her to pick one person and start the conversation. She wanted to have a smaller environment where she could just get to know people on a personal level.

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EVENTS, MENTORING, RECOGNITIONS, PLUS HIGHLIGHTS AROUND WOMEN, FOR WOMEN

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Need a hand?

We're available via email Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT

Need a hand?

We're available via email Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT

Creative Women's Co. is a community project created by Chykalophia.

Building and fostering genuine relationships among creative women entrepreneurs can be challenging. At Creative Women's Co. we believe that it all started at a personal level connection. We value intimate networking events as a way for us to get to know each and everyone who attend the events. Our events are less like meeting up with random professionals but a gathering to see friends, learn together and create collaborations.

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