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Award Celebration 2024

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Since 1969, Chicago Engineers’ Foundation has presented scholarship awards to Chicago’s next generation of engineers. Celebrate the Chicago high school and college students who will receive 2024 Incentive Awards totaling more than $100,000 at this year’s event.

The evening includes a three-course dinner and scholarship presentation.

Keynote Speaker

Betsy Ziegler



A lifelong problem solver, people leader, and learner, Betsy is the CEO of 1871, the #1 ranked private incubator in the world inspiring and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and innovators solving some of the world’s most important problems. Before joining 1871, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer, and the Associate Dean Degree Programs and Dean of Students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg, she was a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office. She is a leader on multiple for-profit and nonprofit boards and is an investor in many young tech companies.

Every day for the last 20+ years, Betsy has had the opportunity to help other people be successful – clients, students, and now entrepreneurs and innovators. She is often described as a dot connector and her favorite thing to do is help people unlock their own potential.

Raised in Milwaukee as a Cubs fan, Betsy is a collector of unusual experiences, has circled the globe solo, is a maniacal Ohio State Buckeye football fan, and is a proud mom to her young son Charlie.

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This is a business casual evening. Denim and shorts are not approved attire for this event.