Chicago Innovation Judge

Leslie Vickrey

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CEO & Founder of ClearEdge Marketing; Co-founder of ARA

An enterprising Chicagoan with a keen entrepreneurial spirit, Leslie Vickrey is focused on making a difference in the tech and business community. Seeing a need for business-minded marketing solutions that were as agile as the industries they served, Leslie founded ClearEdge Marketing in 2006. ClearEdge has helped technology software, professional services and staffing clients differentiate themselves from competitors through services like Branding, Messaging, PR and Digital Marketing.

Leslie’s passion for creating meaningful connections extends beyond ClearEdge. In 2013, Leslie Co-Founded ARA, a group dedicated to attracting, retaining and advancing women in tech. She’s also on the Board of Directors for i.c.stars and Chicago Innovation; was recognized by The Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Vault, featuring 100 of Chicago’s most compelling innovators and entrepreneurs; is part of UIC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; was named one of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year; and was awarded together with her ARA Co-Founders the 2017 ATHENA Chicagoland Organizational Leadership Award for their dedication to actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership. Earlier in her career, she held roles at McDonald’s and Junior Achievement.