Join us for the first General Membership Luncheon of 2016 as we welcome Jai Shekhawat, founder and former CEO of Fieldglass. Shekhawat sold his company, Fieldglass to German enterprise-computing giant, SAP in 2014 for over $1 billion and is one of the biggest recent exits for a Chicago tech company. He will share his insights on creating a competitive strategy in today’s marketplace and increasing funding in tough times. Shekhawat will also discuss how to start and run a high growth company, building a global team and planning an exit strategy.
About the Speaker
Jai Shekhawat is the Founder and former CEO of Fieldglass, a cloud platform for the management of contingent labor and services. Under his leadership, Fieldglass has grown globally with users in 100+ countries in 22 languages and emerged as the largest firm in the world in the fast growing vendor management software category. He was Ernst & Young's 2012 Midwest "Entrepreneur of the Year" as well as the 2012 recipient of the Peter Yessne Staffing Innovator Award, recognized for pioneering the Vendor Management Software (VMS) space. Fieldglass was also recognized as the Illinois Venture Capital Association's 2014 Private Equity Portfolio Company of the Year and has received many other awards. The company was acquired by SAP in 2014.
Jai is a former strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company where he served clients in areas of corporate strategy, technology and cross-border alliances. He is also a former senior executive at Syntel, a software services firm in Michigan and the co-founder of Quinnox, an application outsourcing firm in Chicago, Illinois.
Jai is a Trustee of the Field Museum of Chicago, serves on the Board of 1871 (Chicago's entrepreneurial hub for digital startups), on Governor Rauner’s Illinois Council for Innovation and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago. He is an adviser to Starvest Partners, a New York based venture capital firm and serves as an Advisory Board Chairman for Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago. He currently serves on the Boards of Semantify, Fleet Complete, Highground, Utopia, HealthEngine and OfficeLuv along with being an adviser to many high growth firms. He is a founding member of the Firestarter Fund, which mentors and invests in Chicago startups. He has previously served on the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisers, the Technology Membership Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Board of Tie-Midwest and the Board of MetroSquash.
Jai holds an MBA with specializations in finance and strategy from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a bachelor's degree in management science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.
The Chamber's monthly General Membership Luncheon is an opportunity to network with fellow Chamber Members and listen to speakers on topics of interest to the business community. Previous presenters include United States National Security Advisor James L. Jones, motivational expert Steve Beck, former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, US Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Thomas Donohue, noted futurist Rebecca Ryan, and president of American Enterprise Institute, Arthur Brooks.
For more information on the monthly General Membership Luncheons and sponsorships contact Brianna Belgio, Events Manager, 630.544.3377.
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