@chykalophia

Hi, so nice to meet you.

I’M ARI.

A creative entrepreneur, designer, mentor, speaker, and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

Hi, so nice to meet you.

I’M ARI.

A creative entrepreneur, designer, mentor, speaker, and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

SAY HI BACK

Great to have you here. I always love hearing from fellow entrepreneurs, business owners, and like-minded people. So let‘s connect.

BIO & MORE

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 design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

EXTENDED BIO

Co-founder of Evanston, Ill.-based Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek offers through her design studio a unique and vibrant international perspective. Exhibiting innovative flair enhanced by latest techniques, her designs serve an array of interests—commercial, promotional or personal—to achieve her clients’ goals.

The captivating vitality of her design garnered Ari recognition as winner of the Annual Design Award 2010 for Best Product Packaging Design (client: Bacio, a popular Bali nightclub, where she served as graphic designer from August 2008–July 2009). Further evidence of her versatility, Ari has worked in a corporate environment, executing email campaigns as digital designer for Sears Holdings Corp.
Continuing her creative exploration, Ari enjoys peer collaboration, as well as guiding and mentoring women entrepreneurs. Accordingly, she founded Creative Women’s Co. to share her expertise and facilitate meaningful exchange among enterprising peers in today’s vast marketplace. Moreover, she participates as a member of committee leaders in Women Tech Founders Chicago, mentors UI/UX students at Designation.io, and is available for speaking engagements to elucidate both general and UI/UX design principles.

Inexhaustible in her pursuit of design challenges, Ari is keen to collaborate on branding initiatives for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Overall, a passion for design drives her commitment to engage audiences in every style of communication—formal to intimate, corporate to personal. As her diverse client roster attests, the one constant in Ari’s work is spot-on design for major impact every time.

LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY

Founder & Chicago Host of Creative Women’s Co.,
Proud member since 2014 with Ms.Tech,
Lead Design at Women Tech Founders team,
Board Member of FEMcity Chicago,

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

What I enjoy speaking about …
Kicking off, growing and monetizing side projects,
Women entrepreneurship,
Branding, design and creative related topic.

Coolaboration over Competition Fireside Chat with Six Degrees Society, August 2018 – Guest Speaker
American Marketing Association Sunrise Executive Series, August 2018 – Guest Speaker
Branding Trifecta, March 2018 – Panelist
Creative Women’s Co. Chicago Retreat, February 2018 – Panelist: Injecting Self-Care into Your Days
Ladies Get Paid Chicago, November 2017 – Panelist: Boundaries and Burnout: A Ladies Get Paid Town Hall
Women Tech Founders, October 2017 – 28 Women Leaders in STEM From 28 Countries meet Women Tech Founders Panel
She Did it Her Way Podcast, October 2017 – Coach at She Did it Her Way Summit
Fear Paradox Summit, July 2017 – The Bleeding Hearts Panel: getting past the fear of choking your creativity
Hustle Summit Chicago, July 2017 – Mentor
Worthy Women Chicago, June 2017 – Fireside Chat: Getting Paid Is A Forte, How to Structure Winning Deals
SheSays Chicago: Who’s Your Momma Mentor Roundtables, June 2017 – Creative Director Masterclass
Women Tech Founders: Founders & Funders Event, May 2017 – WTF Moment
Grateful4Her, April 2017 – Panelist: #GirlBoss Power Panel
General Assembly Chicago, April 2017 – Panelist: Inside the Minds of Brilliant Designers
Chicago Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, April 2017 – Mentor
Creative Women’s Co., January 2017 – Side Hustle Panel, event opening speaker
Midwest Meetup, November 2016 – Turning your side hustle into a full time gig
Ms. Tech Chicago, August 2016 – Design Mastermind
SheSays Chicago: Who’s Your Momma Mentor Roundtables, July 2016 – Working on and leveraging personal and side projects
Chicago Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, April 2016 – Mentor
Think.Start.Do. | A Conference for Women Entrepreneurs, April 2016 – Panelist: Turning Passion Into Action
SheSays Chicago: Who’s Your Momma Mentor Roundtables, March 2016 – Panelist: You Got Here – Now What? Tips for Managing Your Team
The Brand Market Chicago, October 2014 – Developing your branding or re-branding and get the best result possible when working with a graphic designer.
Guest Lecture Design College Bali, April 2014 – Inspiration & Motivational Speech About Insight of Real Life Designer

EVENTS , CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

ONGOING & UPCOMING

Creative Women’s Co. Events

PREVIOUS

Design & Brand Equity & 1871 WiSTEM Program, October 2017
Beyond Branding: Crafting Unified Visual Branding for your Creative Business | Chykalophia & Fear Paradox Summit, July 2017
Beyond Branding: Crafting Unified Visual Branding for your Creative Business | Chykalophia at SPACE by doejo, June 2017
Side Hustle to Full Time Gig | Chykalophia & Next Door Chicago, February 2017
Make Your Brand Stand Out | Chykalophia & Susie Romans, March 2017
Graphic & Web Design 101 | Chykalophia & Next Door Chicago, January, March & June 2017
The Brand Market Chicago, October 2014 – Developing your branding or re-branding and get the best result possible when working with a graphic designer.
Guest Lecture Design College Bali, April 2014 – Inspiration & Motivational Speech About Insight of Real Life Designer

PUBLICATIONS

PRINT

Course Magazine Inaugural Issue, 2018 – Featured Contributor
The Bucketlist Babe by Dannie Fountain, 2017 – Featured Contributor
Belong Magazine, Issue 07 – 2017 – 5 Tools for Effortless Collaborations

DIGITAL/WEB

Frespiration!, 2010-2011 – Online graphic design collections
OneExtraPixel.com, 2010-2011 – Guest author on graphic/web design, design resources and design inspirations articles:
xheight Design Blog, April 2011 – You Start Here
1stWebDesigners.com, 2010 – Guest author on design inspirations articles

HONORS & AWARDS

HoneyBook 2018 20 On the Rise Nominee
Chicago Innovation recognizes Creative Women’s Co. as one of the Women-Empowering Ecosystem Partners 2018
Ally Award – liftUPlift
RedEye Big Idea Awards 2016 Finalist – Category: Community Development & Civic Engagement – RedEye
1st Startup Weekend Women Chicago Top Honors, June 2014 – Startup Weekend Chicago
Best Packaging Design, July 2010 – The Annual Design Awards 2010

THE STUDIO
THE COMMUNITY