@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.

WELCOME!

Great to have you here. You may be here because you need an experienced speaker for your next event, or perhaps a branding expert that can help you leverage your brand and set it for success. I’m excited that you’re considering to work with me.

You’ll find all the info you need to consider me as a speaker on this page. For other engagements like one-on-one mentoring and own me for a day, see this link.

ps: I always love hearing from fellow entrepreneurs, business owners, and like-minded people. So let‘s connect.

BUT FIRST, A BIT ABOUT ME

I’m the Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Evanston, Ill.-based branding & digital marketing agency Chykalophia (read: see-ka-lo-fia). We help businesses who want to achieve their goals with their brand through strategic positioning. We attract your ideal clients by working on your digital marketing strategies, brand strategy & design, and escalate your website for success.

I have over 10 years of branding and design experience

In multidisciplinary projects, ranging from graphic design, packaging, to digital and UI/UX design. I’ve transformed businesses visions into a tangible form that help set their business apart from their competitors. Helped them achieve and aligning their goals through their business brands and get them closer to win their audience over and over again.

Overall, my passion for design drive my commitment to engage with audiences in every style of communication—formal to intimate, corporate to personal. As my diverse client roster attests, the one constant in my work is spot-on design for major impact every time.

Core areas of expertise includes: brand discovery and strategy, brand identity design, brand experience strategy, graphic design, packaging design, digital and web design, UI/UX design for web application and iOS mobile applications, digital content strategy, WordPress website design, development and automations, e-Commerce design and development, event marketing process and development, event programming for entrepreneurs, event partnership/sponsorship for business.

In my earlier carrier

I received a recognition as winner of the Annual Design Award 2010 for Best Product Packaging Design. Further evidence of my versatility with design, I have worked in a corporate environment, executing email campaigns as digital designer for Sears Holdings Corp. in 2012.

Continuing my creative exploration, I enjoy peer collaboration, as well as guiding and mentoring women entrepreneurs. Accordingly, I founded Creative Women’s Co. to share my expertise and facilitate meaningful exchange among enterprising peers in today’s vast marketplace.

Moreover, I participate as a member of committee leaders in Women Tech Founders Chicago, mentoring other entrepreneurs at 1871, and I also am available for speaking engagements.

 

A couple of opportunities that I’m looking for right now

  • Mentoring entrepreneurs who are in their first 2 years of business
  • Speaking engagement for panel events, workshops, summits, or retreats inside and outside of Chicago, US or Bali, Indonesia
  • Collaboration/partnership for branding, digital design, and WordPress website services

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

When you book me to speak for your event, whether it’s for teaching a class, leading a workshop or speaking at a conference, here are a few things that you can expect:

Integrated Programming

I tailor each of my talk to your topic of the event, most importantly to the audience in the room. I believe in guiding the audience with simple actionable steps that they can digest and implement right away.

    The Organizer’s BFF

    Putting together an event is a one of the most stressful works and yet rewarding at the same. I get it. Being an event organizer my self, I make sure that I help you check off all the speakers checklist from me and more.

      Extra Exposure for You

      Every event needs it, and I make it happen for your event. I’ll share on my personal and professional network, I also promote it on my company’s Creative Women’s Co. and theBrandLab.io community.

        SIGNATURE  TOPICS

        Current set of topics are listed below. 

        Design & Brand Equity

        Crafting The 4 Core Elements of Your Brand

        We tend to dive into idea upon idea during the early stage of our business. A lot of the time we mistakenly think of our logo as our brand. We forget that branding is a whole system that helps the brand define who and what’s it is all about, its character and so much more. Another way to look at is, if you think of the business as the strategy around making something of value that people want to buy, branding is the whole package to help people identify what it looks, feels, and sounds like. Your brand is the representation of the idea and who you are as a business. You’d want it to convey a sense of who you are, what you do, and, most of all, you want it to be seen by the right people. This session will help you dive deep into your brand and your brand design strategy so that it’s done right.

        TALK STYLE OPTIONS:

        2-Hours Workshop OR 45-Minutes Lecture

        Personal Branding

        Aligning Your Heart, Mind, and Visions as A Creative

        A strong brand leads to loyalty. For ourselves, a strong personal brand gives us an identity that can lead to career opportunities, winning contract projects, and venture collaborations. In this session, branding expert Ari Krzyzek will help you identify your goals as a creative and align it with your personal brand that reflects your heart, mind and visions. We’ll also help you discover your target audience, understand them and how to connect with them. Plus we’ll craft your personal brand statement that you can also use as your elevator pitch. This presentation is best for creative professionals who are looking to set themselves apart in the vast marketplace.

        TALK STYLE OPTIONS:

        2-Hours Workshop 

        Does Your Website Have A Purpose?

        Online Positioning, Strategies, and Conversions for Your Brand

        Every business has a website today. But how many of them really know how to utilize their website for success? Many business owners created a website because they just need an online presence. Despite how active and how engaging your Instagram may be, people would still check your website first to learn about your business, who you are (yes, people wants to connect with real people behind the business), and how you can solve their problem. You can utilize your website not only as a branding tool, but can also be a marketing tool or a selling tool. This is not another website class/workshop about making a website. It’s about converting the current website to success. I’ve worked with many experienced business owners who realized that they are underutilizing their website. We’ll touch on UX and conversion strategies. I’ll our structured process for you so attendees understand what’s possible and how they can leverage their website and find the right website purpose for their business.

        TALK STYLE OPTIONS:

        2-Hours Workshop OR 45-Minutes Lecture

        Breaking Down Impostor Syndrome

        by Polishing Your VALUE

        Imposter syndrome, we all know how it always lurked in the corner. Sometimes we know how to break away from it but sometimes, we’re just lost in it. Every one of us is an incredible man and woman. But do we really know our values? This talk isn’t really about crafting a value. I want to invite you to learn about my take on VALUE and how we can use it to break down imposter syndrome. V is for Vast marketplace research. A is for Areas for your growth. L is for Leverage empathy. U is for Understand the users beyond personas. E is for Evaluate the trends. Why does it matter? Crafting this VALUE has helped me understand what value I’m bringing in to others. This talk will inspire the audience to really look at value from slightly a different perspective. Be it adding value to their employer, clients, or even to their end users. They’ll gain more confidence in themselves and help them to stand out. It applies to personal and business branding, helping set themselves apart by bringing the right value that aligned not just for themselves but also for their target audience.

        TALK STYLE OPTIONS:

        45-Minutes Lecture

        I have a few other list of topics like Goal Setting & Vision Boarding for Personal Brand, UI/UX Design Process & Best Practices, and Cultivating Community that you can explore. Simply reach out and we can discuss a topic that can be a good fit for your event.

        Contact me for a video sample of the presentation.

        Ari is incredible! She is approachable, fun, and makes the idea of branding and design easy to digest. She is such a warm spirit and gave us incredible value at our Summit. We highly recommend her as a public speaker and contributor at any event. We just adore Ari!

        Megan McCann, Co-Founder of Soul Success

        Ari gave an engaging presentation on branding for our Evanston Women in Business luncheon. We received very positive feedback from many women in attendance about Ari’s perfect combination of warmth and expertise. We will keep her in mind for future Evanston Chamber of Commerce events! Angela Valavanis, Board President, Evanston Chamber of Commerce

        Thank you again for the great session and for sharing your resources – personal branding is my weakness because I had no idea where to begin, but your worksheets were concise & prompted me to consider my past, present & future goals. Angela F., Personal Branding Attendee

        BIO & MORE

        Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer of Chykalophia, Ari Krzyzek helps women-led businesses build proper brand foundations, strong communities, and lasting relationships that propel their business forward. 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

        Ari Krzyzek is the Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Evanston, Ill.-based branding & digital marketing agency Chykalophia (read: see-ka-lo-fia). Her agency helps businesses who want to achieve their goals with their brand through strategic positioning. They attract ideal clients for the project by working on the digital marketing strategies, brand strategy & design, and escalate client’s website for success.

        She has over 10 years of branding and design experience in multidisciplinary projects, ranging from graphic design, packaging, to digital & UI/UX design. She has transformed businesses visions into a tangible form that help set their business apart from their competitors. As her diverse client roster attests, the one constant in her work is spot-on design for major impact every time.

        Continuing her creative exploration, she enjoys peer collaboration, as well as guiding & 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. She’s also a member of committee leaders in Women Tech Founders Chicago, mentoring other entrepreneurs at 1871, and she’s also an advocate for creative women entrepreneurs in the Chicago creative ecosystem.

        LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY

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

        PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT LIST

        Build312 Chicago, June 2019 – Product & UX Design: How Am I Building This Product Design Speaker

        TheBrandlab.io Summit Chicago, May 2019 – Workshop Leader & Case Study Speaker

        Soul Success Summit Santa Barbara, March 2019 – Speaker

        Rodan & Field, January 2019 – Goal Setting & Vision Board Workshop Leader

        Influence Her Branding Badass, December 2018 – Panelist

        General Assembly Chicago, November 2018 – Lightning Talk Speaker: The Ripple Effect of Women Who Took A Chance on Me

        Dojo Bali, October 2018 – Panelist: Lady Boss: Running a Business and Surviving Relationships

        Creative Women’s Co. x Women Will Bali Summit (sponsored by Google), October 2018 – Keynote: The Power of Women Mentors & Community

        Ladies Get Paid Chicago, September 2018 – Panelist: [Not] A Failure to Launch

        FWD Collective Conference Chicago, September 2018 – Panelist: Building Community to Change the World

        Colaboration 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

        Ari Krzyzek Speaking at FWD Collective Chicago
        ONGOING & UPCOMING
        Creative Women’s Co. Events

        PREVIOUS
        Core Elements of Branding | Influence Her Branding Badass, December 2018
        Beyond Branding: Design & Brand Equity Workshop | Femcity Chicago, September 2018
        Design & Brand Equity Workshop | FWD Collective Conference, September 2018
        Monthly Lunch & Learn | Chykalophia & Second Shift, August – October 2018
        Sunrise Executive Series: Visual Design & Canva Basic | American Marketing Association Chicago, August 2018
        Caffeinate and Create | Chykalophia, Evanston Chamber of Commerce & Industrious, June 2018
        Brand Lab Branding Workshop, April 2018
        Design & Brand Equity & 1871 WiSTEM Program, October 2017, February, and July 2018
        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

        PODCASTS & RADIO
        Ari Krzyzek & Peter Krzyzek on Indie Show Ari Krzyzek on The KT Speetzen Show Ari Krzyzek & Peter Krzyzek on Tech Scene Chicago Ari Krzyzek on Creative Women's Co. Podcasts Ari Krzyzek on Culturally Ours Podcasts
        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