@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 & Chief Creative Officer 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

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.

SUMMARY

I’m Co-Founder & Creative Director 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:

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

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
I’m a speaker and workshop leader on:
  • Crafting The 4 Core Elements of Your Brand
  • Brand & Design Equity
  • UI/UX Design Process & Best Practices
  • Bridging the Gap of Your Design & Development Team
  • Visual Design Fundamentals
  • Basic Canva Training
  • Event Marketing to Drive Business Engagements
  • Goal Setting & Vision Boarding for Personal Brand

 

I also enjoy talking about these topics on a panel discussions

  • Kicking off, growing and monetizing side projects,
  • Women entrepreneurship,
  • Community development,
  • Creative or design related topic.

 

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