Maria Christopoulos Katris is Employee No.1 at Built in Chicago, an online community for “digital professionals” working to build great web and mobile businesses. Built in Chicago’s mission is to connect, educate and promote the growing digital community in Chicago.
Maria’s responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, sponsorship, community outreach, event planning, marketing and member recruitment and development.
Previously Maria was the Executive Director of TiE Midwest, the Chicago chapter of a Global organization dedicated to high growth entrepreneurs.
Maria is an intrapreneur and entrepreneur who has 11 years’ marketing, strategy and consulting experience and has worked in diverse industries including: healthcare, technology and in-home services. Immediately prior to joining TiE Midwest, Maria founded Nanny Boutique, a Chicago-based nanny placement agency, which she sold within 2 years.
Maria has strategic experience working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a strategic analyst to the VPs and CEO. Prior to that, she spent four years as a healthcare consultant at Arthur Andersen and Huron Consulting Group.
Maria has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Maria serves on the advisory boards of Caregiverlist.com, the Chicago Innovation Awards and TechWeek.
Maria and her husband live in Chicago with their 2 daughters, Alexandra and Georgie.
Community and Business Development, Strategic Planning and Execution, Advising Start-Ups and Facilitating Connections. I am very good at assessing situations quickly at a high level, advising on issues, how to improve and/or build on them and executing on all of the above. I am team player who leads by example.
On a personal note, I speak fluent Greek and love to travel internationally.