Alicia Cannon Mullen

Alicia is the Founder and Principal at Washing Pond Ventures, which focuses on investing in IT-enabled companies through either internal incubation or external investment.   Alicia is a founding board member of The Nantucket Project, an annual invitation-only thought leadership conference, which held its inaugural event in 2011.    She is Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board for the Chicago Techweek Conference & Expo - the largest Technology conference in the Midwest - with additional events in NYC, LA, Miami and Detroit.  Her past positions include Senior Vice President/CIO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CIO of First Options of Chicago (and Limited Partner at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg - both having been acquired by Goldman Sachs).  Her positions involved overseeing all IT Development and support efforts and she was instrumental in bringing wireless, handheld technology to the trading floors.  In 1996, Alicia was selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Computing by McGraw-Hill, the former publishers of BusinessWeek.   Alicia started her career at the JP Morgan training program in New York CIty rising to the role of IT project manager before relocating back to her native Midwest.   Alicia obtained her B.A. in Computer Science from Boston University where she also played on the Varsity Tennis Team.  She currently sits on the Board of Trustees and Trustee Executive Committee for the University.   Alicia is also active in supporting the promotion of public art and is past president and current board member of Redmoon.  Alicia and her husband Tim live in Chicago where they have been raising 5 children.