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"Sandee is one of the most inspiring leaders I have ever met. Her vision has shaped what i.c. stars stands for and has impacted the lives of so many. It was a true pleasure being able to work with her and the i.c. stars team - I was able to contribute, but also learn so much from Sandee."

Nicole Dessain

founder, talentimperative.com

“Sandee is one of the most amazing and powerful woman I have ever met. Her heart is huge and is worth more than gold. She has inspire me (and many other) to "Bea" everything I can while giving back to the community. Her goal is to create 1,000 community leaders by the year 2020. I am among the lucky ones to be touched by her mission. Her inspiration has led me to formulate my own non-profit: "Inspire By L.O.V.E. (Leadership, Opportunity, Value, Education).”

Beatrice Elizalde

President & Community Leader at Inspire By L.O.V.E.

About Sandee

Sandee Kastrul is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit leadership and technology training program founded in 1999 to prepare inner-city adults for technology careers and community leadership.

Prior to i.c.stars, Sandee’s experience as an educator, diversity trainer, educational consultant and a performing artist drew her creative talents to the forefront. Her accomplishments include designing a comprehensive science and civics interactive program for GED students at Jobs for Youth, implementing a professional development program with Harold Washington College Career Center, developing experiential learning modules for over 70 schools and creating artist in residency programs as well as training artists to work in classrooms for arts organizations.

Upcoming Events

Sept 11, 2017
FireStarter Chicago on Leadership and Service
Sept 13, 2017
Digital Diversity Network's "Thriving Within the Innovation Eco-system"
Sept 21, 2017
Timmy Awards Judge

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Previous Speaking Engagements 

  • ITA Tech Leaders Meeting
  • IHCC Business Conference
  • One Summer Chicago
  • UIC’s Technology Forum
  • Chicago CIO Summit
  • Chicago Coder Conference
  • International Women's Day Panel
  • International Women's Day at Leo Burnett
  • Smart Chicago & ChiHackNight
  • Anita Borg Chicago, at kCura
  • Women Tech Founder’s Midwest Women in Tech Conference
  • Chicago Park District, Jr Citizens Award Ceremony, Key note address
  • Powerful Women Who Lead By Example at 1871
  • SheSays event at LeoBurnett
  • Federal Home Loan Bank’s conference


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