Julia Kanouse is the CEO of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA).  With innovative resources that connect members to the local tech ecosystem, build their talent networks and create visibility for their brands, ITA’s mission is to drive investment, talent and innovation in Chicago’s tech ecosystem. Prior to joining the ITA, Julia spent ten years at the National Restaurant Association where she led marketing for the Association’s revenue-generating products and programs.  Having begun her career in the technology industry at Accenture, Julia is now able to blend her love for technology with her passion for building community.