Jessica Malkin

Jessica Malkin speaks during a Chicago Ideas Week event.
(Kristen Norman / Chicago Tribune / Oct. 13, 2015)

Jessica Malkin runs Chicago Ideas Week, which hosts a major conference each October and events throughout the year, and is chief of staff of Uptake Technologies.

Uptake Technologies, the Chicago-based provider of predictive analytics for industry, had reached a valuation of $2 billion by February 2017, according to a source.

Uptake and Ideas Week were started by serial entrepreneur Brad Keywell, co-founder of Groupon and Lightbank.

Malkin has been executive director of Ideas Week since it was founded.

“We hope each issue will have that arc (where) you feel like you’ve learned a lot of things … that you can then take and put into action,” Malkin said of the 2015 Chicago Ideas Week speakers and topics.

Malkin also serves as the co-director of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, a program within Chicago Ideas Week.

Previously, Malkin worked at Tiller, on marketing platforms for clients. Before then she was a senior account executive at GolinHarris, a public relations company.

She graduated from American University with a degree in print journalism and political science.