Victoria Elena Nones is a self made entrepreneur and comedian residing in Chicago, IL. She launched Women In Comedy in 2015. Learn more about her background below.
Victoria Elena Nones is a self made entrepreneur with a passion for economically empowering minorities. She is a visionary focused on creating profitable ventures and advocating for those who are the"unlikely entrepreneur". Comedians have an opportunity to be entrepreneurs as artists of their own funny content be it through stand up comedy, viral videos, or the next Netflix show. After her own experiences in the comedy arena and seeing a host of issues including all kinds of micro and macro agrressions, all types of isms, preferential treatment for those identifying as male, and a whisper network of women's experiences of harassment and assault from predators in the community, Victoria knew it was time to create a space where women could come together - safely - and supportively - to create and promote their funny content without the extra oppression involved.
Victoria created and developed Chapter Cities where women create volunteer clubs of other supportive, funny women. Chapter cities host empowering events where women can connect in safe spaces.
Victoria created and developed Writers Circles as a way for women to test and share material virtually with peers in a supportive environment completely opposite of the typical harassment filled open mic scenario.
Victoria created and developed the Comedy Coalition to bring comedy decision makers from the top institutions and clubs together and commit to integrating a comedy code of conduct into their company cultures.
Victoria created and developed the WiCo program to empower women to be entrepreneurs and creators of their own film content - taking their comedic chops and turning them into commercially viable calling cards to pitch to networks and festivals. WiCo is meant to be a pipeline to help more women become bosses and keep the integrity of their comedic content.
Fusing her passions for gender parity, entertainment, animals, inspiring/empowering women, and business - Victoria founded and developed 3 successful companies in Chicago, IL. Her companies are Women In Comedy, Satira, and SIT Social: A Dog Lounge. She is the queen of boot-strapping companies to success - a term she calls having "genuine grit".
Victoria has been a speaker and teacher at numerous businesses and conferences including the Yale Women In Leadership Conference, The Caterpillar International Women’s Conference, Accenture International Women’s Day, The National Association for Professional Pet Sitters, Women's Business Development Center, New Founders, and more. She started her first business in 2012 - SIT Social: A Dog Lounge- a successful boutique providing pet care, retail, and unique pet focused events like "Doggie Singles Nights". SIT Social has been featured on NBC, Fox News, UPS Elevator Pitch with Marcus Lemonis, the Chicago Redeye, and more. When it comes to comedy, Victoria has trained and performed with places such as The Second City, Improv Olympic, and the Chicago Women's Funny Festival to name a few. In 2015, Victoria launched a non-profit called Women in Comedy to increase gender parity in the comedy industry. Her comedy work to empower women has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, NY Magazine, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, ELLE Magazine, and Jezebel, including others.
Victoria is currently in the soft launch of her B2B SaaS tech startup for comedy - Satira. As Co Founder and CEO of Satira, Victoria has been selected to Rent The Runway's Project Entrepreneur class of 2018, pitch finalist for the MidWest Women In Tech Conference, and as a member of 1871/IHCC's inaugural hispanic tech incubator. She is dedicated to impacting the pipeline of diverse tech entrepreneurs by volunteering with multiple organizations as a mentor, speaker, and consultant. She volunteers her time as a mentor working with adults and youth at organizations such as 1871, 2112, Envision Lead Grow, Campus 1871, and Future Founders - where they believe every youth can become an entrepreneur.