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Women Influence Chicago Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Monday, December 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
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New partners and board members are added as group prepares for new initiatives in 2019

CHICAGO, IL – December 10, 2018 – The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced today that Enova joins its Women Influence Chicago initiative as a founding partner. The ITA also added new advisory board positions to the Women Influence Chicago Board and named a new co-chair.

In 2017, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) launched the Women Influence Chicago Initiative with the goal to make Chicago the leading tech ecosystem for women.

Women Influence Chicago operates as an umbrella organization to cultivate women leaders, connect the community and increase female leadership at growth and enterprise tech companies. Through pre-workforce and in-workforce education for both men and women, the initiative aims to catapult women into roles of influence as members of the C-Suite, Presidents/CEOs and into public advisory board positions.

Enova joins Gogo, Trustwave and Walker Sands as founding partners of the initiative. In 2018, Women Influence Chicago undertook several major initiatives including hosting a job shadow day for high school girls and producing relevant events for tech professionals on topics such as understanding and negotiating equity, overcoming fear and creating parent-friendly workplaces.

“Our founding partners and our new advisory board members are helping us capitalize on the momentum we built over the past year,” said Julia Kanouse, CEO, ITA. “With their help, we are expanding Women Influence Chicago’s work in 2019 to include a benchmarking study on the number of women leaders at tech companies and creating an accelerator program to advance the careers of high potential women at our member companies.”

Christine Schoeff, SVP Talent & Development, Vibes, joins Aimee Schuster, CMO, Miller Heiman Group as the group’s co-chair. “I’m thrilled to be working alongside Aimee as a co-chair of Women Influence Chicago,” said Schoeff. “We have the opportunity to put Chicago on the map as the leading market for women to start and grow a career in technology. I’m excited to help Women Influence Chicago advance that mission.”

New Women Influence Chicago Advisory Board members include:

Anu George
Chief Quality & Transformation Officer, Morningstar

Marisa Mann
Chief Operating Officer, Solstice

They join existing Advisory Board members:

• Julie Brinkman, COO, Hireology
• Leon Chism, CTO, DialogTech
• Kimberly Greuling, Director of Engineering, Backstop Solutions
• Carmen McDonald, Product Design Lead, CDW
• Keelin McDonell, VP Professional Services, Narrative Science
• Tom Nawara, Partner, IBM
• Candice Savino, VP Engineering, Trunk Club
• Christine Schoeff, SVP Talent & Development, Vibes (Co-Chair)
• Aimee Schuster, CMO, Miller Hieman Group (Co-Chair)
• Joanna Vahlsing, SVP Program Management, Centro

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