Women in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Breakfast
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Friday, 25 October

8 9:30 am CDT

GA Chicago @ The Wing

Fulton Market
Chicago
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Women in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Breakfast | October 25

Terri Brax Photo


Founder, TeacherCare and Women Tech Founders

L'Oreal Thompson Payton Photo


Freelance Writer | Founder & Editor-in-Chief, LTintheCity.com | Director of Communications, OneGoal

Nicole Vasquez Photo


Coworking Space Owner, Chief Community Officer at Deskpass, Writer, Traveler, and Community Builder

Neha O'Rourke Photo


Founder, Career & Energy Coach , Somewhere In Between Coaching, LLC

Ilysia Carlberg Photo


Talent & Culture Lead, ReviewTrackers

Priti Nemani Photo


Founder and Counselor-at-Law, Nemani Law

25

Friday, 25 October

8 9:30 am CDT

GA Chicago @ The Wing

Fulton Market
Chicago
FREE!
Regular Ticket

Sold Out!

Get on the waitlist

Be the first to know if a spot becomes available.

Add me to the waitlist

In Partnership With:

The Wing logo

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About This Event

We invite you to join us for this exclusive breakfast at The Wing Chicago featuring women working in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) space. We will take a deeper dive into the issues women face across industries and find solutions to how we can rise above the obstacles and thrive in today's growing fields of technology and beyond.

  • Check-In Begins 7:30am
  • Breakfast + Mingling 7:30am-8:00am
  • Lightning Talks 8:00am-8:45am
  • Wrap-Up + Job Shout-Outs 8:45am-9:00am
  • Connecting + Sharing 9:00am-9:30am

Please note that by RSVPing for this event you are agreeing to receive communications from event partners.

About the Speakers

Terri Brax Photo

Founder,
TeacherCare and Women Tech Founders

Terri Brax, featured as one of Chicago Tribune's Remarkable Women, is the Founder of TeacherCare and Co-Founder/CEO of Women Tech Founders. TeacherCare is a nation wide agency for private teachers, and Women Tech Founders (WTF) is a media, event and networking platform that advances women in tech startups. In addition to her entrepreneurial roles, Terri interviews technology leaders for FW: Chicago Magazine's Tech Conversations. Outside of her professional roles, Terri volunteers, runs many miles, and loves game nights with her family and friends.

L'Oreal Thompson Payton Photo

Freelance Writer | Founder & Editor-in-Chief, LTintheCity.com | Director of Communications, OneGoal

L’Oreal Thompson Payton is the founder and editor-in-chief of LTintheCity.com, an online destination for ambitious millennial women at the intersection of work and wellness. She’s also an award-winning writer whose work has been featured in outlets such as ZORA, Bustle, HelloGiggles, Brit + Co and Shine, just to name a few.

A highly sought-after public speaker, Payton shares vital career and networking tips via other platforms as a frequent podcast guest and panelist for career-centric events, as well as her weekly newsletter, which offers inspirational advice and job opportunities to a growing number of subscribers and followers.

This communications dynamo further distinguishes herself through numerous philanthropic efforts, having served as a mentor at girl-powered organizations such as Polished Pebbles, GirlForward and Step Up. A graduate of Loyola University Maryland, L’Oreal has been recognized for her diverse accomplishments by respected organizations such as SheSays Chicago and Global Girls Inc., which presented her the Girl Power award in 2017. She also earned a coveted spot on Mater Mea’s “18 Black Women We Think Are Phenomenal” list alongside such standouts as Emmy-winning filmmaker Lena Waithe.

Nicole Vasquez Photo

Coworking Space Owner, Chief Community Officer at Deskpass, Writer, Traveler, and Community Builder

Nicole Vasquez, MBA, believes that a certain kind of magic occurs when people of all different backgrounds come together to share information and ideas: they experience the power of perspective.

As a serial entrepreneur, Nicole has built companies and communities with the shared mission of supporting, promoting, and connecting people to the resources, opportunities, and networks that can help them reach their personal or professional goals.

Nicole was named one of the “35 Under 35 Making an Impact in Chicago,” won the 46th Ward Innovator Award, the RedEye Chicago Big Idea Award for Community, and was a Professional Fellow through the U.S. Department of State traveling to Europe to speak about entrepreneurship, building collaborative communities, and owning coworking spaces.

Her current roles include: Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer of Deskpass (named one of Chicago’s “50 on Fire” companies), Co-Founder of Second Shift (named ‘Chicago’s Best Coworking Space in 2017), and Founder of The Shift, a social impact program company empowering people with the skills to create and maintain safe, respectful, and inclusive environments and communities.

When she’s not geeking out about coworking and community building, she travels, writes, and learns about the world through observations and conversations with people.

Find her on Twitter at @NicoleRVasquez and Instagram at @NicoleReneeV

Follow her companies on Instagram at: @SecondShiftChi and @Deskpass

Neha O'Rourke Photo

Founder, Career & Energy Coach ,
Somewhere In Between Coaching, LLC

Neha O’Rourke is the Founder and Career Coach at Somewhere In Between Coaching, a coaching company that empowers women around the country and across industries in designing a career and life they love. Since founding Somewhere In Between, Neha has served hundreds of women in avoiding career burnout through her signature 1:1 career coaching programs, research-based blog series, and public appearances.
Prior to Somewhere In Between Coaching, Neha worked in advertising where she architected strategies and campaigns for nationally recognized brands. As a result of physical, mental and emotional burnout, Neha shifted her career to launch Somewhere In Between Coaching. She fundamentally believes that life is too short to be “surviving” your career and that every woman deserves to thrive, both professionally and personally.

Outside of career pivots, the concept of being “Somewhere In Between” also relates to being multicultural. As a first generation American in a multicultural marriage, Neha has firsthand experienced the stereotypes and misunderstandings that can happen when you’re “Somewhere In Between” traditional definitions of cultural identity. However, she believe there is nothing more beautiful than being "Somewhere In Between" those definitions. Neha is passionate about creating more inclusivity around multicultural identity.

This year she helped launch one of the first virtual multicultural summits, The Love + Culture Haven, which debuted in early 2019. There, she taught how to navigate multicultural challenges and proudly curate your cross-cultural identity. She is excited to be planning a few other multicultural events scheduled for later this year and into 2020!

Ilysia Carlberg Photo

Talent & Culture Lead,
ReviewTrackers

Ilysia Carlberg grew up an only child in a small town in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Ilysia was anxious to try something foreign to her so, she packed up her car and her Yorkie, Willow and headed for the Windy City.

Since she first landed in Chicago, Ilysia has worked as an outside technical recruiter and is now working at Reviewtrackers and is the Talent & Culture Lead for the company. In her position, Ilysia not only manages a team of recruiters but, she is currently in the process of building out a D&I department as well as tieing the companies D&I initiatives into the recruitment process as well as the entire culture of the company.

In her spare time, Ilysia likes to camp, go for bike rides, eat Korean BBQ, photograph, and spend Sunday mornings having a cup of coffee with her boyfriend and puppy Willow.

Priti Nemani Photo

Founder and Counselor-at-Law,
Nemani Law

Priti Nemani is the founding attorney of Nemani Law, a boutique Chicagoland law firm focused on delivering attentive and careful legal representation to small businesses and families throughout Northern Illinois. Nemani Law services clients in the areas of commercial real estate transactions and leasing, corporate formation, general business matters, and estate planning, with an emphasis on open communication and client education within each attorney-client relationship. As one of Chicago’s few all female transactional law firms, Nemani Law works to lift up female entrepreneurs by empowering them as they begin their businesses by making setting up their company easy and cost-effective, while also providing tools for conquering networking and rainmaking in an authentic way.

Priti believes in volunteering the way she works and has served on the board for the South Asian Bar Association since 2017 and spearheaded their new mentorship program. She has also volunteered with the Girls Scouts, the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago, the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago, and the Goldie Initiative for Women in Commercial Real Estate.

Priti won the 2018 Alumna of the Year award from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, and Nemani Law was honored as the 2018 Firm of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago. Priti has recently been named a 2020 Rising Star by Super Lawyers of Illinois.

About Our Partners

The Wing

The Wing is a network of co-working and community spaces designed for women. The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community. We believe that the act of coming together as women creates new opportunities, ideas and conversations that will lead to greater mobility and prosperity for womankind.

Refund Policy

We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.

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