Rohini Shankar is HR Leader Industrial Finance, GE Capital, GE’s business focused on financing solutions for its industrial customers. In 2017, GE Capital Industrial Finance managed $26B of assets and enabled $3B of equipment orders for GE companies. With employees in 28 countries, GE Industrial Finance is comprised of three operating companies: GE Healthcare Finance, GE Industrial Solutions Finance and GE Working Capital Solutions.
Previously Rohini was the HR leader for GE Capital’s Americas Direct Segment comprising $25B of assets across the following 5 businesses: GE Corporate Finance, GE Fleet Services, GE Rail Services, GE Capital Canada and GE Capital Mexico. She also held HR Leadership positions at GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services and Corporate Finance.
Prior to that she was with GE Healthcare Technologies where she was the HRM for Aftermarket Solutions and Performance Solutions in Milwaukee WI.
She joined GE on GE’s Human Resource Leader Program (HRLP) where she completed rotations with GE Medical Systems in India and GE Plastics in Hong Kong. Upon graduation from the program she became the Manufacturing Human Resources Manager for GE Medical Systems, India.
Rohini attended Delhi University for her undergraduate in Political Science and Symbiosis Institute of Business Management for her MBA and Masters in Labor Law.
Rohini loves to travel and enjoys spending time with friends and family. In her free time she enjoys working out, wine tasting and global cuisine.
Christy Harris is vice president, Human Resources at Allstate Insurance Company. In this role, Christy is responsible for delivering best-in-class recruiting, sourcing, consultation and employment branding to attract top talent, while providing an excellent candidate and hiring manager experience. She is also responsible for the continued advancement of Allstate’s Inclusive Diversity efforts along with Allstate’s approach to enterprise learning and talent management. These roles are key to delivering on Allstate’s talent strategies.
Christy brings strong influential leadership, project management and client relationship skills to this leadership role, as well as strong knowledge of the business. She has led efforts to create significant cost efficiencies in leveraging outside vendor partners and internal resources to update our HR operating model. She also has led work to purchase and implement new technology to improve the HR customer experience.
Christy joined Allstate in 2001 as a consultant on the HR Shared Service Account Management team. She held numerous roles on the HR Field Service Delivery team, including business partner for the Claims Eastern Territory vice president and leading the Claim Field Director business partners in the Eastern Territory. Afterwards, she served as director/business partner for Emerging Businesses and Product Operations.
In 2012, Christy was promoted to vice president, Human Capital Solutions, which includes the strategy and operations areas of HR. She became vice president of Total Compensation in 2014 and then vice president, Talent Acquisition and Inclusive Diversity in 2016. As of 2017, Christy took on leading Benefits for Allstate. For the current year she has expanded her role in to include Talent Management and business partner responsibilities for Allstate’s technology department.
Christy earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Cloud State University, a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Winona State University and her MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Tyronne Stoudemire is the Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a global hospitality company with widely recognized, industry leading brands and a tradition of innovation developed over its more than 50-year history. In this role, Tyronne collaborates with senior leadership team to implement culture, talent, and marketplace strategies that leverage diversity and inclusion, globally growing the enterprise wide across brand portfolio. His team and internal corporate stakeholders implement diversity initiatives that include Resource Groups, mentoring programs for high potential women and people of color, a communications and public relations strategy to drive internal engagement and external brand recognition, and enhanced brand marketing effort to further focus on multicultural and LGBT audiences.
Tyronne previously served as a principal in Mercer’s Diversity & Inclusion Practice, part of the Talent business segment. He joined Mercer from Aon Hewitt where he served as the Global Head of Diversity.
A proven thought leader in the space of diversity and inclusion who seeks to enable a transformation of mindset, he is a visionary leader and strategist, certified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)TM and a certified facilitator in Cultural Transformation ToolsTM.
With more than 20 years of professional experience, Tyronne routinely consults with Fortune 100 clients on diversity strategy, with particular insight around how organizational leaders can understand and harness the shifts evident in national and global demographic trends. Tyronne employs a unique talent that results in extraordinary benefits for individuals and organizations and has a proven ability to advance socially responsible corporate initiatives by fostering strategic relationships to catalyze international grassroots movements.
Chad Nico Hiu [@chadnico] is a Hawaii-born New Yorker and student of the world having served with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Diversity, Inclusion & Global (DIG) team since 2011 and is national Director of Diversity & Inclusion. With an amazing team, Chad helps to build local, state-wide and national capacity to engage diverse, underserved and marginalized communities, co-leads strategy and support of Y-USA’s DIG Innovation Network, and leads integration of inclusion and equity strategies towards community bridge building and social cohesion for all in the 10,000 communities the Y serves across the U.S.
Previously, Chad served as Director of International Operations & Youth Exchanges for the YMCA of Greater New York, where he was part of an era of dynamic growth in cultural exchanges, collaborations, and global education/inclusion programming. A strategic, effective and passionate NGO professional of nearly twenty years, Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration & Youth Development and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
Chad has traveled to 37 countries on almost every continent of the world, participated in the globally recognized Semester at Sea study abroad program, volunteered with the CASA YMCA youth shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, represented Y-USA in global settings and the World YMCA at the United Nations, keynoted at numerous national events, lived in Hong Kong for two years and served as Youth Director with the YMCA of Honolulu. Chad can be reached at email@example.com and lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner of nine years.
Teri Arvesu is the VP of Content for Univision Chicago: overseeing the station’s News & Creative Services department and driving strategy for content across platforms, messaging and solutions for both internal & external clients. In 2016, she was named in Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40 and in 2017 Chicago Magazine Emerging Leaders.
In 2018, Teri completed National Association of Broadcaster Leadership Development Program, which educates media executives on station ownership. Teri holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master of Science in Management. In 2007, she was selected to be a McCormick Tribune Fellow through the Northwestern University.
Under her leadership Univision Chicago became the first Spanish language television station in that market to be awarded the Emmy for Best Evening Newscast. She is recipient of an Edward R. Murrow, 13 Emmy Awards and 2 Lisagor Awards.
She founded a fellowship with DePaul and the McCormick Foundation to train high school and college Latinos interested in media and in 2015 launched the first Chicago radio show for bilingual millennials by bilingual millennials. She is the Executive Producer of 3 documentaries. She has produced several political debates.
At the Telemundo, she launched the local and national AM & Weekend Newscasts. Much of her career Teri has been asked to pioneer and launch new content efforts across media platforms and has a keen sensibility to forge partnerships that maximize opportunities for all stakeholders. She is recognized often for her intrapreneurial and startup spirit.
Teri serves on the Chicago Ideas Brain Trust, DePaul College of Communication Dean’s Advisory Council and the National Academy of Arts & Television Midwest Chapter Board. She previously served on FL NATAS Chapterand on the Chicago Headline Club Board. She is a mentor at 1871 incubator. She is a co-founder and chair of Univision Miami & Chicago Women’s Leadership Council. She is a member of the prestigious Chicago Network.
Andrea Wood is the Head of Social Impact at Best Buy. In this role, she leads Best Buy’s social impact initiatives focused on helping teens from underserved areas prepare for the tech-reliant jobs of the future.
Prior to coming to Best Buy, Andrea served in a similar role on the Community Relations team at Target. She has also served in various corporate communications leadership roles at Target and Travelers Insurance and has more than a decade of experience in program management and fundraising for local Twin Cities nonprofit organizations.
Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in English Literature from Kalamazoo College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Clubhouse Network in Boston, the YWCA in Minneapolis, and the Advisory Board for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
A native of Washington, D.C., Andrea has lived in Minneapolis for the past 25 years. She has two children and a husband who loves to take adventurous vacations. For fun, she teaches group fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness and enjoys outings with her all-women’s Cycle and Ski Club.
Bob Dixon serves as the head of Sustainability for Siemens Corp. In his role, he works in concert with the Siemens global sustainability organization and is responsible to develop, communicate and execute strategic sustainability initiatives. This includes assisting and advising Siemens businesses, clients, industry, state, local, and federal governments on efficiency and sustainability, and driving the Siemens USA organization towards carbon neutrality.
Previously, Bob served as the Global Head of Efficiency & Sustainability, Vice President, and Senior Advisor to the Management Board for the International Headquarters of the Building Technologies Division of Siemens. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, Global Head, Energy and Environmental Solutions. He was the first designated Senior Principle Expert for the 39,000-employee Building Technologies Division’s history.
Bob has served on the Board of Directors for the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Board of Directors and Vice President for the Energy Services Coalition, the Industry First-Vice Chair for the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), and is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO).
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive program at the University of Minnesota.
Zoraida Sambolin, an Emmy winning journalist, is the Weekday Edition co-anchor of NBC 5 News Today. She rejoined the morning team in March of 2013 after spending two years as co-anchor of CNN‘s Early Start.
While at CNN Sambolin covered numerous breaking news stories including the Colorado Theatre shootings, the Boston bombings and the Cleveland kidnappings, and she field-anchored the Newtown Connecticut school massacre. In April of 2012, Sambolin was diagnosed with breast cancer and chose to return to her hometown of Chicago explaining to her colleagues and viewers at CNN that “tomorrow is not promised.”
Sambolin returned to the familiarity of the station where she began her career. She originally joined WMAQ in the summer of 2002 and began reporting for Telemundo the following year. As the first Chicago on-air broadcaster to work at both English and Spanish language stations simultaneously, she broke new ground for Latinos in the No. 3 market in the country.
She has served as host of Un Buen Doctor, a weekly Spanish language medical series airing on cable stations worldwide and has won numerous awards for work on two parenting programs created for cable distribution.
Sambolin volunteers for numerous organizations and has an special interest in raising awareness about breast cancer in underserved communities.
Returning to NBC5 News has been “like coming home,” Sambolin has said. She is happy to return to her morning show seat and the Chicago viewers she missed.
Sambolin lives in Chicago with her husband Ken Williams and her 2 children Nicolas and Sofia.
Jenna Daugherty is Divisional Vice President, Global Social Responsibility, where she leads sustainability, shared value and social impact initiatives for Abbott. She also serves as Vice President of the Abbott Fund, Abbott’s philanthropic foundation.
Jenna joined Abbott in her current role in January 2017, where she leads collaboration across Abbott’s enterprise to ensure sustainability and responsibility are at the core of its business practices, delivering leading economic, social and environmental performance globally. She also oversees the strategic direction and execution of cross-sector partnerships to develop sustainable, systems-level solutions to key challenges in global health and development, helping people around the world to build better lives and stronger communities.
Jenna initially joined Abbott in 2010, managing corporate and comunity relations. In 2013, she joined AbbVie when it became an independing public company, directing civic engagement and strategic projects until she re-joined Abbott in 2017.
Prior to joining Abbott, Jenna worked for several non-profit organizations, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Jenna earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism from Butler University.
Recognized as a leadership and development innovator, Alexi is the co-founder and CEO of BetterUp, the first leadership development platform to connect coaching to sustainable behavior change. As CEO, Alexi leads BetterUp on its mission to enable all professionals to live with greater purpose, clarity and passion.
Prior to BetterUp, Alexi was the Director of Product Management at VMware, where he led product and design teams in building enterprise collaboration software that earned Gartner’s “best in class” distinction. While at VMware, Alexi experienced first-hand how the relationship between employees and employers needed to evolve to support the innovation-driven work of the future.
Alexi is currently Chairman for Youth Leadership America (YLA), a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 2003 that fosters peer-to-peer leadership development and civic engagement in high school students. Under Alexi’s leadership, YLA has collaborated with leading companies including Disney, Google, and Hilton Hotels to coach and mentor future leaders.
Alexi holds a BA degree in political science and non-profit management with Summa Cum Laude distinction from the University of Southern California.
Tony Callander serves as Vice President of Human Resources at Quantum Health, an award-winning consumer healthcare navigation company that delivers an unparalleled experience based on empathy and trust, enabling employers to achieve industry-leading satisfaction rates and independently validated claim savings. Quantum Health’s model is based on years of consumer research and the insights learned from guiding millions of consumers and their providers through their healthcare journey. Throughout his career, Tony has been fortunate to serve various HR leadership roles in manufacturing, fashion retail, and healthcare, in both public and private sectors. At Quantum Health, Tony and his team manage the entire employee lifecycle, with a primary focus on employee development and organizational design. Providing an extraordinary employment experience for Quantum’s “Healthcare Warriors” is what has earned Quantum Health consistent recognition on Columbus Business First “Best Places to Work” and Fortune Magazine “Great Place to Work®” lists, among others. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kenyon College and a master’s in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Seth Green is the founding director of the Raymond Baumhart, S.J., Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, an interdisciplinary center at Loyola University Chicago that equips Chicagoland leaders and students with the tools to accelerate social change. Seth is also an executive lecturer in the Management Department of Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business.
Seth joined Loyola after 15 years of leading institutions at the forefront of fighting poverty and expanding opportunity. Most recently, he served as executive director of Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), a Chicagoland nonprofit that prepares low-income youth for post-secondary and life success. During his tenure, he spearheaded an expansion of Y.O.U.’s programs from serving 450 youth in 2010 to 1,600 in 2017. He also envisioned and led a $16.4 million fundraising campaign to build a new Y.O.U. youth center and financial endowment.
Seth began his career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he worked with private sector clients on strategic planning and change management. A recipient of McKinsey’s Community Fellowship, he spent one year of his time at the firm supporting nonprofit clients, including the Gates Foundation and United Way.
Seth is a sought after speaker on social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit leadership, and cross-sector partnership, having spoken on these topics at the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, World Bank, United Nations, and other leading institutions. He served for numerous years as a discussion facilitator for the Clinton Global Initiative and he was a plenary speaker at the 2011 White House-sponsored conference on Connecting Communities for the Common Good. Before joining Loyola, Seth was also a lecturer at Northwestern University, where he taught courses on nonprofit management and social impact leadership.
Seth is a frequent media contributor, having served as a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and MSNBC, and having written op-eds for the Christian Science Monitor and Miami Herald. In addition, his work has been featured by hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. For his social innovation leadership, Utne Reader named Seth one of 50 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
Seth has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, and a law degree from Yale University.
Lori Healey is the Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), owner of McCormick Place, North America’s largest convention center, the 1,258 room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, the 1,205 room Marriott Marquis and the Wintrust Arena. MPEA’s activities on the McCormick Square campus generate nearly $2 billion annually into the local and regional economy and supports more than 15,000 jobs.
Prior to joining MPEA, Healey served as the Chief Executive Officer of Tur Partners LLC (Tur). Healey also served as Principal in Charge of the Development Group for the John Buck Company, focused on growing the firm’s private real estate and infrastructure related investments.
Healey also coordinated the organizational and planning activities for the NATO Summit in Chicago in 2012, overseeing planning, fundraising and implementation of the Summit in an 6-month time frame.
Healey also held several senior leadership positions for the City of Chicago under the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley, including serving as Mayor Daley’s Chief of Staff and Commissioner of the City’s Department of Planning and Development. Her previous experiences include time as a principal at Perkins + Will, and as Deputy Director for Business Development of the (then) Illinois Department of Commerce & Community Affairs. Healey began her career as a policy aide to former Governor John Carlin of Kansas in 1983.
Healey has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Kansas State University.
Sayar Lonial is the Executive Director of Marketing & Communications at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, in Brooklyn. In that capacity he oversees community outreach and maintains a wide variety of public-private partnerships to further the school’s multifaceted mission: creating technology aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems; encouraging tech entrepreneurship and the growing Innovation Economy; and educating a new generation of engineers committed to academic excellence, visionary research, and diversity. Prior to helping oversee the merger between NYU and Polytechnic University in 2014, Lonial served as Director of Community Affairs for NYU and aided in the passage of the NYU expansion plan in 2013.
Lonial’s other current titles include President of the Dumbo BID Board of Directors, Executive Board Member at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and Board Representative to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. He is a former Chair of Brooklyn Community Board 6.
Previously, Lonial served as the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s Director of Planning & Development, ensuring community input into the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and overseeing such initiatives as the rehabilitation and creation of more than 30 new parks and open spaces in Lower Manhattan and the creation and preservation of some 3,000 affordable units in Tribeca, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. Prior to that he served on the Master Planning team for Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Melissa is the Co-founder and President of Public Good Software. Under her leadership Public Good’s AI for Good platform has become the leader in “making news actionable” working with the nations leading publishers and brands including CNN, Gannett, Tribune Media, State Farm, Unilever and the Gates Foundation.
Melissa is a dynamic thought-leader around social impact innovation and an experienced speaker at a broad range of leading industry media and purpose brand events including the Online News Association Conference, Digital Hollywood, Shift Forum, Sustainable Brands, Engage for Good, The White House MSOY annual awards, and The Working Mother 100 Best Companies Annual Conference and Gala. She has also been featured in Entrepreneur.com, Microsoft Chicago and The Pentagon Channel. Past accolades include being named as a Civic Leader by the Air Force Chief of Staff and “Wonder Woman of Chicago” by IdeaForge. Melissa is also a mentor for TechStars in Chicago and served as the President of the Auxiliary Board at the Chicago Children’s Museum.
Howard has spent the past 20 years of his career leading creatively driven global marketing communications firms. In this capacity he has been practitioner, visionary leader and the cultural core of the organizations he has led. Most recently he was CEO of Doremus, an Omnicom Company focused on Business to Business strategy and communications for leading companies around the world. Howard managed offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Howard believes that transformative ideas are a function of highly collaborative teams developing unique insights that in turn are expressed in unexpected Strategies and Execution.
Howard joined Good360 in July 2016 as CEO. In order to keep Good360 relevant in a rapidly changing world, Howard is focused on building an organization that represents the “Modern Nonprofit”—An organization that embraces collaborative intersections between Private, Public and Non-profit organizations to address some of the world’s most pressing social, humanitarian and natural disaster challenges. As part of this transformation, Howard actively advocates the need for a redefinition of the philanthropic model from one based on Altruism to one based on Mutualism—where tangible benefit is realized across all stakeholder groups in cross-sector ecosystems in order to benefit those in need.
Kenneth Matos, Ph.D. is Lead People Scientist at Culture Amp. He provides clients with actionable advice on collecting, understanding, and acting on employee feedback through evidence-based methodologies. Dr. Matos educates and coaches the Culture Amp community and speaks to mainstream media on the strategic impact of emerging trends in workplace culture and employee experience.
Prior to Culture Amp, Dr. Matos provided technical and strategic leadership on a wide range of workforce research and consulting projects. His research covers issues of diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing, leadership, and organizational culture. He completed his undergraduate work in psychology at Amherst College, received his master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and earned his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology at the George Washington University.
Lauren Ryan is the Vice President of New Products at Greenhouse. After leading the Greenhouse Recruiting and Growth Marketing teams, she is building the New Products department to further the company’s mission of creating solutions that help customers make Talent a strategic business function. Before joining Greenhouse, Lauren worked at Google as a Financial Operations Manager. If you see someone crossing San Francisco on a white Vespa with a yoga mat…that’s her. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Tamara Snyder leads Edelman’s Chicago Employee Experience team. With 17 years experience in communications, culture, leadership development and change, Tamara helps accelerate transformation with experiences designed to shift employee mindsets and behaviors. She has a a passion for helping leaders be the best versions of themselves and is an executive coach trained via UC Berkeley’s Executive Coaching Institute.
Tamara’s experience focuses on workforce engagement during post-merger integration; culture change; employer branding and digital talent attraction. Tamara also architects communications infrastructure, developing channels and content to reach employees in new and unexpected ways, encouraging cross-functional interaction and problem-solving, activating employees as brand advocates, building managerial communication competency and strengthening trust in leadership. She has led employee communications for several highly complex mergers, including Pfizer-Wyeth and Kraft Foods-Cadbury.
Tamara’s work spans a variety of industries, including retail, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and financial services. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as United Airlines, PayPal, PepsiCo, Walmart, Starbucks, AstraZeneca, HP and GE. Tamara and her team’s work has earned top-tier industry recognition, including Gold and Silver SABRE Awards, IABC Gold Quill “Best of the Best” Awards, PRWeek finalist for employee campaign of the year and Nielsen Norman Group’s Intranet Design Annual.
Tamara joined Edelman in 2006 from Whirlpool Corporation, where she managed the company’s global intranet, developed internal publications and led numerous employee engagement programs. Prior to that, she was a reporter at the Herald-Palladium in St. Joseph, Mich. She graduated summa cum laude on full academic scholarship from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in public relations and a minor in Spanish.
Chris Williams is a strategic change expert with a passion for culture transformation and technology adoption. He works with a large range of global and local clients on initiatives such as enterprise strategy deployment, culture change, technology integration, onboarding, leadership alignment, and operational excellence. A regular speaker on organizational change, Chris believes in blending visualization and interaction with high energy and fun to create memorable experiences. He has been at Root for eight years and heads up Root’s Chicago team.
J Zac Stein is COO at Lattice, the leading people management platform trusted by the world’s best places to work. At Lattice, he leads marketing, customer success, finance, HR & operations as the company has scaled to serve a thousand customers over the past two years. Previously, J Zac served as a GM & VP at Zenefits, where he launched the payroll business before leading its 500-person operations organization through company turnaround. Prior to joining the tech world, J Zac founded and led Ceiba Public Schools, a nonprofit whose mission is to prepare low-income students to get to and through college.
Ashley Wilson Oster is Vice President, Business Development & Marketing for E4E Relief, leading efforts to spread the word on the incredible support that many companies across the country are offering to their employees in times of disaster and hardship.
Ashley’s experience includes creating a community affairs department and leading development efforts for education institutions on both coasts of the US. Prior to that she worked on public policy and advocacy efforts at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and for a Congressman on Capitol Hill. In all of her work, she has been passionate about connecting resources to need and building strong relationships in order to create mutually beneficial partnerships that advance the mission of the organizations.
Ashley offers her energetic optimistic attitude into volunteer work having served on the boards of organizations such as YMCA, Girls on the Run, Ballard Food Bank, US Airways Education Foundation and her children’s school. Ashley enjoys learning people’s stories, running, big cities and partaking in good food with her husband and two children. She has been singing the Tarheel fight song all her life and was elated to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Organizational Communications and B.A. in Romance Languages.
Julie Caldwell is Vice President & Director, Business & Organizational Development for E4E Relief, supporting the growth of E4E Relief from a department within the 6th largest Community Foundation in the US to a charitable social enterprise exclusively focused on employee disaster and hardship relief.
Julie and her team help corporations establish Employee Relief Fund programs to support and engage their employees during unforeseen situations, such as natural disasters or family emergencies. For the past 5 years, Julie has led the business development efforts of the organization doubling the number of programs now reaching 2M employees.
Julie brings 20 years of experience building strategic relationship programs to help advance brand positioning and market penetration. During her 16-year tenure at KPMG, Julie served as national sales enablement director and led the regional marketing and account management department.
Julie helped establish WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation Carolinas chapter, and served on the leadership team responsible for launching the Charlotte ATHENA awards. Julie previously served as board chair for the Avondale Children’s Center and was honored with a “Women Extraordinaire” award from Charlotte Business Leader magazine in 2009. Julie enjoys cooking, traveling, dreaming up house renovation projects all while spending time with her husband and two boys, who are sports fanatics. She is a graduate of DePauw University with a B.A. in communications.
Rachel Ernst is the Vice President of Employee Success at Reflektive, where she oversees the HR function and builds content for products and customer education.
Her passion for leadership stems from starting and participating on a Board of Directors for a women’s college organization. This work sparked her interest in a career that entails regular coaching, listening to and facilitating action on employee feedback, and working to build effective and cohesive leadership teams. Her career in HR spans compensation, learning and development, leadership coaching, people analytics and organizational design. She strives to evolve the performance management ecosystem to fulfill its ultimate goal — inspiring high performance through ongoing, real-time feedback.
Before joining Reflektive, Ernst spent more than three years at Quantcast, leading its learning and development team and people, partnerships and operations with a focus on coaching, individual growth and leadership development. Prior to that, she spent four years as Director of HR at Fidelity Investments, leading the company’s employee development, change management, talent and team development.
Ernst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and German at the University of California, Davis and an MBA in International Business from the Brandeis International Business School. She currently serves on the Board for CareerUp Now, an organization that fosters Jewish young professionals’ growth, and is a mentor for the Jewish High Tech Community in San Francisco.
Walter Clements is Associate Dean of Executive Education, and a Teaching Professor at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Finance for Mendoza’s Undergraduate, full-time MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Science in Management Programs. Walt also serves as Independent Board Director for BP Midstream Partners LP, a publicly-traded energy firm. He advises inventors in their quest to get their ideas to market, and has served as President of an Industry Marketing Association. Walt joined Mendoza in 2012 after teaching at Indiana University for 2 years. Walt has 27 years of international business experience with BP plc prior to teaching, most recently as CEO and Chairman of Aral AG, a subsidiary of BP and Germany’s market-leading fuels and convenience store company. Walt served on Boards of two International College Preparatory Schools in Europe, and enjoys helping people develop and realize their aspirations.
Soo Choi was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and confirmed by the City Council on June 8, 2011.
Prior to her appointment, Soo served as a Deputy Inspector General in the City of Chicago’s Inspector General’s Office where she led its Hiring Oversight Section, which is responsible for monitoring the City’s hiring and employment compliance with the law and protocols imposed under the Shakman Accord. She also previously served as an Assistant Inspector General. Before working in the government sector, Soo was an associate at the law firms Much Shelist and Kirkland & Ellis LLP and clerked for the Honorable James B. Zagel in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Soo received her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School, her Master of Arts in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and her undergraduate degree in English from Duke University.
For the last 10 years, Jon has been a transformation and change management executive at Ernst & Young LLP, helping lead his clients through large, complex, enterprise-wide programs, revamping operating models, technology, culture and more. The EY organization is attuned to the importance of linking purpose to everything we do, and in his transformation work, Jon similarly looks to make change purposeful, and engage the organizational and people around the “why,” not just the “what.” He also leads community and culture across the People Advisory Services practice and runs a Counseling Family (a group of EY colleagues who meet regularly) in the Central Region. Before joining our organization, Jon worked across the consulting industry, including at A.T. Kearney, Hewitt Associates and KPMG Consulting. He lives in Wilmette, IL, with his wife and two children. His youngest is a teenage girl, whose motto — “You’re always wrong” — helps Jon maintain his humility and sense of humor, especially when facilitating teams and large groups.
Andrea Zopp is the President and CEO of World Business Chicago, where she leads the organization’s mission of inclusive economic growth, supporting businesses, and promoting Chicago as a leading global city. Most recently, she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago. Andrea has dedicated her career to being a force of change. She has championed job creation, access to education, corporate responsibility and promoting economic development initiatives in underserved communities.
Andrea served in the United States Attorney’s Office and was the first woman and African American to serve as the First Assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. In these roles, she fought to keep neighborhoods safe by taking on illegal guns, violent crime and gangs, worked to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Andrea is a successful businesswoman and has held executive leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Sara Lee, Sears Holdings and Exelon. As the former President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she led the nationally-recognized organization’s focus on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities, helping youth and young adults achieve academic and career success, and advocacy for social justice.
Andrea has held multiple civic and business appointments. She was appointed to the Chicago Board of Education by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and to the Cook County Health and Hospital System Board by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Andrea also served on the board of the Urban Partnership Bank and was appointed by Mayor Emanuel to serve on the Chicago Police Board in November 2017.
Andrea Zopp is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School. She lives on Chicago’s South side with her husband Bill. They are the proud parents of Alyssa, Kelsey, and Will, and the proud owners of four cats and three dogs.
Lorraine is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health, where she directs the graduate program in Occupational Safety. She also serves as the Director for the UIC Center for Health Work, a NIOSH-funded Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health® The focus of the UIC Center is precarious work- understanding the scope of and working conditions associated with precarious work and developing multi-level intervention strategies to turn unhealthy work into healthy work.
Lorraine is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and have more than 25 years of experience in research, curriculum development, and teaching in occupational and environmental health. Her expertise is in the evaluation and control of hazards in the workplace and community.
Lorraine has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a master and doctoral degree in Environmental Science and Physiology, with a focus in industrial hygiene from Harvard University, School of Public Health.