Dr. C. Nicole Mason is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a leading voice on pay equity, economic policies, and research impacting women. Stepping into this role in November 2019, Dr. Mason will be the youngest person currently leading one of the major inside the Beltway think tanks in Washington, D.C., and one of few women of color. She succeeds noted economist and MacArthur Fellow Heidi Hartmann, the Institute’s founding CEO. As one of the nation’s foremost intersectional researchers and scholars, Dr. C. Nicole Mason brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. For the past two decades, Dr. Mason has spearheaded research on issues relating to economic security, poverty, women’s issues, and entitlement reforms; policy formation and political participation among women, communities of color, and youth; and racial equity. Prior to IWPR, Dr. Mason was the executive d...
Angelica Ogando is one of the most effective and requested Peak Performance Coaches for executive leadership. She has delivered leadership training for companies in finance, technology, and the fashion industry. Her clients call her the “people whisperer” due to the amazing results she achieves with them. Angelica is fiery, passionate, transparent, trustworthy, and dedicated to helping clients transform from the inside out. She integrates her business and life experiences, as well as her coaching skills to, develop success strategies with a long- lasting effect. Ms. Ogando is an International Powerhouse Speaker, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and a Change Maker. She is the Founder and CEO of the Enriched Mind LLC and Co-Founder of Yoshida Academy which focuses on helping individuals to improve their leadership talents and public speaking skills, to convey their message as intended, gain confidence, and achieve extraordinary results. Angelica is a fearless champion of educat...
Jame Geathers is an entrepreneur, author, TEDx speaker, mom, and Human Resources professional with over 15 years’ experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Jame has spent her career building and supporting HR infrastructures that have provided her employers and clients with the structure and policies that empower small business owners to employ legally and effectively. Jame is passionate about empowering women to realize their full potential personally and professionally, eradicating hunger and homelessness. During her free time, Jame divides her time between volunteering, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Watch August 13th's panel discussion with Jame here. ...
Sandra Blakemore is the Deputy Commissioner of Finance, Procurement & Energy for the City of Chicago’s Department of Assets, Information & Services. She is responsible for budget management and contract procurement for one of the City’s largest infrastructure departments. In addition, she leads the management and purchase of all the City’s utilities and fuel. Sandra Blakemore grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Sandra received her B.A. with honors in Government from Harvard University. After graduation, she was a Rotary Fellow in Queensland, Australia where she received a graduate diploma in anthropology from James Cook University. She worked in consulting at a boutique firm in Washington, DC before enrolling at the University of Maryland for her M.B.A. After business school, Sandra enjoyed a twenty-year career with Fortune 500 firms in brand management before entering public service. Sandra led brands and innovation at Nabisco, Mars and ConAgra a...
As Chief People Officer, Kim Keating is responsible for developing and executing a global human resource strategy in support of Conservation International’s mission and strategic priorities. Prior to joining Conservation International, Kim was a founding partner of Keating Advisors, an HR consulting firm that specializes in compensation, organizational development and performance management. Kim led the team of consultants that has been supporting nonprofit organizations in developing effective talent management strategies for over 20 years. Currently, Kim serves on the board of Nuru International and Lean In of the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Foundation.  She has been featured as a compensation and negotiation expert in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and NBC News. She is the author of the negotiation chapter in Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book Lean In For Graduates. Watch August 13th's panel discussion with Kim here. ...
Carla Madeleine Kupe currently serves as the first Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance for the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General. Carla is also Director of the Professional Identity Formation program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Before her current position, Carla served as Associate General Counsel and Title IX Coordinator for Chicago State University. Prior to that, Carla was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department in its Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division. She also held the position of Victim Witness Advocate for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, Carla was the former Director of Community Relations for the Chicago Metropolitan Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Carla is the founder of The Impact Alliance NFP, a diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture change consulting group. ...
Christian F. Nunes, MBA, MS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Consultant, and a Woman-Minority Business Owner since 2006. Ms. Nunes received her BSW degree from Northern Arizona University, Master of Science from Columbia University, and Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Currently, Christian F. Nunes is serving as the National Vice President for the National Organization for Women where she advocates for women and girl’s equality on a local and national level. Along with her activism for mental health, Nunes also has over 20 years of experience advocating for children’s and women’s issues. As an advocate for social justice and mental health policy, she took up the role as Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues and co-authored a community survey on police response to crisis. Additionally, she has worked tirelessly to elect progressive candidates to school boards and local office positions. She is often featured i...
Raena Saddler is the VP of People and Managing Director at the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, the non-profit that runs Lean In & Option B. For the past 5 years, she has helped Lean In launch initiatives that raise awareness on issues critical to advancing women at work, and developed programs to help companies build equal and inclusive workplaces. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the Head of Product at Topix, an online media technology company. Raena holds a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School studying Religion, Ethics, and Politics. She lives in East Palo Alto with her husband, with whom she is raising three daughters to have a strong sense of social justice and a passion for driving social change on issues impacting women of color. Tune into August 13th's Coversations for Equal Pay podcast with Raena. Follow on Spotify here. Or watch the Zoom video recording ...
Michelle Glover is the certified coach and owner of Journey Unlimited, LLC, a coaching firm in Atlanta, GA. A talented human resource executive with 15+ years’ experience, Michelle helps clients work in their purpose by guiding the self-discovery process, building mental resiliency, and developing the strategic roadmap for that delivers results.Teresa C. Younger is an activist, advocate, renowned public-speaker, organizational strategist, and a proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. Having spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles for comprehensive equity and the elimination of institutionalized oppression, she now serves as the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation for Women, Younger served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut -- the first African ...
Michelle Glover is the certified coach and owner of Journey Unlimited, LLC, a coaching firm in Atlanta, GA. A talented human resource executive with 15+ years’ experience, Michelle helps clients work in their purpose by guiding the self-discovery process, building mental resiliency, and developing the strategic roadmap for that delivers results. To Join us on September 17th for Coversations for Equal Pay LIVE with Michelle, RSVP here. ...
Alexis White serves in the capacity of Chief Administration and Finance Officer for the City of Chicago-Office of the City Clerk. She has years of successful experience in budgeting, finance and human resource management. Alexis graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.Sc. in Marketing and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Masters’ in Business Administration. Alexis has served in a budgeting capacity at both the State of Illinois- Office of Management and Budget and the City of Chicago- Office of Budget and Management. She is a Board Member for the Women in Public Finance- Chicago Chapter and the Southern Illinois University Alumni Board. She was a Mentor Coach for the America Needs You program which focuses on First-Generation College students. Alexis also volunteers with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Lakeview Pantry. She is originally from Springfield, Illinois and relocated to Chicago, IL in 2016. She currently re...
Audra Wilson has been a champion for racial and economic justice for more than 20 years as a public interest lawyer and teacher, policy shaper, community mobilizer, and experienced executive manager. Throughout her career, Wilson has focused on the voices and experiences of communities of color and communities most impacted by injustice. Wilson began her legal career as a Welfare Advocacy Staff Attorney with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, where she focused on welfare reform implementation and food security issues in Illinois. She was then tapped by then-state-Senator Barack Obama to serve as the Deputy Press and Policy Director on his U.S. Senate campaign. After the U.S. Senate race, Wilson returned to her public interest roots, serving as Director of Diversity Education and Outreach and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law for 7 years. At Northwestern, she co-founded the first formal consortium of law school diversity professionals in Chicago, ...
S. Mayumi "Umi" Grigsby is the Chief of Policy and Advocacy for the Office of the City Clerk of Chicago. Under the leadership of City Clerk Anna Valencia, Grigsby is responsible for leading the City Clerk’s policy initiatives, including the CityKey Municipal ID program, the Fines, Fees, and Access Collaborative, and the Status of Women and Girls’ Working Group. Additionally, she has been providing assistance to the City of Chicago's Racial Equity Rapid Response Team. Grigsby is a native Liberian, naturalized American, and adopted Chicagoan.Bilingual in French and English, she holds a bachelor’s degree in French and government from Georgetown University and graduated from Northeastern University’s School of Law with a concentration in international law and human rights. To Join us on October 1st for Coversations for Equal Pay LIVE with Mayumi, RSVP here. ...
Jocelyn Frye is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress where she focuses on a wide range of women’s economic security and employment issues such as work-family conflicts, pay equity, and equal employment opportunity with a particular focus on the workplace challenges facing women of color. Her work includes developing robust policy solutions to combat gender discrimination in the workplace, and she has written and spoken extensively on sexual harassment and equal pay. Prior to joining the Center, Frye served for four years as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Special Projects for the First Lady, overseeing the broad issue portfolio of the First Lady. Before joining the Obama Administration, Frye served as General Counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, concentrating on employment and gender discrimination issues and workplace barriers facing women of color. She began her career as an associate at Crowell & Moring,...
Jacqueline “Jackie” Glass is a self-proclaimed certified doer, civic agitator, Navy Veteran, and a social entrepreneur working to improve markets and government policies influenced by racism, sexism and classism. With her small learning and development business, Jackie develops strategic methods for transforming female and parental leadership to an enabler of innovation for economic growth while promoting an in-home “civics first” mentality so that every citizen’s actions support global cities. Currently, she serves as a United State of Women Ambassador, a VoteRunLead national trainer, a city Commissioner on Social Equity and Economic Opportunity as well as producer and host the Your Neighbor’s Hood and The Mayher Podcast while managing Mamas on the Block (MOB) and Head Call initiatives. She is a sneakerhead by marriage and loves to share her kicks via #AIMS (Activism In My Sole). She and her husband and two little citizens call Norfolk, Virginia home. To Join us on October ...