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UNBOSSED by Marina

By Marina Malaguti
Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago and the World
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E56 - Interview with Pam Buchanan, Founder of Everly James
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode I interviewed Pam Buchanan, Founder of Everly James. Former Managing Director at NASDAQ. Key Highlights/Tools: Creating confidence and conviction as a professional woman Be open to new challenges, not necessarily ready Make a better world by vibrations, energy, and the five senses Memorable Quotes: “You really do have to be grounded in the belief that what you are saying is the truth and it is better for the company.” - Pam Buchanan, Founder of Everly James “We got in the room, we sat down at the Table. Now let’s stand up and present ourselves”  - Pam Buchanan, Founder of Everly James Useful Links and Resources: https://byeverlyjames.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/pam-buchanan/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on Linkedin, Twitter, and in our comments section. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 And all others…
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January 18, 2022
E55 - Interview with Phyllis Glink, Executive Director, Irving Harris Foundation
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Phyllis Glink (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of the Irving Harris Foundation. In her over two decades with the Foundation she has led, developed and implemented its grantmaking and field leadership work in the areas of early childhood development and child and family welfare, reproductive health and justice, Jewish values, and social justice. Phyllis works closely with the Foundation’s partners in the non-profit, advocacy, philanthropy, and government communities to leverage shared investment and maximize the impact of Foundation grants in Illinois and across the country. She leads the Foundation’s partnerships with national replication and public policy efforts such as BUILD, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, First Five Years Fund, the Alliance for Early Success, the Educare Learning Network, Health Connect One’s replication of the Community Based Doula model and the Harris Foundation’s Early Childhood Professional Development Network, a group of 18 infant mental health and child trauma institutions across the United States and Israel. Phyllis holds many leadership roles in the public and philanthropic sectors including serving as co-chair of the Governor’s Early Learning Council, the Illinois Commission on Equitable Funding for Early Childhood Education and Care, the Advisory Board of the National Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, the Membership Committee for the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative, and co-chairs BUILD’s Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Irving Harris Foundation, Ms. Glink worked for the Chicago Community Trust focusing on grant making and program development in the areas of education and women and girls’ issues. Ms. Glink started her career in philanthropy at the University of Chicago where she worked for seven years in the Central Development Office as a major gifts officer raising funds for the successful $650 million capital campaign. Key Highlights/Tools: Identical twin Jewish Activist Raising Money Systemic Philanthropy - using private money to change the way public money is invested White woman leading a foundation trying to be an anti-racist organization Memorable Quotes: “We are using private money to change the way public money is invested”- Phyllis Glink, Phyllis Glink at Executive Director at Irving Harris Foundation “There’s never going to be enough philanthropy in the world no matter how many billionaires give away money, because the big money is really public money; therefore we need to change the policies, systems and structures that invest public money” - Phyllis Glink,Executive Director at Irving Harris Foundation Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/phyllis-glink-1924425/ https://www.irvingharrisfdn.org/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on Linkedin,Twitter, and in our comments section.
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January 11, 2022
E54 - Interview with Geeta Pyne, Chief Enterprise Architect - Platform and Architecture at Intuit
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Interview with Geeta Pyne, Chief Enterprise Architect - Platform and Architecture at Intuit. Geeta Pyne has extensive experience in Technology strategy,architecture and digital solution delivery. As lead architect she has led global companies through digital transformations, cloud migrations and enabled new business models. She has worked in both Products development and Business Technology solution delivery. She brings enterprise mindset while working in a startup, agile fashion. Recently as the Vice President of Data at Zuora she drove data strategy and execution to help the company scale to $1 Billion. Prior to Zuora, she worked at multiple high-tech companies from healthcare to supply chain to cloud and data management. She started her career as a research scientist developing algorithms for Satellite Image Processing and takes pride in holding IP in India’s first parallel computer PARAM and Image Processing system ISROVISION. In the recent past she has laser focused on data, machine learning, AI and using data as a competitive differentiator. Key High|lights: Woman in tech growing up in India Immigrant data leader India Space Organization Getting into the room Horizontal Career Growth and Vertical Career Growth Memorable Quotes: “If you are good at something, dig deep into your craft”- Geeta Pyne, Chief Enterprise Architect at Intuit “Some people go for opportunities, others go for possibilities. Geeta goes for possibilities.” - One of Geeta’s managers “Don’t only think about who you invite [into a meeting], also think about who you are excluding.” - Geeta Pyne, Chief Enterprise Architect at Intuit “Nobody messes with Geeta Pyne” - Geeta Pyne, Chief Enterprise Architect at Intuit Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geetapyne/ https://tipco.medium.com/lessons-from-an-immigrant-data-leader-geeta-pyne-chief-enterprise-architect-intuit-544f039d09c6 Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. Follow our Podcast Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ And all others...
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January 04, 2022
E53 - Interview with Dr. Suzet M. McKinney, Principal and Director of Life Sciences for Sterling Bay - Part 2
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Dr. Suzet M. McKinney is a public health expert, medical executive, thought leader, strategic thinker and nationally recognized expert in emergency preparedness and response. As Principal and Director of Life Sciences for Sterling Bay, Dr.McKinney oversees relationships with the scientific, academic, corporate,tech, and governmental sectors involved in the life sciences ecosystem.She also leads the strategy to expand Sterling Bay’s footprint in life sciences nationwide. She is back on UNBOSSED to talk about life sciences in Chicago and Nationwide. Key Highlights/Tools: 16 years difference in life expectancy in people 3 stops from the Blueline away (living within the medical district and outside of the medical district) Life Sciences have a number of economic benefits, including not needing a college degree for employment, therefore using life sciences for the unemployed and underemployed on the West side of Chicago There is a 30 years difference in life expectancy between people living in the southside vs downtown Job opportunities in life science that do not require a GED October 19,2021 Ally at 1229 W Concord Place, Lincoln Yards, Groundbreaking Venture Capital Investment in Life Science topped $20B in a single quarter Memorable Quotes: “When an opportunity presents itself, go for it” - Dr. Suzet McKinney Useful Links and Resources: Dr Suzet Linkedin https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/updates/all/-/asset_publisher/UIMfSLnFfMB6/content/join-state-of-the-region https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/10/19/sterling-bay-breaks-ground-on-lincoln-yards-first-building-a-massive-life-sciences-center/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 And all others…
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December 31, 2021
E52 - Interview with Anel Ruiz, Senior Vice President at Culloton + Bauer Luce
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I interviewed Anel Ruiz, Senior Vice President at Culloton and Bauer Luce. Senior Vice President Anel Ruiz is a versatile communications strategist with extensive experience at the highest levels of city and county government as well as in nonprofit management. Prior to joining CBL, Ruiz served as Press Secretary for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, leading communications strategy as the city faced crisis after crisis—including the longest teachers’ strike in decades, the COVID-19 pandemic, and protests and civil unrest. Ruiz previously served as deputy chief of staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, overseeing policy development and managing the County’s Bureau of Economic Development, Justice Advisory Council, Commission on Human Rights & Ethics, as well as the Commission on Women’s Issues. She also has served as the public affairs director for the Chicago Department of Public Health where she led teams that consistently produced innovative and award-winning marketing and digital campaigns. In addition to her public service, Ruiz honed her operations and fundraising skills in the nonprofit sector at Free Spirit Media and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Ruiz received her undergraduate degree in political science from Augustana College. She is a 2014 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a 2016 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow. Key Highlights: Ex Press Secretary for Mayor Lori Lightfoot, City of Chicago Storytelling Nonprofit and Social work THE FIRST LATINA PRESS SECRETARY FOR THE MAYOR IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO Memorable Quotes: “Growing up, I wanted to be a priest” - Anel Ruiz,  Senior Vice President at Culloton and Bauer Luce “I'm an optimist and optims is hard work” - Anel Ruiz, Senior Vice President at Culloton and Bauer Luce “If my mom can’t understand the process, is way too complicated”  - Anel Ruiz, Senior Vice President at Culloton and Bauer Luce “La pincha necesidad” - Anel’s mother Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anel-ruiz-aab0b016/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. Follow our Podcast Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And all others...
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December 28, 2021
E51 - Interview with Miloney Thakrar, Founder and Principal at Mind the Gender Gap
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I interviewed Miloney Thakrar, Founder and Principal at Mind the Gender Gap. Miloney Thakrar is the Founder & Principal of Mind the Gender Gap, Inc., a boutique consultancy that helps companies–from nonprofits to startups to Fortune 500s–leverage technology and data storytelling to accelerate gender equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her proprietary approach uniquely combines data feminism, data storytelling, and technology to craft scalable, innovative solutions that drive impact. The Forum on Workplace Inclusion and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) have featured her work. A Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she holds dual graduate degrees in Gender & Social Policy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Australian National University. She is the recipient of the June 2021 Inclusion 1st Ally Award and the 2021 UN Women USA Chicago Gender Equality Award. She serves on Garbo's Advocacy Council, Angel Valuation's Board of Directors, and ¡Milwaukee Evaluation!'s Board. When she is not eradicating donut charts from DEI reports or convincing her dad to buy a cell phone, you can find her reading in hammocks or hiking the Great Plains of Illinois. Key Highlights/Tools: Gender Gap Equality in gender expression Entrepreneurship, Start-up Analytics, Research Intersectionality, Intersectional Gender Equity Data Storytelling, Data Feminism Systems of Oppression Memorable Quotes: “Starting a business is like riding a roller coaster blindfolded and not knowing when you are going to stop” - Miloney Thakrar,Founder & Principal “There will never be gender equity without addressing the inequities in research & data.” - Miloney Thakrar,  Founder & Principal “There is no magic bullet in DEI, it is going to take a lot of work” - Miloney Thakrar,  Founder & Principal Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miloneythakrar/ https://www.mindthegendergap.org/ Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 And all others…
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December 21, 2021
E50 - Interview with Alifya Valiji, Founder at The Closed Round
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I interviewed Alifya Valiji, Founder of Closed Round, to break down the black box around early stage VC. She is also platform lead DayoneD1and former venture associate at techstars Key Highlights/Tools: Venture Capital Start-ups Entrepreneurship Timestamp: 0:00   Introductions & GetCities Venture Capital Fellowship 4:00  Reverse Culture Shock 10:00 About Closed Round 25:00 Democratization of Venture Investments 37:00 Alifya helps with generating a first idea for a start-up and working through idea to getting a start-up going 50:00 Outros Useful Links and Resources: https://twitter.com/AlifyaValiji https://www.linkedin.com/in/alifyavaliji/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on Twitter and LInkedIn, and in our comments section. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 And all others… Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/infraction/live-it License code: 0OYRKRXZRCJPIFYY
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December 14, 2021
E49 - Interview with Kristi Ross is Co-Founder, Co-CEO & President of tastytrade
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Kristi Ross is Co-Founder, Co-CEO & President of tastytrade and has been in the fintech and  trading industry for more than 30 years. Kristi is the Co-Founder of original dough, a visual front end trading technology platform launched in 2014, which was ultimately combined with and  rebranded when the team launched their own online brokerage firm tastyworks in 2017. Kristi serves as Executive Board Member of tastytrade and is Chairman of tastyworks. She also co hosts the show Bootstrapping in America, where she interviews innovative entrepreneurs. Kristi is passionate about empowerment of do-ers, self-directed investors and entrepreneurs. Previously, Kristi was the CFO of thinkorswim Group as a private company, where she led  numerous mergers, acquisitions and integration including thinkorswim’s acquisition by TD  Ameritrade for $750M in 2009. Prior to thinkorswim, she was CFO of Automated Trading Desk  Specialists, a stock specialist on the Chicago Stock Exchange. Kristi has held positions in public  accounting, specializing in financial services industry clientele including traders, proprietary firms,  market makers, specialists, discount brokerage and advisory firms. Kristi has been honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, the IL Tech Assoc, CityLights’ Prominent Tech Woman, the Moxie Awards’ Woman in Tech, James Haugh Award  and has been named to Innovate Finance Global Women in Fintech Powerlist, Crain’s  Chicago’s Tech 50, the Techweek 100 list, Chicago Business Journal’s Women of Influence list  and Midwest Women in Tech Award. She has spoken at many technology events has been featured by prominent publications such as Fortune, Chicago Tribune, and Crain's Chicago. Kristi is an active board member of companies in the banking, trading, technology and finance  industry. She has actively participated as a member of the ChicagoNEXT Fintech Council of  World Business Chicago, P33 Technology Initiative and Co-Chair Capital & Finance Committee,  Executive Committee board member of CEC/1871, Economic Club of Chicago member, The  Chicago Network member and The Commercial Club member. Her philanthropic passions include Midtown Educational Foundation, Rock the Street Wall Street, entrepreneurship, overall  financial literacy and the importance of physical fitness. Memorable Quotes: “ We are trying to add a layer of fun and approachability to the financial markets” - Kristi Ross about tastyTrade Useful Links and Resources: https://twitter.com/KristiRossX https://www.tastytrade.com/talent/kristi-ross https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristi-ross-36a1046a/ Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt
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December 07, 2021
E48 - Interview with Katie Edmonds, Strategic Designer at Rhode Island School of Design
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode I interview Katie Edmonds, Strategic Designer at Rhode Island School of Design. Katie Edmonds is a strategic designer specializing in the intersection of design and research. As Studio Lead, she develops and delivers programs that introduce and develop strategic design capabilities. Directly prior to joining RISD she worked in New York City at the intersection of nonprofit and government developing strategic interventions in economically vulnerable communities. This practice was based in placemaking and participatory design on topics including public safety and smart cities for clients including the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Prior to her graduate studies she worked in Silicon Valley and New York City in a variety of startup contexts focusing on entertainment and technology. She holds a Masters degree in Media Studies and a Masters degree in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Key Highlights/Tools: Empathy is about believing that you can’t understand people and that trying is a worthwhile endeavor Known-Known, Known-Unknown, Unknown-Known, Unknown-Unknown Memorable Quotes: We are in a moment of great revision where, the need to change is so pressing and the ability to choose what that could be is under attack by the status quo - Katie Edmonds “If not us who, if not now when”- John F. Kennedy You can believe yourself to be an empathetic person and practice empathy - but believing that people are worth understanding is more important - in the latter creates new knowledge and helps the world move forward. - Katie Edmonds Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katieedmonds/ https://complexity.risd.edu/about/our-strategic-design/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on Linkedin,Twitter, and in our comments section. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 And all others…
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November 30, 2021
E47 - Interview with Felicia Davis, President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women
In this episode my guest is Felicia Davis, President & CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women. Felicia Davis is a self-described “girl from the South Side.” She is deeply committed to the community through inclusive service to others. As president and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, she leads their strategic efforts in investing in women and girls as catalysts, building stronger communities for all. Felicia is passionate about transforming lives and serves as an educator and mentor through a variety of networks, participating on numerous boards and committees, including as a member of Governor JB Pritzker’s Inauguration Committee, the Board of Regents for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, an appointee to the Illinois Senate Sexual Discrimination, Harassment Awareness and Prevention Task Force, the American Cancer Society, and iHeartMedia Chicago’s Local Advisory Board. She has been in public service for the majority of her career. As a member of the Chicago Police Department, she served with distinction for a decade, as a police officer and then as a violent crimes detective. As Interim President of Olive-Harvey College, appointed by City Colleges of Chicago’s Chancellor Juan Salgado, Felicia led the College’s efforts in developing, maintaining, and evaluating academic programs and enhancing the student learning experience for optimum achievement. She served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Office of Public Engagement in Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s administration, where she led efforts to connect communities to resources. As Mayor Emmanuel’s First Deputy Chief of Staff, she implemented community-focused strategies to increase public safety across the City. Felicia exemplifies leadership in all she sets out to do. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a founding member of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s South Side Giving Circle, where she has blazed a trail for supporting Black women and girls through philanthropy and collective giving. Memorable Quotes: Think about this deeply, honestly; think about all the women that make your life possible whether it is by cleaning, child care, support function and pledge: “I will not be the reason why another woman is paid unequitably”  - Felicia Davis “My blue uniform allowed me to go places where my black skin did not” - Felicia Davis “Greater opportunities lie right outside of your comfort zone” Useful Links and Resources: https://www.cfw.org/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/felicia-davis-406a191/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our Linkedin and Twitter, and in our comments section. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 And all others…
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November 23, 2021
E46 - Interview with Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder of i.c.Stars
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I Interview Sandee Kastrul, President and Cofounder of i.c.stars. Sandee Kastrul sees stars. Sandee is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit leadership and technology training program founded in 1999 to prepare inner-city adults for technology careers and community leadership. An early pioneer of the social enterprise model, i.c.stars has graduated more than 300 community leaders, and will expand into multiple cities in 2016 and 2017. Under Sandee’s leadership, i.c.stars was highlighted by the U.S Chamber of Commerce for its work in youth employment. She is a proud board member of Good City, The Ryan Banks Academy, and HICC (Hispanic Innovation Center in Chicago). She’s also an advisor for the Axelson Center, Chicago Ideas Week, and the Experience Institute. Key Highlights/Tools: Diversity training in the 90s vs now Cyber-Ceilings & Systems of oppression Sandee is a Change Agent that disguises as a Technologist Memorable Quotes: We must harness the process on learning with, learning for and, learning from each other in order to create the organizations of the future - Sandee Krastul Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has- Margaret Mead For every minute we are cleaning the kitchen and spending time on other people, we are investing less in ourselves. We need to trust our men will take care of us. - Sandee Krastul Useful Links and Resources: https://www.icstars.org/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandeekastrul/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Sandee anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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November 16, 2021
E45 - Interview with Marina Malaguti, Host at UNBOSSED Podcast
Today you will hear an interview with me!  Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. Follow our Podcast Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And all others..
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November 09, 2021
E44 - Interview with Cheryl Kemp, Founder & CEO - IndiFit
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Cheryl Kemp is the Founder & CEO of indiFIT, a business management platform for fitness and wellness instructors. Cheryl's earliest roots are in the restaurant industry, which she jumped into at the ripe age of 16. Those roots led her to several exciting career adventures in the food delivery and digital ordering space - including being an early marketing hire at OrderUp, who was ultimately acquired by Groupon, and leading Enterprise Partnerships at Ritual. The only thing she loves more than building startups is group fitness, which is why she is deeply passionate about empowering fitness instructors with technology. She is also a dog and plant mom who can be spotted scooting around Chicago on her Vespa. Key Highlights: Female Founder Story Thank you Kathleen Brown for your recommendation! She is going to be one to look out for amazing successes in the future! No Code Tools: Sharetribe: https://www.sharetribe.com/ Bubble: https://bubble.io/ Pairi:https://pairi.app/ Timestamp: 0:00 - Introductions 5:00 - Get to Know Cheryl 15:00- Early Days and Cheryl’s Entrepreneurial Spirit 30:00 - You won’t want to miss this section, Listen to Cheryl talk about starting IndieFit 45:00 - Talks about being a woman founder Memorable Quotes: Success is like a bow and arrow- sometimes you need the tension of being pulled back in order to be catapulted forward. Useful Links and Resources: https://www.cheryl-kemp.com/about https://www.indifit.co/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Cheryl anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack: Follow our Podcast Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And all others..
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November 02, 2021
E43 - Interview with Dr. Suzet M. McKinney, Principal and Director of Life Sciences for Sterling Bay
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Dr. Suzet M. McKinney is a public health expert, medical executive, thought leader, strategic thinker and nationally recognized expert in emergency preparedness and response. As Principal and Director of Life Sciences for Sterling Bay, Dr.McKinney oversees relationships with the scientific, academic, corporate,tech, and governmental sectors involved in the life sciences ecosystem.She also leads the strategy to expand Sterling Bay’s footprint in life sciences nationwide. She previously served as CEO and Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District, where she managed a 24/7/365 environment that included 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, raw land development areas, four hospitals and more than 40 healthcare-related facilities. Within two years of leadership, Dr. McKinney accomplished a financial turnaround of the IMD, successfully retiring  more than $40 million in debt. In 2020, Dr. McKinney was appointed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker as Operations Lead for the  State of Illinois’ Alternate Care Facilities, a network of alternate medical locations designed to  decompress the hospital system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to leading the IMD, Dr. McKinney served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of  Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health  (CDPH), where she oversaw the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department and  coordinated those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities,  in addition to overseeing the Department’s Division of Women and Children’s Health. She also provided support to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, lending subject matter expertise in biological terrorism preparedness to the country of Poland. Previously, she served as the Sr. Advisor for Public Health and Preparedness at the Tauri Group,  where she provided strategic and analytical consulting services to the U.S. Department of Homeland  Security’s (DHS), BioWatch Program. Dr McKinney also serves on numerous boards and advisory committees and works in academia. Dr. McKinney holds her Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of  Public Health, with a focus on preparedness planning, leadership and workforce development. She  received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) where she was  also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. She received her Master of Public Health degree  (Health Care Administration) and certificates in Managed Care and Health Care Administration  from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Key Highlights/Tools: "Death by organic chemistry" Many women and men struggle with imposter syndrome. Engage in activities that cultivate self-confidence Timing is everything Explore any opportunity that comes your way Mottos to live by: go big or go home and, get shit done
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October 26, 2021
E42 - Interview with Laurie M. Joyner, President of Saint Xavier University
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I interviewed Laurie M. Joyner, who began her service as the 20th president of Saint Xavier University in January 2017. Known as a “mission-driven, student-centered and accomplished administrator passionately committed to institutional success,” President Joyner has championed mission integration efforts, inclusive excellence initiatives and the alignment of organizational structure and resources to drive educational quality and improved institutional performance. During her presidency, SXU embarked on the STRIVE 2025: Pathways to Institutional Excellence, Accountability and Sustainability Strategic Plan (STRIVE 2025), enrolled its two largest and most diverse first-year classes in its 175-year history, increased first-to-second year retention for three consecutive years, expanded high-impact educational practices and institutionalized a service excellence initiative aligned with the core values of respect, collaboration, responsiveness and effectiveness. Under her leadership, SXU has also secured the largest federal grant in institutional history, established the first endowed professorship, and since FY17 has reduced long-term debt by 46.6%, increased cash on hand by 288%, increased total financial assets by more than 312%, increased its quasi-endowment tenfold and nearly tripled its total endowment (282%). President Joyner is passionate about improving diversity, equity and inclusion on campus and is a 2019 National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA) Fellow. During her tenure, SXU became one of 29 colleges across the state to form the Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA) initiative, a partnership geared toward eliminating racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps across student groups while increasing graduation rates by 2025. Key Highlights/Tools: Career Mapping your way to Presidency Don’t internalize other people’s stuff Don’t get too sucked into the press about you-- “it’s really none of your business What other people think of you is not your business The most important decision in your life is who you choose as your partner Education is helping us become more human Memorable Quotes: Don’t feel like you have to be completely prepared to grab onto an opportunity For some women, we tend to get the more challenging leadership positions in some of the more challenging organizations Useful Links and Resources: Laurie’s LinkedIn https://www.sxu.edu/index.aspx The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section.
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October 19, 2021
E41 - Interview with Elena Valentine, CEO & Co-Founder of Skill Scout
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Elena Valentine is a workplace filmmaker and design researcher. Elena has made it her mission to help people find meaning in their work through stories that matter. With the motto “you cannot be what you cannot see” Elena started filming jobs as a way to get young people excited about careers. Since then, her team at Skill Scout has since built a world class media company. Their films have helped clients like Nike, McDonalds, and American Airlines engage candidates and employees alike. Elena's particularly excited about Skill Scout's latest project, the Humans@Work documentary and virtual film festival series that shares stories of people who find passion and meaning in their work. Elena was recently named HR Superhero by DisruptHR Chicago and Newcity's Film 50 of 2020. She is also the co-founder of Mezcla Media Collective, a a thriving community based Chicagoland non-profit that elevates femme identifying filmmakers of color. Key Highlights/Tools: Building businesses to last The Power of an Eternal Prayer The Entrepreneurship Journey Memorable Quotes: You cannot be what, you cannot see. Useful Links and Resources: https://www.skillscout.com/ http://www.mezclamediacollective.org/ Digital Minimalism Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Elena anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others… Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/infraction/live-it License code: 0OYRKRXZRCJPIFYY
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October 12, 2021
E40 - Interview with Dorri McWhorter, President and CEO at YMCA of Metro Chicago
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I interviewed Dorri McWhorter,President and CEO at YMCA of Metro Chicago. Dorri joined the YMCA in August 2021. Before serving at the Y, Dorri joined YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013 and has led the organization’s transformation to a social enterprise, including the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of YShop.org (e-commerce platform), womenshealthexchange.org (health insurance and information) and the MPWR, pronounced “empower”, mobile app (community engagement). Dorri leverages her large-scale change experience from working over 20 years in management consulting to the work that the YWCA does to create social change. Dorri lead the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame. Dorri serves on the Board of Directors for William Blair Funds and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway), and Lifeway Foods, Inc. Dorri co-chairs the Advisory Board for First Women’s Bank (in formation). McWhorter’s civic and philanthropic leadership includes the board of directors for the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1871 (Technology Business Accelerator), Civic Consulting Alliance, and the Civic Federation. Dorri is also a member of the Illinois Charitable Trust Board. McWhorter received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College. Memorable Quotes: You cannot separate the numbers (or budget) from the narrative (or strategy) Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dorrimcwhorter/ https://www.ymcachicago.org/ Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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October 05, 2021
E39 - Interview with Gabi Klapman, Co-founder and CEO of Trvlpage
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Gabi is Co-founder and CEO of Trvlpage, a travel based social media app where you can share your travel experiences and plan a trip with your trusted network’s recommendations. She is an avid traveler who spent 5 months post college traveling SouthEast Asia and South Africa. She studied Marketing at University of Illinois and attended Fullstack Academy where she learned software development. Before Trvlpage, she worked as a developer at Jellyvision. She has been the sole developer and CEO of Trvlpage since 2019. **USE CODE “UNBOSSED” TO BYPASS TRVLPG WAITLIST** Key Highlights/Tools: Woman starting a Tech Company Going through bootcamp Travel that molds you Being an entrepreneur Timestamp: 2:00   How Gabi and I met - we go back! 5:00   Gabi’s story 9:50   Transition to Tech 16:00 What is a Dev Bootcamp 22:00 Traveling Abroad and her solo journey in Asia and Africa 27:00 Lessons Learnt while traveling 34:00 Stating Travel Page 40:00 Being the software developer and CEO of a company 47:00 Outros Memorable Quotes: Traveling can be a struggle but it can make you grow and learn like nothing else will Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabi-klapman/ Use Code UNBOSSED to bypass the waitlist https://www.trvlpage.com/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Gabi anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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September 28, 2021
E38 - Interview with Ellie Bahrmasel, Co-Founder & CEO at Further Faster Design
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I interviewed Ellie Bahrmasel. A serial strategist with a creative core, Ellie has spent her career growing and transforming organizations, programs, and products through design. Her diversity of experience - from government to Fortune 100’s to venture backed startups - has given her insights that fuel her ability to help teams maneuver around and through their biggest growth challenges. Key Highlights/Tools: Empathy and care shapes who you are Ellie’s dad success with agoraphobia First one to go to college “The digital divide” Designing Tech to matter Memorable Quotes: Digital Access Is A Civil Rights Issue Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elliebahrmasel/ https://www.furtherfaster.design/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Ellie anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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September 21, 2021
E37 - Interview with Genevieve Custer Weeks, Founder and CEO at Tutu School Franchises
Wepa! I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian. ;) UNBOSSED is “Stories of Amazing Women in Chicago”. If you are a new listener to UNBOSSED, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Page and let us know how we can help you today! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: I interviewed Genevieve Custer Weeks, Founder and CEO at Tutu School Franchises.Genevieve was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her early ballet training there, and took part in her first dance productions in the middle of her parents' living room. At the age of fifteen, Genevieve moved to Chicago to study at the School of Ballet Chicago, and that same year became a founding member of the Ballet Chicago Studio Company. In addition, Genevieve supplemented her training with study at the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, and with Suzanne Farrell at The Kennedy Center. A contract with the Oakland Ballet brought Genevieve to the San Francisco Bay Area. Beginning in 2006, Genevieve began performing as a freelance artist, dancing principal and soloist roles throughout North America, and started dreaming of opening her own boutique school that would celebrate the things she loved most about ballet. During a break in her performance schedule, Genevieve's husband, Andrew, finally asked, "Why wait?" and Tutu School was born. Since the founding of that first initial studio, Tutu School has grown into a collection of more than forty boutique ballet schools all over the US and Canada, and Genevieve – who retired from performing in 2012 – now divides her time between Tutu School and her life with Andrew, a photographer, and their three adorable kids. Memorable Quotes: There is a transformative power to putting people in a space with music Useful Links and Resources: https://www.linkedin.com/in/genevieve-custer-weeks-9b8a5336/ https://www.tutuschool.com/chicago Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Genevieve anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Audible:  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/cea4c49e-6c7e-4dab-833e-eb57d204c493 Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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September 14, 2021
E36 - Interview with Patricia Brown Holmes, Managing Partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
Patricia Brown Holmes  is the first African-American woman to lead and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women- or minority-owned. A woman of exceptional talent, intelligence and vitality, Patricia Holmes has chalked up enough accomplishments to fill three lifetimes. Over the course of her distinguished legal career, she has practiced law on both sides of the bench in courtrooms at every level, serving as Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, assistant U.S. attorney, assistant state's attorney for Cook County, and Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel for Municipal Prosecutions for the city of Chicago. By the time she ventured into private practice in 2005, Patricia’s skill and experience were firmly established and widely acknowledged. She is one of a handful of Illinois lawyers who have tried cases in state, city and federal court as well as state appellate, federal appellate, and Illinois Supreme Court. She is also co-writer of a brief that was presented before the US Supreme Court. Over the past decade, in her role as a successful and sought-after defense attorney, she has represented a wide range of public and private corporate clients in complex commercial, regulatory and class action litigation as well as in internal investigations involving financial and accounting fraud, corporate whistleblower allegations, contract disputes, and mail and wire fraud. Patricia practices the art of communicating with government officials by employing equal measures of conviction, clarity and tact. Her nine years on the bench and her experience teaching judicial seminars have given her valuable insight into how judges think about and analyze cases. This rare combination of judicial knowledge and trial experience make her a powerful asset, valuable partner and trusted counselor to a wide range of corporate clients in several industries, including education, transportation, manufacturing, entertainment, industrial, health care, and food and beverage industries. Key Highlights/Tools: Patricia Brown Holmes  is THE FIRST African-American woman in the Nation to lead and have her name on the door of a major law firm that is not women- or minority-owned. You are your own doctor Enjoy the moments more Different is not better or worse, it’s just different As a leader we must let people in Memorable Quotes: “Never waste an opportunity to be happy” - Patricia Brown Holmes Useful Links and Resources: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-brown-holmes-4423071/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Patricia anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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September 07, 2021
E35 - Interview with Nicole Johnson-Scales, CEO & Executive Career Strategist at NJS Consulting Group
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Marina interviews Nicole Johnson-Scales, CEO & Executive Career Strategist at NJS Consulting Group. For over 20 years, I have worked to climb the ladder in Corporate America. Throughout these years, I found the best way to thrive as an executive was to be ambitious in the climb and develop professional joy along the way. This why I created NJS Consulting Group; to help executives find courage, confidence, and a powerful strategy to lead with impact. When working with executives, I help them get out of their own way, develop a strategy to get to their next level of success and find more purpose in their careers. Outside of my one-on-one work with executive leaders, I facilitate team leadership workshops to help the team show up as more impactful leaders and deliver positive change to their organizations. I also offer consulting services to businesses to mitigate risk, support growth initiatives, and create positive transformation with their leadership teams. I hold an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University and am a certified coach through an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program. I am an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University, Chicago, and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where I teach courses on Values-Based Leadership, Leading Organizational Change, and Corporate Social Responsibility. I am a Founding Guide at Chief (Chicago), the social network dedicated to women’s leadership. When I am not serving my clients, you can find me watching a movie with my husband, shopping with my daughter, or laughing on the phone with my son, who lives out of state. I love to travel and spend time with friends and family. Key Highlights: Asking the universe for what you want and getting ready for it Nail the interview and the inevitable rejections Leveling-up and asking for feedback How is covid impacting the workplace Useful Links and Resources: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-johnson-scales-23603010/ Purposeful Career Initiatives at Loyola https://designyourprofessionaljoy.com/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Nicole anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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August 31, 2021
E34 - Interview with Christine Izuakor is the CEO of Cyber Pop-up
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marina-malaguti In this episode: Dr. Christine Izuakor is the CEO of Cyber Pop-up, an on-demand cybersecurity service platform powered by vetted and highly skilled cyber freelancers. Izuakor is also the author of the “Ultimate Guide to Building a Career in Cybersecurity” available now at shop.cyberpopup.com/career-guide ! She has over a decade of experience leading cybersecurity functions within Fortune 100 companies and recently played a critical part in embedding cyber security in large enterprise DNA by training the global workforce on cyber security, supporting execution of the organizations security strategy, and developing cyber talent pipelines. Prior to this, she led numerous security functions from vulnerability management to handling legal implications of data security. Today, through Cyber Pop-up, she helps corporations of all sizes and industries solve a diverse range of strategic cybersecurity challenges on-demand. Dr. Izuakor is also active in the diversity and inclusion community. She was a co-founder and former Vice President of Gen Trend, United Airlines’ Millennial business resource group, served a 2 year term as the Head Editor of the Illinois Diversity Council Editorial Board and volunteers as a cybersecurity mentor with Year Up. She is dedicated to increasing diversity within cybersecurity and has continually curated cybersecurity development and scholarship programs to further this agenda. Christine is a first generation Nigerian in America, native Houstonian, Chicago resident and avid traveler. She appreciates learning about different cultures and shares her journey on social media, igniting travel curiosity in folks across the globe. Key Highlights: What is it like being a black woman in Cyber Security From corporate to start-up founder Daily practices of a Cyber-security CEO - Thankfulness Timestamp: 0:00   Introductions 5:00   The early days 12:00  Getting as advanced education 17:00 Being a black woman in Cyber 23:00 What is cyber and how do we protect ourselves? 29:00 The pivotal moment - Starting Cyber Pop-up 35:00 About practicing appreciation Memorable Quotes: Attitude is everything. The smallest wins need to be celebrated. Be thankful for the ground supporting you. Useful Links and Resources: https://www.cyberpopup.com/ Join the Conversation Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section. This week's question is: What challenges have you faced as a woman founder? Ask Christine anything by leaving a question/ comment on Substack. Follow UNBOSSED Podcast Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt Substack: https://thechicagowoman.substack.com/ And all others…
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August 24, 2021
E33 - Interview with Debbie Reynolds, The Data Diva
Debbie Reynolds “The Data Diva” is a world-renowned technologist, thought-leader, and advisor handling global Data Privacy, Cyber Data Breach response, and complex cross-functional data-driven projects. Ms. Reynolds is an internationally published author, highly sought speaker, and top media presence about global Data Privacy, Data Protection, and Emerging Technology issues. Ms. Reynolds has been named to the Global Top 20 CyberRisk Communicators by The European Risk Policy Institute, 2020, and recognized as one of the stellar women who know Cyber by Cybersecurity Ventures in 2021. Ms, Reynolds also produced the Top Five Data Privacy Podcast in 2021 called “The Data Diva” Talks Privacy.” Oh Hey, and I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS… “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at info@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io. Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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August 17, 2021
E32 - Interview with Tracy Baim, Publisher at Chicago Reader
Tracy Baim is co-publisher of the Chicago Reader newspaper. She is owner and co-founder of Windy City Times, a 35-year-old LGBTQ newspaper. She is the author or co-author of 12 books on LGBTQ history (including Out and Proud in Chicago, Obama and the Gays, and Gay Press, Gay Power), producer of four films, creator of the That’s So Gay! LGBTQ trivia game, and a longtime journalist and organizer. Major events she has helped lead include Gay Games VII in Chicago in 2006, and the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. She founded the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois in 1996, and has won numerous awards for her journalism and activism, including the Studs Terkel Award. Baim has been inducted into the National LGBT Journalists Association Hall of Fame, Association of Women Journalists-Chicago Hall of Fame, and the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists-Chicago. Oh Hey, and I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS… “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at info@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io. Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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August 10, 2021
E31 - Interview with Jennifer Clark, Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence at Cresco Labs
Jennifer Clark is Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence at Cresco Labs.  She leads the organization’s Quality, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), and Continuous Improvement functions, ensuring that the company is delivering high quality, safe, and consistent products to customers with cost effective and efficient operations.   She is a results-driven leader who builds highly effective teams and challenges the status quo to identify new and better ways of accomplishing objectives.  Prior to Cresco Labs, she led multiple operational aspects within the healthcare industry at Abbott and AbbVie.  Jennifer graduated with a science degree from the University of Illinois, however also attended the acclaimed Kendall College of Culinary Arts, owned a personal chef business for a short time, and is pursuing her Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management starting in the fall of 2021.  Jennifer serves as a mentor and role model for other women leaders, hosting events focused on themes of women empowerment and giving back.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with her family and friends. Speaking at: The Global Cannabis Executive Summit, A Gathering of Innovators, Pioneers, and Leaders in Toronto, Canada on Nov 2-3, 2021 Oh Hey, and I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS… “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at info@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io. Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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August 03, 2021
E30 - Interview with Maria Hadden, Alderwoman of Chicago's 49th Ward
Maria Elaine Hadden is a Chicago politician and community activist. She is a member of Chicago City Council, serving as alderman for the city's 49th ward. She won election to that office after defeating 28-year incumbent Joe Moore in the 2019 aldermanic elections. The 49th ward includes most of Rogers Park and portions of West Ridge. Hadden was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1981. She earned her bachelor's degree in International Peace and Conflict Studies from the Ohio State University, and subsequently moved to Waukegan, Illinois to begin a job with the AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2003. She moved to Chicago in 2004. She later earned a master's degree in International Public Service Management from DePaul University. Before becoming Alderwoman, Maria Hadden was the Executive Director of Our City Our Voice, a national nonprofit organization she founded to enable communities and governments across the country to redesign democracy for more empowered and equitable participation. Her expertise in public participation is grounded in grassroots organizing efforts for social change. Before launching her own organization, Maria was a founding board member of The Participatory Budgeting Project, where she worked for 8 years with communities and government officials in the Midwest and South to create and facilitate democratic processes around public budgets. In this role, Maria has also worked with Aldermen throughout Chicago to design participatory budgeting processes around Aldermanic menu money, school budgets and TIF funds. Maria lives with her partner, Natalia, and their two rescue dogs in Rogers Park. She enjoys living in a place where neighbors are friends and community is family - and she is proud of her community's resilience and motivation to work together in difficult situations. In her free time Maria is a photographer and artist who leads screenprinting workshops for young people. Recommendations: The Confidence Game Book by Maria Konnikova Oh Hey, and I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS… “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at info@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io. Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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July 27, 2021
E29 - Interview with Emily Achler, CEO and Co-Founder at Italic Type
Emily Achler is the CEO and Co-Founder at Italic Type. She believes in using our time and skills to make the world a better place. She is a creative entrepreneur on a mission to develop human-centered technology and help more people read more books through the power of decentralized, virtual book clubs. She is also a seasoned freelance writer and content strategist. In writing for clients, she specializes in data-focused, short and long form content that crisply and clearly informs readers on the important information they want to know. I've worked in a number of different B2B and technology industries and can synthesize layered, complex topics into simple, accessible core concepts. Oh Hey, and I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS… “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at info@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io. Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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July 20, 2021
E28 - Interview with Kim Fountain, Chief Administrative Officer at Center on Halsted
Today’s Episode: Interview with Kim Fountain, Chief Administrative Officer at Center on Halsted Dr. Kim Fountain is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ+ Community Center and the Finance Chair for the Board of Directors for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She has been involved in the LGBTQ+ Movement professionally since 1995 and has published in academic journals, in edited volumes, and in organizational reports on this work. Her public speaking engagements range from industry conference presentations to local and global audiences to keynote addresses and media engagements. Recommendations: Her Royal Spyness Mystery Series by Rhys Bowen This Bridge Called My Back Book by by Rosario Morales Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, Financial Traders, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at info@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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July 13, 2021
E27 - Interview with Danielle DuMerer, VP of Technology at Shedd Aquarium
Danielle DuMerer is the VP of Technology at the Shedd Aquarium and Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She has managed teams and developed tech products in the public and private sectors for more than 15 years. Recommendations: British Authors! A Room with a View Novel by E. M. Forster Oh Hey, and I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS… “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io.
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July 06, 2021
E26 - Interview with Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO at Embarc Collective
Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective, the innovation hub in downtown Tampa that helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies. Before moving to Tampa Bay, Lakshmi was in Chicago and served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at 1871, the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world. Prior to 1871, Lakshmi worked at Prophet Brand Strategy, Time Inc., Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Lakshmi currently serves on the board for The Florida Aquarium and Junior Achievement Tampa Bay. Recommendations: Leadership: Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms Book by Shellye Archambeau The Mom Test: How to Talk to Customers and Learn If Your Business is a Good Idea when Everyone is Lying to You Oh Hey, and I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS… “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at info@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io.
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June 29, 2021
E25 - Interview with Michelle Larson, President and CEO at Adler Planetarium
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast, host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Michelle Larson, President and CEO at Adler Planetarium Michelle Larson attributes her career path to looking up, literally. Growing up in Alaska she enjoyed the beauty of the Northern Lights, and she became further captivated by astronomy in her 20s when she pointed a pair of binoculars at the Moon. The stunning details visible on its craggy surface were a complete surprise, and the experience left her eager to explore what other secrets the cosmos had to offer. Now, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Michelle leads a talented team that connects people to the Universe and each other under the sky we all share. Since Michelle joined the Adler Planetarium in 2013, that team has found new and innovative ways to meet people wherever they are and welcome them into the scientific community. The museum has expanded astronomy programming and partnerships in neighborhoods across Chicago; developed online experiences that engage people around the world through virtual field trips, sky observing hangouts, and even a space comedy show; and the Adler remains home to Earth’s largest platform for citizen science, the Zooniverse—an online tool that connects researchers with millions of volunteers around the globe. Michelle earned her PhD in physics from Montana State University, and serves on several national and Chicago-area advisory boards. She lives just outside Chicago with her husband—who is also an astrophysicist—their daughter, and three cats. Recommendations: Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul Book by Howard Schultz The Snow Child Novel by Eowyn Ivey
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June 22, 2021
E24 - Interview with Shelley A. Davis, President and CEO at The Coleman Foundation
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast, host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Shelley A. Davis, President and CEO at The Coleman Foundation Shelley Davis has dedicated her career in the non-profit and philanthropic sector and is a lifelong Chicago Southsider who grew up in the South Shore neighborhood. In her early career she provided crisis intervention counseling and policy advocacy. She began working in philanthropy during graduate school at the University of Illinois, Chicago with a fellowship at The Field Foundation. Shelley credits excellent mentoring and training at The Ford Foundation and The Joyce Foundation for guiding her development as a grantmaker, instilling a deep appreciation for the privilege and responsibilities of moving resources to benefit communities, and preparing her for the challenges of senior management. For the past ten years Shelley has held leadership roles as Vice President at the Chicago Foundation for Women and in 2013 as the inaugural Executive Director of the Forest Preserve Foundation where she raised funds and made grants to support ecological restoration projects in Cook County preserves and opportunities for families and children from a diversity of backgrounds to enjoy nature. Equally important to Shelley are her civic commitments. She is Board chair of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, Trustee for Lawrence University where she earned a bachelor degree in psychology, and she serves as an Illinois Commissioner of Juvenile Justice. Shelley is committed to social justice, equity, and to paying it forward to the next generation. She is a lecturer and senior mentor at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, focusing on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations’ impact on public policy. In 2017, UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs honored Shelley with the Jim Marek Alumni Appreciation Award, which recognizes individuals for their dedication to the fields of urban planning and public administration and their contributions to the development of the college’s students and alumni. In 2018 and 2019, Make It Better recognized Shelley as one of Chicago’s Top Black Women of Impact. In 2019, University of Chicago Harris Public Policy students, named Shelley as Mentor of the Year. She keeps herself healthy by studying yoga, biking and swimming. She enjoys taking long walks and traveling. Shelley lives in Bronzeville with her husband and two teenage children. Recommendations: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Book by Patrick Lencioni
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June 15, 2021
E23 - Interview with Robin Rue Simmons, Alderwoman of the City of Evanston
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, podcast host, mom, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, Financial Traders, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Robin Rue Simmons, Alderwoman of the City of Evanston Robin Rue Simmons is a strategist, civic entrepreneur and alderman of Evanston’s 5th Ward.  Ald. Rue Simmons began her career 22 years ago when she launched her first business as a real estate broker. Troubled by the wealth disparities and concentrated poverty in urban communities, she wanted to help young adults build wealth early through homeownership. Over the course of her entrepreneurial career, she has launched and operated multiple businesses, including a bookstore that offered free afterschool programming and a construction firm that employed dozens of minority skilled tradespeople, and has developed dozens of affordable homes funded by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Rue Simmons was elected 5th Ward alderman for the City of Evanston in 2017. Since taking office, she has prioritized improving the lived experience and expanding opportunities for Black residents. Most notably, she led the passing of the nation’s first reparations program, which will be funded by the first $10 million of Adult Use Cannabis sales tax revenue. Robin is the chairman of the Reparations Committee and a strong advocate for social equity applicants in the cannabis business. Known for her “Solutions Only” approach in service and business, Ald. Rue Simmons is the director of innovation and outreach at Sunshine Enterprises, which has supported over 1000 neighborhood entrepreneurs (98% African American, 74% women) in launching or growing a business. She also serves as chief strategist at Ujima Solutions Group, LLC, in addition to managing residential and commercial property that she owns. In her free time, she enjoys her family, new experiences and forest bathing. https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/city-council/reparations Recommendations: Finding My Voice Book by Chilu Lemba and Valerie Jarrett
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June 08, 2021
E22 - Interview with Andrea Zopp, Managing Partner at Cast Us Initiatives, Cleveland Avenue
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Andrea Zopp, Managing Partner at Cast Us Initiatives, Cleveland Avenue Andrea Zopp joins Cleveland Avenue as Managing Partner leading the CAST US initiative investing in and developing minority and women led entrepreneurs and their companies. She has significant experience in a broad range of areas including banking, consumer products, retail, regulated industries, human capital, crisis and risk management and government and community relations. Zopp is currently a member of the board of Directors of Relativity, and of Empowerment & Inclusion Capital I Corp. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chicago State University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Henry Ford Health System. She has previously served on the boards of Andrew Corporation (ANDW, NASDAQ) and Urban Partnership Bank. Zopp has worked in and with numerous global companies and has managed teams located overseas. In her role as the President and Chief Executive Officer of World Business Chicago, the city’s economic development organization, she worked closely with the Chicago Consular Corps, international chambers of commerce and multinational companies to attract foreign direct investment and facilitate company relocation and expansion. She was also responsible for organizing and implementing mayoral international trade delegations. She is also 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. Previously, she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago. Zopp 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. She has also served on the Chicago Board of Education the Cook County Health and Hospital System Board, and numerous nonprofits boards. Zopp received her Bachelor of Arts in History & Science from Harvard University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Recommendations: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  Book by Michelle Alexander The Warmth of Other Suns Book by Isabel Wilkerson
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June 01, 2021
E21 - Interview with Angelique Power, President at the Field Foundation of Illinois
UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, Financial Traders, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Today’s Episode: Interview with Angelique Power, President at the Field Foundation of Illinois Born and raised on the southside of Chicago by a white, Jewish mother who was a Chicago Public school teacher and an African American father who rose to be Sergeant in the Chicago Police force, Angelique has an intense love for this dazzlingly creative and deeply scarred city. Before joining the Field Foundation, Power was a program director at the Joyce Foundation. There she co-founded Enrich Chicago, a nonprofit-led movement designed to correct inequity and structural racism in the arts. She has directed community engagement and communications at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and led community relations giving at Target Corporation. She has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan. As President of the Field Foundation, Angelique catalyzed changes within the Field Foundation grant structure through anonymous surveys sent to nonprofit leaders, peer research, and study of Chicago’s needs and gaps in investment. Staff and Board-wide racial justice training allowed Field Foundation to ensure that racial equity was a core value of the work. Through research Field created heat maps of Chicago revealing where the city has designed communities that suffer from poverty, trauma and lack investment. Learning more about the incredible power inside of these communities of color and investing in the savvy organizations located there has become a key focus for Field. Nonprofit feedback, foundation peer input, racial justice training, heat maps of Chicago; all of these pieces helped reveal a path forward to a new grant model centered around Community Empowerment through Justice, Art, and Leadership Investment. This new model opens the door to funding for neighborhoods that are too commonly divested in and aims at addressing root causes of the issues allowing every Chicagoan to thrive in this city we love. Recommendations: Updated heatmaps for mapping an equitable recovery for COVID. Here is the website: https://www.mappingcovid19equity.org/ Books: Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
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May 25, 2021
E20 - Interview with Tery Lockitski, Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, Tate & Lyle
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Tery has over 25 years of experience leading Supply Chain operations, global technology teams, and digital transformation programs with her partners, customers, and leadership. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami, Masters of Science from Columbia University, and Medical Training at OSHS back when God was a child. She is also a Collector of Firsts: She was the first female in her family to not only break the mould and attend university, but become an engineer and scientist. In 1990, she was the first female and person of colour in a pool of over 100 engineers offered one of only 3 promotions offered that year - that was because she was the first, and of the very few, engineers who volunteered to work on a 2 year project in Juno, Alaska installing and integrating sensing devices on offshore oil rigs and pipelines. Coming up in her career, she was the first female Enterprise Architect at several companies she’s worked for - teaching other engineers about how to scale data across business functions, digitizing manufacturing processes using IoT, and integrating enterprise applications. Later on, she was the first female to lead a technology team or operate at the Vice President level at several of those companies - advising executive leadership on how to transform business practises, scale operations on pace with growth, and maintain profitability without sacrificing innovation. She was the first executive at one of her companies who spent dedicated time with field operations listening and partnering hands-on; working closely with farming, plant, and supply chain operations to ensure that any transformational change would bring productive, not disruptive change to them. Recently, Tery and her co-founders sold their IoT device manufacturing start up to a large software company with a successful exit and plans to lead more technology teams in the manufacturing and financial industries. She is known to be the first in the office and the last one to leave; knowing that as a brown woman, she must work harder and perform better than her male counterparts because right or wrong, she is held to higher standards. So when she’s not collecting another “First”, she can be found paragliding, climbing mountains, tinkering with yet another IoT device, or absorbed in a good book with her family in Chicago. Recommendations: Integrity, Henry Cloud The Memo, Minda Harts Dare to Lead, Brene Brown Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
01:03:42
May 18, 2021
E19 - Interview with Jeanette Taylor, Alderwoman of the 20th ward in the City of Chicago
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast  host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, Financial Traders, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Jeanette B. Taylor (born May 16, 1975) is a Chicago politician and community organizer. She is the alderwoman of Chicago's 20th ward, taking office as a member of the Chicago City Council in May 2019. She won an open race to succeed outgoing alderman Willie Cochran in the 2019 Chicago aldermanic elections. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. At age 19, she was elected as a member of the local school council for Mollison Elementary School, where her son attended school, and served in that position for over 20 years. She has been an organizer at Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, and is a member of People United for Action and United Working Families. In 2015, Taylor led a hunger strike that successfully protested the proposed closure of Dyett High School. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanette_Taylor) Jeanette is a community organizer with a passion for equality and justice in Chicago and the willingness to continue to represent her Ward and neighborhoods.
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May 11, 2021
E18 - Interview with Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, Senior Advisor at Movement Voter Project
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, leadership coach and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Tech Women in Chicago” To interview the ONLY ~40 women CTOs (out of over 700+ CTOs) in the Chicago area To interview the few female CEOs of Tech companies in Chicago To interview women in critical political positions in Chicago To focus on other women in positions of Tech leadership in/from the Chicagoland area To inspire other women and help them see themselves in these positions, so that we can step toward closing the gender & racial gap in technology I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, Senior Advisor at Movement Voter Project A lifelong Chicagoan and daughter of immigrants, Jackie Kaplan-Perkins grew up on the city's north side in the 1980s where she spent her time rooting for the Cubs, listening to Styx, reading her father's Cuban newspapers and pitching pennies in the basement of Congregation Ezra Israel. Over the past three decades, Jackie has been recognized as one of the city's dynamic leader and consummate connector whose life's work has focused on equity, diversity and advocating for the disenfranchised and under served. An inventive thought partner and strategist, Jackie is a part of a broad network of leaders in the political, civic and philanthropic communities that work together to create lasting systems change. Jackie's super power is as a story teller and she uses her unique voice to raise awareness and resources for the causes and communities she champions.
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May 04, 2021
E17 - Interview with Amor Montes De Oca, Executive Director at Illinois Women in Cannabis
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast, host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, Financial Traders, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with  Interview with Amor Montes De Oca, Executive Director at Illinois Women in Cannabis As the very first Executive Director of Illinois Women in Cannabis, Amor leads a vibrant community of women interested in working in Illinois’ nascent regulated cannabis industry. IWC champions women with diverse backgrounds, entrepreneurial spirits, and innovative ideas, and so does Amor. As the former Director of Strategic Initiatives for 2112, Chicago’s first incubator for creative industries, she focused on creating meaningful programming, raising capital, and developing advanced professional development initiatives. Within Illinois’ burgeoning cannabis industry, Amor sees vast opportunity to use her experience in order to create more equitable economic opportunities, drive innovation, and encourage entrepreneurial initiatives. Book Recommendations: 1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 2. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 3. Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh 
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April 27, 2021
E16 - Interview with Leeatt Rothschild, Founder of Packed with Purpose
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, podcast, host, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, Financial Traders, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Leeatt Rothschild, Founder of Packed with Purpose, a corporate gifting company with a social mission. This episode is brought to you by Propllr. Propllr (pronounced pro-pel-er) is a public relations and content marketing firm that helps startups and entrepreneurs accelerate their growth by building brand awareness and customer trust. Whether landing a company profile or writing amazing content, Propllr makes everything easier for B2B and B2C startups – sales, lead generation, fundraising, recruiting, retention, SEO, and more. Startups can learn more about partnering with Propllr at propllr.com. Leeatt Rothschild has over 15 years of experience at the intersection of business, sustainability, and brand purpose. In 2016 she founded Packed with Purpose, a corporate gifting company that embeds social impact into the everyday act of gift-giving, from empowering underserved women with job skills to supporting sustainability efforts. Packed with Purpose gifts enable companies (from Fortune 500 to nonprofit organizations) to create societal impact while positively influencing their business across employees, clients and other key stakeholders.Prior to founding Packed with Purpose, Leeatt was Vice President of Advisory Services at Mission Measurement. In this role, she advised Fortune 500 Chief Sustainability Officers and executives on maximizing the impact and financial returns of their social responsibility initiatives. Leeatt earned her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and following graduation served two years in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, creating income-generating opportunities with local farmers. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and a Masters in International Studies from The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Recommendations: Podcast: Unbossed by Marina of course! How I Built This with Guy Raz: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this
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April 20, 2021
E15 - Interview with Candice Savino, CTO at Farmer's Fridge - UNBOSSED - Interviews with Female CTOs in Chicago
Hello, I'm Marina.  I am a technologist, mom, leadership coach and aquarian ;)  UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Tech Women in Chicago” To interview the ONLY ~40 women CTOs (out of over 700+ CTOs) in the Chicago area To interview the few female CEOs of Tech companies in Chicago To interview women in critical political positions in Chicago To focus on other women in positions of Tech leadership in/from the Chicagoland area To inspire other women and help them see themselves in these positions, so that we can step toward closing the gender & racial gap in technology  I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Candice Savino, CTO at Farmer's Fridge Candice Savino is currently the CTO at the Chicago startup Farmer's Fridge. At Farmer's Fridge she leads the company’s engineering, product, design, IT and data teams. Prior to Farmer’s Fridge, Candice worked as the Vice President of Engineering at Trunk Club, leading the engineering and data teams. With more than 17 years of technology and leadership experience from companies including Groupon, WMS Gaming, Encyclopedia Britannica and IBM, Candice brings a wealth of experience scaling consumer technology platforms, building diverse technology teams and leading innovation. Candice was named to Crain’s Tech 50 in 2017 and Crain's Notable Women in STEM in 2020. She used to sit on the board of the Illinois Technology Association (Women Influence Chicago) and works as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s center for entrepreneurship and technology. Candice graduated with a Bachelor of Science in computer science from DePaul University. Learn more about Farmer's Fridge at https://www.farmersfridge.com/ Book Recommendations: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Paperback – Susan Cain 
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April 13, 2021
E14 - Interview with Amanda Lannert, CEO at Jellyvision - UNBOSSED - Interviews with Female CEOs in Chicago
Hello, I'm Marina.  I am a technologist, mom, leadership coach, cruciverbalist and aquarian ;)  UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Tech Women in Chicago” To interview the ONLY ~40 women CTOs (out of over 700+ CTOs) in the Chicago area To interview the few female CEOs of Tech companies in Chicago To interview women in critical political positions in Chicago To focus on other women in positions of Tech leadership in/from the Chicagoland area To inspire other women and help them see themselves in these positions, so that we can step toward closing the gender & racial gap in technology  I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Today’s Episode: Interview with Amanda Lannert, CEO at Jellyvision Amanda Lannert is CEO of Jellyvision and has been a key figure in driving the company since its founding in 2001. Her focus at Jellyvision is on the company’s strategy, improving processes to better scale operations, partnership development, and customer acquisition to continue fueling the company’s growth. Under Amanda’s leadership, Jellyvision has grown to serve more than 1500 mostly Fortune 1000 clients with ALEX, the most helpful employee decision support platform on the planet. In 2019, 18 million employees and $120 billion dollar’s worth of premium decisions were entrusted to ALEX. Meanwhile, the company has been recognized as the Best Software Company and Best Culture by the Moxies, the Lighthouse winner by the ITA, a top 10 best place to work in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune and the #1 place for millennials to work in Chicago according to Crain’s. Prior to joining Jellyvision, Amanda managed global brands for Kellogg’s while at Leo Burnett, in addition to spending two years in a new business and new brand development think tank. She attended Haverford College and Edinburgh University. Amanda was named CEO of the Year at the Moxie Awards in 2014 and 2015, Woman in Tech in 2016, Woman of the Year for the Chicago Rotary Club of 2018, and was recognized as 2016’s Industry Champion by the Illinois Technology Association. She has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s. Amanda is also active in Chicago’s startup community, serving as a board member of SpotHero, KnowledgeHound, NowSecure and Popular Pays, as a Council Member for the Zell Fellows Program at Kellogg, and as a member of ChicagoNEXT. She also serves as “Super Mentor” for Chicago incubators Impact Engine and TechStars, where she was also named Mentor of the Year. Amanda is quick to laugh and enjoys a good cupcake.  Book Recommendations: The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups - Daniel Coyle A Little Life: A Novel Audible Logo Audible Audiobook –Hanya Yanagihara 
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April 06, 2021
2021 Podcast Intro
Mission “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago Available on- Contact: www.unbossed.io and marina@unbossed.io Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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April 05, 2021
E12 - Interview with Jenny Farver, Co-CEO at 8th Light - UNBOSSED - Chicago Tech Female CEOs
Hello, I'm Marina. I am a technologist, mom, leadership coach and aquarian ;) UNBOSSED IS... “Paths To Success of Amazing Tech Women in Chicago” To interview the ONLY ~40 women CTOs (out of over 700+ CTOs) in the Chicago area To interview the few female CEOs of Tech companies in Chicago To interview women in critical political positions in Chicago To focus on other women in positions of Tech leadership in/from the Chicagoland area To inspire other women and help them see themselves in these positions, so that we can step toward closing the gender & racial gap in technology I welcome you to ask questions, participate, and join me as we explore these topics by emailing me at marina@unbossed.io or visiting www.unbossed.io Available on- Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others.. Bests, M Today’s Episode: Interview with Jenny Farver, Co-CEO at 8th Light Jenny Farver is a Chicago-based technology leader and is the co-CEO of software consultancy 8th Light. Previous roles have included: CTO at live streaming company Lightstream, CTO of advertising creative platform PopularPays and VP of Engineering at Civis Analytics. Jenny spent several years as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and regularly speaks on technology leadership.  She holds a masters and PhD from MIT and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.  In 2019 and 2020 she was listed on Crain's "Tech 50" list of leaders in the Chicago Tech community. Book Recommendations: What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture - Ben Horowitz The Effective Engineer: How to Leverage Your Efforts In Software Engineering to Make a Disproportionate and Meaningful Impact - Edmond Lau
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March 26, 2021
E11 Interview with Betsy Ziegler, CEO at 1871 - UNBOSSED - Chicago Tech Female CEOs
Episode 11 - Interview with Betsy Ziegler, CEO at 1871 - UNBOSSED - Chicago Tech Female CEOs
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January 12, 2021
S01E10 Interview with Ann Yeung, CTO at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
S01E10 Interview with Ann Yeung, CTO at Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
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November 10, 2020
S01E09 Interview with Simona Rollinson, CTO at ISACA - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
Simona Rollinson is ISACA’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), leading ISACA’s technology team, driving the organization’s continuing digital transformation, and exploring new opportunities for harnessing technology to elevate the educational and professional development experiences for ISACA’s members and enterprise customers. She plays a key role in transforming ISACA’s learning technology platform to support the professional community at all levels and stages, from individual development to enterprise solutions. Simona brings a wealth of technology leadership and strategy experience to ISACA, from her earlier roles as software engineer and developer, to president of Follett Software Company and later as CIO for Cook County Government in Chicago, Illinois—a role for which she was named CIO of the Year. Most recently, she served as CIO for Clayco, a real estate development, architecture, engineering and construction firm. Throughout her executive career, Simona has led successful complex digital transformational change and evolution. The hallmarks of her recent tenure are establishing an enterprise architecture capability, modernizing many foundational systems and legacy platforms and a focus on improved vendor and project management. She holds ISACA’s CISM certification.
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October 27, 2020
S01E08 Interview with Mary Cecola, CTO at Ariel Investments - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
Mary joined Ariel Investments in 2019 and is responsible for establishing and executing innovative firm- wide technology strategies. As an accomplished change agent with a diverse range of expertise, she works with the firm’s key executives to identify technological solutions that can be leveraged to drive business opportunities and organizational goals. In this capacity, she also manages all aspects of Ariel’s technology infrastructure and oversees the firm’s technology team as well as its IT vendor relationships. Prior to Ariel, Mary worked for Antares Capital, a provider of middle market private equity-backed transactions, where she served as the Chief Information Officer. She formerly held a variety of C-suite technology positions with FHLB Des Moines and Deutsche Bank, including Chief Business Technology Officer and Global Chief Information Officer, Asset Management, respectively. Mary graduated with a BS in Political Science and a MS in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University, and completed the Executive Leadership Program through the London Business School.
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October 20, 2020
S01E07 - 10 Things I Learnt about Women in Tech - CHIWITCON 2020
Speaking engagement at CHIWITCON 2020 - 10 Things I Learnt about Women in Tech
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October 16, 2020
S01E06 Interview with Erin Karam, Chief Technology Officer at Dina - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
Interview with Erin Karam, Chief Technology Officer at Dina Unbossed Podcast  Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E  Apple podcast: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv  Google podcast: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt
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October 06, 2020
S01E05 Men Understanding Women in the Workplace
"Men understanding women in the workplace" is live on the UNBOSSED podcast- hosted by the AMAZING Sasha Zayed, Career/Resume Guru and featuring the HRgenius Uzo Akotaobi
01:22:60
September 29, 2020
S01E04 Interview with Thulasi Kethini, Chief Technology Officer at Shiftgig - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
S01E04 Interview with Thulasi Kethini, Chief Technology Officer at Shiftgig - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
41:50
September 22, 2020
S01E03 Interview with Monica Rodriguez, Ecommerce Leader at Cooperativa de Productores de Leche, Costa Rica - UNBOSSED - Chicago Females in Tech
S01E03 Interview with Monica Rodriguez, Ecommerce Leader at Cooperativa de Productores de Leche, Costa Rica - UNBOSSED - Chicago Women in Tech
29:10
September 17, 2020
S01E02 Interview with Julianna Cole, VP Data Services and Information Systems at ACCME - UNBOSSED - Chicago Female CTOs
Interview with Julianna Cole, Former Chief Technology Officer at Farm Journal and current VP, Data Services and Information Systems at Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
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September 08, 2020
UNBOSSED 2020 Intro
Mission “Paths To Success of Amazing Women in Chicago” TECH & Other ​Non-Traditional Careers - Physicians and Surgeons (37% women), Computer Programmers (21% women),  Firefighters (6% women), Chefs and Head Cooks (21% women), Sheet Metal Workers (5% women), Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers (7% women),  Contractors, etc.. HUMANITIES - To interview women dedicated to the humanities (languages, literature, history, jurisprudence) and other human  areas like politics, activism, non-profit, and education in Chicago EXECUTIVES - To interview the only 40/700 CTOs , female CEOs, Board Members, General Counsels and, other Female Executives in Chicago Other Unicorns - To interview other amazing women doing their thing and creating their own way in Chicago Available on- Contact: www.unbossed.io and marina@unbossed.io Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDTz6_FepG04QTs1BjFLBjw/ Spotify: https://lnkd.in/eUhfH8E Apple Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/e7cWtBv Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/enjChPt And others..
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August 28, 2020