Live Speakers’ Panel: “Building Family Well-being in the Face of Scarcity”

Every parent knows what it feels like to be stretched thin while trying to care for and cultivate the potential of their family. As we have experienced the impact of COVID-19 this last year, the many uncertainties and changes in our lives have often been overwhelming. At New Moms, we embrace a Family-Centered Coaching approach that harnesses the knowledge and ambition of each young mom as she leads her family into long-term stability and goal achievement.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion, hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Samantha Chatman, about the power of a two-generational approach to building family well-being. Panelists include Samantha’s own mother, Gail Davis, who is the Director of Administrative Services at Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund, along with New Moms’ Director of Family Support – Chicago, Luecendia Reed; New Moms’ Director of Learning and Innovation, Dana Emanuel; and New Moms program alumnus, Tajuor Brown.

Save the date for this engaging panel discussion, facilitated by ABC 7 Chicago’s Samantha Chatman, about the power of a two-generational approach to building family well-being.
Thursday, February 4th, @ 7-8:00pm CST (via Zoom)


Samantha Chatman – Journalist, ABC 7 Chicago
Samantha Chatman is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television news personality for ABC 7 Chicago. A Chicago native, Samantha has always had a passion for children, community, and programs that help enrich some of our most vulnerable citizens in our city. Samantha is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. After spending several years working in different states as a newscaster, Samantha feels blessed to return to her hometown to serve the city she loves most.

Gail Davis – Director of Administrative Services at Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund & Mother of Samantha Chatman 
Gail Davis is the Director of Administrative Services at the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF). Initially serving as an Administrative Assistant, Davis progressed through a variety of positions over her 36-year tenure at CTPF and currently serves as CTPF’s Election Coordinator, responsible for coordinating annual Board of Trustees elections and manages all office facilities. Davis attended Taylor Business Institute and received a certificate in Leadership from Northwestern University’s School of Professional. Davis is currently a member of the Women’s Board of the Chicago Urban League.

Tajuor Brown – New Moms Program Alumnus
Tajuor Brown is an alumnus of New Moms’ Job Training, Prenatal, and Doula programs. She currently works with AMITA Medical Group as a Certified Medical Assistant and will be beginning classes in the spring to become a Registered Nurse. Tajuor is proud of finishing school, securing a great job, buying her first car, and running a makeup and wig business all while raising twin boys. She decided to join this panel because it’s a great way to share her story and to encourage other young moms that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Luecendia Reed – Director of Family Support – Chicago, New Moms
Luecendia Reed is the Director of Family Support at New Moms’ Chicago office and brings 15 years of experience in the maternal and child health field to the position. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the Erikson Institute and has served in a maternal labor support role and as a breastfeeding peer counselor. Luecendia chose to participate in this panel because she believes it is important to uplift and empower young families. 

Dana Emanuel – Director of Learning and Innovation, New Moms
Dana Emanuel serves as New Moms’ Director of Learning and Innovation, gathering relevant research and promising approaches from the broader social service field to improve New Moms’ programs. She earned her BA from Northwestern University and comes to New Moms with experience in the fields of economic development and marketing. Dana is joining this panel because she loves sharing what makes New Moms a unique nonprofit.

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