Event Description:
New Moms Associate Board invites you to a virtual panel discussion and networking event. Fight the languishing you’ve been experiencing at work and at home during the pandemic! Join our panel of leading professionals in Chicago as they discuss how we can all be intentional citizens.

Sometimes a career or professional ambition doesn’t offer obvious opportunities to contribute to positive change. But you have the potential to make a difference! Gain insights about how you can look at your own professional journey with fresh eyes and see new ways to make an impact for good in your community.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a Q&A between panelists and attendees. All attendees will have a chance to win multiple raffle prizes, including gifts from New Moms’ social enterprise, Bright Endeavors!

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Dr. Shavonne Ekeledo currently works for PowerSpeaking, Inc (PSI) (a communications learning organization) as the Director of Business Operations. She is responsible for assessing the needs of the company and discovering ways to contribute to the big picture by ensuring daily operations run smoothly and as efficiently as possible. Dr. Ekeledo is also a Core Professor at Northcentral University where she teaches masters and doctoral level business, finance and organizational leadership.

Prior to joining PSI she worked for the American College of Surgeons as the Manager of the Business Management and Organizational Leadership Instructor of the Trauma Department. Dr. Ekeledo transformed the operational practices within the department – she ensured the business functions of Trauma Education Programs, and Quality and Performance Improvement Programs were streamlined and effectively managed, while also certifying compliance with the transformed financial operations, budget management and contracts and agreements.

While gaining extensive professional experience in operations, Dr. Ekeledo has remained dedicated to higher education, which she believes is essential for maintaining competitive business acumen in her industry. Dr. Ekeledo received her Bachelor’s Degree (BSc) in Business Management from Cornerstone University and went on to earn her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Benedictine University, where she also completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization Development, with a methodical focus on Organizational Learning Theory and Leadership.

Shavonne currently resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and young son; they enjoy traveling to other countries and visiting family in Michigan. In her personal time, she enjoys reading, shopping and theater.

Jason is the Chief Strategy and Partnerships Officer at ConnectED, which is a national education nonprofit. ConnectED works with school districts to ensure high school students, especially students of color, get a head start on college and career through experiences such as internships, job shadowing, STEM education, and advanced college-level coursework.

Before joining ConnectED, Jason served as a Senior Program Officer in the Education and Economic Mobility Program at the Joyce Foundation; lead a national policy initiative to expand Early College High Schools and dual enrollment programs at Jobs for the Future (JFF); and worked as the director of state policy and research for the New England Board of Higher Education.

Jason majored in history and philosophy at Boston College and received a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Neubauer Civic Scholar. Jason is also an alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago.

Shannon has been at Google for over 10 years, currently leading skills enablement globally as the Global Director of Sales Enablement. Previous to her current go to market function, Shannon has led national sales teams that work with some of the top CPG companies globally, helping brands navigate the challenges of the new digital reality. Prior to Google, Shannon has a diverse background in start-up nonprofit, cpg sales, and digital media and branding strategy at various publishers and fortune 500 companies.

In addition to her corporate leadership,  Shannon has been passionately working in the non-profit space as a board member for 4+ years for New Moms.  She has been part of leading New Moms expansion of their parental services and grants to fund transitional housing. Shannon has her undergraduate degree from UW Madison and MBA from Grand Valley State University.

Posted on October 12, 2021

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