Black Women’s Expo Panel


Friday, April 7, 2017 | 5:00-5:45PM
McCormick Place, Chicago

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Dr. Stephani Mason, DePaul University Business Professor
Fellicia Foster, Assistant Vice President of HR, BMO Harris and President, NAAAHR Chicago

Facilitated by Kelli McMiller, Strategic Engagement Leader & Vice President of Consulting at The Kaleidoscope Group


DORRI MCWHORTER, Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. 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. In Spring of 2015, the YWCA launched its own e-commerce site, called the YShop, which provides carefully curated goods and services from businesses that support the mission of the YWCA.

A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri is also active in the accounting profession as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Chicago Finance Exchange, Chicago Child Care Society and Search Inc. McWhorter is also a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech advancing women businesses in technology and a board member of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. As an engaged community leader, McWhorter is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on a Safer Chicago and served as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s second term transition team. She received her bachelors in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her masters in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

DR. STEPHANI MASON, DePaul University Driehaus Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and PhD Project Alumnus
After 12 years working in corporate finance and several more recruiting at the University of Chicago, Stephani Mason joined DePaul in 2012 as an assistant professor of accounting. Though her formal training focuses on the financial market, Mason has dedicated much of her efforts toward advocating for diversity in both the workplace and in higher education institutions.

FELLICIA FOSTER, BMO HARRIS & National Association of African Americans in HR Chicago
Fellicia Foster is Assistant Vice President and Human Resource Business Partner at BMO Harris Bank supporting the Mortgage Sales team. She is accountable for building talent management strategies that focus on recruiting, compensation, organizational design, employee relations, retention, leadership development and onboarding of Mortgage Sales professionals. Fellicia supports over 300 employees across the U.S. footprint for Mortgage Sales.
Fellicia has made progressive career movements over her seven year tenure with BMO. Since joining BMO, she has been promoted into various expanded roles across the bank including areas of training and development, project management, people management, strategy design and implementation, salesforce effectiveness, and operations management.

Before joining BMO Harris, Fellicia was a Computer Software Trainer at Skyward Inc. in Bloomington, IL. As a trainer at Skyward, she facilitated customized software training across the US on various modules within student information systems. Ahead of Skyward, she worked at PepsiCo Beverages and Foods as a Diversity & Inclusion Analyst. Fellicia leverages her leadership skills through her involvement in community and professional organizations. She was formerly the Chair of BMO Harris Bank’s African American League of Professionals (AALPS) affinity group. Fellicia is also the Founder and President of the Black Business Employee Resource Group (BERG) Roundtable; a coalition of over 52 non-industry specific companies, across the Chicagoland area, purposed to share best practices and provide leadership development to diversity change agents – with the ultimate goal to impact and influence business decisions through employee or business resource groups. In addition, she was just recently named as the new President of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) Chicago Chapter, and member of the Multicultural Executive Leadership Committee for the American Heart Association.

Fellicia holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Illinois State University’s College of Business. Fellicia was named as one of the 2014 “Top 40 under 40” by Collaborate Magazine and selected for the Illinois State University’s 2017 College of Business Early Career Achievement Award.


KELLI MCMILLER, The Kaleidoscope Group
Kelli McMiller is Strategic Engagement Leader and Vice President of Consulting at The Kaleidoscope Group. She has more than 16 years of experience in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and talent management, with prior roles as leader of D&I and staffing for Sara Lee Corporation, and Emmis Communications, a multi-media company. At Kaleidoscope, she provides organizations with strategic consulting advice on transformative, long-term sustainable change in the area of D&I. Kelli has led, launched, developed leadership curriculum and delivered strategic education for varies Employee or Business Resource Groups in many different industries. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and resides in Chicago.

Presented by Shannon Stone Consulting, LLC

Shannon Stone-Winding, President & CEO of Shannon Stone Consulting and Chief of Staff, National Association of African Americans in HR Chicago

Shannon Stone-Winding has over 20 years of experience as a business strategist in consulting, consumer goods, human resources, and most recently in higher education. She is the President & CEO, Shannon Stone Consulting LLC , Member of the Chicagoland Alumni Committee and ASK Mentor at DePaul University and Chief of Staff for National Association of African Americans in HR (NAAAHR Chicago). With SSC, Shannon is excited to collaborate with partners and organizations in the spirit of service for diverse communities. As a career mentor, Shannon facilitates a “Career Mapping” Compass Group utilizing curriculum from Ginny Clarke’s book to “chart their career destiny”.

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