Money & Jobs in Black Chicago


MONEY AND JOBS IN BLACK CHICAGO explores Chicago facts and stats and dispenses insights about our esteemed panelists career trajectory, corporate goals, and passion projects, while elaborating on the strengths and faults present in the modern job market, political climate and wealth disparity.

Facilitator: Kelli McMiller, Strategic Engagement Leader and Vice President of Consulting, The Kaleidoscope Group with Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago; Maya Bordeaux, Global Chief HR Officer & Senior Vice President, Wilton Brands; Kim Waller, Executive Vice President, Willis Towers Watson; Dr. Stephani Mason, Assistant Professor, DePaul University Driehaus College of Business; and Dr. Regina Spellers Sims, Resident Faculty, DePaul University School for New Learning and Founder, Eagles Soar Consulting

Sponsored by Shannon Stone Consulting – Bridging the gap, Providing a platform and Making a difference with connections. (BOOTH: 135 )


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.

MAYA BORDEAUX, Wilton Brands
Maya A. Bordeaux was recently recruited to Wilton Brands where she holds the position of Senior Vice President, People & Culture. She is the chief people officer and leads all global people functions. Ms. Bordeaux has over twenty years of human resources experience, in an array of industries, to include consumer goods, professional services, and healthcare. Ms. Bordeaux dedicates a significant amount of her time to public service, has served on several boards, and provides pro bono legal counsel. She is also an accomplished public speaker. Ms. Bordeaux holds a Juris Doctor degree and Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree from San Diego State University.

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.

DR. REGINA SPELLERS SIMS, DePaul University School for New Learning and President/CEO, Eagles Soar Consulting LLC
Regina Spellers Sims holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural and Organizational Communication from Arizona State University. She also has an MBA from University of Bridgeport. She is president/CEO of Eagles Soar Consulting, LLC which provides training, writing, curriculum development, and research services on a variety of topics relating to business, diversity and inclusion and other topics. Her teaching and research focuses on gender/girlhood studies, multicultural intergroup relations, business, and hair/body politics. Her award winning publications include a co-edited volume, book chapters, journal and magazine articles, and web based study guides. At DPU she has created classes on marketing and branding and also guide students on the use of various online software to promote their brand.

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.

Panel 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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