Megan’s biggest fear is the fear of failure, however she combats that belief by forging her own pathway in music and media by following her own intuition and curiosity. Megan is a senior producer and DJ at Fig Media, a boutique event and creative media agency. Megan followed her love for music and has become a leading DJ and influential tastemaker in Chicago. She was named “Chicago’s #1 DJ” by respected publications. She has DJ’d internationally and her clients are top brands such as Chanel, Nike, and Vogue, and also top events, most recently the Chicago Cubs World Series Gala. Megan believes in life-long learning and recently received her Masters in Transformational Leadership and Coaching at the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. Megan also prioritizes time for International travel and learning and has visited over 35 countries. Her favorite quote is: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield
Marci’s biggest fear is falling short of expectations. Marci is Vice President of Customer Success at Peanut Butter. Prior to joining Peanut Butter, Marci spent most of her career in high-growth human resources organizations including CoAdvantage and ProService Hawaii. Most recently, Marci led the day to day operations of Rippleshot, a fintech start-up in Chicago. Marci has extensive experience building high performing sales, account management, and operational support teams. She is a proud graduate of North Park University.
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 having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including The Metropolitan Club, Chicago Finance Exchange, and Chicago Child Care Society. 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 is also a board member for the State of Illinois Charitable Trust. McWhorter 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.
It started with her very first project – an ‘Intrapreneurship’ effort at EDS, delivering software that revolutionized Financial Services and ultimately changed the way systems were architected and developed globally.
Since then, she has worked internationally as a marketing executive, advisor for technology startups and small/mid-size companies, and consultant to Fortune 500 enterprises – launching, managing, and marketing more than 50 new products, companies, and lines of business.
As the Chief Marketing Partner at XXL Sales & Marketing, Denise helps companies bring great, relevant technologies to market — and market them so they accelerate sales.
By helping them engage their target customers early in product development, her clients build products that meet real market needs.
When she is not launching and growing new technology companies, she is teaching 40 Breaths – a mindfulness practice – to entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, and full-time parents.
In the Chicago area, Ms. Burrell is a recognized leader in the business community as well as a strong diversity advocate nationally. She is a Founder and Board Director of the Private Directors Association, an organization that promotes and educates on the private company value of boards. In addition, she is on the Advisory Board for Skytop Strategies and she is a Board Leader for 2020 Women on Boards, a national organization.
Ms. Burrell’s academic achievements include a Master’s degree from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.
Throughout her career, she’s been recognized for her creativity, hustle and leadership, including winning an Emmy in 2008 as a Field Producer at CBS 2 News Chicago. That same year she moonlighted to follow her dream at age 26 to open her own small business, deftly balancing her responsibilities in the newsroom and as an entrepreneur.
Her business savvy and deep understanding of the news industry landed her the role of spokesperson for the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection in 2014.
At City Hall, Mika spearheaded the communications strategy for several high profile public policies, including: House Sharing ordinance (AirBnB); Rideshare entering the Chicago marketplace; Chicago’s minimum wage increase; amended tobacco and liquor laws; and more than 60 consumer protection campaigns. Her ability to secure media and saturate the market earned the department roughly $5M in media coverage.
Mika combines her newsroom experience and execution of public policy communications strategies to help our clients build winning earned media, marketing and advertising campaigns. Clients will also benefit from her expertise in producing large scale events, most notably her leadership in driving the growth of Mayor Emanuel’s Small Business Expos. Mika tapped into her network to secure high-profile keynote speakers and brands, such as Bill Rancic, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Bill Kurtis and Laura Schwartz among others, to exponentially increase both attendance (from double digits to several hundred attendees per expo) and revenue (tripling the program’s budget).
Her high energy, positive attitude and passion for this work also carries over into her civic engagement where she serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and on several host committees to raise funds and awareness to benefit the sick and less fortunate in Chicago. Mika calls Bronzeville home with her French Mastiff, Chapo.
Together, leaders think bigger about their roles and businesses. Kathy helps translate high-level strategies into identifiable actions. By understanding the psychological profiles of leaders, their teams, and organizations, she identifies the tools and behaviors leaders need to be more effective agents of change.
Leaders quickly move from ambiguity to structure. Everything is approached from a customer-driven mindset, taking into account the nuances and culture of each organization.
Working with both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial ventures, Kathy has successfully helped organizations expand their markets, create new services and programs and, ultimately, shift the underlying thinking and processes resulting in business growth.
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I am an experienced business consultant with growth and sustainability in mind. I’m not on your payroll, but I do work for you. I work with business owners to analyze their business administrations to eliminate seams in their workflow and reduce the tedious activity of paperwork. I work to improve efficiency throughout an organization through dedicated service and the best technology in the world. I provide businesses with personalized plans for targeted growth and the infrastructure to make it work. I can make your business operate better.
* Are you mobilized throughout your workforce?
* Are your employees engaged, loyal, and efficient?
* Does top talent seek out your organization? How do you stack up to your competition?
*Are you using Big Data analytics to design your business plan?
I can help your business be better.