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  • This event is free for members &Non Members and membership is free for 2020.
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PROGRAM OUTLINE

  • Indo-American Community Services (IACS) is hosting a virtual event to honor Women Heroes of our community.
  • These “She”roes are stepping up every day, overcoming adversities, serving as role models and making a difference in the communities we live in.
  • Each of them is making an impact in eradicating hunger, driving culture change, fighting racial injustice, promoting diversity & inclusion at workplaces, and ensuring equity and access to opportunity.
  • Hear what motivates them to make a difference and learn how they lead in uncertain times.

Women Heroes

Katie Lawler

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, ITW

Cherita Ellens

President & CEO, Women Employed

Aradhana (Anna) Asava

Co-founder Hunger Mitao

Aarti Shahani

Award-winning journalist, NPR Contributor,
Author: Here We Are

Venue :

Virtual Zoom Event

Date :

Thursday, July 30th, 2020, 05 pm CST to 6:30 pm CST

Event Date & Time

Jul 30, 2020 to Jul 30, 2020

07/30/2020 05:00 PM 07/30/2020 05:00 PM UTC Honoring Women Heroes Honoring Women Heroes IACS

Event Speakers

  • Katie Lawler

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, ITW

    ITW

    Katie Lawler

    SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, ITW

    Katie Lawler is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc.

    Ms. Lawler joined ITW in October 2014 and previously served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for GATX Corporation. Prior to joining GATX, she held a wide range of positions in operations, human resources and law with Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company). Ms. Lawler began her professional career as an attorney in private practice.

    Ms. Lawler graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and received a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

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  • Cherita Ellens

    President & CEO, Women Employed

    Women Employed

    Cherita Ellens

    President & CEO, Women Employed

    Cherita Ellens leads Women Employed as our Chief Executive Officer. She is a native Chicagoan, and longtime advocate for Chicago women, youth and families. As a proven non-profit leader, Ellens brings a unique perspective, and a wealth of experience in organizational development, nonprofit financial management, marketing and communications, and employment policy.

    Ellens has excelled in numerous leadership roles throughout her career. Prior to joining Women Employed in February of 2019, she served as Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Communications at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, an organization that is closing Chicago’s access gap by meeting the hiring needs of businesses with qualified unemployed and underemployed job seekers. She has also served as the VP of Marketing and Membership for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, and later as the Executive Director of the South Side and Wabash YMCAs. Ellens has a leadership style that is energizing and inspiring, a strong collaborative spirit, the ability to think long-term and strategically, and is an effective fundraiser and relationship builder. She was honored as one of Chicago Defender’s “50 Women of Excellence.”

    Ellens has an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a BS from Illinois State University.

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  • Aradhana (Anna) Asava

    Co-founder, HungerMitao for Food Banks

    Hunger Mitao

    Aradhana (Anna) Asava

    Co-founder, HungerMitao for Food Banks

    Aradhana (Anna) Asava is a results-oriented professional with an eye for creative problem solving, a proven track record of leading organization-wide transformational programs, and over 20 years of experience in the Global Information Technology industry. In 2009, Anna left corporate America to engage in impactful philanthropy.

    Anna has built up significant experience giving time and resources in the nonprofit sector, including leading a nonprofit focused on children’s literacy in India; organizing donor and volunteer groups around humanitarian causes; and mobilizing an entire community around the issue of food insecurity across the U.S.

    Anna and her husband founded HungerMitao (wipe out hunger) in 2017, with a goal to galvanize the Indian American community around helping fight food insecurity through local food banks. In the short 2.5 years since its launch, HungerMitao has spread to multiple cities and has enable close to 20 million meals.

    About HungerMitao:

    HungerMitao is a volunteer-driven grassroots movement focused on raising awareness about hunger in the USA, improving community engagement, as well as channeling resources and contributions of the Indian American community to fight hunger through the Feeding America network of food banks.

    Over the two years since its launch, the movement is closing in on enabling 20 million meals through Feeding America and Food Banks in North Texas, Houston, New York City, Atlanta, and Seattle.

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  • Aarthi Shahani

    Award-winning journalist, NPR Contributor, Author: Here We Are

    NPR

    Aarthi Shahani

    Award-winning journalist, NPR Contributor, Author: Here We Are

    Aarti Shahani is an award-winning journalist and author. She spent her 20s organizing prisoners. Then she pivoted to business journalism and enjoyed a meteoric rise at NPR, as Silicon Valley correspondent. Her first book, Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares (Celadon Books), chronicles her unlikely journey from undocumented kid in Queens, New York to national voice on the frontlines of the most powerful industry on earth. An Amazon bestseller, the memoir has garnered critical acclaim.

    “Riveting…a bruising critique of colonialism” (NPR); “heartfelt, galvanizing” (San Francisco Chronicle); “timely, bittersweet” (Publishers Weekly); “among the finest memoirs written in recent decades…a vivid, almost cinematic journey that is both beautiful and unforgettable” (Guy Raz, Host, How I Built This and TED Radio Hour).

    Aarti’s reporting has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. Her very first newsroom was ProPublica.

    She received her masters degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a full scholarship from the university and additional support from the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She completed her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was among the youngest recipients of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is an alumna of A Better Chance, Inc.

    Aarti lives in Oakland, California with her nephew. She loves storytelling and justice.

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