International Women’s Day 2018


With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo#TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

While we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women’s Day is not country, group or organization specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.

Jessica Papilla, Data Analyst at Leo Burnett


Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Panel will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Food and drink will be provided. Thank you to Leo Burnett for hosting and for the graphic, and thank you to Ascend Training for the raffle donation of an Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator or SEO class! We look forward to our 3rd annual International Women’s Day event where women and men together will Press for Progress. Limited tickets available on Eventbrite.



Known as the “maximizer,” Monika Black is sought after for her ability to help people and organizations reach their absolute fullest brilliance. She is a psychologist and Certified Coach with a masterful skill for illuminating strategies and building systems that have a very real and transformative impact. At DyMynd, she has fueled the development of the DyMynd Financial Identity Profile, alignment of DyMynd Programs, and co-created the DyMynd Angels initiative.

In 2018, Monika will be launching DyMynd’s Financial Empowerment Coaching offerings. As a certified coach, she has coached hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders, helping them to transform their own performance in life and work. She is deeply passionate about elevating women and has a knack for helping female leaders to unlock their Emotional Financial Security (EFS) to make better life, career, and leadership decisions from a healthy position of wealth, regardless of net worth. Monika has 10 years of coaching experience as the co-founder of TandemSpring, an executive coaching firm that assists leaders, teams, and organizations in identifying and leading from their strengths in all that they do.

Since retiring from the high jump, where she was a Medal of Honor recipient, four-time All-American, and three-time captain of the University of Michigan women’s track team, Monika Black has earned master’s degrees in clinical psychology and health administration at Ohio State University, and a doctorate in community psychology at DePaul University.



Kayte Malik is the CEO and Co-founder of Dresscode. Dresscode believes there is beauty in innovation and technology. The company merges fashion and technology to excite and educate women and girls about computer science, coding and STEM.

Prior to starting Dresscode she has held strategy, technology, consulting and marketing roles for Fortune 100 companies including Bank of America, Sears and Macy’s. She has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and holds a BBA in Business Information Systems from St. Bonaventure University, in New York.

Kayte is originally from Rochester, NY and currently splits her time between Chicago and South Bend, IN where she has a one-year entrepreneur fellowship. She was recently named to Remodista’s 2018 list of Women2Watch in Business Disruption and was selected to be part of 1871’s WiSTEM program which is an intensive program that empowers high potential female tech entrepreneurs to grow and scale successful businesses in Chicago.



Jessica Papilla, Data Analyst with Leo Burnett graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Economics and Political Science at Marquette University. She continued her education at Marquette and completed her Master of Science degree in Applied Economics (MSAE) from the Graduate School of Management. She completed one year of doctoral studies in Economics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Through her formal education and experience in the workplace, Jessica has developed the analytical skills necessary to dive into data sets and emerge with a story that is accessible to a variety of audiences. She is a people person who strives for success and thrives in open, collaborative environments. She has experience using EViews, STATA, SAS, and Adobe Analytics.

Jessica’s personal interests are inter-generational mobility and poverty studies, beauty and plus-sized fashion, and finding the best cup of coffee a city has to offer. She is an ENFJ, and her key strengths are WOO and Achiever, and if she went to Hogwarts she would be a Ravenclaw.


Beth Sehgal iA.T. Kearney‘s Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, based in the firm’s New York office. She is responsible for the firm’s extensive global diversity and inclusion programs and activities, ensuring strategic alignment between the firm’s diversity and inclusion focus and the firm’s business strategy. Under her energetic leadership, A.T. Kearney has been recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s Top 100 Employers (5 years in a row), as a Top Employer for Working Mums, and been on DiversityMBA’s 50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership List. The firm has also achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the past 9 years.

Beth received her executive coaching certification from the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara and is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She coaches executives and high-potential emerging leaders, helping them to succeed in achieving their goals and developing and transforming leadership and behaviors. Beth also coaches global leaders at Stern in the Executive MBA program, and is the coaching director for NYU Stern’s IOP coaching program.



As a Chicago creative and entrepreneur, Priya Shah, has directed her energy toward building a network of artists and collaborators dedicated to igniting social awareness and change through art and imagination. She is the Founder & Executive Director of The Simple Good whose mission is to connect the meaning of good from around the world in order empower at-risk youth to become positive activists through art and discussion.

She has received a number of honors including being nominated for Forbes 30 Under 30, TEDx Speaker, Ariane de Rothschild Fellow at Cambridge University, Brand Ambassador for Marc Fisher’s #MAKEYOURMARC Women in Philanthropy, winner of MADE Magazine’s Impact List 2016, Chicago Women’s Magazine Changemaker, BMW’s Payit4ward Honoree, amongst others. She is also the Executive Producer for a upcoming documentary film called ‘Project: Building Hope’ which is to be release Fall 2018.



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