Remaking Me: A Conversation on Career Change

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About This Event

In honor of Women’s History Month and a renewed focus in 2016, we’re joining forces with SheSays Chicago to bring together a panel of women who have successfully realized their strengths, followed their dreams, and pivoted their career.

What happens when you’ve realized it’s time for a change? For many of us, it can be as simple as a new look, a new restaurant, or a trip out of town. But what about when it’s your career and livelihood that needs to be revamped? This can happen for any number of reasons, but the challenges and questions remain the same – what’s next and how do I get there?

Join SheSays Chicago and General Assembly for a night of discussion, reinvention, and personal branding with our panel of speakers who will share with you on how they made bold changes in their professional lives. Whether you’re eyeing positions in tech, looking to increase your digital know-how, or just gain the confidence to make the transition, we will help you find your starting point.

Prereqs & Preparation

All are welcome!

About the Experts

Andy Eninger
Head of The Writing Program,
The Second City

Andy Eninger is a playwright, actor and director. He has performed for Second City on NCL Cruise ships, as an understudy for Second City’s Mainstage, and in touring productions for Second City Communications. Andy has taught improv and sketch courses for the Second City Training Center since 2001, and is a founding member of GayCo Productions, which began life as a GLBT outreach of Second City. He was also a founding member of Chicago Comedy Company and The Playground Theater. He is the After-Dark Award winning composer of Bandgeeks: A Halftime Musical, which he also directed. Andy’s solo improv show Sybil has been seen across the country, and most recently in Amsterdam and London. He is currently completing a book about Solo Improvisation.

L’Oreal Thompson Payton
Media Relations Manager,
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

A former journalist, L’Oreal Thompson Payton is currently the media relations manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. When she’s not busy blogging at or freelancing for girl-powered publications, she can be found mentoring young women, reading, dancing and eating her way through Chicago. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @LTintheCity.

Angela Vitzthum
Partner & Director of Product,

Angela Vitzthum is Director of Product and a Partner at SnapMobile, a startup that builds custom mobile apps at an expedited pace. A majority of her days are spent meeting with clients to take a product concept through feature refinement, implementation options and overall strategy to solve problems with mobile.

Angela is deeply rooted in the Chicago design community having spent 10 years in the space doing everything from design to overseeing a creative staffing firm. She is on the Board of Directors for AIGA Chicago and is a firm believer in the fake it ’til you make it mentality.

Jason Henrichs
Maker of Things,

Jason is an entrepreneur and builder with a focus on turning opportunities into scaleable organizations. He’s founded companies, advised growing companies, built a venture capital firm and headed innovation (including strategic investment and corporate development) for a public company. He actively mentors with Techstars, the Impact Engine and MsTech and is helping build the FinTech cluster in the Midwest through the non-profit FinTEx.

Impact is an increasing theme for Jason’s activities that color everything from the angel investing he and his wife do to the time devoted to mentoring, particularly in the areas of financial inclusion and women entrepreneurs.

Jason is a frequent speaker on leadership, building effective organizations and financial innovation.

Nina Polson
Associate UX Architect,
Critical Mass

Nina recently joined the Critical Mass team as an Associate UX Architect, a position that combines her love for strategy, research, and meaningful design. Her passion lies in shaping on-screen experiences to be empathetic, functional, and positively delightful. Extensive travel throughout Southeast Asia helped cultivate her solutions-oriented mentality, shaping the way she approaches user experience research and design.

Previous client sectors include travel and leisure, financial services, consumer packaged goods, education, food and beverage, and not-for-profit.

In her spare time, you’ll find her applying filters to photos and scrolling through food blogs.

Loren Greiff
UX/Mobile/Design Recruiter,
Vitamin T

Loren Greiff is a self defined Design Junkie (@DesignGunkie) who celebrates and integrates design in all areas of her life. Therefore, its no surprise that her career has been dedicated to helping companies and candidates drive results and grow in part as a result of design. A believer that consciously or unconsciously, buying decisions are made based visual stimuli has been a focus of her of professional and personal study.

With past Client list of placing UX, Mobile and Design talent at Chicago’s top Fortune 500, Agency, Start Up and SaaS Clients, Loren enjoys working with designers at all levels — but has a sweet spot for new and upcoming talent as a way of building relationship with the future of those changing the world.

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