ChickTech Chicago Leadership
Program Director, ChickTech Chicago
Nicole is the Manager of Data Services at Enova, leading an incredibly talented team of people in data analytics, and database reporting—including ETL Developers, and Data Warehousing experts. Prior to joining Enova, Nicole was working in Sydney, Australia as the Manager of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence for a proprietary trading firm. Nicole has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (2000) and a Master’s of Information Systems Management (2007), graduating with Distinction for both degrees.
After two decades as a Software Engineer, and experiencing the lack of gender diversity in IT on two continents, Nicole returned to the United States in 2013 looking for a way to engage more young women interested in STEM careers. Thanks to Enova’s Women in Technology group, Nicole was introduced to ChickTech, and has the extraordinary opportunity of establishing ChickTech’s Chicago Chapter. Nicole is excited to meet this year’s ChickTech Chicago cohort and can’t wait for these fabulous young ladies to learn how fun IT/STEM really is!
Fundraising and Partnership Director, ChickTech Chicago
Taruna Rai is a Senior Manager at Relativity leading the IT Business Services team. Acting as internal Product Managers, the team engages with the business to manage the Corporate IT roadmap and deliver prioritized IT capabilities for the organization. Prior to joining Relativity, Taruna has held a variety of roles in IT including product management, mergers & acquisitions, program management and IT audit. Taruna has both an MBA and MS-MIS from Case Western Reserve University and has been certified in IT audit, project management, organizational change management and Six Sigma methodologies.
Logistics and Planning Director, ChickTech Chicago
Christina Kjolhede is a Solution Architect at TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson. TMC provides customers with technology solutions and consulting services, to optimize their supply chain networks. Christina is accountable for solution design and return on investment opportunities for potential clients. She joined TMC in 2005 and has served a variety of roles in both operations and project management.
Christina is excited about the opportunities for this year’s Chicago cohort!
Community Engagement Director, ChickTech Chicago
Ana is originally from Valencia, a beach town in Spain. She moved to Chicago in 2017 and is still adjusting to the freezing weather although loving the seasonal changes! Ana has a background in marketing and product management, she is passionate about technology and helping girls and young women getting involved with it.
Ana is currently a Digital Marketing Specialist at Grainger and the Community Engagement Director for ChickTech Chicago. In her free time she loves to bike ride and practice newest passion: AIR yoga! She also loves traveling, learning about different cultures and sharing her own culture with others, specially if it involves food tasting!
Marketing and Social Media Director, ChickTech Chicago
Anastasia received her BA from University of California, Santa Barbara and moved to Chicago because she thought she wanted seasons. With experience in public policy, international relations, marketing, education, and IT, she has a lot of passions, and ChickTech has been fundamental in ensuring that Anastasia stays involved with the causes she cares about.
One of her favorite quotes is “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” ― Nelson Mandela. She strongly believes that educating, motivating, and uplifting young women will create a more equitable, informed, and prosperous society.
When Anastasia is not glued to her computer screen, she loves attending networking and IT events in the Chicagoland area, staying politically involved, and travelling.
ACT-W Conference Director, ChickTech Chicago
15 years of experience in IT as a leader, focused on the technological needs of business –from requirement gathering, development and support—with the goal of helping business increase revenues, improve performance and customer service satisfaction. Recent experience included developing and supporting change management, implement global support strategies and manage offshore teams.
Having worked as an IT consultant in many industries – finance, insurance, education—Jeanne has a passion for education that can make a difference and bring more women into IT.
Deer (Ghadeer) Tamimi
Assistant Program Director, ChickTech Chicago
My name is Ghadeer, and please call me Deer. I am from Saudi Arabia. I earned a Master of Applied Computer Science in December 2017, and I have developed proficient skills in data analyst. I possess experience in systems analyst and help desk support.
My education background involves a Diploma of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information and Communication Technologies. During that same period of time, I was working as a Receptionist to improve my communication skill. After graduation, I was hired as IT System Management Specialist by EXEL-DHL Supply Chain in Saudi Arabia.
Because of the proficiency that I demonstrated in that position, I earned recognition from both companies for “Outstanding Effort for Dammam, Exel-DHL/Saudi Aramco”, which is the biggest oil company in Saudi Arabia
The last thing, I am a feminist. Simone De Beauvoir said that ” Society, being codified by man, decrees that woman is inferior; she can do away with this inferiority only by destroying the male’s superiority. ” Simone De Beauvoir inspired me to work towards my dreams and to become an independent woman. Despite what other people say, I can succeed in my own career and even in the IT world because I am intelligent and equally capable.