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!
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.
Volunteer Director, ChickTech Chicago
Crystal is from sunny San Diego and moved to Chicago so she could finally wear boots and jackets (just kidding). She moved to Chicago to find work that matters, where she could learn, teach, give back and be an advocate for change. That’s why she joined ChickTech as the Volunteer Director; to help support the growth of women and girls in stem.
Crystal is a true people person and loves to bring people together so you’re sure to find her at networking events, tech panels, or collaborating with colleagues. She loves to travel, meet new people, try things that scare her (public speaking), eat, and laugh out loud.
Marketing and Social Media Director, ChickTech Chicago
Alexandra currently works in Brand Management for an IT Recruiting Firm. She is from the northwest suburbs, and she is extremely happy to finally be living in the city- so much good food! She looks forward to helping raise awareness for this great charity and seeing actual impact!
Tenacious and creative, she is excited to use some of her skills to better the community. When she isn’t doing schoolwork or actual work, she is most likely at the gym or trying to pick up an odd skill- currently video editing. She is beyond ecstatic to find such a great charity as she has been looking for charities aimed at opening eyes and upskilling people for technical roles.
Careers Director, ChickTech Chicago
Grace is originally from Auckland, New Zealand but has called Chicago home since 2019.
Grace made a career change from finance to tech in 2019, after wanting to build products that people love to use, create positive user experiences, and be more impactful in the community. She recently completed a coding bootcamp in Chicago, and is now working as a Front End Software Engineer at Rocketmiles.
In her free time she loves to play team sports (touch rugby and netball), explore new places, see comedy shows, learn new languages and meet new people!
Grace is excited about ChickTech’s mission to encourage and inspire more women and girls to explore opportunities in technology