Rachel Murray

Rachel Murray

Co-CEO

Rachel is Co-CEO of She+ Geeks Out, a company that provides holistic solutions for creating a more inclusive work culture. She+ Geeks Out does this by creating community for tech and tech-adjacent women, and by offering solutions for companies on diversity, equity, and inclusion. For most of her career, she managed websites for a variety of companies and organizations and managed teams both abroad and stateside. Since 2013, Rachel has run several businesses. In 2016, she transitioned to focus solely on She+ Geeks Out. Rachel runs tech, operations, and finance, and works closely with Co-CEO Felicia Jadczak on strategy and on corporate programming on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Rachel received her BA in History from Brandeis University. She also attended New York University for Archives and Public History before switching to the Internet and New Media industry in 1999, having worked for companies and organizations large and small, including Primedia and the World Health Organization. In 2018, Rachel completed her Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Rachel is also Technical Advisor to Opal Avenue, an online product discovery marketplace designed for specialty retailers.

Felicia Jadczak

Felicia Jadczak

Co-CEO

Felicia is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of She+ Geeks Out. Felicia Jadczak is a recognized voice in the diversity and inclusion field. She worked in the technology industry for over ten years, specializing in the creation and development of innovative programs and solutions. She has extensive experience in providing strategic guidance for diversity and inclusion across cross-functional teams.In 2016 she pivoted to focus solely on She+ Geeks Out. Felicia runs sales and business development, is the lead diversity and inclusion facilitator, and works closely with Co-CEO Rachel Murray on strategy and corporate programming on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Felicia received a BA in Comparative Literature (French, English) from Haverford College. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and is also the recipient of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management. Felicia is the product of an entrepreneurial family and continues that tradition with her work on She+ Geeks Out. Felicia loves street art, fitness and wellness, wine and french fries.

Carolyn Birsky

Carolyn Birsky

Director of Business Development

Carolyn spent the first 6 years of her career working in B2B sales, first in NYC and then in Boston. During that time, she developed a passion for helping women rock it in their careers and improving the lives of women in the workplace. In 2016, feeling called to focus on her passion full-time, Carolyn became a Certified Life & Career Coach and founded Compass Maven LLC, a company that helps women in their 20s + early 30s gain the clarity and confidence they need to get unstuck and turn the lives and careers of their dreams into reality. After two years of solopreneurship, Carolyn, an extrovert through and through, realized she deeply missed working on a team. Serendipitously, Rachel and Felicia were looking for a dedicated business development lead right at the same time. Match made in heaven! Now, as Director of Business Development at She Geeks Out, Carolyn gets to blend her career background and passions (the dream!) by helping to bring the impactful work of SGO to more companies and women.

Carolyn holds a BA in Psychology from Middlebury College and a CPC from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). A born connector, Carolyn is also the Co-Host and Co-Founder of Confidence Dinners, a dinner series focused on female connection and empowerment, providing women a safe space to make new friends and discuss topics that matter. Outside of work, Carolyn loves traveling, discovering new coffee shops and restaurants, and making the most of her time with friends and family.

Lorin Bond

Lorin Bond

City Organizer - San Francisco

Lorin Bond is a California girl who lived in Boston and is now back out in the San Francisco Bay Area, still spreading the SGO love! She earned her MBA at Boston University and is passionate about helping small organizations mature in a healthy way. She currently works at npm, Inc. and geeks out for anything related to human behavior, music or the Golden State Warriors.

Sharon Cleary

Sharon Cleary

City Organizer - New York City

Sharon is the NYC Organizer for She+ Geeks Out. Communication is the common thread of her career – she believes everyone has a story to tell and loves to draw them out. She’s followed that conviction from reporting at the Wall Street Journal, to writing speeches for Nobel-Prize winners, to helping C-level tech executives become thought leaders. Sharon enjoys and excels at making complex ideas accessible to non-specialized audiences. She asks a lot of questions.

Sharon received her BA in English from Bryn Mawr College, and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University. She’s benefited from networks of remarkable women and wants to pass that forward. In her free time, she’s a photographer, a mother, a flaneuse, and a dog-lover.

Advisors

Julia Austin

Julia Austin

Senior Lecturer Harvard Business School, Board Member, Advisor to Emerging Tech Companies

Thomas Harwell

Thomas Harwell

Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives at Boston University Questrom School of Business

C.A. Webb

C.A. Webb

Facilitators

Felicia Jadczak

Felicia Jadczak

SGO Co-CEO Felicia Jadczak is a recognized speaker, strategist, and voice in the field of diversity and inclusion. She has deep, extensive and personal experience with leadership, innovation, women in the workforce, multiracial concerns, and disability. She has worked in the technology industry for over ten years before moving on to the startup and consulting life. She holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and is also the recipient of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management.

Chris Haigh

Chris Haigh

Chris founded True Change Associates in 2015 after 20 years of working with academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations focusing on diversity and inclusion, social justice, leadership development, and team building. TCA’s mission is to work in community with others in helping people and organizations move through personal growth to creating lasting institutional and systemic change around equity and inclusion.

Karina Becerra

Karina Becerra

Karina is a facilitator specializing in leading training workshops that help promote heightened self-awareness, engagement and learning in the workplace with a diversity and inclusion lens. Originally from San Antonio via Mexico City, Karina Becerra is a Boston University graduate and current MBA candidate at Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She has used her 10+ years in client management/marketing to drive success within cross-functional teams.

Nadia Butt

Nadia Butt

Nadia Butt is a consultant specializing in Organizational Development, Change Management, and Lean Leadership. Nadia has developed, led and managed complex strategic and operational initiatives within a Fortune 100 diversified global insurance company.

For over 10 years, Nadia launched global learning and talent solutions for diversity and inclusion programs, lean management projects, and coached senior managers and executive to become more effective leaders.

Nadia holds a MBA from Suffolk University and a Diversity & Inclusion certificate from Cornell University. Outside of work, Nadia loves yoga, kayaking and indoor row. She has traveled to over 35 countries.

Rebecca Dewey

Rebecca Dewey

Rebecca is a consultant specializing in negotiation and diversity, equity, and inclusion training. Her passion is advancing women in the workplace, both through individual skill development and organizational change to create more equitable workplaces. Rebecca is a Tufts University graduate and current MBA candidate at the NYU Stern School of Business. She has 5 years of experience in technology startups, supporting growth-stage companies in scaling operations.

Ambassadors

Sarah Beaulieu

Sarah Beaulieu

Sarah is the founder of The Uncomfortable Conversation, a campaign to bring sexual violence out of the closet and lift survivors to their full potential. She advises and consults with leaders and organizations on truth-telling, resource development, and social impact. Sarah graduated from Brown University, and has an MBA from Boston College.

Karina Becerra

Karina Becerra

Originally from San Antonio via Mexico City, Karina Becerra is a Boston University graduate and current MBA candidate at Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She has used her 10+ years in project/account management to drive success in cross-functional teams. A proud geek, Karina loves fostering innovation, diversity and women inclusion in technology. In her free time, you can find her cooking at home with her husband, enjoying a cocktail with friends, or acting as an Instagram stage mom to her newly svelte 15 lb. cat, Santiago.

Lorin Bond

Lorin Bond

Lorin Bond is a California girl who lived in Boston and is now back out in the San Francisco Bay Area, still spreading the SGO love! She earned her MBA at Boston University and is passionate about helping small organizations mature in a healthy way. She currently works at npm, Inc. and geeks out for anything related to human behavior, music or the Golden State Warriors.

Melissa Carlson

Melissa Carlson

Melissa Carlson is an Emmy Award-winning Senior Digital Producer at WGBH Educational Foundation. She leads the development of digital games and experiences for children’s educational properties including PBS KIDS’s Design Squad and Plum Landing.

Juliana Casale

Juliana Casale

Juliana is a former craft beer journalist, current flavored seltzer enthusiast, and digital marketing professional. She focuses her after-hours energy on building up the city’s creative community via Boston Content, and telling everyone she meets about how awesome SGO is. Juliana has been featured on Jay Acunzo’s “Unthinkable” podcast, and her writing has appeared on Social Media Today, iMedia Connection, and LinkedIn Pulse. You can find her musings on Twitter @attackofthetext.

Rhiannon Chiacchiaro

Rhiannon Chiacchiaro

I am a mental health advocate, gamer nerd, singer, kitchen witch, and cat mom. If you want to talk about music, puzzles, psychology, ethical tech (what’s that?), writing, or just really good cheese, then I’m your lady.

Leslie Coles

Leslie Coles

Leslie Coles is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Moms as Mentors, a non-profit dedicated to helping develop the next generation of influential female leaders, with an emphasis on helping moms foster girls’ confidence in STEM, entrepreneurship and politics. Leslie also serves as the Director of Programs at VentureLab, a non-profit organization that is helping today’s youth to become tomorrow’s innovators and changemakers through experiential entrepreneurship education.

Suzi Dao

Suzi Dao

Suzi is a front-end web developer at Cinch Financial. She used to work from home, alone, for a teeny-tiny, family-owned UI design agency, but then she went to the Startup Institute and fell in with the right crowd. They taught her how to be a person and talk to people. She knits a lot, plays board games, and is a newly-minted Star Wars fan. This is not her chicken.

Marlene Jandricic

Marlene Jandricic

Marlene is a visual communicator, driven by improving the human experience. She loves to create engaging digital experiences that connect with customers and satisfy business objectives within an agile inspired process. As a Product Designer for ThirdChannel in Cambridge, she enjoys working collaboratively with her team building interactive solutions grounded by solid qualitative and quantitative research, user-centered design principles and industry best practices. Marlene is a Canadian, an artist, world traveller, and a mad cookie baker…… she geeks out about throwing parties with epic cheese board spreads and living it up in East Boston.

Tracy Manty

Tracy Manty

With over 15 years in product management, Tracy has helped launch and create breakout products in industries ranging from healthcare to legal services to education for both b-to-b and b-to-c customers.  Tracy’s expertise is to extract business and product design from the ambiguity and morass of the marketplace through detailed research and contextual inquiry.  Working together with developers and user design teams, she translated requirements into a viable end-user friendly products that  contributed significant value and revenue to the organizations at which she worked, including athenahealth, Wolters Kluwer, and Harvard Business School.

Kelly McStay

Kelly McStay

Kelly McStay is a software product manager with experience in both consumer and enterprise products. She credits She+ Geeks Out with helping build her confidence while transitioning into a career in product management — and as a California native, for introducing her to a group of truly inspiring women in Boston. Talk to her about awesome software (and hair) products, travel bucket lists, and all things West Coast/Best Coast at an SGO event.

Laurel Ruma

Laurel Ruma

Laurel Ruma is a Strategic Content Director at O’Reilly Media in its Boston office. She has worked at the company for 10 years in various roles, including as an editor, open government evangelist, and most recently Director of Acquisitions. Laurel originally hails from Maine, brews her own beer, and geeks out over European noir fiction and cooking.

Zoe Silverman

Zoe Silverman

Zoe’s interests include dogs, Beyoncé, and playing with dogs while listening to Beyoncé. She’s been in the Boston tech scene since 2010, currently leading Yesware’s People Operations. Before entering the real world, Zoe graduated from the University of Richmond with degrees in Leadership Studies and Sociology and a concentration in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. That was where she first started getting involved in diversity and inclusion efforts, and she’s thrilled to continue that mission through this partnership with SGO.

Yanina Wolfe

Yanina Wolfe

Russian-born, Brooklyn-made, Boston-redesigned. Yanina Wolfe is a geek who loves tech, innovation, and social enterprise. Yanina loves serving as everything from Chair of Acumen+Boston to Speaker Trainer at TedxSomerville to co-founding City Awake. In her day jobs she’s doing everything from optimizing operations and project managing at two startups. She excels in building movements that galvanize people. Yanina graduated magna cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a double major in Political Science and Critical Social Studies. After graduating, she bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok for a solo five-month trip to Southeast Asia. At home in Cambridge, Yanina is a foodie who enjoys live music and yoga.