Carolyn BirskyDirector of Business Development
Lorin BondCity Organizer - San Francisco
Linette BullockCity Organizer - Boston
Sharon ClearyCity Organizer - New York City
Megan HaileOperations Coordinator
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 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 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 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.
Linette Bullock is a City Organizer from Boston, MA. She serves as an Executive Assistant by day and Yoga Instructor by night. She is passionate about wellness, social justice, and all things Star Wars. She believes in the power of community and loves to travel to learn about different cultures. Someone once told her that visiting a different country is equivalent to reading a thousand books. She has made it to nine countries to date and hopes to continue to explore!
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.
Megan Haile is the Operations Coordinator for She+ Geeks Out, assisting with event logistics, social media, and the day-to-day projects that keep SGO+ running. She has always been passionate about ventures that support and promote women, so the opportunity to work with She+ Geeks Out was extremely compelling. Even in a non-technical role, she’d been frustrated by the lack of diversity and inclusion in tech culture, and she loves being part of a team that’s making change.
Megan received her BS in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University, where she also fueled her love of speech and communication as a member of the award-winning mock trial team. In her free time, she loves exploring Boston, trying new restaurants, and strolling the Harborwalk with her husband.
Senior Lecturer Harvard Business School, Board Member, Advisor to Emerging Tech Companies
Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives at Boston University Questrom School of Business
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simone is a facilitator with a background in education. With over 7 years of experience in the classroom and in restorative justice programs, she is passionate about working with communities and institutions to create inclusive and diverse work experiences that celebrate and uphold multicultural practices, intersectionality and equality. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she is a proud Eagles fan, and holds a Masters in Education (Human Development and Psychology) from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Regis Shields has deep and extensive experience in the fields of education, law, consulting and diversity and inclusion. Currently she is a consultant specializing in equity audits and designing and facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion trainings. She is a nationally recognized expert on equity issues in education and has presented and published extensively. Regis holds an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a JD from New York University and is a recipient of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management.
Jamie ByrneNew York
Amy ChowSan Francisco
Whitney ColeSan Francisco
Cat EspirituNew York
Lauren HsuSan Francisco
Nicky JohnsonSan Francisco
Erin KagehiroSan Francisco
Liz KelloggNew York
Tzu LeeSan Francisco
Phoebe LeeSan Francisco
Kiera Manion-FischerSan Francisco
Megan OpelSan Francisco
Lori OsanoSan Francisco
Cheryl PorroSan Francisco
Nia RidgleSan Francisco
Cynthia TaylorSan Francisco
Chantel Zapata PrayNew York
I am the founder of The Uncomfortable Conversation, a campaign to bring sexual violence out of the closet and lift survivors to their full potential. I advise and consult with leaders and organizations on truth-telling, resource development, and social impact. I graduated from Brown University, and have an MBA from Boston College.
Originally from San Antonio via Mexico City, I am a Boston University graduate and current MBA candidate at Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. I have used her 10+ years in project/account management to drive success in cross-functional teams. A proud geek, I love fostering innovation, diversity and women inclusion in technology. In my free time, you can find me cooking at home with my husband, enjoying a cocktail with friends, or acting as an Instagram stage mom to my newly svelte 15 lb. cat, Santiago.
I am a Chicago native living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I work as a strategic account manager at Justworks where I help small business owners run their HR operations. I also lead our D&I partnerships group, Partnerworks. In this role, I build partnerships with local organizations to recruit and help groups typically underrepresented in tech develop their skills. I am passionate about people, and building connections. I geek out about travel (I am going to Haiti, Shanghai, India and Nepal in the next two months) and I love to let couchsurfers stay at my place. I also love to cook (and eat!) , listen to old records (soul) and explore NYC.
I am an Emmy Award-winning Senior Digital Producer at WGBH Educational Foundation. I lead the development of digital games and experiences for children’s educational properties including PBS KIDS’s Design Squad and Plum Landing.
I am a former craft beer journalist, current flavored seltzer enthusiast, and digital marketing professional. I focus my after-hours energy on building up the city’s creative community via Boston Content, and telling everyone I meet about how awesome SGO+ is. I have been featured on Jay Acunzo’s “Unthinkable” podcast, and my writing has appeared on Social Media Today, iMedia Connection, and LinkedIn Pulse. You can find my musings on Twitter @attackofthetext.
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.
My career has largely revolved around my lifelong interests in law, technology, and video games. In my spare time, I’m an amateur and experimental baker, I like watching Netflix, and I am involved in local communities for augmented reality game Pokémon GO.
I am the Co-Founder of WorkWell, a job search and interview skills bootcamp for women. I have coached 500+ people into high paying jobs they are excited about, and I know that believing in and enjoying your work leads to a better life. While delivering the essentials of career advice, all of my coaching incorporates perspective shifting so that you are empowered to create the life you truly want.
I am 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. I also serve 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.
I am a full-stack web developer at CoUrbanize. I’m an avid knitter, a thirsty craft beer enthusiast, and a massive board game nerd. When I play RPGs, my alignment is Chaotic Good and there’s a 90% chance I’ll go rogue. Aside from work and SGO+ events, you can find me yelling about things on Twitter, and teaching games at PAX East as an Enforcer. This is not my chicken.
I am a recruiting and D&I professional currently working at Say.com. Utilizing my passion for building diverse and inclusive teams, I work with organizations to create inclusive recruiting processes and team cultures. I have also worked in D&I in an academic capacity through my research in Scandinavia where I focused on the effect of local policies and minority groups in homogenous societies.
I’m a software application engineer at Workday. In my spare time I enjoy making art, playing video games, and trying new recipes. I’m currently on a quest to visit all of the Disney theme parks in the world.
Also the cupcake was delicious.
I am a visual communicator, driven by improving the human experience. I love 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, I enjoy working collaboratively with my team building interactive solutions grounded by solid qualitative and quantitative research, user-centered design principles and industry best practices. I am a Canadian, an artist, world traveller, and a mad cookie baker…… I geek out about throwing parties with epic cheese board spreads and living it up in East Boston.
I am in technical support for Wix.com. I am excited to continue to grow and learn and be challenged in my work environment, to be able to thrive and showcase my skills and passions.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area and will probably never leave! I love all things “BAY” – the Warriors, SF Giants, the food scene, the diversity and most of all my family! I geek out about sports, cooking, delicious eats, music and fixing things. I have been a Realtor and Residential Property Manager in San Francisco and the East Bay for 15 years.
I am a skilled professional in strategic communications and public relations across a variety of fields, including e-commerce, tech, financial services, fashion, and lifestyle. My specialties include social media, high-level analytics, organic search campaigns/Search Engine Optimization (SEO), publicity/media outreach, blogging, sponsorships, partnerships with influencers, and hosting special events. I’m currently a contributing writer for Fundera, where cover a range of topics that include marketing, strategy, operations, funding, technology, and corporate credit.
I am a benefits professional with 19 years in the field. I love to read, travel, and geeking out on TED talks.
I am the Vice President at M+R and I have worked with organizations such as Feeding America, the American Cancer Society, PBS, American Red Cross, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to create and run online fundraising and advocacy campaigns. Prior to joining M+R in 2010, I headed the Online Communications team at the United Nations Foundation. I began my career in online advocacy and fundraising at Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit that influences U.S. policy to help women in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty.
I am a writer who loves connecting people, mentorship, kickboxing, and singing. I’m also a Canadian identical triplet who lives in Oakland, California, with my Chihuahua, Bella.
With over 15 years in product management, I have 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. My 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, I translated requirements into a viable end-user friendly products that contributed significant value and revenue to the organizations at which I worked, including athenahealth, Wolters Kluwer, and Harvard Business School.
I am a software product manager with experience in both consumer and enterprise products. I credit She+ Geeks Out with helping build my confidence while transitioning into a career in product management — and as a California native, for introducing me to a group of truly inspiring women in Boston. Talk to me about awesome software (and hair) products, travel bucket lists, and all things West Coast/Best Coast at an SGO+ event.
After ten years as an entrepreneur, I spend my days as a consultant at CartyMac Consulting, focusing my energies on early-stage and growth-oriented businesses. Previous career highlights include my time as a faculty member at St. Mary’s College of California and performing at Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Pep Squad. I geek out about volleyball (broke two fingers last year, but that won’t keep me down), travel (two more continents to go-I’ll probably skip Antarctica though), personality types (any other female ENTJs out there?), and tap dance. I’ve met amazing women through this community and I am excited to spread the SGO+ love!
I’m a friendly neighborhood HR Analyst with over 10 years of experience in higher education. When not working magic with spreadsheets and data and all things related to HR, I am at the mall, strolling the streets of San Francisco with a frappuccino in hand, playing video games, constructing that next cosplay, or watching Star Wars & Marvel & animated movies for the millionth time.
I am an experienced head of product and technology with a demonstrated history of delivering great enterprise products. I’m currently the Chief Technology Officer of Thrive Global. We are growing in San Francisco and are hiringfront-end, back-end, full stack, iOS, Android and wordpress engineers to build new behavior-changing products that end the sleep and burnout epidemic and create healthier relationships with technology.
As a Mental Health specialist my mission is to destigmatize mental health taboos in high stress career fields. I have always been particularly drawn to supporting people through uncovering unconscious biases that limit their ability to truly live the lives they’ve always wanted. Through years of working with individuals facing significant life challenges, I have come to find that when anticipating obstacles, many of us feel hopeless, helpless, stressed, and at times, overwhelmed by a lack of direction. My work involves reframing negative thought patterns that contribute to these stressful symptoms. Visit my website at Ridgleconsultants.com to learn more information about our services.
I am a Strategic Content Director at O’Reilly Media in its Boston office. I have worked at the company for 10 years in various roles, including as an editor, open government evangelist, and most recently Director of Acquisitions. I originally hail from Maine, brew my own beer, and geek out over European noir fiction and cooking.
My interests include dogs, Beyoncé, and playing with dogs while listening to Beyoncé. I’ve been in the Boston tech scene since 2010, currently leading Yesware’s People Operations. Before entering the real world, I 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 I first started getting involved in diversity and inclusion efforts, and I’m thrilled to continue that mission through this partnership with SGO+.
I have a cat named Gizmo, my favorite DC super hero is Batman and Marvel is Captain Marvel. I bring Liberty Mutual to companies throughout Boston, is your company next?
I have the capacity to geek out about anything. I love learning new things from new people and obsessively researching any topic that piques my curiosity. I discovered the SGO+ community in 2018 and can’t stop talking about how great this community is. I currently work at Zillow Group as a Senior Director of Product Development, overseeing the design and development of Dotloop’s real estate transaction management product. I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As an Account Manager at Respondent, I work with clients to effectively and efficiently drive their research agendas. I use my background in sales and product management to better serve my clients to deliver results and lasting impact. If you see me at a She+ Geeks Out event, say hi! Meeting and chatting with new people is one of my favorite hobbies, along with sipping tea, concocting healthy potions, and searching for treasures at yard sales and antique shops.
Russian-born, Brooklyn-made, Boston-redesigned. I am a geek who loves tech, innovation, and social enterprise. I love serving as everything from Chair of Acumen+Boston to Speaker Trainer at TedxSomerville to co-founding City Awake. In my day jobs I’m doing everything from optimizing operations to project managing at two startups. I excel in building movements that galvanize people. I graduated magna cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a double major in Political Science and Critical Social Studies. After graduating, I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok for a solo five-month trip to Southeast Asia. At home in Cambridge, I am a foodie who enjoys live music and yoga.
Chantel Zapata Pray
I am a Product Designer born and raised in New York City. Currently, I work as a Senior Product Designer at WW (Weight Watchers). I started my career as an Art Director after graduating from Parsons School of Design. In 2016, I made the switch to User Experience Design and I am thoroughly enjoying bringing data-driven, user-centered solutions to complex problems. I love to give back to the tech community here in NYC and I am honored to be a She+ Geeks Out Ambassador. I am also a Founding Member of Tech Ladies. In my spare time, you’ll find me hanging out with my loaf of a corgi, Pam and my new cat, Duncan, geeking out at NYC Comic Con with my husband, taking a cooking class, or enjoying a new movie.