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Diversity Panel - Engaging Emerging Technical Talent

  • Thu, November 04, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

You’re Invited to an informational Virtual Meeting.   (See Registration link below)

TOPIC:  Diversity Panel - Engaging Emerging Technical Talent Today to Ensure a Diverse Future Workforce

Chicago is the third-largest US city yet falls outside the top 5 in rankings relevant to top-tier technology ecosystems.

Chicago is home to 3 of the top universities in the world for tech and engineering. However, Chicago retains 55% of its recent software engineering graduates from universities within the city.

One of the critical things we can do to recruit and retain diverse talent is to engage with Chicago Public Students while they are still in school. We can now ensure their commitment to staying in Chicago by opening up our office for experiential and internship programs.

Hear how innovative programs like Genesys Works can help you build your tech recruitment pipeline.

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Moderator: Kim Nicholas, Executive Director of Genesys Works Chicago

Kim Nicholas is the Executive Director of Genesys Works Chicago. She previously served as the co-founder and Chief Education Officer of Perspectives Charter Schools, which was among the first charter schools in Illinois and currently operates four public schools in Chicago, serving students in grades 6-12. Perspectives received national recognition for its innovative “A Disciplined Life® Education Model” from several national and local foundations, including New Schools Venture Fund, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and a Dissemination Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, among other corporations and individuals.

Kim earned her master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and was a recipient of the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago Fellowship.


Sarah Khan, CISO Hightower Advisors

Experienced Chief Information Security Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in IT Strategy, Management, Business Intelligence, Business Process Improvement, and Financial Services. Strong information technology professional with a professional and academic background focused in technology in Financial Services.

Mike Palumbo, Senior Vice President at Xplor Technologies 

Mike is known for Driving Digital Transformation & Cloud Migration, M&A and Large Program Delivery.  Mike  IT strategist and motivational leader with more than 20 years’ experience in developing, advancing, and executing IT strategies. Experience in setting up global operations and managing international teams with a cultural awareness and sensitivity throughout economic downturns, divestitures and acquisitions. A visionary leader who applies a “big picture” pragmatic approach in working with executive leadership. Proven track record of providing executive direction within a matrixed environment resulting in industry recognized best-in-class organizations composed of respected leaders and engaged high performers.

Preeti Gupta, Sr. Director, Collections and Recovery Valuestream Technology, Discover Financial Services

Strategic Transformation leader with focus on Organizational, Agile, and Digital Cloud Transformation, Program Delivery Manager, Technology Leader, VP/Director with over 20 years of Capital Markets / Derivatives business solution delivery experience.

Established Cloud Transformation CCOE/ Tribe, with Assessment frameworks, Well Architected Framework, governance, Security, Compliance, Cost Optimization.
  Teaches meditation in her free time.

Thanairy Mariscal, Core Applications Recruiter for TEKsystems

Thanairy is a Genesys Works success story, having pivoted from sales positions at DHL and Pella to a technical recruiting position at TEKsystems.  She can speak to her journey – why she wanted to change from freight and windows sales to the tech world, how a firm like Genesys Works helps, and why she is so excited about her position at TEKsystems.

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