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A Professional Development Panel
4:30 p.m. - complimentary art tours led by venue curator
5:00 p.m. - networking reception
6:00 p.m. - panel discussion and Q&A
7:30 p.m. - reception for panelists, sponsors & Luminary Circle members
Join Step Up & Host Committee
Crystal Andrews, Stacey Beck, Alexandra Kamischke,
Kavita Sood and Rebecca Thomson
for a dynamic panel discussion with industry-leading women who are changing the face of business.
Cassandra Gaddo (moderator) - managing director, Step Up
Jean Pogge - CEO, Delta Institute
Carol Sabransky - managing director, Huron Consulting Group
Myra Selby - partner, Ice Miller LLP & former associate justice of the Indiana Supreme Court
Andrea L. Zopp - president & CEO, Chicago Urban League
Andrea L. Zopp
The evening will include:
pre-panel networking with dynamic women
complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres
valuable insight from industry leaders
the opportunity to learn more about how Step Up helps women & girls reach their potential
special incentives if you join, renew or upgrade your Step Up membership at the event
Luminary Circle members are invited to a post-event
networking reception with the panelists at 7:30 p.m.
Not yet a Luminary Circle member?
JOIN or UPGRADE to attend.
Proudly presented by:
Huron Consulting Group
contact Emily at 312.253.4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Panelists
Cassandra Gaddo is managing director of Step Up Women's Network in Chicago, where she fulfills Step Up's vision of igniting the success of girls from under-resourced communities and professional women by fostering powerful connections and relationships. She oversees the organization's regional fundraising, operations, staff, communications, local board and external relations.
Cassandra is known as a passionate advocate for the advancement and empowerment of women and girls. She is a board member of Rape Victim Advocates, Chicago's first and oldest first response direct-service provider for survivors of sexual assault, and a member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Young Professionals, which she represented in the Young Atlanticist Summit as part of the NATO Summit in Chicago. Previously, she served on the CARE Chicago Media Initiative and the Chicago Foundation for Women's Young Women's Council. She frequently writes and speaks about local, national and international women's issues.
From 2007-2012, Cassandra was managing editor and electronic media editor of Today's Chicago Woman magazine, where she oversaw content serving and celebrating professional women in Chicago, as well as topics such as domestic human trafficking and Illinois' rape kit testing backlog. During that time, she was also active with the Today's Chicago Woman Foundation, which is dedicated to raising grants for under-funded Chicago charities serving at-risk women and girls. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor's in Journalism, and minors in English, political science and women's studies. She began volunteering with Step Up Women's Network in 2008.
Pogge is a national leader in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors with a
particular expertise in building triple bottom line institutions. Pogge
spent 18 years at ShoreBank, the first and largest community development and
conservation bank in the U.S. Prior to that, she served as president of the
Woodstock Institute, a national non-profit research and policy organization
working in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation and financial systems
reform policy. Jean holds a master's degree from the University of
Illinois-Chicago and a bachelor's degree from Barat College.
Carol is responsible for driving top-line revenue growth nationally for Legal Advisory Services at Huron. She is one of the founding managing directors of the company. Carol creates and leads sales and business development strategies for the Legal Advisory Group.
From the inception of the company to the present, Carol has served as one of the leaders in building and sustaining strategic client relationships with legal counsel while developing and communicating Huron's value and capacity to the marketplace. Carol is recognized nationally in the legal community. She has provided financial and legal consulting services to corporate clients for more than twenty years.
Carol has played a key role in creating an integrated approach to relationship development that embodies the core vision and strategies of the company. She provides strategic assessment to support the delivery of Huron's services to the legal marketplace. Carol continues to look for creative strategies for developing client networks. She has developed key strategic clients and succeeded in building and managing a network of relationships within clients across different levels and industries. She has applied her expertise in the analysis of organizations and markets to figure out how to create value and motivate and involve people in delivering value to her clients.
Carol provides legal and financial consulting services to law firms and corporate law departments in improving their business performance by providing strategic consulting, process improvement and technology-related solutions. Her focus has been primarily in the Office of the General Counsel in large corporations helping deliver law department assessments, legal department organizational design, benchmarking, performance measurement and streamlining discovery processes.
Myra Selby, former associate justice of the Indiana Supreme
Court, has a broad-based practice with a focus in the areas of corporate
internal investigations, appellate practice, compliance counseling, complex
litigation, risk management and strategic and other legal advice, based upon an
understanding of the related business objectives, across various industry
sectors including health care, insurance and public
She serves in the role of advisor for large
institutional clients as well as individuals. She is a trained and experienced
mediator and arbitrator.
Selby has the distinction of being
both the first woman and the first African American to serve as an associate
justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. While on the Court from January
1995-1999, Selby participated in several landmark decisions involving state
property taxes, insurance and tort law reform. She authored more than 100
majority opinions receiving national recognition. Selby spearheaded efforts to
increase the Court's accessibility to the public by expanding education and
outreach activities. In 1999, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed Selby to
chair its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. The commission is charged
with ensuring fairness and diversity in the legal system. She continues her
tradition of service to the commission as a current member.
to her appointment to the Court, Selby was director of health care policy for
the state of Indiana, where she was responsible for policy development and the
execution of state health care programs, including Medicaid managed
Selby received a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo
College in 1977 and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan School of
Law in 1980. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.
Andrea Zopp, a distinguished corporate and civic leader who has lead
transformative change in the public and private sectors, was appointed as president
and CEO of the venerable Chicago Urban League in September 2010. Established in
1916, the Chicago Urban League supports and advocates for economic, educational
and social progress for African Americans. Zopp was also the first assistant state’s
attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, where she was
responsible for the day-to-day operations of the nation’s second largest
prosecutor’s office. Zopp was the first woman and African American to serve in
this role. Zopp currently serves on the board of Urban Partnership Bank, a
privately held community bank with $1.4 billion in assets, where she chairs the
Human Resources Committee and serves on Nominating and Governance.