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Developing Your Personal Brand

  • Ovie Bar & Grill 120 North Canal Street Chicago, IL, 60661 United States (map)

This session will help women shape their competitive advantage in order to gain confidence, stand out, and succeed. Whether that’s in the workplace, networking events, job applications, interviews, or on LinkedIn.
Hear from a panel of influential professional women from the worlds of Marketing, Branding, Recruitment, and Career Coaching in Chicago, who will offer advice on how to make a great impression.

*NEW* A photographer will be available to take professional headshots! Don’t miss this opportunity to get a new LinkedIn profile pic!

There will also be time for you to network with other attendees so make sure you bring those business cards!
About the speakers:

Jane Scudder    Founder & CEO, The New Exec

Jane Scudder

Founder & CEO, The New Exec

Jane is a certified coach, speaker, trainer, and workplace consultant. She helps people and groups get "unstuck" and supports individuals, teams, and organizations to make progress on positive, sustainable change. She brings an empathetic and intuitive coaching perspective to help people find and succeed at what's next for them.

Jane has coached and trained leaders and individual contributors from Fortune List organizations, start-ups, non-profits, education, medicine, law, and government. She regularly coaches political candidates, particularly women making first time runs for office; one of her past clients includes a National Congressional candidate who won a major party primary nomination for the 2018 midterm election.

Karianne Wardell    Founder & Chief Strategist, Lofti

Karianne Wardell

Founder & Chief Strategist, Lofti

Karianne is a Chicago-based brand strategist, consultant and presenter. Over the course of her career, she has led branding, digital marketing, advertising strategy and execution for some of the world's biggest brands including State Farm, Hewlett-Packard, and GE.  

In 2017, Karianne launched Lofti, a brand education agency, to help professionals and entrepreneurs navigate the complex world of branding. She has coached over 250 leaders through private consulting and facilitated branding workshops in London and throughout the U.S. From real estate agents to consultants, dental practices, restaurateurs, performing artists and event managers. Karianne applies best practices from her experience with global brands in a simplified formula, empowering individuals to elevate authentic, powerful stories.

Kristin Secora    Director of Partnerships, Oars + Alps

Kristin Secora

Director of Partnerships, Oars + Alps

Kristin has spent her career in consumer packaged goods brand management and sales working on brands like Cheerios, Indian Motorcycles and Quaker Oats.

She joined Oars + Alps in 2017 and leads partnerships, offline marketing and retail sales. The Path To Purchase Institute named her one of the top 10 CPG marketers of 2017.

Outside of work she spends time with her siblings, running playing tennis and reading.  

Sarah Moore    Talent Acquisition Manager, Access Community Health Network

Sarah Moore

Talent Acquisition Manager, Access Community Health Network

Sarah is an experienced Human Resources Talent Acquisition leader with over 15 years of progressive experience focusing in the healthcare industry.

She is a graduate with Masters of Public Service Management/Healthcare Administration Degree from DePaul University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University in HR, psychology and business.

Sarah has built her career in start up HR departments and understands the importance of branding as a professional.


Erika Kristen    International Photojournalist

Erika Kristen

International Photojournalist

Erika is best known for her coverage of heavy metal concerts with exposés on female and minority/majority entertainers from around the world. Her works have been featured in galleries and museums across the U.S. She was featured in Prof. Laina Dawes’ “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal”.


5:45-6:00 Networking/ Professional Headshots

6:00-6:20 Karianne Wardell

6:20-6:40 Jane Scudder

6:40-7:00 Kristin Secora

7:00-7:20 Sarah Moore

Five minute break

7:25-8:00 Panel Discussion

The funds we raise from this event go towards our Ready Set Girls Academy program for girls in underserved areas of Chicago, and our Giving Back programs in the community.

This event is Free for IHSF members; membership is checked at the door. Members, keep an eye on your emails for the discount code.

Not a member, but want to become one? We think you should join us too.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

Earlier Event: November 12
Volunteer Open House
Later Event: November 22
Giving Back on Thanksgiving Day