EVENTS

What Is the Unstoppable Series?

Let’s turn the culture upside down. The Unstoppable Series is where women in tech-related careers come together and learn from one other.

  • Explore practical and heart-centered strategies
  • Get centered, connected and inspired in your career
  • Slay the fear to go after what you want
  • Get clear on where to go and what it takes to get there

Moderated by InspiHER Tech CEO and Founder Laurie Swanson, this conversation series is part of the InspiHER Tech (“IT”) Community, a member-based group where women working in the world of technology come together to reconnect their career with their true nature for an inspired life.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 The Unstoppable Series:
Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret to Writing Powerful Cover Letters

The Unstoppable Series Informs and Inspires Women 

 

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CST
Location: Zoom Call, FREE Virtual “IT” Community event

Speaker: Laurel Kashinn, founder of Write Stuff Resources and certified ghostwriter

Did you know that 8 out of 10 recruiters and hiring managers surveyed by ResumeLab said they will interview candidates who include a well-written cover letter – even if the resume isn’t all that great? Yet, only 38% of applicants include a cover letter – even when it’s required! Learn how to craft powerful cover letters that work with your resume to leave hiring managers eager to meet you. A good cover letter connects you with the job as a person as well as a job candidate with skills.

Join Laurie and her Unstoppable guest Laurel, the queen bee of resume ghostwriting, as we explore the opportunities behind great cover letters that lead to interviews. Don’t forget to bring all your cover letter and resume questions for the Q&A.

Your takeaways:

  • The KEY role of a cover letter
  • A simple three-paragraph formula to write a power cover letter
  • The value of authenticity in your writing
  • How your cover letter and resume work together as a powerful team

“A drop of ink will make a million think.” 
-Lord Byron

Laurel Kashinn is a Professional Resume Writer and Certified Ghostwriter with 16+ years of experience helping people write their stories of success. She’s served 1,000+ clients crafting interview-winning resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles using a unique collaborative writing process in which clients participate as subject matter experts in their own lives and careers. Incorporating principles of mindfulness, strengths-based psychology, and law of attraction, clients find the process clarifying, empowering, and sometimes even therapeutic.

Laurel is a member of the National Resume Writers Association where she’s presented on her unique resume ghostwriting process. She has ghostwritten, edited, and published books as an indie publisher in real estate, self-help, business, and memoir, as well as written and edited numerous magazines and newsletters. Also a graphic designer with a BA in Journalism, she owned and operated a successful graphic design firm that served an international niche market for 12 years.

An Orthodox Christian and student of A Course In Miracles, Laurel lives in Wisconsin, with her best friend and artist husband of 34 years, Anthony, and their talented musician daughter, Elizabeth. They have a Decker Terrier named Rocket and two rescue cats, Louie and Boo, they adopted during the pandemic.

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Career Q & A2 With Career Expert Laurie Swanson

Ask questions.  Find answers.  Get access.  Bring your job search and career questions to this live event led by Laurie via Zoom.

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST
Location: Zoom Call, FREE Virtual “IT” Community event

Topic: Questions, Answers & Access

Moderator: Laurie Swanson, Career Sherpa

What are you struggling with? Do you have a career challenge? Looking for a new opportunity and need advice? Want to connect with other Women in Tech? Join us and find your community.

 The Unstoppable Series:
Creating Career Success on YOUR terms

The Unstoppable Series Informs and Inspires Women 

 

Date:  Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CST
Location: Zoom Call, FREE Virtual “IT” Community event

The Panel: Alicia Drucker, Kristen Plocinik, Robin Sloan, Judith Sol-Dyess

The world has changed. With remote and hybrid work becoming the norm, people are rethinking what they want in their lifestyle and career, particularly women working in the field of technology. So, how about you? What is success on your terms? Does reimagining your career light you up? Or does change seem like a mirage – always just a few yards away?

Join this powerhouse panel to learn how they created a pathway to success on THEIR terms (and how you can too!). Explore your options – whether it’s leaving corporate America for your passion project or moving overseas. Bring all your questions to this conversation-style event.

Takeaways:

  • Find out what inspired these women in tech to make the big leap (like all the way to Spain!)
  • Learn about the support they had – and the extra help they wish they had found
  • Discover their biggest fears and how they overcame them
  • Hear what making a big change gave them – both expected and unexpected

Moderator: Laurie Swanson, Career Sherpa

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

– Coco Chanel

Alicia Drucker spent 15+ years in software consulting, in roles including Chief Employee Experience Officer, Project Manager, Program Manager, Consultant, DEIB Facilitator, Leadership Coach and Analyst. She recently transitioned to nonprofit work as an Interim Volunteer Coordinator role at Lambert House, an LGBTQ organization supporting youth. Alicia moved to Spain in August 2021, and is focused on social impact, change and adventure. #AdventureAwaits

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Kristen Plocinik – Give her an ombre orange bundt pan from the 1960s and she’s happy! Kristen Plocinik loves exploring the story behind things. Before hitting upon her dream job as a vintage reseller in the Chicago area, she worked in healthcare, technology recruiting, self-help, foodservice and retail. Taking the road less traveled is nothing new for Kristen. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Yale, she has learned how to navigate a winding career path that included hospital quality, regulatory requirements, software support to store management and even large-scale catering. After enjoying a 17-year healthcare career helping others in need, she stepped bravely into her dream career of collecting, posting, reselling, shipping and refurbishing vintage goods. #NoRegrets

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Robin Sloan is an entrepreneur and creator.  In 2005 she started photographing her friends’ weddings and built that passion into a successful wedding photography business. Riverbend Photo Studio’s work has been featured in all of the national wedding magazines and recognized as one of the best wedding photography studios by The Knot. At age 40, Robin decided she was ready for a new challenge and began thinking about what was missing in the wedding industry- and in 2021 launched The Uncorked Project. With the help of a little liquid courage, The Uncorked Project set out to capture what no one else will tell you about planning a wedding. The Uncorked Project. Follow along to find out what they are up to!

Judith Sol-Dyess is a strategy consultant who works with software development consultancies to improve delivery and operations. She also works with code academies and individuals on a variety of Agile workshops and services.

With 20+ years of project management experience, Judith has facilitated design thinking workshops such as Google Design Sprints and Agile LEGO games. In projects, she manages the entire lifecycle of a project, bringing her leadership and people skills to healthcare, nonprofits, FinTech, manufacturing, digital marketing, higher education, events management and the food industry. Judith has been an instructor for Black Diamond Charities and Code Platoon in Chicago (both organizations serve veterans).

Judith volunteers as a guest instructor for CodeOp in Barcelona, and as a mentor for CodeBase in the UK. 

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The Unstoppable Series:
Your Career – On the Move!
featuring Christine Stone, Global Head PMO, Groupon

The Unstoppable Series:  Live, Virtual Conversations That Inform and Inspire Women 

 

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CST
Location: Zoom Call, FREE Virtual “IT” Community event

Speaker: Christine Stone, Global Head PMO, Groupon

Groupon’s Christine Stone offers insight into unexpected and successful ways to elevate your career at a pace that feels right for you, your lifestyle and your goals. Feeling stuck? Looking for new ideas? Not sure of your next career steps? Christine has deep experience in advocating successfully for Women in Tech. Please join the “IT” Community for this game-changing conversation as Christine takes questions live from attendees.

Time ticks by no matter what. Are you ready to take action and move your career forward?

Your takeaways:

  • Creative ways to position yourself for growth – even in your current role
  • How to make the case for your advancement – now
  • Transforming connections into stepping stones
  • Advice from other successful Women in Tech

Moderator: Laurie Swanson, Career Sherpa

“In a relationship, each person should support the other; they should lift each other up.”

-Taylor Swift

Christine Stone is a strategist, connector and coach. Her career began with technical project management – quickly evolving into project recovery, developing top performing IT teams, building business technical strategies and financial plans, then changing and building IT organizations to execute.

Currently leading Groupon’s OKR and Agile transformation, Christine is a sought-after speaker in the areas of strategic planning in tech, transformation, work-life balance, and tech talent diversity. She honed her skills at VW/Audi, EMC2 Dell, McDonald’s and consulting firms.

Leading technical change and developing people is a natural part of Christine’s approach, formalized in her graduate work in Organizational Behavior. She mentors with Chicago Innovation, is active with the Chicago Women in Tech community including ARA, i.c.Stars, Chicago Executive Women’s network and others. She is an organic connector of technology and people and an author of articles and a book on work-life balance. www.christinesandmanstone.com

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