Our Story

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We Believed. Long Before Diversity &

Inclusion Became Hashtags. 

At InspiHER Tech, we believe that Diversity and Inclusion are everyone’s responsibilities. Our mission is to provide career strategies, programs, community and steadfast support for women in IT and companies striving for an inclusive workplace culture. We are a strong, clear voice for inclusion and we champion for others and provide career growth from the inside and out.

We Believe That:

  • ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER. You are in the driver’s seat of your job, career and life.
  • INCLUSIVITY TRANSFORMS. An inclusive workplace culture leads to greater opportunities for men, women and businesses.
  • WE ARE ALL PART OF THE SOLUTION. It will take all of us working together to build a vibrant, inclusive workplace culture.

Meet Laurie Swanson, our Founder and CEO, 

and hear her story and the inspiHERation behind who we are.

LAURIE SWANSON
Founder & CEO

Career Strategist | Inclusion Advocate

FIRST, SHE WAS A CODER. Laurie studied business and information technology (IT) at the University of Texas. She started as a computer programmer before moving into Technology Recruiting and Technology Sales.

She founded The Laso Corporation, a boutique Information Technology search firm, in 1995. Laso evolved into InspiHER Tech, supporting Laurie’s mission to bring equal pay and opportunities to women through a spiritually-centered approach to guide Women in Tech and Tech-related careers toward a successful job search and an unstoppable next career move that lights them up from the inside out.

Laurie’s credentials include being certified as a NAPS personnel consultant, a Martha Beck life coach, a Passion Test Facilitator, an AAUW Negotiation Coach, and a Cornell University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert.

Dubbed a “Champion of Others” by her clients, beyond mentoring and coaching, Laurie also serves on the advisory board for Hub88, a tech hub in Chicago’s west suburbs, as a mentor for the INCubatoredu program for high school entrepreneurs, and mentors Women in Tech and Tech-Related Careers through AnitaB.org, Chicago Innovation and the Executive Club of Chicago. Laurie volunteers with her city’s Fine and Cultural Arts Commission. Laurie regularly coaches, leads workshops and speaks ON career, collaboration, and culture, and speaks UP for women in the Technology workplace.

Laurie has been married for 25 years and has 2 adult kiddos. She loves walking among the trees, independent films, great stories, poker nights with her girlfriends, and trying out different kinds of pizza with the fam. Laurie is a personal and spiritual growth junkie who never says no to hearing your miracle story and is happy to share one of hers – just ask!

Meet Team InspiHER Tech

Working together in support of our mission to #HIREMOREWOMENINTECH

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RUTH KNORRING
Office Administration

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DEBBIE NORK
Office Administration

Susanna

SUSANNA PERRETT
Marketing

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RYAN FOSTER
Graphic Designer

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MICHELE KELLY
Co-founder K+L Storytellers
Content Strategy

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MARY BETH MORAN
Kirkby, Phelan and Associates
Finance and Accounting Expert

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KIMBERLY A. HOUSER
Legal Counsel

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VARGA & SONS
IT Suppport

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