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She Believed. Long Before Inclusion Became A “Thing.”

Founder and CEO of The Laso Corporation, Laurie Swanson has been one of Chicago’s top IT recruiters for more than 20 years. From the start, she advocated for gender parity, but as she noticed more and more challenges for women, she knew there was more she could do.

And that more is InspiHER Tech, A Laso Company. Because inclusion is everyone’s responsibility. We look to champion others and provide career growth from the inside and out.

InspiHER Tech Believes

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.

LAURIE SWANSON
CEO, Founder and a Woman in Tech

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 IT recruiting and technology sales. She founded The Laso Corporation, a boutique Information Technology search firm, in 1995. Laso has evolved into  InspiHER Tech, supporting Laurie’s mission to bring equal pay and opportunities to women while removing biases that get in the way of fostering an inclusive information technology team.

 

Dubbed a “Champion of Others” by clients, she believes growth starts from the inside – for people and companies. She 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, is a long term member of her local Chamber of Commerce, and 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 IT workplace.

TEAM InspiHER Tech

Here are the people who support and partner with us.

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RUTH KNORRING
Office Administration

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DEBBIE NORK
Office Administration

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SUSANNA PERRETT
Marketing and Administration

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RYAN FOSTER
Graphic Designer

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KIMBERLY A. HOUSER
Legal Counsel

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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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VARGA & SONS
IT Suppport