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The Power of Your Story

Each of us has our own unique story created by the ups and downs we’ve faced to get where we are today. These stories have power that can reach beyond ourselves and impact those following in our footsteps.  Event Details

The Power of Your Story

Inspiring women share their journeys of challenge and triumph, from being their own career champion and overcoming adversity to finding their own voice and confidence to growing their network and personal brand, these leaders will share real-world stories about getting promoted, being heard and getting noticed. TAKEAWAYS Lama Abu-Amara, Manager, Cybersecurity Practice – IT Risk Advisory at CFGI, shared her story as a 17-year-old Jordanian student who overcame the challenges… Read More »The Power of Your Story

Allyship in Action Series

In 2020, ARA produced a five-part series titled “Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action” in partnership with three visionary organizations: Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), Chicago Tech Academy and i.c.stars. Event Details

Series Resources

Below is the full list of books, articles, organizations and other resources panelists and attendees shared over the course of the series. Series Partners BWISE Chicago Tech Academy i.c.stars Articles/Reports 2020 Champions For Change Report Check Your Blind Spots Bus Tour – The CEO Action Plan The Groundwater Approach — Racial Equity Institute “Raj Chetty in 14 charts: Big findings on opportunity and mobility we should all know” – Brookings The… Read More »Series Resources

PART 5: SHINING THE LIGHT ON INVISIBLE TALENT

December 8th Thank you to all who joined ARA’s “Shining the Light on Invisible Talent,” the final installment of our five-part Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action series, produced in partnership with BWISE, Chicago Tech Academy, and i.c.stars.  Our final event got to the core of ARA’s mission: advancing women in the workplace. Black women and women of color, along with transgender people and people with disabilities, face the greatest obstacles when it… Read More »PART 5: SHINING THE LIGHT ON INVISIBLE TALENT

PART 4: BREAKING THROUGH POVERTY LINES THROUGH EDUCATION & JOB CREATION RECAP

November 10th In the fourth event of our “Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action” series, our panel of experts challenged listeners to rethink the essential economic role education, training opportunities, jobs, mentorship, recognition, advancement and ownership play in creating equity in workplaces. They shared their knowledge and perspectives on oppressive poverty and discussed how we can be effective in the struggle to build equitable educational and career opportunities for students, job… Read More »PART 4: BREAKING THROUGH POVERTY LINES THROUGH EDUCATION & JOB CREATION RECAP

PART 3: CHANGE STARTS AT HOME RECAP

October 13th The World Economic Forum predicts full economic parity is 257 years away (roughly 8 generations!), and that was before COVID. At ARA, we say that’s far too long. In this Webinar, we looked at what we can do to accelerate the journey by starting at home and what can be done with our children to break the cycles of racism, sexism, stereotyping and other forms of bias. Speakers shared… Read More »PART 3: CHANGE STARTS AT HOME RECAP

PART 2: STRUCTURAL RACISM EXAMINED RECAP

September 15th During the discussion, our panel of experts explored how institutional racism shapes lives from childhood to adulthood in the United States, discussing where structural racism thrives in America’s institutions. We also examined how LGBTQ, people with disabilities and women are affected by the written and unwritten rules of these institutions. And, we addressed intersecting demographic traits that shape our unique identities and profoundly affect our experiences at work… Read More »PART 2: STRUCTURAL RACISM EXAMINED RECAP

The Hope Needs You

Recap and Celebration of our 1st Allyship, Advocacy & Taking Action Event “The hope needs you.”  Those are the moving words that helped bring to conclusion the first in ARA’s five-part Allyship, Advocacy & Taking Action series produced in partnership with Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), Chicago Tech Academy and  i.c.stars. Shared by our moderator and President of i.c.stars—the brilliant, untiring Sandee Kastrul—these words were once written and sent… Read More »The Hope Needs You

PART 1: THE ROADMAP

August 19th This first installment in the ARA-produced series Allyship, Advocacy and Taking Action, “The Roadmap,” examined the progress of the social justice movement since the killing of George Floyd. The goal was to understand where the movement is and where it is heading in order to create a roadmap for enduring allyship, advocacy and action. Below were our featured speakers and event sponsors for this discussion. We invite you… Read More »PART 1: THE ROADMAP