High Heel Conversations: Winter Series

Date(s) - 12/13/17
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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High Heel Conversations: Winter Series


December 13, 2017 · 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s our last event of the year! Stop by for our new professional talk series targeted to mid-level managers through Presidents & CEOs. Each event will feature speakers discussing the problems in our industry as well as the issues affecting our daily lives. We’ll cover everything from taking a seat at the board to politics to children and frenemies. No topic is off limits. Register today and invite a friend. Network & make new connections and men are welcome too! You won’t be disappointed. Appetizers, wine, and beers will be served.


Welcome Remarks

Dorie Ellzey Blesoff

Dorie Ellzey Blesoff, Chief People Officer



LaShon Anthony

La’Shon Anthony, Community Leader


Terri Friel

Dr. Terri Friel, Partner, Venture Connects

Dr. Friel currently uses her corporate management and engineering background
in conjunction with her academic career to assist start up companies to prepare for the investment
process. She is a registered representative using her skills in business to locate the best start-up
opportunities and match them with the best investors to assist in their growth. She has extensive
experience in a variety of industries and consults in the Bourbon industry with her father
Venture Connects selected the best companies & investors and created a
community through an accelerated process. For more information,
visit her Doctus website.



December panelists                                                                                              

                                                                                  Shanita Akintonde               Jane Fischer                  Diane Latiker



  • Shanita is an Associate Professor and interim Program Director for Culture, Race and Media in The School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She teaches in the areas of media innovation and diversity and extends her leadership platform to advocate important causes, committees, and organizations that work to bring parity among professional women and under-served minorities. Ms. Akintonde is also a highly-regarded scholar, community activist, and sits on the Board of Governors at the Metropolitan Club & was their past Chair of the Executive Women’s Committee.


  • Jane has broad experience in development and commercialization of new medical technologies and products for primary care and specialty channels. Operational roles have spanned domestic and global leadership of high impact, special projects and start-ups in corporations, international and national non-profits, government and academia. As Vice President of Business Development for Serenium Inc., she’s focused on the early, accurate, accessible, inexpensive and clinically validated identification of sleep apnea in children and adults.


  • Diane is the mother of eight children, “Ms. Diane” as the children refer to her, is a 29-year resident of the Roseland community. She founded Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) in her home in 2003 to get young people off the streets. Looking at the children that were always at her home, Diane believed that she could make a difference in the community. FIERCE OVER 40 is an action initiative that inspires women 40+ to harness their power and change to the world.



5:30 – 6:15 pm:  Appetizers, drinks, and networking
6:15 – 7:30 pm:  Panel discussion and Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 pm:  Networking

Dress Code: Business Casual

COST:  $10