STEM Talks

STEM professionals from a variety of industries, and often some of the same neighborhoods as the students, share what inspired and motivated them in both their life and career journey. Through this experience, students can begin to visualize their future differently.

Ready to become a STEM Talk Speaker? Contact Querube Della Cella with questions at (312) 237-4201 or click the button to the right.

Meet the Lumity STEM Talk Speakers

Bo Beniac

Engineering Technician at ComEd

“When Intrigued and Passionate, go for it”

Beth Bond

Founder of ForGoods and Founder of Community Startups, an incubator and accelerator program for CPS youth.

“Your perspective can change the world”

Seli Cerda

Manager of Application Support, CDW

“You are important enough to make an impact”

Tyrone “Tye” Clark

Director of Business Continuity Management, CNA Insurance

“Resiliency: A life skill and a business need”

Danny David

Manager, Ernst & Young (EY)

“You’ve got nothing to lose”

Bobby J. Ford

Division Vice President for Information Security and Risk Management, Abbott Laboratories

“Being Hungry”

Charles Gill

Owner, Creating Life Goals, LLC

“Whatever life throws at you, be prepared”

Miguel Guerra

Wireless Enterprise Architect, CDW

“The choices you make determine the life you live”

Andee Harris

CEO, Highground

“Don’t get furious, get curious!”

Sara Hruska

Senior Sales Executive, NTT Data

“Taking control of your personal brand”

Aaron Hutchens

Regional Unix Supervisor, IPsoft

“Passion Speaks”

Vernon Johnson

D & I Academic Relations Specialist, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

“Finding the right track”

Greg Jones

Chief Diversity, United Airlines

“The Sum of my experiences”

Andy Khorshid

Digital Transformation Thought Leader, Pivotal

“A purpose-driven life”

Kyle Lucas

Researcher-Gypsum Panels Lab, USG

“Education doesn’t stop at graduation”

Arunashish Majumdar

Senior Leader, Financial Services Consulting, Accenture

“Change is the only constant”

Vericia Miller

Founder & Executive Director, House of Overcome

“Helping people find their future”

Tyler Mose

CEO, Indirap Productions

“Measuring time with a calendar instead of a stopwatch”

Diana Mucci

Sr. Director, Security Services, NTT Data

“All Roads Lead to STEM”

Victoria Ocholla

Corporate Counsel, Oracle

“Fearlessly Chase Down Your Biggest Goals in Life”

Ahmed “Flex” Omar

Founder, Global Eventz

“Making connections”

David Pelot

Product Formulator & Fluids Scientist, USG

“A direction, not a destination”

Luna Rajbhandari

Senior Director, Data Management and Platforms, Cars.com

“From BASIC to big data”

Ajith (AJ) Rao

Senior Researcher, USG

“Learning is the most useful skill”

William J. Reed

Enterprise Account Manager, HP

“Finding the best job for me”

Eralee Rivera

UX Researcher, Arity

“Embrace making decisions as you move toward your path”

Jeff Rosset

CEO, Sales Assembly

Networking for life

Pradeep Sadhu

Vice President, Client Digital Platform Service, Northern Trust Corporation

“Learning is not compulsory; it’s voluntary. But to survive, we must learn”

Carmen Santiago-Keenon

Founder, IT Girl Solutions

“Stay aware of the opportunities presented in life, and look to make some of your own”

Karriem Shakoor

VP, CIO at Underwriters Laboratories

“Technology Gave Me a Future”

Alok Sharma

Business Analyst/Technology, Arity

“Change: the only constant”

Jack Shedd

Partner/Interactive Director, Mess

“An unnecessary amount of hard work”

Paul Shipp, P.E., Ph.D.

Principal Research Associate, USG

“Engineering life”

Chandrika Shrinivasan

Client Partner, Tata Consultancy Services

“Dare to dream and never lose hope”

Aaron Sims

Director of Converge Consulting, Forefront

“Making the most of your failures”

Rosemary Swierk

President, Direct Steel and Construction

“The Power of Your Strengths.”

Chris Thomas

Senior Technical Search Consultant, Advanced Resources

“Use passion as your primary guide to following your dreams.”

Ken Townsend

Assistant Vice President, Information Security Supervision at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

“Preparing for success in an unknown world.”

Paula Tripp

Director, Consumer and Business Insights, McDonald’s Corporation

“Seventh grade science fair launches a 6 figure career.”

Nicole Walker

Senior Director Innovation Incubator, Innovation Platform Consultant, HCSC Innovation Platform

“Staying True to What You Enjoy”

Bryant O. C. Wallace

Founder/CEO, WallScott Solutions

“Turning obstacles into opportunities”

Salena Whitfield

Director, Global Procurement, Abbott

“A passion for winning”

Caren Young

Senior Product Manager, Pivotal Labs

“If I can do it, so can you!”