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STEM Talks Speakers

Lumity’s STEM Talk Speakers are professionals from a variety of industries, often from the same neighborhoods as Lumity youth. These trained speakers share what inspired and motivated them in both their life and career journey with our youth. Through STEM Talks, youth can begin to visualize their future differently, regardless of the zip code they live in.

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Tola Alade-Lambo

VP-Quality & Food Safety, Ferrara Candy Company

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Peter Bernstein

Principal Architect, TransUnion

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Heather Boggs

Chief Innovation Officer, Ferrara Candy Company

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Beth Bond

Founder of ForGoods and Community Startups

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Ezra Chaskelson

General Manager in Canada, Ferrara Candy Company

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John Conversa

Sr. Director of Operations, Ferrara Candy Company

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Tia Craddock

Brand Manager, Seasonal (Valentine’s & Halloween), Ferrara Candy Company

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Anne Cruz

IT Director – Pharmacy Delivery, Walgreens

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Emilio DiCesare

SVP, Commercial Banking (C&I), Republic Bank of Chicago

Gayle Ekstrom

SVP/Director, Business Analysis & Innovation, Republic Bank of Chicago

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Stacey Espinosa

Senior Director, InTech Sugar, Ferrara Candy Company

Gustavo German

Sales Specialist Analytical Chemistry, VWR, part of Avantor

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Charles Gill

Owner, Creating Life Goals, LLC

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Miguel Guerra

Solutions Technical Marketing Engineer,
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

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Gregory Guidotti

General Manager, Sugar Portfolio, Ferrara Candy Company

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Ron Harris, MBA, CISSP

CyberSecurity & Quality Assurance

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Jason Havlin

VP of Supply Chain Finance, Ferrara Candy Company

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Vernon Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Inclusion & Diversity, CIBC US

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Andy Khorshid

VP of Sales, Focused Labs

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Lena Lewis

Consumer Experience, VP, Ferrara Candy Company

Simone Liverpool

Attending Physician and Hospitalist, Insight Hospital and Loretto Hospital

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Arunashish Majumdar

Managing Director (Partner), Strategy & Consulting, Accenture

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Fletcher McCombie

Director, Jabian Consulting

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David McGranahan

Expert Food Scientist, Ferrara Candy Company

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Diana Mucci

Client Executive, Cybersecurity Managed Services, EY

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Christina Perry

Sr. Team Lead, TransUnion

Savannah Podolinsky

Analytical Chemistry Sales Specialist, VWR, part of Avantor

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William J. Reed

Enterprise Account Manager, HP

Jalisa Richardson

Sr. Process/Manufacturing Engineer, VWR, part of Avantor

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Sandi Santa Ana

Director of Category Leadership, Ferrara Candy Company

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Carmen Santiago-Keenon

Founder, IT Girl Solutions

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Karriem Shakoor

VP, CIO at Underwriters Laboratories

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Alok Sharma

Business Analyst/Technology, Arity

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Jack Shedd

Partner/Interactive Director, Mess

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Chandrika Shrinivasan

Business Unit Head, Tata Consultancy Services

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Lisa Snyder

Sr. Director, IT Pharmacy, Walgreens

Sasha Sundstrom

Senior Scientist, AbbVie

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Jim Tandy

Director of Project Engineering, Ferrara Candy Company

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Melissa Tate

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Ken Townsend

Global Chief Information Security Officer, Ingredion Incorporated

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Nicole Walker

Vice President Customer Experience, BCBSIL

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Salena Whitfield, Ph.D.

Finance Director, Abbott

Caleb Wolfram

Associate Scientist,
Avantor Sciences

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Alberto Zapata

Creative Director,
Ferrara Candy Company


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Ready to become a STEM Talk Speaker?
Contact Amber Taylor at (312) 237-4214.


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