Gowri Selka -Founder | Co-Chapter Director

As Co-Chapter Director,  Gowri Selka, partners with Jill to provide overall guidance for the chapter, helps represent ChickTech within the community, and works to ensure that all programs are running efficiently and effectively. Gowri has over 20 years of successful career in fortune 15 corporations leading many multi million dollar technology programs to transform business processes.

In addition to many years in corporate executive and leadership roles, Gowri is a futurist thinker and speaker who has:

  • Judged the National Future Business Leaders of America Competition – to understand actions to be taken to help high school female students adapt to emerging technologies.
  • Spoken at the Dataworks summit, AI Congress, CQAA forum

Gowri is passionate to break barriers and empower women with more successes in their career and life. She believes with the fourth industrial revolution cycle, every business domain will be disrupted by technology, hence it is important for the female students to build confidence and embrace careers in technology. Being part of the ChickTech community enables her to pursue her passion and give back to the community.

Jill Helenbrook -Co-Chapter Director

Jill has over 20 years’ experience working with complex, global organizations, bringing together business strategy with IT and process solutions to deliver intended business outcomes and ROI. Jill brings a diverse set of strengths and experience – in strategy, product development, technology, client management, business process management, and risk – across various domains including Financial Services, Non-Profit, and Life Sciences. Her passion is not only identifying what needs to happen, but owning how to make it happen

Jill is currently consulting with both for profit and non-profit organizations C-suite leadership on transformation strategies and implementation plans. Prior to starting her own business, Jill served as Vice President, Office of the CIO, at Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), where she was responsible for integrating IT strategy and plans across the organization to improve and evolve the enterprise following a global merger.

Prior to working at WBA, Jill spent 10 years at JPMorganChase in Investment Banking and Treasury & Security Services where she held numerous leadership roles implementing new business models and consulting to clients.

Jill earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Dayton, Ohio and her Master of Business Administration at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Deanne Zettler -Operations Director

Ms. Zettler has more than 20 years of experience in technology with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry across Application Development, Infrastructure Services, Enterprise Architecture, and Business Development.

Ms. Zettler is the VP, Application Development, Enterprise Services at Discover Financial Services and currently leads the Enterprise Project Management Office, Agile Center of Excellence, Enterprise Quality Management group, and Corporate Services divisions.  She is responsible for the enterprise Systems Development Lifecyle (SDLC) standard and technology financial governance practices.

In addition, Ms. Zettler leads the Technology Transformation Office for Discover focused on technology, process, and talent modernization.

In her role at ChickTech, Ms. Zettler is excited to provide learning opportunities for young women and to help provide opportunities for women who aspire to technology careers.

Naina Singh -Marketing and Communication Director

Ms. Singh is a highly accomplished IT Management professional leading broad range of corporate technology initiatives including ERP, CRM, Business Intelligence, HR, Business Systems, Finance and Accounting, SOX compliance/IS process audits, PMO and portfolio management. She has a proven record of accomplishment to build and mentor IT professionals and inspire them to achieve continuous performance improvement. Ms. Singh is currently working in a leadership role at Walgreens in their Finance and Accounting technology department.

Ms. Singh is passionate about helping young women achieve their potential to become leaders in technology industry. Her role at Chicktech gives her the opportunity to help and mentor young women.

Lakshmi -Volunteer Director

Lakshmi is an Information Technology professional with over 17 years of experience in helping organizations deliver technology solutions. She is always striving to bridge the gap between business and technology through strategic and collaborative work.

Outside of professional work, she likes to be engaged in volunteering activities especially if its related to young children and the less fortunate.

She is really excited to be part of this wonderful team at Chicktech. Lakshmi helps with recruiting volunteers to support Chicktech’s ongoing events and it’s mission in general. She also works with young girls to encourage and help them explore the opportunities in technology area.

In the free time, Lakshmi enjoys spending time with family, friends, celebrating multi-cultural festivities and being outdoors!

Amy Hernandez Operations Director

Amy has worked with Discover Financial Services for 32 years.  For the past 22 years her focus has been in technology.  Current focus is on Portfolio Systems, which includes all customer facing applications.  Previous experience includes intranet solutions for internal facing applications, Disputes and Adjustment processing.

Prior to working in technology, Amy worked within the Customer Servicing department.  Focus was on defining the customer end to end experience in the call center applications.

In her role with CheckTech, Amy will be assisting Ms. Zettler with Operations.  She is excited by the opportunity to assist with helping women and young girls find out more about technology as a career.

Shilpa Noone — Fundraising Director

She has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Depaul University, Illinois and has nearly two decades of experience working in different industries and domains. Solving business problems with Innovation and Building teams to deliver has been her greatest strengths, Through out her career she has been recognized as a great leader and a good mentor but she thinks there is lot for her to learn and a lot of room to grow, Currently working at a very well known Insurance company in Chicagoland area all while working on latest gig AI/ML based Startup as a CEO and COO in her remaining spare time or what ever is left out after her personal family time with kids.

She is very passionate about helping people, and the objective of Chicktech organization is very close to her heart being a woman in IT and a mom. She feels that this intervention in the community and partnership is very important in bringing the balance in STEM careers for Women currently in STEM and future female task force of STEM.

She feels honored and very excited about being part of this Chapter’s great leadership team and for what the team is planning on doing.

It’s a great time to get involved with us and if you like to contact us then please send us a email at chicago.north.suburbs@chicktech.org [undefined:chicago.north.suburbs@chicktech.org] or my personal email address Shilpa.noone@chicktech.org

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