About the Council
The Equity and Access Employer Council is a group of forward-thinking industry leaders who are partnering with UChicago to re-imagine diversity recruiting and expand career opportunities for under-represented students.
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Executive Director and Head of Lateral, Campus, and Diversity Recruiting
AQR Capital Management
Sahar Abdulahad is an Executive Director and Head of Lateral and Campus and Diversity Recruiting at AQR Capital Management. Prior to joining AQR in 2018, Sahar spent 16 years in various roles at Credit Suisse, including as US Head of Human Capital and Talent Management for Credit Suisse’s Prime Services Group. Sahar obtained her BS in Finance from Boston College. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at AQR.
Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Jacky Barry is a seasoned Talent Acquisition Leader with over 20 years of experience in the Tech industry. She designs global strategies and programs to scout, attract, recruit and retain top diverse talent. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Paypal.
Customer Engagement Consultant
Chelsea Beckford is a valued member of the customer engagement team at Morningstar, Inc. In her current role, she is responsible for training facilitation and content creation for the MorningstarSM direct platform – Morningstar's premier investment analysis software. Prior to this, Chelsea worked as a marketing associate for the workplace solutions group for Morningstar. Chelsea is currently the co-president of VIVA, the Latinx employee resource group at Morningstar, and is also the coordinator for the reverse mentoring program at Morningstar. Chelsea holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bard College and was awarded a Posse scholarship to pursue her undergraduate education. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Morningstar.
Director, SBDC and Entrepreneurial Services
Women's Business Development Center
Blanca is a seasoned business and non for profit executive with skills in business development, non for profit management, events, marketing and business advising. She enjoys helping clients in their entrepreneurial path and creating positive connections. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Women's Business Development Center.
Chief Experience Officer
Ms. Bolden’s history includes 30 years’ experience in the information systems industry. At SDI Presence, Ms. Bolden is the Chief Experience Officer. In her role, Ms. Bolden is responsible for Quality Management in SDI’s delivery of services to customers, Customer Experience, Employee Development Programs as well as the creation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs that focus on Human Capital Management and Productivity. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at SDI Presence.
Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
The Cleveland Foundation
Monica Brown is a highly regarded human resources professional and business leader that has been with the Cleveland Foundation since January 2007. In her current role she is a valued member of the leadership team, responsible for the ongoing, organization-wide development of human capital strategies that align with the foundation’s mission, values and strategic objectives and promote a diverse and inclusive culture that ensures the foundation’s ability to carry out it’s critical work in the community. Monica holds a master’s degree in labor relations and human resources management from Cleveland State University and is certified as a senior human resources professional by the HR Certification Institute. She also serves as an executive member of the board of directors for the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and is the co-founder of the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at The Cleveland Foundation.
Ashleigh is a Campus Recruiting Specialist who works closely with the University of Chicago for Accenture Strategy recruiting. Ashleigh has been with Accenture for two years and has previously worked in other Consulting firms before Accenture. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, playing with her Goldendoodle Wrigley and eating at all of the awesome restaurants Chicago has to offer. Learn more about starting your career with Accenture here.
Manager, Next-Gen Talent
Alex Cantero, AB'07, is a Manager for Next-Gen Talent at Electronic Arts (EA). Alex manages EA's intern and University Graduate global recruitment team. He is also a recruitment pillar lead for SOMOS EA, Electronic Arts' Latinx employee resource group. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Electronic Arts.
Director of Recruitment Innovation
Teach for America
After graduating from UChicago in 2016 with a degree in public policy and sociology, Ms. Champi wanted the opportunity to better understand what happens on the ground in education, so she joined the 2016 Teach For America Corps in Boston where she taught 7th grade math for two years. This experience brought the complexity of educational inequity to light to see that it is not only the education system that has to change but many of the other systems in our country that have to change as well to get to the point where every child has access to the educational opportunities they deserve. Currently, she works on the National Recruitment Team at Teach For America to ensure that our students have access to exceptional diverse leaders as teachers and changemakers across the United States. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Teach for America.
Principal, Head of Human Resources
BDT & Company
Eiren Hendrie is a Principal and the Head of Human Resources at BDT & Company. Prior to joining BDT, Eiren worked in a variety of HR roles at Neuberger Berman, Citadel, and Morgan Stanley partnering with investment professionals on recruiting, new hire onboarding, training and development, employee relations, immigration, mobility, diversity and inclusion, compensation, performance reviews, advancement and engagement. Eiren received a BBA from the University of Michigan.
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Boston Consulting Group
Kate is the Talent Acquisition Specialist for the Associate program in the BCG Chicago office. She assists with the recruitment of Midwest undergraduate and non-business majors. Kate graduated from the University of Dayton in 2014 and began working for BCG in 2016. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis and discovering new restaurants around Chicago. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at BCG.
Bain & Co.
Courtney joined Bain in 2017 as a member of the undergrad recruiting team. Prior to Bain, she graduated from the University of Michigan and worked in a variety of recruiting roles. She currently manages our summer internship program and recruiting efforts at four Midwestern universities. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Bain.
Campus Recruiting Specialist
Helen is a Campus Recruiting Specialist who works closely with the University of Chicago for Deloitte Consulting. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, reading, travelling, and eating her way through Chicago! Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Deloitte.
University Programs Specialist
Andrew has worked on Google's University Programs team for the past six years. His focus is on working with schools in the Midwest to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Google.
Vice President, University Relations
Richelle is a Vice President on the University Relations team in the Human Capital Management division. Richelle joined Goldman Sachs as a summer analyst in Chicago in the Operations division in 2006 and joined full-time in 2007. During her 13 year tenure with the firm, Richelle relocated to Salt Lake City to help grow Operations’ presence in the mountain west, experienced mobility in its many forms at the firm, and has been heavily involved in Goldman Sachs’ Affinity networks. Prior to her current role, Richelle worked as part of HCM’s Strategy & Management team and spent over 9 years in the Operations division supporting various products and businesses. Richelle earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Spanish and Psychology in 2007. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Goldman Sachs.
Chief Diversity Officer
Sidley Austin LLP
María D. Meléndez is Sidley Austin LLP’s Chief Diversity Officer and leads the firm’s efforts to further advance and increase diversity and inclusion across the firm’s 20 global offices, and within the legal profession as a whole. She works closely with the firm’s Management and Executive Committees and two partner-led diversity-related committees: The Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women. She is a member of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals and proudly serves on the boards of The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Sidley Austin.
President and CEO
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Patricia serves as an advocate for access and equity, striving to create a multi-generational, diverse, and inclusive support network and programming to catapult the career growth of Latinos and underrepresented groups across the country. Patricia is the President & CEO for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), leading strategy, fundraising & development, and national impact. Patricia earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in Spanish and Communication & Culture and a Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) in Public Management from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)-Indianapolis. Patricia is also a certified coach and Insights Discovery© licensed practitioner, and a proud Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at HACE.
K. Nicole Nieto
Executive Vice President
National Hispanic Institute
As a leader in the National Hispanic Institute, Nicole Nieto has committed her career to expanding the supply of leaders who are developed and trained to provide community leadership in Latino communities. NHI focuses on the intellectual development of high potential youth around communications, policy/democracy, and inquiry as a foundation for community development. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at National Hispanic Institute.
Managing Counsel - Procurement, Construction & Digital Contracting Law Group
Alexander C. Papandreou is a strategic legal advisor with responsibility for the delivery of legal services supporting the Chevron's global energy business. In his current role, Alexander is responsible for being a leader within and managing the legal support for Chevron’s Technology, Projects, & Services (TPS) organization and the Chevron Technical Center (CTC). Accountabilities include ensuring that legal needs are proactively and effectively addressed for both base business and capital projects across the globe (Upstream, Downstream & Chemicals, and Midstream), while protecting Chevron's enterprise interests with emphasis on industry-leading returns, cost management, progressing digital technology/cybersecurity initiatives in light of Cloud-computing growth strategies, as well as delivering superior talent management, development, and planning programs. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Chevron.
Manager, University Relations and Diversity Recruiting
Silicon Valley Bank
Tarin Payne currently leads Silicon Valley Bank's initiatives to create and build a pipeline of entry-level talent for its lending and operations teams. An experienced HR professional in a variety of industries, she is unapologetically passionate about building mindful, bold and intentional diversity and inclusion solutions, and recruiting strategies toward this objective. Tarin enthusiastically leads organizations to hire and retain underrepresented and underestimated talent. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Silicon Valley Bank.
Chief People Officer, Central Region
Josh Santana is Chief People Officer for Wunderman Thompson Central. Josh is responsible for the overall people strategy and operations across Austin, Chicago, Memphis, and Minneapolis. Ensuring the Wunderman Thompson North America processes and programs translate into engaging cultural experiences for the local offices and employees. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at Wunderman Thompson.
Head of Recruiting
State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Victoria Tucker Head of Recruiting State of Wisconsin Investment Board Ms. Tucker is responsible for overseeing and leading the recruitment strategy of the 9th largest U.S. public pension fund, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (“SWIB”) which manages more than $115 billion in assets. It is one of the only fully funded public pension systems in the country. Prior to joining SWIB, she was the recruiting director for William Blair Investment Management’s asset management business line, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Tucker also served as the assistant vice president, recruiting manager of Nuveen Investments in Chicago. She was recognized for creating a successful in-house executive search function. Ms. Tucker began her executive search career at Advantage Resourcing where she focused on private equity, family office and traditional asset management clients. Ms. Tucker spent more than 8 years in multiple human resources capacities with Penny Pritzker family entities, including Pritzker Realty Group, L.P., The Pritzker Organization, L.L.C., Centergate Residential, L.L.C. and Baldwin Park Realty, L.P. Ms. Tucker began her career with the investment banking firm Wasserstein Perella & Co. A native of the western suburbs of Chicago, Ms. Tucker continues to remain active within the Chicago philanthropic community since moving to Madison, Wisconsin. Victoria has been a leader in organizations addressing solutions for at-risk youth. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.
McKinsey & Co.
Maria is the is the University of Chicago, University of Virginia, Dartmouth and Brigham Young undergraduate Recruiter at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm that specializes in advising many of the world’s most influential businesses and institutions. She resides in the Tampa office, and is an active Ally with the McKinsey Black/Hispanic/Latino Network. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with PACE Center for girls, traveling and can usually be found on the water or eating at one of St. Pete’s many delicious restaurants. Learn more about diversity and opportunities at McKinsey.