Rachael Narel | Co-Chapter Director

 As Co-Chapter Director,  Rachael Narel, Ph.D., CISA, partners with Laura 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. Rachael has spent almost two decades in the IT and Software fields having experience in virtually every functional area of an organization through both team and leadership roles. Her diverse background includes organization development, change management, strategic planning and process improvement, product management and marketing, new product development, and customer service, sales and support.

Rachael is also an Assistant Professor at Benedictine University where she teaches in the Master of Science of Management and Organization Behavior program.  She is passionate about education and learning and is excited to be a part of the ChickTech community where she can help empower multiple generations of women in technology with the knowledge they need to be successful in the dynamic world of business today.

You can reach Rachael at Rachael.Narel@ChickTech.org

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Laura Krylov | Co-Chapter Director

As Co-Chapter Director, Laura partners with Rachael 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. Laura is a program and project management consultant at Actualize Solutions Group where she focuses on helping companies establish project management standards, develop applications and design and develop scorecards and reporting. Laura has more than 15 years experience in project management and application development.

Laura’s passion for connecting people and creating teams focused on common goals extends beyond the corporate world. Laura has been a Program Coordinator with Junior Achievement and led teams that created career days for elementary and middle school students educating youth about team building, technology, and corporate careers.

Laura is excited about the opportunity to work with the ChickTech students helping them learn about and prepare for careers in the technology industry. Being part of an organization that enables opportunities for women in the technology industry is a long term goal she’s thrilled to realize with the team at Chicago Western Suburbs ChickTech.

You can reach Laura at Laura.Krylov@ChickTech.org

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Lisa Snyder | Finance Director

Lisa Snyder is excited to help support ChickTech through her role as Finance Director for the Chicago West Suburbs chapter. She is currently the Director, Business Transformation IT PMO and Customer led focus/Specialty at Walgreens. In addition to leading an amazing group of IT Program and Project Managers, she manages the Win with People strategy within the One Plan Change office, the strategic planning office, and a team of Specialty business project and program managers. The IT Program and Project Managers manage approx. 60% of the IT enabled portfolio. Win with People strategy focuses on enhancing the winning culture within Walgreens. She enjoys presenting on the Art of Project Management and how other leadership and managerial skills are using in Program and Project Management. 

Lisa was formerly, the IT Senior Director of Strategic Plan Execution at True Value overseeing the implementation of projects and programs of the IT enabled portion of the True Value’s Strategic Plan. The team included IT Portfolio Management, IT Program Manager, Business Analysts, IT Development/Execution, Change Management, IT Training, and IT Quality Assurance. The role included leading IT Governance and owning the SDLC (System Development Life Cycle) methodology. She also lead cultural change as the training and change lead for IT as True Value changed the desired behaviors in its culture.

You can reach Lisa at Lisa.Snyder@ChickTech.org

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Amy Widicus | High School Director

Amy is a Managing Director responsible for leading Tahoe Partners’ Customer Engagement Practice including creative, functional and technical solutions built on Microsoft technologies.  She brings 20 years of experience successfully envisioning and executing innovative digital solutions.  She brings expertise in program management, digital integrations, international business implementations, and user experience. Amy has her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

You can reach Amy at Amy.Widicus@ChickTech.org

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