YEA! Chicago Team

Our powerful team is made up of program staff, volunteers, and our board of directors. We are committed to helping these young entrepreneurs grow, learn, and realize their dreams! If you'd like to join us, check out our available opportunities.

FEMALE STRONG board of directors

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Emily Smith

Lori Hilson Cioromski

Lori Hilson Cioromski

Founder and Board President, Female Strong

Vice President, Bespoke Commercial Real Estate

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Lori Hilson Cioromski

Lori Hilson Cioromski

Lori Hilson Cioromski

Founder and Board Secretary, Female Strong

President, Essential Water Technologies

Founder, HC Strategic Advisors


Lori was featured in Crain's Chicago Business!

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Lyn Soo Hoo

Lori Hilson Cioromski

Lyn Soo Hoo

Board Treasurer, Female Strong

President, Financial Works, Inc.

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Jenny Gumm

Laurette Rondenet

Lyn Soo Hoo

Board Member, Female Strong 

Founder, Sersano Consulting

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Nick Economos

Laurette Rondenet

Laurette Rondenet

Board Member, Female Strong  

Principal, Fiduciary Financial Partners, LLC

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Laurette Rondenet

Laurette Rondenet

Laurette Rondenet

Board Member, Female Strong 

President and CEO, Edlong Dairy Technologies

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Florence Ann Romano

Florence Ann Romano

Florence Ann Romano

Board Member, Female Strong 

Founder & CEO, Kindred Content


Florence Ann was featured on WGN!

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Elise Gelwicks

Florence Ann Romano

Florence Ann Romano

Board Member, Female Strong

Founder, Eleview


Elise was featured on ABC News!

Program Team

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Jody LaVoie

Sheila Shenoy

Sheila Shenoy

Chief Executive Officer, 

Female Strong and YEA! Chicago


Jody was featured on WGN Radio!

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Sheila Shenoy

Sheila Shenoy

Sheila Shenoy

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Diana Conley

Sheila Shenoy

Rachel Gitlevich

Recruitment and Volunteer Manager

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Rachel Gitlevich

Rachel Gitlevich

Rachel Gitlevich

Instructor

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Katerina Popova

Rachel Gitlevich

Katerina Popova

Social Media Volunteer

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Dee Hamlin

Rachel Gitlevich

Katerina Popova

Classroom Volunteer

Business Mentor

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Kathleen Howley

Kathleen Howley

Kathleen Howley

Volunteer Content Writer & Creator