Female Strong is a non-profit organization driven by a community drawn together with a common purpose: to offer hands-on programs, mentorship, and experiences that build confidence in middle and high school girls, propelling them to become future leaders.

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.

Board Members

Founder and Board President, Female Strong - Vice President, Bespoke Commercial Real Estate

Lori Hilson Cioromski

Founder and Board Secretary, Female Strong - President, Essential Water Technologies Founder, HC Strategic Advisors

Lynn Soo Hoo

Board Treasurer, Female Strong - President, Financial Works, Inc. 

Jenny Gumm

Board Member, Female Strong - Founder, Serano Consulting

Laurette Rondenet

Board Member, Female Strong - President and CEO, Edlong Dairy

Board Member, Female Strong - Founder & CEO, Kindred Content 

Elise Gelwicks

Board Member, Female Strong - Founder, Eleview

Nick Economos

Board Member, Female Strong - Principal, Fiduciary Financual Partners, LLC

Khalilah Lyons

Board Member, Female Strong - Diversity & Inclusion Leader for Discover Financial Services

Team Members

Jody LaVoie

Chief Executive Officer, Female Strong and YEA! Chicago 

Sheila Shenoy

Program Manager; Associate Consultant, Holistic

Katerina Popova

Social Media Volunteer

Diana Conley

Volunteer and Project Manager

Kathleen Howley

Volunteer Content Writer & Creator, YEA! Chicago

Rachel Gitlevich

Instructor, YEA! Chicago - Book Group Leader, Female Strong

Krissie McMenamin

Business Blast Instructor

Your Donation Makes a Difference

Female Strong is made possible by the generous support of forward-thinking individuals and businesses here in our community.

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