Features Region: Midwest

Alexandra Kotelon – Delta Dental of Illinois

Most people are familiar with Robert’s Rules of Orders. But what about Alex’s Rules? As vice president and general counsel of Delta Dental of Illinois, Alexandra Kotelon is increasing communication, collaboration and engagement with the board of directors. As the company seeks to modernize, she’s simplifying board procedures to make them less overwhelming, too. Kotelon’s […]

Andrea Lockridge – Cameron Mutual Insurance

There’s a lot of risk in running a farm. With large animals and heavy machinery, the possibility of an employee getting hurt or equipment breaking is high. If an owner doesn’t have good insurance and there’s an accident, they could lose everything. Andrea Lockridge says she doesn’t want any farmer to go through that. The […]

Anna Novoseletsky – Discover Financial Services

Having lived in multiple countries—and passing the bar exam in three—Ukraine native Anna Novoseletsky can’t help but look at the world through the lens of globalization. That international perspective drives Novoseletsky in her role as the legal head of global payments and senior counsel at Discover Financial Services in Illinois. For the veteran corporate attorney, […]

Anna Paglia – Invesco US

Prior to COVID-19, the thought of her son interrupting a business video mortified Anna Paglia. But now, like other parents and professionals working remotely and juggling responsibilities, she knows it’s understandable if a child accidentally “shares” some screen time. While many companies are preparing to move back on-site after the pandemic, Invesco US, her employer, […]

Andrea Andre – Axcess Financial

Consumers beware: COVID-19 has unleashed scam artists preying upon the most economically vulnerable. A couple of federal stimulus checks notwithstanding, many people of modest means remain hard-pressed to scrape together their next rent, car payment, credit card bill or whatever. It’s all the more reason why Andrea Andre is so committed to uphold trust in […]

Alexandra Kleiman – The Alinea Group

Scrumptious truffle ravioli served on a spoon and meant to be eaten in one bite. Cold fish stew boiling over with dry ice vapor. Rabbit, honeycomb morel fungi, leafy sorrel and fiddleheads arranged on glass rectangles atop redwood pieces to make it seem as if you’re foraging a whimsical forest. And a Jackson Pollock-esque dessert, […]

Alex Long – GE Aviation

He’s a long way from public housing in Queens, New York, where he grew up, but Alexander Long has never allowed fear to stop him from reaching in his career. To protect GE Aviation’s intellectual property interests, he’s built its IP legal team over the last five years by applying basic principles of diversity and […]

Aaron Spira – Whirlpool Corporation

Call it the largest game of international whack-a-mole you can think of, involving washing machines, trade policy, tariffs and more. It was—and still is—an interesting time at Whirlpool Corporation, says Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Aaron Spira. Presently, he and his team tend to matters including global litigation, procurement, mergers and acquisitions, tariffs and […]

Amanda Demas – BMO Harris Financial Advisors

General counsel and vice president of BMO Harris Financial Advisors since October 2015, Amanda Demas recalls how with a previous firm she witnessed an aggressive middle-aged son bringing his very elderly mother into an office and practically strong-arming her into restructuring her portfolio to his favor. “Prior to then, his mother was always on top […]

Amanda Matchett – Infor

Amanda Matchett says her career trajectory may differ from that of others coming right out of law school, but the path she has taken into the technology field is one that is open to diversity. “The tech world has great opportunities for women of color as a career option,” she says. Infor is a New […]

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