Women Employed Announces Four New Board Members

January 3rd, 2020

CHICAGO – Women Employed announces the election of four new board members to their Board of Directors. The newly elected includes Holly Bartecki of Jasculca Terman, Nakita Burrell of the McCormick Foundation, Katina Panagopoulos of Wintrust Commercial Banking, and Meghan Shehorn of BAIN & Company.

“Women Employed has a mission to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity and we are excited to bring these four dynamic women onto our board to help move our mission forward,” said Women Employed’s CEO Cherita Ellens.

Holly Bartecki, Jasculca Terman (JT), Executive Vice President, Creative and Strategic Development – Holly Bartecki joined JT after a 12-year career in the Illinois community college system sector. At JT, she provides firm-wide client services, including creative and strategy development, customized communications training (message, media and presentation), crisis communications management, major writing assignments and facilitation of focus groups.

“Women Employed has such an incredible track record of affecting change for working women and families. I look forward to driving that work into the future alongside the other members of Women Employed’s Board,” said Bartecki.

Nakita Burrell, The McCormick Foundation, Director of Finance and Administration – Nakita Burrell leads the Accounting/Finance function for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation where she holds responsibility for the controllership, financial planning and analysis, and risk management. She has experience in several industries which span both the for-profit and non-profit arenas. Burrell began her career at PWC Chicago and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

“I have been involved with Women Employed as a donor and supporter for several years,” said Burrell, “and I’m thrilled to be joining the Board of Directors and taking that involvement to the next level.”

Katina Panagopoulos, Wintrust Commercial Banking, Vice President – Katina Panagopoulos is a Vice President in the Non-For-Profit Wintrust Bank division as well as a member of the Bank’s Community Impact team. Since joining Wintrust in 2011, Panagopoulos has been successful in cultivating meaningful relationships with many nonprofit organizations in Chicago.

“The work of this organization is so important,” said Panagopoulos, “and I’m energized to collaborate with the leaders on Women Employed’s Board to pursue a goal that means so much to me—fair and inclusive workplaces and access to education.”

Meghan Shehorn, Bain & Company, Chicago Partner – Meghan Shehorn is a partner with Bain & Company and is the Managing Partner for the Chicago office. She is a member of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources and Performance Improvement practices. In addition to driving enduring client results, Shehorn holds leadership positions in the office’s diversity & inclusion, social impact, and associate consultant promotion committees. Additionally, she co-chairs Women Employed’s Quality Jobs Council.

“I am passionate about advocating for gender equity, and that has been important to me throughout my career,” said Shehorn. “I am so excited for the opportunity to further that mission as a member of Women Employed’s Board of Directors.”

”We are thrilled to welcome these four talented women to Women Employed’s Board of Directors,” said Board Chair Lisa Pattis. “The knowledge, experience, and passion they bring to bear will complement our deeply committed and talented Board, and we look forward to working with them to advance equity for all working women.”


Women Employed relentlessly pursues equity for women in the workforce by effecting policy change, expanding access to educational opportunities, and advocating for fair and inclusive workplaces to make the world a better place for us all. Since 1973, Women Employed has opened doors, broken down barriers, and created fundamental, systemic change for working women. For more information, visit https://womenemployed.org, or follow @WomenEmployed on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


Valerie Harris
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