Women Employed Announces the Election of Two New Board Members

October 4th, 2021

CHICAGO – Women Employed (WE) announces the election of two new board members to their Board of Directors. The newly elected include Kate Attea, Founder and Managing Partner of Aim and Arrow, and Carrie Garcia Palmer, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of R1 RCM Inc.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kate and Carrie to our Board of Directors. As we embark on a new strategic plan, their commitment and their expertise will ensure that we can drive organizational excellence and succeed in our important work to grow the economic power of women in Illinois,” said Women Employed’s President and CEO, Cherita Ellens.

Kate Attea, Founder and Managing Partner of Aim and Arrow
Kate is a certified professional leadership coach and accomplished strategy consultant. For more than 20 years she has honed her expertise in strategy, executive leadership and entrepreneurship.

Kate is the co-founder of Aim & Arrow Group, a women-led collaborative consulting practice focused on social impact. She is devoted to building the capabilities of leaders, teams, and organizations to achieve greater impact. She currently partners with The Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm affiliated with Bain & Company, as a coach and facilitator for its Leading for Impact® program in Chicago and for other Bridgespan capacity-building programs. Kate helps ambitious nonprofits pursue strategic opportunities and build capacity to improve their performance over time, focusing on customized team-led projects and executive team development. She is a faculty coach at the University of Chicago’s Booth Business School and Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University, teaching Leadership Effectiveness in the Quinlan School of Business.

Kate has her MBA from Harvard Business School, coaching certification from the College of Executive Coaching, and BA from University of Dayton.

“I am honored and excited to join Women Employed’s Board of Directors and support the organization’s exceptional leadership in this pivotal moment, as the organization begins work on a bold new strategic plan that will help more women—especially low-paid and Black and Latina/x women—achieve economic prosperity,” said Attea.

Carrie Garcia Palmer, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of R1 RCM Inc.
Carrie Garcia Palmer is a seasoned global legal leader focused on providing proactive, strategic, and practical solutions in highly regulated industries.

Since 2019, Carrie has served as VP, Associate General Counsel for R1 RCM Inc., a leading provider of technology-driven solutions that transform the patient experience and financial performance of healthcare providers. In this role, Carrie manages R1’s Litigation, Employment Law, Legal Compliance, and Intellectual Property work globally. Prior to joining R1, Carrie spent nearly 14 years in-house with Takeda Pharmaceuticals, most recently as VP & Deputy General Counsel, responsible for managing its Employment Law and Legal Operations functions. Throughout her legal career, Carrie has been a champion for women’s rights and initiatives, including as a mentor, manager, leader of I&D initiatives, executive sponsor of early-career ERGs, and volunteer. She was a recipient of the 2017 Healthcare Business Women’s Association Rising Star Award.

Carrie received both her B.A. in Organizational Behavior and her J.D. from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) She currently lives in Chicago’s north suburbs with her husband, two children, and dog/officemate.

“From the first time I learned about Women Employed, I was incredibly inspired by WE’s tireless pursuit of economic equity and empowerment for all women, and its efforts to break down gender and racial barriers that impede that goal,” said Palmer. “I couldn’t imagine an organization more aligned to my professional experience and personal passions, and I am thrilled to join the impressive group of women on the Women Employed Board of Directors to help further the organization’s mission and new strategic plan.”


Women Employed relentlessly pursues equity for women in the workforce—with a particular focus on low-paid and Black and Latina/x women—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. Women Employed’s mission is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity, with the bold social goal of closing the wealth gap at the intersection of race and gender. 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.


Judy Miyashita
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