Diversity Reboot Summit

Returning to the Workforce After Caregiving

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Returning to the Workforce After Caregiving

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Did you leave the workforce to become a parent? Or perhaps to care for your own aging parent? Maybe you stepped away to help care for an ailing partner during COVID. Whatever the reason, returning to the workforce after or while being a caregiver shouldn't be the roadblock it often is. We dive into this topic with PowerToFly's Nicole Felter and an impressive panel of leaders that includes Crystal Morey, Manager UX Researcher, Smartsheet; Shereka Nicole, CEO & Founder, Premier Moms; and Elle Ramel, Chicago Director, GET Cities (Gender Equality in Tech).

Meet The Speakers

Crystal Morey
Crystal Morey
Manager, UX Research, Smartsheet
Crystal is a UX research manager for Smartsheet. With a background in teaching and instructional design, Crystal's research most often focuses on how people learn and adopt new tools. In addition, Crystal leads the Parent & Caregiver Support Group at Smartsheet. When she isn't working, she is a single mom to two elementary school two kiddos, Maguire and Harper, and an overly active dog Kota.
Shereka Nicole
Shereka Nicole
M.Ed. - CEO & Founder, Premier Moms

Shereka Nicole is the CEO & Founder of Premier Moms where they work to support and promote working moms and those in school. She completed her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida continued with her Masters degree, and is in pursuit of her Doctorate degree. Shereka is a children’s book author, and she has a wealth of knowledge working with children and families for fifteen years.

Elle Ramel
Elle Ramel
Chicago Director, GET Cities (Gender Equality in Tech)

Elle Ramel is the Chicago Director for GET Cities, a city-based initiative to advance women in the tech economy. Prior, she project managed the redevelopment of the Michael Reese Hospital site for Farpoint Development and led strategic partnerships at City Tech Collaborative, the smart city lab of Chicago, and an Economic Policy Associate in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at the City of Chicago. She has worked on financial issues and economic development, including infrastructure, corporate recruitment, job growth, sustainability, food business, innovation spaces and land use. She completed her bachelor’s at Yale University in Urban Studies and a master’s degree at Cambridge University in Land Economics/Town Planning.

Nicole Felter
Nicole Felter
Associate Marketing Manager at PowerToFly

My name is Nicole Felter and I am a graduate from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. I am originally from a very small town in New York State called Kerhonkson. Being from a small town with limited opportunities, I never imagined that I would have accomplished all that I have to this day. Being one of the only people in my family to pursuit a college degree has demonstrated the importance of positivity and perseverance.

Through the different organizations I have been a part of and the different things I have experienced in my college career I have gained multiple valuable skills. Speaking Spanish is the most important skill I learned while studying abroad and I am proud to say I am fluent. Event planning, team work, fundraising, marketing and work delegation are skills that have carried me through the execution of various successful philanthropy events. These skills have ultimately shaped me into a leader who embodies enthusiasm, optimism, fervor, drive and ambition.