Co-CEO & Head of Training
Felicia is Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and Head of Training at She+ Geeks Out. Felicia is a recognized speaker and consultant in the diversity, equity and inclusion field. She has extensive and personal experience with leadership, innovation, women in the workforce, the multiracial experience, and disability. Prior to co-founding SGO, she worked in the technology industry for over ten years, providing strategic guidance and programming for ERGs, DEI councils, and C-suite members. In 2016 she pivoted to focus solely on She+ Geeks Out, where she oversees SGO’s DEI programming and facilitation team.
Felicia received a BA in Comparative Literature (French, English) from Haverford College. She received an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems (with honors) from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. She also completed Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management.
Co-CEO & Head of Community
Rachel is Co-CEO, Co-Founder, and Head of Community at She+ Geeks Out, a company that provides holistic solutions for creating a more inclusive work culture. She+ Geeks Out does this by creating community for tech and tech-adjacent women, and by offering solutions for companies on diversity, equity, and inclusion. For most of her career, she managed websites for a variety of companies and organizations and managed teams both abroad and stateside. Since 2013, Rachel has run several businesses. In 2016, she transitioned to focus solely on She+ Geeks Out. Rachel runs tech, operations, and finance, and works closely with Co-CEO Felicia Jadczak on strategy and on corporate programming on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Rachel received her BA in History from Brandeis University. She also attended New York University for Archives and Public History before switching to the Internet and New Media industry in 1999, having worked for companies and organizations large and small, including Primedia and the World Health Organization. In 2018, Rachel completed her Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Rachel is also Technical Advisor to Opal Avenue, an online product discovery marketplace designed for specialty retailers.
Learning & Development Manager
Fatima Dainkeh is the Learning & Development Manager for She+ Geeks Out, specializing in topics about racism, sexism and the intersectionality of social identities. Fatima has facilitated conversations and conducted trainings with leaders and members of schools, organizations and companies to help raise equity consciousness, while also providing knowledge, tips and strategies to help support institutional change. As a facilitator who believes in the power of sharing our stories, Fatima uses storytelling as a platform for individuals and groups to connect with one another. This form of facilitation has led Fatima to co-produce a short film and launch a photo story project about the experience of Black Mothers in Boston and beyond. Fatima believes that things can shift between individuals or within an institution when people can begin to connect and understand each other.
Fatima received her MPH in Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (CAPDIE) and Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health, and earned her BA in Religious Studies and Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In her free time, she is a storyteller and photographer.
Digital Marketing Manager
Vienna is the Digital Marketing Manager for She+ Geeks Out. She is member-experience obsessed, and passionate about progressive causes that support women and children. A life-long lover of good storytelling, she is always happy to get sucked in to a good podcast, book, Netflix binge, or Twitter thread. She is even more excited to share those stories with others. Vienna has worked as a marketer in a variety of male-dominated industries, including finance, tech, and architecture, and knows the difference an empowering, welcoming workplace can make for employees and team members.
Vienna graduated from Goucher College with her BA in English (Creative Writing, of course) and Communications, and holds her MA in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. Born and raised in New York City, she moved to the Boston area in 2012 where she’s fallen in love with South Shore beaches, Wahlburgers tater tots, and the New England Patriots. Vienna is a Virgo through and through, has two of the best children on the planet, and loves spin classes.
Kaelyn is the Operations Coordinator for She+ Geeks Out. She has a background in event management where she’s led multiple teams through successful events. Event management has helped her in finding her passion for logistics. She enjoys learning a process, taking a process apart and re-creating the process to become more streamlined or efficient for a team. Based on firsthand experience, Kaelyn is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
Kaelyn received her BA in Marketing from West Virginia University. In 2017, she traded in the mountains of West Virginia for the beaches of Virginia. Kaelyn enjoys binge watching TV shows, attempting to make a recipe vegetarian, or spending time with her family.
Strategist and Facilitator
Fostering transformation at the personal & professional levels as well as creating workplaces & cultures where employees thrive are at the heart of Dr. Erika Powell’s work. For the past 15+ years, she has partnered with leaders and organizations to design & facilitate training, employee engagement, & team building solutions. Over the course of her career, she has led and consulted for number of initiatives related to leadership development, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement, effective communication, emotional intelligence, customer service, and technical & product/software training in a variety of industries, including corporate, higher education, and non-profit sectors, both nationally and globally. She is bilingual in Spanish and holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology & Design from the University of Virginia, a MS.Ed in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College.
Simone is a facilitator with a background in education. With over 7 years of experience in the classroom and in restorative justice programs, she is passionate about working with communities and institutions to create inclusive and diverse work experiences that celebrate and uphold multicultural practices, intersectionality and equality. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she is a proud Eagles fan, and holds a Masters in Education (Human Development and Psychology) from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Thomas Harwell is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist who has worked for Higher Education institutions and currently works in the Tech industry where he supports a range of functions. Thomas consults, advises, develops, and executes work that fits an organization’s culture and outcomes. For SGO+ Thomas supports the development of strategic plans for companies and teams looking to develop sustainable change and advises clients across industries as they navigate decisions and complex workforce challenges related to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
Cristina Hancock is a Talent Management professional bringing more than five years of experience in the non-profit sector developing people at all organizational levels and roles. Currently working as Talent Manager at GreenLight Fund, Cristina partners with staff of diverse backgrounds to enhance and support individual and organization-wide professional development. Leveraging her studies and lived experience, Cristina has a deep passion for and knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices and is committed to bringing a DEI lens to all aspects of her work. Cristina uses her content knowledge and her emotional intelligence to help support both the organizational growth of a company and the professional growth of its people.
Cristina holds a BA in Sociology from Boston College. In her free time, you can find Cristina daydreaming about her next travel adventure, spending time with her nephew, and finding a creative outlet through poetry.
Strategist and Facilitator
Chris founded True Change Associates in 2015 after 20 years of working with academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations focusing on diversity and inclusion, social justice, leadership development, and team building. TCA’s mission is to work in community with others in helping people and organizations move through personal growth to creating lasting institutional and systemic change around equity and inclusion.
Jacquis Watters is a DEI Facilitator for She+ Geeks Out, specializing in topics about identity development, LGBTQI+ advocacy, anti-racism and unconscious bias of social identities. Prior to joining the She+ Geeks Out team, Jacquis spent 9+ years working within higher education. Most recently, she served as Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and Social Justice programs within the Office of Undergraduate Student Life at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Jacquis received her M.Ed in student development administration from Seattle University in Seattle, WA and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Hofstra University on Long Island, NY. A self-proclaimed science fiction enthusiast, she welcomes any and all conversations on Star Trek (all series), Octavia Butler and Afrofuturism!
Karina is a facilitator specializing in leading training workshops that help promote heightened self-awareness, engagement and learning in the workplace with a diversity and inclusion lens. Originally from San Antonio via Mexico City, Karina Becerra is a Boston University graduate and current MBA candidate at Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She has used her 10+ years in client management/marketing to drive success within cross-functional teams.
Damian is a middle school teacher who has taught a combination of English and Social Studies for the last 8 years in the Cambridge area. Originally from Arizona, he came to the east coast to attend Boston College where he majored in English and Applied Psychology in Education. He then attended BC’s Donovan Urban Teaching Program to attain his master’s in teaching. Donovan is a teaching program that incorporates a special emphasis on teaching in inner-city schools where teachers learn about the complexities of inequity in education within communities whose demographics are made up of majority Black or Latinx students. Most of his teaching experience has served students and families of Black, Caribbean, and immigrant communities. Damian’s teaching philosophy focuses on the importance of learning about history and narratives that is reflective of his students’ experiences and culture. Additionally, he has been more intentional about teaching history and literature through a critical lens that focuses on essential questions and uplifts the voices of those marginalized within the context of history and literature. Damian began to be more active in equity work after he joined forces with the Cambridge Public Library to facilitate a book club discussion after reading Layla M. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Tucson, Arizona, he is loyal to his roots and is a proud Dodgers and Lakers fan.
Amaia focuses on creating an inclusive environment that nourishes trust and encourages learning and vulnerability. In her experience as a DEI practitioner, she has worked closely with Executive teams to implement tools, programs, and initiatives that eliminate opportunities for bias in systems and culture. Amaia takes a data driven approach and translates this data and research into strategy.
Using her background in Biology and Psychology, Amaia approaches her work through a neuroscience lens. She aims to achieve better understanding of the way our brains work and how this ties into the work of DEI, with the goal of better individual understanding, connection to this work, and ultimately driving long lasting change.