Throughout history, women have, unfortunately, been a second thought even though we have had our hands in many, if not all, pots. Together, we’ve built empires, families, legacies and more, all while improving our self-worth and meeting our own needs. Many have coined this decade, 2020-2029, the decade of the women.
We want to kick off this Women’s History Month with a celebration of those who are constantly pushing the boundaries on what a woman can do. At That’s So Creative, we make it our mission to seek creative and innovative people, and many are women leading and creating positive change in their communities. We have been fortunate enough to work with many industry thought leaders such as the ones below.
Dr. Colleen Cira
Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Nationally Recognized Trauma Expert, and the Founder and Executive Director of both Cira Center for Behavioral Health, PC (CCBH), and Cira Center Consulting, LLC (CCC). CCBH is a group practice with locations in Chicago and Oak Park that serves the age and gender spectrum and specializes in Trauma and Womxn’s Issues/Health.
Not only is Dr. Colleen a total superstar, but she also has a mission to uplift other womxn alongside her!
“I spent so much of my life working in systems that were built by men to work for men with huge emphasis on productivity, competitiveness, individualism and a lack of emotion, and I was so sick of it. I wanted to create a workplace that treated the employees and clients alike with more compassion and acknowledged their humanity. And that’s what Cira Center for Behavioral Health is.” – Dr. Colleen Cira
Dr. Colleen believes that womxn are truly diverse in what we take on and that we deserve recognition in all areas. “We wear so many hats — we are daughters, sisters, mothers, wives, friends, business owners — and while it’s certainly not easy, we get sh*t done. And that is really incredible!”
Karen Fleshman is the Co-founder and COO of Haskins Advisory Group, a GS1 Standards and Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID), consulting and managed services company based in Chicago, IL. She is a technology heavyweight, having managed multiple implementation and technology support operations for several Fortune 500 companies, such as Procter and Gamble, Unilever Practiv, and the Kraft Heinz brand.
Fleshman began her career before modern-day technology became a necessity and before the use of pens, typewriters, filing cabinets and adding machines became outdated. Additionally, at the time, “there were more [people of color] and women in technology,” she stated.
“I could anticipate the trajectory of business, but I had no idea how technology would change our personal lives so profoundly. It is a blessing to be in this industry and to be a part of this revolution,” Fleshman said. As she progressed in her career and pursued a computer science degree, her industry changed, too. Peers who she identified with started to dwindle as they pursued other endeavors. “I stayed because I saw the magic in [technology],” she said. She recognized that the field she was in was changing business forever.
In addition to her leadership in technology and creating her own company, Fleshman is a member of many prestigious organizations, including Loyola University Chicago’s Black Alumni Association, Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), Healthcare Businesswomen Association (HBA), Loyola University Chicago’s Supply Value Sustainability Center, University of Chicago’s Polsky Entrepreneur Center, Network of Executive Women (NEW), and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Angie D. Lee
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Monica L. Boyd
We are so grateful that we have had the privilege to work with such impactful thought leaders at That’s So Creative!
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