The Corporate Series

The Corporate Series (TCS) is a five (5) event series that offers a clear, step-by-step professional development curriculum to start and or grow a highly successful career, by design.


TCS vol.2 | February 21, 2018 | CHICAGO

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What is The Corporate Series?

The Corporate Series (TCS) is a five (5) event series that offers upwardly mobile Black and Latinx professionals a comprehensive, step-by-step blueprint for approaching strategic career progression, particularly as a professional of color.

TCS is led by a panel of distinguished executives, who share their stories inside of the step-by-step blueprinted topics that the TCS professional development curriculum outlines. This creates an experience that is authentic and relatable, while still being actionable for attendees looking for specific “next step” actions they can take after each session, specific to where they are on their career advancement journey.

The TCS series delivers 5 trainings, encompassing 45 unique modules, that equip new and seasoned professionals with the strategic and tactical insights, as well as the critical lessons on soft skills that live “in between the lines,” that are necessary to design a career path tracking toward senior level and director level positions and compensation.






Past / Present TCS Moderators

Ronnie Dickerson Stewart

Vice President, Group Director - Talent Engagement & Inclusion,
DigitasLBi_US | → Bio

Ronnie is Vice President, Director of Talent Engagement & Inclusion for North America at DigitasLBi. Through her media and D&I roles combined with her passion towards cross-cultural marketing, she has facilitated dozens of cross-cultural learning, development and immersion sessions across New York and Chicago, featuring partners such as AOL, Complex, Out Magazine, TVOne, BETand ESPN Deportes along with celebrities like Russell Simmons, Keri Hilson, Issa Rae, MC Lyte and Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones.


Pat E. Perkins

Certified Leadership Coach, Pat E. Perkins CPCC| → Bio

Pat brings over 20 years of corporate experience into her coaching engagements and facilitated workshops. Having served in leadership positions with such billion dollar firms as AON Corporation, Sara Lee, RR Donnelley and Hewitt Associates, Pat teaches professionals how to advance their leadership, their life and their look. Leaders who work with Pat design their life and career goals, take massive action consistent with those goals and obtain sustainable results.

Pat E. Perkins, CPCC

Past / Present TCS Panelists

Ashley McGowan

Founder, Coalesce Chicago | → Bio

Over the past decade, Ashley McGowan has established herself as a marketer who has a passion for creating a more diverse and inclusive environment within the Chicago communications industry. Ashley is known for excellence in managing client relationships while infusing her passion for a diverse and inclusive work space. This combination of traits has chartered a unique professional journey from several creative agencies, and tech companies and brands. In 2012, Ashley founded Coalesce Chicago. The 501(c)3 organization is the premier professional resource for diverse talent in Chicago. With over 1,500 members across Chicagoland, the organization provides members with opportunities for networking, professional development and mentoring.

Coalesce Chicago 

Reginald F. Rush

Director, Client Partnerships, DivIHN Integration | → Bio

Reginald Rush is a Director – Client Services at DivIHN Integration Inc. and a member of the executive team responsible for Partnership Development. In this role, Reggie engages Senior Level Management in IT to provide strategic solutions to business challenges.

DivIHN Integration, Inc. 

Elliot Rawls

Senior Director of Strategy & Corporate Development, US Cellular | → Bio

Elliot Rawls is Senior Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for Chicago-based, U.S. Cellular Corporation, a wireless carrier with over 5M subscribers and close to $4B in revenue. His team’s responsibilities include strategy development and assessment, strategic long range forecasting, enterprise risk management, and short and long-term business analysis. He’s also overseen the strategic and financial evaluation of numerous acquisition and divestiture opportunities.

US Cellular 

Yuri Brown-Cruzat

Forgiveness & Wellness Coaching Executive, EPIC Associates | → Bio

Yuri is a Business Development and Wellness Coaching Executive with a 25-year track record of designing methodologies, sales, workforce organizational strategies, and performance metrics for Fortune 50, 100 and 500 global corporations. Her expertise ranges from one on one client coaching and personal transformation to designing research driven analysis and practical tools that lead toward effective team building and individual success. Yuri is a thought leader focused on developing and cultivating the human spirit, soul and body to its fullest potential.

EPIC Associates 

Tasha Levy

Multicultural Lead, Facebook | → Bio

Tasha Levy is a Multicultural Lead for Facebook’s Global Marketing Solutions team. In her capacity, she works on multicultural strategy and sales, partnering with advertisers in engaging multicultural affinity audiences on FB and IG. Prior to joining Facebook, Tasha was the Vice-President of Advertising Sales for the US Midwest and West regions for Interactive One, a division of Radio One Corporation (now Urban One). With over 10 years in digital media experience, Tasha Levy has held various marketing and advertising sales positions at Tribune Interactive, AOL, and The Weather Channel.


What you will learn from the TCS event series?

Each ImBlackInTech TCS panel is comprised of 2-3 individuals from various enterprises, who have navigated highly successful careers in large companies.

TCS events create a lively, honest discussion with the panelists about best practices and next practices they’ve learned and employed in their careers, in a step-by-step order, that have helped them attract high visibility positions, work and manage teams all over the world, manage budgets in the hundreds of millions, and produce outcomes that built their track record and their career identity.

They pull back the red curtain and share the nitty gritty details of what it took to get from the starting gate in their first position, to a place of power and influence in their current or previous roles.

Event Agenda (#TCSvol2)

6:00 pm: Doors to Auditorium Open
• Networking

6:30 pm: Panel Discussion Begins – “Managing Conflict & Performance”
• Foreseeing Conflicts / Issues
• Getting Ahead of Conflicts / Issues
• Getting the Emotion Out of It

7:30 pm: Q&A Begins
• GET UNSTUCK: Ask the Panel Anything

8:00 pm: Panel Ends

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