Erica Harris, President and Founder of The Legal Balance
Erica Harris, The Legal Balance's President and Founder, was a corporate litigator at numerous prestigious Chicago law firms, including Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg, a litigation boutique spun-off from Sidley & Austin. After practicing corporate litigation for many years, Erica was alarmed at the rate at which women attorneys were leaving the practice of law. She felt the legal profession was losing a powerful group of brilliant, successful, self-motivated women. She realized a new passion: helping women attorneys from all backgrounds find balance in their personal and professional lives.
Nicole Auerbach is one of the founding partners of Valorem Law Group, a business litigation firm formed in January 2008 with a focus on providing alternative billing arrangements. In addition to her substantive work, she is committed to working on issues that affect women attorneys. In 2004, she co-founded Katten Muchin and Rosenman's Women's Leadership Forum and in 2008, founded the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms ("Coalition"), an organization made up of member firms in the Chicago area who are committed to working collectively to facilitate the advancement of women in law firms. She recently served as the President of the Coalition, the only organization of its type in the country.
Peg Corwin is a volunteer counselor with the nonprofit SCORE Chicago. She has extensive professional experience in sales, marketing, finance and management. Peg has worked in real estate, financial services and investment consulting firms, as well as nonprofits. She has held licenses as an insurance agent, securities broker, investment advisor and CPA. In past positions, Peg loved being on the ground floor of several fast growing small businesses, contributing to that growth. She has a special interest is Web 2.0, social networking, internet marketing and websites. Peg runs two blogs, Web 2.0 Marketing for Small Business and How To Start A Social Network. Recently, she was listed as one of the 73 Women Bloggers to Watch.
Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the Managing Director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, Ms. Pigott practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.
Kali Evans-Raoul, founder and president of The Image Studios, epitomizes everything she believes in. Her passion for self-actualization is evident in her own life and in the lives of those whom she touches, whether they are her employees, clients, friends, or the young men and women she mentors. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked in Research & Development, Marketing and Consumer Education for a range of companies: Soft Sheen (L'Oreal), Kraft Foods, and the boutique haircare and beauty company, Dudley Products. Kali remains close to the industry as an active member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the National Cosmetology Association (NCA), and volunteers monthly with Look Good Feel Better (LGFB). Kali received the 2009 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year - Rising Star Award.