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​​Member Spotlight:Opportunity is all around you! Meet PWCC MemberAshley Kegan

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 12, 2017

This month we profile Ashley Kegan who joined PWCC last year.  By day, Ashley is a Manager at Davis & Hosfield Consulting LLC where she is a damages expert and works on cases involving fraud and misrepresentation, breach of contract and fiduciary duty along with patent, copyright and trademark infringement.  Before Davis &Hosfield, Ashley was an auditor with Deloitte &Touche, LLP.  Ashley graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University with a B.S. in Accountancy and she is also a CPA.

 

While Ashley is dedicated to her career, she also has a passion for volunteering. While working for Deloitte, Ashley was searching for a way to volunteer abroad and came across Accountants for International Development (AFID). 

 

Ashley’s schedule at Deloitte did not allow for her to take an international volunteer assignment, but she kept the idea of volunteering abroad in the back of her mind.  In September 2013, Ashley left Deloitte to pursue a career in damages consulting.  It was then that Ashley decided to try an overseas assignment.  Just months later, Ashley was in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya performing a pro bono audit for Aids Orphan UK Trust, who she continues to volunteer with to this day. Aids Orphan UK Trust, is a UK non-profit helping children whose parents died from HIV/AIDs. 

 

In 2016, Ashley was approached by AFID to apply for the treasurer position at the nonprofit Global Minimum. She now serves as the treasurer and co-chair on the Board of Directors.  Global Minimum encourages young innovators (aged 13-20 years) and leaders in Sierra Leone and Kenya, Africa to engage with critical thinking skills and hands-on learning programs to tackle challenges affecting their communities.  The nonprofits vision is to expand a culture of innovation and self-efficacy that can help drive economic, social and human development in Africa. Global Minimum wants to show Africa’s youth that opportunity is all around them and how working together locally and nationally can result in ideas to improve their local communities, if not the world.

 

Global Minimum’s InLab program partners with schools and community centers to bring students a 10-week program that teaches students problem solving skill, collaboration, and creative thinking.InLab teaches students curriculum beyond what is taught in schools, focusing on electronics and programing.

Each year the InChallenge program draws youth from all over Kenya and Sierra Leone.   The youth are encouraged to work in teams of two to three to identify an issue in their community and find an innovate solution for the problem.  Within each country, 12 teams are selected as finalists to attend a fully-funded Innovation Camp that includes leadership clinics, design thinking workshops, field trips, mentorship and project funding to produce a prototype of a solution for the local problem.  There are five categories the project must fulfill: 

  1. Motivation and Determination to make the project a success
  2. Innovation and Impact of the project to address a community need in a novel way
  3. General Appeal to ensure communities and external party participation
  4. Feasibility to ensure reasonableness of the project and it has a high chance of success
  5. Sustainability of the long-term vision and the ability of the project to sustain itself

 

Some of the wide range of prototype projects that have been selected include:

  • a health and medical care mobile app to reduce mortality rates by providing reliable information about medical facilities, their locations and services offered; 

  • a sky pod futuristic transport solution to reduce road accidents and traffic;

  • and plastic and glass recycled bottle chandeliers to help reduce pollution.

 

Over the past four years, Global Minimum’s InChallenge program has provided thousands of learning opportunities for youth with more than 1,000 teams submitting proposals and more than 500 students being chosen to develop their prototypes to help their community.  The InLabs program is in its infancy, but has already reached over 250 students.  Global Minimum strives to help the advancement of learning in girls, and on average Global Minimum’s programs are 66% female. 

 

Ashley loves that she is able to share her passion of travel along with volunteering to help encourage the next generation and she has found that it has inspired her to do more in all aspects of her life including personal, professional and even more volunteering.  To learn more about Global Minimum and be inspired, you can visit their website at www.gmin.org

Written by Sheryl Dineen; Marketing & BD Specialist, Ice Miller LLP

 

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

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