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ClickSide Chat: Leading With Authenticity, Abundance, and Ease

  • 09/20/2023
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Virtual
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As ambitious high-achieving women leaders, we are often managing feelings of being overwhelmed, the pressures of meeting high standards and expectations, with little time to fully embrace the fullness of who we are and the lives we've created for ourselves. Many women feel like they have to be always on now that the boundaries between work and home life have blurred. In Deloitte’s 2022 Global Outlook study of women at work, 53% of women surveyed say their stress levels are higher than they were a year ago and almost half feel burned out.

Join Jihada Garrett and ClickSide Chat Facilitator Tori Harper Mercado for a discussion on how to lead with our authentic selves, manage our blessings, and design our lives to have fulfilment, freedom, and purpose.

The event is FREE and exclusive to Women & Hi Tech members! Space is extremely limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registration is filled, no wait list will be initiated. Registration for ClickSide Chat is required in order to provide you with the final login instructions.

Jihada Garrett

Jihada Garrett is a dynamic life and leadership coach who helps her clients to realign with the most authentic versions of themselves, allowing them to break free of limiting beliefs, set new expectations, and confidently move forward with clarity, purpose, and passion.

She is a skilled management consultant with a specific emphasis on marketing, branding and public relations. She has served in a number of capacities that have helped to further develop her skills as a communicator and connector across complex issues. Creating safe spaces that foster both understanding and accountability amongst diverse perspectives while building consensus around shared goals and outcomes has been the hallmark of her work.

She also uniquely understands the relationship between authentic alignment and impactful leadership. By helping her clients to raise their emotional intelligence, they are better able to become more thoughtful leaders who prioritize courage, compassion and connection with those within their realm of influence.

Her clientele is diverse, including both mid and senior-level business leaders, corporate and and non-profit executives, and entrepreneurs. She has worked with organizations including but not limited to L’Oreal, Disney, Abbott U.S., Dentsu Inc., U.S. Department of Defense, Howard University, Martin University, the Archdiocese of Chicago, IL, The Mind Trust, Indianapolis Public Schools, Teach For America Indianapolis, White River State Park, Education Pioneers, The Urban League, and many more.

Jihada holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard University. She is a certified life coach, wife and mom of three.

Women & Hi Tech’s ClickSide Chats are monthly, virtual discussions amongst our members to share ideas, resources, and perspectives about the professional and personal challenges we are facing and serve to build new connections with fellow members. ClickSide Chats are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except July, from 4-5pm. One or more members serve as co-hosts and share their experiences, advice, talents, and resources for our greater good. ClickSide Chats are presented by the Membership Engagement Committee, led by Women & Hi Tech Board Member Sahara Williams and facilitated by committee member Tori Harper Mercado.

Sahara Williams is an attorney focused on data privacy and cybersecurity law as well as general commercial transactions. Previously, she operated her own engineering and construction management firm for nine years and served as the executive director of a nonprofit equestrian learning center for youth for five years.

Sahara earned her J.D. from the IU McKinney School of Law. She graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and earned a MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. She is an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXXVII), the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series and the IBJ 2013 Forty Under 40 Class as well as a Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Tori Harper-Mercado joined the Women & Hi-Tech organization in October 2022 and has worked in the data and analytics consulting space for the past two years. She has previous experience in civil engineering and sports & entertainment working in a variety of marketing and sales type roles. Currently, she works as an Account Executive for CSpring, a local data and analytics consultancy, that specializes in helping business leaders make better, faster business decisions through data analytics/business intelligence solutions designed to be easily adopted by business' teams.

Tori participates and involves herself in areas where she feels she can give back to her community such as coaching and mentoring athletes of her high school track and field and middle school volleyball teams and being an active committee member for Rebuilding Together Indianapolis.

In her spare time, she is a new experience fanatic that thrives off of fun adventures, connectivity, and the love of animals (especially dogs).

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