Approximately 6 in 10 Americans have a retirement account. However, in a 2023 Will and Estate Planning Study reported by Caring.com, only 1 in 3 Americans have an estate plan. Though this rate has remained relatively low, more Americans are realizing the importance of establishing a plan, partially driven by recent inflation. Overall, 64% of Americans think having a will is important, yet only 34% of Americans have an estate plan.
Join Elizabeth Timme and ClickSide Chat Facilitator, Tori Harper Mercado, for a discussion on what estate planning is, the importance of having one, and answering the “what now”
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.
Elizabeth Timme is an attorney in Ice Miller LLP’s Trusts, Estates and Private Wealth Practice Group. Her practice focuses on working with high net worth families and individuals on estate planning, business succession planning, and estate and trust administration matters. She also handles disputes involving estates and trusts.
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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