Advisory Board

ARA is supported by an Advisory Board of distinguished professionals and thought leaders. These accomplished members play key roles in major ARA decisions, leveraging their diverse leadership, technology and mentoring experience to shape ARA’s growth and capabilities.

Ellen Barry

Serving in technology leadership for more than 20 years, Ellen Barry offers a powerful perspective on the industry, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing women in IT. Since its foundation, Ellen has been an integral part of ARA and its mission. Her vision for the organization was essential in getting ARA off the ground.

Ellen’s long list of professional achievements include 10+ years as CIO for the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA). Prior to MPEA, Ellen was 1st Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago, working with the mayor to re-invent how city government used technology. In this role, she managed major outsourcing initiatives in desktop support and data center operations.

Ellen has deep roots across the Chicago technology community, which honored her in 2003 with the Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award from WITI (Women in Technology, International—Chicago  Chapter). She is Board Chair for Chicago’s i.c.stars and former Chapter President and current Board Member of the Society Information Management (SIM). Ellen is a Board of Advisor and Judge for the Chicago Innovation Awards, a member of Senior Women in IT (SWIT) and a member of the Association of IT Professionals (AITP).

Jane Ehrenstrom

Jane Ehrenstrom has a passion for technology and operations and is helping the ARA team shape the digital framework for its mentoring program and yearly events. Jane is the Co-Founder and former Executive Vice President of The CARA Group—a leading learning and change management consultancy—and the driving force behind the company’s highly regarded culture. Jane led CARA’s strategic marketing, communications and human resources organizations for over 14 years.

Prior to The CARA Group, Jane was the Director of Learning Solutions for CARA Corporation and led the business unit’s growth to over $15 million in sales. Following the company’s sale to, Jane left the company in 2002 to co-found The CARA Group, Inc. which has been recognized by Inc. Magazine several times as one of the fastest growing private companies in America.

Jane recently retired from CARA to focus on new personal and professional chapters, which include immersing herself in ARA to ensure its ability to make a difference to the women and men in its programs.

Dana Shaw

Dana Shaw was recently named one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence for 2015 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Dana brings years of experience in formal mentoring programs to ARA, which is one of many reasons she was asked to join the Advisory Board. In her consultative role, Dana will initially focus on ARA’s Silicon Valley expansion.

Dana was recently named President of ICon Professional Services and helped the company finalize its partnership with Serent Capital. Prior to ICon, Dana was Vice President of the Global Center for Excellence at TAPFIN, a ManpowerGroup Solutions company. At TAPFIN, Dana led the largest and most sophisticated vendor neutral MSP programs in the world and was responsible for efficiently driving innovative and effective solutions that met clients’ rapidly growing demand for streamlined global management of workforce providers. Dana was also appointed Senior Vice President of Strategy and Solutions at Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), where she consulted with a broad range of staffing, solutions and Fortune 500 companies on how to advance their business models and optimize their contingent labor programs.

Dana has also been featured in more than 100 public forums as a leader who helps companies anticipate what’s next. Drawing on her expertise in the contingent labor markets, she focuses on challenging industry topics such as proprietary technology and vendor management systems (VMS), compliance, training, implementation, global sales, ROI modeling and communication.