In the Words of ARA Supporters

Here’s what some of our mentors, mentees and supporters have to say about their experience with ARA:


“Thank you so much for hosting a great event.  It was so great to easily meet and network with bright women in the industry.  The panelists and moderator also were so vibrant and gave a great look into their experiences as women in technology – and the realness of the conversation was so refreshing.  I look forward to working more with ARA in the future.” Lindsay Harrison, Talent Acquisition Manager, Rise Interactive

Ewa-Jackson3“The ARA mentoring program provided me with an opportunity to make a connection with fellow women professionals in Chicago. I had the pleasure to meet a wonderful colleague and share stories about our life and career paths. I was very excited to learn that at this point in my career I have gained enough experience to offer meaningful advice about managing career and personal milestones. At the same time, I loved learning about challenges faced by someone who is a decade or so behind me on the career path. So far, it has been a very rewarding opportunity, solidifying my desire to give back by sharing knowledge and being a sounding board to fellow female professionals. I am looking forward to the next conversation! Thank you ARA for giving me a gift of a new perspective.” Ewa Jackson, Consultant, Slalom Consulting, Chicago

Heather Barnfield“Britni and I developed great rapport as soon as we met each other and, as a result, our first mentoring conversation was relaxed and free-flowing. We easily slipped into a conversation about her career development and focused on the importance of gathering the right kind of information to help inform her decisions. I have sent Britni an exercise to help channel her thinking about her priorities which we will talk through when we meet next time. I thoroughly enjoyed our first session and found it so rewarding to be able to help Britni think through how she may approach her next move. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with her. I hope to be able to share some of my experiences with her and lessons I have learnt along my career (and life!) journey so far. I’m sure I will also learn from Britni’s fresh, positive and enthusiastic outlook on life. I’m very glad to have volunteered myself as a mentor for ARA and delighted Britni has given me the opportunity of working with her.” Heather Barnfield, Director, Intellectual Property Development, Korn Ferry (Mentor)

Heather Barnfield

“From the networking events to the thought-provoking panel discussions, ARA has successfully created an environment for professional women to connect in a meaningful and significant way. I’m personally excited to continue my mentoring relationship with Heather who has already provided great insights as I navigate my career. I continue to be inspired by fellow members of ARA and look forward to many wonderful milestones ahead!” Britni Salazar, Account Manager, ClearEdge Marketing (Mentee)


“It was inspiring to be in a room full of women who desire to learn and grow. Thank you for inviting me to help be a catalyst for that change. I hope that the women left with the tools they needed to begin building their confidence. Living a confident life gives us the freedom to concentrate on the things that are most important and frees our mind and energy to see and act on opportunity.” Wanda Whitson, Leadership Coach



“Thanks so much for welcoming me to the program as part of the ARA New York event. It was a terrific success! I am proud to be part of ARA through the mentorship program, as a guest speaker, and as a corporate sponsor.  I’m sure there’s competition, but I think I might be ARA’s biggest fan.” Bo Peng, Data Scientist at Datascope Analytics and Instructor for Metis



“I wanted to share the overwhelmingly positive feedback the SAP Fieldglass crew had to say about the ARA Chicago event on March 8th at ContextMedia. If we are honest, many times we are dragged to corporate events that leave us regretting the experience, but the vibe and energy in the room was really inspiring. The entire team shared the same positive message in the office the next day! Personally, I walked away reinvigorated about the topic of mentorship, and I have given great reflection to your words of wisdom regarding your experiences as a mentor to others.” Nicholas Timpone, Manager of Account Services, SAP Fieldglass