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Chicago, we're coming for you! As part of Luminary's National "In This Together" Tour, the Windy City is the 5th stop on our Tour and we can't wait to see/meet you.

Monday, August 22nd

Cocktails and Conversation at Lirica

900 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

located in the Sable Hotel on Navy Pier

Join us IRL (in real life) for an evening of connecting and conversations. This will be an evening event so mark your calendars!

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Tuesday, August 23rd

Chicago Chase Community Branch

6650 S. Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

*This location is in the South Side of Chicago

Chase Community Center branches are locally-inspired and built with extra space to host free community events and financial health workshops, skills training and provide a storefront for small business pop-ups. They often include local artwork and architecture, and the majority are built with minority contractors as part of the firm’s efforts to engage more diverse vendors.



9:00 AM - 9:25 AM

Breakfast and Networking with Jared E. Evans, Community & Business Development, Community Manager at Chase and Luminary Team

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Building Your Empire: A Panel of Women Entrepreneurs ‘Building While Flying’ with Ali Schwebel, CEO of Vibrant Body Company,  Nicole Jordan-Reed, CEO and Executive Chef of Nicole Jordan Catering and Desiree Vargas Wrigley, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director of TechRise by P33

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Know Your Numbers & The Power of Capital with Alejandra Fajardo and Savannah L. Boren, Sr. Business Consultants, Minority Entrepreneur Initiative at Chase for Business

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Personal Finance and Your Business with Jared E. Evans, Community & Business Development, Community Manager at Chase and Pamela Randle, Sr. Business Consultant, Minority Entrepreneur Initiative at Chase for Business

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch & Networking

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Entrepreneur Icebreaker with Sarah Esmenda, Head of Community at Luminary

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Digital Marketing 101 with Maribel Lara, Senior Vice President and Head of Consulting The Sasha Group part of VaynerX

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Top 3 Things For Your Business Plan with Cate Luzio, Founder and CEO of Luminary 

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Everyone Isn’t Your Customer: Developing a Customer Avatar with Jason Johnson, Powered by Verizon's Small Business Digital Ready Platform

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Cupcakes and Conversation

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Meet The Speakers

Jared E. Evans

Community & Business Development, Community Manager at Chase

Jared E. Evans

Community & Business Development, Community Manager at Chase

Jared Evans is a Community Manager in Chicago, IL for Community & Business Development. He is a local ambassador for Chase whose job is to build and nurture relationships with key community leaders, nonprofit partners, and small businesses at the neighborhood level. Jared hosts financial health workshops, facilitates non-profit partnerships, and offers community programming. He is helping to advance racial equity by supporting Black and Latinx communities with tools and resources to help them improve their financial wellbeing.

With over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, Jared has held several positions, including Licensed Banker and Branch Manager. Prior to this role, Jared served as the Senior Branch Manager at the University of Chicago Citibank Branch. He is currently a member of the Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD), and serves on the board of Respond Now.

Jared currently lives in Homer Glen, IL and spends his free time cooking, singing, and doing jigsaw puzzles with his wife and two children.

Alejandra Fajardo

Sr. Business Consultant, Minority Entrepreneur Initiative at Chase for Business

Alejandra Fajardo

Sr. Business Consultant, Minority Entrepreneur Initiative at Chase for Business

Alejandra Fajardo, a VP. Sr Business Consultant is a Latina strongly committed to help the community. She has a business degree in Communication with specialty on Marketing & Advertising, and Internal communication at the Anahuac University. She has experience as a minority entrepreneur business owner herself. She had her business for over 18 years that gave her enough experience and knowledge to better understand and meet business owners’ needs.

She is a highly effective bi-cultural, bi-lingual entrepreneurial coach, small business counselor, and mentor for many years. She has couched business owners for 18 years. She has helped more than 70 business owners to apply to the different grants and loans to help them to overcome the pandemic. She also helped several business owners to open their doors to the public in the past 3 years.

She believes that every business can be successful if there is a business plan developed, a good strategy, and teamwork. She also believes networking is one of the greatest tools to use to be successful.

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO, Luminary

Cate Luzio

Founder and CEO, Luminary

Leader. Advocate. Builder.

Cate Luzio spent two decades in financial services leading global multibillion-dollar businesses. During this time, she also led many of the institutions’ women’s networks and saw the disproportionate number of men to women and women of color in the senior ranks. She recognized the problem was a lack of investment and development of talent in the female pipeline, rather than a lack of talent itself.

This observation sparked a new direction for Luzio’s own trajectory. In a sharp career pivot, she wrote a business plan and set out on a new mission to help women see a path toward advancement by arming them with the tools, resources, and community to propel them to the top -- regardless of their professional journey.

In 2018, she launched and self-funded Luminary, a membership-based career and personal growth platform and collaboration hub created to address the systemic challenges impacting women across all industries and sectors. Luminary is the ultimate career advocate, uplifting and upscaling women through all phases of their professional journey -- in the workforce, entrepreneurship, and in transition - - by providing a vast eco-system of expert-led thought leadership programs, as well as in-person and virtual workshops and events. Members are comprised of a multigenerational and intersectional community of intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, corporations, and organizations including UBS, WW, JPMorgan Chase, Unilever, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Mastercard, and Heidrick & Struggles.

Prior to Luminary, Cate was Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC, managing more than 2,000 employees worldwide and prior to that, she served as Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan EMEA based in London. She spent her early years in Latin America with Bank of America across both consumer and wholesale banking. She started her career working in tech in China. Cate was named to American Banker's ‘Most Powerful Women in Banking' list multiple years in a row, is a three-time Financial Times Global Diversity Champion, and a two-time Yahoo Finance Diversity Hero. She remains committed to leveraging her extensive corporate experience to support and encourage women and push for gender equality and pay parity in the workplace.