Enova’s head of talent development speaks on organizational factors and individual actions that influence workplace success
CHICAGO (Dec. 11, 2014) – Enova’s head of talent management, Sarah Doll, served as a guest speaker Wednesday night at ARA Chicago’s December event, “Breaking Barriers: Lessons Learned from Trailblazing Women.” More than 500 Chicago professionals attended the event, which also included a panel discussion featuring women leaders who have broken down barriers and risen to the top in traditionally male-dominated fields. The result was a candid conversation to identify lessons that can help women, regardless of the career path they pursue.
“Enova is proud to sponsor ARA and events like this that help women achieve success in their careers,” said Doll. “As an online financial services provider in Chicago with more than 1,000 employees, 200 of whom are tech focused, we feel it’s our responsibility to foster a community and workplace that supports and empowers women to reach their career goals in whatever field they choose.”
In her speech, Doll focused on how organizations can help women achieve their career goals by providing them with a supportive environment and empowering them with knowledge they can use to impact their success. Doll noted that a supportive environment starts with building a culture and set of core values that encourage individual contributions, measure success on results and level the playing field. She elaborated that organizations can then introduce networks like Enova’s Women’s Networking Group and Women in Tech group to provide further support and education to empower women to own their careers.
Following Doll’s opening speech, leading women in the culinary, banking, sports casting and military sectors shared their personal experiences and lessons learned. Panelists included:
- Stephanie Izard, Executive Chef for Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Top Chef Season 4 Winner
- Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion for Northern Trust
- Sarah Spain, espnW columnist & TV personality, SportsCenter Anchor & host for ESPN1000
- Retired Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, Author, Leadership Expert, International Speaker
Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder of i.cstars, moderated the panel. Held at 1871, the event ended with time for networking and discussion.
“Breaking Barriers: Lessons Learned from Trailblazing Women,” was organized by ARA. The non-profit organization aspires to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.
Enova is a leading provider of online financial services to the large and growing number of customers who use alternative financial services because of their limited access to more traditional consumer credit. Today, Enova offers loans to customers in 34 states in the United States and in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada; and it recently launched pilot programs in Brazil and China, as well as a line of credit product to serve the needs of small businesses in the United States. Enova uses its proprietary technology, analytics and customer service capabilities to quickly evaluate, underwrite and fund loans in order to offer customers credit when and how they want it. Headquartered in Chicago, Enova had approximately 1,100 employees serving its online customers across the globe as of September 30, 2014.