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JAMILA PARHAM T ech P rofessional @jamilaparham Jamila Parham is a Senior IT Project Manager at the City of Chicago. She leads both application development and operational improvement efforts for the Innovation and Technology division. Affectionately known as the Tech Unicorn, Jamila is an IT Leader, speaker, and a champion for diversity and inclusion for women and minorities in STEM. The Tech Unicorn has teamed up with Black Girls Code, Teens Chi Hack Day, I.C. Stars High Tea Hour and various organizations. Jamila was featured as one of Verizon’s ten brilliant men and women breaking stereotypes in their professions. She was also featured by The Root as one of ten women of color you should know changing the face of technology. In November of 2017, Jamila was a Young Women Professionals League 40 under 40 Awardee and “Future CIO of the Year 2018” nominee for the Women in IT Awards USA. JESS HILARIOUS C omedian @jesshilarious_official If you’ve seen her videos on various social platforms, then you know that this rising comedian really does live up to her name. Jess Hilarious, born Jessica Moore, took over the digital space by storm with videos that have garnered millions of views on a daily basis. She joined season 9 of MTV’s Wild’ Out and recently announced that she’s working on her first film by Lionsgate. EMILY MOTAYED E ntrepreneur @thehavenly When she moved into her first “big-girl apartment” she quickly realized that interior designers would not work with her modest budget. In 2013, Emily Motayed co- founded Havenly with her older sister Lee Mayer as a solution to this problem. Havenly works with over 200 freelance interior designers and charges a flat fee of either $79 or $199 per room. Every interaction, from agreeing on a budget to assembling a shopping list, takes place online. The Denver-based company also sells furniture, allowing shoppers to buy a stunning customized look. BEN TAUB J ournalist @bentaub91 After receiving a stipend from being a contestant on The Voice, Ben Taub used the money to fund his reporting along the Turkish- Syrian border. His work in Syria has won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Print Reporting and the Livingston Award for International Reporting. Taub currently serves as a staff writer for New Yorkers and reports from various locations including Sahara and southern Nigeria. | 22