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OUR TEAM

  • ARIN N. REEVES

    President

    A leading researcher, author and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion, Arin studied business at DePaul University’s College of Commerce, attended law school at University of Southern California and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.

    Arin’s first bestselling book, The Next IQ: The Next Generation of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, focuses on inclusion, unconscious biases, and bias interrupters and was a publisher best-seller upon its release in January, 2012.  Her latest book One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men) was released in August 2014 and is also a publisher best seller.

    She has also authored several chapters in textbooks including a chapter on creativity, innovation and inclusion entitled “Creating Creativity” for the Global Innovation Science Handbook, the premier resource for innovation practitioners and a chapter on the future of diversity and inclusion entitled “Diversity and Inclusion As Filters for Envisioning the Future.”  Arin has been featured on NPR for her work and is cited often in online and traditional media as an expert in leadership and inclusion in workplaces.  She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, and she was recognized as a Rising Star by the Anti-Defamation League.  Her column “Diversity in Practice” was recognized by the Herman Kogan Media Awards for excellence in journalism.

    As the President of the research and advisory firm, Nextions (pronounced “connections” without the “co”), a new way of seeing and doing leadership and inclusion, Arin has designed and led several comprehensive research projects on leadership and inclusion in topics ranging from gender equity, cultural integration and implicit bias to transformational leadership and working through generational differences.

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    Email:
    arin@nextions.com
    Phone:
    312.922.3552

    Before Nextions (formerly The Athens Group), Arin practiced law for several years and also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where she taught classes on law and society.  Arin is an avid amateur photographer and has been “outed” in the Wall Street Journal as a professional addict of all things politics.  She is a “creatively maladjusted” catalyst for better leadership and smarter intelligence, and she lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.

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  • MENDEBRA “DEBBIE” IEROME-ALOFAITULI

    Director of Client Services and Programs

    Debbie is originally from Hawaii where she attended Hawaii Pacific University, and she is perhaps the most detail-oriented person that anyone has ever met!!  She will be continuing her studies in Chicago while continuing to make magic happen at Nextions!

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    Email:
    debbie@nextions.com
    Phone:
    312.922.0226

    In Hawaii, Debbie  worked as an assistant to a financial consultant, a position that expanded her multitasking skills while honing her attention to detail.  Jumping into Nextions over a year ago, she has really gained a passion for our team and our work.  Debbie enhances the Nextions team with her multiple cultural perspectives and her Gen Y points of view!  (Ask her about her secret career as a professional Polynesian dancer when you next speak with her!)

    Her life outside of Nextions is filled with a hyper toddler named Kingston (yes, in honor of Bob Marley!), a handsome husband and her extended Polynesian family.

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  • JESSICA M. SHOEMAKER

    Director of Program Development and Continuing Education

    Jessica is an actor, writer, and steadfast optimist. She is enjoying her time at Nextions as the team’s continuing education and general right-brain guru. Thoroughly tied to the Midwest, Jessica was raised in Iowa (not on a farm!) and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with her BFA in Acting and her minor in English Literature.

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    Email:
    jessica@nextions.com
    Phone:
    312.846.1017

    Jess is excited to be bringing her humor, writing skills, and creative mind to the table. Jessica is certain that she is living and working in one of the best cities in the world. Outside of the office, Jessica serves as Discourse, Diction and Dramaturgical Diva for (re)discover theater in Chicago and is entertaining the idea of running away to clown school in about 5 years.

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  • PORTIA S. MCNEAL

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