testimonials

OUR TEAM

  • ARIN N. REEVES

    President

    Born in India and raised in India, Libya and Tanzania before arriving in the United States, Arin learned (and forgot and relearned) several languages before she graduated from high school as an English speaking adopted native of Chicago. What stayed with her through the experiences of navigating family scattered across many countries, attending schools taught in various languages and traditions, and forging friendships across different cultures was that different perspectives were not challenges to be overcome but gifts to be treasured. She took these lessons with her as she embarked on her academic and professional endeavors, and she draws on these lessons as she works, writes and lives a life steeped in curiosity about everything and a passion for thinking differently.

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    Email:
    arin@nextions.com
    Phone:
    312.922.3552

     
    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 has designed and led several comprehensive research projects on inclusion in the workplace as part of her education career, an adventure she loved enough to entice her to choose a career that integrated the research aesthetics of her doctoral work with the advisory impact of her practice as an attorney.

     
    Arin is the President of the newly formed consulting firm, Nextions, a new way of seeing and doing leadership and inclusion. Prior to her position at Nextions, Arin served as the President of The Athens Group, a consulting firm that specialized primarily on the inclusion aspect of talent management. At The Athens Group, Arin developed and implemented strategic plans and programming (including lectures, presentations, trainings, and dialogue facilitations) on recruitment, retention, attrition, promotion, mentoring, marketing and client development issues in these various arenas, and she has also researched and written on these issues extensively. Prior to The Athens group, Arin served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University for several years where she taught classes on law and society, and she also practiced law in Illinois.
     
    Arin has been featured on NPR for her work on women of color in the legal profession 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 (class of 2003). In 2010, she was recognized as a Rising Star by the Anti-Defamation League, and her column “Diversity in Practice” was recognized by the Herman Kogan Media Awards for excellence in journalism. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of several civic and not-for-profit organizations.
     
    Arin lives in Chicago with a husband who has an amazing sense of humor and two children who have unlimited energy. She is an avid amateur photographer, a closet artist, and has been “outed” in the Wall Street Journal as a professional addict of all things politics.

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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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  • MOLLY D. HAMMER

    Molly is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is unbelievably excited to be a part of the Nextions team. Although her enthusiasm is never in short supply and even smiles when she is talking on the phone. She received her degree in Global Studies, which shes hopes to put to good use here at Nextions.

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    Email:
    molly@nextions.com
    Phone:
    312.922.0226

    Molly loves exploring other countries as well as sharing travel stories, so be forewarned or you may get stuck listening to her ramble on about that one time in Colombia. In addition, she is desperately trying to retain her knowledge of Spanish and will use any excuse to practice. Besides her interests in ethnic cuisines and comparing different countries’ beaches, Molly has also volunteered with non-profit organizations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador.

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