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Finding Strength Through Vulnerability (forum)

  • evolveHer (River North) - 358 W. Ontario 3W (map)

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Failing Forward showcases the power of resilience. This quarterly experience highlights personal and professional stories of struggle and how individuals come out stronger on the other side. Each Failing Forward session centers around a specific theme, and incorporates facilitated group discussion allowing you to reflect on your own challenges and move forward with new ideas and insights. Our theme this quarter is “Strength through Vulnerability” and we are excited to welcome guests Ujjwal Gupta, Co-Founder & COO of Benchprep and Sonya Jackson, Founder and Principal of Mantra For Good. (40 seats / members only).

What to Expect

  • Honest stories from peers about learning and growth through difficulty and failure

  • Inspiration and encouragement for your life and leadership journey

  • Facilitated small group discussion on the topic with fellow members

About Our Guests

Ms. Jackson is a leader in reputation management, giving and social impact. She is a self-described Executive Producer of ideas that matter and uses storytelling, media, technology and live experiences as a force for good. As Founder and Principal of Mantra For Good, Jackson unites people to collaborate on projects to improve humanity, build community and impact lives. Previously, Jackson led the foundations of United Airlines, BP, Sears and Sara Lee.


Ujjwal is Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of BenchPrep, named one of Chicago’s top places to work in 2019. Ujjwal leads operations and growth-related initiatives for this fast-growing tech company disrupting the education sector with new access to test prep. As an immigrant and entrepreneur, Ujjwal’s story is both inspiring and informative for current and aspiring leaders