Women's Network

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group



President: Nima Parikh, '98
Vice President:
Demetra Simos Paguio, ’02
Communications Chair: Martina Dimova-Martinez, ‘08
Communications Chair: Jennifer Jaucian, ‘08
Events Chair: Vicky Lio, '12
Events Chair: Fabiola Salazar, '20
Events Chair: Nicole Ferry-Lacchia, '05
City Ambassador Chair: Irina Shleyfer, '12
Insights and Analytics Chair: Christine Choi, '12
President Emeritus: Zina Markevicius, ’02

About the Board

Nima Parikh, ‘98  | President  | Joined 2019 | LinkedIn

Nima is the President and Founder of Mezzanine Consulting  LLC.  With 25+ years of combined brand and business management with strategy and consulting experience, Nima brought her passions together to form a boutique consulting firm that specializes in helping clients clarify and articulate their identity based upon the true, unique value they currently or aspire to deliver to their constituents through their brand, organization, products or services.  Mezzanine also helps design customer journeys and experiences to reflect that value, align internal operations, strategy and tactics towards execution, and explore new markets all based upon this unique Value Mosaic©.  Her particular niche is making what can oftentimes feel esoteric in nature tangible and actionable to her clients.  

Having lived in numerous cities across the country, Nima finally landed in Denver, CO in 2006 to start her business.  She, her husband and two children enjoy the over 300 days of sunshine and abundance of local outdoor activities, along with international and domestic travel as often as possible.  Nima is thrilled to have taken a leadership role with CBWN to empower Booth women around the world.

Demetra Simos Paguio, ‘02  | Vice President | Joined 2005 | LinkedIn

Demetra graduated from the Full-Time MBA program in 2002 with concentrations in marketing and strategic management and holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in industrial management and graphic communications. On top of leading marketing and sales operations organizations, she is passionate about retail, having worked with Ralph Lauren Intimate Apparel and United Colors of Benetton, among others. One of the founding alumnae volunteers of the Women's Network, she joined the global board over ten years ago with a focus on connecting alumnae in person around the world. Demetra has championed popular events, including launching the annual global Booth Women's Holiday Tea series, as well as regional gatherings and dynamic speaker events, such as fashion entrepreneur Nina McLemore. She currently resides with her husband (a fellow Booth alum) and two children in Boston. Demetra is the president of a non-profit board supporting local female athletes, a member of the Junior League of Boston, and has served on the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Boston steering committee.

Martina V. Dimova-Martinez, ‘08 | Communications Chair | Joined 2013 | LinkedIn

Martina graduated from the full-time program in 2008 with concentrations in Finance, Strategy and Marketing. Martina became involved in the Chicago Booth Womens’ Network Board to engage the global network of women through a variety of communication channels and content. After school, Martina stayed in Chicagoland with her husband and two kids and currently works at Follett Higher Education Corporation. She also teaches Business Classes at her undergraduate alma mater Elmhurst University. She loves connecting with alumnae across the world!

Jennifer Jaucian, ‘08 | Communications Chair | Joined 2013 | LinkedIn

Jennifer graduated from the full-time MBA program in 2008. She currently is a Career Coach  for full-time MBA students at Northwestern Kellogg. Prior to Kellogg, she worked in Executive Search for seven years focused on pre-MBA and post-MBA roles in investment banking, private equity, hedge fund and corporate firms. Prior to Executive Search, she worked on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs, Stifel and Credit Suisse after pivoting from a career as a Microbiologist at Medtronic. She is truly passionate about providing recruiting strategies and insights that can help people achieve their dream careers. She enjoys understanding how companies scale and how they can effectively allocate human capital to achieve their strategic priorities.

Jennifer lives in Evanston, IL with her husband, a fellow Chicago '07 alum. In her free time, she enjoys visiting new landmarks with her 4 year old toddler, hosting gatherings, traveling, reading value investing books and running by the lakefront.

Vicky Lio, '12 | Events Chair | Joined 2020 | LinkedIn

Vicky has worked across diverse industries, combining her expertise in operations and value advisory with her passion for creating an unparalleled customer experience to deliver results. Whether it's expanding into new markets, building internal alignment, or making the tough call, her empathy and ability to quickly cut through noise has earned her recognition as an inspirational change agent from customers and internal groups alike. 

In her "past lives," she has also acquired broad functional experiences through roles ranging from financial controller in a global multinational corporation, to business development and product strategy in start-ups. After leading teams in North America, Europe, and Asia, Vicky is now in the US guiding companies to redefine what's possible and transform. 

Vicky speaks German and Mandarin and is an avid traveler. In her free time, she serves as a wellbeing coach and takes every opportunity to be outdoors.

Fabiola Salazar, ‘20 | Event Chair | Joined 2021 | LinkedIn

Fabiola is a Principal at Chingona Ventures. Prior to joining Chingona Ventures, Fabiola held a variety of roles in the startup and tech ecosystem. She worked at  Techstars, OCA Ventures, and Kapor, as well as launched a consulting firm to work with startups. Before immersing herself in startupCapitals and ventures, Fabiola worked at iHeart Media and Wells Fargo where she honed in strategy & finance acumen. 

In her spare time, Fabiola is active in her community - she enjoys volunteering in her neighborhood and doing a good workout. Fabiola holds a AB and MBA from the University of Chicago - go double maroons!

Nicole Ferry-Lacchia, ‘05 | Events Chair | Joined 2021 | LinkedIn

Nicole graduated from the Full-Time MBA program in 2005 with concentrations in Analytic Finance and Economics and from Georgetown University with a BS in Business Administration. Her background includes Corporate Lending & Debt Capital Markets, Fixed Income Sales and Risk Management at Goldman Sachs in New York and Financial Advisory Services and Audit at Deloitte in New York, Paris and Boston. Nicole is passionate about advancing women in finance and served on the Goldman Sachs Women’s Network steering committee. Nicole lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children. She works as an independent consultant and is a board member and committee chair for several nonprofit organizations focusing on finance, fundraising and governance. Nicole served on her Chicago Booth Class Reunion Committees in 2015 and 2020.

Irina Shleyfer (‘12) | City Ambassador Chair | Joined 2021 | LinkedIn

Irina Shleyfer will be joining the CBWN Board as the City Ambassador chair. She had already been involved in CBWN as the first City Ambassador for the Chicago Suburbs, and is excited to continue to serve and contribute to the CBWN community. Irina earned both an undergraduate degree in Economics and her MBA from the University of Chicago. She has over 15 years of experience in consumer lending and risk management, including global portfolio oversight, executive communications, and risk-return optimization. 

Irina is passionate about creating a sense of community in the workplace and had launched a new parent initiative to support employees with young children during her time at BMO. Most of all, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids.

Christine Choi (‘12) | Insights and Analytics Chair | Joined 2021 | LinkedIn

Christine is a trader at JPMorgan.  Previously, she was an electronic sales trader at Citigroup. Christine graduated from Chicago Booth’s full-time MBA program in 2012, after which she spent a few years working in Shanghai and Tokyo as part of a leadership development program before settling down in New York, where she currently resides.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. 

Christine grew up in multiple countries around the world and hopes that her background and exposure will bring another unique perspective to CBWN.  She appreciates any opportunity to travel with her family and experience different cultures first-hand.

Zina Markevicius, ‘02 | President Emeritus | LinkedIn

Zina earned a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and finance from Chicago Booth. She served as vice president of Roque & Mark, a family-owned boutique real estate firm specializing in multi-family properties, in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years. She is a management consultant for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the fields of strategy, operations, marketing, communications, and finance. Passionately devoted to her alma mater and encouraging smart women to pursue the Booth MBA, Zina is cofounder of the Women's Network. She has further put her degree to work in volunteer positions with the ALPHA Pregnancy & Parenting Support, Everychild Foundation, and the Consul of the Republic of Lithuania, among others.

Event Calendar

CBWN 2022: Minneapolis Mingle

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CBWN - NYC Fall Ideas Exchange - Building Wealth

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CBWN 2022 Holiday Tea: London @ Claridge's Mayfair

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