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ABOUT

Our advantage

We not only foster success for today’s workplace; we spur women leaders to build the workplace of tomorrow.

Women founded, led, and focused. Our company is rooted not only in decades of professional and academic expertise, but the lived experiences of working women and all that entails for women in the workplace.

We believe in women as drivers, not passengers – who hold each other accountable and support one another’s growth.

Ignite a Culture Where All Rise®. When women excel at work, they uplift the entire workplace. We’re here to make work better for everyone.

OUR TEAM

The Bonfire team is a diverse group of people with distinctly different backgrounds brought together with a passion of supporting women.

Odessa Jenkins

ODESSA “OJ” JENKINS

Chief Executive Officer
Career in B2B SAAS tech, DE&I, and Team Dynamics

RACHEL BELLOW

Co-Founder Career in philanthropy, venture capital and entrepreneurship

SUZANNE MUCHIN

Co-Founder Career in strategy, communication and entrepreneurship

VARUN AGGARWAL

Chief Operating Officer Career in education, operations, marketing and project management

RACHEL MOORE

Program Facilitator Career in diversity, equity and inclusion, learning and communications

CIERRA WOMACK

Program Coordinator Career in healthcare, operations and administrative support

EVELYN WELLS

Experience Curator Career in entertainment media, creative directing and consulting, and business artist development

ATEKA ALI

Head of Learning Career in education, learning experience design, and marketing

ERICA ROCHE

Program Manager Career in program development and management, customer relations and event facilitation.

DILLON DREILING

Senior Manager, Client Success Career in sales support, project management and education

ALEXIS DAWSON

Senior Business Development Representative Career in sales, business development and creative project management

NAT BETZ

Digital Program Coordinator Career in communications, content marketing and education

ELIZABETH AVERA

Head of Business Development Career in communications, organizational change management, and employee engagement

OUR SPACE

Bonfire HQ

In the heart of Downtown Chicago, our space is designed to accommodate a wide range of interactive experiences. From workshops in our classroom to happy hour in our lounge space, we believe that people work best in warm, welcoming environments that encourage collaboration and connection.

Central

Convenient downtown Chicago Loop location

Spacious

Stylish space with floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of natural light

Latest tech

State-of-the-art technology to support a wide range of interactive experiences

Private

Private conference rooms & mothers suite

Answers to your burning questions:

Bonfire focuses intentionally on the mid-level woman as she represents a critical juncture where talent pipelines for women often falter. Seasoned in technical skills but seeking leadership paths, mid-level women are underserved yet prime for leadership training. 

 

Further, developing mid-level women has company-wide benefits including enhancing engagement, belonging, and ultimately, retention and satisfaction. Recognizing and investing in these women leaders inspires greater efforts, enriching a company culture where all rise.

Our workshop and keynote offerings are crafted to enhance and supplement our primary leadership programs, incorporating topics, insights, and skills pertinent to entire teams and workplaces.

 

See our full list of Workshop & Keynote topics and speakers for more information.

Our two leadership program offerings are designed to accommodate different learning styles and needs with both a synchronous and asynchronous delivery mode. 

Our flagship program, Signature, is a 5-month synchronous cohort model and allows participants to benefit from valuable, real-time partnership that complements the structured content. Alongside the course curriculum and on-the-job fieldwork, participants are engaged through small groups, manager engagement, and guided coaching.

Signature Express is a virtual, 10-week asynchronous cohort model and encourages self-directed learning and on-the-job fieldwork practice, fostering a sense of autonomy and ownership over the learning process.

Our leadership programs are designed for aspiring leaders on the verge of unlocking their transformative potential and poised for advancement into senior leadership roles. The majority of incoming Bonfire members hold manager to VP-level positions.

 

  • They possess a blend of ambition, strategic thinking, and a passion for making a positive impact. While they may not yet fully embody all the qualities of a seasoned leader, they demonstrate a clear potential to develop into one.
  • They are constantly seeking opportunities to expand their knowledge, refine their skills, and enhance their leadership capabilities.
  • Their ambition is not merely self-serving; it is fueled by a genuine desire to make a meaningful contribution to their organizations and the world around them.
  • These individuals are not intimidated by change; they embrace it as an opportunity for growth and innovation.
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