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Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)

NTEN Accessibility Panel

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NTEN Tech Club Chicago Lunch 'N Learn

Inclusive Social Media and Marketing 

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Chicago Community Trust

225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2200


At this event, our panel will help explore what accessible social media means for people with disabilities. 


 CART will be provided. For any accommodation requests, please contact 312-476-1399 or

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And we ask that you cancel if you are unable to attend.

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Our Panelists


Rachel Arfa


Rachel Arfa is a staff attorney at Equip for Equality, Illinois' governor-designated protection and advocacy organization, responsible for advocating for the civil and human rights for people with disabilities. Ms. Arfa is also the Project Manager for the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program, which represents clients who want to work and may experience barriers to employment.  Ms. Arfa's work focuses on employment discrimination and civil rights violations, and she represents clients in self-advocacy, negotiation, and representation in administrative forums and in federal court.   Ms. Arfa is a founding member of the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) steering committee and works with other CCAC members to increase accessibility in Chicago's cultural institutions.  Ms. Arfa also serves on the Board of Directors for 3Arts which advocates for women artists, artists of color and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching and visual arts.  Ms. Arfa is a 2016 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.  She was a 2013 Fellow of the New Leaders Council and served on its executive board, and is now a facilitator, training future classes of progressive leaders nationwide.   She is a member of the ADA 25 Advancing Leaders Member Network. Ms. Arfa was accepted into the 2017 class of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership  (IWIL). 


Peter Berg


Peter Berg has been coordinating and providing technical assistance as well as conducting training on various aspects of the ADA since he joined the Great Lakes Center in October of 2000.  He is a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, IL with a bachelor’s degree in History.  Prior to joining the Center he spent seven years with Dominick’s Finer Foods, the last two years as a Customer Service Manager. 

Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors for Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living and is the former Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Disability for the city of Naperville where he resides.  In addition, he currently serves as a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Illinois Accessibility Code Task Force.    Peter was a 2010 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award of Merit and former Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC).


Risa Jaz Rifkind

As Program Associate at the Chicago Community Trust, Risa concentrates on increasing disability inclusion working with the Disabilities Fund and ADA 25 Advancing Leadership. As a native New Yorker growing up around Broadway shows, Risa is passionate about the arts. Once in Chicago, it was a natural fir to serve on the Steering Committee for Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium. One of Risa's lifetime goals is to improve travel for people with disabilities. Currently, she serves as the TSA Liaison for Little People of America. 


Eva Penar


Eva Penar is the director of marketing and communications at The Chicago Community Trust, where she is involved in practices that support the vision for all Trust marketing and communications activities. During her tenure, she has developed the branding, messaging and marketing for the "We Are Chicago" $1 billion campaign for the Trust's endowment. Penar was instrumental in creating the ambassador program for On the Table that created a social viral campaign that led to over 17 million digital impressions for that civic engagement initiative. She worked closely with the Sun-Times Foundation in developing the logistics and structure of the Community Match Program that provides dollars and visibility for the region's nonprofits. Penar directed the development of branding for the new workspace when the Trust moved in 2012. Through Penar's vision, visitors now experience the mission and impact of the Trust through interactive installations and other engaging technologies. She previously served as manager of public relations, increasing the Trust's visibility and elevating the work of grant recipients and donors.

Prior to joining the Trust, Penar was part of the launch team Time Out Chicago. As marketing manager/events, promotions and publicity, she developed partnerships that made the introduction to the Chicago market so successful. Penar also worked at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum for five years. During her tenure there, she worked on the "Gelman Collection: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th Century Mexican Art" exhibition and supported an expansion that tripled the museum's size. Her acheivements were recognized at the Chicago Emmy ceremony in 2004, where a public-service announcement that she coordinated with Univision Channel 66 won an award. She also worked as a communications associate for the Chicago Millennum Celebration, Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Chicago. Penar is fluent in Polish and Spanish.

In 2009, Time Out Chicago recognized Penar as a "Super Connector" in its feature about Chicagoans who go above and beyond in networking. In 2012 Penar participated in the Young Atlanticist Summit during the NATO summit that took place in Chicago.She is an active member of NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network) and a steering committee member for the group's conferences in 2012-2014 and co-founder of 501 Tech Club Chicago Chapter. She is active in the puppetry world of Chicago, supporting the International Puppetry Festival as a member of the Events Committee and committee member for the Living Room Board Tour. Penar is the chair of the CommunityCouncil for the Gene Siskel Film Center.



What is NTEN Tech Club Chicago?

Wouldn't it be great to meet other nonprofit techies and talk about the latest/greatest trends? Or seek advice and get ideas for your organization?

NTEN Tech Club Chicago meets regularly for us to get to know our nonprofit technology colleagues, develop a professional support network, and talk shop. We welcome anyone interested in nonprofit technology.


Special thanks to our Partner, The Chicago Community Trust, for hosting this event.

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