Our Experts

AWJ-Chicago experts have diverse backgrounds in news, media and women's representation in news and media. These members offer unique insight in their areas of expertise, and are available for interview and comment in stories, as well as speaking engagements.

Veronica I. Arreola

Areas of expertise: Women in STEM fields, women in sports, feminism.

Arreola is an expert speaker/source on women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She can also speak about women in sports, feminist parenting and general feminist issues. Read more.

Kathryn Janicek

Areas of expertise: Media, women in the media, coaching talent, securing and benefiting from internships, crisis communications, how to present oneself in the media.

Janicek has 20 years of TV news experience. She is a media and public speaking coach/strategist at Janicek and Company Productions. Read more.

Kelly Kleiman

Areas of expertise: Nonprofits, Chicago performing arts

Kleiman has nearly 30 years' experience working in and covering the nonprofit sector, including charities and philanthropies. She also has extensive knowledge of the Chicago performing arts community through her work as a critic and feature writer. Read more.

Charlie Meyerson

Areas of expertise: social media, digital radio, podcasting, email marketing and newsletters, headline and subject-line writing, search engine optimization, web-based news and journalism ethics. Read more.

Michele Weldon

Weldon speaks on gender, media and popular culture issues. As an author, journalist and faculty emerita at Northwestern University, She has given more than 200 keynotes for audiences up to 2,000 for the past three decades.