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NAWBO Chicago’s premier event, The 38th Annual Celebration of Achievement, draws 500+ attendees and
features an accomplished female speaker. This year’s Celebration of Achievement will recognize the Corporate
Women of Achievement and the presentation of the Woman Business Owner of the Year and Member of the Year 

2021 Keynote Speaker


   Nina Vaca
   CEO & Chairman
   Pinnacle Group



Nina Vaca personifies the American Dream as a trailblazing Latina entrepreneur, a world-changing philanthropist,
and a dynamic global leader. Nina founded Pinnacle Group in 1996 and has served as its Chairman and CEO for over
two decades. During those two decades Pinnacle has grown rapidly. What started as a one-woman IT staffing firm has
grown into a workforce solutions powerhouse providing multiple service lines to industry leaders in the
telecommunications, financial services, transportation, and technology industries. In 2007, Pinnacle began providing
services nationwide and in 2009 entered the Canada market. Today Pinnacle is expanding internationally to serve
clients in Europe, Latin America, the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Pinnacle has been included in the Inc. 500/5000
list of fastest-growing companies 13 times and in 2015 and 2018 it was named the fastest-growing women-owned/led
company by the Women Presidents’ Organization. Click here for Nina Vaca's full bio.


2021 Emcee and Host


Samantha Chatman
News Anchor
ABC 7 Eyewitness News





Emmy Award-winning reporter, Samantha Chatman, is an I-Team consumer investigative reporter for the weekday
morning newscasts. Chatman, who grew up in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, joined Chicago's Number #1 news
station in September 2019. Chatman has said she is thrilled to work at the station she watched growing up, and that
ABC 7 was the inspiration for her career in broadcast journalism. Prior to joining ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Chatman
has been an Emmy Award-winning consumer investigator for KXAS-TV, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, where she has reported for the "NBC 5 Responds" franchise. Before moving to Dallas in 2016, Samantha was the Business Reporter at
WDRB-TV in Louisville, KY. She started her career at WEEK-TV in Peoria, where she worked as a Multimedia Journalist
and fill in anchor and weather anchor. According to ABC 7's Vice President of News, Jennifer Graves, "Samantha
Chatman is a top-notch reporter whose consumer investigations have won awards and resonated with viewers."