Miloney Thakrar

Founder & Principal, Mind the Gender Gap, Inc.
Miloney is the founder and principal of Mind the Gender Gap, Inc.  Her consultancy practice is grounded in one key principle: we cannot achieve gender equity without addressing inequities and biases in research and data.  As a strategist, trainer, facilitator, and data storyteller, she strives to create a safe space for those who are often unseen and unheard to share their stories in the way they wish to tell them. In doing so, she strategically leverages research and data to challenge existing dominant narratives and status quo to catalyze social change.  She draws on her varied professional and academic experiences working with foundations, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, university settings, startups, corporations, and research institutions on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion, leadership and organizational development, employment discrimination, workforce and economic development, human and sex trafficking, and gender equity.    In addition to her consultancy, she serves as the Senior Vice President of Women Tech Founders, a grassroots organization that aims to connect, advance, and inspire today’s and tomorrow’s female tech innovators from across the globe.  In this role, she oversees the organization’s strategic direction, operations, and programming.   Miloney holds an MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and an MPP from Australian National University.  She also holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a daughter of East African Indian immigrants who has studied and lived in four countries, she brings a well-informed, global perspective to her work.  Inspired by her experiences as a University of California at Berkeley Public Policy and International Affairs fellow and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she continues to advocate for gender equity across sectors on local, national, and international levels.   She currently serves on the boards for the Chicago Chapter of United Nations Women USA, ¡Milwaukee Evaluation! and Feminists Act.  She also is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the International for Cooperation in Evaluation, and the Chicago Status of Women and Girls Working Group.