On Board 2017 Speakers

This year’s conference will feature Chicago Booth alumni, faculty, and speakers from more than 50 nonprofit organizations.

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Sonya Anderson

Sonya Anderson

Senior Vice President for Storytelling and Development, Leading Educators

Sonya Anderson

Sonya Anderson

Senior Vice President for Storytelling and Development, Leading Educators

As a global connector, communicator, and changemaker, Sonya Anderson has worked domestically and internationally to raise awareness, inspire action, and strengthen individual and collective outcomes.

With her extensive background in education, philanthropy, the non-profit sector, and international development, Anderson has collaborated at all levels of government, industry, and society to leverage high-impact resources to advance social outcomes. These efforts have taken her from the Ford Foundation where she supported education grantmaking in the US and abroad, to a range of private, non-profit, and international donor organizations where she worked to advance girls' access to education in Africa and the Caribbean. This work culminated with her role as Education Program Director for the Oprah Winfrey Foundations where she oversaw the development of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

After more than a decade in the international arena, Anderson returned to domestic education issues as a strategist and advocate for early childhood development at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. There, she worked to advance policies and programs that provide high quality early education for children living in poverty. Anderson later returned to philanthropy, supporting local Chicago non-profits across a range of program areas, and she is now the Senior Vice President for Storytelling and Development at Leading Educators where she leads the organization’s communications, marketing, and development efforts.

Anderson holds an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Yale University, a masters degree in international affairs from the University of Ghana, and a doctorate in education planning and policy from Harvard University.


Susan Axelrod, LAB ’70, MBA ’82

Founding Chair, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, @cureepilepsy

Susan Axelrod, LAB ’70, MBA ’82

Founding Chair, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, @cureepilepsy

Susan Axelrod is Founding Chair of CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy). Axelrod's daughter, Lauren, was born in 1981 and, at the age of seven months, was diagnosed with epilepsy. In 1998, Axelrod and a few other mothers---frustrated by their inability to protect their children from the severe impact of uncontrollable seizures on their children as well as the intolerable side effects of epilepsy medications--joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure for epilepsy.

CURE has catalyzed the epilepsy research community to accelerate their research efforts, and has become the largest private funder of epilepsy research globally. Axelrod travels broadly to raise awareness and funds to support the organization's cutting-edge research programs.

Axelrod has served on the National Institute of Health's National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council and as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program within the Department of Defense. In 2014, she was elected to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities where she advised the President of the United States and Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities.

After over twenty failed medications, surgeries, devices and special diets, Lauren's epilepsy is finally under control. However, the irrevocable effects of seizures on her developing brain impair her ability to live an independent adult life, and she lives in a residential and vocational setting in Chicago.

Axelrod received a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Colorado College, a Master’s in Business Administration/Health Service Administration from the University of Chicago Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate from Colorado College.

She resides in Chicago with her husband, David. She is also the proud mother of two sons, Michael and Ethan, mother-in-law to Liz, and is thrilled to have welcomed her first grand-daughter, Maelin, to the family in 2014.

Susan Axelrod will be giving the Keynote Address.


Tony Banout

Tony Banout, PhD ’12

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Interfaith Youth Core

Tony Banout

Tony Banout, PhD ’12

Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Interfaith Youth Core

Tony Banout serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that works to make interfaith cooperation a norm through partnerships with hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities while supporting over a thousand alumni interfaith leaders. Under his tenure, Banout has led revenue growth that has more than doubled IFYC’s size, while stewarding the organization’s Board of Directors.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he worked on the intersections of democratic theory and religious diversity as a Provost Dissertation fellow and a fellow of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. His B.A. is in Business from St. John's University, where he developed a love for business strategy and found that the Catholic tradition as expressed in the spirit of St. Vincent DePaul nourished his roots in the Coptic Orthodox faith of his heritage. It was those collegiate experiences that seeded his core conviction in the socially transformative power of religion.

On his days off, Banout is an ardent believer in both napping and the palliative effects of afternoon tea, while spending as much time as he can with his wife and three children.

Tony Banout will be speaking on the panel, "Big Tent: Building a Culture that Promotes Diversity and Inclusion."

Ally Batty

Ally Batty

Assoc. Dir., Marketing Communications, Social Enterprise Initiative

Ally Batty

Ally Batty

Assoc. Dir., Marketing Communications, Social Enterprise Initiative

Ally Batty is associate director, marketing and communications, at Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI).

She has held a variety of writing and communications roles, including associate editor of the Chicago Booth Magazine and alumni editor of the University of Chicago Magazine. Previously, Batty served as Legislative Service Commission fellow and a legislative aide to representative Denise Driehaus of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Batty volunteers as a writing coach for Posse scholars through the Posse Foundation. She received her BA in English Literature from Miami University of Ohio. 

Asaf Bar Tura

Asaf Bar-Tura

Director, Posse Chicago, The Posse Foundation

Asaf Bar Tura

Asaf Bar-Tura

Director, Posse Chicago, The Posse Foundation

Asaf Bar-Tura serves as the director of The Posse Foundation in Chicago. Since 1989, Posse has identified, recruited and trained thousands of incredible young leaders from urban public high schools and sent them in Posses— supportive, multicultural teams of students—to top colleges and universities across the country. The Posse Foundation's college and university partners each award Posse Scholars with four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. The Foundation continues to support Scholars on campus through graduation, and successfully transitions them from being leaders on campus to being leaders in the workforce.

Immediately prior to Posse, Bar-Tura served as director of programs at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, an organization committed to combating poverty and racism in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities.

Bar-Tura earned his PhD in political theory at Loyola University Chicago, where his research focused on the intersection of digital media design and democratic participation. He has published academic articles on topics ranging from economic policy to digital technology and democracy, and has given talks at universities across the country.

Asaf Bar-Tura will be speaking on the panel, "Casting a Wide Net: Using your network to fundraise and recruit volunteers."

Michelle Bess

Michelle Y. Bess

Talent Specialist, Sprout Social

Michelle Bess

Michelle Y. Bess

Talent Specialist, Sprout Social

Michelle Y. Bess is a premier connector striving to connect people of color to opportunities in order to create the most diverse cohort of leadership the City of Chicago has ever seen. She believes in doing this it will aid in solving some of the greatest challenges facing the city.

After doing work in the college access and persistence movement, Bess witnessed the impact having a diverse leadership and employee base had on student outcomes—how it prompted important discussions on race, class, and privilege leading to questioning the status quo, and identifying unique solutions for success, which Bess hopes to bring to industries outside of education.

Bess is currently a Talent Specialist at Sprout Social, a social media management platform that encourages businesses and customers to communicate freely, because open communication creates progress. In this role, she leads diversity and inclusion for the organization and recruits talent for the marketing and operations teams.

Previous to Sprout, Bess was in education, and under her leadership at OneGoal staff diversity increased from 39 percent to nearly 60 percent. Prior to OneGoal, Bess was the Assistant to the Director at Posse Chicago, where she leveraged her ability to quickly build relationships of trust and understanding to increase alumni giving by 44 percent and event attendance by 14 percent.

Bess is a Board Director of Degrees of Change, junior board President at the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and has served as a mentor for New Sector Alliance Inc.

She attended Whitworth University as a recipient of the Act Six Full-Ride Leadership Scholarship and earned a B.A. in Biology.

Bess is a native of Washington State and now resides on the South Side of Chicago in Hyde Park where she practices yoga and does personal shopping with a handful of clients.

Michelle Bess will be speaking on the panel, "Big Tent: Building a Culture that Promotes Diversity and Inclusion." 

Marca Bristo

Marca Bristo

President and CEO, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Marca Bristo

Marca Bristo

President and CEO, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

Marca Bristo is a nationally and internationally distinguished leader in the disability rights movement. As president and the chief executive officer of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Bristo is the leader of one of the nation’s foremost disability rights organizations. For over 30 years, she has directed Access Living, one of the first centers for independent living in the United States.

As the former president of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Bristo worked with the broader civil rights community on the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Bristo served as the Presidentially-appointed chairperson of the National Council on Disability (NCD) from 1994-2002. NCD, an independent federal agency established by Congress to give policy guidance to the President and Congress and is the birthplace of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On the international level, Bristo is the President of the United States International Council on Disability and has served on its Board since 1998. USICD is the US member of both Rehabilitation International and Disabled Persons International. Bristo is the emeritus President of the United States International Council on Disabilities, in her role as USICD President, she coordinated efforts to gain ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bristo is a member of Human Rights Watch Disability Advisory Committee, and the co-chair for the ADA 25 Chicago Steering Committee.

Bristo is the recipient of three presidential appointments from President Clinton and one Congressional appointment to disability policy positions. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Distinguished Service Award of the President of the United States; the Americans with Disabilities Act Award for her role in the creation and passage of the law; the Henry B. Betts Laureate, considered the Nobel Prize in the rehabilitation/disability field. Bristo also was named by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of Chicago’s “100 Most Powerful Women” and by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s “100 Most Influential Women.” In 2007, Chicago Magazine named her one of the seven “Outstanding Chicagoans” of the year.

Bristo holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Beloit College, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush College of Nursing.

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Chris Broughton

Executive Director, Bottom Line - Chicago

Chris Broughton Image

Chris Broughton

Executive Director, Bottom Line - Chicago

Chris Broughton serves as the Executive Director for Bottom Line - Chicago, a national nonprofit committed to helping low-income, first-generation students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life.   Broughton is responsible for leading and growing Bottom Line's Chicago office to accelerate college completion rates for first-generation students across the city.   The Chicago region now serves nearly 700 low-income students from more than 100 area high schools supported by a 16 staff, 11 member board, and $1.5M budget.  Previously Broughton served on the Executive Leadership Team of the Cristo Rey Network, a national network of 32 corporate work-study funded high schools serving 11,000 underrepresented students across the country.    While at Cristo Rey he directed its national college completion strategy and the design of next generation tools to support low-income students to and through college with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.   Broughton began his career as a Middle School teacher and Assistant Director of the ACE Service Through Teaching Program where he managed the selection and training of new teachers.  Broughton holds a BA in Economics and a M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame.   He will graduate with his MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business this spring. 

Chris Broughton will be speaking on the panel, “The Critical First Months: How to find, develop, and integrate new board.”

Karen Case

Karen Case, ’86

President of Commercial Real Estate, The PrivateBank

Karen Case

Karen Case, ’86

President of Commercial Real Estate, The PrivateBank

Karen Case, '86, joined The PrivateBank as Executive Managing Director and President-Commercial Real Estate in October 2007. Reporting to the CEO, she is responsible for the business unit that develops and manages banking relationships with dynamic and growing commercial real estate developers, owners and operators. As of June 30, 2016, the Company had 34 offices in 12 states and $18.2 billion in assets. Previously, Case served as executive vice president in LaSalle Bank's Commercial Real Estate Department.

Case currently serves on the boards of Rush University Medical Center, The Chicago Network, International Council of Shopping Centers, Community Investment Corporation, Timeline Theatre and JDRF, Illinois Chapter. For more than 10 years, Case was a board member of Girl Scouts of Chicago, and served as its president for two terms. She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives Club of Chicago, and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

Case earned her MBA from The University of Chicago and a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Karen Case will be speaking on the panel, "Casting a Wide Net: Using your network to fundraise and recruit volunteers." 

Susan Chamberlain

Susan Chamberlin, ’13

Principal Gift Officer, Chicago Booth

Susan Chamberlain

Susan Chamberlin, ’13

Principal Gift Officer, Chicago Booth

Susan Chamberlin, ’13, is currently serving as a Director at the Joseph Campbell Foundation. She is a member of the board’s finance committee. The Joseph Campbell Foundation’s mission is preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell.

From 2004–15, Chamberlin served three terms as Trustee of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Her tenure included serving as vice chair and secretary of the board as well as chair of the governance and public policy committees. NOLS is the leading provider of leadership and outdoor skills offered in the classroom of an extended wilderness expedition.

Prior to coming to Chicago to pursue her MBA, Chamberlin was the vice president for government affairs at the Cato Institute, a nonprofit public policy research organization. Chamberlin also taught and practiced law in Washington, DC.

Chamberlin received her MBA from Chicago Booth, her JD from Wake Forest University School of Law, and her BS in industrial psychology from the University of Maryland. Chamberlin is a principal gift officer in Chicago Booth’s Office of Advancement.

Susan Chamberlin will be moderating the panel, "The Dos and Don'ts to being an effective board member."

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Debbie M. Chizewer

Board Chair, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law​

Debbie Head Shot

Debbie M. Chizewer

Board Chair, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law​

Debbie M. Chizewer serves as the Board Chair of Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, a leading national advocate for people living in poverty.  The Shriver Center brings together lawyers, community leaders and allies from across the country to work across housing, health care, economic and community justice issues.   Chizewer also teaches at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in the Environmental Advocacy Clinic, and served on the faculty at Chicago-Kent College of Law for many years.   Her Northwestern clinic caseload focuses on environmental justice issues and includes representation of resident groups facing lead and arsenic contamination in East Chicago, Indiana and exposures to petroleum coke and manganese dust on the Southeast Side of Chicago.  

Debbie M. Chizewer will be presenting on the panel, “The Critical First Months: How to find, develop, and integrate new board members.”

 

 

BColling

Bridgett Colling

Digital Marketing Project Manager, See3

BColling

Bridgett Colling

Digital Marketing Project Manager, See3

Bridgett Colling is a Digital Marketing Project Manager at See3. She’s worked with dozens of See3’s amazing clients, including Make-A-Wish, YouTube for Good, and the BUILD Initiative. Prior to joining See3, she was a digital consultant for civically engaged organizations in Chicago and Detroit, including Chicago Ideas Week, and NPR Detroit. She is passionate about building inclusive, anti-oppressive spaces online and off, and brings that vision to her work as the founder of the Chicago chapter of Women Get It Done, an organization that connects diverse women to the resources they need to fuel big ideas.

Bridgett Colling is presenting on the panel, “Crafting Your Brand: Guiding how others see your non-profit.”

Shaun Considine

Shaun Considine, ’96

Founder, Command Performance Coaching

Shaun Considine

Shaun Considine, ’96

Founder, Command Performance Coaching

Shaun Considine, '96, is a veteran commercial banker looking to give back to the local community. She is committed to working in the non-profit sector and has benefitted from various professional experiences in both Chicago and London.

Considine 's background includes experience in fundraising, consulting, grant management, commercial lending, wealth management, entrepreneurship, and sports coaching. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSc from Santa Clara University in northern California, where she played Division I tennis.

Considine has travelled extensively and spent a decade living and working in central London. She was a finance career advisor and employer relations specialist in Career Services at London Business School. In Chicago, Considine served as Director of Development at Chicago Scholars, Senior Consultant and Project Manager at Civic Consulting Alliance and Senior Grant Manager at Skills for Chicagoland’s Future.

Considine is currently a Gallup Certified StrengthCoach and the Founder of Command Performance Coaching. She currently serves on the Leadership Advisory Council of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Pilsen, the Chairmen's Advisory Council of Big Shoulders Fund and the Executive Council of Cara. She is also a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Chicago.

Shaun Considine will be speaking on the panel, "The Critical First Months: How to find, develop, and integrate new board members." 

Margie Devine

Margie DeVine

Fundraising Consultant, DeVine Consulting, LLC

Margie Devine

Margie DeVine

Fundraising Consultant, DeVine Consulting, LLC

With 28 years of nonprofit experience, Margie DeVine is a consultant to nonprofits having served nearly 70 nonprofit organizations of varying sizes and missions in the areas of planning, fundraising counsel and executive search since 2006. DeVine has extensive experience working with staff, boards, major donors and a myriad of stakeholders, both as a development executive and consultant. Additionally, DeVine has completed more than 85 professional and executive level searches for her clients.

Prior to consulting, DeVine worked as an executive in nonprofit management. Her background includes senior vice president positions at Lurie Children’s and the Chicago Botanic Garden. During her tenure at these institutions, she was integral to the successful execution of comprehensive campaigns and annual fundraising programs that raised a total of more than $500 million over 18 years.

While at Lurie, DeVine led planning for three of the hospital’s largest capital campaigns, including the initial phase of its effort to fund the new Lurie Children’s Hospital. DeVine oversaw campaign and major gifts, carried a robust major gifts portfolio and closed many seven- and eight-figure gifts as a professional fundraiser while at the hospital.

While at the Chicago Botanic Garden, DeVine held the position of vice president for external affairs and was responsible for development, communications, membership, and government relations, overseeing a staff of nearly 70 people.

Originally from San Diego, DeVine majored in English Literature at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

She is a member of the Certified Fundraising Executives and Chicago Chapter of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits.

Margie DeVine will be presenting, "Mastering the Ask: Fundraising tips for board members and nonprofit professionals." 

Demond Drummer

Demond Drummer

Cofounder and Executive Director, CoderSpace

Demond Drummer

Demond Drummer

Cofounder and Executive Director, CoderSpace

Demond Drummer is co-founder and Executive Director of CoderSpace. At CoderSpace, youth ages 14-17 learn to code, collaborate on local client projects and develop leadership skills for a digital world.

He was previously a tech organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he facilitated digital leadership trainings with block club members, parent leaders and business owners. His projects included Englewood Codes, a summer youth code camp, and LargeLots.org, a community-driven effort to reclaim city-owned vacant lots.

An alumnus of Morehouse College, Drummer is a founding member of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) and an active member of Chicago's civic tech community.

Demond Drummer will be speaking on the panel, "Lightning Talks: Founder Stories."

Kelly Fair

Kelly Fair

Founder, Polished Pebbles

Kelly Fair

Kelly Fair

Founder, Polished Pebbles

Kelly Fair founded Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program in 2009 to help girls become effective communicators at home, school, and the future workplace.

Polished Pebbles has impacted over 1,500 girls aged 7-17 yrs. old in over 40 Chicago charter schools, public schools, and public housing communities, and continue to expand programs this year in Indiana, Texas, Duke University, and their recently published book, They're All The Same Girl.

Kelly Fair will be speaking on the panel, "Lightning Talks: Founder Stories."

Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq.

Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq.

Attorney at Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd.

Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq.

Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq.

Attorney at Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd.

Andrés Gallegos is a shareholder with the law firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois, where he focuses his practice on disability rights and healthcare law. Gallegos founded and directs the law firm’s disability rights practice and its 6-year old initiative to improve access to healthcare and wellness programs for persons across all types of disabilities. Through Gallegos’ direction and leadership, a three prong approach of education (for consumers and providers), advocacy, and, when required, litigation, is used to attain accessible healthcare services for persons with disabilities and effectuate systemic change. Gallegos currently leads his firm’s collaboration efforts with a number of healthcare systems, managed care organizations, national dental and retail healthcare providers to ensure that persons across all types of disabilities receive the equal opportunity to benefit from their services.

He has written numerous articles for national and state professional healthcare and legal organizations on matters relating to the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to healthcare providers, and is a frequent lecturer on that subject. Gallegos is the 2015 recipient of the Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities.

He is a recent two-term past-member of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois, having been appointed by the governor, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago’s Center for Independent Living.

Gallegos graduated with Honors from the University of Southern Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and he attained a Juris Doctorate from the St. Louis University School of Law.

Gallegos will be speaking on the panel, “Missing dimensions of diversity: How disability inclusion strengthens organizations.”

Alex Garza

Alex Garza, ’92

President, AGG Consulting

Alex Garza

Alex Garza, ’92

President, AGG Consulting

With more than 20 years experience in strategic marketing and business development, Alejandra (Alex) Garza, ’92, has built a distinguished career working in delivering results and increasing market share to health care companies, small businesses and non-profits.

Garza is Founder and Principal of AGG Consulting, Inc. a strategic marketing firm that is dedicated to helping organizations connect with their stakeholders by delivering the right message in the right manner to their targeted market. Garza believes in uncovering what sets an organization apart from others by creating unique informed business strategies that are aligned with a company’s overall business goals.

She has an excellent track record of providing leadership in building brands, developing new markets and growing new business opportunities with a special focus on multi-cultural communities. Garza has led marketing and business development teams responsible for member acquisition and retention within the healthcare insurance industry.

Garza’s experience includes leadership positions at UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, and American Medical Association, where she delivered results and built long-standing, strong relationships through ongoing communication and industry knowledge.

In addition to building her professional career, Garza has been deeply committed to non-profits and community organizations, including serving on Boards of the Illinois Medical District Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago, University of Illinois - Liberal Arts & Science Visitors’ Board, University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, Civic Scholar Program Advisory Council and Instituto del Progreso Latino.

A Chicago native, Garza received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Garza has also completed the “Governing for Non-profit Excellence” program at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education in Boston.

Alex Garza will be speaking on the panel, "Big Tent: Building a Culture that Promotes Diversity and Inclusion."

Matt Gee

Matt Gee

MPP ’12, Co-Founder and CEO, Impact Lab

Matt Gee

Matt Gee

MPP ’12, Co-Founder and CEO, Impact Lab

Matt Gee is at data scientist and entrepreneur.  He is the co-founder and CEO of the Impact Lab, a company that builds analytics software powering smarter government and more effective social service delivery. He is a senior research scientist at the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy, where he leads a major research initiative harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to change the way American workers prepare for and find jobs. He is the co-founder of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship that over the last four years has worked with over 75 nonprofit and government organizations to demonstrate new operational uses of data and advanced analytics. He is a founding board member of several social enterprises using data and analytics to solve pressing social challenges, ranging from health service delivery in war-torn regions of the globe (Dharma Platform) to how utilities and governments invest in reducing energy use (Open Energy Efficiency). He is an open source software evangelist and an active advocate for improving access to STEM opportunities for disadvantaged youth. 

Matt Gee will be giving a presentation, “Quantifying Success: Data, Metrics, and Analytics.” 

Gertner On Board

Robert H. Gertner

John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

Gertner On Board

Robert H. Gertner

John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

Robert H. Gertner is Deputy Dean for Faculty; Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; and John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Chicago Booth. He has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises. He has published papers in numerous scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and the Yale Law Journal. He is co-author, with colleagues Douglas Baird and Randy Picker, of Game Theory and the Law. Gertner teaches courses in strategic decision-making, entrepreneurial strategy, and social entrepreneurship.

Gertner received a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics and was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting positions at CEPREMAP in Paris, Cornell Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Youth Core, and a member of the Evaluation Advisory Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

Gertner received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He worked as a consultant for AT&T prior to attending MIT.

Nancy Goldstein

Nancy Goldstein

Founder and Chief Strategist, Compass(x) Strategy

Nancy Goldstein

Nancy Goldstein

Founder and Chief Strategist, Compass(x) Strategy

In 2009, Nancy Goldstein founded Compass(x) Strategy, a Chicago brand strategy firm that creates sustainable growth for passionate companies. As its chief strategist, Goldstein brings more than 20 years of experience growing businesses at various levels.

Prior to launching Compass(x) Strategy, Goldstein was a director of consulting at Zyman Group, (a boutique marketing strategy consulting firm founded by Sergio Zyman, the former CMO of Coca-Cola).

Since then, Goldstein honed her business building and marketing skills running some of the world’s most iconic brands. She was recruited to World Kitchen, working to turn around the CorningWare and Revere brands, as well as Pillsbury and General Mills. At Pillsbury, Goldstein ran large and complex subdivisions, such as Old El Paso and also helped launch new cutting-edge products such as refrigerated ready-to-bake cookies and brownies.

Goldstein earned an MBA from the Olin School at Washington University and a BA in Economics and Psychology from Tufts University. 

Nancy Goldstein will be presenting, "Crafting Your Brand: Guiding how others see your nonprofit."



Will Gossin

Will Gossin

Senior Associate Director, Social Enterprise Iniatiative

Will Gossin

Will Gossin

Senior Associate Director, Social Enterprise Iniatiative

Will Gossin leads the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program and Social Venture Funding programming at SEI, including the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge.

He advises and trains teams of students and faculty from across the university in mixed-method research, leadership, and design-thinking to maximize the social impact of their work.

Will Gossin will be presenting, "Designing a Rigorous Board Culture." 

Caroline Grossman

Caroline Grossman, ’03

Dir. Strategic Initiatives, Social Enterprise Initiative, and Adjunct Asst. Prof. of Strategy, Chicago Booth

Caroline Grossman

Caroline Grossman, ’03

Dir. Strategic Initiatives, Social Enterprise Initiative, and Adjunct Asst. Prof. of Strategy, Chicago Booth

Caroline Grossman is Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she leads SEI's efforts to cultivate and support academic research into the question of how institutions solve social problems.

In addition to teaching Booth’s Global Social Impact Practicum, supported by Tata Trusts, Grossman has worked with Booth students in a variety of coaching capacities--as Senior Coach in the Management Laboratories, as a Project Mentor in the Consumer Behavior Course, and as a Career Coach. She has also coached a select group of Chicago’s civic leaders at the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy. Grossman has also served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Marketing at DePaul University, where she taught Consumer Behavior, and was on the faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow from 1997-99.

Prior to her work at Booth and at DePaul, Grossman was a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods, where she led customer marketing for the $3 billion Grocery Business Unit, which included all of the Kraft condiments, Jell-O, and Cool Whip. She held multiple marketing roles at Kraft during her five-year tenure, during which she was the key architect of a new packaging strategy across multiple condiments brands and led a turnaround on Bull’s-Eye Barbecue Sauce.

Grossman is a Board Member Emeritus and past Board President of the Board of Barrel of Monkeys, an arts education theater company that brings creative writing and drama programs to underserved Chicago Public Schools. Grossman has also served on the Board of Directors at the North Lawndale College Preparatory School where she supported marketing and branding efforts.

Grossman has a BA in History from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Caroline Grossman will be moderating the panel, "The Critical First Months: How to find, develop, and integrate new board members."

Christina Hachikian

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Adjunct Asst. Prof. of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Exec. Dir. of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

Christina Hachikian

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Adjunct Asst. Prof. of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Exec. Dir. of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07, is the executive director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is responsible for leading the initiative’s work to support the aspirations of students and alumni to impact societal issues and to further research on how institutions help solve global problems.

Prior to joining Booth, she was vice president and head of investor relations and corporate development for Cole Taylor Bank. In this role, Hachikian was responsible for building relationships within the investment community and crafting financial communications. In addition, she has managed projects such as corporate capital actions, strategic planning, and financial and trend analysis.

Prior to joining Cole Taylor, Hachikian was an assistant vice president and senior project manager for ShoreBank (now Urban Partnership Bank), a triple-bottom line community development bank. There she was responsible for managing projects including growth strategy, capital raising initiatives, and operational efficiencies. She held several other related positions at ShoreBank during her seven year tenure. Hachikian also has served as a research and planning analyst for Raytheon Company. There she directed research projects and developed leadership curriculum.

Hachikian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a focus on strategic management and managerial & organizational behavior. She also earned an AB in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Christina Hachikian will be presenting, "Board 101: Nonprofit Financials, Board Member Roles and Legal Responsibility." 

Gayle Haller

Gayle Haller, ’87

Senior Vice President of Arts and Culture, National Executive Service Corps

Gayle Haller

Gayle Haller, ’87

Senior Vice President of Arts and Culture, National Executive Service Corps

Gayle Haller, ’87, is Senior Vice President of Arts and Culture for the National Executive Service Corps. Haller’s expertise is strategic planning, marketing, and business development. She has managed projects for clients in the arts, social services, education, government, religious and health care services sectors.

Prior to joining NESC, Haller spent her career with Motorola in a variety of marketing management roles. She led data product and network development for the launch of Nextel and directed the marketing effort for a line of cellular phones. While at Motorola, Haller was awarded a U.S. Patent.

Haller received a BS in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

She is the past president and honorary board member of The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe, Inc. and is a member of the board of visitors of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Political Science.

Gayle Haller will be speaking at, "Getting on Board: Finding and joining the "right" board."

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly, ’96

Director, The Art of Youth Foundation

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly, ’96

Director, The Art of Youth Foundation

Susan C. Kelly, ’96, is the director of The Art of Youth Foundation, a family-run foundation that seeks to aid in the development of children in the Minnesota area.

Kelly is a former portfolio manager, financial analyst, and investment banker, having worked for J. P. Morgan and Salomon Brothers in New York, and The St. Paul Companies and Provident Advisors in the Twin Cities. She currently serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and is a trustee for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Additionally, Kelly is involved with other organizations, including the Blake School and World Savvy. She has been a supporter of various youth and education programs through volunteerism and board work for many years.

Kelly is a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Susan Kelly will be speaking on the panel, "Getting Paid: Staff Compensation at Nonprofits."

David Kirchheimer

David M. Kirchheimer, ’78

Chief Financial Officer, Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

David Kirchheimer

David M. Kirchheimer, ’78

Chief Financial Officer, Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Until his announced retirement as of March 31, 2017, David M. Kirchheimer will have served as Oaktree Capital Management’s Chief Financial Officer since its founding in 1995, and as a member of the Board of Directors of its publicly-held entity since the company’s IPO in 2012. He is responsible for the company's accounting, tax, treasury, finance, investor relations and related activities.

Oaktree (NYSE:OAK), which is based in Los Angeles, is a leader among global investment managers specializing in alternative investments. Kirchheimer’s prior experience included Republic Pictures Corporation, a publicly-held entertainment company where he became Executive Vice President and CFO, and Price Waterhouse, where he began his career and last served as a Senior Audit Manager.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a BA degree in Economics from Colorado College and earned an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Kirchheimer serves on the Advisory Council of Chicago Booth and the Board of Trustees of Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California.

David Kirchheimer will be speaking on the panel, "View from the Boardroom: Dos and Don'ts of being an effective board member."

Kelly Lambrinatos

Kelly Lambrinatos

Cofounder and Executive Director, VOCEL

Kelly Lambrinatos

Kelly Lambrinatos

Cofounder and Executive Director, VOCEL

Kelly Lambrinatos is cofounder and executive director of VOCEL. Founded in 2013, VOCEL is an early learning program that equips young children with the language and leadership skills to excel now and in the future. Through innovative, top-notch early education programming and close partnership with families living in underserved communities of Chicago, VOCEL builds communication, interpersonal and executive function skills in young children, preparing them to succeed in school and thrive in life.

Lambrinatos graduated from SMU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and began her career as an elementary school teacher in St. Louis with Teach For America (TFA). Lambrinatos then worked for TFA Chicago for five years, most recently as Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development. During Lambrinatos time at TFA, she led the region’s overhaul of training and development for all early childhood corps members. Lambrinatos’ time teaching and coaching led her to co-found VOCEL with fellow TFA alumna Jesse Ilhardt.

Today at VOCEL Lambrinatos oversees community relations, private development, strategy, and VOCEL’s Board of Directors. VOCEL is preparing for rapid expansion in 2017 and forecasting the organization will quadruple its impact through expanded services and the relocation to a larger facility.

Currently, Lambrinatos is an MBA Candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is part of the inaugural Neubauer Civic Scholars cohort at Booth.

Kelly Lambrinatos will be speaking on the panel, "Lightning Talks: Founder Stories."

Judy Maley

Judy Maley, LAB ’78, MBA ’84

Social Enterprise Advisor

Judy Maley

Judy Maley, LAB ’78, MBA ’84

Social Enterprise Advisor

Judy Maley, LAB ’78, MBA ’84, has an extensive civic leadership portfolio, serving as a member on the advisory boards of After School Matters and A Night Out, as a board member for Thresholds, and on the Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative Advisory Board.

She previously served as president of the New Trier Fine Arts Association, the New Trier High School board caucus, and the Board of New Trier Family Services. Maley was the volunteer coordinator for United Charities (now Metropolitan Family Services), where she was awarded Outstanding Volunteer Administrator by the state of Illinois.

Maley has worked in marketing with Eli Lilly and Company as well as the Kitchens of Sara Lee. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University followed by her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In addition to her board work, Maley consults with both corporations and nonprofits on a wide range of topics related to philanthropy and leadership.

Judy Maley will be presenting, "Getting on Board: Finding and joining the "right" board."

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Roxanne Martino, ’88

Managing Partner, OCEANM19

Roxanne Martino Image

Roxanne Martino, ’88

Managing Partner, OCEANM19

Roxanne Martino is the Managing Partner of OceanM19, her family office, and serves as a Director of Ventas, Inc., (NYSE: VTR), a S&P 500 company which is a leading real estate investment trust.

Martino was the Chief Executive Officer, Investment Committee Chairperson and Partner of Aurora Investment Management L.L.C. For over 28 years, Aurora provided portfolio solutions, through hedge fund investment management, to institutional and individual investors worldwide.

A recognized leader in her field, Martino serves on many civic, professional, community and philanthropic boards, including Co-Chairperson of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Council, and past Chairperson of The Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame Business Council. She is a member of The Chicago Network and is on the Board of The Economic Club of Chicago and its Nominating Committee. She served three terms as a Director of The Investment Analysts Society of Chicago. Ms. Martino is also Director of Thresholds (past Chairperson), a Chicago based not-for-profit psychiatric rehabilitation organization, serves on the Investment Subcommittee of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and serves on the Board and is Chairperson of the Investment Committee of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and its Research Center and is a past Chairperson for its Campaign. She is a Life Trustee of Fenwick High School. In addition to speaking at investment conferences and guest lecturing at various universities, Martino has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Martino is also a contributing author of a chapter titled ‘The Due Diligence Process’ in the book, Evaluating and Implementing Hedge Fund Strategies: The Experience of Managers and Investors, Third Edition, and has been profiled and quoted in leading industry publications. In 2014, Martino was honored by DePaul University as the “DePaul University Financial Executive of the Year” based on her lifetime of professional achievement. In 2015, Martino was inducted into the InvestHedge Fund of Hedge Funds Hall of Fame in London.

Martino spent the first seven years of her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a Senior Manager focusing on the commodities and securities area. She then spent over six years at Grosvenor Capital Management, where she was a general partner.

Martino received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Notre Dame in 1977 and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Chicago in 1988.

Roxanne Martino will be speaking on the panel, “Keys to Evolving Your Board: Driving long-term success.”



Terry Mazany

Terry Mazany

President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust

Terry Mazany

Terry Mazany

President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust

Terry Mazany is President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. With assets of more than $2.3 billion the Trust partners with donors to distribute over $150 million annually. Mazany was selected as the sixth executive in the Trust’s hundred year history in 2004. In 2011 Mazany also served as the interim chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools.

Mazany is also Chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, and Principal Investigator for the CAPriCORN CDRN, network member of PCORnet. He was a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mazany has been a leading advocate for disability inclusion throughout his term at the Trust, including support of ADA 25 Chicago. Since 2015 he has served as a member of the ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Executive Committee.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation, Mazany and his colleague, David Perry, co-edited Here for Good: Community Foundations and the Challenges of the 21st Century.

Prior to his work in philanthropy, Mazany enjoyed earlier careers in public education, archaeology, and dendrochronology; with degrees in Anthropology, Business, and Education. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from DePaul University and Lewis University.

Jennifer Montague

Jennifer V. Montague, ’97

Director, Business Strategy and Technology, ComEd

Jennifer Montague

Jennifer V. Montague, ’97

Director, Business Strategy and Technology, ComEd

As Director of Business Strategy and Technology at ComEd, Jennifer V. Montague, '97, is responsible for shaping ComEd’s premier customer experience, overseeing eChannels including web, mobile, social and IVR, managing customer relations and developing strategy and business initiatives for the customer ops organization and the future utility. ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation.

Montague began her career at ComEd in 2010 as director of marketing, where she directed customer education and outreach for customer facing programs such as the Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Portfolio and Smart Grid/ Smart Meter. Montague led and delivered a strategy to enhance customer experience, and developed a reputation management plan and integrated communications platform to improve ComEd reputation and facilitate enhanced communication. She became Director of Revenue Management in 2013 where she was responsible for managing revenue management and customer assistance, leading the account receivable portfolio, collections, credit operations, payment processing and distribution of low income assistance CARE funds for customers.

Before ComEd, Montague was with BP Amoco for 20 years. Among many roles, she was director of Brand and Communications at BP Biofuels, where she led the launch of the $500 million Energy Bioscience Institute.

Montague serves on the board of the MERIT School of Music and Women Energy Network Chicago.

Montague holds an MBA in marketing and finance from University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Chicago, Il and bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics and feminist studies from Stanford University in Stanford, California.

Jennifer Montague will be speaking on the panel, "View from the Board Room: The Dos and Dont's of being an effective board member."

 Stephanie O’Connor

Stephanie O’Connor, ’04

Senior Director, Employer Relations, Chicago Booth

 Stephanie O’Connor

Stephanie O’Connor, ’04

Senior Director, Employer Relations, Chicago Booth

Stephanie O’Connor leads Chicago Booth’s global Employer Relations team, responsible for cultivating and expanding company relationships and developing branding and recruiting strategies for firms seeking MBA talent.   Prior to Booth, O’Connor was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group and at Booz & Company (now PwC Strategy&).  During her 9 year consulting career, she led multiple strategy projects at leading consumer healthcare, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies in the US and abroad.  Early in her career, she worked in strategic marketing for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and in a variety of roles for Goodyear. 

O’Connor is a 2004 Booth graduate and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.  She took advantage of breaks in her MBA education to work with several non-profit organizations.  She was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with NESST, a social venture fund in Santiago, Chile, and Engineers Against Poverty, a London-based NGO.  O’Connor was also a Fellow of the Connecticut Health Foundation, a philanthropy focused on enhancing healthcare access for underserved communities in the state.   

In her spare time, O’Connor enjoys traveling, skiing, camping, hiking, and experiencing Chicago with her husband and three children. 

Stephanie O’Connor will be speaking on the panel, "Getting Paid: Staff Compensation at nonprofits.”

Jim Parsons

James D. Parsons

President, The Brinson Foundation

Jim Parsons

James D. Parsons

President, The Brinson Foundation

Jim Parsons is the President of The Brinson Foundation, a private family foundation which supports educational and scientific research programs.

Parsons is a past chair of the Board of Directors of Forefront (formerly Donors Forum), where he continues to serve on the Development, Membership & Communications and Strategy & Policy Committees. Parsons is also a member the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation; the Board of Directors of King-Bruwaert House, a continuous care retirement community; and a life trustee and former Board chair of The Community House, a social services agency located in west suburban Chicago.

He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund; the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council; and the Board of Advisors of the Morton Arboretum. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Denison University.

Prior to his career in philanthropy, Parsons practiced law at the Chicago law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle & Reath) where he also served as Managing Partner. Parsons received his law degree from The University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Denison University.

Gloria Perez

Gloria Perez

President & CEO, Jeremiah Program

Gloria Perez

Gloria Perez

President & CEO, Jeremiah Program

Gloria Perez is President & CEO of Jeremiah Program, a leading national nonprofit whose proven, holistic approach transforms families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah Program currently has two fully operational sites—in Minneapolis and St. Paul—with a third campus opening in December 2016 in Austin, TX, and plans underway to break ground on a campus in Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN, in 2017. In addition, Jeremiah recently launched a pilot program with Endicott College in Boston, and several other cities are exploring the feasibility of bringing Jeremiah to their communities.

Since joining Jeremiah in 1998, Perez has become one of the country’s leading experts in two-generation strategies to reducing poverty. As an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute, she is working with leaders from across the country to drive innovative ideas and proven strategies to help families achieve educational success and economic security. She was one of two fellows selected by Ascend to attend the Aspen Institute’s Action Leaders Forum, a gathering of 350 world leaders who have been successful in moving thought to action. She also contributed an essay to Maria Shriver’s report, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.”

A graduate of Macalester College, Perez is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alexandrine Medal from St. Catherine University. She serves on the board of directors for Hazelden and Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation, and on the board of trustees for The Minneapolis Foundation and the F.R. Bigelow Foundation. The mother of two children, Perez lives with her husband in Minneapolis, MN.

Peter Philopott

Peter Philpott, ’93

Vice President, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Peter Philopott

Peter Philpott, ’93

Vice President, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Peter Philpott, ’93, is the vice president of Robert W. Baird & Co., an employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, asset management, and private equity firm. Philpott specializes in private wealth management, and has many years of investment experience, which he utilizes when engaging with his wide array of clients. Philpott has developed a strong expertise in financial planning based around asset allocation in his client’s portfolio, and he is also committed to and involved in his community.

Philpott serves as the chairman for Cook Children’s Health Care System and Foundation boards, and was the past-Capital campaign chair for the Union Gospel Mission.

Philpott earned his BBA degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and went on to receive his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Peter Philpott will be speaking on the panel, "View from the Board Room: The Dos and Don't to being an effective board member."

Canice Prendergast

Canice John Prendergast

W. Allen Wallis Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth

Canice Prendergast

Canice John Prendergast

W. Allen Wallis Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth

Canice John Prendergast is the author of "The Limits of Bureaucratic Efficiency" published in the Journal of Political Economy in 2003 and "The Tenuous Trade-Off Between Risk and Incentives" that appeared in the Journal of Political Economy in 2002.

Prendergast is widely published, with work appearing in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Labor Economics, the American Economic Review, the Journal of the Japanese and International Economics, and the European Economic Review. Articles on his recent research have appeared in Fortune Magazine, the Financial Times, the Economist, and Der Spiegel.

He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1990. Prior to that, he was an Open Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, a lecturer at Jesus College in Oxford, and a research assistant at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin.

Prendergast has worked as the editor of the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Labor Economics. In addition to being a 1995 Ladany Scholar at Chicago Booth, he is the recipient of two National Science Foundation Awards. He is also an elected faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

He attended Trinity College in Dublin where he received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1983. In 1986, he graduated from the London School of Economics with a master's degree in economics, followed by a PhD in economics from Yale University in 1989.

Alison Ranney

Alison Ranney, LAB ’86, MBA ’96, JD ’96

Managing Director, Koya Leadership Partners

Alison Ranney

Alison Ranney, LAB ’86, MBA ’96, JD ’96

Managing Director, Koya Leadership Partners

Alison Ranney, LAB ’86, MBA ’96, JD ’96, is the managing director at Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained search and human capital consulting firm dedicated to serving the Nonprofit field.

Prior to joining Koya Leadership Partners, Ranney was with Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive search firm. At Russell Reynolds, she founded and led the development of the nonprofit practice in the Midwest, and received the firm’s inaugural award for Excellence in Client Service. She also has expertise working with cultural institutions, foundations, professional organizations and other nonprofits, as well as colleges and universities.

With a strong commitment to civic involvement, Ranney serves on numerous boards, including Public Radio International, the Goodman Theater and Forefront (formerly Donors Forum). She is a member of The Chicago Network and the Economic Club of Chicago, where she serves as vice chair of the Membership Committee for the Nonprofit sector. Ranney was selected as an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Ranney received her B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Urban Studies from Brown University, and earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Alison Ranney will be speaking on the panel, "Getting Paid: Staff Compensation at Nonprofits."

Cortney Robinson

Cortney Robinson

Assistant Director, Programming, Social Enterprise Initiative

Cortney Robinson

Cortney Robinson

Assistant Director, Programming, Social Enterprise Initiative

Cortney Robinson is the assistant director of programming at the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Robinson oversees the social entrepreneurship programs of the initiative, and also works with both students and faculty to create relevant and innovative social impact programming.

She currently serves as a career coach for America Needs You Chicago and is a board member of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, where she is past membership co-chair.

Robinson earned her bachelor of arts in psychology from Spelman College, and her master of arts in clinical psychology from the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

Cortney Robinson will be moderating the panel, "Lighting Talks: Founder Stories." 


John Rogers

John W. Rogers, Jr., LAB '76

Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments

John Rogers

John W. Rogers, Jr., LAB '76

Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments

John W. Rogers, Jr., LAB '76, is Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals.

After working for two-and-a-half years as a stockbroker at William Blair & Company, LLC, Rogers founded Ariel Investments in 1983 to focus on undervalued small and medium-sized companies. Patience served as the cornerstone of a disciplined approach that still drives the firm today.

Rogers’s passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his father bought him stocks, instead of toys, for every birthday and Christmas. His interest grew while majoring in Economics at Princeton University. In addition to following stocks as a college student, Rogers also played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril. He was captain of Princeton’s Varsity Basketball Team his senior year. There, Carril’s courtside lessons on teamwork profoundly shaped his views of entrepreneurship and investing.

Early in his career, Rogers’s investment expertise brought him to the forefront of media attention, including being selected as Comutual Fund Manager of the Year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance magazine as well as an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY. Furthermore, he has been highlighted alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton, and Ben Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. Today, he is regularly featured and quoted in a wide variety of broadcast and print publications and is a contributing columnist to Forbes.

Beyond Ariel, Rogers currently serves as a board member of Exelon Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation. Additionally, he is a trustee of the University of Chicago, a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2008, Rogers was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumni whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, he served as cochair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Timothy Russell

Timothy M. Russell

Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CDK Global

Timothy Russell

Timothy M. Russell

Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CDK Global

 Timothy M. Russell, Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for CDK Global is responsible for the development and execution of diversity, inclusion and community investment strategies aligned with CDK's global business objectives. Russell is focused on building the CDK diversity, inclusion and community brand among its employees, community and customers.

A seasoned professional in the diversity and inclusion, community affairs and philanthropic arena, Russell is a trusted advisor and highly regarded expert providing strategic leadership and advancement of global diversity and inclusion strategies and community affairs, ensuring these are hard wired to the business. Throughout his career, Russell has provided thought leadership and consultation to Senior Executives and Functional Leaders.

Russell is a strategic-thinking, results oriented leader who has developed and executed strategies and initiatives that were aligned with business goals and talent strategies. Russell is a results-oriented team leader with superior relationship building, communication and project management skills. Often asked to speak at events on the topics of community relations, philanthropy and diversity and inclusion as a business driver and has received recognition for his work in the community.

Prior to assuming the role at CDK Global, Russell was Director, Global Diversity and Engagement for PepsiCo, Inc. In this role, Russell led PepsiCo’s relationships with diversity and Inclusion external partners. In addition, Russell was accountable for directing PepsiCo’s Global Diversity and Inclusion communication strategy in support of PepsiCo’s vision tied to Performance with Purpose (Human, Talent and Environmental Sustainability).

Before joining PepsiCo in 2006, Russell was the Senior Manager - Community Relations for Sara Lee Corporation and Deputy Director – Sara Lee Foundation. Russell was responsible for working with Sara Lee’s operating companies to create value by leveraging brand equity, enhancing their business environments, and building their reputations by strategically linking them with national and regional nonprofit organizations. In addition, to working with Sara Lee’s operating companies; Russell managed the Sara Lee Foundation matching grants program, employee volunteerism and board placement program.

Russell’s background includes two decades of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Sara Lee, he was Program Associate for the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation in Chicago. In addition, he was a Policy Associate for the Chicago Jobs Council and the Assistant Director of the Paternal Involvement Demonstration Project. Russell came to Illinois from Ohio where he served as a Grant Associate for the Nord Family Foundation.

Currently, Russell is a board member of Chicago Cares and the Evanston Community Foundation. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations including: the Goodman Theatre, the Association of Black Foundation Executives (former Chair), Chicago African Americans In Philanthropy (former Chair), Muntu Dance Theatre, Paternal Involvement Project, School Street Movement, Urban Prep Academies and the Lorain County Midnight Basketball Program.

Russell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and religion from Oberlin College, earned a Masters of Theological Studies with a concentration in Ethics and Society from Garrett Theological Seminary/Northwestern University and completed a certificate program in Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago. In addition, Russell was awarded a Ford-Mellon Research Fellowship and a Ronald E. McNair Research Fellowship in which he studied the correlation between juvenile delinquency and single-female headed households.

Russell has been recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as a Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders as well as recipient of the Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy Handy L. Lindsey, Jr. Award and Lecture on Inclusiveness in Philanthropy.

Russell and his wife, Joi-Anissa, and their children – Mark and Ava – live in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, IL.

Timothy M. Russell will be speaking on the panel, “Big Tent: Building a Culture that Promotes Diversity and Inclusion.”

Tim State

Timothy State

Director, Alumni Relations – Americas and Reunions, Chicago Booth

Tim State

Timothy State

Director, Alumni Relations – Americas and Reunions, Chicago Booth

Timothy State is the director of alumni relations for the Americas and reunions at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He and his team work with the volunteers managing alumni clubs and organizations throughout North America and South America, as well as the school’s reunion committees. The work volunteer leaders do extend the reach and impact of Chicago Booth.

He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Highland Park, Illinois, and has served on a variety of volunteer boards over the years. State earned his bachelor of arts in sociology and anthropology from Lake Forest College.

Karen Tamley

Karen Tamley

Commissioner at Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Karen Tamley

Karen Tamley

Commissioner at Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

In her role as Commissioner, Tamley leads numerous disability policy and accessibility compliance initiatives in transportation, city infrastructure, emergency preparedness, housing, education and technology.  She also oversees the delivery of independent living services such as in-home supports, home accessibility modifications, amplified phones, and employment readiness to thousands of Chicagoans with disabilities.

Commissioner Tamley serves as the City’s representative regarding disability related policy on a number of boards and committees, including the Pace Board of Directors, the region’s Paratransit service provider. In 2015, Commissioner Tamley was appointed by President Obama to serve on the United States Access Board which develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostics equipment, and information technology. Most recently, the Civic Federation of Chicago and Motorola Solutions Foundation named Commissioner Tamley the recipient of the 2015 “Excellence in Public Service Award” for her extraordinary impact.

Under Commissioner Tamley’s leadership, Chicago received the Accessible America Award from the National Organization on Disability and for two years, MOPD was named “Best Government Department” by the Deaf Illinois.

For 15 years prior to her appointment, Tamley served in management, policy and advocacy roles at disability organizations in Washington D.C., Denver and Chicago. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she was the Director of Programs at Access Living a center for advocacy and services for people with disabilities in Chicago.

Commissioner Tamley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Commissioner Tamley will be speaking on the panel, “Missing dimensions of diversity: How disability inclusion strengthens organizations”

Mark Trembacki

Mark D. Trembacki, ’85

Principal, Risk Management Levers, Inc.

Mark Trembacki

Mark D. Trembacki, ’85

Principal, Risk Management Levers, Inc.

Mark D. Trembacki, '85, is the founder of Risk Management Levers, Inc., a consulting firm focused on strategic risk management, mergers and acquisitions integration, and change management.

His prior career was at BMO Financial Group where he successfully led major enterprise risk management initiatives.

Additionally, Trembacki has a long history of nonprofit board service, most recently as Vice Chair of DuPage Children’s Museum Board and Chair of the Chicago Metro History Education Center where he was instrumental in their merger into the Chicago Historical Society.

Trembacki graduated from the University of Illinois, earned an MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a CPA. He is an Instructor of Finance teaching Enterprise Risk Management in the Masters of Science in Finance program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Mark Trembacki will be speaking on the panel, "Lighting Talks: Big Ideas from nonprofit innovators."  

Evan Trent Photo

Evan Trent, AB ’02, MBA ’06

VP Strategy & Corporate Development, Heidrick & Struggles

Evan Trent Photo

Evan Trent, AB ’02, MBA ’06

VP Strategy & Corporate Development, Heidrick & Struggles

Evan Trent is Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ:HSII) the premiere global provider of executive search and leadership consulting to the world’s most successful organizations. At Heidrick, he is responsible for global enterprise strategy as well as delivering new growth platforms through mergers, acquisition, and joint ventures.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Trent was a member of the Accelerator program at Sterling Partners, a middle market private equity firm with $6B in capital under management. His duties involved serving as a strategic advisor to the portfolio, and holding senior management roles with multiple Sterling companies.

As a member of the Accelerator program at Sterling, Trent also held senior management roles with Sterling portfolio companies. Most recently, he served as SVP Corporate Development at School of Rock, the worldwide leader in music education. In this capacity, Trent was a member of the leadership team that tripled the size of School of Rock to over 140 locations serving 15,000+ students worldwide.

Prior to joining Sterling, Trent was a management consultant and lead projects with Fortune 500 companies focused on strategy, and enterprise value growth. Prior to his career in consulting, Trent was a technology entrepreneur.

Outside of work, Trent is actively engaged in civic leadership and has served on boards for several Chicagoland non-profit organizations. He presently serves as Vice Chair of the board for Open Books and serves on the board for Third Coast Percussion. Trent is also involved in the University of Chicago Booth Social Enterprise Initiative, working as an executive coach to executive directors and as a pro-bono consultant to Chicago-area non-profits.

Trent is an avid collector of vinyl LPs with a library numbering several thousand and spanning classical, jazz, folk, blues, rock, and many other genres.

Trent holds both an AB (History) and MBA from the University of Chicago. In 2015 Trent earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Board Leadership from the Graham School at the University of Chicago.

Evan Trent will be speaking at “Jumpstart.”

Oleg Urminsky

Oleg Urminsky

Professor of Marketing and True North Communications, Inc. Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth

Oleg Urminsky

Oleg Urminsky

Professor of Marketing and True North Communications, Inc. Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth

Oleg Urminsky studies consumer and managerial decision making and its implications for marketing management. He is particularly interested in goals and motivations, intertemporal decision making, consumer beliefs and inference, statistical reasoning and customer relationship management (e.g., reward/loyalty programs and incentive systems). He teaches experimental research methods for MBA students.

Urminsky's research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Marketing Research, and Psychological Science, as well as other journals. His paper, "The Goal-Gradient Hypothesis Resurrected: Purchase Acceleration, Illusionary Goal Progress, and Customer Retention" was a finalist for the 2007 Paul Green award and 2011 O'Dell award.

His recent research investigates the role that a belief in a stable self-identity (e.g. 'connectedness' to the future self) plays in making farsighted choices, how optimism and pessimism affect preferences for change, how suggested default amounts affect donation behavior and how ending an incentive affects people’s motivation.

Urminsky's past experience includes serving as a research director and corporate vice president at Young & Rubicam Advertising, where he worked on the largest worldwide study of brands, the Brand Asset Valuator, investigating the links between consumer perceptions and subsequent financial performance. Urminsky had previously worked in political polling and custom marketing research.

Oleg Urminsky will be presenting, "Booth in the Board Room: Good Marketer, Good Fundraiser."

Eric Weinheimer

Eric Weinheimer, ’94

President and CEO, Forefront

Eric Weinheimer

Eric Weinheimer, ’94

President and CEO, Forefront

Eric Weinheimer, ’94, is the president and CEO of Forefront, a membership organization for nonprofits, philanthropy, public agencies, and advisors that seeks to build a vibrant social impact sector for all the people of Illinois.

Previously, Weinheimer was president and CEO of The Cara Program, a nonprofit that provides training, job placement and support services to individuals who are homeless and struggling in poverty. Under Weinheimer’s leadership, The Cara Program founded and established two leading social enterprises – Cleanslate Chicago and 180 Properties (a joint venture with Mercy Housing Lakefront) – to generate revenue and provide employment opportunities and on-the-job training to individuals who have significant obstacles to employment, including recent incarceration.

Weinheimer serves on the advisory board for the Social Enterprise Initiative at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

Hal Weiztman

Hal Weitzman

Executive Director, Intellectual Capital, Chicago Booth

Hal Weiztman

Hal Weitzman

Executive Director, Intellectual Capital, Chicago Booth

Hal Weitzman is executive director of Intellectual Capital and an adjunct assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is editor-in-chief of Chicago Booth Review and host of The Big Question, Booth's monthly video panel discussion series. He was a reporter and editor at the Financial Times from 2000 to 2012, the last seven years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Chicago. As well as the FT, his reporting has appeared in The Economist, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, Slate and Politico.

Weitzman's experience in South America formed the basis for his 2012 book, Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering. His time as a reporter in Chicago led him to write 'Chicago's Decade of Innovation, 1972-1982', a chapter covering the development of financial derivatives, which was published in the 2010 book Regulated Exchanges: Dynamic Agents of Economic Growth.

Weitzman grew up in Wales. He was an undergraduate at Leeds, gained a master's at Oriel College, Oxford, and was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Hal Weitzman will be moderating the Keynote Address.

George Wu

George Wu

John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

George Wu

George Wu

John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

George Wu studies the psychology of individual, managerial, and organizational decision making; decision analysis; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Additionally, he has received research funding as part of a 3-year, $3.6 million project entitled "Enhancing the Human Experience through Behavioral Science: New Paths to Purpose," to advance the behavioral science of purpose. Project research explores how people adopt, pursue, and fulfill their intentions to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self, and often is of consequence to the world beyond the self."

Wu's research has been published widely in a number of journals in economics, management science, and psychology, including Cognitive Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Management Science, Psychological Science, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 1997, Wu was on the faculty of Harvard Business School as an assistant and associate professor in the managerial economics area and then in the negotiation and decision making group. He also has worked as a lecturer at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, Wu worked as a decision analyst at Procter & Gamble.

Wu is a a former department editor of Management Science and is on numerous other editorial boards, including Decision Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and Theory and Decision. He earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in applied mathematics with a concentration in decision and control in 1985, a master's degree in applied mathematics in 1987, and a PhD in decision sciences in 1991, all from Harvard.

George Wu will be presenting, "Booth in the Board Room: Flipping the Volunteerism Switch." 

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