About Linda Darragh
Linda Darragh is the executive director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In this role, she is Kellogg’s senior administrator overseeing and integrating the school’s curricular, co-curricular, and alumni outreach activities in entrepreneurship, social enterprise, venture capital and private equity. Linda is a cornerstone of the Chicago entrepreneurship community and recognized globally as a leader in entrepreneurship education. Prior to Kellogg, she served as the director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she was instrumental in furthering entrepreneurship. Linda received her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University.
About Greg Lernihan
Greg Lernihan is an impact investor, committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others and has refocused his life with this purpose. He currently dedicates his time to mentoring budding entrepreneurs and helping others who are passionately serving the nonprofit world.
Greg is co-founder of Convergint Technologies, an electronic security, life safety, and building management company. Started in a basement in 2001, Convergint Technologies has grown from two colleagues to 1,600 in 2014 with 45 offices throughout the world. Passionate about helping others, Greg instilled a sense of social responsibility in Convergint’s culture through their unique values and beliefs, and recently led multiple company mission trips to Haiti. Greg now serves as an active board member. Prior to starting Convergint Technologies, Greg spent 20 years in various roles at Siemens Building Technologies before leaving his last position as senior vice president for North America.
Active in professional and civic organizations, he has been involved in mentoring inner city youth for many years. He is a board member and teacher for the Barrington High School Incubator program, a partner at Social Venture Partners, a board member at Impact Engine, and an advisor to the Center for Companies that Care. He is also actively involved in philanthropy and social investing.
Greg holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Purdue University. Greg is married and has been blessed with three children and one grandson.
About Dan Ratner
Dan Ratner is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Public Good Software, which is redefining online philanthropy. Prior to PGS, he was Director of Development helping to build the technology team for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Before the campaign, Dan served as co-founder and COO/CTO at Sittercity, the nation’s largest service dedicated to helping parents find quality childcare online. In addition to his startup and campaign work, Dan is on the boards of Open Books, a Chicago literacy organization, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. When not working, he loves to write and has published two non-fiction books on nanotechnology and is working on an upcoming novel. He lives in Chicago with his wife Genevieve Thiers and their amazing twin sons Ari & Leo.
About Chuck Templeton
Chuck Templeton is passionate about early stage and emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. He has had the pleasure of being involved with over two-dozen startups as an investor, board member, or advisor, but spends the majority of his time helping impact companies as Chairman of the Board for Impact Engine.
He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN). He helped build an industry leading company that changed the way full-service restaurants manage their top-line growth and diners make their dinner reservations. While CEO, he recruited and hired the first management team, obtained and allocated company resources, led the business and product strategy, and carefully crafted a highly dedicated culture. OpenTable is the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.
He used that experience to support the GrubHub team as an Advisor and Director. They grew to be a national leader in providing hungry diners with food delivery and take-out options, while also helping independent restaurants use technology to operate more profitably.
He spent three years serving in the US Army, becoming Ranger and Sniper qualified. Most importantly, he has an amazing wife and two awesome daughters.