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Greg Barnes


Greg is currently the Principal at Hyde Park Venture Partners. Prior to this position, Greg was the COO at Piece […]

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Sheryl Bartol

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Sheryl Bartol is a private equity investor and Managing Director with BancAmerica Capital Investors, where she has spent the last […]

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Ryan Blitstein


Ryan Blitstein is the President & CEO of Change Illinois, a coalition leading systemic political and government reform in the state. […]

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Amanda Britt


Amanda launched Panzanzee in 2011 to fulfill her dream of growing businesses with social impact and enabling entrepreneurs to develop […]

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Connie Capone


Connie Capone is currently the President of GreenOhm.  Prior to GreenOhm, she was the CEO of ePropertyData, a software data […]

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Cary Chessick

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Cary is a Co-Founder and Partner in Positivity, an investor in both Impact Engine and Firestarter Fund. Cary is the […]

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Michelle Collins


Michelle L. Collins is an Advisory Board Member of Svoboda Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm focused on lower […]

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Frank Cheswick


Frank Cheswick brings over thirty years of private equity, banking and entrepreneurship experience to assist growing companies. He started Cheswick […]

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Dana Damyen


Dana Damyen is a business executive who serves in CFO and interim CFO roles.  She has broad and deep experience […]

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Rick Desai


Rick Desai is a co-founder of Dashfire, a startup enablement firm that has launched 20 digital ventures since September 2009, […]

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Jim Dugan

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Jim Dugan is the Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of OCA Ventures. Prior to co-founding OCA Ventures in […]

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Ryan Dupuis


Ryan is an entrepreneur who has worked a great deal with small and medium businesses to help them find unique […]


Mike Evans

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Mike Evans is the co-founder and COO of GrubHub. Mike Evans graduated MIT in 2000 with a pile of degrees and […]


Anne Evens


Anne Evens is the CEO of Elevate Energy (formerly CNT Energy), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping households and communities control […]


John Geis


John recently co-founded Glossre.com, a glossary of real estate, to achieve the ambitious goal of helping the American public re-envision […]

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Kathryn J. Hayley


Kathryn J. Hayley is Executive Vice President, Strategic Relationships, Medicare and Retirement with UnitedHealthcare.  Hayley is responsible for maturing and […]

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Rich Hoops


Rich is the Co-Founder/Board Member at HUB Boulder.  Since 2003, Rich has dedicated his time to assisting nonprofits and social enterprises […]

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Bernhard Kappe


As founder and CEO of Pathfinder, Bernhard applies lean startup principles and agile development to launch successful products. As a […]

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Gary Kaufman


Gary Kaufman is the CEO of Gameday CFO, where he provides strategic CFO consulting services to early and growth stage […]

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Jeff Keller


Jeff Keller is a Principal at TK Capital, LLC, and before that spent the past 8 years with MacLean-Fogg Company, […]


Abin Kuriakose


A Chicago native, Abin is a dynamic public policy professional and civic engagement advocate for entrepreneurs, the start-up community and […]

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Paul LeFort

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Paul LeFort has over 30 years management consulting experience as a Senior Partner at Deloitte Consulting providing strategy, operations and […]

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Deb Lenart


Deb Lenart has managed growth and innovation in consumer and business-to-business service companies for 25+ years. Her entrepreneurial leadership style […]

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Lou Leuzzi


Lou Leuzzi is an experienced software industry executive with extensive background in sales, marketing, international operations and general management.

Proven ability […]


Larry Levy

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Larry Levy is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Chicago-based Levy Restaurants as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of […]

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Eddie Lou


Eddie is the CEO and co founder of Shiftgig. Prior to that, he was a general partner with OCA Ventures, […]

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Kurt Merriweather


Kurt Merriweather is Director, Strategy and Emerging Business Development, Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI).  Merriweather is a founding member of Discovery’s […]

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Stacy Ratner

Stacy Ratner is the Founder and Executive Director of Open Books, a nonprofit social venture that collects used books and […]


Jochen Renz


Prior to founding SalesEnablers Joe served as the Vice President of Sales Enablement at CA Technologies. Across his 19+ year […]

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John Rompon


John Rompon is a Managing Partner of McNally Capital.  Over the course of his 25-year career, John […]

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Nick Rosa

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Nick Rosa is Co-founder and Managing Director of Sandbox Industries. Prior to forming Sandbox, Nick led a buyout of The […]

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Sharon Schneider


Sharon Schneider is the founder and CEO of Moxie Jean (formerly Good Karma Clothing for Kids), a new service for […]

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Matt Sheehan


The career of Matt Sheehan, Chief Operating Officer at Primo Water, spans retail, software, consulting, technology, and distribution businesses in […]

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Jeff Shuck


Jeff Shuck is the Co-Founder and CEO of Event 360. Since the company’s founding in 2002, Jeff has led the Event 360 team […]

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Arun Sivashankaran


Arun Sivashankaran has worked as a technology entrepreneur for over a decade, and currently spends most of his time as […]


Matt Spiegel


Matt is SVP, GM Americas for MediaMath, where his responsibilities include the expansion of MediaMath’s Americas operation and development.

Prior to joining MediaMath, […]

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Anish Thakkar


Anish is CEO of Greenlight Planet, a VC-funded, impact-focused startup which makes and distributes low cost solar home lights for the 1.5 […]

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Peter Wilkins


Peter Wilkins co-founded and was the CEO of New Futuro, a socially innovative Hispanic education community helping families get their […]

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