received her MA in Human Computer Interaction at DePaul University and BA in Graphic Design and Animation from NYIT. Kris taught herself how to build robotic prototypes, create schematic boards, AI programming, and Arduino Uno microcontroller. She’s passionate about teaching youth how much fun coding and electro-mechanical engineering can be.
recieved a BA in English from Knox College and MSW from University of Chicago. With an extensive background in Community and Economic Development, and the Founder of Hire Learning Career Development Academy, she is dedicated to the 21st Century educational and employment pathway building of urban youth.
received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She worked for three years after graduation as a litigation consultant before deciding to return to her true passion: studying & teaching math. She is currently working towards her PhD in Pure Mathematics at UIC, where she is employed as a Teaching Assistant for Calculus I. She has been helping students of all levels understand math for over 10 years, and is looking forward to becoming a college professor when she graduates from UIC.
is an author, developer and principal at Accolade Systems, a Chicagoland IT consulting startup. He develops mobile applications, secures servers, enable VOIP and SIP solutions, and designs networks for small and mid-size businesses. In the last year, Lwin has won several hackathons/coding competitions. Lwin has worked for fortune 100 companies, NGOs all over the world and for small businesses in Chicago. Lwin has instructed technical workshops for professionals across the country.
Patrick James Murphy, Ph.D. (UIC)
is an award-winning professor, DePaul professor, global lecturer and has served as advisor to over 100 firms nationally. Chair of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management, he has published over 20 articles and Mutiny and Its Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery, (Yale University Press.)
Bruce Lincoln, Ph.D.
is a University of Chicago Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and is an Associate Faculty in the Departments of Anthropology and Classics and holds positions in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Committee on Medieval Studies.
Seyi is the Co-Founder of Power2Switch and a University of Chicago, Booth School of Business/MBA graduate and Manufacturing Group of the University of Warwick / M.Sc.
earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and MBA from Northwestern University. He is a marketer, career coach, personal trainer and martial arts instructor and an engineer with Procter & Gamble working in the areas of product and material development, marketing and currently in the Fabric Care business.
Raina Dyer-Barr, Ph.D.
earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois’ Educational Policy Studies Department. Her dissertation examined the role and effectiveness of mentoring among underrepresented undergraduates. Her broader research interests include underrepresented students’ experiences in higher education, issues of retention and completion, student-faculty relationships and interactions, and student transitions in higher education.
Michael Wesson, Jr.
has been in Private Equity since 2005 & a Vice President of Transwestern Investment Company. Previously, Mr. Wesson was an analyst at Forest City Enterprises, Inc. where he focused on Portfolio Management for the Commercial Group, Residential Group, and Land Development Group. Mr. Wesson earned his BS in Finance & Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Wesson is a member of Urban Land Institute.
has helped improve the performance of some of the world’s best known companies by helping their people perform better – including senior management. Damian received his BS degree in Psychology from Howard University and an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Emily Diane Cambry
received her BSN at St Xavier University an MSW from University of Illinois and a MA in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction. Cambry works as a School Social Worker for the Chicago Public Schools and as a Field Instructor and mentor for Social Work Interns and newly employed Social Workers.
is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University and a writer and filmmaker. Kado's website Avant/Chicago has been recognized as a top Chicago website. He wrote, directed, and produced the comedy “Off the Cuff” and “Welcome to Gentle Waters”, web series and videos for the band Lotus and several documentaries.
William Dorsey M.D.
earned his MBA from The University of Virginia and works as a Business Analyst at Pfizer, Inc. Prior to business school Dr. Dorsey practiced General Surgery at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospitals. His interests include leveraging IT to improve patient care while lowering health care costs.
is currently a Venture Partner with OCA Ventures and was an Internet entrepreneur creating high-growth technology companies. He holds a BA in International Relations from Georgetown University and an MBA and a JD from Northwestern University where he was the President of the Association for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Law.
received his MBA with distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management and his BA from Indiana University. Matthew began his professional career working as a sales account manager for fortune 500 company, Ecolab Inc. Following his passion for entrepreneurship, Matthew was instrumental in building a start-up construction company.