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Board Members

Jim O'Connor, Jr.

Chairman of the Board

Global Head of Venture Capital and Managing Director, William Blair

Laura Ferris Anderson


Head of Industry Strategy, JPMorgan Merchant Services

Larry Eppley


Managing Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Hank Adams

Former CEO, Sportvision, Inc.

Leslie Anderson

SVP National Head of Treasury and Payment Solutions, BMO Harris Bank

Brenna Berman

Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago

Matt Brown

Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Lon Chow

Partner, KDWC Ventures

Steven Collens


Linda Darragh

Executive Director, Kellogg School of Management

Dean Debiase

Chairman, Reboot Partners

Jim Dugan

CEO, Co-Founder, and Managing Partner, OCA Ventures

Sonny Garg

Solutions Lead, Energy, Uptake

Chris Gladwin

CEO and Co-Founder, Ocient

Sam Guren

Owner, Guren Capital Management, LLC

Adam Hecktman

Director of Technology and Civic Innovation Chicago, Microsoft

Troy Henikoff

Managing Director, MATH Venture Partners

Robert Blackwell, Jr.

President, EKI-Digital

Bryant Keil

Founding Chairman, Potbelly Sandwich Works

Matt Maloney

Co-Founder & CEO, GrubHub

Talia Mashiach

CEO, Founder & Product Architect, Eved

Bret Maxwell

Managing General Partner, MK Capital

Matt McCall

Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Mike McMurray

President, Globetrotters Engineering Corporation

RJ Melman

Founder, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Jeff Miller

Corporate VP and General Manager, Motorola Mobility

Suzanne Muchin

Principal, Mind + Matter Studio

Pam Netzky

Co-Founder, Skinny Pop

Maura O’Hara

Executive Director, Illinois Venture Capital Association

Lisa Portnoy

Central Region Sector Leader for Technology, Media/Entertainment, Telecom, Ernst & Young

Kristi Ross

Co-CEO and President, tastytrade

Ellen Rudnick

Sr. Advisor on Entrepreneurship and Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Patrick Ryan, Jr.

Founder and CEO, INCISENT Labs Group

Renee Sang

Managing Director, Accenture Customer Innovation Network

Lloyd Semple

Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

Rishi Shah

CEO, Outcome Health

Jai Shekhawat

Founder, Fieldglass

Joe Shenton

Principal, Summit Trail Advisors

Andy Skoglund

Managing Director, Merrill Lynch

Ted Souder

Head of Industry, Retail, Google

Adam Stanley

CIO, Cushman & Wakefield

Tim Stojka

CEO, Agentis Energy

Matthew Summy

VP, Comcast

Scott Swanson

President, PNC Bank

Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Genevieve Thiers

Founder, Sittercity.com

Tom Thompson

Senior Managing Director, WP Global Partners

David Tolmie

Partner, Edgewater Funds

Howard Tullman

CEO, 1871

Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures

Sam Yagan

CEO, ShopRunner