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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


Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase

Larry Eppley


Managing Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Hank Adams

CEO, Sportvision

Leslie Anderson

SVP National Head of Treasury and Payment Solutions, Business Banking, Harris Bank

Brenna Berman

Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago

Robert Blackwell, Jr.

President, KI-Digital

Matt Brown

Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Lon Chow

General Partner, Apex Venture Partners

Steven Collens


Linda Darragh

Executive Director, Kellogg School of Management

Dean Debiase

Chairman, Reboot Partners

Jim Dugan

CEO and Managing Partner, OCA Ventures

Sunil Garg

Senior VP & Chief Information & Innovation Officer, 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, Techstars Chicago

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

RJ Melman

Founder, Lettuce Entertain You

Jeff Miller

Corporate VP, 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

Ellen Rudnick

Executive Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship

Patrick Ryan, Jr.

Founder and CEO, Incisent Technologies

Renee Sang

Managing Director, Accenture Customer Innovation Network

Lloyd Semple

Former Managing Director, Accenture

Rishi Shah

Chief Executive Officer, Context Media

Jai Shekhawat

CEO and Co-Founder, Fieldglass

Joe Shenton

Principal, Advisor, Summit Trail Advisors

Andy Skoglund

Managing Director, Merrill Lynch

Ted Souder

Head of Industry - Retail, Google

Adam Stanley

CIO, Cushman & Wakefield

Tim Stojka

Chief Executive Officer, Agentis Energy

Matthew Summy

Vice President, 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

Chief Executive Officer, 1871

Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures

Sam Yagan

Vice-Chairman, Match Group

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