Our Board

Larry Eppley

Chairman of the Board

Managing Partner, Sheppard Mullin

Michael D. Lyman

Treasurer, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

Senior Managing Director, Lead – Strategy & Consulting North America, Accenture

Ted Souder

Secretary, Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Founder, Wiggs Holding

Jim O'Connor Jr.

Chairman Emeritus

Global Head of Venture Capital and Managing Director, William Blair

Sara Star

Chair of the Development Committee

Nonprofit Leader and Investor

Troy Henikoff

Chair of the Programming Committee

Managing Director, MATH Venture Partners

Leslie Anderson

Global Head Employee Tech Experience and Chair of Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee

BMO Financial Group

Venkat Atluri

Senior Partner, McKinsey and Company

Jeremie Bacon

CEO of The Forge Adventure Parks

Cass Baker

Co-CEO & President, GainShare Performance Marketing

Laurie Bauer

Partner, Cooley

Brenna Berman

Founder, City Tech

Mike Carlin

CIO, Abbvie

Stan Chia

CEO, Vivid Seats

Dr. Garry Cooper

CEO and Co-founder, Rheaply

Linda Darragh

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship

Dean Debiase

Chairman, Reboot Partners

Jim Dugan

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

Kaili Emmrich

Head of North America, Google for Startups

Laura Ferris Anderson

JPMorgan Merchant Services

Scott Holloway

General Partner, Starting Line

John Howard

SVP General Counsel, Grainger

Julia Kanouse

Senior Vice President of Membership, ISACA

Andy Kofoid

President – Global Field Operations, Databricks

Amanda Lannert

CEO, Jellyvision

Mark Lawrence

CEO, SpotHero

Starr Marcello

Deputy Dean for MBA Programs
The University of Chicago
Booth School of Buisness

Rob Matles

Head of Innovation Enablement Programs, JPMorgan Chase

Sean McCarthy

VP Business Development, Comcast

Michael McMurray

President, Transportation and Infrastructure | Managing Director of Chicago Office -Wight & Company

Dorri McWhorter

President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Suzanne Muchin

Clinical Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management

Co-Founder/Exec Chair Bonfire Women, Inc

Sonia Nagar

General Partner, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Randy Nornes

Managing Partner, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Industry, Aon

Julie Roth Novack

CEO & Co-Founder, PartySlate

Maura O'Hara

Executive Director, Illinois Venture Capital Association

Tyler Prince

Global Leader- Alliances & Channels, Snowflake

Matt Renner

Global Chief Operating Officer , Google Cloud

Rowan Richards

Director of Community Business, Allies for Community Business

Lee “Rosy” Rosenberg

CEO, Rosenberg Advisory

Kristi Ross

Co-CEO and President, tastytrade

Neal Sales-Griffin

Managing Director, Tech Stars

Brooke Schultz

Corporate Vice President, Global Sales Operations, Motorola Solutions

Jai Shekhawat

Founder and former CEO, SAP Fieldglass

Joe Shenton

Partner, Summit Trail Advisors

Marc Shiffman

Former President and Chief Executive Officer

SMS Assist

Scott Swanson

President, PNC Bank Illinois, Midwest Territory Executive

Mark Tebbe

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

Dave Tolmie

Partner, Edgewater Funds

Keith Toney

Executive Vice President and the President of Credit & Decision Management at Discover Financial Services

Kevin Willer

Partner, Chicago Ventures

Sam Yagan

Co-Founder/CEO of Corazon Capital

Betsy Ziegler

CEO, 1871

Advisory Board

Hank Adams

CEO of Rise Gardens

Dennis Boecker

Global IoT Innovation Lead, Robert Bosch GmbH

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Jaime di Paulo

President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC)

Adam Hecktman

Global Philanthropies Director

Mark Hinch

Founder and CEO, Hinch Associates

Brian Hoff

Executive – Grid Innovation Solutions, GE Digital

Jack Keenan

Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Ryan Leavitt

Co-Founder at Pillar Booth

Matt Maloney

Co-Founder, GrubHub

Talia Mashiach

CEO, Founder & Product Architect, Eved

Bret Maxwell

Managing General Partner, MK Capital

Jeff Miller

Chief Commercial Officer, Synchronoss Technologies

Matthew O'Sullivan

Founding member & Chairman of hub88

Ellen Rudnick

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

Lloyd Semple

Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

Tim Stojka

CEO, Agentis Energy

Genevieve Thiers

Founder, Sittercity.com