Stories that inspire
Founder, Digital Citizen Fund
Roya is using technology to change the lives of tens of thousands of women in Afghanistan. Video>
CoFounder, CEO dough, inc.
Kristi’s award-winning options-trading platform is transforming the way millions think about investing. Video>
CoFounder, O'Neil Construction
After a hurricane blew veteran Kaney O’Neill off a balcony – resulting in paraplegia, Kaney blew the stereotype of what’s achievable when you have the spirit of an entrepreneur. Video>
Elena’s passion to connect at-risk youth to employment, led her to build a revolutionary video-based startup. Video>
Chicago CIO and Commissioner, Dept. of Innovation and Technology
Brenna Berman has been working with the Emanuel administration since 2011, most recently working to create an “open and data-driven government”.
CoFounder at Cubii
“Don’t let your lack of experience deter you from trying something new.”
Founder, Veterans Prime
Dana is a former marine who is helping transitioning veterans find jobs.
Sr. Assoc. MATH Venture Partners
Samara is a venture capital investor who specializes in digital and tech companies.
Dima shares her conviction on execution trumping over analysis.
Rose is helping Chicago residents easily find out if they are eligible for social services with her text and app based startup MRelief.
Executive Managing Director, Savills Studley
Lisa Davidson is a champion for women in the Chicago commercial real estate community and in the tech community.
Partner at Vue Ventures
Ann Marie, has advised, mentored and managed over 30 companies. Hear her thoughts on her career path.
Desiree Vargas Wrigley
Desiree created one of America’s leading online platforms for helping friends and families in times of challenges. Video >
CoFounder, Hooray Learning
Stacy launched three for-profit companies with a combined $30 million in venture funding, then switched to the nonprofit sector in 2006. See Stacy’s Story >
Founder & CEO, Let's Play Please
Founder & CEO, LiftUpLift.Com
Ce Cole Dillon
CEO, School Loans 411
CEO, Lean Creative Labs
CoFounder of i.c.stars
” The shift from being a consumer to an innovator is power.”
Owner, Spa Space