Aris Michalopoulos – Founder and CEO of empeopled

[quote style=”boxed”]Work, work out, eat, work, work, eat, sleep.[/quote] Aris Michalopoulos is the founder and CEO of empeopled, a community-based conversation platform that delivers its users a feed of high-quality content and conversations related to their interests. Prior to empeopled, he worked at Citadel Investment Group, where he was a director of crude derivatives trading. […]

Ashik Desai – EVP of Executive Growth at ContextMedia

[quote style=”boxed”]I am a firm believer in execution. The key to bringing ideas to life is having a vision, getting insight from others on it, and then making it happen.[/quote] Ashik Desai is the EVP of Executive Growth at ContextMedia, a company that empowers healthcare professionals to engage patients while curating content personalized for each […]

Kimberly Burris, Chelsea Woodcock, Kibibi Springs – Co-Founding Team of Positivity

[quote style=”boxed”]We approach innovation by looking to find the right balance between technology and rich human interaction.[/quote] Kimberly Burris, Chelsea Woodcock Ph.D. and Kibibi Springs share a passion for helping people reach their highest potential. This alignment is what guided each of them to their role in building Positivity, a high-touch, yet scalable way for […]

Stephanie Mansour – CEO of Step It Up with Steph

[quote style=”boxed”]Build yourself up. Boost your confidence. Everyday write down and read aloud why YOU are going to make a difference and why your gifts and talents are necessary to share with others.[/quote] Stephanie Mansour, CEO of Step It Up with Steph, is a nationally known Health & Fitness Expert and Body Image & Confidence […]

Eddie Lou – CEO and Co-founder of Shiftgig

[quote style=”boxed”]Be passionate about the idea then surround yourself with people that have the same passion for the idea.[/quote] Eddie is the CEO and co founder of Shiftgig. Prior to that, he was a general partner with OCA Ventures, where he led 10 technology investments. Previously, he was the founder of PlanetHVAC, a business-to-business software […]

Emily Belden – Founder and CEO of Happy Happy Gay Gay

[quote style=”boxed”]I stay excited about tomorrow. I literally go to bed excited to wake up the next day knowing that it hold limitless opportunities. You never know what email will come through your inbox that makes that day special for the rest of your life. It’s that outlook that keeps you motivated to push harder […]

Kenneth Coats – Founder of eKnowID

[quote style=”boxed”]Pull over once in a while to take it all in! Like many entrepreneurs, I’ve been going hard, working 90+-hour weeks for the past six years. I’m just now realizing I need to start working on the balance thing — even if it’s just making time to watch old episodes of “The Three Stooges.”[/quote] […]

Brendan Egan – President & CEO of Simple SEO Group

[quote style=”boxed”]”I constantly look for ways to make things more efficient, more cost effective, easier, simpler, and in one word better.”[/quote] Brendan Egan grew up in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, Illinois. Growing up he always had an entrepreneurial mind and worked to improve upon the ideas of others. At the age of 12, he […]

Sarah Chalos – Co-Founder of I heart keenwah

[quote style=”boxed”]”All these things are fleeting, and I never want to feel regret, that I wish I had enjoyed life more.”[/quote] Sarah is a Chicago native. It’s the city where she was raised, graduated from high school, found her first job, was married and (relatively recently) had her two baby sons. It’s also where i […]

Sean Johnson – Partner of Digital Intent

[quote style=”boxed”]Deliberate practice – consistently focus on being staggeringly good at what you do.[/quote] Sean Johnson is a partner and leads product development at Digital Intent, a firm that conceives, builds and grows new digital startups. He has helped companies like Groupon, Follett, HarperCollins, Sittercity and more create innovative digital businesses and help them grow. […]