Jacqueline von Edelberg

A unicorn with a brain. A deep-rooted Chicago connector and rainmaker. A pie-in-the sky, free thinking builder-type who gets sh*t done. Not easily pigeonholed: Jacqueline is a University of Chicago political science PhD/Fulbright professor turned social entrepreneur, who comes to challenges with an intellectual rigor, global perspective, and high-tolerance for…

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Brian Hynes

Brian Hynes grew up on Chicago’s south side. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree, at night, from Loyola University Chicago, while working full time for the Illinois House Speaker. Brian practiced law for twenty-two years, stopping in 2018 to focus on his…

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Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie is the co-founder of Headline Solar. The 33-year old Chicago native got his start in entrepreneurship in 2012 after bringing his drum invention to market. After that, he started Wax & Wick, a high-end candle company, in 2015. In early 2019 he helped launch Headline Solar in Illinois….

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Patrick McEneaney

Dr. Patrick McEneaney is board-certified and completed his medical school training at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. His residency training was at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Administration. He then moved back to Chicago where he finished residency at Thorek Memorial Hospital and Weiss Memorial Hospital. He…

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Gaurav Dubey

Gaurav Dubey is a dynamic clinical biologist, evidence-based branding professional and entrepreneur with a passion for scientific writing and traveling the world. He earned a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from the University of Miami in 2011 and with his Master’s in Biotechnology from Rush University Medical Center…

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Eric Hiller

Eric Hiller is the Managing Partner of Hiller Associates. He is an experienced corporate executive and consultant, specializing in operational / process improvement, software and hardware product management and customer insights, and design-to-value (DtV), should-cost, and product cost management. Mr. Hiller was a senior expert and engagement manager at McKinsey…

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Guy Furman

Guy Furman has combined his extensive background in agriculture and engineering and launched Windy City Mushroom, home to Chicago’s premium gourmet mushrooms. Located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, they deliver their customers the freshest and most excellent gourmet mushrooms. Sustainable, local, organic, and delicious. Mushrooms are one of…

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Asta Klimaite

Asta is the Founder and CEO of Beautiful Mind Therapy. She was born in Lithuania but has spent most of her adult life in the United States. Her professional training began with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, Illinois, in 2008. She later completed her Master…

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Chelsie Tamms

Chelsie Tamms is an award-winning lettering artist and designer from Chicago. With a love of art and understanding the world since a young age, she studied Graphic Design, Spanish, and Marketing at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. While a student, she won $10,000 through Bradley’s Student Entrepreneurship Competition to start…

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Jorden Rutledge

Jorden Rutledge always enjoyed thinking through arguments. While he was in college, he met a few lawyers and found he really enjoyed their debates and conversations about legal issues and upcoming legislation. This positive experience encouraged him to consider the legal field as a profession, and ultimately, he decided that…

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Joel Miller

Joel is co-founder/owner of The Sky Floor, LLC, founded in 2009 with his identical twin brother. The Sky Floor has grown in revenue in each year of business, averaging 30% growth. Alan and Joel were born on Leap Day and recently turned nine years old. He is a co-founder of…

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