Scott W. Allard is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, and a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the RUPRI Poverty Research Center. Allard’s recent book, Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (Yale University Press, 2009), explores the contemporary challenges communities face in connecting working poor populations to safety net assistance and promoting greater well-being among the poor. Scott is on the Editorial Board of the Social Science Review, on the Advisory Council of the Journal of federalism, and the Executive Committee section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association.
CEO, Easy2 Technologies
Ethan Cohen is the CEO of Easy2 Technologies, a leading provider of interactive merchandising solutions and technology for online and mobile applications. During 2010, Ethan served as an Executive in Residence for Cleveland Clinic with a focus on commercializing emerging healthcare information technologies. Prior to this, Ethan was the President of SPi Healthcare, a provider of medical transcription services with operations in the US, the Philippines and India. Ethan also worked in teleradiology services where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Telerad Express and the COO of Franklin & Seidelmann. From 1997 until 2004, Ethan was the Chief Technology Officer of MedQuist, the world’s largest medical transcription service and a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Ethan has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School where he graduated with Distinction. He also has an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Jaimi E. Goodfriend, CFA is a founder of Trading Sciences and the venture’s anchor in the financial community. Jaimi brings over 12 years of active trading, security analysis and portfolio analytic expertise to Trading Sciences and additionally serves as an adjunct professor teaching hedge fund management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at DePaul University in Chicago. Jaimi holds an economics degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Jaimi has past experience at Balyasny Asset Management, the Citadel Investment Group, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and ARC Art Gallery. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, The New York Times, Bloomberg News and her interviews have appeared on CNN and PBS. Jaimi has served as a board member at Market InformationLab as well as a volunteer for Equality Illinois.
Mari Kuraishi co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and currently leads the organization. Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank's most innovative projects including the first ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces, and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank's president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Kenneth Obel is a lawyer and entrepreneur. Principal at goodcounsel, Ken is a graduate of Yale Law School, an alumnus of one of Chicago's preeminent law firms, a successful business founder, and the former General Counsel of several technology companies. Ken is an innovative and practical lawyer who appreciates the challenges that confront companies, businesspeople and individuals. After graduating Yale Law School, Ken practiced law in the U.S. District Court as well as for the City of Chicago. Ken founded Fox&Obel Market and later engaged in other entrepreneurial ventures including Rise Health. Ken has served on the board of directors of School Choice Illinois and has served as General Counsel for HighBeam Research and at Viewpoints Network.
Co-Founder, Think Gaming
Chinwe Onyeagoro is the CEO and Co-Founder of FundWell (formerly New Equity Business), an online platform that helps small businesses identify the right financing solutions and build financial health. Chinwe co-founded the boutique consulting firm O-H Community Partners (OHcp) that over the last 7 years has successfully raised a total of $120 million in grants, competitive loans, tax incentives, government subsidies, and owner equity financing on behalf of for-profit and non-profit clients across the country. Chinwe graduated magna cum laude with a joint degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University. She is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of both the Economic Club of Chicago and Lambda Alpha International. She was named one of Chicago’s 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business and her work has been featured in Reuters, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Uptown Magazine, and Chicago Defender.
Adam Radulovic is an experienced entrepreneur and small business leader. He works with many nonprofit clients and across several sectors. As President of xl.net – Keeping You Productve, Adam helps organizations meet their strategic goals through tailored technology support. Adam is the former Director of Divine, software that broke down communications silos at Fortune 500 companies to optimize knowledge worker effectiveness. Divine (Parlano) was acquired by Microsoft in 2007. Adam has a BAE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Adam served as a Project Manager at UBS.
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