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Pablo Acosta

Senior economist

The World Bank

Luvvie Ajayi

Best-selling Nigerian author

'16 LAS Young Alum of Yr.

Jennifer Gover Bannon

Assistant city attorney

City of Champaign

Julie Bensman

Host, writer, producer

Created BBC’s ‘RSVP Abroad’

Mike Biver

Director of planned giving

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Dee Brown

All-American guard

UIC assistant coach

Darnell Leatherwood

Founder, Black Boys Shine!

Founding member, My Brother's Keeper Alliance Action Team

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Michael Burton

Assistant professor

University of Texas-Dallas

Toccara Castleman

Senior editor/writer, Syfy.com and USANetwork.com

NBC Universal

Cassandra Chaney

LSU professor

Child and Family Studies

Kyle Cline

Chief Illiniwek 35

Caterpillar engineer

Jessica (Galli) Cloy

7-time Paralympic medal winner

Holds three world records

Areg Danagoulian

MIT assistant professor

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Larry Fahnestock

UI professor

Civil and environmental engineering

Anjali Forber-Pratt

2-time Paralympian

Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research

Raymond Fu

Sr. VP, technology Innovation

Shiseido Americas Corp.

Peter Griffin

Director, Marching Illini


John ‘JJ’ Harris

Founder, creative director

Techboogie Media

Alex Hedlund

Film and TV producer

Urbana High grad

Jasmine Hernandez

Staff attorney

Department of Veterans Affairs

Sonia Kazarova

California bakery CEO

Gluten Free Goddess

Jim Keating

Research and development

Qatar Foundation

Parsa Khalili

Brooklyn architect

Princeton visiting lecturer

Fred Koschmann


Founder, Backyard Film Co.

Brian Ludmer

Manager/tech production

Universal Studios Hollywood