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Steve Johns

President and founder

Confluence Pharmaceuticals

Ben Brownback

Principal, executive producer, The B2Group

Past president, Las Vegas Illini Alumni Club

Chris Petersen


Futurexecs Accelerators

Sonny Tai

CEO/co-founder, Actuate

Marine Corps veteran

Michael Munie

Founder, stealth AI company

Former Google software engineer

Justin Breen

Founder, BrEpic Communications LLC

Journalism Chair, College of Media Alumni Board

Debra Walker

Circuit court judge

Cook County

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George Buchanan

Executive VP, Risk Management

Regions Bank

Michael Pan


Panco Foods

Eric Loeb

Data scientist


Blake Mathias

Assistant professor of entrepreneurship

Indiana University

Jeff Badu

2018 Lester McKeever Award

Chicago CPA

Mark Kesler

Founded O’Malley’s

Parkland business instructor

Darren Guccione

Distinguished alumni award

CEO, Keeper Security, Inc.

Steve Sarowitz

Paylocity founder/chairman

Blue Marble Payroll CEO

Molly Maloof

Bay Area physician entrepreneur

Strategic consultant

Greg Leman

Director, LAUNCH Innovative Business Accelerator

Baylor University

Matt Cho

Partner, Adjacency

Founder, [co][lab]

Elizabeth Engele

Co-founder, executive director


Julia Haried

MakerGirl co-founder

Deloitte audit, assurance senior

Lori Bitter


The Business of Aging

Vicki Ku

Senior product manager


Damien Howard

Director of education initiatives

Together Chicago

Farva Jafri

New York entrepreneur

PondHop CEO

Gagan Bhatia


DataStride Solutions