Featured Panelists



Accounting, Banking, and Finance Panel

Ghiane Jones (‎Institutional Sales & Business Development, Invesco PowerShares) 
Michelle Balog (Executive Vice President, NuMark Credit Union)

Steven DeJoie (Banker, Banker, Mortgage and Investments, MB Bank)

Kirk Jones (Chief Human Resources Officer, Urban Partnership Bank)

Advertising, Marketing and PR 


Lisa Caro (Strategy Director, Constellation Brands)

Calmetta Coleman (Director of Communications for Civic Engagement,

Office of the Vice President for Communications, University of Chicago)

Eben Smith (Sr. Manager Planning & Design, Chicago Public Schools)


Cristina Vanko (Freelance Artist)

Berit Ness (Coordinator of Academic Initiatives, SMART Museum of Art)

William Lynch (Owner/Artist, Ariel Joseph Art Gallery and Salon)

Paul Bluestone (Principal, Bluestone + Associates)

Eric Jenkins (Founder/CEO, the art of emj)

Author, Journalism, and Publishing

Business, Consulting, and Nonprofit

John W. Fountain (Author/Columnist, Roosevelt University/Chicago Sun-Times)

Katara Patton (Author)

Daschell Phillips (Editor, Hyde Park Herald)

Dr. Carol Collum (CEO, iInspire Enterprises)

 Darcel Washington (President, Mentoring You College and Career Readiness Program)

Seth Sanders (Associate Director, Planning and Coordination, The University of Chicago)

Shari Felty (Collection Associate, Terra Foundation for American Art)

Yuanqi Wang (Lead Analyst, Epsilon)

Warren C. Daniel (CEO, Commercial Level Simulations, Ltd)
Sharan Subramanian (Founder/President, Invest in Chess)

Derrick Fleming Jr. (Founder/CEO, The Gent Enterprises, LLC)

Art, Design, Music and Photography

Philip Kelly (College and Career Guidance Coach, Chicago Public Schools)

Tina Franklin-Bertrand ( International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Programme Coordinator, Bouchet International School)

Erick Williams (College/Career Specialist, Chicago Public Schools)

Matt Knoepke (Teacher, Chicago Public Schools)

Engineering, Technology, and Robotics

Essay Writing Workshop

Carl Butt (Senior Software Engineer, Trustwave)

 Gerry Smith (Director of Minority Affairs, College of Engineering, UIC)

Melanie Mosley (Vice President, National Society of Black Engineers - Chicago Professionals)

Delvin Grant (Associate Professor of MIS, DePaul University)

Stanley Chatman (Group Manager, Avanade Inc.)

Marcus Woodlaw (Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Chicago)

Safiya C. Johnson (Senior Admissions Counselor, The University of Chicago)

Workshop Topic: Components of a Compelling College Admissions Essay


Meghan Lockerby (Athletic Trainer, UChicago Sports Medicine) 

Research & Scientific Inquiry Panel

Social Work

Saule Agdauletova, PhD (MBA Candidate, University of Chicago Booth School of Business/Microbiologist)

Ritoban Basu Thakur (Kavli Postdoctoral Fellow, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago)

Anibal Vega (Executive Director, East Village Youth Program)

Eugene Robinson (District College and Career Specialist, Chicago Public Schools)

​Professional Athletics

William Wagstaff (MD/PhD Candidate, Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago) 

Renee Williams (MD student, St. Joseph's School of Medicine)

 MaryAnn Nwatah (MD student, Atlantic University School of Medicine)

 Dr. Gregory Smith (Physician, Anointed Health Partners)

 LaToya Hayden (Microbiologist, Doctors Data Inc.)

Karen Powell (MD student, St James School of Medicine)

 Doriane Miller (Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality)
Dr. Shelley Amuh (Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Advocate Trinity Hospital)

Law and Justice

Performing Arts

Judge Ramon Ocasio III (Judge, Cook County Circuit Court)

Dartesia Pitts (President-Elect / Attorney, Cook County Bar Association)
Paul Johnson (Managing Director, Kroll)
Kenya Burnett (Senior Attorney, Legal Assistance Foundation)

Patrick Gould (Legal Learning Consultant, Gould Legal Education)

David Rothal (Staff Attorney, Illinois Department of Human Rights)

Paul Johnson (Managing Director, Kroll)

Shannon Veazey (Attorney, Cook County Circuit Court)

Terra Schultz (Executive Director, Hyde Park School of Dance)

Julie Krause (Senior Associate Director, University Events and Ceremonies, The University of Chicago)

Teena Hendricks (Creator/Producer/Director, The Soul Train Impact)


Claudia Madrid (Congressional Aide, Office of Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez)

 Hubert Morgan (Principal, Stanhope Consulting)

 John Arena (Alderman, 45th Ward, City of Chicago)

 Adam Rod (Planning Administrator, Chicago Department of Aviation)

Urban Policy, Politics

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