Founding Partner at 270 Strategies & National Field Director for Obama 2012
Global Business Leader and General Manager at Microsoft
Bestselling Author, Betabeat Editor at Large & Director of Marketing at American Apparel
Forefront Teacher of Improvised Comedy and Actress at The Annoyance Theatre
Luxury Fashion Designer & Founder of Borris Powell Designs
RICH "ACE" FRANKLIN
Mixed Martial Artist & Former 3-Time UFC Middleweight Champion
Undergraduate Student Speaker
Hungry? Lauren Riensche will grow your supper. As the sixth generation to live and work on her family’s farm in Jesup, Iowa (the Blue Diamond Farming Company), Lauren is deeply passionate about modern agriculture. She is keenly aware of the challenges feeding seven billion people presents and has come to UChicago to trade the pitchfork for the pen to promote a viable and sustainable agriculture for tomorrow. Lauren is a third year Sociology major and is currently working her way towards a career in agricultural marketing.
Graduate Student Speaker
Dr. Aelaf Worku is a Hospitalist and a Hospitalist Scholar at the University of Chicago Hospital while also pursing his Masters in Health Studies. Previously, through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEFAR), he served as both a quality improvement advisor at Debre Berhan Referral Hospital in Ethiopia and a medical education advisor to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, helping to launch thirteen medical schools. Aelaf received his medical degree and Internal Medicine residency training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He graduated from Harvard College in economics.