JEREMY BIRD
Founding Partner at 270 Strategies & National Field Director for Obama 2012


KHADIJA MUSTAFA
Global Business Leader and General Manager at Microsoft


RYAN HOLIDAY
Bestselling Author, Betabeat Editor at Large & Director of Marketing at American Apparel


KRISTIN SWANSON
Director of Swanson Mathematical Neuro-Oncology Lab at Northwestern University

SUSAN MESSING
Forefront Teacher of Improvised Comedy and Actress at The Annoyance Theatre


BORRIS POWELL
Luxury Fashion Designer & Founder of Borris Powell Designs


SABINA SHAIKH
Economics Lecturer & Director of Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group at UofC


RICH "ACE" FRANKLIN
Mixed Martial Artist & Former 3-Time UFC Middleweight Champion


Student Speakers

Lauren Riensche
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.

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Aelaf Worku
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.


EMCEE

STACEY HANKE
Communication Expert, Keynote Speaker & Executive Coach