Youn Impact Scholars

Youn Impact Scholars

Youn Impact Scholars are an elite group of Kellogg students and alumni who are passionate about social impact. Highly regarded for their intellect, passion and drive, these innovators draw upon their business skills to create positive change in the world.

Endowed with a generous gift from Christopher and Courtney Combe in 2013, Youn Impact Scholars named its first cohort in 2014. A new group of Youn Impact Scholars is named each spring following an application deadline in the fall. Eligible students or alumni may apply for consideration, or nominate an outstanding peer. Alumni are invited to nominate themselves or other Kellogg alumni.

2019 Emerging Changemakers

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersDwight Hopkins ‘19

Dwight Hopkins is currently the Alexander Campbell Professor at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and wealth and culture in global relationships and within the United States. Hopkins is a member of Z.H. Island International U.S.A. (July 2018 to present) and a Board Member, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Foundation (July 2018 to present).

In 2005, Hopkins founded and managed a 14-country not-for-profit startup, network. With representatives from Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Japan, India, England, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the USA, the network increased learning about neighbors through neighbors sharing their cultures.

After graduating from Harvard University in 1976 with a focus on Afro-American Studies and global political economy, Hopkins spent 5 years as a community organizer in New York. He then went to Union Theological Seminary in New York City for graduate degrees, focusing on global comparative cultures.

Hopkins prides himself on his ability to source international deals and his ability to bridge cultures. He wants to participate in social impact investments where resources are used for the double bottom line – increasing profit and helping people and the environment.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersSahar Jamal ‘19

Sahar is an MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Kellogg, her career focused on developing healthcare solutions and award-winning marketing campaigns for organizations like Johnson & Johnson. Now, she aims to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations in developing regions like East Africa, where her dad was born.

In this pursuit, she interned as a Business Development Associate at Jacaranda Health, a social enterprise start-up in Nairobi, focused maternal and newborn health. Through this experience, she learned about the life-saving powers of breastmilk and the challenges mothers face with breastfeeding, leading her to found Maziwa, a breastfeeding solution for working women in developing markets.

At Kellogg, Sahar is the Co-President of the Net Impact Club, a Zell Entrepreneurship Fellow, and a Resident at Northwestern’s Garage. Her other academic and extracurricular involvements intersect healthcare and social entrepreneurship. Sahar was born in Vancouver, Canada and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce & Arts Dual Degree from Queens University.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersMegha Kosaraju ‘19

Megha is passionate about expanding access to quality healthcare around the world.

She brings multi-level perspectives from her time in pharmaceutical and MedTech pricing consulting at Simon-Kucher & Partners and in product innovation for U.S. healthcare providers at Lumere. Having seen first-hand that both medical product design and business models can get in the way of optimally serving patients, Megha’s mission is to take a patient-first approach to designing better healthcare products and systems.

Megha’s trilingual upbringing speaking English, Telugu, and French exposed her to a unique appreciation of cross-cultural conversation and learning. She hopes to bring this perspective to the healthcare world as she joins Medtronic’s Leadership Development Rotational Program after Kellogg. Her focus will begin in Medtronic Labs – an incubator developing new solutions for global health access.

Megha graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Health & Societies and will complete her an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in June 2019.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersLauren Levine ‘19

Lauren is passionate about ending the deep injustices and inequity in our world through the intersection of public and private action.

After graduating with a degree in history and psychology from Tufts University, Lauren worked as a non-profit consultant at M+R Strategic Services, working with organizations ranging from AARP and the American Red Cross to Mayo Clinic and the Human Rights Campaign. While there, she managed the team that deployed the Human Rights Campaigns digital marketing efforts to secure LGBT marriage equality across the U.S., culminating in the award-winning Red Logo campaign on Facebook after the Supreme Court Decisions in 2013.

From there, Lauren moved to Oxfam where she managed Oxfam’s US-based marketing program, engaging millions of Americans through advocacy and fundraising on major humanitarian emergencies including the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and the ongoing global refugee crisis.

Lauren is currently completing her MBA with a finance major at Kellogg and serving as a Co-President of Kellogg’s Net Impact club. While at Kellogg, Lauren interned with national CDFI New Markets Support Company where she overhauled their impact management and reporting system and supported portfolio management activities.

2019 Youn Emerging ChangemakersHan-Wei Wu ‘19

Han-Wei is dedicated to integrating his business and medical experiences and capabilities to increase access to quality healthcare for all pediatric patients and their families. Han-Wei graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a double major in Biological Sciences and Psychology and a minor in Chinese language and culture. He is now a MD/MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Kellogg School of Management. Prior to Kellogg, Han-Wei utilized his medical training and public health advocacy to create positive impacts in the community. As a public health researcher with the Injury Prevention and Research Center of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Han-Wei identified risk factors and recommended target interventions in pediatric injury prevention to decrease the number of preventable sleep-related deaths. He evaluated data on pediatric window falls to determine the effects of Chicago city-wide interventions and also taught children practical nutrition lessons in underserved communities for Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), a non-profit organization offering comprehensive programs to serve at-risk youth living in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Han-Wei has published his findings and presented his work at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conferences and Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. At Feinberg, Han-Wei directed monthly student-led, cross-functional free clinics in Chinatown, providing Hepatitis B screenings, vaccinations, and health counseling to underserved Asian populations. As president of the Asian Pacific American Medical School Association (APAMSA), he highlighted the Asian/Asian American experience at the medical school community through coordinated events while establishing a permanent seat for the Asian/Asian American voice on the medical school’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Currently, he is working with Lurie Children’s Hospital to investigate and evaluate the impact of CYP on the youth and communities it serves by applying his business skillsets and medical/public health experiences. Han-Wei looks forward to creating further impact in healthcare by leveraging his medical/public health training and business skillsets to solve challenges across divisions within a hospital system as well the greater healthcare system.

2019 Impact Leaders

Hydie Hudson ‘13

Hydie Kim Hudson is an Associate Director at Social Finance, a national nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress. As an impact investing intermediary, Social Finance designs and manages public-private partnerships that tackle complex social challenges such as achievement gaps, health disparities, and prisoner recidivism.

In her role at Social Finance, Hydie helps drive funding towards effective programs and organizations in order to measurably improve the lives of people most in need. Some examples of her work include: advising a state government partner in creating a new funding mechanism for home visiting services for at-risk first-time mothers to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health outcomes; helping a state agency develop a project to fund energy efficiency retrofits for low-income households in order to reduce their energy burden and also drive environmental and health outcomes; and developing strategy for an education-focused foundation considering new program areas and innovative funding approaches; among others.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Hydie worked as New Ventures Director for One Acre Fund in East Africa, incubating new programs and services for the organization to generate more scalable impact. Hydie started her career in management and strategy consulting. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Kevin Marinacci ‘96

In his role as President/CEO of Fabretto, Kevin oversees operations in Nicaragua, Europe and the United States, focusing primarily on fundraising and representing Fabretto as chief spokesperson before public and private donors.

Kevin first traveled to Nicaragua in 1989 as part of a Georgetown University volunteer program, where he met Father Rafael Maria Fabretto and was introduced to Father Fabretto’s work with Nicaraguan children who were living in extreme poverty, or had been abandoned by their families. After Father Fabretto’s untimely death in 1990, Kevin took on a leadership role establishing a much-needed organizational structure to continue Father Fabretto’s work with disadvantaged children. Since then, Kevin has dedicated his life to developing Fabretto’s mission to offer hope and opportunity to Nicaragua’s poorest children.

Under Kevin’s stewardship, Fabretto has grown to an established organization with registered non-profit status in Nicaragua, the U.S., and Spain. The organization serves over 30,000 students and families with a budget of US $ 5 m, and a staff of 275 colleagues. Kevin earned his BA in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1989 and his MBA from the Kellogg Business School in 1996. Kevin lives in Managua with his wife, Manely, and their son, Nicolas.

Michael Whelchel ‘95

Michael is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Big Path Capital, “impact investing’s investment bank”, a boutique impact investment bank focused on providing Corporate Finance, M&A, and Placement Agent services to impact companies and funds globally. Big Path has worked with over 150 impact and sustainable companies and funds, more than any firm in the sector.

In 2007 the old economy driven by the single gear of profit maximization reached a dead end in the financial crisis. It was a moment of reckoning during which Michael left his fifteen-year career in private equity to form Big Path Capital with his partner, Shawn Lesser, leveraging the engine of capitalism for an expansive economy built on natural, social, and financial capital. Recognizing that impact investing isn’t just a different way of investing but a superior way of deploying capital, Michael is committed to challenging the status quo and to raising the expectation of capital.

In this vein, Big Path has created a number of first-in-class initiatives demonstrating SmarterMoney+: Maximize impact, Maximize return. These include the Five Fund Forum, Impact Capitalism Summit, and Impact & Sustainable Trade Missions.

Michael received his BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and received a joint MBA and MEM (Master of Engineering Management) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Michael is an advisory board member of the Croatan Institute and the Babson Center for Global Commerce and is a member of the Social Venture Network and Net Impact.

Megan Zamora ‘14

Megan is a global responsibility manager on Starbucks Social Impact team, where she leads strategic programs and corporate partnerships that help to connect populations who have faced employment barriers to jobs and career opportunities. In this role, Megan defines and executes program strategy, develops resources and tools, and builds and manages relationships with key internal and external partners. She also serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of companies Starbucks co-founded that is committed to hiring and supporting Opportunity Youth.

Previously, Megan was a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting. There, she collaborated with cross-sector stakeholders to develop organizational strategy, launch new initiatives, and measure program progress and impact. Megan has also worked for three nonprofit organizations, analyzing programs and designing new strategies to better meet the needs of disadvantaged communities.

Megan is passionate about the power of business to make a positive social impact at a global scale, and has worked abroad in Africa, Latin America, and Oceania in the pursuit of that passion. She holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was an FC Austin Scholar, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland.

Victoria Zimmerman ‘13

Victoria serves on the Global Supply Chain & Sustainability team at McDonald's. Her current role integrates risk management, contingency and sustainability strategies to be rolled out around the globe. Her previous role as a buyer for the US integrated sustainability into the core business while she managed >$2B in spend including Beef, Cheese, Coffee, Tea and Fish. She led national platforms for these products increasing sustainable supply and working with the industry to transform supply chains.

Prior to being a commercial buyer in the US, Victoria led multiple cross-functional sustainability strategies in the Global Sustainability Group with a focus on environmental and social impact. She was a leader in driving impact by transforming waste into resources by developing and executing the first ever McDonald’s food recovery program resulting in >5M lbs. of safe nutritious food feeding local communities.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, Victoria held several positions at UBS Financial Services and the Chicago Wolves. She has worked as a consultant developing growth strategies and marketing for sustainable low income housing in Nicaragua, as well as a consultant leading corporate partnership strategies for the UN Humanitarian Envoy.

Victoria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public/Environmental Affairs from Indiana University, a Master’s Degree in Human Capital Management from Utah State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. She is originally from Barrington, IL and spent her youth competing in sports.

2018 Emerging Changemakers

2018 Youn Impact ScholarAkanksha K Arya ‘18

Akansha is passionate about leveraging her business and medical skills to promote health equity.

As a Public Health Associate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she worked with the New York State Department of Health Western Regional Office to promote public health through implementing environmental health and maternal/child nutrition programs. During the emergency Ebola Virus Disease response, she supported passenger screening at JFK International Airport and deployed as a junior field epidemiologist in Sierra Leone.

She supported initiatives increasing health access to underserved communities internationally through working with Doctors for Seva (service) in Bangalore, India, and A Promise to Peru medical mission in the Sacred Valley of Peru. In her community, she co-founded a student group addressing homelessness and worked in a student-run clinic providing healthcare to the uninsured.

At Kellogg, she has continued to create social impact in healthcare. Through the Kellogg Impact Consulting Club, she worked with a team consulting for a substance abuse treatment center. Through the Social Innovation course, she and her team consulted for a global health private-nonprofit partnership seeking to launch a novel sanitation device for hospitals in Africa.

Akanksha plans to use her degrees to enthusiastically about integrating her business and medical skills to advance her mission of improving healthcare access for all.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarAlykhan Kaba ‘18

Alykhan Kaba believes that media and entertainment can be used as a platform for social advocacy. Specifically, his passion lies in building the entertainment industry in post-conflict zones, leveraging media and entertainment as a vehicle for social and economic development.

Today Alykhan manifests this vision as the manager for Kabul Dreams, the first rock band from Afghanistan. The band serves both as a voice for Afghans fighting radical ideologies, and as a cultural bridge between Afghans, Muslims and Americans. Since Alykhan’s involvement, Kabul Dreams has launched its second album with a Grammy winning sound engineer, co-starred in the award winning film “Radio Dreams,” and been featured on the Beats 1 podcast “It’s Electric” by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

Prior to Kellogg, Alykhan worked in corporate strategy at Live Nation Entertainment and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He has also completed short-term projects for several media companies including Entertainment One, Corus Entertainment and Roshan Telecom.

At Kellogg, Alykhan sits on the executive committee for the Media and Entertainment club and serves as an Advisor to Northwestern undergraduates launching a digital media production. He also supplements his business education by taking Music Law and Entertainment Law classes at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Alykhan holds an HBA from Ivey Business School and will graduate from Kellogg with an MBA in June 2018.

Chikemma Nwana ‘18

Chikemma co-founded Water For Life Nigeria, a non-profit organization focused on providing clean water to underserved communities in rural Nigeria. As a social entrepreneur, she has always been fascinated by impact and the outcome of helping humanity.

Prior to Kellogg, Chikemma worked as a technology project manager for Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. She focused on implementing in-house proprietary technology platforms that facilitated revenue generation in the loan origination space and the proper reporting of quarterly and annual financial statements. An adept project manager, Chikemma decided to use her skills gained from executing projects on Wall Street to projects that provide clean water to communities in Nigeria. Chikemma first became interested in social impact when she returned home for holidays during her college days. Having been a victim of the Nigerian water crisis and seen the difference in developed countries, she was determined to make an impact starting with the rural areas in Nigeria.

During her time at Kellogg, Chikemma has led and participated in various clubs and events. She is one of the co-presidents of the Africa Business Club and a member of the Impact Consulting Club, where she participated in an impact project for the Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) in Chicago.

Chikemma holds a BA in Computer Information Systems from Wartburg College, where she currently serves as a member of the Diversity Advisory Board, and was a recipient of the $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Award.

Kathryn Bernell ‘18

Kathryn kick-started her career in food at age four when she began rocking the neighborhood lemonade stand and serving up some mean innovations with her Easy-Bake Oven. These early experiences cultivated a deep passion for the food industry which Kathryn built her career around.

Kathryn came to Kellogg from San Francisco where she worked at Clif Bar for four years. Outside of work, Kathryn deepened her commitment to proactive health, food justice, and female entrepreneurship via her work as a fundraiser and business consultant for The Breast Cancer Fund and La Cocina.

Kathryn stepped onto campus with a commitment to further her impact in the food justice space, and has brought this passion to life in and outside the classroom. A MMM student (dual degree with a Masters of Science through the McCormick School of Engineering and MBA through Kellogg School of Management), at Kellogg, Kathryn has also excelled outside the classroom as the President of the Food and Agribusiness Group where she launched an inaugural TEDx-style conference last year, FOODx.As a student social entrepreneur, Kathryn has been Kellogg’s Shark Tank Venture Challenge winner, a Zell Scholar, Youn Impact Scholar, and Garage resident.

Kathryn is deeply impassioned about the intersection of personal wellness, food justice, and agricultural sustainability which drove her to launch reBLEND, a business that delivers the fuel people need to better win their day via functional smoothie cubes crafted with misshapen produce. Kathryn’s philosophy is that food should not just taste good, but should do good too. She is on a mission to build a business that does just that.

Ruthie Hubbard ‘18

Ruthie strives to be a cultural influencer and plans to focus her career on forging connections between people, institutions, and media institutions so that they can then form partnerships and create content that positively uplifts Americans’ collective psyche in this socio-political climate.

While at Kellogg, Ruthie interned at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she worked on US policy & advocacy and young people’s participation in community work and worked with the Obama Foundation to organize the launch of the Presidential Center and the inaugural Obama Summit. She has led two premier conferences as the Sponsorship Chair for Kellogg on Growth in 2017 where she led a team that raised $138K from 13 corporate sponsors and served as the Speaker Chair for the Black Management Association Conference where she designed the content and identified 27 speakers to come share their insights.

Prior to Kellogg, Ruthie spent four years in the financial services industry working as a Relationship Manager at JPMorgan Asset Management where she was responsible for advising multi-million dollar corporate and public institutional pension plans on investing across every asset class. During her pre-MBA internship at Starfish Media Group, she helped develop content for Soledad O'Brien's then new show, Matter of Fact, during the 2016 U.S Presidential Election. Ruthie graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a B.A in Communication & Marketing.

2018 Impact Leaders

Chris Addy ‘07

Chris is a Partner in Bridgespan's Boston office and the Co-Head of Bridgespan’s philanthropy practice. Chris advises groups that seek to make social change. His work has been split across philanthropy and impact investing, with much of his experience being with ultra-high net worth individuals/couples. He helps clients understand the potential impact of any funding under consideration and to identify, design, and execute on big bets; large initiatives for social change. His experiences cover many topics within the broader social sector: education from early childhood to college completion, youth development, global health, infectious diseases, veterans, agriculture, and the environment/clean energy. He has helped donors and investors deploy over one billion dollars for social change. Chris also works closely with NGO leaders and social entrepreneurs to refine their strategies and develop operating plans to make the best use of their resources. Chris has been quoted as an expert in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Chris has served on multiple boards and is currently an advisor to Andrew Youn’s One Acre Fund. Before his Kellogg MBA, he spent several years in Southern California as a teacher and youth outdoor adventure trip leader. Chris earned his BS in Biology, from UNC-Chapel Hill. Chris lives outside of Boston with his wife, Danika, and his two daughters, Elise and Margot.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarSarah Berghorst ‘10

Sarah is the Chicago Executive Director of OneGoal, an innovative, three-year college persistence program that identifies, trains and supports our nation’s most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. Under her leadership, OneGoal – Chicago is partnering with over 80 non-selective high schools to serve 6,500 Fellows in 2017-2018.

Prior to joining OneGoal, Sarah consulted at Bain and Company, led Ashoka’s Global Development team, and worked at DAI. Sarah began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management where she serves on the Alumni Council.

She is an associate of the Prison Creative Arts Project, a partner with Social Venture Partners, a member of the Board of Directors of Braven and of the Erie Elementary Charter School. Sarah is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarStacy Ratner ‘18

Stacy Ratner is a social entrepreneur focusing on literacy in Chicago, where her current ventures include Open Books (providing exciting and innovative literacy programs to 5,000 K-12 students annually, funded in majority by the sale of donated books in two award-winning stores) and the Chicago Literacy Alliance (fostering opportunities for creative and effective collaborations among 120+ member organizations serving 18 million people each year, headquartered at North America’s first nonprofit shared workspace dedicated to literacy).

Prior to founding these organizations, Stacy spent a decade in key roles at high-tech startups, where she helped take three companies from idea through national rollout and a combined $30 million in venture funding.

Recognition for Stacy’s mission-driven work includes the Library of Congress’s Best Practices in Literacy award, the Social Enterprise Alliance Innovation prize, and local honors including Chicagoan of the Year, the Lit50 List of Who Really Books in Chicago, and the Chicago Community Trust’s Emerging Leader Fellowship.

Stacy is a proud member of Kellogg’s EMP 110 cohort, holds BA and JD degrees in literature and law, writes a novel every year, eats ice cream every day, and is always starting something.

2018 Youn Impact ScholarJohn Rush ‘11

John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on changing the paradigm of how we think about the relationship between business and the social sector. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on creating small businesses focused on creating employment for men and women formerly impacted by homelessness, incarceration, human trafficking, domestic violence and other challenges.

Over the last two decades, John has served on several non-profit boards and assisted with the creation and/or growth of nearly thirty social enterprises in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus. In 2011 a handful of interested investors recruited John to help launch CleanTurn Enterprises. CleanTurn Enterprises launched in January 2012 and has since that time become one of Central Ohio's leading social enterprise accelerators with the creation of "CleanTurn Demolition Services," "She Has a Name Cleaning Services," "Passion, Purpose, Profit" and "Third Way Cafe." CleanTurn Enterprises has provided over 600 training and employment opportunities and created a social and economic return of over twenty-million dollars in Central Ohio.

John currently serves on the board of Columbus Area Integrated Health Services and the Advisory Board for the Office of Enterprise Development for the State of Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

John holds graduate degrees focused on urban studies, religion, history, nonprofit management as well as his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.

Nikki Tyler ‘13

Nikki Tyler is a Market Access Advisor at USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII). CII applies business-minded approaches to the development, introduction and scale-up of health interventions to accelerate impact against the world's most important health challenges.

Among other initiatives, Nikki has supported strategic planning around products / services aiming to reduce neonatal sepsis in Nigeria, to increase access to community health services in Malawi, and to improve outcomes related to child pneumonia – the number one infectious disease killer in children under five – globally. Along with partners, she is co-launching the GlaxoSmithKline | Kellogg School of Management | USAID Global Health Case Competition, which looks to build business and global health capacity in top business schools across the United States, Africa, and Asia. At home in Washington D.C., she co-founded and co-directs the DC chapter of Changemaker Chats, a not-for-profit organization that equips women with the networks and know-how to be more effective at work, at home, and in their community.

Prior to joining USAID, Nikki worked as a Program Officer at Results for Development, a consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, and a financial and economic consultant at Cornerstone Research. Nikki holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College.

2017 Emerging Changemakers

H. Kay Howard

H. Kay Howard believes in the power of education to lift individuals out of poverty. H. Kay is currently completing her MBA at Kellogg with a career goal of bringing diverse industry best practices back to the social sector. This summer, H. Kay interned at the Civic Consulting Alliance where she led a project to redesign the Cook County Central Bond Court’s systems and bring fair practices into the process of bond-setting.

At Kellogg, H. Kay has actively blended the private and public sectors. Majoring in finance, H. Kay also serves as the President of the Education Industry Club, Treasurer of Kellogg’s Net Impact Club, and a Board Fellow for the Howard Area Community Center. H. Kay competed in the MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network and Training) competition and has worked on projects with LEARN Charter School Network, the Heartland Alliance, Rush University Hospital, and IKO Creative Prosthetics.

Prior to Kellogg, H. Kay spent five years at the Partnership for Inner-City Education, a nonprofit school management organization in New York City. There, she trained school-based Operations Managers on streamlining the non-academic logistics of running their schools. She also managed after-school and scholarship programs. H. Kay graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English literature and religion.

H. Kay plans to use her Kellogg MBA to improve operations and scale impact at a mission-driven organization.

David Piza C.

David was born and raised in Colombia where he developed a passion for rural development. With over 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, David strives to leverage the power of international markets to drive growth and well-being for small farmers.

He holds and BS. in Industrial Engineering from La Universidad de Los Andes and is completing the Executive MBA program at Kellogg. David has served as an economic adviser for the Colombian public sector and coordinated international projects for the Specialty Coffee Association and the Coffee Quality Institute.

As Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for S&D Coffee & Tea, David cultivates relationships with customers and farming communities with the goal of extending prosperity along the value chain through inclusive business models that also lead to environmental stewardship and social development. David is currently a member of the McDonald's North America US Supplier Sustainability Advisory Council, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge Advisory Council and the Tea 2030 North America Steering Committee.

David plans to user his Kellogg MBA to forge ways for the coffee and tea industries to better extend and communicate social impact to end-consumers.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Bobby PowersSaumya

Saumya has been a social entrepreneur in India for the past 5 years, even throughout her Kellogg education. Early last year, in her first year at Kellogg, Saumya co-founded Kheyti, a new social enterprise to help smallholder farmers in India overcome income variability by providing them with affordable, modular greenhouses and services to support their success. Saumya and Kheyti have created partnerships with Stanford’s d.School and Northwestern’s Segal Design Institute for product design. She has also raised grant funding of $100K for Kheyti over the past two years.

Prior to Kheyti, Saumya spent three years innovating in the vocational training sector in India. She founded YellowLeaf, a social enterprise helping blue-collar workers get access to high paying overseas jobs free of exploitation. Through YellowLeaf, Saumya placed 60 school dropouts with jobs in a large shipyard in Qatar, improving both work conditions and income. She was also part of the leadership team of a skill development startup in India called B-ABLE where she launched and led operations in two of India’s most impoverished states and built B-ABLE’s franchise model, extending to train and place 500 youth in well-paying local jobs.

Saumya is a recipient of the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund Fellowship and the CRTI Fellowship at Northwestern. Saumya is also a Starting Bloc Fellow 2014, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator 2016, a Zell Fellow 2016-17 and winner of the CommonBond Social Impact Award 2016.

Saumya plans to use her Kellogg MBA to position Kheyti to deliver affordable technologies that will provide steady, dependable income to millions of small farmers in India.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar David MilestoneTiffany Smith

Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Tiltas, pairing technology with social justice to solve some of the most complex issues facing society today.

Prior to starting Tiltas, Tiffany spent time in the construction industry working as an Engineer/Manager for commercial developments for Clark Construction where she was responsible for over $20 million in contract executions across several projects. Tiffany also spent time working in field operations where she developed keen skills in project scheduling, personnel management, and financial estimates for construction contracts. Her expertise in project management and construction execution led her to a role within Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services practice including work on behalf of the Transportation and Security Administration’s Advanced Surveillance Program.

During her time at Kellogg, Tiffany has led various clubs, events, and programming including a session at the premier Kellogg on Growth Forum in 2016 that focused on the business case for investment in minority and women-led enterprises. She currently leads the Social Venture HUB at Kellogg and sits on the executive boards of several organizations and conference committees. Tiffany graduated from Howard University in 2011 with her Bachelor’s of Architecture. She continues to be an active member in her local neighborhood.

Tiffany plans to use her MBA to create access and opportunities to disadvantaged populations.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Cardoso DudaJessica Tsai

Jessica Tsai is completing the 1-Year MBA Program at Kellogg. While completing her studies, Jessica has founded and launched a social enterprise called QuickPulse, a startup focused on predicting and solving frontline employee turnover in China with a particular focus on women’s growing role in China’s professional workforce. Jessica is passionate about the empowerment of women in developing countries, business with social impact/purpose, and coaching young professionals through difficult decision-making and personal challenges.

Jessica earned her B.A. at the Berkeley Haas School of Business and joined the Apple Leadership Rotation Program in Cupertino, eventually establishing Apple's Retail Expansion team in Shanghai.

Jessica will head to Shanghai with Nike Brand Marketing upon graduation and will continue to grow QuickPulse’s reach in Asia.

2017 Impact Leaders

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Jamie JonesSelim A. Bassoul '81
Chairman and CEO, The Middleby Corporation

Selim A. Bassoul is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of The Middleby Corporation, a world leader in commercial and residential kitchen equipment and food processing/packaging solutions.

Central in Selim’s life is giving back. Through his Bassoul Dignity Foundation, Selim developed a stove for refugees and personally delivered them to camps in Lebanon. The oven can heat food, purify water, power a light, and charge small electronics. Selim’s goal is to ease lives of women and girls by allowing them time to attend school and find employment instead of spending hours searching for wood to cook. In June, 2016, Selim received the EOY Alumni Award for Social Impact at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the World Event in Monaco for his efforts on behalf of refugees.

Selim joined The Middleby Corporation in 1996 and in 1999 became Chief Operating Officer. He was named CEO in 2001, and three years later was appointed Chairman of the Board. During his tenure as CEO, Middleby (NASDAQ: MIDD) has been one of the top performing companies on the NASDAQ, and Selim and his unconventional management style have been featured in top business media.

Selim attended the American University of Beirut where he received a B.A. in Business Administration. He later moved to the U.S. and continued his postgraduate education at Kellogg, earning his M.B.A. in finance and marketing with a certificate in Accounting.

Jorge Calderon '03
Founder & CEO, Eddily

Jorge is a career entrepreneur, management consultant, venture investment professional & educator. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Eddily, a Bay Area tech start-up that helps college students build the skills they need for a successful career launch. Previously, Jorge founded Impact Strategy Advisors, a social venture & investment design consultancy focused on helping capital sources & operating companies transform intentional social purpose into economic & positive impact value.

Jorge is the author of the Purpose Centered Design methodology and its related business model frameworks and teaches entrepreneurs at the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, where he built the Social Lean LaunchPad and Startup Disco curricula. Jorge is additionally a Fellow within the Institute for Business & Social Impact and helps lead the LAUNCH accelerator.

Jorge previously founded Springworks, a program lab that was committed to developing paths for women and minorities in innovation-related careers. Earlier still, he was the founding Director for the West Coast office of a tech-focused seed stage venture capital firm and has had roles in top-tier management consulting, banking and technology companies. Jorge is a University of Michigan graduate and received his MBA from Kellogg.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Mandy Taft-PearmanNjideka Harry ‘12
President and CEO, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)

Njideka U. Harry is the President and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an innovative nonprofit focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of youth and women living in low income and developing world communities.

YTF’s strength lies in its ability to respond to market demands and provide linkages that accelerate economic opportunities while administering customized information and communications technology (ICT) education and entrepreneurship training programs for youth and women. To date, YTF’s education technology programs have benefitted over 1.6 million youth and women and have empowered over 18,000 women entrepreneurs living in developing countries.

An Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum social entrepreneur, Njideka has a global reputation as a thought leader in ICTs and as an advocate for the awareness of and participatory development through gender and technology. She serves as a consultant to several social enterprises and international agencies on matters related to technology for development, entrepreneurship, gender equity and economic empowerment. Prior to founding Youth for Technology Foundation, Njideka spent the majority of her career working in various finance and product management roles at General Electric and Microsoft.

Njideka holds an MBA from Kellogg and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed post-graduate studies at Stanford University where she was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Patrick FisherCarmita Semaan ‘04
Founder and President, The Surge Institute

Carmita (Vaughan) Semaan is Founder and President of The Surge Institute. The Surge Institute is transforming the field and practice of education by training, supporting, connecting and elevating emerging leaders of color within the field. Surge strengthens the pipeline of diverse talent and ensures a next wave of leaders that will represent the populations that education reform and equity efforts seek to serve.

Carmita’s career began in Corporate America where she quickly advanced in global marketing, strategic planning, and engineering/operations management for Fortune 500 companies including Procter and Gamble and Danaher Corporation. Emerging from her corporate career, Carmita has since blazed a trail within the nonprofit sector, primarily in K-12 urban education. Carmita’s commitment to empowering our country’s most underserved young people by providing them with pathways to excellence through education and holistic supports led her to a decade of executive service, driving results for visionary leaders including Alma Powell, Gen. Colin Powell and Arne Duncan, the former US Secretary of Education.

Carmita holds an MBA from Kellogg and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She received a 2016 Chicago Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award and was selected as a 2013 Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. She was a 2010 Pahara Aspen Fellow, a 2009 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and is a graduate of the Broad Residency of Urban Education.

Karlo Young '15
Vice President & General Manager, 2U Inc.

Karlo is a Vice President & General Manager for 2U Inc., an education technology company that partners with top colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs. Karlo is responsible for building and managing relationships with 2U’s university partners and for managing strategic planning, program operations, marketing, sales, technology, admissions, student and faculty support services, and curriculum development.

Prior to joining 2U, Karlo was an Investment Banker at Signal Hill Capital where he advised C-level executives on mergers & acquisitions representing approximately $200M in aggregate transaction value within the education, technology, and media sectors. Prior to investment banking, Karlo was a Director in Advisory at KPMG, worked at a consulting startup, and was a Manager at Deloitte.

Karlo is active in several professional and community organizations. He serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, The Gilman School and was recently elected to serve as President of the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T.). One of Karlo’s primary passions is the work he performs as Co-Director of the Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute (GBALI). GBALI, now in its 12th year, is a weekly leadership and exposure program which brings together promising Baltimore area high school students and adult mentors, who offer information about their careers, higher education choices, and many other life decisions. To date, GBALI has prepared over 300 students for college and life beyond.

Karlo received a BS in Information Systems from Drexel University and MBA from Kellogg.

2016 Emerging Changemakers

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Cardoso DudaDuda Cardoso

Duda Cardoso is passionate about inspiring and empowering others to achieve their potential. Duda is currently pursuing her JD/MBA at the Kellogg School of Management in order to hone the legal and business skills needed to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. She spent the summer as a Portfolio Associate at Acumen where she focused on the off-grid energy space and worked closely with the Impact team.

At Kellogg, Duda has taken every opportunity to blend a market-based approach with social impact. She serves as President of the Net Impact Club, sits on the board of RefugeeOne as part of the Kellogg Board Fellows Program, and has represented the winning Kellogg team in the MIINT program. Duda has also conducted international projects in Kenya for mobile banking and Zambia for global health, and has worked with organizations such as Year Up, Posse Foundation, Impact Engine, and Future Brilliance.

Prior to Kellogg, Duda spent six months in Kenya with Kiva, testing the viability of a new character-based microfinance model aimed at providing individuals at the bottom of the pyramid with access to capital. Before Kiva, Duda was a consultant at Deloitte & Touche, where she helped Fortune 500 clients establish new governance structures to comply with the changing regulatory landscape. Duda is originally from Brazil and received her B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame in business and psychology.

Duda plans to use her Kellogg JD/MBA to leverage market-based solutions and public-private partnership to create an ecosystem approach to tackling poverty.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Ashima GuptaAshima Gupta

Ashima Gupta believes in the power of private sector principles and market-based solutions to tackle today’s most pressing social issues. At American Express, she built expertise in both marketing and strategy, which she was able to leverage in consulting roles with Taproot Foundation, a pro-bono consulting non-profit. She provided recommendations on sustainable business practices to education non-profits leading to organizational growth and success. Following this, she was an Education Pioneer Fellow at Chicago Public School’s Department of Procurement. Through private sector principles, Ashima developed and grew a vendor performance and relationship management program to improve department operations reducing costs of a financially strapped, 3rd largest school district in the US.

At Kellogg, she co-founded a market-based social enterprise, The Graide Network, to tackle the challenges faced by teachers in 6-12th grade with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes. She is the Executive Vice President of Net Impact, developed a strategic plan for the NGO Future Brilliance, and conducted on-the-ground market research in Africa for the commercialization of low cost HIV and TB diagnostic medical devices.

Ashima graduated with honors from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She will complete her MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management in June 2016 with a major in Entrepreneurship, and plans to join Boston Consulting Group post-graduation.

Ashima plans to use her Kellogg MBA to create systemic change within the world’s leading for-profit corporations by integrating the principles of shared value and triple bottom line to address growing global social and environmental challenges.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Sharanya JaidevSharanya Jaidev

Sharanya Jaidev began her career at Citigroup, where she spent three years in corporate bond sales and one year trading hybrids. Shar’s passion for international development brought her to the Kellogg School of Management, where she sought to supplement her business background with strategy, operations, and marketing, all within the context of social impact.

In summer 2015, Shar was a Strategy and Operations Consultant with RTI International in Coimbatore, India, where she helped the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation assess the market for a new urban sanitation technology. This role involved overseeing the pilot of the technology, including securing pilot sites, working with local staff, and liaising with the government, and conducting qualitative and quantitative market research, synthesizing findings and insights, and presenting recommendations to stakeholders.

At Kellogg, Shar has been active with the Net Impact Club as the Vice President of Professional Development. Favorite experiences include the Medical Technologies in Developing Countries course, where she traveled to South Africa and Lesotho developing a go-to-market strategy for a new diagnostic tool for nurses, and the Global Lab course, where she will travel to Kenya conducting a mobile banking study.

Shar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, along with a Certificate in Service Learning from the School of Education and Social Policy. She will receive her MBA with concentrations in Social Impact, Finance and Marketing in June 2016.

Shar plans to use her Kellogg MBA to navigate the intersection of international development and the private sector, finding commonalities and creating market-based solutions that are efficient and effective.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Jamie LuJamie Lu

Jamie Lu began her career at Citigroup’s Los Angeles office as an investment banking analyst focused on M&A in healthcare and industrial industries. After Citigroup, she joined the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a Bay Area-based foundation that focuses on environmental conversation, patient care, science and the San Francisco Bay Area. As an investment associate on the endowment investment team, she focused on manager due diligence and portfolio monitoring for the Private Equity and Real Assets portfolios. After three years at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, she pursued an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. At Kellogg, she was part of the MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) program, an impact investing competition, and part of the Kellogg Net Impact Club Leadership Board, where she was responsible for bringing speakers and learning opportunities to campus.

She spent her summer at Sonen Capital, an impact-focused investment management firm, where she focused on social and environmental impact evaluation and manager diligence across various asset classes.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Global Studies from UCLA. In her free time, she is involved with RisingLeaders, a mentorship program for young women in the Bay Area that she founded. Prior to business school, she served on the Girls on the Run Bay Area Associate Board.

Jamie plans to use her Kellogg MBA to help organizations and companies adopt social and environmental considerations as part of decision-making processes and to scale those that have socially-minded and sustainable solutions.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Bobby PowersBobby Powers

Bobby Powers is currently pursuing an MBA and MS in Design Innovation in the MMM program at the Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering and is expected to graduate in 2016.

Prior to Kellogg, Bobby worked as a technology consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP. He focused on implementing major public sector projects that provided the state’s poorest citizens with better access to social services through web and mobile technology. Bobby first became interested in the social impact space when he spent summers in 2009 and 2010 in Bangladesh teaching English and conducting research in development and poverty studies. Through the experience, he came face to face with the struggles of teachers in poorly-funded schools. Motivated by this experience, he cofounded the social venture sharEd in 2015 with his classmates Kate Geremia, Derrick Wolbert, and Nihar Shah. Together the group is working to bring play-based learning to preschools across India through an innovative subscription based sharing model.

Bobby graduated from University of Notre Dame with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Bobby plans to use his MBA to develop sharEd into a sustainable social venture that scales to reach hundreds of thousands of children every year.

2016 Impact Leaders

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Tom AielloTom Aiello ‘02
President, MARCH Marketing

Tom Aiello is a 2002 graduate of the Kellogg School of Management and has created significant social impact. Specifically, Tom has made significant social impact around the 24 million Americans who have served in the US military along with their families. His passion for the veteran community comes from his undergraduate studies at the US Military Academy at West Point and years of service as an officer in the US Army.

In 2013 Tom started MARCH Marketing (, a multicultural communications company focused on the insight of military service. He believes that more culturally-relevant communications to and about the military veteran population will create a positive social impact and close the perceived gap between the "1%” Veterans' and the rest of the US population. Clients of MARCH Marketing include many nonprofits such as Mission Continues, Leave No Veteran Behind, Veteran Launch, McCormick Foundation, American Legion, and many other nonprofits serving this community.

To date, Tom has raised over $120 million for nonprofits. In addition, Tom has created a social enterprise called Salute Snacks ( Salute Snacks sells snack foods with proceeds going directly to support military and veteran causes. This is another way that Tom has created positive social impact around the military and veteran community. Prior to MARCH Marketing, Tom held senior marketing positions at Leo Burnett Advertising,, and Sears Holdings Corporation.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Patrick FisherPatrick Fisher ‘04
Founder and Managing Partner, Creation Investments

Patrick Fisher founded Creation Investments Capital Management in 2007, a leading Impact Investing firm with expertise in Financial Inclusion and Private Equity. Creation seeks to provide access to capital and needed products and services for those living in poverty to engage in small-business activity and income generation, significantly impacting those living at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Currently, Creation serves approximately 7 million entrepreneurs with over $2.1 billion in small business loans outstanding through its Social Venture Funds.

Patrick is responsible for overall leadership and management of the firm, including deal generation, due diligence, deal structuring, negotiations, capital raising, and investor relations. He is a market leader in Emerging Markets and Impact Investing with an exceptional track record in equity and debt transactions in businesses which serve the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid (BOP) through microfinance / financial services, health care, affordable housing, clean energy, and technology. Patrick currently serves as a director on the boards of several portfolio companies as well as other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to founding Creation Investments, Patrick spent the majority of his career working in the financial services industry, most recently for JPMorgan Chase. He is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing. He also received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, at the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Jenny Nicole, son Desmond, daughter Meara, son Brendan and dog Bacon.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Jamie JonesJamie Jones ‘09
Innovation Advisor, RTI International

Jamie Jones is an Innovation Advisor at RTI International, a leading nonprofit research institute based in North Carolina. As an Innovation Advisor, she supports companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations in their quest to grow their impact through deploying new innovations, commercializing technology, and understanding market insights. At RTI, she leads Market Intelligence and Business Planning efforts for the Sanitation Technology Platform, which supports the Gates Foundation Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene program’s efforts to address the global urban sanitation crisis. Jamie leverages user-centered design to understand the pathway for introducing transformative sanitation technologies into the market and works with private-sector partners to craft viable business models for commercialization.

Prior to joining RTI, Jamie was a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Kellogg. While at Kellogg she co-launched the Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge (formerly the International Impact Investing Challenge) and developed the NUvention Impact course, which brought together students from across the university to leverage user-centered design in developing sustainable business models to address unmet needs in underserved communities.

Jamie co-founded Impact Engine, an investment fund that empowers entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors to make a positive impact on society. Jamie earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar David MilestoneDavid Milestone ‘07
Senior Market Access Advisor, US Aid

David Milestone is senior advisor at USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII). In his role on the Market Access team, he focuses on the development and implementation of market-based strategies to accelerate the adoption of priority health products. David has led several initiatives at CII, including the development of IDEA to IMPACT: A Guide to Introduction and Scale and The Aspen Management Partnership for Health.

Prior to this role, David held various strategic marketing roles at Stryker, a $10B medical device company, where he led innovation, introduction, and strategy initiatives in India. He also worked for several years as a management consultant with AT Kearney in New York. David started his career as an engineer, first as a design engineer with Boeing then at Stanford in biomechanics supporting the design and FDA approval of the X-Stop spinal fixation device, now being sold globally by Medtronic. He has worked as an entrepreneurship development consultant with TechnoServe in Ghana and Swaziland and as an English teacher in Costa Rica with WorldTeach.

David holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Master’s in Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Mandy Taft-PearmanMandy Taft-Pearman ‘03
COO and Partner, The Bridgespan Group

Mandy Taft-Pearman has been with the Bridgespan Group since 2003. She is a partner in the Boston office and has served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer since 2012. In her role as COO, Mandy oversees Bridgespan’s HR/Talent, Finance and Information Services functions. She also works with the organization’s leadership team more broadly to set and manage Bridgespan’s annual strategic and operating agendas.

Prior to becoming COO, Mandy was an operating partner working with a variety of clients in the youth development, education and environmental sectors. In addition, she has developed a particular expertise in nonprofit networks, having served many different network clients of varying sizes, missions, and legal structures. Mandy is the co-author of two Bridgespan articles: “Getting Replication Right: The Decisions that Matter Most,” and “Growing Network Impact: How Nonprofit Networks are Raising the Bar on Results.”

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Mandy worked for the National Safe Kids Campaign, a national network focused on children’s public health, and served as an independent consultant for several other nonprofit organizations.

Mandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University magna cum laude and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where she was a F. C. Austin Scholar and president of the school’s Social Impact Club.

2016 Youn Impact Scholar Agustin VitoricaAgustin Vitorica ‘99
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, GAWA Capital

Agustin Vitorica is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital, Spain’s leading impact investing firm with €50 million assets under management. Agustin has been instrumental in introducing the impact investing asset class in Spain among private and institutional investors, having involved in this endeavor one of the leading Spanish banks and high-caliber board members. The funds raised have allowed GAWA Capital to improve the lives of more than 150,000 families in developing countries.

Agustin has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital and private equity investments, having served as the CEO of one of Spain’s largest family offices. Previously he successfully launched and managed 6 new companies as Managing Director of New Businesses of the Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Zeta. These new companies employed more than 50 people and generated sales of over €30 million. Agustin started his career as an auditor and consultant for financial institutions at Deloitte.

Agustin earned a degree in Business Administration from Centro Universitario Villanueva (college ascribed to Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He has also completed Doctoral courses at the University of Manchester. Agustin teaches microfinance at the International Master in Microfinance Degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and is a founding member of REDIS, the Spanish Impact Investing Network.

2015 Emerging Changemakers

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Nicole ChavasNicole Chavas

Nicole Chavas is an associate at Covariance Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TIAA-CREF, where she is responsible for operational due diligence on investment managers across all asset classes including hedge funds, public equities, fixed income, private equity, venture capital and real assets. She is also spearheading an impact investing initiative to enhance the firm’s offering to its non-profit institutional clients. Prior to joining Covariance, Nicole was an operational risk analyst at Man Investments and staff accountant at Grosvenor Capital Management. During her 10 years in the fund of funds industry, she has performed due diligence on over 200 investment managers globally.

Nicole is also a co-founder of Fresh Coast Capital, an impact investment firm dedicated to solving the problem of vacant, blighted and contaminated properties across the United States through a scalable, profitable solution: planting hybrid poplar tree farms.

Nicole is a CPA and earned her BBA and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently earning her MBA at Kellogg with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship. At Kellogg, Nicole is also the president of the Evening & Weekend Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club.

Nicole plans to use her Kellogg MBA to develop and scale market-based solutions to the problems faced by urban communities in the United States.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Laura Brenner KimesLaura Brenner Kimes

Laura Brenner Kimes is a strategist for sustainability, cleantech and utility companies. Currently, Laura is an energy efficiency policy and market development manager at CLEAResult, an energy efficiency consulting firm. In this role, she leads government affairs and strategic account planning for 12 Midwest states and California. While at Kellogg, Laura also co-founded a brownfield revitalization timber fund, Fresh Coast Capital, to address the problem of vacant and blighted land in legacy cities like Flint, Mich. and Gary, Ind. At Fresh Coast Capital, she is responsible for environmental research, government relations, and market development. Previously, Laura worked for Southern California Edison in the Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE).

Laura holds a BS in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Restoration and Management from the University of Maryland, College Park and a certificate in project management from the California Institute of Technology. Laura has served as a Kellogg Board Fellow on the board of a Chicago-based nonprofit, Women Employed, for a 2014-2015 term. She will receive her MBA from Kellogg in June 2015.

Laura plans to use her Kellogg MBA to lead the profitable and sustainable growth of organizations whose missions align with her personal mission of helping create resilient communities supported by healthier ecosystems and more sustainable economies.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Alexandra KorijnAlexandra Korijn

Alexandra Korijn started her career at Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation in Mumbai, India. As a research and portfolio analyst, she conducted due diligence on nonprofits and social enterprises, and provided capacity building support to organizations in Dasra’s portfolio. After Dasra, she enrolled in Kellogg, where she focuses on management & strategy, social enterprise and finance. She is part of the Kellogg Board Fellows program, serving on the board of Spark Ventures, part of the MIINT program, an impact investing competition, and part of the Kellogg Net Impact Club Executive Board, responsible for organizing speaker events. She spent her summer as Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, creating a landscape analysis of the innovative finance space for one of the largest foundations globally.

In addition to her activities at Kellogg, Alexandra co-founded New AJE Capital with her sister Josephine. As part of New AJE Capital, they invest in social-impact focused instruments across asset classes, with a particular focus on instruments that target the bottom of the pyramid in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Alexandra holds a BA in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, where she was awarded the Ashoka Campus Changemaker Award, and selected as a StartingBloc Fellow.

Alexandra plans to use her Kellogg MBA to create systems change in the corporate and financial sector by making not only commercial, but also social and environmental considerations a key part of business and investment decisions.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Thiago PintoThiago Ascencao Carvalho Pinto

Thiago Pinto is the co-founder of New Hope Ecotech, a social startup that aims to create an inclusive “recycling credits” market in Brazil. Prior to New Hope Ecotech, Thiago was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was a member of its Sustainability Practice Area with projects in sustainability strategy and impact investing, focusing in communities impacted by mining activities. Thiago also co-founded PedalUSP, a startup that designed technologies to enable bicycle sharing in Brazil.

Thiago believes strongly in a hands-on, action-oriented approach to creating social impact. In Brazil, he led a project to connect unemployed women, UNICEF educational institutions and couture houses to create a dress-making cooperative to reduce inequalities by creating jobs. At Kellogg, Thiago was a project leader for the Impact Consulting Group, Kellogg Corps Club project and NUvention Impact course, where New Hope Ecotech’s concept was human-centered designed.

Thiago graduated with honors from Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo (POLI/USP) in Brazil with an Industrial Engineering bachelor and a Master in Science from Ecole Centrale in France. He is currently an MBA candidate at Kellogg with a major in Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Thiago plans to use his Kellogg MBA to scale New Hope Ecotech, a triple-bottom-line startup which aims to connect manufacturers with waste pickers via tradable environmental securities while creating financial, environmental and social impact.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Marvin SmithMarvin Smith

Marvin Smith is a values-based leader with experience in K-12 public education, state & local policy and corporate social responsibility. Currently, Marvin serves as the government and public affairs manager at U.S. Cellular, where he cultivates relationships with governors, mayors, and other public officials within the company footprint to strengthen brand equity and advance legislative and regulatory priorities. He’s also managed CEO-level civic engagement strategy, signature charitable giving programs and external partnerships.

Marvin began his career managing policy advocacy at Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) on behalf of charter public schools in Illinois at the district and state levels. While at INCS, Marvin worked collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, community organizations, elected officials and school district leaders to expand access to quality education for local youth.

Marvin is an active member of the Kellogg student body. He’s competed in the Hult Prize competition, a startup accelerator for social entrepreneurship, and serves as a member of Net Impact and president of the Black Management Association. In addition, he volunteers on the board of directors at Erie Elementary Charter School and is an executive committee member on the Metro Board at Metropolitan Family Services.

Marvin holds a BA from Loyola University Chicago in Communications, and will graduate in June 2015 from Kellogg with an MBA in Management & Strategy.

Marvin plans to use his Kellogg MBA to scale proven programs that increase learning outcomes for youth by working collaboratively with frontline education leaders, policymakers and investors.

2015 Impact Leaders

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Paul ChengPaul Cheng
Chair of Trustees, SharedImpact

Paul Cheng is the chair of trustees of SharedImpact. SharedImpact is the world's first global Donor-Advised Fund — creating, designing and implementing smart philanthropy solutions. Headquartered in London and with foundation offices in New York City and Hong Kong, SharedImpact provides philanthropists, charitable foundations and family offices with access to social investment expertise.

Paul is the former head of CAF Venturesome, a pioneering social investment fund in the UK, and is currently the chair of the European Social Investment Taskforce. He is a regular industry commentator on social finance matters both in the UK and around the world. He also serves on the board of trustees of the LankellyChase Foundation (a £125 million grant-making trust), the FSE Social Impact Accelerator Loan Fund and The Foundry. He is also a BMW Foundation World Young Leader.

Previously, he worked as a corporate finance lawyer with the international law firm Slaughter and May, and as a business strategist for Microsoft. He holds an MBA from Kellogg and a law degree from Oxford University.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Deepa GuptaDeepa Gupta
Director of Education Initiatives and Strategy, Global Corporate Citizenship Group, Boeing Company

Deepa Gupta is the director of education initiatives and strategy in the Global Corporate Citizenship group at The Boeing Company. She is responsible for developing the company’s strategies to enhance support of early learning, primary and secondary education, and ensure alignment with higher education and STEM initiatives across the company aimed at developing the future workforce.

Prior to Boeing, Deepa served as a senior program officer for The MacArthur Foundation, where she managed its institution-building program called the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the arts and culture program, and internal efforts to define a framework for MacArthur’s programmatic strategy development and impact assessment. Before MacArthur, she was a senior associate at McKinsey & Company and, earlier in her career, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2012, President Obama appointed her a member of the National Council on the Arts, the governing board of the National Endowment for the Arts. She also serves on the local Chicago advisory board of New Leaders, a principal leadership development program, and is on the national board of the New Teacher Center, which focused on new teacher induction programs and leadership development.

Deepa holds an MBA from Kellogg and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Biology from the University of Chicago.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Jim SchorrJim Schorr
CEO, Social Enterprise Alliance

Jim Schorr is CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance, an organization that has been at the forefront of the social enterprise movement in North America since 1998. Previously, Jim was executive director of Juma Ventures, one of the United States’ most successful and admired social enterprises, and taught coursework on social enterprise as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University and as senior fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As a student at Kellogg in 1992-94, Jim helped launch Net Impact, and subsequently served as a board member and chair during Net Impact’s growth and global expansion in the 2000s. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Social Enterprise World Forum, and as chair emeritus at Net Impact and Social Enterprise Alliance, where he was a board member for seven years before his appointment as CEO.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Luca TorreLuca Torre
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, GAWA Capital

Luca Torre is the co-founder and co-CEO of GAWA Capital, the leading impact investment firm in Spain with more than €35 million assets under management, investing in companies that are financially sustainable and have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Luca spent most of the last 15 years working with and advising microfinance, SMEs and financial institutions.

Prior to founding GAWA Capital, Luca was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in the Latin America Financial Institutions group, working on a variety of microfinance related transactions. Previously, he worked in India for a microfinance bank called Annapurna, supporting the turnaround of the organization to support financial sustainability and at the International Finance Corporation in Cambodia to support local Social Entrepreneurship. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group, focusing on the Financial Services sector and worked extensively with the largest Italian banking group in better serving the Small and Medium Enterprise segment.

Luca received a First Class BSc from University of Brighton and an MBA from Kellogg, where he was awarded the Siebel scholarship for leadership and academic achievements.

2015 Youn Impact Scholar Ursula WrightUrsula Wright
Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary for Special Projects, U.S. Department of Education

Ursula Wright is the associate assistant deputy secretary for special projects at the U.S. Department of Education. She serves as the department’s lead on place-based initiatives (e.g. Promise Zones, My Brother’s Keeper, SC2, etc.) that aim to improve life outcomes for those living in our country’s most vulnerable communities. She also leads the department’s work on innovation clusters and contributes to the Race to the Top — District program.

Previously, Ursula worked at the National Alliance for Pubic Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the quality growth of the charter school movement. Ursula has also contributed to public education through her board service, including tenures with The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, a non-partisan non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preparing, certifying, and supporting people who want to improve their communities by becoming a teacher, and Achievement Preparatory Academy, a high-performing charter school in Washington, D.C.’s most economically disadvantaged ward.

Ursula earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College and an MBA from Kellogg. She has also completed executive education coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

2014 Emerging Changemakers

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Elissa DensbornElissa (Elise) Densborn

Elissa Densborn is the director of risk management for MPI Corporation, a growing, multi-corporate, multi-national holding company headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Prior to that, she worked for PwC in Chicago, providing assurance services to clients in the utility, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare industries. She also has had public sector internships with the White House National Economic Council, the Mitch Daniels’ 2004 Gubernatorial Campaign and the Office of the Indiana Lieutenant Governor.

Elissa is committed to serving her communities with her business acumen. She has led United Way, Junior Achievement and Indianapolis Zoo fundraising campaigns, and currently supervises an underprivileged student at Providence Cristo Rey High School, teaching her skills necessary to succeed in the business world. Through involvement in Kellogg Corps, Elissa has become an adviser to Byoearth, a social impact startup in Guatemala that creates vermicomposting systems to sustain the environment and enhance the living conditions of Guatemala’s most vulnerable populations. Elissa plans to drive Byoearth’s expansion into the United States and further its mission for international sustainable development.

Elissa graduated with honors and high distinction from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Finance. She expects to earn her MBA from Kellogg in June 2014 with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Management, Strategy, and Marketing.

Elissa plans to use her Kellogg MBA to create positive social impact through application of her business acumen. Specifically, her efforts to internationalize Byoearth’s vermicomposting system are motivated by a desire to address inefficiencies in, and increase the security of, the global food system, to address food health and environmental challenges worldwide, and to drive sustainable socio-economic development. 

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Meladee EvansMeladee Evans

Meladee L. Evans is a 2014 MBA candidate at Kellogg. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology with degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering. Prior to Kellogg, Meladee worked as an engineer for Lexmark International in the areas of product development and manufacturing systems. Though she enjoyed the challenging work in the technology space, her passion for service was also recognized within the company. She was appointed to several corporate community-outreach steering committees, through which she was given opportunities to advocate for the company’s financial support of math and science teachers in the public school system.

At Kellogg, Meladee is an executive member of the Black Management Association (BMA) and was co-chair of the 2013 BMA Conference. She has participated as an executive member of the Day At Kellogg (DAK) committee and has continued to pursue social impact through participating in Kellogg’s Neighborhood Business Initiative as well as supporting Chicago inner-city mentorship programs. Meladee plans to graduate with majors in Management & Strategy, Management & Organizations, and Social Enterprise. After business school, she plans to enter the education sector and use her business acumen to support the transformation of our country’s educational ecosystem, focusing particularly on helping provide equal educational opportunities for low-income and minority students.

Meladee plans to use her Kellogg MBA to understand the interconnections between educational achievement gaps and economic growth in underserved areas. After education industry experience, she plans to establish a social enterprise that provides resources to help minority communities build and sustain healthy businesses and offers support for upward mobility.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Katherine HandKatherine Hand

Katherine Hand started her career in the nonprofit sector as a program associate with the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation in New York City, where she oversaw all grant-making activities for the organization’s economic and workforce development, criminal justice, environment and reproductive rights funding areas. As a development associate for the City Parks Foundation, she raised funds to support the organization’s sports and education programs, provided free of charge in public parks in underserved NYC neighborhoods.

At Kellogg, Katherine has taken every opportunity to blend a business-minded approach with social impact, having participated in the Neighborhood Business Initiative (now Kellogg Impact Consulting), Global Health Initiative, a venture lab position with A Better Chicago, Innovate for Impact, and more. This past summer, Katherine worked with B Lab, the pioneering nonprofit behind the B Corp Certification, which exposed her to a growing community of businesses and entrepreneurs that are actively integrating stakeholder interests into their business model. Katherine believes strongly in the power of markets and the private sector, when stewarded intentionally, to truly scale impactful solutions to seemingly intractable problems. She hopes to pursue this passion in an internal CSR role or in a communications role with an impact-focused business.

Katherine holds a BA from Vassar College in Urban Studies, and will graduate from Kellogg with an MBA in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Management and Organizations.

Katherine plans to use her Kellogg MBA to help scale innovations, solutions and programs that intentionally focus on creating sustainable sources of opportunity for disadvantaged populations.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Akifumi KitaAkifumi (Aki) Kita

Akifumi (Aki) Kita most recently was a management consultant with BCG in Boston. He advised companies in a wide range of industries, particularly focused on manufacturing. He was a volunteer consultant with business-solution-focused nonprofit TechnoServe in Zambia and Malawi, and worked on a private-public partnership funded by USAID+General Mills to improve local food manufacturing capabilities.

In the last two years, he has also had the opportunity to work on a rural market access strategy in India, rural development program redesign in Mexico and a job-creation strategy for Afghanistan. He spent his summer with international development consulting firm Dalberg Global Development Advisors and will be returning to BCG in Boston after graduation.

At Kellogg, Aki has been co-president of the Emerging Markets Club and on the leadership teams for Net Impact, Impact Consulting Club and the Innovating Social Change Conference.

He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations and is currently a dual-degree MBA/MEM candidate at Kellogg and the McCormick School of Engineering.

Aki plans to use his Kellogg MBA to develop a local business/government strategy or an entrepreneurial concept that reduces the risk of starting a small manufacturing firm or develops scalable turnaround practices to improve underutilized manufacturing assets to create sustainable middle-class jobs in the least-developed countries.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Charag KrishnanCharag Krishnan

An electronics engineer by education, Charag served as a primary school teacher at Teach for India and subsequently designed and implemented Corporate Sustainability projects for Bharat Petroleum. He has also been associated with Seeds of Empowerment, a nonprofit spin-off of Stanford University on educational technology projects.

At Kellogg, Charag serves as an admissions counselor, Kellogg Student Association Club director, co-president of the India Business Club and a Board Fellow. Outside of these roles, he has also initiated a partnership between UNICEF and Kellogg and has co-authored a Marketing case study with Kellogg faculty. Charag was a UNICEF Fellow during his summer internship and worked on the team for Backpack PLUS, a project that was named one of the top-ten lifesaving innovations in global health in 2013. He will be joining McKinsey & Company post graduation.

Charag plans to use his Kellogg MBA to facilitate partnerships between corporates and the international development sector and leverage technology to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions for pressing challenges in primary education and global health.

2014 Impact Leaders

2014 Youn Impact Scholar David ChenDavid Chen
Co-Founder and Principal, Equilibrium Capital Group
Adjunct Lecturer of Finance, Kellogg

Dave Chen’s focus on sustainability is a result of his work in venture capital, regional economic development and energy policy. In 2007, as a visiting executive at the Meyer Memorial Trust, he developed an investing thesis on mission-related investing (MRI); this tool has since been adopted by several institutions. In late 2007, he formed Equilibrium Capital Group, an investment firm focused on growth equity investment opportunities in the area of sustainability.

Previously, Dave was a general partner at OVP Venture Partners. Joining the firm in 2001, he focused on early stage tech venture investing. Until 2002, he served on the board of HNC Software and merged it with FICO (NASDAQ:HNCS, now NYSE:FIC). Prior to OVP, Dave founded GeoTrust (acquired by Verisign 2006) & The Ascent Group; was vice president at Marketing Mentor Graphics; was an associate at McKinsey & Co; and was an early team member in 1978-84 at Solectron.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Matthew FortiMatthew Forti
Managing Director, One Acre Fund USA

Matthew Forti is the managing director of One Acre Fund USA, leading the organization's global support unit, including its development, communications and measurement functions. One Acre Fund assists over 180,000 of Africa's hardest-working smallholder farm families to double their farm incomes through a comprehensive bundle of finance, farm inputs, training and post-harvest support.

Matt played an instrumental role in One Acre Fund's founding, helping to raise the seed capital to launch the organization and becoming its first Board Chair. Prior to joining One Acre Fund's staff, Matt was a manager and co-head of the Performance Measurement Practice at the Bridgespan Group, a social sector advisory firm. He writes extensively on the topic of performance measurement, including through a blog series for SSIR and called Measuring to Improve. Matt received an MBA with distinction from Kellogg and graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Northwestern.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Debra SchwartzDebra Schwartz
Director, Program-Related Investments, MacArthur Foundation

Debra D. Schwartz is director of program-related investments for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She oversees a $300-million portfolio of innovative loans, equity investments and guarantees designed to advance the Foundation's philanthropic work in the United States and abroad. Before joining MacArthur in 1995, she was chief financial officer for a Chicago-based child welfare agency and an investment banker at John Nuveen & Co., specializing in municipal and health care finance.

An expert on affordable housing, community and economic development, social enterprise and philanthropy, Debra originated and taught a University of Chicago undergraduate course, "The Business of Nonprofits and the Evolving Social Sector," from 2009-2012. She also has guest taught classes at graduate schools of business, law and policy at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and Oxford.

She is a past presidential appointee to the United States Treasury Department Community Development Advisory Board and a founder of the Mission Investors Exchange. She holds a Master's in finance and nonprofit management from Kellogg and received her Bachelor's Degree in History, summa cum laude, from Yale.

2014 Youn Impact Scholar Andrew YounAndrew Youn
Senior Partner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, One Acre Fund

Andrew Youn started the One Acre Fund in 2006. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant, and received his MBA from Kellogg. Andrew co-founded the program in Kenya with John Gachunga, and lives in western Kenya.