Tracey Fetherson, a native of Virginia and a United States Marine Corps veteran found her calling to serve early in life. A lifetime volunteer in youth sports and K12 education-focused organizations, Tracey has always sought opportunities to give back to institutions that have given so much to her. During her military service as a logistics officer, she completed two deployments, including one combat tour to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon transitioning from the military, Tracey took her service beyond the uniform, seeking ways to create broader social change by leveraging the resources and expertise of private corporations.
While at Kellogg, Tracey served as a vice president in the Education Club, Black Management Association and Kellogg Student Association, fostering her desire to give back to the institution. Tracey also serves on the junior board of the Ryan Banks Academy, a mentor with Admit.me MBA admissions program for students of color and veterans. During her summers at Kellogg, Tracey interned with Education Pioneers at a charter school in Memphis, TN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the K-12 Education team developing their COVID-19 recovery strategic plan. Upon graduation, she will sharpen her strategic focus in the 2-year corporate strategy rotation at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Aaron Morales is a sustainability, ESG and business development professional specializing in helping corporations and financial institutions use data, science, and technology to quantify ESG performance, communicate positive impacts and inform impactful decisions.
Currently, Aaron works as an Account Director and ESG Specialist at S&P Global Sustainable1, a group within S&P Global that brings together ESG and Climate benchmarking, analytics, evaluations, and indices. Aaron works with companies and investors across the central USA and Latin America. Prior to joining S&P Global, Aaron worked as a Business Development Management Consultant of ESG data management technology solutions at UL. Before that, Aaron worked as consultant at a boutique sustainability consultancy firm in Mexico helping companies define their sustainability strategies. Aaron spent six months interning at Robert Bosch’s HQ in Germany, where he conducted research on hydrogen fuel cells.
Aaron holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Systems from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), an MS in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Aaron is originally from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Josh is passionate about leveraging the strengths of the public and private sectors towards solving the world’s most persistent challenges related to poverty, education, and criminal justice. A Boston native, mediocre skier and volleyballer, and global traveler, Josh excels at finding questionable street food and getting lost down unknown streets around the world.
In his first full-time job after college, Josh joined Teach For America as an 8th grade writing teacher in Dorchester, MA. There, Josh developed innovative curricular materials and led his students to 95% “advanced” or “proficient” scores – among the best scores in the state. Interested in expanding the scope and impact of his work, Josh pivoted into international education – first at a media literacy nonprofit in Cameroon, and later at Bridge International Academies, a provider of low-cost private schools and government-funded charter schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Josh served as founding Academic Director of Bridge’s charter school intervention in Liberia, where he helped found a chain of 68 charter schools providing education to over 25,000 students daily. In the first year of operations, a randomized controlled trial demonstrated that students in these charter schools learned over 1 standard deviation more in English and math – equivalent to one extra year of content in just 10 months.
Josh is currently completing a dual JD/MBA at Kellogg. He holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and a Master’s in Education from Boston University. At Kellogg, Josh served as VP of Professional Development for Net Impact, VP of Careers for the JD/MBA Association, and has participated in numerous case competitions and internships in Chicagoland. Upon graduation, Josh will join Social Finance’s Boston office as Associate Director and Staff Attorney, where he will support efforts to create pay-for-success contracts between governments, impact investors, and impactful service providers.
Sam Schiller is a climate impact entrepreneur and environmental policy advocate based in Chicago. He helped launch and scale two related environmental startups - Wabashco and Tradewater - which focus on carbon offset development through the destruction of CFC refrigerants and methane emitting from abandoned coal mines. These projects were among the first credited under California’s compliance emissions reduction initiative. Under Sam’s leadership, this work produced 21 carbon offset projects that generated over 2 million tons of greenhouse gas reductions.
Since exiting Tradewater in the spring of 2018, Sam has focused on utilizing environmental markets to advance carbon sequestration in agricultural landscapes. In 2019, Sam founded Carbon Yield, where he has utilized his deep experience in carbon markets and agricultural communities to better align farm profitability with soil health and land stewardship. Carbon Yield has worked closely with eminent scientific, agronomic, and philanthropic institutions to improve opportunities for farmers in carbon markets and unlock scalable climate solutions. Carbon Yield also designed a financial product that serves large grain farmers, allowing them to stay cash positive through transitions to more profitable, climate resilient practices. His work with Carbon Yield earned the Zell Fellowship, Kellogg School of Management's premier entrepreneurial program. Carbon Yield presented its fund model in Hong Kong and won the 2019 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. The model was also recognized by Fast Company in its World Changing Ideas series.
Sam serves as Board Chair of the Delta Institute, a nonprofit with deep experience in environmental markets, regenerative agriculture, and conservation finance. Sam graduated with a degree in social policy and environmental policy from Northwestern University and will complete his MBA from Kellogg in 2021. He is an avid urban cyclist and lives in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Rebecca, and their enchanting one year old son, Theo.
Becky Betts is the chief marketing and external affairs officer at A Better Chicago. In this role, Becky leads the organization’s marketing and communications, strategic partnerships, and development work. She seeks to elevate A Better Chicago’s brand at the local and national levels while maintaining and cultivating relationships across sectors to garner the resources required to achieve A Better Chicago’s mission to fight poverty with opportunity.
Becky’s track record for developing and implementing innovative social impact initiatives includes launching Chicago CRED—a foundation focused on reducing gun violence through philanthropy, direct service programs, community engagement, and advocacy—with former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. As chief of staff, Becky led the creation of a direct-service, anti-violence program and established collaborative partnerships with city agencies and community-based nonprofits to enable rapid expansion, including employment of more than 5,000 high school students each summer through the City of Chicago’s One Summer program. On the advocacy side, she organized events to engage young adults from Chicago’s South and West side neighborhoods in local and national conversations around gun violence prevention. Prior to her time at Chicago CRED, Becky provided strategic guidance to a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant with PwC and A.T. Kearney.
Becky is on the board of directors for Advance Illinois, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization that works towards building a healthy public education system for Illinois. She also serves on the board of Fishtank Learning, a national nonprofit focused on providing high-quality, open-sourced instructional content for K-12 educators. Becky holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s of business administration from Northwestern University.
Jeffrey Burrell is the Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Riot Games, a video game company with over 25 offices around the world that engages 100 million active players each month. He is also the Executive Director of the Riot Games Social Impact Fund, an independent philanthropic venture fund focused on improving the areas of STEM education, access to equal opportunity, mental health, and online citizenship.
In his role at Riot Games, he started the CSR department from an initial concept into a $15M+ / year business unit and oversees all of Riot's social impact investments, grantmaking, sustainability efforts, employee engagement, and social impact corporate policy.
Riot's in-game fundraisers have raised over $20M to date for more than 100 charities around the world, engaging over 10 million players, and have won multiple awards and international recognition.
Prior to Riot Games, Jeffrey worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he was on the Strategy and Finance team working on the Education portfolio. He started his career as a management consultant in Silicon Valley, worked with microfinance institutions in Tanzania, and consulted on precision-drip agriculture projects in the Middle East. Jeffrey holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BS from the University of Montana.
John is the Founder of Kind Capital, an impact investing platform and investment firm to drive scalable sustainable impact profitably. He was formerly the Managing Director and Founder of Lumina Impact Ventures, the $50M impact investing arm of Lumina Foundation. Previously he was Program & Portfolio Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, managing a $110+ million MRI and PRI investments portfolio across funds and direct investments, and making grants to further the field of impact investing. John started his career as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in various roles including M&A advisory, credit risk analysis, equity research, capital structure optimization and corporate finance in both debt and equity products. John has extensive for-profit and nonprofit board experience including Cell-Ed, Upswing, BrightHive, EduNav, Credly, Global Communities, Vitas Group, and AAPIP.
John earned his BA degree in economics and East Asian studies from Yale University and holds an Executive MBA, with a concentration in management and entrepreneurship, from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a Kauffman Fellow. Born in Cambodia, John immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. He and his parents are survivors of the Khmer Rouge concentration camp and were sponsored to the United States by the Catholic Sisters of St. Francis in La Crosse, WI where he grew up.
Axel Kadja, based on the reading of Eric Ries’ book Lean Start Up, founded in 2020 Intellinvest, an initiative aiming at improving problem solving skills of Ivorian Bachelor and Master students. At the professional level, Axel joined TechnoServe in May 2018 as Country Manager for Côte d'Ivoire where he has been supporting various agricultural value chain projects added to several urban entrepreneurship initiatives.
Prior to joining TechnoServe, Axel worked for five years with Cargill in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. In Côte d'Ivoire, Axel led the company’s sustainable sourcing strategy, focusing on access to finance for cooperatives and cocoa trade digitalization. He launched the Coop Academy project, a Mini EMBA for cocoa cooperative managers in addition to the joint IFC-Cargill truck leasing project, Doni Doni, the first financing scheme between the Ivorian banking sector and a large portfolio of 80 cocoa cooperatives. This project was awarded at the Food and Ingredient Europe forum in Paris in December 2015. In Ghana, Axel contributed to the set-up of the first digital cocoa purchasing scheme in the country. The scheme currently facilitates daily e-payment transactions between Cargill and 25,000 farmers. Prior to Cargill, Axel was Country Manager for the European Institute for Cooperation & Development-Ivory Coast where, between 2005 to 2012, he contributed to the set-up of a Family Farm Schools network that still exists today.
Axel is a Kellogg EMBA graduate. A father of 3 children, Axel regularly practices table tennis, swimming, biking and running (while listening NPR Hidden Brain Podcasts) and is currently enrolled in a comedy class. His main sources of inspiration are Herb Kelleher ,Greg Page (ex Cargill CEO), and Jack Ma.
Kartik is a serial impact entrepreneur having founded 2 social ventures centred around creating value for small landholder farmers in India. His first venture Claro Energy, one that he co-founded with a Kellogg classmate, provides innovative, affordable & reliable solar irrigation solutions for farmers across India. Claro Energy engineered India’s first large scale community solar irrigation system back in 2011 and is now pursuing its award winning Pay-As-You-Go solar irrigation concept. His second venture Claro Agro, is a Farm to Retailer Agri commerce enterprise that provides market linkage services to their small land holder solar irrigation farmers. Claro Agro uses technology to bring transparency & efficiency to a broken Agri supply chain in which small land holder farmers have no leverage. Prior to Kellogg, Kartik spent several years in the Electrical Switchgear industry in India, including a stint at Larsen & Toubro, India’s largest engineering conglomerate.
In 2017, he was awarded the Asian Entrepreneurship Award, hosted by the University of Tokyo & Mitsubishi Fudosan in Japan. He is also the recipient of the Amit Leadership award in 2018. In 2013, leading business publication, BusinessWorld, featured him amongst ‘India’s Hottest Young Entrepreneurs’. He is also an active speaker on Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation at several premier Business Schools in India and regularly contributes to various print & digital publications in India.
He is an Electrical Engineer from Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Pune, and holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Bhargavi Ammu is a second year MBA student at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg she spent four and a half years in the Global Health Bureau of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington D.C. At USAID, she worked in the Health Systems Office, increasing visibility for USAID efforts in health systems strengthening by leading a pilot call for success stories. She was also a program analyst in the Office of HIV/AIDS, and traveled to 15+ countries across southern Africa and southeast Asia to provide strategic, budgetary and operational support for $1.6 billion in investments..
Bhargavi has an undergraduate degree in Health & Societies and South Asian Studies with a minor in International Development from the University of Pennsylvania. At Kellogg, Bhargavi was an Impact Consultant for a Chicago based healthcare nonprofit, was the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Women’s Business Association and is the Director of Speakers for a global health panel at the Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference. After graduation Bhargavi will return to GlaxoSmithKline where she interned, to join a leadership development rotational program where she will continue the work of improving global health outcomes.
Hanna has been always a caregiver, a healthcare advocate, and a devoted leader across the social impact space. Growing up in a family of psychologists, Hanna witnessed both the professional and personal sides of mental health. As a social entrepreneur and founding member of B-Vitals, Hanna supports the growth and customer acquisition to expand mental health access for children and teens. B-Vitals is a comprehensive behavioral health assessment tool designed for early detection of mental health issues for children ages 4-18 that empowers pediatricians as the first line of care.
Prior to joining the B-Vitals team, Hanna was a management consultant at Deloitte focused in commercial healthcare strategy, where she advised integrated health systems to advance patient medical record access and interoperability. She also served as a Fellow in innovation and business operations at Sanergy, a sanitation social enterprise in Kenya. Hanna has work experience with a leading venture philanthropy fund and with U.S. Congress focused on health policy. Hanna graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing an M.B.A. (June 2020) from Kellogg School of Management.
Brent leads the Fund Management team at New Markets Support Company (NMSC), where he is responsible for the management of NMSC’s investment fund portfolio, structuring investments funds and client relations. He works with investors, community development organizations and capital providers across the country to develop and close specialty impact loan funds.
Prior to joining NMSC, Brent was a Fund Manager at National Equity Fund (NEF) for five years, where he structured and managed affordable housing investment funds, closing $1 billion in investments while overseeing part of NEF’s $10 billion portfolio. Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, finance and real estate from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently an M.B.A. candidate at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where he serves as the VP of Finance for Kellogg’s Net Impact chapter. Brent is also a long-serving delegate for Hummingbird Missions, which brings medical services to rural communities in Haiti and El Salvador.
Sinthuja found her passion for education in college when she joined a student-run tutoring organization called Project Literacy. As Executive Director, she was excited to lead and scale the organization to a staff of 18 with more than 150 tutors working at 6 different community sites through Los Angeles.
After graduating, she started her career as an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research, developing a strong set of technical and analytical skills. During her free time, she continued to stay involved in education by volunteering on the Young Professionals Board for a larger charter system in Los Angeles. After visiting one of their high schools, she made the leap to pursue a career in education full-time. She joined Teach for America and became a high school math teacher. While teaching, she received her teaching credential and a Master’s in Education in Urban Teaching. Interested in having a greater impact than just her classroom, she joined Summit Public Schools and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help scale their personalized learning initiative and quantify their impact.
Sinthuja started at Kellogg with a commitment to use this time to explore social entrepreneurship. She is now the Founder and CEO of Tilt, an education technology company focused on creating a more student-centered and inclusive college financial aid process. She is also the president of the Education Club, a Zell Fellow, and Garage Resident. She continues to be excited about technology’s potential to help address problems in our education system.
Sam is an MBA candidate at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management where she is concentrating in public-private collaboration, specifically within industries at the intersection of government and technology.
Before beginning her MBA, Sam was part of the leadership team at grassroots democracy organization, Swing Left. Sam launched the Local Communications Network ahead of the 2018 midterms, managing the recruitment and training of 10K+ campaign volunteers in 72 swing districts across the U.S.
Prior to Swing Left, Sam led U.S.-China cultural diplomacy programs at Brown Lloyd James, a New York City-based international affairs firm. In her role, Sam hosted delegations of former congressman and journalists across different parts of China and facilitated meetings on such issues as environmental policy, government relations, and human rights. Sam came to BLJ from Edelman Public Relations. At Edelman, she was part of the New York public affairs team where she led grassroots initiatives for civics organizations and women’s rights foundations.
At the center of each of Sam’s experiences, personal and professional, is the commitment to addressing the real challenges facing underrepresented populations - particularly immigrant, non-white, lgbtq+ and low-income communities, with special devotion to the women within them.
Andres Idarraga is passionate about sustainable economic development and about the provision of educational opportunities to people in distressed circumstances. In 2019, he co-founded Creci (pronounced kre-si, and in Spanish a play on the word “to grow”), a fintech platform that connects social impact investors in the U.S. with social impact small businesses in the U.S. and Latin America that need credit facilities. Creci has built a suite of online tools that will allow small businesses to identify, measure, and report their impact. Creci believes that that if small businesses had easy-to-use tools that would help them identify, measure, and report their impact, they could better attract funding from large number of investors interested in impact investing.
Andres is also the co-founder of the Transcending Through Education Foundation (“TTEF”). TTEF provides resources and support services to people in U.S. prisons who are pursuing post-secondary education. Since 2011, TTEF has awarded almost 30 scholarships, funded six 20-person community college courses at a maximum-security prison, conducted annual workshops inside prisons on applying to college with a criminal record, and provided mentors to select awardees. As a personal project, he awards modest college scholarships to high school students in Cocorna, Colombia, a small town where his family is originally from. Andres believes economic and education opportunities are the key pillars of healthy and vibrant communities.
His beliefs and passions stem from personal experience. Andres grew up poor and turned to education while serving time in prison as a young man. Education saved his life. After his release, he earned bachelor’s degrees from Brown University and a law degree from Yale University. He then practiced law at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. In 2016, he left to work at a fintech startup before founding Creci and enrolling in Kellogg’s Executive MBA program.
Thomas Liu is the Deputy Regional Director for the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Pacific Region, which manages energy resources offshore the West Coast and Hawaii. Thomas has a variety of experience in the government and private sector.
In the government, he served as Chief of Concessions for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and completed the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.
In the private sector, he worked in investment banking for Merrill Lynch, corporate development for Level 3 Communications, product management for Zurich Insurance, and as an investment analyst for a Hong Kong based hedge fund.
Thomas earned a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, and completed the Senior Executive Fellows certificate program from Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government.
James Margolis is a Senior Partner with ERM, the world’s largest pure-play environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHSS) consultancy, with over 5,000 staff in 140 offices in 40 countries. He is one of ERM’s senior management consulting practitioners and a nationally recognized expert in EHSS governance and management systems.
Over the last 30 years of his career, Jimmy has been on the front line of corporate sustainability, having helped dozens of major companies develop and implement EHSS strategies and programs, contributing to significant reductions in environmental impacts, safety incidents, and costs, while strengthening corporate relationships and reputation with external stakeholders. He works with leaders across functional areas and organizational levels to identify EHSS-related business risks and opportunities, develop strategies to address those risk and opportunities based on a robust business case, and then implement those strategies from the corporate level down through plant-level operations.
During the course of his career, he has visited hundreds of industrial sites, developed and led several hundred EHSS management seminars and workshops, and trained literally thousands of people on EHSS topics. He has published articles in GreenBiz, Environmental Leader, and various other industry newsletters, and spoken at multiple Conference Board, GreenBiz, GRI and NAEM conferences.
Prior to joining ERM, Jimmy spent eleven years with Arthur D. Little and six years with Deloitte. He started his career as an engineer at an oil refinery. Jimmy also served on the Board of a 501(c)(3) organization, Mwangaza, which provided on-the-ground health education and medical services to remote underserved communities in Tanzania (2000-2011).
Lara Metcalf has deep experience in the public and private sectors, focused on driving better outcomes for low income and vulnerable populations using innovative investment capital approaches to solve our nation's most pressing problems. She is currently a Managing Director at TSEF: The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, an early stage (series A+) venture fund investing in healthtech, fintech, and human services tech, including “Future of Work”, to improve access and economic opportunity for low income communities. Two-thirds of the companies in their portfolios are led by women or minorities. Lara believes that we can use capital and markets to drive sustainable positive change in the world.
Prior to joining TSEF, Lara was a Fellow at The Engine, a VC fund founded by MIT that aims to bridge the gap between discovery and commercialization of “tough tech” solutions. Lara previously played a leadership role in building the Pay for Success field during her five years as the Managing Director of Social Finance, an innovative 501c3 social enterprise, where she led the creation of $80M+ in project finance impact investments around issues ranging from refugee and immigrant employment, to child welfare, to maternal and child health, to recidivism. Prior to Social Finance, Lara was the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at the Harvard Kennedy School. Lara spent the first 18 years of her career on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse, where she achieved the title of Managing Director. Lara currently serves on the board for Longfellow Investment Management, an $11 billion MWBE fixed income/alternative institutional investment manager. She has been an active volunteer in a number of education, microfinance, and refugee-focused organizations. She is a proud alum of Boston College and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and lives with her husband and children in the Boston area.
Prentiss Taylor Jr., MD, FACP, currently serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Doctor On Demand, a leading innovative national telemedicine company. There he is currently co-leading national health initiatives with Walmart, Humana, United Airlines, and several other national companies. He is also a blog writer for the Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference 2020.
He was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by WGN-TV for his volunteer work at a free clinic. Prentiss has volunteered as guest lecturer for the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple Seven program, has spoken to church groups, and has appeared on local radio stations in support of Hypertension Awareness and Control. He is involved with three local mentoring programs for students as well as on the National Alumni Council of National Medical Fellowships, which gave him a scholarship to Harvard Med School.
He has most recently been Medical Director at Advocate Aurora Health Care, the largest health system in the Midwest. At Advocate, he was the physician leader running the JP Morgan Chase employee health service in downtown Chicago and suburbs. He also had responsibility for launching Advocate’s successful Patient Centered Medical Homes sites.
Prentiss is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, the Kellogg Business School, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Prentiss is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He has been chosen as a Top Doctor by Chicago Magazine, Castle Connolly, and US News, multiple times, including in 2018. He has served as a local medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield and for United Healthcare. He has previously been a faculty member of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
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.
Sahar, Kellogg MBA'19, is the Founder of Maziwa, the only breast pump specifically designed for working mothers in developing markets. 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 developed the concept of Maziwa when she learned about the life-saving powers of breastmilk and interacted with mothers who struggled to breastfeed their babies.
Sahar leads Kellogg’s Net Impact Club and her 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.
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.
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.
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 as the greater healthcare system.
Hydie Kim Hudson is a Director at Social Finance, a national nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress. As an impact investing intermediary, Social Finance brings uncommon partners together around a common purpose: to measurably improve the lives of those in need.
In her role at Social Finance, Hydie designs and implements outcomes-based financing structures using the principles of Pay for Success: clearly defined outcomes, data-driven decisions, uncommon cross-sector partnerships, strong governance and accountability, and catalytic capital to drive impact.
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.
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 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 180 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 initiatives demonstrating that impact investing represents a better way to deploy capital. 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 is a member of the Social Venture Network and Net Impact.
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 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.
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.