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The Baumhart Scholars mentorship program offers Scholars three critical advantages:

  • Career exposure: Scholars imagine their future careers with guidance from their mentors.
  • Leadership development: Scholars partner with their mentors to strengthen their leadership, communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.
  • Values definition: Scholars deepen their values through immersion in real-world problem solving with their mentors.

Mentors are foremost leaders selected for their commitment to doing well and doing good. These world-class leaders commit to sharing their experiences, insight, and guidance with Scholars through one-on-one conversations and leadership development exercises.


Baumhart Scholars Mentors

Brian Abrams

Brian Abrams

Founder, Corporate Imaging Concepts, LLC

Lorraine Anderson King

Lorraine Anderson King

Head of External Affairs, Braven

Brenda Asare

Brenda Asare

President and CEO, The Alford Group

Amir Badr

Amir Badr

CEO and Founder, Upkey

Jeffrey Beckham Jr.

Jeffrey Beckham Jr.

CEO, Chicago Scholars

Sarah Berghorst

Sarah Berghorst

Founder and Principal of August Impact Partners

Michelle Y. Bess

Michelle Y. Bess

VP of Talent and DEI, OppLoans

Erik Birkerts

Erik Birkerts

CEO, Clean Energy Trust

Julie Brautigam

Julie Brautigam

Sr. Global Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Leader, Hollister Incorporated

Omar Brown

Omar Brown

VP, People and Culture Officer, Big Ten Conference

Eileen Buckley

Eileen Buckley

Sr. Director of Corporate Responsibility, Stryker

Shane Caterino

Shane Caterino

Managing Director, AUSL

Lincoln J. Chandler

Lincoln J. Chandler

Founder and President, Chandler Decision Services

Jonathan Chaparro

Jonathan Chaparro

Executive Director, Innovation Implementation & Head of Chicago, Braven

Joanna Cohen

Joanna Cohen

Sr. Evaluation Officer, MacArthur Foundation

Tanjia Coleman

Tanjia Coleman

President, Reimagine Organizational Development, Inc.

Molly Cook

Molly Cook

US-Central Region Corporate Responsibility Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Holly Copeland

Holly Copeland

Sr. Director of CSR, Sustainability, and Impact, Horizon

Laura Coy

Laura Coy

Director, Philanthropy Strategy, William Blair

Jack Crowe

Jack Crowe

Former Executive Director, Years Up Chicago

Felicia Davis

Felicia Davis

President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women

Shelley A. Davis

Shelley A. Davis

President and CEO, Coleman Foundation

John Dewan

John Dewan

Serial Entrepreneur, STATS

Wendy DuBoe

Wendy DuBoe

Chairman, Institute for Nonviolence

Laura Eilts

Laura Eilts

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Grant Thornton

Ellie Forman

Ellie Forman

VP of Community Engagement, Mesirow

Angela Foster-Rice

Angela Foster-Rice

Senior VP of Strategic Business Development, Everland LLC

Stacey Gillett

Stacey Gillett

Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Anne Gross

Anne Gross

Sr. Director, Community Impact, KPMG

Joe Grossmann

Joe Grossmann

CEO, Jell Creative

Deepa Gupta

Deepa Gupta

Founder and Principal, Blue Lotus Advisors

Francia E. Harrington

Francia E. Harrington

Philanthropy Professional and Corporate Executive

Christian Herrmann

Christian Herrmann

Former CEO, Morton Salt

Kym Hubbard

Kym Hubbard

Former Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer, Ernst & Young

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Executive Director, Open Books

Jamie Jones Ezefili

Jamie Jones Ezefili

VP and Senior Project Manager, CSR Program, Northern Trust

Karin Kraai

Karin Kraai

Executive Director, The Goldie Initiative

Evelyn Kuo Fitzgerald

Evelyn Kuo Fitzgerald

Executive Director, SVP Chicago

Matt Kruse

Matt Kruse

Head of Social Responsibility, Groupon

Alexis Langlois

Alexis Langlois

Former SVP Human Resources, LafargeHolcim

Belinda Li

Belinda Li

Founder & Chief Consultant, CiTTA Partnership

Eric Lugo

Eric Lugo

Director, External Relations, Discovery Partners Institute

Kenya Merritt

Kenya Merritt

Chief Small Business Officer, BACP

Kate McAdams

Kate McAdams

Senior Philanthropy Advisor & Executive Director, JP Morgan Private Bank

Julia McGuire

Julia McGuire

EVP, Campbell & Co.

Susana Meza

Susana Meza

VP, Community Impact, Wintrust

Kim Michelson

Kim Michelson

Co-founder and CEO, Honest Game

Samir Mirza

Samir Mirza

Co-Founder & CTO, TapCommerce

Daniel Nielsen

Daniel Nielsen

Head of Product Management, ESG Indexes, Morningstar

Katie O’Brien-Jensen

Katie O’Brien-Jensen

Director of Operations for Community Affairs, ITW

Jill O'Donovan

Jill O'Donovan

Chief Innovation Officer, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Anna Paulson

Anna Paulson

EVP, Director of Research & Executive Committee Member, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Jabari Porter

Jabari Porter

Chief Investment Officer, Metanoia Capital Management

Pinky Raina

Pinky Raina

CFO and COO, U.S. Soccer Federation

Leeatt Rothschild

Leeatt Rothschild

Founder and CEO, Packed with Purpose

Andrea Sáenz

Andrea Sáenz

Chief Operating Officer, The Chicago Community Trust

Jon Samuels

Jon Samuels

Partner, Vistria Group

Mamadou-Abou Sarr

Mamadou-Abou Sarr

Founder and President, V-Square Quantitative Management

Bill Schleizer

Bill Schleizer

CEO, Delta Institute

Alvin Schexnider

Alvin Schexnider

Operations Program Manager (SPSA), IL Department of Human Services

Ashish Shah

Ashish Shah

CEO, PreparedHealth

Kashif Shaikh

Kashif Shaikh

Executive Director, Pillars Fund

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw

Community Engagement Director, Verizon

Amita Shetty

Amita Shetty

Break Through Tech Director, UIC

Amy Silverstein

Amy Silverstein

Sr. Manager and Co-leader of Corporate Social Impact, Monitor Institute by Deloitte

Beth Spurgeon

Beth Spurgeon

Head of ESG Integration, Wells Fargo

Yolanda Stephens

Yolanda Stephens

VP of HR, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Cheryl Stevens

Cheryl Stevens

Vice President, Koya Leadership Partners

Lauren Stone

Lauren Stone

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreens

Brenda Swartz

Brenda Swartz

President & CEO, Concordia Place

William Towns

William Towns

Managing Director, 4S Bay Partners LLC

Eric Weinheimer

Eric Weinheimer

Interim CEO, Teton Science Schools

Vincent Williams

Vincent Williams

President and CEO, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council