Loyola University Chicago

Baumhart Center

Housed in the Loyola Business Leadership Hub



Baumhart Scholars will be matched with high-level mentors, both to gain career insights and to build their professional network.

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.

Leaders who have agreed to serve as mentors include:

Brian Abrams | Entrepreneurship 
Corporate Imaging Concepts, LLC

Brenda Asare | Nonprofit Consulting
President and CEO
The Alford Group
Erik Birkerts | Clean Energy
Clean Energy Trust
Julie Brautigam | Operations & Sustainability
Senior Global Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Leader
Hollister Incorporated

Eileen Buckley | Corporate Responsibility & ESG
Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility
Shane Catarino | Nonprofit Leadership
Managing Director
Lincoln J. Chandler | Consulting
Founder and President
Chandler Decision Services

Joanna Cohen | Philanthropy
Senior Evaluation Officer
MacArthur Foundation
Tanjia Coleman | Human Resources
Reimagine Organizational Development, Inc.
Holly Copeland | Corporate Social Responsibility
Senior Director of CSR, Sustainability, and Impact
Laura Coy | Investing
Director, Philanthropy Strategy
William Blair
Jack Crowe | Noprofit Leadership
Former Executive Director
Years Up Chicago
Shelley Davis | Nonprofit Leadership
President and Executive Director
Forest Preserve Foundation
John Dewan | Entrepreneurship
Serial Entrepreneur
Wendy DuBoe | Nonprofit Leadership
Institute for Nonviolence
Laura Eilts | Accounting
Corporate Social Responsibility Leader
Grant Thornton
Stacey Gillett | Social Innovation
Government Innovation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Anne Gross | Accounting
Senior Director, Community Impact
Joe Grossmann | Marketing
Jell Creative
Deepa Gupta | Organizational Change, Consulting
Founder and Principal
Blue Lotus Advisors
Christian Herrmann | Responsible Business Leadership
Former CEO
Morton Salt 
Kym Hubbard | Investing
Former Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer
Ernst & Young
Eric Johnson | Nonprofit Leadership
Executive Director
Open Books
Nicole Johnson-Scales | Banking
Fifth Third Bank
Evelyn Kuo Fitzgerald | Nonprofit Leadership
Executive Director
SVP Chicago
Matt Kruse | Tech
Head of Social Responsibility
Alexis Langlois | Human Resources
Former SVP Human Resources
Belinda Li | Social Impact Consulting
Founder & Chief Consultant
CiTTA Partnership
Kate McAdams | Consulting
Managing Director
Arabella Advisors
Julia McGuire | Fundraising
Campbell & Co.
Susana Meza | Corporate Social Responsibility
VP, Community Impact
Samir Mirza | Entrepreneurship
Co-Founder & CTO
Daniel Nielsen | ESG Investing
Managing Director
Great Lakes Advisors
Anna Paulson | Finance
EVP, Director of Research & Executive Committee Member
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Jabari Porter | Finance and Investing
Chief Investment Officer
Metanoia Capital Management 
Leeatt Rothschild | Entrepreneurship
Founder and CEO
Packed with Purpose
Jon Samuels | Impact Investing and Policy
Vistria Group
Alvin Schexnider | Design Thinking
Operations Program Manager (SPSA)
Illinois Department of Human Services
Ashish Shah | Healthcare
Kashif Shaikh | Nonprofit Leadership
Executive Director
Pillars Fund
Steven Shaw | Corporate Social Responsibility
Community Engagement Director
Amita Shetty | Strategy
Amy Silverstein | Consulting
Senior Manager and Co-leader of Corporate Social Impact
Monitor Institute by Deloitte
Beth Spurgeon | Corporate Social Responsibility
Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Americas & Executive Director, ArcelorMittal USA Foundation
Cheryl Stevens | Executive Search
Vice President
Koya Leadership Partners 
Brenda Swartz | Social Enterprise
President & CEO
Concordia Place
William Towns | Investing
Managing Director
4S Bay Partners LLC
Eric Weinheimer | Social Sector Innovation
President and CEO