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 gives Scholars three critical advantages:

  • Career exposure: Connects Scholars’ academic learning with real-world careers that marry profit and purpose.
  • Leadership development: Prepares Scholars for leadership through the development of excellent communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills.
  • Values definition: Engages Scholars in coaching and hands-on learning that helps prepare them to make values-based decisions.


Mentors are foremost leaders drawn from across the Chicago economy 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 already agreed to be mentors for the inaugural cohort include:

Erik Birkerts | Clean Energy
Clean Energy Trust
Laura Coy | Investing
Director, Philanthropy Strategy
William Blair
Laura Eilts | Accounting
Corporate Social Responsibility Leader
Grant Thornton
Joe Grossmann | Marketing
Jell Creative
Nicole Johnson-Scales | Banking
Fifth Third Bank
Matt Kruse | Tech
Head of Social Responsibility
Alexis Langlois | Human Resources
Former SVP Human Resources
Kate McAdams | Consulting
Managing Director
Arabella Advisors
Daniel Nielsen | ESG Investing
Managing Director
Great Lakes Advisors
Leeatt Rothschild | Entrepreneurship
Founder and CEO
Packed with Purpose
Jon Samuels | Private Equity
Vistria Group
Ashish Shah | Healthcare
Amy Silverstein | Consulting
Senior Manager and Co-leader of Corporate Social Impact
Monitor Institute by Deloitte
Brenda Swartz | Social Enterprise
President & CEO
Concordia Place
William Towns | Investing
Executive Director
Benefit Chicago


Program Structure

Mentors meet with Scholars five times each academic year:

  • Leadership development workshops: The mentor and mentee will meet in a group setting to participate in three leadership development workshops.
  • One-on-one meetings: The mentor and mentee will meet twice for one-on-one meetings that allow the mentee to ask more individualized questions and to personally gain insight into the mentor’s career experience.