the interplay between innovation, entrepreneurship, and corporate responsibility


Tuesday, October 18, 2016


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Program


Amy Newkirk, Greater Chicago Marketing Leader, PwC


Todd Connor, CEO, Bunker Labs

Amy Huang, Senior Director of Programs, LEAP Innovations

Doug Scott, President, A Better Chicago


A new CR Group season has begun, and we’re excited to kick if off with a focus on innovation at 1871!

As many of you know, 1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community and since that time, has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s home to more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups catalyzing the entrepreneurial community in and around Chicago, but did you know that some of our most innovative nonprofits had their start there as well?

We can name three – LEAP Innovations, Bunker Labs and A Better Chicago. All have a common theme – bringing together education, innovation and transformation to the City of Chicago. We invite you to learn more.



LEAP Innovations at 1871
Merchandise Mart
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654

Amy Newkirk

Marketing, Greater Chicago Marketing Leader – PwC




Amy leads the firm’s community initiatives in Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria and Des Moines.  In this role, Amy works to build PwC’s community brand in the marketplace by managing the firm’s charitable contributions, board placement of partners and staff, event sponsorships, holiday giving, volunteerism, and local corporate responsibility efforts.  Prior to this role, Amy served as Community Investment Manager at United Way or Greater St. Louis and as Fundraising Manager at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.  Amy earned her bachelor of social work from Arizona State University and master of social work, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from Washington University of St. Louis.  Amy is a native of Grand Haven, Michigan and resides with her husband in Frankfort, Illinois.

Doug Scott

President – A Better Chicago





A Better Chicago believes everyone deserves a great education. Not just an ok education, but the type of education that empowers people, ignites economies and elevates communities. They believe everyone can drive social change. Not through charity as usual, but through smart philanthropy that strengthens organizations and accelerates change. Their mission is to dramatically improve educational opportunities for low-income Chicagoans by investing in the most effective schools and programs in our region.

Doug joined A Better Chicago in 2016 and leads the development and implementation of the organization’s program strategy and organization-wide strategic initiatives. Prior to joining A Better Chicago, Doug spent nine years with McKinsey & Company, where he was a senior member of the firm’s education practice. In this role, he advised foundations, nonprofits and school districts on a range of strategy and operations projects. Additionally, Doug helped to develop McKinsey’s Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool for nonprofit organizations. Earlier in his career, he was one of the first partners at The New Teacher Project, a national nonprofit organization focused on enabling excellent teaching in every classroom. Doug has an AB in psychology from Harvard University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Todd Connor

CEO – Bunker Labs



Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 12 different cities, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses. They work to inspire, educate, and connect veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators. Additionally their online platform, Bunker in a Box, gives active duty and veterans worldwide access to entrepreneurship education, complete with dozens of interviews with military veterans who have successfully started a diverse array of businesses.

Todd is the CEO of The Bunker, and Co-Founder of Flank 5 Academy. A Navy veteran who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52), Todd has held senior leadership roles in the public and private sector. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Amy Huang

Senior Director of Programs – LEAP Innovations





LEAP Innovations is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that connects innovation and education to reinvent the one-size-fits-all system and transform the way kids learn.

As LEAP’s Senior Director of Programs, Amy oversees all of LEAP’s core programs that serve educators, students and edtech companies. As a founding member of the LEAP team, Amy played a key role in shaping the organization and took the lead in building Breakthrough Schools Chicago, LEAP’s whole-school redesign program. Amy has a decade of experience developing and implementing innovative education strategies.

Prior to joining LEAP, Amy was the Portfolio Manager at New Schools for Chicago. In this role, she led the due diligence on charter school investments, managed the charter authorization partnership with CPS, and helped to develop the early organizational strategy for personalized learning. Prior to joining NSC, Amy was a consultant with A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm that advises Fortune 500 clients. She previously taught high school biology and chemistry in West Oakland with Teach For America, winning the 2006 TFA Bay Area Award for Innovation in Teaching. She earned her MBA from the Ross of Business at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester.