Stewart Rassier

Director, Executive Education & Advisory Products, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Stewart Rassier

Stewart Rassier is the Director of Executive Education at the Center; he has more than 11 years of corporate citizenship education, communications, and advisory experience working with leading companies across the globe. Stewart has designed and implemented workshops, sustainability strategies, policies, programs, and performance management systems that connect corporate responsibility to the business, reduce cost, engage stakeholders, and produce impact.

Prior to the Center, Stewart was the regional head of North America at AccountAbility, a sustainability advisory, research, and standards organization, and was a director at Saatchi & Saatchi Sustainability, a sustainability strategy consultancy. Stewart has worked with leading companies across the globe including Disney, Walmart, Fidelity, McDonald’s, ING, Hess, Accenture, Saudi Aramco, Vestas Wind Systems, Alston + Bird, WellPoint, Kellogg’s and Frito Lay.

Marc Kielburger

Co-Founder of WE Charity and ME to WE


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Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Craig Kielburger, Marc co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools & WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is also the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of the charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.

Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.

Steve Rochlin

Co-CEO & Co-Founder IO Sustainability, LLC & Senior Fellow, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center


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IO Sustainability. IO (Impacts and Outcomes for Sustainable Development) identifies strategic solutions for private, public, and civil sector organizations that maximize economic, social, and environmental value for the long-­‐term.

Steve has over 20 years of experience in sustainability and corporate responsibility (S&CR). He has advised leading companies across a wide variety of industry sectors on how to improve sustainability performance in a way that drives competitive success. He has been a senior executive at two leading S&CR organizations. For AccountAbility he served as the Director of Global Advisory Services and a member of the Board of Directors. For the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Steve served as the Director of Research and Development. Under his leadership both organizations demonstrated growth in revenues, reputation, and international presence.


Steve is co-­‐author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets. He is the lead author of the landmark research report: Project ROI – Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Steve obtained his MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and his A.B. from Brown University.

Robert Christie

Senior Vice President, External Affairs – Northwestern Memorial HealthCare




Robert Christie joined Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in May of 2001 as Vice President of Government and Legislative Relations. In this role, he is responsible for the hospital’s advocacy and lobbying activities at the local, state, and federal, levels of government.  In 2010, Mr. Christie was promoted to Vice President External Affairs which combines Community Relations and Community Services with the previous Government and Legislative Relations and functions into one department.  Mr. Christie is active in the American Hospital Association and the Illinois Hospital Association advocacy programs and he is the past chair of the Government Relations Steering Committee of the American Association of Medical Colleges.  In 2007 he was named as the Illinois recipient of the AHA Grassroots Champion Award for his outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of the hospital industry. 

Prior to joining NMH, he spent 14 years as the director of public affairs at FMC Corporation and 6 years as director of government relations at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO).  Mr. Christie has been active in a number of state and national organizations including the National Governors Association corporate fellow’s steering committee.  He is a board member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is the immediate past chair of their political action committee and serves on the boards of the Civic Federation, Illinois Issues public policy magazine and Metropolitan Family Service of DuPage county.  He earned a BA in political science from Western Illinois University in 1976.

Lynsey Elve

Communications Director – MSLGROUP, Leo Burnett Chicago





Lynsey Elve serves as Communications Director within MSLGROUP’s Corporate Practice overseeing the agency’s Allstate and Alcon (Novartis) business and specializing in reputation strategy and implementation across executive visibility, thought leadership, influencer and media relations.

Previously, Lynsey served as the Director of Global Reputation and Communications for the Leo Burnett Group, focusing on the agency’s P&G business and helping to promote and protect a variety of the Leo Burnett Group agency brands.

In her past life, Lynsey worked for global public relations agency, GOLIN and Wondergem Consulting, a boutique PR agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked with a variety of blue chip B2B clients including Dow Water & Process Solutions, Underwriters Laboratories, Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Amway Corporation ventures such as Van Andel Cancer Research Institute and Amway Hotels.

Amy Cheronis

Managing Director – MSLGROUP, Leo Burnett Chicago





Amy Cheronis is a results-driven communications professional with more than 20 years of broad, integrated experience across categories, geographies and media. Before joining MSLGROUP she was the EVP, Reputation & Communications at Leo Burnett, where she led strategy and execution. Amy previously managed Leo+, the PR and reputation engine inside Leo Burnett that served clients’ reputation needs across external communications, employee engagement, community outreach, social media strategy, editorial content and thought leadership. She also serves as President of the Executive Board to EMBARC, the only teacher-led organization in the U.S. that achieves student academic success through systematic, long-term social and cultural exposure.

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.

Laura Coy

Director of Community Engagement – William Blair & Co., LLC.


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Laura Coy joined William Blair in 2016 as the Director of Community Engagement. In her capacity, Laura is overseeing the William Blair Foundation, creating the firm’s integrated social investment strategy, and developing opportunities for employees to volunteer with and serve as leaders in their local community. Prior to William Blair, Laura served as the Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Public Affairs Manager and Senior Corporate Philanthropist for Grainger, responsible for the company’s CSR and citizenship programs. Prior to working at Grainger, Laura worked for nonprofits such as the National Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago where she learned the power of building public-private partnerships. Laura graduated from the University of Illinois and lives in Chicago with her husband and two girls. She is active with professional organizations like the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals and supports the Honeycomb Project and One Million Degrees.

Beth Gallagher

Director of Community Involvement – Aon



As Director of Community Involvement for Aon, Beth is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aon Foundation and the firm’s corporate contributions programs and related charity partnerships. In addition, Beth oversees employee volunteer programs at Aon, including Aon’s annual social impact day, which engages colleagues around the world in community service.

Beth first joined Aon in 2006 as a Program Associate for the Aon Foundation and went on to work on the Community Affairs team at Northern Trust before returning to Aon in her current role in December of 2008. Previously, Beth worked for Youth Outreach Services where she supported the agency’s fundraising and communications efforts.

Beth holds a B.A. in English, with honors, from Portland State University and a master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She serves on the board and leads the Resource Development Committee of Ada S. McKinley Community Services.

Marcy Twete

Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Director of the USA Foundation – ArcelorMittal

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As Division Manager, Corporate Responsibility and the Executive Director of the USA Foundation at ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel and mining company, Marcy leads corporate responsibility, sustainability and community investment/philanthropic giving for ArcelorMittal Americas, with teams in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica. This cross-cultural team directs a portfolio of institutional community investment/philanthropic giving for ArcelorMittal Americas totaling more than $15 million.

Prior to joining ArcelorMittal, Marcy worked for more than a decade in nonprofit fundraising and marketing with organizations ranging in size from $2 million small nonprofit organizations to consulting with the largest universities and hospitals in the world on multi-billion dollar capital campaigns.

Kimberly Gnat

Staff Representative, Corporate and Community Affairs – United Airlines

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Kim manages relationships with nonprofit organizations in several of United’s hub cities across the US, specifically Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She also facilitates employee volunteer activities to support the communities where United’s employees live and work. She has just completed a 2-year term as the inaugural Communications Chair for uIMPACT, United’s women’s business resource group.

Kim has been with United since 2008. She has a BA from the University of South Carolina and certificate in Non Profit Management from University of Illinois at Chicago. Working at an airline means every day is a trip!

Rufus Williams

President and Chief Executive Officer of BBF Family Services


rufuswilliamsLeader. Reader. Scholar. Philanthropist. Educator. Confidant. These are some of the terms used to describe Rufus Williams.

Rufus Williams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BBF Family Services, formerly known as the Better Boys Foundation. He is also President and CEO of Olympus, LLC, a financial management and professional representation firm.

Williams is a Certified Public Accountant, having begun his career at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he rose to the level of Senior Audit Manager. He was Corporate Audit Manager at Baxter Healthcare Corporation until he left to join Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo, Incorporated. At Harpo, Williams held several positions: Vice President, Controller, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Financial Planning and Strategy. He organized and managed Ms. Winfrey’s philanthropic efforts. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Northstar Lottery Group.

The fifth of six children, Williams was born and raised in Chicago. He attended Crown and Dvorak Elementary Schools in Lawndale before his family moved to the West Garfield community, allowing him to attend Morton Upper Grade Center, Lane Technical High School, and, ultimately, Orr High School, from which he graduated. Williams has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA.

Williams has always been concerned about the welfare of others. His service includes roles as President of the Chicago Board of Education, President of the Children First Fund, President of the Fund for Inner-City Athletic Equipment, President of the Whitney Young Magnet School Local School Council, Treasurer of Francis W. Parker School, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of Providence St. Mel School and President of the Board of Directors of the Better Boys Foundation, among his many civic and philanthropic endeavors. During his time on Chicago’s Board of Education, he garnered an anonymous contribution to provide shoes for the boys and girls basketball teams in each high school for ten years. He also created the “Real Men Read” program which brought almost 1,000 men to read books to children in elementary schools throughout the city for one day each month, gifting a copy of each book to every child.

Rufus Williams is married with two children and a grandson.

Jennifer Edgcomb

Vice President, Business Development – GEM Realty Capital, Inc.


Jennifer Edgcomb - corportate, cropped April 2016Ms. Edgcomb joined GEM in 2000 and focuses on business development for GEM Realty Securities and GEM Realty Properties.  Prior to focusing on business development, Ms. Edgcomb was involved in operations, compliance and administration for GEM Realty Securities.  Ms. Edgcomb also co-chairs the firm’s charitable contributions committee, GEMC3. Ms. Edgcomb received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jenné Myers

Executive Officer of Chicago Cares

jennemyersphoto*750xx561-748-40-0Jenné Myers is a lifelong volunteer who has converted her passion into a successful career. As chief executive officer of Chicago Cares, she leads the organization to connect people, communities and causes by mobilizing more than 30,000 volunteers in service each year. In her time with the organization, Myers has worked to expand Chicago Cares’ reach and impact. She has led her team to develop innovative programming that meets critical needs; diversified revenue streams with new funding models; developed an auxiliary board and expanded the existing board; established annual events reaching new audiences; and launched an exciting new brand.

Prior to Chicago Cares, Myers served as Chicago’s first-ever chief service officer, launching an ambitious effort in One Good Deed Chicago, a full-scale, integrated awareness campaign around volunteerism. Prior, she served as executive director for Working in the School (WITS). Myers currently sits on the board of The Mikva Challenge, is a member of the Hands on Network Affiliate Assembly and is also a commissioner for the Governor’s Serve Illinois Commission. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Elaine Allensworth, Ph.D.

Lewis-Sebring Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research


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Elaine Allensworth conducts studies on what matters for student success and school improvement. Her research on early indicators of high school graduation, particularly the study What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating, has been used to create student tracking systems used in Chicago and districts across the country.  In addition to studying educational attainment, she conducts research in the areas of school leadership and school organization.  She is one of the authors of the book, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, which provides a detailed analysis of school practices and community conditions which promote school improvement. Dr. Allensworth frequently works with policymakers and practitioners to bridge research and practice, serving on panels, policy commissions, working groups, and review panels at the local, state, and national level.

Deepa Gupta

Director, Education Initiatives & Strategy, Global Corporate Citizenship, The Boeing Company





Deepa Gupta is responsible for developing Boeing’s strategies to support early learning, primary and secondary education, and ensure alignment with post-secondary workforce initiatives across the company. Throughout her career, she has worked on a range of issues including U.S. public health, global health and economic development, the arts, and nonprofit capacity development.  Prior to Boeing, she was a senior program officer for the MacArthur Foundation and a consultant with McKinsey.  In 2012, President Obama appointed her to the National Council on the Arts. Deepa has an MBA from Northwestern University, an MPA from Harvard University, and an AB from the University of Chicago.

Angel Ysaguirre

Executive Director of Illinois Humanities





Angel Ysaguirre has been the Executive Director of Illinois Humanities since 2014. From 1999 to 2005, he was also the Director of Programs, creating programs and series that include The Odyssey Project, Einstein’s Revolutions, and Brown v Board 50 Years Later: Conversations on Race, Integration, and the Law. He was Deputy Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events from 2012 to 2014, where he managed the City’s public art program, creative industries offices, and arts programming. From 2005 to 2012, he was Director of Global Community Investing at The Boeing Company, overseeing the company’s grantmaking program in 60 offices throughout the globe. He began his career in Chicago as a program officer at the McCormick Tribune Foundation.