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Heather Aranyi

Performer, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Heather Aranyi is a master soloist, educator, choral conductor, consultant, professional cantor candidate, advisor, and mentor. Named by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the most sought after singers and conductors in Chicago," Heather’s dynamic skills and far-reaching experiences have brought her passion and expertise to dozens of individuals, schools, institutions, and organizations.

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Esther Barron

Director, Entrepreneurship Law CenterClinical Professor, Pritzker School of Law

Esther Barron is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center in the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Barron graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University and received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Brian Burkhart

Pitch Consultant and AdvisorPresident & Chief Word Guy at SquarePlanet

Brian Burkhart is an adjunct lecturer at the Farley Center and instructor at The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Chicago. His company, SquarePlanet Presentations, specializes in effective presentation and communication, boasting a client list that includes Coca Cola, Redbox, TEDx and more.

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Horacio Espinosa

Professor in Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship
Espinosa is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program, and Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program. His areas of interest include nano to macro transformation and innovation in engineering devices for both materials research and biological applications. He has been the president of the Society of Engineering Science since 2012, the founding principal editor of Materials Research Communication since 2011, and the co-editor of the Wiley Book Series on Micro and Nanotechnologies since 2009.
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Jay Stanton Goldstein

EntrepreneurFounding Partner at The Jabbok River Group

Jay Goldstein is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, teaching Radical Entrepreneurship. His management consulting organization, Jabbok River Group, specializes in transforming company culture, with an emphasis on collaboration and agility.

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Rich Gordon

Director of Digital Innovation and Professor at Medill School of Journalism

Rich Gordon is a professor and director of digital innovation. At Medill, he launched the school’s graduate program in new media journalism. He has spent most of his career exploring the areas where journalism and technology intersect. Prof. Gordon was an early adopter of desktop analytical tools (spreadsheets and databases) to analyze data for journalistic purposes. At The Miami Herald, he was among the first generation of journalists to lead online publishing efforts at newspapers. At Medill, he has developed innovative courses through which students have explored digital content and communities and developed new forms of storytelling that take advantage of the unique capabilities of interactive media.

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Darren Green

Corporate and Venture Capital Attorney at the Law Offices of Darren GreenAdjunct Professor, Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University

Darren Green, a sole practitioner at the Law Offices of Darren Green, represents a wide range of clients on corporate, technology, licensing, venture capital, M&A, commercial leasing, employment, trademark and other transactional matters. Green also serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, teaching an upper-level seminar entitled Structuring Venture Capital Transactions.

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Tran Ha

Founder & Principal at Tiny CollaborativeAdjunct Lecturer at Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Tran Ha founded and is a principal at Tiny Collaborative, which uses human-centered design to fuel innovation, digital transformation, audience development and business strategies for organizations. Ha also serves as an advisor to a number of digital media start-ups and as a mentor and panelist for, a San Francisco- based media accelerator.
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Bret Johnson

Associate Director of NU Transportation Center
Since July 2009, Bret has been the Associate Director at the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC). Since 1954, the Center has been recognized as a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution dedicated to the long-term improvement of domestic and international systems for the movements of materials, people, energy, and information. At NUTC, Bret also manage the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology.
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Thomas LaMantia

Managing Director at Magenium Solutions, LLCAdvisory Board Observer, Farley Center for Entrepreneurship

Thomas LaMantia is currently a Managing Director at Magenium Solutions and has served as an advisory board member for Farley Center's NUvention: Web+Media course since 2014. He is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.

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Joshua Lance

Managing Director at Joshua Lance CPA, LLC

Joshua Lance, CPA, CGMA, is a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Illinois, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with experience helping startups grow and develop through customized, value-added accounting, tax prep and coaching services.

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Gregg Latterman

EntrepreneurFounder/CEO at A squared Management

Gregg Latterman launched his independent record label, Aware (1993), now partnered with Columbia Records, on the basis of grassroots development. Latterman discovered and amplified the exposure of unsigned artists, including Train, John Mayer, and Matt Kearney. He later went back to school to earn a master’s degree in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and now teaches Positive Entrepreneurship: Profits and Meaning and NUvention: Arts at the Farley Center.

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Claire Lew

CEO at Know Your Company
Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Company, a software tool that helps business owners overcome company growing pains and get honest, ongoing feedback from employees. Her company, Know Your Company, has helped over 15,000 people in 25 countries at companies like Airbnb and Kickstarter.
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Elizabeth Lukehart

Associate Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Elizabeth Lukehart is the Associate Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University and a lecturer in the McCormick School of Engineering. She has a law degree from Northwestern, where she focused on entrepreneurship and business law, as well as environmental law and policy. Elizabeth also has a master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, where she concentrated on science and technology reporting, particularly on the topics of energy and climate change.

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Marcelo Malakooti

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Marcelo Malakooti, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), and the director of Innovation-IGNITE. He is also an attending Physician Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Malakootie's research focuses on using innovation to improve patient outcomes and quality of care, while fostering dynamic strategies to minimize waste and optimize resources.

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Dean Malmgren

Co-founder at Datascope Analytics

Dean Malmgren is a co-founder and data scientist at Datascope Analytics. In this role, he has helped companies like P&G, Daegis, and Thomson Reuters use data to solve the right problem. 

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Michael Marasco

Angel InvestorFarley Center Director & Clinical Full Professor

After 20+ years as an intrapreneur and entrepreneur, Michael Marasco joined the faculty of the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a clinical full professor and director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Curt Mastio

Founder of Founder's CPA

Curt Mastio, CPA, is the founder of Founder's CPA, formerly known as Startup Accounting Advisors, an accounting firm that offers specialized accounting services to startups and small businesses. Previously, Mastio was a forensics accountant at Deloitte and served as Chief Financial Officer for Storage Squad. Mastio received his Bachelor's degree (2011) and Master's degree (2015) in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Peter McNerney

Venture Capitalist & EntrepreneurCo-Founder, Partner, Senior Advisor, Thomas, McNerney & Partners

Peter McNerney specializes in health care operating and investing. He currently serves as the founder and senior advisor of Thomas, McNerney & Partners. Previously, Peter was a Partner at The Kensington Group, which provides management services to fledging health care companies. He was also the founder and CEO of Memtec North America. He received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Stanford University.

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Brad Morehead

Serial EntrepreneurCEO of LiveWatch SecurityFarley Advisory Board Member

Brad Morehead is the CEO of LiveWatch Security, a fast-growing, internet-based home security company. In the past, Morehead was the CFO of Feldco Factory Direct, a frontrunner in home improvement services. He was also the president and founder of Tivvity, Inc. and Level Up Gear. Prior to that, Morehead was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs.

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Joseph Moskal

Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Join appointment with Neurological Surgery (MED)Director of the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics

Joseph Moskal is founder and chief scientific officer of Naurex, an Evanston-based drug discovery company that develops therapies for difficult-to-treat depression and other central nervous system diseases. Its therapeutics include two rapid-acting antidepressants currently in clinical development.

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Mike Moyer

Author and Entrepreneur

Mike Moyer is the founder of product development and merchandising company Bananagraphics, as well as outdoor clothing manufacturing company Moondog and In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Moyer also has extensive experience in senior-level marketing He is the author of “How to Make Colleges Want You” and “Slicing Pie.”

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Steve Olechowski

Entrepreneur CEO of Blinkfire Analytics

Steve Olechowski is the current founder and CEO of Blinkfire Analytics, which bolsters the media reach of the professional sports industry by using social media analysis. He also co-founded FeedBurner, a traffic analysis and advertisement service, with Eric Lunt and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, that was later acquired by Google, Inc. In addition to teaching NUVention Web at the Farley Center, Olechowski, also serves as the director of Plug and Play Tech Center and an adviser at Gradient Technologies.

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Rich Padula

EntrepreneurVolunteer, Mentor, Investor, Technology Geek

Rich Padula is the founder Syclo, a premier mobile app creator that has worked with over 750 companies.

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Chris Riesbeck

Chris Riesbeck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1974.

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Neal Sales-Griffin

CEO of CodeNow

Neal Sales-Griffin is the CEO of CodeNow, a Y Combinator-backed nonprofit that hosts coding workshops for students from low-income backgrounds in six cities across the US. Before heading CodeNow, Sales-Griffin was the CEO of The Starter League, an institution determined "to teach everyone to code," with an innovative cirriculum and strong alumni connections. He also serves as a coordinator to the non-profit International Game Developers Association (IGDA®). Sales-Griffin lends his mentorship to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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Shahriar (Charles) Shayan

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Charles Shayan is a physician at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and is on the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He received his MD from American University of Caribbean (1997), completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center (2002), and his fellowship at Toronto University Hospital in Canada (2004). Dr. Shayan is board certified in Anesthesiology.

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Verinder Syal

Author and EntrepreneurCEO of Syal Consult

Verinder Syal is a consultant and adjunct lecturer in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences. Syal founded Syal Consult in 2004, which helps companies refine their vision, priorities, and culture. In the past, he worked at Quaker Oats company, served as the CEO of Rymer Seafood, and co-founded Filterfresh Company.

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Genevieve Thiers

Founder,,, &

Genevieve Thiers is an entrepreneur in the Chicago area. Her first company,, is America's first company to take caregiving services online. now has millions of users nationwide, and serves clients like the U.S. Department of Defense, Avon, Mastercard, Monster WW, and many others. With new locations in the UK and Canada, it is an international success.

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Todd Warren

Venture CapitalistManaging Partner of Divergent Partners

Todd Warren is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and teaches NUvention Web. He is also an advisor to and an investor in Divergent Ventures, focusing on early-stage companies. He also serves on the board of Pcubed, a global consulting firm focused on large scale program and project management.

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Mark Werwath

EntrepreneurFarley Center Co-Director

Mark Werwath, a certified project management professional (PMP), has been an engineering project manager for 15 years, managing complex system (software) and product development, IT, and manufacturing and radio network system implementation projects in four continents. He currently operates, Werwath Portoflio Group, a consulting business in the portfolio management space. Werwath now teaches full time at Northwestern University as a clinical associate professor and is also the director of the Masters in Engineering Management program at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering.

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Bill White

InvestorProfessor of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences

Bill White is a professor, author, and businessman. He currently teaches courses in organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and general management. In the past, he served on the board of NorthShore University HealthSystem for 20 years, in addition to start-ups like The Reader’s Digest Association, ForestOne, and more. White is the author of “From Day One: CEO Advice to Launch an Extraordinary Career.” White received the Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. He was also named McCormick teacher of the year in 2001.

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Edward F. Voboril

Chairman, Greatbatch, Inc.Adjunct Professor, McCormick School of Engineering

Edward F. Voboril served as chairman of the board of Greatbatch, Inc. from 1997 to 2008 and served as that company's president and chief executive officer from 1990 to 2006. Voboril long served as faculty chair of NUvention: Medical, the original NUvention course offering.

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