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Media, Capital and Talent Day

Chicago Innovation Awards

Monday, August 19, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

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In 2012, the Chicago Innovation Awards surveyed all nominees and asked the question: “What are your three biggest challenges today?” The three most common answers were gaining awareness for new products and services, raising capital, and finding and retaining talent. To turn these challenges into opportunities, we invite you and a guest to join us for Media, Capital, and Talent Day.  Hosted by the Chicago Innovation Awards and presented by Disney Institute, this half-day summit on August 19th will educate Chicago’s top innovators about how to gain visibility in the marketplace, raise capital, and hire/retain the best people.

Held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at 360 N. State Street, this event will feature panel discussions and talks by leading media, capital and talent experts.

Media Panel

Dan Miller,
Chicago Innovation Awards
Joyce Winnecke, Vice President & Associate Editor,
Chicago Tribune
Michael Arndt,
Crain's Chicago Business 
Rick Murray,
Edelman Chicago 
Anita O'Boyle,
Director of Event Services, SmithBucklin 
Andrew Greiner,
Editorial Director,

Capital Panel

Kevin Willer,
Chicago Ventures
Rob Malin,
Founding Member,
NASDAQ Private Market 
Maura O'Hara,
Illinois Venture Capital Association 
Matt McCall, Partner,
New World Ventures 
Antonio Guillen, SVP,  Commercial Lending & Diverse Markets Manager, Wintrust Financial  
Jason St. Peter,
Business Development Senior Advisor,

Talent Panel

Michael Krauss,
Market Strategy Group
Paul Lipinski,
Midwest People and Change Lead,
Mark O'Connell,
President and CEO,
Jamie Womack,
Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Branding,
Tom Kuczmarski,
Kuczmarski Innovation and Co-Founder,
Chicago Innovation Awards 
Jeff James,
Vice President and General Manager,
Disney Institute 
Bruce Leon,
Tandem HR 

You will be joined by innovators from every industry, large corporations and start-ups, venture capitalists and angel investors, government and non-profit leaders, as well as this year's Chicago Innovation Awards nominees, past winners, sponsors, board members, and judges.

The schedule for Media, Capital and Talent Day on Monday, August 19th:

1:00pm-1:30pm: Arrival and registration
1:30pm-2:30pm: Media Panel
2:45pm-3:45pm: Capital Panel
4:00pm-5:15pm: Talent Panel
5:15pm-6:00pm: Cocktails and networking


Museum of Broadcast Communications
360 N. State St. 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

Drinks and appetizers are included, and provided by Blue Plate.

Media, Capital and Talent Day has sold out every year, so please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Bios: Media Panel

Dan Miller, Co-Founder, Chicago Innovation Awards (moderator)

Dan Miller, co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards, is a veteran Chicago journalist and commentator. He was business editor of the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times, and helped launch Crain's Chicago Business, serving as editor for the paper for its first 12 years. He was named publisher of Crain's City & State in 1990, and later served as chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission from 1995-99. Dan was named Illinois Journalist of the year in 1981, and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2006. He was executive vice-president of the Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank in Chicago, and continues to serve as a policy adviser.

Joyce Winnecke, Vice President and Associate Editor, Chicago Tribune

Joycelyn Winnecke’s influence is felt throughout Tribune Co. and the city.  Charged with developing new business ideas for media and journalism, she leads the team that created Trib Nation, an engagement program and new platform for Tribune journalism, bringing the newspaper to life in 100 events a year.  Her team launched a premium content strategy with Printers Row, a weekly literary journal, and a catalog of e-books. Winnecke has helped increase coverage of women and issues that are important to women.  She also directs Tribune Content Agency, a content syndication business, and MCT Information Services, a joint venture with McClatchy Newspapers.  She previously worked as associate managing editor for national news at the Chicago Tribune and before that was managing editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Southern Indiana and an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Michael Arndt, Editor, Crain's Chicago Business

Michael joined Crain's in 2010 after a decade with BusinessWeek as a Chicago-based senior editor and correspondent. Before that, Michael was Sunday business editor at Chicago Tribune and, for five years before that, the newspaper’s chief economics correspondent in Washington. He has been a judge of the Chicago Innovation Awards since 2008. He also is on the awards’ board of advisers and was a judge in this year’s Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce entrepreneur competition and the Illinois Technology Association’s CityLights awards.

Rick Murray, President, Edelman Chicago

Rick leads the firm’s Chicago office, the largest PR operation in the Midwest. He provides strategic and creative counsel to global accounts including HP, Kraft, Hilton Worldwide, SC Johnson, ConAgra Foods, Darden Restaurants and Astellas. His areas of expertise include brand positioning, social media marketing, social business strategy, influencer engagement and online advocacy. Rick has served as general manager of Edelman’s Diversified Services unit; president of me2revolution (a pioneering social media lab); and president of Edelman Digital. Rick was previously EVP of GolinHarris International, president of experiential and sales promotion agencies Motivation Media and The Promotion Network, and held sales and marketing roles at Ocean Spray Cranberries and Pepsi-Cola Canada. He sits on the board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is a Trustee to the Chicago Architecture Foundation. He holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Vermont.

Anita O'Boyle, Director of Event Services, SmithBucklin

Anita O'Boyle who is Director, event services for SmithBucklin here in Chicago - is a meeting, tradeshow and event industry veteran with over 25 years experience in overall event management. She has worked in both corporate and association events, international meetings and largescale conventions. She is particularly focused on event strategy and works closely with client organizations to improve and adapt events in a changing market. She is a member of PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) and IAEE (International Association of Exposition Executives).

Andrew Greiner, Editorial Director, Digital, NBC

Andrew Greiner, NBC 5’s Editorial Director of Digital, helms the social, mobile and web editorial operations for WMAQ.  Prior to joining NBC, he worked as a researcher and reporter for ESPN the Magazine.  Greiner grew up in Waukegan, Illinois. Andrew earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Journalism from the City University of New York.

Bios: Capital Panel

Kevin Willer, Co-Founder and Partner, Chicago Ventures (moderator)

Kevin is a Co-founder and Partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund where he is overseeing all aspects of Chicago Ventures including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and working directly with portfolio companies. From 2011 to 2013, Kevin was the President & CEO of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), which manages, operates, and programs 1871, a co-working center with over 225 startups building their early-stage businesses located at The Merchandise Mart.  During Kevin's leadership, 1871 welcomed over 20,000 visitors to events, hosted over 200 workshops reaching 1,500 entrepreneurs, and hosted 200 office hour sessions with mentors each month. Previously, Kevin co-founded the Google Chicago office in late 2000.  In his over 10 years with Google, Kevin helped grow this office to more than 400 professionals.  Kevin earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He has a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and studied at the London School of Economics.

Rob Malin, Founder Member, NASDAQ Private Market

Rob Malin is a founding member the NASDAQ Private Market (NPM), a joint venture between NASDAQ OMX and SharesPost created to enhance and expand the market for private company shares. By delivering greater integrity, efficiency, standardization and liquidity to the private capital markets, NPM will benefit private companies, founders, employees and investors.  From 2007 to 2012, Rob worked at Liquidnet where he led the design and launch of the firm’s Equity Capital Markets (ECM) platform to deliver efficient equity capital execution to corporate issuer, private equity and venture capital clients. Prior to joining Liquidnet, Rob completed an earlier tour of duty at NASDAQ including client-facing roles within both Transactions Services and the Corporate Client group. Rob earned his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and his BA in Government from Dartmouth College.

Maura O'Hara, President, Illinois Venture Capital Association

Maura O’Hara is President of the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA). The IVCA is a 130 member-firm trade association that represents the interests of the venture capital and private equity community with over 500 individual members. IVCA members collectively invest $100 billion in assets under management. IVCA works to promote the venture capital/private equity industry in Illinois by encouraging institutional investments in Midwest based venture capital and private equity firms, supporting deal flow for Midwest based venture capital and private equity firms, creating opportunities for early-stage equity investors to interact with growing companies, and advocating a pro-investment climate in Illinois. Maura has 25 years’ marketing, strategy and consulting experience and has worked in diverse industries including: retail, home services, consumer packaged goods and professional services. Maura has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois – Urbana and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Matt McCall, Partner, New World Ventures

Matthew McCall is a Partner at New World Ventures and was formerly a partner with DFJ Portage. McCall has been involved with investments in AwesomenessTV (acquired by DreamWorks), Cognitive Concepts (acquired by Houghton Mifflin), EverDream (acquired by Dell), Feedburner (acquired by Google), Lefthand Networks (acquired by HP), Playdom (acquired by Disney), TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster), and others.  McCall has been honored on Crain’s annual "40 under 40” list of leading people under age 40 and their top Tech 25 list. He has been named as one of the Top 100 VC’s in the US, a Media 100 and a Hollywood 100 Power Player. He has keynoted or been a panelist at over 100 conferences and events nationwide. He is the founder & trustee of the McCall Family Foundation, focused on encouraging social entrepreneurship and global human/girls’s rights. He has served on numerous regional high technology advisory boards. He is the author of a popular venture blog, www.VCConfidential.com.  McCall holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Williams College and an MBA with honors from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Jason St. Peter, Senior Business Development Advisor, Dell

In his current role at Dell, Jason works on partnerships and strategy for the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, Dell’s global initiative to help fuel entrepreneurial success and provide access to the technology and capital entrepreneurs need.  Part of this program is helping vet and review potential companies for inclusion in the Dell Innovators Credit Fund, a program that allows early stage venture or angel backed companies to receive the financing they need to bring technology to their business.  Prior to this role Jason has spent time leading and driving sales and marketing initiatives for Dell as well as event marketing strategy for Black and Decker. 

Antonio Guillen, SVP, Commercial Lending and Diverse Markets Manager, Wintrust 

Antonio has over 30 years of banking experience. He also specializes in Commercial Banking for small and medium-sized business lending and commercial real estate finance and development. Most recently with Park National Bank (now a part of U.S Bank), he spent his last four years as Senior Vice President and Market Manager responsible for overseeing $60 million in small business/commercial and industrial loans in a variety of business sectors as well as commercial real estate and development loans. Prior, he was with Cosmopolitan Bank and Trust (FBOP Corporation) and Cosmopolitan National Bank of Chicago.

: Talent Panel

Michael Krauss, President, Market Strategy Group (moderator)

Michael C. Krauss is a veteran strategic marketer, business advisor, organizational coach, board member and investor with over 35 years of professional experience. He brings proven skills in strategic business planning, buyer insight analysis, change management and executive coaching.  Michael speaks and writes frequently on business issues and is the @ C- Level columnist for Marketing News, the publication of the American Marketing Association. He is an active advocate of public sector economic development efforts and served as co-chair of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Council of Technology Advisors. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has taught on the faculty of the New Products Lab at The Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He earned a CPA certificate in the State of Illinois.

Paul Lipinski, Midwest People and Change Lead, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Paul has more than 27 years of business experience including 16 years of Management Consulting leadership in high growth start-up transformation and expansion situations. Before joining PwC in June 2009, Paul led the Microsoft account for Management Consulting at BearingPoint. In addition, Paul has experience in the development of value creation strategies and tactics with focus on Transformational Solutions. He has a proven success across multiple engagements in leading transformational business change across corporate enterprise functions.
Paul has a B.S. in Marketing and a MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He has completed Post Graduate course work at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Tom Kuczmarski, President of Kuczmarski Innovation, and Co-Founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards

Thomas D. Kuczmarski, senior partner and president of Kuczmarski Innovation, is a nationally recognized expert in the innovation of new products and services. Over the course of his career he has helped hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations, learn to systematically unlock the value of innovation. Tom teaches product and service innovation at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he is Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar in the Center for Innovation and Technology.  Tom is founder, with the journalist Dan Miller, of the Chicago Innovation Awards, which recognize the most innovative new products and services brought to market each year in the upper Midwest. Tom is the author of six books including Innovating Chicago Style: How Local Innovators are Building the National Economy, Apples are Square: Thinking Differently about Leadership, Innovating the Corporation, Managing New Products, Values-Based Leadership: Rebuilding Employee Commitment, Productivity and Performance, and Innovation. Tom earned an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s Graduate School of International Affairs, where he was named an International Fellow of the University.

Jamie Womack, Vice President of Marketing and Branding, CareerBuilder

Jamie directs the development of strategic marketing for the corporate marketing team and focuses on the recruitment needs of employers of all sizes.This includes overseeing business-to-business strategy including communications, advertising, promotions, events, research, e-commerce and customer experience.  In addition to leading corporate marketing efforts, Jamie manages employment brand solutions at CareerBuilder. Prior to her role as vice president of marketing, Jamie worked as a vice president in the sales training department and as a marketing team director. She has a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Mark O’Connell, President and Chief Executive Officer, SAVO Group

Mark is a results-driven, highly successful leader in the global technology and software industry with more than 30 years of experience in marketing, finance, strategy, business development and executive management. He has led high technology organizations in the pursuit of significant growth, international expansion and evolution.  Prior to joining the SAVO Group, Mark served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MatrixOne. Mark led the company to exponential growth in sales and revenue, established a world-class management team and led two rounds of venture financing and an IPO. He transformed the organization into the industry leader in product lifecycle management software and services, resulting in a growth in sales from less than $20 million to $145 million and an eventual sale of the company for more than $400 million.

Jeff James, Vice President and General Manager, Disney Institute

Jeff James is Vice President and General Manager of Disney Institute. He leads a very talented group of individuals who advise organizations around the world on their journey to a better customer experience. Prior to leading Disney Institute, Jeff was a founding member of the executive team that developed and launched Disney Cruise Line. He also was responsible for the integration and implementation of sales strategies and policies for Disney Cruise Line as it introduced two additional ships to the fleet. In Jeff’s more than 16 years at Disney, he also has served as Vice President and Managing Director for Disney Destinations International based in London and Vice President of Domestic Sales for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in Orlando, Florida. Jeff lives in Central Florida with his wife Linda and their three children, David, Jacqueline and Julia.

Bruce Leon, President, Tandem HR

Bruce Leon has been in the employee benefits/HR outsourcing field for more than 20 years. He started his entrepreneurial endeavors in 1996 with Benefits Solutions Group, an insurance brokerage firm.  In 1998 he incorporated Tandem Professional Employer Services, which changed its name to Tandem HR in 2008.  Today, Tandem HR processes $300 million in payroll for 9,000 employees and is proud of its 98% client retention rate. Bruce attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He has also won awards including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year award for 2008-2009, and the Chicago area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame inductee for 2009.


Gold Sponsors




Silver Sponsors


  vedder brinksWintrust logo Edelman Silver 2013SmithBucklin - Silver 2013 


Bronze Sponsors


Career Builder - bronze 2013   Hyatt Bronze Sponsor Logo  Google Bronze sponsor for website Savo Grant Thornton PWC bronze 2013TandemHR  




Lead Media Partners


bnc logo small  WBBM Crain's Media Partner 2013 Tribune Media 2013


Supporting Media Partners




Chicago Magazine Media 2013 redeye Media 2013 Hoy media 2013
Corporate Angel VIP Members




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Monday, August 19, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

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