National Field Director for Obama 2012 | Founding Partner at 270 Strategies | Senior Adviser, Battleground Texas
Former UFC Middleweight Champion | Former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion | Founder, ZeLin Juice Bars
'WSJ' Bestselling author, 'Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator' and forthcoming 'The Obstacle Is the Way' | Director of Marketing, American Apparel | Editor at Large, Betabeat
Global Business Leader at Microsoft
Luxury Fashion Designer | Winner, Oscars Designer Challenge 2011 | Founder, Borris Powell Designs
Forefront Teacher of Improvised Comedy | Alumna, iO Theater and Second City's Mainstage, Founding Member, Annoyance Theater | "Funniest Woman in Chicago 2008," Chicago Magazine
Economics Lecturer, University of Chicago | Director, Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group at the University of Chicago | Adviser, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
Founder and Director, Swanson Lab at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine | Pioneer in burgeoning field of Mathematical Neuro-oncology | Vice Chair of Research, NBTI Department of Neurological Surgery
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SPEAKER: Hungry? Lauren Riensche will grow your supper. As the sixth generation to live and work on her family’s farm in Jesup, Iowa (the Blue Diamond Farming Company), Lauren is deeply passionate about modern agriculture. She is keenly aware of the challenges feeding seven billion people presents and has come to UChicago to trade the pitchfork for the pen to promote a viable and sustainable agriculture for tomorrow. Lauren is a third year Sociology major and is currently working her way towards a career in agricultural marketing.
GRADUATE STUDENT SPEAKER: Dr. Aelaf Worku is a Hospitalist and a Hospitalist Scholar at the University of Chicago Hospital while also pursing his Masters in Health Studies. Previously, through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEFAR), he served as both a quality improvement advisor at Debre Berhan Referral Hospital in Ethiopia and a medical education advisor to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, helping to launch thirteen medical schools. Aelaf received his medical degree and Internal Medicine residency training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He graduated from Harvard College in economics.