Director Data Science at Uptake
Adam McElhinney is currently the Director of Data Science at Uptake Technologies, where he leads a team of Data Scientists building cutting-edge industrial data analytics tools. Formerly, he was the Head of Business Analytics and the Head of Marketing Analytics at Enova Financial where he helped grow the company from a small startup to an international online lending leader that currently employs more than 1,000 associates in the Chicagoland area. He has previously worked as a management consultant as well as an analyst designing simulations for the Department of Defense.
Adam is serving his sixth year on the Board of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association and is also the Director of the Mentorship Program for the HFS Chicago Scholars.
Adam holds a Masters in Statistics from University of Illinois-Chicago and has undergraduate degrees in Mathematics, Economics and Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Co-Founder of The Starter League
Mike McGee is the co-founder of The Starter League, an in-person school in Chicago that teaches beginners how to build web applications. Before The Starter League, Mike's greatest claim to fame was that his High School mascot was a pretzel. He went to Northwestern for four years where he spent two years being a student and two years in student government - miraculously becoming Student Body President his senior year. In Spring 2011, Mike decided to turn down Obama for America (his first real job offer) to co-found The Starter League. Mike was named to Crain's 40 Under 40 for 2013 (along with his co-founder, Neal Sales-Griffin).
CEO of kCura
Andrew Sieja founded kCura as a software consultancy in February 2001 and successfully pivoted it into a fast-growing enterprise software company in 2007. Andrew loves technology, is a computer programmer by trade, and prior to starting kCura has worked as a technologist for a variety of multi-nationals and consulting firms. As CEO, Andrew has five key goals for kCura: offer a great product, provide relentless customer support, ensure team members love their jobs, positively impact the community, and grow to be a great software company.
Founder of Tiny Docs
Sunny is on a mission to make a billion people smile. In 2014 he founded Tiny Docs, a web platform that educates kids and families about health issues through animated short films.
Prior to founding Tiny Docs, Sunny was an entertainment attorney for several filmmakers, celebrity chefs, actors, producers, screenwriters, and NBA players. In addition, he has produced two short films that have screened at the Soho International Film Festival and Cannes International Film Festival short film corner.
Sunny earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Political Science and minors in English literature and Economics. In December 2015 he will earn an additional master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing and Communication. If he had one wish, he would make Shark Week twice a year.