Leslie Andrews has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, serving in various leadership capacities from travel manager to global account manager and entrepreneur. Andrews is currently an academic dean in the Computer Systems Institute’s International Language Program and sole proprietor of Rae of Lite, a professional development and consulting firm.
Her corporate experience includes positions with Caterpillar, American Express, Jones Lang LaSalle, KPMG and Embassy Travel. Additionally, Leslie possesses academic experience as a college instructor, certified as a Dale Carnegie instructor, co-chairs Roosevelt University’s Heller College of Business Corporate Advisory Board, and is a voice actor in her spare time.
Andrews earned a master certificate in hospitality management from Roosevelt University and her BA in business management from DePaul University.
David P. Behnke
Dave Behnke is a financial executive with 20 years of chief financial officer (CFO) experience, serving as a member of senior management by providing counsel to senior management groups and boards of directors regarding financial and operational matters, mergers and acquisitions, financing alternatives, business development, and financially troubled situations.
Behnke is a CPA with more than 30 years of corporate and consulting experience and began his career in public accounting at one of the Big Four public accounting firms.
He earned a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s College. Behnke is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves as a compensated board director of an insurance company. He is a board director of the Schaumburg Business Association and also formed his own consulting company, providing financial and other consulting services to various organizations
Paula J. Brown
Paula J. Brown is the manager of diversity and inclusion in the Office for Equal Opportunity/Government Affairs at Rush University Medical Center. She is responsible for programming related to diversity and inclusion, affirmative action and disability rights. During her tenure at Rush, Brown was responsible for co-chairing an ADA Task Force that led to the creation of a Language Interpreters Program. Brown has been the chair of the Rush ADA Task Force since 2012.
Brown is also chair of the Diversity Leadership Council’s Committee on Training and Communication, which is responsible for creating initiatives and programming to consistently improve the culture of competence and inclusion within the medical center.
Brown has co-authored several articles related to people with disabilities, published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, as well as articles related to diversity, racism and white privilege as it relates to nursing and treating mental illness, published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing.
Brown received her MBA from Roosevelt University and did her undergraduate work at Chicago State University. She is currently involved in mentoring programs at Rush and Roosevelt.
Tricia Kelly is director of cash management and compliance for McDonald's Corp., responsible for global corporate cash management, documentation, compliance and treasury-related services for McDonald’s owned restaurants. She joined the organization in 2014.
Before joining McDonald’s, Kelly spent seven years at Navigant Consulting as director of treasury, where her focus was on global treasury management, debt portfolio management, risk management, global cash forecasting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, expense auditing. She also served on the 401k Investment Committee.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Bradley University and a master’s in finance from Loyola University Chicago. She is a Certified Treasury Professional, a member of the Association of Financial Professionals and is currently president of the Treasury Management Association of Chicago.
Dorri C. McWhorter
Dorri C. McWhorter is chief executive officer of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, tasked with transforming the 140-year-old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. McWhorter has relaunched the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9–14, and introduced 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women.
She has also led the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of YShop.org (e-commerce platform), womenshealthexchange.org (health insurance and information) and the MPWR mobile app (community engagement). She was included in the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation “Blue Network” list for top 100 innovators in Chicago and earned Good City Chicago’s Innovative Leader Award.
McWhorter received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Kathy Menis is an expert in technology marketing with 20 years of experience creating and leading strategic, results-driven marketing programs. She is currently senior vice president of marketing at Signal, where she oversees all marketing initiatives including the company’s brand, product marketing and go-to-market strategy.
Menis joined Signal from Experian Marketing Services, a leader in data-driven marketing, where she served as director of product marketing. Menis earned her MBA in marketing from Roosevelt University and a BA in communications from DePaul University.
Alex J. Pollock
Alex J. Pollock is a distinguished senior fellow with the R Street Institute in Washington D.C., providing thought and policy leadership on financial issues. He joined R Street in January 2016 from the American Enterprise Institute, where he was a resident fellow from 2004–2015.
Pollock is a director of the CME Group, a director of Great Lakes Higher Education Corp., and a director and past-chairman of the Great Books Foundation. He is a past president of the International Union for Housing Finance.
Pollock received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a master’s in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Public Affairs degree in international affairs from Princeton University.
James J. Radous III
James J. Radous III is president of UniCarriers Americas and corporate/executive officer of Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas. Through his leadership, he has guided UniCarriers through a major acquisition to global powerhouse Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, overseen a significant expansion of manufacturing capabilities, and led the implementation of a state-of-the-art ERP system to drive greater efficiency and productivity into the company’s operation.
At UniCarriers, Radous has overseen a major brand change; a dramatic rise in sales, market share and profitability; and has led the development of a new corporate culture placing an emphasis on teamwork and unmatched product reliability.
Radous was previously president of retail operations at UniCarriers from 2014–2016 and was selected to oversee the company’s first factory-owned dealerships
Radous earned an MBA in marketing from Roosevelt University and BA in communications from Northern Illinois University. As an alumnus, Radous mentors students from both universities and has provided several internships at UniCarriers.
Daniel J. Schuette
Dan Schuette, a 2005 graduate of Roosevelt University’s Heller College of Business, is Senior Vice President for Large Corporate Banking, PNC Bank and a seasoned banking and sales executive with over two decades of financial services experience. He is a client relationship champion, who strives to maximize working capital for large, diversified private and public corporations.
Schuette serves on PNC’s Chicago Council Advisory Board and is a five-year PNC Market-All Star Performance Recipient. He is a peer-mentor and leader within PNC’s Analyst Development Program and previously served as the Board-Chair for the Heller College of Business Advisory Board.
Rian Spencer is a private wealth advisor at BMO Private Bank, where she serves as a lead advisor and relationship manager to high-net-worth individuals, families and organizations, including closely held and family-owned businesses. Spencer closely works with clients to gain a complete understanding of their lifestyle, career, philanthropic and wealth-planning goals. She joined the organization in 2003 and has more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Spencer earned a BA in Spanish from Ohio University and earned an MBA from the Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University, and is a member of Alpha Sigma Gamma International Real Estate Honor Society. She has served on the not-for-profit board for Youth Services Glenview-Northbrook and Shelter Inc. She is a participant of Roosevelt’s Professional Mentoring Program.