Derek has 13 years of experience inspiring teams to embrace the intersection of business strategy and technology to deliver products and services that help people understand, embrace and take action. Derek studied Finance at the University of Missouri and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
In fifth grade, my grandfather gave me a box of old, broken wind-up watches. I spent months disassembling and reconstructing them in the hopes of getting one of them—any of them—to start ticking.
Looking out over a pile of worn out gears, my desire to understand how things work was born. As I grew older, that innate curiosity fueled a career focused on nurturing the creative ideas that make complex concepts more approachable to everyday people.
Jen has 10 years of experience in the tech nonprofit space; developing teams, creating innovative curriculum, and coaching entrepreneurs. Most recently, she founded Brave Initiatives in 2015 and expanded the company to 18 cities. Building the organization from the ground up, she learned to pivot effectively and scale the business in a cost effective way.
As an active participant in the entrepreneur community, Jen has taught students in an entrepreneurship program at Lake Forest College and worked with several local community accelerator programs for social entrepreneurs. This has given her the opportunity to coach leaders and start ups to improve product development, team delegation, and program practices. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Jen worked at large companies including Motorola, Google, and Abbott Labs. She graduated from North Park University in 2011.
In 1968, my grandfather founded a glue factory out of his garage and grew it into a family business that my father and his siblings still work at today. As a child, I would visit the factory and was fascinated by how a small idea can start in a garage, grow and change, and ultimately impact millions of people.
This gave me the mindset that was required to identify a problem and then build and implement solutions, leading me to build the nonprofit organization, Brave Initiatives. When I hear about a problem someone is facing, I can’t help but want to build or change something to create a better reality.
Josh has 10 years of experience leading operational teams and business units, specializing in overcoming operational challenges, increasing productivity, and improving employee engagement. Josh’s background in technology coupled with diverse industry experience, including logistics and transportation as well as oil and gas production give him a unique perspective in the board room. Josh received his undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies from Bryan College and expects to graduate with an MBA from Warwick Business School in 2021. Josh currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Danielle.
When I was 15, I was hired for my first corporate job building databases for engineering and geology teams. Before I arrived, multiple consultants had proposed complex solutions that they claimed would accomplish most of the intended goals. Frustrated by the overbuilt and difficult-to-use solutions presented by the expensive outside consultants, the owners of the company asked me to build a solution that could be used by their existing team and tools. Working together we created a simple, inexpensive solution that they used for the next 10 years. This event sparked a desire to pursue a career helping organizations embrace the simple solutions that drive their long-term goals.