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Center for Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

Mike Cahill

Mike is currently a Valuation Analyst at Ernst & Young in the firm's Transaction Advisory Services group. Prior to this, Mike held summer internship positions at Ernst & Young in 2012, at BMO Harris Bank in 2011, and at John Hancock Financial Services in 2010.

Mr. Cahill holds both a Master of Accounting Science and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, from the Northern Illinois University College of Business. As a student, he also earned a Certificate of Study in Social Entrepreneurship. As part of the program, he was a founding member of CAUSE, a member of the winning team in the School's annual Social Venture Competition, and a participant in the Microfinance study abroad trip to Mexico. In addition, Mike helped launch the Center for Social Entrepreneurship as a Graduate Assistant in 2013.

Mary Drolet

Mary has over 25 years of experience in virtual and conventional business, product development and management. She has created, launched and distributed innovative brands across retail and consumer product companies while serving as a Chief Executive Officer, President, Entrepreneur and Consultant.

Mary is currently a Managing Director for IVEST Consumer Partners a private equity firm specializing in retail and consumer products. She is the founder of Club Libby Lu, a specialty retail business targeting girls. After selling Club Libby Lu to Saks, Mary continued to grow the business, establishing 98 retail locations and generating $60 million in annual revenues in just 4 years. Mary subsequently led JCPenney's online gift retail initiative, GiftingGrace.com, She also has experience as a technology investor and as a consultant in the fashion, health and beauty industries.

Educated at Michigan State, Harvard and Northwestern Presidents programs, Mary holds Advisory positions with Marla Wynne an HSN Brand, Redship.com, Impact Engine, Ellie Jay and the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at NIU.

Jenny McColloch

Jenny is a Global CSR & Sustainability Manager at McDonald's Corporation, where she focuses on advancing environmental strategies such as energy, water, and waste management across McDonald's restaurants and supply chain. Jenny previously worked on McDonald's USA's Sustainable Supply Chain team, with a focus on environmental initiatives at supplier manufacturing and distribution facilities, as well as supplier sustainability communications.

Jenny has an MBA from the Yale School of Management with a focus on corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship. During her time at Yale, Jenny worked on the sustainability team at Nestle Waters North America on energy efficiency projects through the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program. She also managed the Yale Global Social Enterprise program, which connected MBA students with social entrepreneurs in emerging economies to provide business consulting support.

Jenny was formerly the Education Director for a non-profit science and sailing education program, Salish Sea Expeditions, in Seattle, WA, where she was actively involved in program management, development, and fundraising. Jenny received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the interdisciplinary Earth Systems Program at Stanford University.

Mark Schwartz

Mark began his career as an engineer with Motorola, where along with cube mate and PDT co-founder Scott Semenik, he developed many of the cutting-edge cellular products that helped establish Motorola as the leading cell phone maker in the world. That experience fostered a passion for product development and a deep understanding of the development process — what worked and, more importantly, what didn't — that sparked the vision that became PDT. Mark's leadership and entrepreneurial spirit laid the foundation for PDT's success. Now a full service product development firm with nine international locations, over 130 employees and more than 60 awards for its work, PDT is a leader in its space. PDT was twice named to INC 500's Fastest Growing Companies List and has become one of the premier product development firms in the U.S. serving the world's largest and most innovative companies.

Kathleen Wright

Kathleen is the founder and CEO of Piece & Co., an organization focused on providing sustainable employment to artisans and underserved populations in the developing world. Kathleen has been working in the developing world for more than 6 years and has seen the potential of the artisan sector has to create powerful economic development and real impact in the most vulnerable parts of the world.

Piece & Co. makes it possible for large brands to effectively source from artisan cooperatives; creating impact and make their businesses sustainable. Through Piece &Co.'s innovative technology, brands like Tom's Shoes, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Reef Footwear, Caylpso St. Barth's, Rachel Roy are all sourcing Piece & Co. textiles and products. Since launching, it has provided employment to more than 2300 artisans across the globe.