About Our Chapter
Chicago+Acumen (C+A) engages, inspires and connects passionate individuals and organizations that believe in using market-based solutions to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, fostering dignity rather than dependence. We do this by holding content-driven conversations and networking events, showcasing local social enterprises, building community and partnering with impact-driven organizations in Chicago.
C+A is a volunteer-led chapter of the global Acumen network, comprised of a diverse group of creative and dedicated local leaders.
Our team is comprised of four committees:
+1. Knowledge and Entrepreneurship. Create discourse in Chicago and both gain and share knowledge on topics such as social entrepreneurship, economic development, and impact investing
+2. Fundraising / Party Planning. Throw Chicago+Acumen’s parties and other events to raise funds critical to maintaining investor partner status
+3. Communications / Marketing. Raise awareness about Acumen and Chicago+Acumen’s mission and events through targeted communication and marketing
+4. Community Engagement. Partner with like-minded organizations to raise awareness about Acumen and Chicago+Acumen, and support the initiatives of others
Meet the team
Wei is an avid believer in the power of social enterprise and new technologies in the market place to bring about poverty alleviation. He first got experience in the NGO sector assisting Tanzanian Cotton Farmers in increasing their cotton yields. Through this experience, he discovered firsthand the benefit of applying proven commercial practices to the non-profit space. He has also worked with various NGO’s such as Technoserve and The Gatsby Trust of the UK in building partnerships to help the agricultural sector of developing countries.
Wei is currently a consultant with Accenture where he has experience in both management and technology consulting across many industries including Financial Services, Communications, Media Entertainment as well as Non-Profits. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and grew up in Shanghai, China and Denver, Colorado. Wei enjoys the outdoors and is an avid traveler in search of the great food delicacies of the world.
Kelsey is a healthcare equity research associate at Morningstar, where she has also worked on the company’s development of environmental, social, and governance mutual fund ratings. Prior to her experience at Morningstar, Kelsey was exposed to asset-based community development and worked with a rural village in Ghana. The experience highlighted the complexity and difficulty of poverty alleviation, and sparked an interest in scalable market-based solutions. She is particularly excited about Acumen’s community of inspiring individuals and promotion of development with dignity.
Kelsey graduated from Georgetown University with a major in economics and minor in government. She likes to say she is from Boston but is actually from the suburbs, and can usually be found scheming her next skiing or backpacking trip.
After recently moving to Chicago, Lindsey wanted to become involved with an organization where other young professionals are passionate about tackling global poverty through social enterprise. On the Knowledge & Learning subcommittee, Lindsey is now helping educate other young professionals on Chicago+Acumen and connecting individuals with similar passions through formats such as salon discussions and workshops.
Lindsey conducts healthcare policy research for a research center affiliated with University of Chicago and has worked on projects focused on healthcare equity and access. Prior to this, Lindsey graduated from University of Maryland in 2010 with a degree in English and Government & Politics. Lindsey can be found training for her next marathon on the lakefront trail or planning her next adventure abroad.
Hari joined Chicago + Acumen to forge a local community of emerging leaders who wish to utilize their professional skills to build a better world, to be a part of Acumen’s vision of changing how the world tackles poverty. His involvement in college with AIESEC, a student-run non-profit organization, molded his world view immensely, and showed him the power of a volunteer experience to touch the lives of many. He cherishes the time he spent promoting education in the juvenile prisons of Campinas, Brazil to young men who deserved a second chance.
Hari graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Economics, and a minor in Informatics. Prior to his college years, he lived in Chennai, India and Singapore. When he isn’t researching technology stocks at Morningstar, Hari finds time to cook, read, and travel.