Social Enterprise

About the Panel

Social Enterprise signifies the use of market-based solutions for social challenges. The growth in social enterprise throughout the last decade signifies a radical shift in the way that organizations and industry bring resources to bear on some of the world's most pressing needs. Learn more about why social enterprises value the innovations and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as research skills, embodied by graduate students and postdocs across fields.


Emile Cambry, Jr, MBA: Emile Cambry, Jr. received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Emile is a Professor at North Park University and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Business School Professors. He has experience in Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan Chase. His films have been licensed by HBO and Cinemax, as well as Showtime. Emile is a Founding Board Member of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival and the American Chamber Opera Company as well as hosted several radio shows. Emile is the Founder and CEO of social entrepreneurship projects, the 21st Century Youth Project and the Chicago Film Group. Emile is an Ideas Award Fellow as well as a Gold Medal Edison Awards winner, recognizing “visionaries” and innovators who seek to “write a new chapter in American innovation history.” The 21st Century Youth Project was recognized as the most innovative educational program in America by the Edison Awards (2012). Emile is also a board member of DePaul University's Social Enterprise Collective. Emile Cambry Jr co-launched the technology and entrepreneurship incubator, BLUE1647 as well as is President of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival.

Ethan Daly, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Sunshine Enterprises: Ethan Daly is Director of Strategy and Partnerships for Sunshine Enterprises, an initiative of Sunshine Gospel Ministries, in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. He joined the staff of Sunshine Gospel Ministries in 2012 to help launch Sunshine Enterprises, a program that recruits and trains entrepreneurs in struggling communities to help them grow sustainable businesses. Since launching, the program has garnered a wide range of media attention and received several accolades, including being voted by the Chicago Reader as the Best New Small Business Incubator in 2014. Ethan has over 10 years experience in community development working with adults, children, and families in low-income neighborhoods. He lives in Woodlawn with his wife and three boys.

Megan Mineau, MSW, Grant Writer at Inspiration Corporation: Megan Mineau is a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, with a concentration in social administration and clinical social work. She is currently a Grant Writer at Inspiration Corporation, a nonprofit agency serving homeless and low-income Chicagoans with the following mission: "In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing." Prior to joining Inspiration Corporation, Megan worked as the Planning and Development Intern at ACCESS Community Health Network, Chicago area's largest provider of community health care with nearly 40 health centers and serving nearly 200,000 patients. She is passionate about creating lasting, widespread change in Chicago communities and firmly believes in a balance between direct social service work and macro-level social work.

Lev Slavin, MBA, Venturesome Consulting: Lev Slavin is the founder and principal of Venturesome Consulting, a boutique research and analytics firm that works in conjunction with senior leadership at startups and growth businesses to improve strategic decision making and financial performance. Since 2011, Lev has completed two dozen engagements. Many of these have focused on creating financial simulations of new ventures’ business models to serve as managerial and fundraising tools. Thus far, this work has enabled companies to raise more than $14M from investors. Other accomplishments include building an extensive FP&A reporting portfolio for the finance department of an international manufacturing company, as well as facilitating and coaching an innovation competition with 1,300 entries.

Lev's consulting work builds on more than 13 years of experience as a market researcher, strategic modeler, and analyst for startups, not-for-profit organizations, and Fortune 100 companies (including CSX Transportation, Citigroup, and The Home Depot), in industries ranging from financial services to logistics to consumer goods. 

Lev holds a BS (Honors) from the University of Florida, with a concentration in Finance, and an MBA (Honors) from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, General Management, Managerial and Organizational Behavior, and Economics.


David Friedman Founder and CEO of AutonomyWorks, Social Entrepreneur in residence at the Social Enterprise Institute, University of Chicago: AutonomyWorks is a technology social enterprise that employs autistic individuals to provide cost-competitive process execution services to companies needing these particular skills. Before starting AutonomyWorks in 2012, Friedman spent 25 years assisting retail and consumer organizations in building brands through great customer experiences—digitally, online, and in-store. Most recently, Friedman served as president of marketing for Sears Holdings. In his position, Friedman was responsible for customer and supplier loyalty programs, branding, market research, advertising and promotion, public relations, and creative services.

Prior to Sears Holdings, Friedman spent 11 years as an executive with Razorfish, one of the world’s largest interactive marketing and technology companies. Most recently he served as president, Americas, leading Razorfish business in North and South America. Notably, while at Razorfish, Friedman directed the development and growth of the company’s marketing process outsourcing business.

Earlier in his career, Friedman spent 10 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) working with retail and consumer products companies. He earned an MBA from Chicago Booth and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.