Building Your Brand

Meet our Panelists

Emile Cambry, Founder & CEO, BLUE1647
Emile Cambry, Jr. is a business professor, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Emile gained experience in Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan Chase and as a Professor at North Park University. He was recognized as one of the Top 50 Business School Professors.

Mr. Cambry’s largest project was founding the technology and entrepreneurship incubator, BLUE1647, expanding to several different locations across the Midwest. Emile has produced films that have been licensed by HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. He is the President of the Chicago International Social Change Festival, and has been named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, Chicago Crain’s Tech 50, a Top 100 Innovator in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune and a Game Changer Under the Age of 40 by Verizon Wireless.

Jonny Imerman, Founder & Chief Mission Officer, Imerman Angels
Jonny Imerman is a young adult cancer survivor who strives to make sure no one fights cancer without the support of someone who has already triumphed over the disease. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 26, Jonny decided to found Imerman Angels, a non-profit organization, which carefully matches a person touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer.

Imerman Angels now has more than 6,000 cancer survivors and more than 1,500 caregivers in its network, and has been featured by dozens of news organizations including The Wall Street Journal, Harpo Radio’s “Oprah and Friends” with Dr. Oz, CNN, TEDx, Men’s Health and more.

Jonny has received many awards for his work and has been invited to speak at cancer centers such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Mayo Clinic, Dana-Farber, City of Hope, Northwestern, Rush and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and companies such as Google, LinkedIn and Salesforce.

Diane Latiker, Founder & President, Kids Off the Block (KOB)
Diane Latiker is the Founder of Kids Off the Block (KOB), an award-winning and internationally recognized organization based in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. As the mother of eight children, “Ms. Diane” founded KOB in her home in July of 2003 as a way to offer kids in her neighborhood an alternative to gangs, drugs, violence, and the juvenile justice system. Diane’s mother recognized how the youth in the neighborhood liked and respected her daughter and she was the one who presented this vision to her. Ms. Diane believed that she could make a difference in the community, and in the lives of many youth that she interacted with daily. She became encouraged and opened her home to get these young people off the streets and involved in programs that would benefit them for the rest of their lives.

The organization celebrated 14 years of service to children/youth, teens and young adults in the city of Chicago. KOB started out with ten neighborhood kids, and now has impacted thousands of lives through love, compassion, nurturing and respect. Diane was named a “Woman of Worth” by L’Oreal Paris USA in 2016 and she made it to the top ten of CNN Heroes in 2011.

Diana Shulla-Cose, Co-Founder & President, Perspectives Charter Schools
Diana is the Co-Founder and President of Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago. After working as a teacher for the Chicago Arch Diocese, and then for Chicago Public Schools, she co-founded Perspectives as a school-within-a-school in 1993. Perspectives became one of the first five charter schools in Illinois in 1997, and is now a network of five 6th-12th grade schools, educating over 2,000 students from under-resourced communities.

Diana is a contributing columnist for Smart Business and recently published an article on Bright. She is also the Executive Producer of the “I Am for Peace” documentary, which features U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and performer Jennifer Hudson. Diana has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Loyola University Chicago.

It is said that few nonprofits have powerful brands, yet Amnesty International,
Habitat for Humanity, and World Wildlife Fund are some of the most widely recognized brands
in the world, more trusted by the public than the best-known for-profit brands.
So what does it take to build your brand, how do you know when you have achieved brand awareness, and why does it matter so much?  

While much of the talk in our sector has been focused in recent years on
effectiveness and strategy, there is an argument to be made that brand management—
not performance—is the overlooked pathway to nonprofit growth and success.
Join our esteemed panelists to learn how they built some of the most recognizable nonprofit brands in Chicago and explore the wider, strategic roles that brands can play.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

11:30 am: Registration & Networking
12:00 pm: Panel & Lunch
1:00 pm: Networking
*Session will conclude at 1:30 pm
Downtown Chicago
Frankie’s Scaloppine
900 N. Michigan Avenue, 5th Floor
This program will begin with networking followed by an exciting panel on “Building Your Brand”.
Please join us for this energizing and productive discussion!
Register here and
please contact Ilissa Berz with any questions.