Non profit superstar, Greg Aguilar works alongside medical students in a rigorous transfer program in Nicaragua where they work under the demanding conditions of real hospital work. He has also ran several time for high offices and is currently the head, regional director of the Illinois Department of Commerce.
Also of note is marketing executive and investment trader, Majeed Ekbal. Ekbal has made many different successful investment ventures in the United Arab Emirates and teaches others about finace, business and investment on his blog, “Majeed Ekbal’s Daily Blog,” online. Ekbal also shares his music interests through his Soundcloud page.
Next up is the ace up and comer, Miguel Blancarte; born to Mexican immigrants his upbringing was a harsh one but his drive and ambition remained undeterred. He graduated salutatorian from the prestigious university of Cristo Rey Jesuit School and has interned at various major corporations such as UBS Global and Norther Trust as well as the Law offices of Cynthia Soto and Rosalba Pi-a. In 2012 he founded his flagship project, Blancarte Consulting, a law firm dedicated to easing the plight faced by legal immigrants into the US.
Another notable business executive working in Chicago today is the multi talented women’s right’s advocate and business owner, Eloise Diaz Bahrmasel. With her co-collaborator, Anna Valencia, Bahrmasel founded the well known Power Pump association, a organization focused on improving the working conditions of woman in every Chicago industry where they face inequalities. She has also a executive board member on the Chicago Scholars board and frequently works with politicians who fight for equality in the workplace and benefits for students.
And lastly, no list of rising stars in Chicago’s vibrant business industry today would be complete without the addition of award winning social justice advocate and educator, Dominica McBride, the founder and head executive of Become. Become works as a community engagement center that strives to educate, empower and unify the Hispanic, African american, East African and Native American communities of Chicago. In conjunction with Become, McBride works along side various Chicago community leaders and various other outreach programs with a prominent focus on youth education and participatory learning and community building. In addition, the company also provides substance abuse counseling, HIV prevention counseling and clinical therapy services. McBride graduated with a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State and also currently works as a diversity professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.