Education Pioneers to honor ten Chicago Alumni achieving equity in public education


June 14, 2017                 



Kirsten Searer


Education Pioneers to honor ten Chicago Alumni achieving equity in public education

First Annual Chicago Agents of Change Luncheon also will feature Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis

CHICAGO -- Education Pioneers (EP), a national nonprofit that recruits professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds into non-teaching leadership positions throughout K-12 public education, will hold its first annual Chicago Agents of Change Summer Luncheon on June 16.

The luncheon will honor 10 EP Alumni who work in Chicago education organizations on behalf of underserved students and demonstrate results toward achieving educational equity and opportunity in many ways, including innovation, entrepreneurship, and community advocacy and empowerment.


  • WHO: EP’s Chicago Alumni Board, Chicago Regional Board, supporters, Alumni, and keynote speaker Dr. Elizabeth Purvis, Illinois Secretary of Education
  • WHAT: First Annual Chicago Agents of Change Summer Luncheon
  • WHEN: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Friday, June 16, 2017
  • WHERE: Petterino’s Restaurant, 150 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Media is invited to cover the event. Tickets are still available for the general public here.

The 10 Agents of Change to be honored include:

·        Adam Zmick, Co-Founder-Gardeneers

·        Adrian DeLeon, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer - CSC Consulting Group

·        Adrian Segura, Manager of Community Affairs - Noble Network of Charter Schools

·        Brenda Wilkerson, Director of STEM and IT Education - Chicago Public Schools

·        Martin Green, Senior Consultant - Deloitte

·        Matthew Lyons, Chief Talent Officer - Chicago Public Schools

·        Micki O’Neil, Founder and Executive Director - Foundations College Prep

·        Mike Hines, Incoming Postdoctoral Candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University

·        Nancy Lee Chavez, Associate Vice Chancellor of Decision Support, City Colleges of Chicago

·        Will Hobart, Chief Program Officer - Youth Guidance

One of the Agents of Change will be selected as the first ever EPic Chicago Alumni, receiving $1,000.

“We are thrilled to honor 10 Education Pioneers Alumni and Agents of Change who work at all levels in public education to ensure that every child has the ability to reach his or her own full potential,” said EP Chicago Director Annie Davis-Korelc. “These leaders are all demonstrating results in helping to solve the complex issues we face in public education today.”

EP first launched in Chicago in 2009, and has produced more than 300 leaders who have worked with more than 70 partners in education. About 200 of EP’s Alumni continue to live in Chicago, and more than 70 percent of them are working full-time in the education sector.

About Education Pioneers

Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds to solve problems from outside of the classroom, so students and teachers succeed in the classroom. Education Pioneers has recruited and trained more than 3,500 leaders in partnership with more than 200 education organizations in 20 cities nationwide.

Of the organization’s alumni in the workforce, more than 70 percent serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts more than 3.5 million public school students – most of whom are students of color and come from underserved areas. Find out more about where Education Pioneers’ leaders work and their impact here:

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