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Jessie Becker

Jessie is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Impossible Foods where she leads the creative, brand, consumer, retail, foodservice, and insights marketing teams, reporting to Impossible Foods’ CEO and Founder Pat Brown. Becker spent 12 years at Netflix (2000-2012) during a period of breakout growth and international expansion, rising to interim Chief Marketing Officer. She then held the CMO title at Optimizely before becoming a Director of Marketing at YouTube/Google and then moving into her current role. 

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Dean Egerter

Dean Egerter is an original investor, having been part of a group that invested in 2007 to help found the Chicago Red Stars. Egerter was an owner of Harrison Street, a Chicago-based investment firm, and now is a Senior Advisor to the firm. 

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Julie Haddon

Whether igniting a large enterprise organization towards change and innovation, starting her own entrepreneurial venture, or rapidly scaling a startup to achieve meteoric growth, Julie Haddon has been a successful change agent, pioneering marketing strategy for some of the world’s best-known Sports, Digital Media, eCommerce and Entertainment brands. 

Currently, Haddon is Senior Vice President, Global Brand and Consumer Marketing at the NFL, where she steers high-impact strategic marketing across the organization. Haddon is an Executive Sponsor of NFL Pride, the organization’s first-ever LGBT employee resource group and is Executive Producer of the documentary, A Lifetime of Sundays, featuring four iconic women owners of the NFL. Prior to joining the NFL, Haddon held leadership roles at DreamWorks Animation, eBay and Zygna. As an entrepreneur, she founded the Marketing Farm, where she advised Apple, HBO and Disney. When they were start-ups, she scaled Twitter and the financial services phenomenon, SoFi, helping to build both to multi -billion-dollar valued brands.

A consummate sports fan, Julie began her career at the Los Angeles Dodgers and later worked in consumer packaged goods at Major League Marketing, a professional sports licensee. A native of Chicago, she loves spending time cheering her beloved Cubs and now, the Chicago Red Stars.

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Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije is a retired NFL defensive end, playing 11 years in the league. Idonije spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Bears, racking up nine seasons with the team. He was a part of the Bears roster who appeared in Super Bowl XLI and led the NFL in blocked punts/field goals for three straight seasons (2005-2007). As an entrepreneur Idonije has started a variety of successful business ventures, all founded on his core values of making a positive impact on the world. Idonije also created iF Charities, a nonprofit organization committed to impacting communities by focusing on solutions that teach social and emotional life skills and that provide enriching, life-changing opportunities. 

Learn more about iF Charities here.

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Jordan Levin

Jordan Levin has been instrumental in launching numerous entertainment franchises that have left a lasting impact on popular culture as an enterprising network and studio executive, Emmy-award winning producer, director and digital entrepreneur. Currently, Levin is General Manager of Rooster Teeth, a dynamic media and entertainment company that is a subsidiary of Otter Media, a WarnerMedia company.

 

Previously, Levin served as the CEO of Awesomeness, the NFL’s first Chief Content Officer, and Executive Vice President, General Manager of Microsoft’s nascent Xbox Entertainment Studios division. In 2005, Levin built Generate, a pioneering studio and talent management company. He sold the company to Alloy Digital in 2011 and served as President of the new entity. In 1994, Levin joined The WB Television Network (now The CW) as part of its founding executive team. He became sole President of Programming in 2001 and two years later became the youngest CEO in broadcast television history. Earlier, Levin spent five years as a member of the creative team that revitalized the Disney brand in network television. 

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Abel Lezcano

Abel M. Lezcano is a Partner at Del Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano where he represents a wide range of entertainment companies and sports leagues (international and domestic), writers, producers, directors, actors, comedians, and other on-camera talent across the entertainment industry. He is currently a member of the BOD of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Abel is Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Street Soccer USA, a current member of SSUSA’s National and Los Angeles Advisory Boards, and a board member for US Soccer’s Urban Soccer Commission. 

Learn more here.

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Colleen Mares

A Red Stars season ticker member, Colleen Mares is known for being the manager of Grammy award-winning artist and Chicago native Chance the Rapper. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Mares began her career at Universal Music Publishing Group in Los Angeles before moving back to the Midwest in 2013 to work with Chance. She is also a strategic advisor and board member for Chicago based 510c3 Humor For Hope, an organization that utilizes improv comedy & group therapy for populations suffering from trauma, illness and displacement. 

 

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Michael Raimondi

Michael Raimondi is the Managing Director of Union Editorial – a production company he cofounded in the spring of 2003. Union has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Austin, Texas and has a partnership agreement with Marshall Street Editors in London. Union produces commercials, television and feature films and has collaborated on projects for the likes of Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Amazon. 

Michael is also the cofounder of Girls Soccer Network which is a lifestyle website and social media platform dedicated to girls soccer. In addition, he sits on the board and is an active member of The Fireflies Cycling club, a non profit that has raised over five million dollars for The City of Hope and the fight against Cancer.

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Steve Ritchie

Steve Ritchie is an original investor, having been part of a group that invested in 2007 to help found the Chicago Red Stars. A partner at Kirkland & Ellis, his work is focused on complex business transactions. 

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Kendall Coyne Schofield

Kendall is a Palos Heights, Illinois native and longtime member of the United States women's national hockey team. Over the span of her 13 years with USA Hockey, she has captured 21 medals in International Competition. She has won six gold medals at the IIHF World Women's Championships and a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics and an Olympic Silver Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She competed in 9 Four Nations Cups, capturing gold six times. At the age of 15, her Team USA career began when she was named to the United States Under-18 Women’s National Team. She was a captain and 3-time member. She received 2 gold medals and one silver. She is currently the all-time leading scorer in tournament history with 33 points in 15 games. 

In addition to her duties with the US Women’s National Team, she is the president and co-founder of the Schofield Family Foundation that her and her husband, Michael Schofield, founded in January of 2019. She is a board member for the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA), and the founder of the Kendall Coyne Hockey camp which just completed its fifth year. Most recently Kendall was hired by the Chicago Blackhawks as a Player Development Coach and Youth Hockey Growth Specialist. She is the first female player development coach in Blackhawks history. Kendall will continue her broadcast career in various different ways including being a lead analyst for NBC Sports with the Notre Dame Men’s Hockey Team. In her new role, Kendall will continue to train for the United States Women’s National Team in hopes of representing Team USA at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. 

Learn more about Kendall here

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Michael Schofield

Michael Schofield is an Orland Park, Illinois native and guard for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. In 2020, Schofield saw action in 11 games with three starts at left guard. Prior to his time at the Panthers, Schofield played three seasons for the Los Angeles Chargers from 2017-19. He started in all 16 games in 2018 and 2019 and helped the Chargers rank seventh in total yards (17,867) between 2017 and 2019. In 2019 Schofield ranked 10th among qualified offensive guards in pass blocking grade (76.9) according to PFF. Schofield also spent three seasons with the Denver Broncos from 2014-16 and was part of a Denver offense that won Super Bowl 50. 

Learn more about Michael here

 

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Sarah Spain

Sarah Spain, a native of Lake Forest, is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning sports journalist. In addition to her national ESPN Radio show, "Spain and Fitz," and her podcast "That's What She Said with Sarah Spain," Spain is an espnW columnist, a regular panelist on ESPN television's "Around the Horn" and "Highly Questionable," and a frequent contributor to other ESPN properties including "Outside The Lines" and "SportsCenter." 

Prior to her career in journalism, Spain received All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State accolades in high school for basketball, field hockey, and track and went on to be a heptathlete and co-captain of the Track and Field team at Cornell University. Named to the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list in 2017, she's the co-founder of “Hear The Cheers,” which provides hearing aids and equipment to kids so they can continue participating in sports and activities, and is on the board of Embarc, a program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income Chicago high school students.

Learn more about Sarah here.

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Marie Tillman

Marie Tillman is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor. She is the co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders. She served as CEO from 2008-2012 and is now Chairman of the Board. She was the founder and CEO of Mac & Mia, a curated children’s clothing service that was named one of Chicago Crain’s Tech 50 in 2018 and acquired in 2019. Marie is also a sought-after speaker and writer. Her memoir, The Letter, about love, loss and life, was released in June 2012.was released in June 2012.

 

Marie lives outside Chicago with her husband Joe, their four boys Joey, Johnny, Sam and Mac and their daughter Frankie. 

Learn more about the Pat Tillman Foundation here.

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Brian Walsh

Brian is the lead investor for several members of the Walsh family, owners of a construction services company founded and headquartered in Chicago in 1898. Brian’s great-grandfather came to Chicago to work as a carpenter at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, an event now represented as one of the four red stars on Chicago’s flag. 

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Arnim Whisler

Arnim is happy to have been the primary caretaker of this amazing club from its 2007 formation (to its 2011 reformation), and through this incredible period of NWSL growth. He welcomes the energy, skills, and commitment of his new partners on this journey. In addition to agonizing over league and team matters for the past decade, he has a variety of other businesses and interests (that he largely neglects). Prior to agonizing over women’s soccer, Arnim swears he had a career. For 20 years he was a management consultant with Accenture, and ultimately ended as a Global Managing Partner who did cool stuff and big deals with giant companies. 

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Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer is a veteran of Chicago's tech community, co-founding Google's local office in 2000 and spending over 10 years helping to build their presence here. Kevin went on to be the founding CEO of 1871, one of the top-ranked startup incubators in the world. Currently, Kevin is a Partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Willer was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40” list in 2011 and their 2012 “Tech 50” list. In 2016, he was a founding member of the US Soccer Development Council in Chicago supporting our US National Teams and in 2018, Kevin joined the Board of Directors of the Chicago Fire Foundation. 

Learn more about Kevin here.

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David Zapata

David M. Zapata is CEO and Founder of Zapwater Communications, an award-winning integrated communications agency specializing in lifestyle brands with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Zapata is a public relations executive with diverse government, political and agency experience. He has advised clients ranging from major consumer brands to Fortune 500 companies and technology start-ups to elected officials. At Zapwater, he continues to work with a unique blend of clients in a wide variety of categories including numerous global and trendsetting lifestyle brands. Zapata also advises international governments in economic development, tourism management issues and marketing. 

 

Zapata also uses his experience to champion numerous social causes. He serves on the board of directors of Beat the Streets Chicago, an organization dedicated to building character, discipline and self-esteem in Chicago youth through their participation in wrestling, and Enlace, an organization that empowers local churches in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nepal and Nicaragua to transform their communities. He was also recently named Volunteer of the Year by Oak-Leyden Developmental Services.

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