Our Network

Our Network

The Garage’s reach is far and wide. We’ve met some extraordinary people, had dinner with established founders, and visited some of the most talked about offices in the country.

People We Know

Through alumni connections, field trips, and more, students at The Garage have been offered exciting opportunities for conversations with some of their favorite people, including:

Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO at SpaceX

Katrina Lake, Co-founder and CEO of Stitch Fix

Jon McNeill, COO of lyft

Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb

Ann Crady Weiss, Co-founder of HatchBaby

Gwyneth Paltrow, Founder of goop

Family Dinner Speakers

Every week during the academic year, The Garage holds Family Dinner for our Resident students. With an exclusive invite, students hear frank talks from accomplished founders and storytellers in an intimate and casual environment.

Josh Earnest

White House Press Secretary for the Obama Administration

Elise Wetzel, Weinberg ’87 + Kellogg ’92

Co-founder of Blaze Pizza

Charles Adler

Co-founder of Kickstarter

Katrina Lake

Founder and CEO of Stitch Fix

Jake Nickell

Founder of Threadless

Steve Larosiliere

Founder of Stoked

Andy Friedman

Co-founder of SkinnyPop

Cayla Weisberg

Partner at InvestHER

Mike Golden

Co-founder of @properties

Matt Matros

Founder of Protein Bar and Limitless Coffee and Tea

Linxin Wen

Co-founder of Chowbus

Alex Niemczewski

Co-founder of BallotReady

Stephen Kuhl

Co-founder of Burrow

Neal Sales-Griffin, SESP ’09

Co-founder of Codenow / Managing Director of Techstars Chicago

Raaja Nemani, WCAS ’04

Co-founder of Bucketfeet

Kate Solomon, Kellogg ’02

Founder of Babo Botanicals

Places We've Been

In addition to quarterly field trips to innovative Chicago-based offices, we’ve taken students on treks to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, where we’ve spent time with accomplished alumni. We’ve stopped by the Northwestern spaces in NYC and SF, and visited amazing places like the New York Stock Exchange and Uber’s headquarters.

The floor of the NY Stock Exchange

Visiting SpaceX in LA

Visiting RXBAR's new offices in Chicago

Stopping by Cards Against Humanity's secret Chicago location

Other Places We've Visited:

LinkedIn in Chicago

Google in Chicago

Uber in San Francisco

The New York Times

Thrive Global in NYC

goop in LA