Genevieve Thiers (M Mus ’04) is an entrepreneur / opera singer / mother of twins. She’s also the founder of America’s first online caregiving service, Sittercity.com, which now has millions of users in the US, UK and Canada, and serves hundreds of corporate clients like the U.S. Department of Defense, Avon, Mastercard, Monster.com and many others.
Gregg Latterman is a music and entertainment industry entrepreneur. Upon graduating from Kellogg, Gregg negotiated a joint venture with Columbia Records and signed Train, Five for Fighting, John Mayer and Mat Kearney to his independent record label, Aware, founded in 1993. In 1999, Gregg built A-Squared Management that directed the careers of artists such as The Fray, Michelle Branch, Liz Phair, Brandi Carlile, Jack’s Mannequin, Mat Kearney and Five for Fighting. The artists Gregg has signed/or managed have sold over 30 millions CD’s. Gregg was one of the early entrepreneurs to combine music with television, film and advertising campaigns. He worked with the network ABC to bring The Fray’s video of the song “How to Save a Life” into promotional spots for the popular television show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Gregg graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Positive Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania under Martin Seligman and now teaches “Positive Entrepreneurship” at Northwestern University. He is also teaching a course at Northwestern called, NUvention: Entrepreneurship for the Arts. Angel Investments include the following companies: NATIV/Pairade, Music Audience Exchange, Rise Science, StageIt, MightyNest, King-Devick Test and TextUs. Gregg has, both formally and informally, mentored most of The Garage resident teams.
Raaja Nemani (WCAS, ’04) founded BucketFeet in 2011 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. BucketFeet is a Chicago-based e-commerce and retail company that collaborates with artists from around the world to create artist-designed footwear and socks.
Brian Burkhart is an expert on communication, presenting, pitching, and speaking. He has worked with Fortune 500 clients and is one of the most sought after TED presentation gurus in the country. Brian is the founder and CEO of SquarePlanet Presentations & Strategy.