Linda Diamond Shapiro
In May 2017, Linda will join Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies, advising clients on planning for strategic growth, financial sustainability, partnership development, and external affairs. Linda was formerly associated with Planned Parenthood of Illinois, serving in various roles over the past seven years as a board member, senior staff advisor and most recently, as Interim CEO for the past year.
A health and human services leader in the Chicago area, Linda has previously assumed key external affairs, government relations and strategic planning positions including Chief Strategy Officer at Cook County Health and Hospital Systems. For the better part of two decades, she championed the growth of Access Community Health Network from a small network of unprofitable health centers into a viable enterprise with over 40 health center locations.
In earlier years, Linda served in the president’s office at University of Chicago Medicine and as executive director of Health and Medicine Policy Research Group in Chicago. In the 1980s, she held policy development and advocacy positions at the American Medical Association in Chicago and Washington DC.
Benjamin Geyerhahn is the founder and CEO of BeneStream. A recognized thought leader on health care policy and social impact businesses, Ben serves on the Advisory Board of Maxwell Health and the Board of Directors for Older Adults Technology Services and The Workers Lab.
BeneStream is the industry leader in the field of providing businesses innovative cost saving products and services by connecting their qualified employees to government benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) and Lifeline Phones. BeneStream partners with municipalities, unions, and community based organizations to deliver innovative benefits solutions for underserved communities using its expertise in benefits enrollment. BeneStream is recognized for having pioneered the market for its signature product, Medicaid Migration™.
Prior to BeneStream, Benjamin earned his JD from Fordham Law School and worked for the legal firms Kaye Scholer LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
Safiyah Jackson is a Program Officer, Early Childhood Education program, at McCormick Foundation and brings a decade of early childhood experience, working in a variety of roles across the education sector. From museum education to preK-3 school-based education and higher education she is dedicated to advancing positive outcomes for children birth to grade 3. Most recently Safiyah was the Director of Training at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University where she managed a portfolio of leadership academies for early childhood program leaders. In her role, she developed strategic partnerships to expand capacity of the early childhood workforce. Prior to that, Safiyah was the Director of Learning Programs at Shedd Aquarium where she led the development and implementation of an early science learning program. Her experience leading and managing a wide range of organizational growth initiatives, nonprofit board activities, and pro-bono consulting projects is rooted in her passion for learning organizations. Safiyah obtained an MBA (Marketing) from Florida A&M University and M.Ed. (both Early Childhood Administration and Educational Psychology) from National Louis University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in NLU’s Educational Psychology program.
Ruth is an educator and advocate for young children. She began her career as the owner/operator of Channing’s Family Care business. She opened her daycare center in the Austin community in 2006 where she presently serves as the Director. She is the President and founder of the Austin Childcare Providers Network with a membership of 80 small family care facilities and 15 center based facilities. She serves as a co-chair of Austin Coming Together and as the Chair of the Austin Early Childhood Education Collaborative. She serves as a mentor to several local childcare networks throughout the State of Illinois. She received her formal education from Northeastern Illinois University.
She also serves on several advisory boards in Austin.