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Dragons Connect kicks off with panel on entrepreneurship

All alumni are invited to join the Office of Advancement on Feb. 2, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. for the first in our series of monthly virtual-networking sessions called “Dragons Connect.”

In these virtual networking sessions, alumni can reconnect while enjoying real-time conversations with fellow Dragons who have experience and expertise in fields like entrepreneurship, finance, advertising and communications, STEM, health and wellness, sustainability, not-for-profits, and more.

Our first Dragons Connect event will focus on entrepreneurship and feature three alumni panelists -- Pedro Antonio Guerrero ’97, Maia Monell ’11, and Leighton C. "Chris" Wood Jr. ’66.



From left to right: Pedro Antonio Guerrero ’97, Maia Monell ’11, and Leighton C. "Chris" Wood Jr. ’66

Pedro Antonio Guerrero ’97

Pedro A. Guerrero is the CEO of Guerrero Media, a minority-owned independent media company founded in 2006. The company publishes content for executives through a collection of brands focused on recognizing, promoting, and developing great business leadership. The Guerrero Media portfolio includes Hispanic Executive and Profile, magazines that have received numerous industry awards from Folio and the Society of Publication Designers.

In 2015, Guerrero cofounded The Alumni Society, a first-of-its-kind network comprised of over 4,500 distinguished Latinos who graduated from the country’s top universities. That same year, he was honored to receive a fellowship from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Initiative, a joint partnership between Stanford University and the Latino Business Action Network.

He is a member of the board of trustees for the historic Ravinia Music Festival, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and former president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Chicago chapter. In 2017, he was recognized as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. He holds a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Maia Monell ’11  

Maia Monell is the cofounder and CMO of the Money App, the app that helps you track and improve your financial habits like you do your fitness routine. At, Monell is dedicated to building a new kind of relationship with consumers: one centered on lasting trust, making the most relatable and approachable digital bank.

When she's not pitching, selling, and creating for, Monell is working with her family's two foundations, The Monell Foundation and The Vetlesen Foundation. Over the past few years, Monell has worked to strengthen relationships with new and existing grantees, build a presence online, and establish the next generation of philanthropic effort.

She's devoted to closing wealth gaps perpetuated by a system not built for the majority of America. She's passionate about funding initiatives often overlooked and is driven to make an impact in the lives of those far less fortunate than herself. 


Leighton C. "Chris" Wood Jr. ’66

Leighton C. Wood worked for the IBM Corp. starting in 1974 and recently retired as the Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle USA. Prior to Oracle, Wood worked at Sun Microsystems as the Chief Technologist for Storage.

Between IBM and Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Wood was one of four founders of MaxStrat, a startup developing extremely high bandwidth storage products to address the requirements of media animation, special effects and post-process editing, U.S. government classified agencies, oil and gas exploration, and fluid systems modeling. The company was sold to Sun Microsystems in 1999.

Wood graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1970 with degrees in economics and electrical engineering. He currently holds three patents in the area of RAID design, very large data object storage architecture, and power optimized storage infrastructure (the MAID patent). He is an IEEE member and the SNIA Data Management Forum as well as other professional organizations.



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