Spring 2016| Posse Chicago Quarterly


Chicago Welcomes New Leadership Council Members

Ed Cooper, a senior vice president for Wells Fargo Bank.

Libby Smoler, an assistant brand manager for Tyson Foods.

Posse Chicago is thrilled to announce the addition of two members to its leadership council, a group of civic-minded professionals and leaders aligned with Posse’s mission and vision.

Ed Cooper, a senior vice president for Wells Fargo Bank, joined the bank in 2005 to help establish a new commercial banking food and agribusiness office. He has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and is responsible for new business development and client relationship management. Ed received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his B.S./B.A. from John Carroll University.

Libby Smoler, an assistant brand manager for Tyson Foods, joined the company in 2015 and currently works on the Hillshire Farm brand. She has worked in loyalty marketing at Sears and started her career at media and technology start-ups in New York. Libby received her M.B.A. from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and her B.A. from Barnard College. As a volunteer Posse career coach, Libby worked with Richard Barraza, Carleton College Posse alumnus as he secured a position as Media Associate for Spark, a full-service media agency in the Starcom MediaVest Group.

“I'm inspired by the fact that for every Scholar that Posse selects, there is a much larger number of people who come into contact with them and are therefore impacted by the program as well,” says Libby. “I love that Posse seeks to create change at the highest levels—in the boardroom, in government and on campuses—and that volunteers who get involved can truly make an impact.”

Posse Chicago thanks all of its dedicated Leadership Council members for making a strong commitment to the success of our Scholars and alumni.

Posse Chicago Leadership Council

J’ai Brown, Diversity Recruitment Advisor, BMO Financial Group
David Susler, Associate General Counsel, National Material L.P.

Manuel “Manny” Amezcua, Managing Partner, MassMutual Chicago
D’Andrea Anderson, Sr. Business Manager, Wholesale Loan Operations, JPMorgan Chase
Ed Cooper, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Jocelyn Francoeur, Private Sector
Nicholas Kennedy, Manager, West Monroe Partners
Robert Levels, Senior Counsel, CCC Information Services
Dave Malcom, Managing Director, IT Audit, Accenture
LaKeisha Marsh, Partner, Akerman LLP
Andy Nguyen, Strategic Brand Consultant, Google
Kate Norris, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Business Development, ACE Private Risk Services
Erica Phillips, Assistant Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
David Ritchay, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Stephanie Scott, Senior Campus Recruiter, West Monroe Partners
Libby Smoler, Assistant Brand Manager, Tyson Foods
Robert Steiner, Financial Advisor, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
Kila Weaver, Vice President, Marketing & Client Service, FIS Group
Andrew Whittlesey, Senior Financial Consultant, Allstate 

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