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Michael Krauss

michaelkraussMichael Krauss is a veteran marketer, business advisor and entrepreneur with over 30 years of professional experience helping organizations adapt to emerging trends. He began his career in packaged goods marketing and helped launch the number two chocolate chip cookie brand, Keebler’s Chips Deluxe before moving to the tech sector. His current company, Market Strategy Group serves global organizations, mid-size businesses and new ventures assisting clients in creating and implementing strategies to achieve profitable growth.

Michael speaks and writes frequently on business, technology and marketing issues. He serves as the @ C-level Columnist for Marketing News, the publication of the American Marketing Association. He is past president of the Business Marketing Association and a former business columnist for the Chicago SunTimes. He serves as co-chair of the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors and on the advisory board of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He earned a CPA certificate in the State of Illinois and he has served as a member of the faculty in the New Products Laboratory at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.



Brandies Dunagan

dunagan brandiesBrandies Dunagan is currently managing the social media presence of clients in the i.c.stars Bridges Social Media Enterprise.

Since 1999, i.c.stars has been identifying, training, and jump-starting technology careers for Chicago-area low-income young adults who, although lacking access to education and employment, demonstrate extraordinary potential for success in the business world and for impact in their communities.

After graduating from the i.c.stars program in 2006, Brandies first worked at Hewitt Associates as a Benefits Analyst for two years, while starting up Second Nature Digital LLC., a web and blog development firm with a fellow alumnus Shana Robinson. Through her business she has been able to work with small businesses and not-for-profits. Her work has allowed her to bridge the two fields she is most passionate about--technology and community based organizations.

Since i.c.stars Brandies has also forged a relationship with the Black Angel Network as a board member, helping to develop programs and core curriculum for the youth that they impact.


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