2020-2021 Committee Chairs

Membership Chair

Koula Berlin
Managing Director
HFR Asset Management


The Membership Committee is comprised of approximately 85 members serving on ten subcommittees and is responsible for screening all candidates that members submit for consideration.

Questions Chair

Renu Kulkarni
Faculty & Managing Director
Singularity University


The Questions Committee is comprised of both standing and ad hoc members who meet before Club meetings to formulate thoughtful and provocative questions to be asked of speakers.

Communications Chair

Don McNeill
Chief Executive Officer
Spire Artists Management


The Communications Committee is an ad-hoc, advisory committee whose role is to provide oversight as the Club develops and implements a holistic communications strategy. Includes brand management, enhancing member communications, and identifying new communications initiatives to support the Club’s Strategic Plan and mission. 

Finance Chair

Mohan Rao, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Expression Therapeutics, Inc.


The Finance Committee provides oversight of ECC’s financial management to determine operational viability and financial sustainability.

Reception Chair

Carla Robinson
Co-Founder & CEO
Canary Telehealth, Inc.


The Reception Committee meets, greets and assists ECC members and guests at Club meetings. Approximately 80 committee members serve as hosts or hostesses and are responsible for the smooth functioning of meetings by promoting hospitality and punctuality.

Young Leaders Chair

Derek Robinson, MD
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois


The Young Leaders Committee plans quarterly Young Leadership Forums, which provide an opportunity for ECC members 45 years and younger to meet with senior leaders of the community to learn about their business and civic leadership experiences.

Forums Chair

Ryan Ruskin
President & CEO
The Ruskin Group


The Forums Committee plans three forum meetings, which are subject-driven programs often featuring a panel of speakers, and ECC's annual Fifth Night, which celebrates a cultural or educational institution in Chicago.

Programs Chair

Ted Souder
Head of Industry - Retail


The Program Committee secures the speakers for ECC's four black-tie dinner meetings. Occasionally, the Program Committee will convene special meetings for members when notable or timely opportunities arise.