Meet the Facilitators
Todd Connor, MBA, Lead Facilitator
Todd Connor is a former management consultant, U.S. Navy veteran, and a reputable leader in both the public and private sector. He is a two-time entrepreneur and has helped lead the design of experiential career development programs for Crain's Chicago Business. His expertise brings together the best of networking, experiential learning, and civic exposure to deliver post-academic professional value for participants.
Todd is the co-founder of The Collective Academy, formally Flank 5 Academy, a professional development strategy firm, as well as The Bunker, an entrepreneurial support organization for military veterans at 1871.
Todd holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Emily Drake, LPC, Co-Facilitator
Emily Drake is partner and CEO of The Collective Academy, formally Flank 5 Academy, working with Todd to deliver career and professional development solutions that benefit the individual and ultimately the greater community. She is a former public relations executive and non profit director and has helped launch large-scale initiatives and programs that are regularly "first-ever" within organizations.
As a licensed therapist, Emily's expertise is creating and implementing holistic career fulfillment strategies that center around strengths, purpose and potential.
Emily holds a BA from Augustana College and an MA from Northeastern Illinois University.
Meet the Director
Amy Shivvers, Managing Director Crain's Academy, Crain's Chicago Business
Amy Shivvers is a member of the Crain's Chicago Business management team. She joined Crain's in 2001 as Marketing Director and in 2010 became the first director of events. Under her leadership, Crain's has seen dramatic revenue growth of Crain's event business. Under Amy's leadership, Crain's now produces more than 15 events a year on a variety of industry-specific and general business topics.
In 2015, Amy led the publication's expansion into the executive education business with the launch of the Crain's Leadership Academy, a professional development program designed for up-and-coming young managers; it combines leadership lessons from top Chicago business executives, self-assessment tools, peer networking and civic engagement. Since its start, more than 250 young and mid-level leaders from corporate, nonprofit and government institutions have graduated from the program. In 2016, Amy was promoted to Managing Director of Events and Executive Education. In this broader role Amy will drive major expansion of Crain's leadership programming with offerings for new hires to CEOs.