The Reboot Fellows Program brings together emerging business, civic, government, academic, student and entrepreneurial leaders, to participate in unique programs designed to increase their civic engagement, expand their skills, broaden their experiences and shift or accelerate their career advancement, by participating in projects made available through the Reboot keiretsu of people, companies and partner organizations .

Reboot Fellows are involved in a variety of volunteer and sponsored projects as Business Advisors & Planners, Coaches & Mentors, Board Members, Teacher Assistants, Project Managers, Writers, Speakers, Media & Event Specialists, Volunteers & Rebooters-in-Residence. Engagement opportunities are created in an exciting range of industries and functional areas, in partnership with some of the largest and smallest organizations in the world, including:

  • Thought Leadership PlatformsTeam
  • Governance & Advisory Boards
  • Higher Education Programs
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Civic & Business Development
  • Startup Partnering Curation
  • Global Corporate Projects
  • Media Relations & Mar/Com
  • Public Speaking & Events
  • Video & Web Production
  • Books & Article Writing

To explore joining the Reboot Fellows Program, tell us about yourself on our Contact Page.

Reboot Fellows

Stephen Bridges
Her Majesty's Consul General – British Consulate-General Chicagobridges-profile

A government, business and civic leader, Stephen Bridges focuses on International Reboot projects, special advisement and board services.   He took up his posting as Consul General in Chicago in August 2013. Immediately prior to this he was in London leading on Human Resources and workforce issues for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office following a four year stint in the private sector in the renewable energy and natural resources sectors. Previously, Stephen had substantial appointments throughout Asia, including as British Ambassador to Cambodia and Deputy High Commissioner, Consul General and Trade & Investment Director in Bangladesh. Stephen is a career diplomat, having joined the FCO in 1980. He holds an international relations degree from University of London and an MA in Asia Pacific Studies from University of Leeds. Stephen is joined in Chicago by his wife Kim and their dog, Montague. He is a keen supporter of Plymouth Argyle Football Club. 

Bill Hickman
Dancing with Startups Program

The former Worldwide Chief Growth Officer of Leo Burnett, one of the world’s most iconic advertising agencies, Bill focuses on special Reboot Projects with Fortune 500 executives and boards along with The Dancing with Startups Program.  With
a remarkable entrepreneurial spirit, an infectious enthusiasm for tackling new challenges, and a gift for meaningful storytelling, he drove an historic period of sustained growth without losing sight of what Leo Burnett called the “warmly and immediately human” work the agency has created over its 80 years.  His teams have helped bring in new clients while supporting organic growth across the agency’s global client portfolio. Bill has also expanded the agency’s definition of growth to encompass next-gen innovation by creating the new venture startup Farmhouse, increased IP, and led collaborative transformation within the Leo Burnett Group and its partners.

A life-long globetrotter, Bill also managed the Leo Burnett Thailand office, business development and strategy for the Detroit office, and developed and directed the design of new global-management models for top multinational partners across multiple client categories. Whether in his broad charge of bringing business to the agency, his intimate task of forging relationships with new clients, or his central role as leader to his teams, Bill is passionate about helping people and companies grow. He inspires companies, both large and small, to reboot their thinking, act with courage and appreciate the purpose that their brands can have in people’s lives. In the words of Bill: “Assume nothing, challenge everything…and find the one best solution."

Isaac "Yitz" Applbaum
Founding General Partner of Opus Capital
Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem for Public Private Partnershipsyitz

Yitz is a Reboot Fellow developing Dancing with Startups programs in Israel and strategic-partnerships across Europe, and is a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem for Public Private Partnerships. Yitz is a Founding General Partner of Opus Capital, an early stage venture fund where he focuses on finding Israeli-based investments for the firm, and previously was a Partner and Managing Director for Israel at Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with over three billion dollars under management. He was the founder and CEO of Concorde Solutions Inc., which he sold to Bank of America and became SVP of the E-ventures group and advisor to the strategic investments group. Yitz serves on of the Boards of California Israel Chamber of Commerce, Western Wall Heritage Foundation, Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, MEOR, the Shalem College; is an advisor to Secrure Key Corporation, KILI Corporation and RADIUS Corporation; and a YPO member.

jj-profileJ.J. Malfettone
Global Strategic Investment & Services Innovation Manager – GE
Senior Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advisor, Kellogg School of Management

J.J.'s is engaged in Reboot Fellows projects at the Corporate Innovation and New Ventures course at Kellogg School and Dancing with Startups Programs.  After starting his career in GE Capital's Financial Management Program, J.J. has spent the last 7 years at  GE Capital in roles ranging from finance to project management to business development. While attending Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in the evenings, his passion for entrepreneurship and innovation evolved to a point that he decided to give back and join Kellogg's Corporate Innovation & New Venture program as a TA and student advisor. Since graduating, J.J. has pursued an innovation career, and as a Reboot Fellow, he is connecting the entrepreneurial movement with the corporate growth and innovation community through Dancing with Startups and Kellogg School of Management programs, as-well-as advising startups and entrepreneurs. 

Jim Durantejidurant
Global Partnership Executive – Cisco

Jim is engaged in Reboot Fellows projects in and around Dancing with Startups programs and other civic projects in Chicago and Silicon Valley.  After starting his career at AT&T, Jim held several sales roles in their Advanced Enterprise Technology Division for 3 years.  Following AT&T, Jim was recruited by Cisco to be the Global Alliance Lead for the AT&T  partnerships.  Jim recently graduated from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Management with a focus on sales leadership and decided to move into a more formal sales role.  Jim is now Global Account Executive covering one of Cisco’s largest client  partners, responsible for global business development. 

Denis Beausejour
Global Digital Partnershipsdenispic

With an eye toward the emerging growth markets and a love of international travel and exploration, Denis focuses on The Dancing with the Startups Program, researching various regions around the globe for the best upstart partners.  He is a Sr. Director at O.C. Tanner Recognition Company where he uses innovative global research to transform company cultures through SaaS based employee recognition solutions. Denis comes from FedEx where he spent the better part of a decade advancing lifesaving logistic capabilities for healthcare companies with manufacturing and distribution locations across Latin America. He has lived in Canada, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. With an undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary, he went on to receive an MBA Kellogg where, as he likes to say: “I was lucky enough to go through the original Corporate Innovation and New Ventures course with Dean.”

Peter Schroeder
Global Digital Partnershipspeter

Peter is focused on global digital partnerships and the Dancing with Startups program in the consumer sector.  A recent graduate of University of Denver (DU), he majored in International Studies, with minors in Marketing and Chinese language.  Peter loves to travel, studied in Nanjing, China while working at Pivot-Marketing in Shanghai, facilitating promotions for major international brands—including Disney, AMC, and Brinkman Beverages'—and driving digital business strategy and programs on China's Weibo and WeChat and other platforms.

Kecheng Lukecheng
Marketing Communications Specialist – 3D Platform

Kecheng is a results-driven marketing professional with extensive hands-on global experience in digital marketing, social media marketing in both the public and private sectors. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in Communication and Media Studies, Kecheng was recruited by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to coordinate and execute digital marketing initiatives and campaigns. Kecheng is now a Marketing Communications Specialist at 3D Platform, responsible for strategizing and implementing marketing communication programs.  In her free time, Kecheng enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and swimming.

Sam Valenti
Digital Startup Acquisition Researchsamprofile

Sam is focused on startups across several sectors, assisting with research and communication initiatives.  A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a major in Marketing, Sam brings over 9 years of experience in the web design, internet marketing and digital strategy fields.  Currently he is co-founder of My Mobile Career, LLC and enjoys exploring new technology innovations.