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2017-2018 Commencement Speaker

Howard A. TullmanHoward A. Tullman is the first executive director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also general managing partner of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners and of G2T3V, LLC, both Chicago-based early-stage venture capital funds. Most recently, Tullman was chief executive officer of 1871—where digital startups get their start—and the chairman and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint College, which he co-founded in 2007. Tullman is the former president of Kendall College and the former chairman and CEO of Experiencia, Inc. Chairman of the Endowment Committee of Anshe Emet Synagogue, Tullman is a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT council, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Cultural Advisory Council, the Innovate Illinois Advisory and the Illinois Arts Councils, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s New Media Council. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of HighTower Advisors, Built in Chicago, and Imerman Angels. An adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Tullman is a regular guest lecturer at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Tullman is also a director of Vehcon, Snapsheet, and Packback Books, and has served as a longtime director and board chairman of The Cobalt Group. A trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the New York Academy of Art, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, he also serves as the lead director (and briefly, was chairman) of The Princeton Review. Over the past 50 years, Tullman has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies.

He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business, honoris causa, recognizing his outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship in Chicago.