Howard A. Tullman to speak at Econ Illinois’ annual fundraiser

Econ Illinois, a not-for-profit unit within the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development at NIU and an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, is excited to announce that Howard A. Tullman is the keynote guest speaker at the 11th annual American Dream Dinner on Thursday, May 17, in Chicago.

Howard A. Tullman

Tullman is the former CEO of 1871 – where digital startups get their start – and the general managing partner of G2T3V, LLC, and of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners. He is a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; the Innovate Illinois Advisory and Arts Councils; an adjunct professor at Kellogg College in Evanston, IL; and an advisor to many start-ups. He is the former chairman and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint College, which he co-founded in 2007. Over the last 48 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies.

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs will be receiving the Outstanding Leadership Award for his exemplary advocacy of economic and financial literacy. Frerichs is the state’s chief investment officer, managing approximately $25 billion. In addition to his active involvement in providing financial literacy programs throughout the state, he has made significant strides in programs such as the Unclaimed Property Program, the Bright Start and Bright Directions College Savings Programs, and the Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE) since taking office in 2015.

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

The American Dream Dinner, which takes place at the Union League Club in Chicago, is the largest annual fundraiser of Econ Illinois, benefitting economic and financial literacy education throughout the state. The event features dinner, a live auction and prizes.

“With the 2018 American Dream Dinner, we have taken things to a new level of excitement for our guests. The importance of providing economic education and financial literacy to our young people cannot be overstated, and we can clearly see from parents, teachers and students that the work we do is highly valued in our communities,” said Econ Illinois President and Executive Director Luanne Mayorga.

Incorporated in 1951 as the Illinois Council on Economic Education, Econ Illinois is the premier provider in Illinois of economic and financial literacy programming for all ages.

For more information, please contact Econ Illinois Director of Development at rsajak@niu.edu or 815-753-0356.

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