Executives from Grainger, TTX, and EC-United Join i.c.stars Board of Directors

Executives from Grainger, TTX, and EC-United Join i.c.stars Board of Directors

Chicago—July 12, 2017 Technology workforce development nonprofit i.c.stars announced the addition of three directors to its board: Wheeler Coleman, chief executive officer and executive partner of EC-United, LLC; Geoffrey Robertson, vice president, global digital business and innovation at Grainger; and Bruce Schinelli, chief information officer of TTX.

Coleman got to know i.c.stars through its talent, hiring i.c.stars graduates for his team at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Prior to EC-United, Coleman was senior vice president and chief information officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; the senior vice president and chief information officer for The Lifetime Healthcare Companies; and vice president and chief technology officer for Health Care Service Corporation. He earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University.

Robertson became acquainted with i.c.stars through Grainger’s longtime support—hosting interns for job shadow days, volunteer activities and grant funding. As vice president of Global Digital Business and Innovation, Robertson is responsible for the online/mobile customer experiences, customer-facing employee tools, and innovation - a role he spoke about at i.c.stars’ most recent industry event: CXO Disrupt. Robertson earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Schinelli has been an advocate for i.c.stars within the community and at his company. As a repeat i.c.stars project sponsor, TTX has provided interns with a business challenge needing a tech solution - the base of i.c.stars’ project-based learning. Schinelli joined TTX as the vice president of Information Technology and chief information officer in 2006. Prior to joining TTX, Schinelli had been vice president of Rail Systems for Wachovia Corporation/First Union Rail. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Schinelli received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Mathematics and his Masters in Operations Research.

“Not only will the talents of Bruce, Wheeler and Geoff help guide i.c.stars to its next level of growth, their passion for technology inspires the next generation of tech talent coming out of our program,” said i.c.stars’ President and Co-Founder Sandee Kastrul.

About i.c.stars
Formed in 1999, Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation (i.c.stars) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization and social enterprise that prepares young adults for technology careers and community leadership. Using project-based learning and full-immersion teaching, i.c.stars has trained more than 360 individuals in Chicago, and places 90 percent of qualified graduates in jobs. Participants see their annual earnings increase by an average of 300 percent as a result of the program. In 2016, i.c.stars launched an affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, and created Enterprise Next, a lean startup incubator to jumpstart alumni businesses. Learn more at: www.icstars.org

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
90%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
55%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
72%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$10,790
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$44,010