2021 Judges | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Keynote Speaker


Aarti Chandna
Aarti Chandna

Aarti has been an angel/impact investor and advisor for the last 12 years. Before that, she held executive positions at technology companies, where she led global IT teams. Companies she has worked at include Oracle, Hitachi, Coherent, Autodesk, and Nikon. Currently, she co-leads Impact Investing for Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. She has been a guest lecturer for an Impact Investing course at Stanford and for a seminar series course in Impact Investing at the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. Given her deep passion for technology, social change and empowerment, Aarti mentors social entrepreneurs and invests in companies driving social change with a technology focus. Some programs she has mentored at and advised include MIT's D-Lab accelerator, MIT-Solve, Stanford GSB Startup Garage, Stanford Sensa Labs, and GSBI Miller Center.

Aarti serves on the Board of Trustees at Case Western Reserve University. She is a board member at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Peninsula Bridge, and Teen Success Inc. She also serves on the Advisory board at Miller Center – Santa Clara University. Aarti holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Bombay University and an M.S. in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University.


Judges


Christal L. Contini
Christal L. Contini

Christal is a member and a co-chair of the McDonald Hopkins Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. She also provides general corporate counseling to a variety of middle-market businesses, business owners, boards of directors, management teams and investors on matters relating to corporate governance, commercial contracts, compliance, and operational issues. Her industry experience covers a wide array of industries such as healthcare, restaurants,and manufacturing.


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Amy Wojnarwsky

Amy is an associate in the McDonald Hopkins' Business Department. She has provided counsel to privately held businesses in merger and acquisitions, contract and lending matters, new entity formation and business succession planning. Amy earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2013. She also received a Master of Elementary Education, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University in 2009 and a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 2007.


Christopher Jeannot
Christopher Jeannot

Chris Jeannot is a Relationship Management Officer specializing in Portfolio Management in Glenmede's Cleveland office. Chris works with senior investment professionals to provide tailored tax-efficient advice for Private Wealth Clients. Before working at Glenmede, he was as an Investment Advisor at PNC, where he worked with clients to provide comprehensive investment advice and portfolio management. He also gained experience at Vigilant Capital Management, where he served as Chair of the Proxy Voting Committee and member of the Investment Policy Committee. Mr. Jeannot received his Bachelor of Science from The University of New Hampshire and is also a CFA charterholder.


Lynn Carpenter
Lynn Carpenter

Co-founder of EPOCH Pi, Lynn has previously served as director for both South Franklin Street Partners and Candlewood Partners LLC. She also worked as an associate on the buyout team for Morgenthaler where she worked assisted in the management of $1 billion in capital. Lynn has experience using culture assessment tools and is certified in using Denison Consulting's Organizational Culture Survey and has substantial experience adding both cultural and strategic alignment to traditional investment banking.


Theo Legwaila
Theo Legwaila

Theo is an analyst at EPOCH Pi, an investment bank focused on providing services to impact and stakeholder-driven companies. Theo joined EPOCH after graduating with honors from European University of Geneva in Switzerland with a BBA in finance and a minor in marketing. He supports the team with research, financial modeling, valuation, and the preparation of marketing materials in relation to capital raises, mergers and acquisitions. In his spare time, Theo enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching sports, and volunteering for local causes in the poverty reduction space.


Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper is Senior Vice President of Utilities, Power, and Renewable Energy, where he helps Key Bank invest in renewable energy, with a focus on solar and wind electricity generation, as well as utility-scale batteries. Ben joined Key after completing his MBA at Weatherhead in 2015, where he was also an inaugural Fowler Center Fellow. Before moving to Cleveland, Ben earned his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. In his eight years in Fitch's Global Infrastructure & Project Finance Group, he concentrated on conducting credit analysis on power projects. In his spare time, Ben enjoys strength training and remembering when he played Ultimate Frisbee.