Crain's Chicago Business featured five Northwestern alumni in their annual 40 Under 40 list. The list includes Chicago-area 'trailblazers and wavemakers' -- previous 40 Under 40 alum include President Barack Obama (1993), Oprah Winfrey (1989), and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (1990). Here's a look at the 'Cats that made Crain's Class of 2014:



Ellen-Blair Chube '02

Vice President, Ariel Investments


Ellen-Blair Chube grew up one of nine children in Gary, so when she says her upbringing prepared her for politics, she speaks from the heart. “You deal with a lot of personalities” in a big family, says the Northwestern University grad, who has a law degree from Georgetown University. “You learn how to be strategic about your 'asks' of your parents and quickly learn the art of negotiation.” Read Ellen-Blair Chube's full spotlight.>>




Keating Crown '11 JD, MBA

Principal, Sterling Bay

Few Chicagoans are as connected as Keating Crown, or as lucky. Thirteen years ago, during the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the grandson of industrialist Lester Crown escaped his office in Manhattan's World Trade Center with a broken leg. Since returning to Chicago in 2008, [Keating] has been helping shape the city's fastest-changing neighborhood: the West Loop. He joined development firm Sterling Bay in 2012 as it pursued and eventually landed Google as a tenant for the 10-story Fulton Market Cold Storage building. Read Keating Crown's Full Spotlight.>>


Cristina Henriquez '99

Author of The Book of Unknown Americans, The World in Half and Come Together, Fall Apart


Cristina Henriquez avoids reviews of her novel “The Book of Unknown Americans,” which in November landed a coveted spot on's Top 10 Books of 2014 list. She doesn't ask her publisher for sales numbers. And in June, when Amazon singled it out as the Best Book of the Year So Far in Literature and Fiction, Henriquez found out from her husband. “He called, and I said, 'That's nice,' ” she recalls. “He was like, 'You're not grasping this. It's a big deal!' ” Read Cristina Henriquez's Full Spotlight.>>




David Schonthal '09 MBA

Co-Founder, Matter

The idea for stitching together Chicago's health-tech community was hatched on a plane to San Diego. David Schonthal had moved here so he and his wife could be closer to family. Working in health care venture capital, he was frustrated to find the Midwest scene so disjointed that he had to continually return to California for business. The four-hour commute allowed plenty of time for pondering such questions as “Why can't we do cool stuff in Chicago?” Read David Schonthal's Full Spotlight.>>




Ramille Shah '00

Principal investigator, Northwestern University Tissue Lab


As head of the Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing Lab at Northwestern University, Ramille Shah uses a 3-D printer to develop implantable biodegradable materials—”scaffolds,” in medical parlance—so humans can be like salamanders, growing back parts that are damaged. In the near future, instead of harvesting cadaver tissue or using implants, doctors will insert a scaffold into a patient that will turn into whatever stem cells surround it—bone, cartilage or ligament. Read Ramille Shah's Full Spotlight.>>


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