The dinner is sold out, but you can still invest in kids by making a donation below. Thank you for your support!

Questions? Want to be a sponsor? Call Jennifer Riskind: 312.216.1709

This event is sponsored by the Ryan Family and the Accelerate Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Pat Ryan, Jr., Founder, Accelerate Institute
Founder and CEO INCISENT Labs Group 


Larry W. Gies
President and Chief Executive Officer, Madison Industries

Gregory K. Jones
Partner/COO, The Edgewater Funds

Bryant Keil 
Founding Chairman of Potbelly Corporation

Larry Levy 
Founder and Chairman, Levy Restaurants

Muneer Satter 
Founder and Chairman, Satter Investment Management

Joe Scoby 
Head of Quantitative Investments, Magnetar Capital

Brad Sullivan 
Managing Member, Broken Dice Trading and Research

2017 Ryan Awardees to be Honored

Alexa Sorden


Ms. Sorden founded Concourse Village Elementary in 2013 to replace the New York City District 7 P.S. 385, a failing school serving low-income students. She placed strong emphasis on culture change through steps ranging from establishing a clear Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) to creating a uniform layout for each classroom to provide students with a strong sense of stability. By 2016, her initiatives helped the K-5 school of 356 students achieve significant learning gains, with almost 99 percent of the students passing the state math exam and 94 percent passing the ELA exam, more than 50 points higher than citywide results. 

Elizabeth Vandlik


Success Academy Bronx 1 serves a minority population of 475 students in grades K-4, and is part of New York City’s largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network. Vandlik became principal of Success Academy Bronx 1 in 2013 after teaching kindergarten and fourth grade at Success Academy Harlem 1. Under her leadership, 83 percent of Bronx 1 students passed the state ELA exam and 99 percent passed the state math exam in 2016, compared to 38 percent and 42 percent for New York State and New York City.


Many thanks to the sponsors who make Impact such a success

Shirley and Pat Ryan


Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel/ Satter Foundation

Valor Equity Partners



Craig J. Duchossois

Larry and Beth Gies

Greg and Annie Jones

The Scoby Family


Jon A. Ballis/Kirkland & Ellis Foundation

Bill and Kittie Devers

Adam and Denise Hoeflich

Andrew J. McKenna

Paragon Pharmaceutical Management Co.

Penske Corporation

Anne and Chris Reyes

John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe

Pat and Lydia Ryan

Rob Ryan

Ilan Shalit

Shekhawat Family Charitable Foundation

Nick and Christi Wood


Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Michael and Jacky Ferro

Brent Gledhill


Quintin Kevin and Teri Ford

Larry and Carol Levy

Madigan Family Foundation

Make it Better

Tom and Ellen Tully

Steven Scott Wald

Bruce and Beth White


Tracey Benford/Goldman Sachs

Michael and Elizabeth Cole

Joshua Hale/Big Shoulders Fund

Huizenga Capital Management

David Kahnweiler/Colliers International

Tom and Alissa King

William Rudnick/DLA Piper


If you would like to be a sponsor, please call Jennifer Riskind at 312.216.1709