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Gregory White is President & CEO of LEARN Charter School Network, a nationally recognized, network of high performing, college prep, elementary schools serving low-income communities in Chicago. At LEARN, White is leading an entrepreneurial effort to grow the network from six schools serving 2,400 students to 13 schools serving 8,000 students. LEARN was recently chosen by Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network to be a recipient of a million grant as one of six charter school networks in the nation that are "doing it right." Prior to LEARN, White was the Vice President of Strategy & Operations for the Chicago Community Trust-a . 8 billion community foundation that granted over 5 million annually. White has over 15 years of investment, entrepreneurial and finance experience. He was a Co-Founder and Partner of a private equity firm, Chicago Venture Partners, L. P. (CVP), where he identified, evaluated and structured investments in rapidly growing companies and provided assistance to the fund's portfolio companies. Prior to CVP, he gained investment experience working at Salomon Brothers, Continental Bank and Shorebank. At Shorebank, he conceived, designed and managed an advanced entrepreneurial development program, The Runners' Club, which trained 84 entrepreneurs who raised million in capital and created 350 new jobs. He currently serves on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a billion wholesale bank, National Louis University and Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School. White graduated with academic honors from Brown University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Economics and Development Studies. He earned a Master's in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He is a Lecturer at Kellogg where he teaches a course entitled "Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation" and also teaches in the Executive Education program. He has been nominated for "Professor of the Year" on two occasions.