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Help Young Creatives Become Successful Entrepreneurs

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) MakeWork Council is a group of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs who seek to further Chicago’s cultural and economic growth.

The council starts with a simple goal: support and enable creative people to start businesses.

Comprising SAIC alumni and friends from Chicago, San Francisco, and other cities across the United States, the council is a professional network of advisors and mentors for some of SAIC’s most driven and entrepreneurial students and alumni.

Through strategic support and by awarding small amounts of seed money from the MakeWork Venture Fund, the SAIC MakeWork Council launches the businesses of selected students and alumni who present their cases for funding to members of the council.

Join the SAIC MakeWork Council

Joining the SAIC MakeWork Council has two primary requirements:

  1. A small commitment of time to advise and mentor students who want to start businesses through SAIC
  2. A tax-deductible $1,000 contribution for the MakeWork Venture Fund

The council is made up of professionals from: Facebook, Herman Miller, CB2, CodeNow, Lost Arts, and Studio 424.

MakeWork council members enjoy inclusion in special tours, celebrations, and other VIP events.

Meet the current MakeWork council.

SAIC MakeWork Leadership

Neal Sales-Griffin
CEO, CodeNow, MakeWork Co-chair
Neal Sales-Griffin wants to solve problems, make things, and have fun doing it. As CEO of CodeNow, a nonprofit that hosts coding workshops for middle and high school students from low-income backgrounds, Neal is helping young people learn to solve problems through technology and code.

Rana Komar
President of the Central Region at Weber Shandwick, MakeWork Co-Chair

Rana Komar is President of the Central Region for Weber Shandwick, a global marketing communications and digital engagement agency, where she oversees client relationships, operations and talent management. Under Rana’s leadership, the client work has garnered numerous industry awards including Webby’s, Digiday Awards and Cannes Lions. And the Chicago office, with its unique culture, has been recognized as both a Top Workplace by Crain’s Chicago Business and on the Chicago Tribune Best Places to Work for multiple years.

We believe MakeWork can ignite a movement to support creative entrepreneurs in Chicago and beyond.