Entrepreneur Alert: Morpheus Consulting

harper_amiel_15_tuxD’15 Amiel Harper is combining his J.D. and MBA to co-found Morpheus Consulting.  The firm’s specializes in discovering and implementing customized ‘big win’ transformations.

Whether internal systems for improving efficiencies of human and financial capital, or improving the efficacy of external communication, we specialize in accelerating the process to exceeding goals.

Amiel was an attorney before Darden and spent the last two years with Tyson Foods.  When asked what he and the firm want to accomplish, he states:

“Our individual partners come to Morpheus to accelerate their careers and upgrade their professional brand. Morpheus goes beyond creating the brand, to identify opportunities in the marketplace and prepare our partner to succeed in those roles.”

morpheus_logoCollectively, Morpheus is an elite group of leaders in business, law, government, and nonprofits.  The firm’s 2017 Pro Bono Client, Mogul Academy, is a nonprofit organization working to create a new generation of teenage entrepreneurs on Chicago’s west side.


Welcome : Herbert Haas, D’15

haas_herbert_15Herbert Haas, D’15, is moving to Chicago from Vienna, Austria.  That may sound like an odd route but Herbert was born in Vienna, Austria.  Before Darden he studied business administration and worked in Vienna for Umdasch Shop Consult in London and KPMG (Transaction Services).  Not to be all work and no play, in his spare time he co-founded a soccer club (Blues FC).  At Darden, Herbert shifted his career focus to management consulting and after Darden he took a year assignment overseas with BCG and is now transferring to the company’s Chicago office (starting Feb 1).  While engaged to his longtime love Andrea during his time in Charlottesville, they married after graduation and recently welcomed their daughter Mia.

Entrepreneur Alert: AE Machines

ae_machinesD’15 Eric Minnick has launched AE Machines, an engineering company for designing tools to make automation design and implementation accessible to a broader group of people and businesses.  AE Design Tool allows you to design an automated system — one with hardware and software components.  After you’ve created your design, download code to power a littleBits Arduino and purchase the hardware through AE to make your design come to life.

movers_shakersD’84 Doug Varney is now Solution Architect at Nokia

D’90 Kristin Colber-Baker is now Director, Mars University, Global Programs and Learning at Mars, Inc.

D’04 Mehul Vora is now Cofounder and Partner at NexGen Housing Partners

D’04 Jason Uner is now Integrated Media Manager at Country Financial

D’08 Kelly Becker is now Vice President, Power Solutions at Schneider Electric

D’09 Aja Davis Isble is now Strategy, New products, Global Immunology at Baxalta

D’11 Larissa Hawkes is now ABM Bars and Fruit Snacks at TreeHouse Foods

D’14 Amanda Middlebrooks is now Marketing Manager at Uber

D’15 Laura Redden is now Business Strategy Consultant at Accenture

D’15 Adam Hazzout is now Senior Consultant at IBM Global Business Services

Annual Summer Intern / Alumni Mixer

j_parkerCatch up with your peers and come meet D‘15s Bill Brennan, Laura Redden, Herbert Haas, Vida Asiegbu, Sam Hutchings, Matt McMillion and Ryan Lowe.

Thursday June 19th @ 6:30pm – tbd
Where: J. Parker (rooftop) 1816 North Clark Street (13th floor), 60614

A quick cab north for this year’s event takes us to Lincoln Park. You’ll find great views as the J. Parker is the Hotel Lincoln’s rooftop. As usual, we have no budget so food and drinks are . . . well, you know. Look for UVA colored balloons and we’ll see you there.  Please RSVP via the alumni portal so we know how big of a space to request.

2nd Annual Meet the Trekkers / Alumni Holiday Mixer

rockitCatch up with your fellow alumni and come meet Jason Ji, Matt McMillion, Chris Williams, Yohei Nakamiya and Collin Young as they tour Chicago during this year’s Job Trek.  The students look forward to meeting you and learning more about your professional and personal experiences in Chicago.

December 19, 6:30 pm @ Rockit 22 W. Hubbard Street