Future Founders Appoints Two New Board Members

Future Founders, a non-profit organization that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur, today announced the appointment of two new board members to support its growing organization: Karl Darin and William Ridgway.

“Karl and William bring a tremendous amount of passion, talent and expertise to the Future Founders Board of Directors,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. “Their experience and dedication will be critical assets as we enter our next wave of growth.”

Karl Darin is a Managing Director at Accenture, a leading global professional services company providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Karl is based in Chicago and focuses on technology consulting for utilities clients in North America. He specializes in selling and managing large, complex enterprise application implementation programs and merger & acquisition (M&A) integration programs. He has deep experience delivering these transformational solutions primarily in the areas of finance, human resources, supply chain and work management. Most recently, the programs Karl has managed focus on the clients’ journey to the cloud, which bring the key benefits of agility, speed to innovation, and lower information technology costs. Karl has served as Accenture’s corporate citizenship executive sponsor for Future Founders since 2012. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Michigan State University.

“I am inspired by the creative business ideas that I have seen from the youth involved with Future Founders and by the energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship that the organization is cultivating in them,” said Darin. “I’m most excited about the significant impact Future Founders’ programs have — from providing underserved youth with entrepreneurial skills to helping millennials launch and grow their businesses, which create real jobs and economic growth.”

William Ridgway is Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where his practice focuses on cybersecurity and data privacy matters, white collar crime, and intellectual property litigation. Previously, William served for eight years as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, where he tried numerous cases and led the prosecution of a wide range of high-profile cybercrime, national security, fraud, and intellectual property cases. William has also been a lecturer at University of Chicago Law School since 2011, where he teaches a class on cybercrime. William began his legal career a law clerk for Honorable Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and then for Honorable Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. William received his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School and his B.S. with distinction in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

“True to its entrepreneurial roots, Future Founders deploys innovative strategies to equip youth with the tools to lead in our new digital economy,” said Ridgway. “I’m most excited about Future Founders because of its commitment to serving students in Chicago’s underserved communities, inspiring and empowering them to become our city’s future business leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Additionally, Accenture became a sponsor of the Future Founders Fellowship and Skadden became a sponsor of the Future Founders Discover & Ignite programs.

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