IGNITE combines world-class business education, coaching, peer mentorship, networking, and consulting assistance to equip the executive leadership teams of organizations with tools to expand their impact on Chicago’s Black community.


IGNITE Program Elements

  • Classroom Sessions led by Chicago Booth faculty and nonprofit practitioners, including sessions on strategy, decision making, marketing, and securing and managing resources
  • Networking with prominent philanthropists and Black leaders in Chicago 
  • Monthly Executive Coaching exclusively for Executive Directors/CEOs
  • Leadership Circles that bring together participants in facilitated discussion groups
  • Fall Retreat (New York location tentative) to reflect on experience, build connections with nonprofits in a new market, and celebrate
  • Financial stipends of up to $10K per organization to support capacity-building work

IGNITE Partners

To develop, market, and grow IGNITE, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the Chicago Booth School of Business is partnering with Golub Capital and the Chicago Urban League. Partnering with the Chicago Urban League will offer a connection to its network of accomplished nonprofit leaders, as well as an opportunity to scale the program to other National Urban League affiliates throughout the country.INGITE Program partners: Rustandy Center, Golub Capital, Chicago Urban League

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2023 Program Dates


Program Kick-Off: January 20-21


Monthly Sessions:

  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 12
  • June 16


Closing Retreat: September 28-29


Who Should Apply:

Nonprofit organizations who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Annual Operating Budget of $500K+
  • Established leadership team
  • Predominantly serve the Black community in Chicago 


Applications for the 2022-2023 program are closed as of October 2022.


About The Golub Capital Social Impact Lab

Through a significant five-year commitment from Golub Capital, the Golub Capital Social Impact Lab provides training and professional development to amplify the impact of leaders of high-potential nonprofits serving communities of color.

The Golub Capital Lab provides access to individualized resources, funding for internal capacity building projects, connections to unlock social capital, opportunities to advance knowledge, and practical technical assistance.

About Golub Capital

Golub Capital is a market-leading, award-winning direct lender and experienced credit asset manager. They specialize in delivering reliable, creative and compelling financing solutions to companies backed by private equity sponsors. They nurture long-term, win-win partnerships that inspire repeat business from private equity sponsors and investors.

"We are proud to partner with the University of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League—and build upon their commitment to communities of color in Chicago—to create this multi-faceted program. We believe this is an outstanding opportunity to offer resources specifically tailored to help nonprofits strengthen and scale their impact."

— David Golub, President of Golub Capital

Golub Capital Social Impact Lab Leadership

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George Wu

John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science
George Wu studies the psychology of individual, managerial, and organizational decision-making; decision analysis; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Wu is working on advancing the behavioral science of purpose through exploring how people adopt, pursue, and fulfill their intentions to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self, and often is of consequence to the world beyond the self.

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George Wu
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Tyeise Huntley

Director, Golub Capital Social Impact Lab
Tyeise Huntley leads the new Golub Capital Social Impact Lab which will provide training and professional development to amplify the impact of leaders of high-potential nonprofits serving communities of color. The signature offering of the Lab is IGNITE, offered in partnership with the Chicago Urban League.  

Tyeise Huntley

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