Emile Cambry, Jr. is a business professor, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur born, raised and still calling Chicago home. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Emile gained experience in Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan Chase as well as teaching as he was a Professor at North Park University and recognized as one of the Top 50 Business School Professors. Perhaps Mr. Cambry’s largest project to date was founding the technology and entrepreneurship incubator, BLUE1647, expanding to several different locations across the Midwest. Emile has Produced films that have been licensed by HBO and Cinemax, as well as Showtime. Emile is the President of the Chicago International Social Change Festival which showcases films that heighten public consciousness. Rounding out Mr. Cambry’s experiences include being named on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, The Root Power 100, Chicago Crains Tech 50, a Top 100 Innovator in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, Techweek 100, and a 40 Game Changer Under the Age of 40 awarded by Verizon Wireless, and awarded the Community Service Award by the South by Southwest Conference. Emile is also a recipient of the 2014 Impact Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance, and sits on the boards of Depaul University’s Social Enterprise Collaborative, a Commissioner for the Cook County Social Innovation Commission, the Forbes Nonprofit Council, and a Board member for Accion International. Emile is also a Global Services Association Fellow, to increase entrepreneurship and innovation around the Globe. Emile is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Emile Cambry, Jr. grew up in Chicago to two parents in the healthcare arena. His mother has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and his father has been an Emergency Room Physician for over 28 years. Following his parents, Emile pursued an undergraduate career in business, naturally interested in the healthcare sector.
After attending college at the University of Chicago where Emile taught calculus, played collegiate baseball and earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2003, Emile joined the Barack Obama campaign for U.S. Senator, and served as an intern for over a year.
Emile is a published author with spots in the financial column for The Chicago Defender and Upscale Magazine, discussing financial and economic issues as well as has been a contributor to the popular technology publication ReadWriteWeb and has been featured in Chicago Sun-Times, Venturebeat, Mashable, Killer Startups, Bu.bblio.us, Fox Business, Illinois Technology Association, Rolling Out Magazine, The Examiner, Chicago Art Magazine, Technology Industry News Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune. Currently, Emile is a contributor to the technology publication, SiliconAngle.
In addition to being known in the financial sector, Emile was the host of his own radio show entitled Listen Up, on WHPK 88.5FM, interviewing young professionals who were making a difference in their community and provided a platform to discuss areas of opportunity for affecting change. Emile served on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League for two years, and led a voter registration in conjunction with six Jewel-Osco locations in Chicago. Emile has served as a Guest Lecturer at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and been a guest on various Chicago public access television programs discussing change in America.
In June of 2008, Emile Cambry Jr. earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he attended studying Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. Emile was concurrently enrolled in the JPMorgan Scholar Program, a rotational program with the Investment Bank.
Despite Emile’s experience in banking, he has pursued various projects involving the intersection of healthcare, finance, and technology.
Emile Cambry Jr is currently a Principal of MetroWorks Films, a film production company in Chicago and Los Angeles. Emile’s films have been shown at the Cannes Film Festival, Canada International Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, St. Louis Black Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Black Hollywood Film Festival, New York Digital Film Festival, The American Black Film Festival, and was a winner of the Most Artistic film at the Chicago International Short Reel Film Festival. Emile has also started longitudinal study documentaries. His film For Flow is currently in distribution by HBO and Cinemax. Most recently, Emile Cambry Jr. became Festival Director and Founded The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival which successfully premiered in Fall 2012.
Emile is the Founder and CEO of the social entrepreneurship youth initiatives, the 21st Century Youth Project and the Chicago Film Group, and a founding board member of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival and The American Chamber Opera Company.
Among all of his accomplishments, 2012 proved to be no different for Emile. He was named a Top 100 Web-Savvy Professor for 2012, by BestOnlineUniversities.com, named Top 50 Business School Professors by MBAPrograms.org, featured in the University of Chicago’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, sat on the Grant Panel for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, and was invited to join the Board of Advisors for the Depaul University’s Social Enterprise Collective.
Perhaps one of Emile’s greatest accomplishments, especially of 2012 was the launch of BLUE1647. He helped launch a 10,000 square foot facility for entrepreneurs which will host co-working space, conference rooms, classes, workshops and other events.
Emile Cambry Jr. is currently an MBA Professor at North Park University teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Entrepreneurship, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Finance, New Product Development, and Microeconomics. Emile has taught over 48 courses.