LEADERSHIP TEAM

Nick LoMaglio

Nick LoMaglio was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and currently, his wife and three young sons, live less than a mile from where Nick grew up in Beverly. After attending Sutherland Elementary, Nick owes much of his educational foundation to the Chicago Public School system. Upon graduation, he attended St. Rita High School and later went on to study Finance at the University of Dayton. Many of his early career decisions can be attributed to sound advice from dedicated mentors that showed him the path to professional success. Nick is currently one of the youngest Vice Presidents in Wealth Management at a global financial services firm. He started at the firm when he was 18 years old and has now been there for over a decade. Nick says “dedicated mentors and internships are two of the most important factors in professional success.” Realizing that much success was built on the shoulders of generations before him, Nick used that as his inspiration to create Advice Beyond the Classroom in 2013. He is dedicated to educating and mentoring the next generation of professional leaders hailing from Chicago. Advice Beyond the Classroom was born a charity but has since grown into a way of life.

Bernie DelGiorno

Bernie DelGiorno is proud to state that he was born, raised, educated, and employed all on the South Side of Chicago. Combining this with his philanthropic passion for educating the next generation, his mission to create opportunity is what drives him to mentor young professionals. His journey began on the South Side of Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood, where he has lived all his life. While at the University of Chicago, Bernie received both his BA and MBA, after graduating from Calumet High School. Over the years, he has mentored thousands of high school and college students through internships and dedicated his life to numerous philanthropic endeavors benefiting educational institutions on the South Side. Bernie specializes in stock valuation and macroeconomic trend analysis for a global financial services firm. His involvement with Advice Beyond the Classroom is broad but mostly focuses on mentoring the students for internship placement and professional behavior guidelines. Bernie plays an integral role in the growth and development of ABC’s most outstanding participants.

Ann Berzin

Ann Berzin has been an important strategic advisor and lecturer to Advice Beyond the Classroom. Currently, Ann serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Ingersoll-Rand Company Ltd, Exelon Corporation, and formerly of Kindred Healthcare. Her experience as Chairman and CEO of FGIC from 1992 to 2001, then a subsidiary of GE Capital, has translated to priceless career advice for the students. Ms. Berzin earned an A.B. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1977. Ann is no stranger to student development as she has served on the Visiting Committee of the College and Student Activities for the University of Chicago for the past 14 years, including seven years as chair. Ann oversees the creation and implementation of the ABC team development training curriculum. Her experience as a Fortune 100 executive has given the students access to a wealth of knowledge, experience, and connections to the corporate world.

Katie Hawking

Katie is a lead instructor with Advice Beyond the Classroom and works directly with the students at various schools on the execution of the curriculum. She also heads up the secondary phase of Advice Beyond the Classroom and works with the program alumni currently in college on attaining internship placement, salary negotiations, and benefits explanations. Born and raised in Beverly, on the Southside of Chicago, Katie attended Mother McAuley High School. Upon graduation, Katie attended the University of Iowa and graduated with honors in Political Science. Her passion for politics and networking brought her to Washington DC post-graduation where she stumbled upon a new passion, executive recruitment. Katie started her recruiting career in Washington DC working on high level government technology searches with the FBI and CIA. Katie eventually moved back to Chicago and started recruiting sales professionals, which ultimately led to her achieving top producer status within the firm. Given her strong entrepreneurial spirt, Katie ultimately set off on her own to start what has become one of Chicago’s premiere sales recruiting firms; Bottomline Recruiting. At BottomLine Recruiting, Katie manages national accounts and recruits high level sales professionals across the United States; she also trains and manages new hires. Her experience as both a small business owner and professional placement specialist gives the students of ABC a competitive advantage over their peers as they enter the workforce.

Dave Conrath 

Dave grew up on the Southside of Chicago where he currently resides with his wife and children. Before following his passion for teaching, Dave completed a successful 25 year career working at the Chicago Board of Trade. His career began at 18 years old directly out of high school. This experience at such an early age taught Dave many things about business, economics, and competition. After working his way up from runner, Dave became a full member of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange as an independent trader. After a successful career, Dave left the trading floor in 2005 and went back to school to obtain a degree in secondary education. Like many other Advice Beyond the Classroom board members, teaching the rising generation of students has always been a passion of his. Leveraging his successful career in finance and business, Dave currently teaches Economics and Accounting to the participants of Advice Beyond the Classroom. Dave also currently serves as a coach on both the baseball and football teams at St. Rita High school. The main driver for Dave’s involvement is to give back to the community for all that it has given him.

John “Gus” Miller

Gus is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and is excited to call Chicago his home. Before moving to Chicago, Gus attended the University of Mississippi where he studied Finance and worked as a Student Business Consultant. As a Student Business Consultant, he lead a team of students who provided free business advice to distressed Mississippi business owners. These experiences not only sparked his passion for client service but also giving back to the community.

When he wasn’t at school, Gus spent his winter and summer breaks in Chicago applying ABC’s principles to expand his professional network and prepare for life after college. Upon graduation, he accepted an offer to work as a financial consultant for a locally owned wealth advisory firm. He credits all of his success to the advice and guidance his mentors have given him along the way. Recognizing the importance of the people who influenced him, Gus joined ABC to give back to the community and provide some of the same advice that got him to where he is today. He is currently acting as Director of Fundraising and is determined to expand the reach of the ABC program while mentoring Chicago’s next class of young professionals.

Edward “Teddy” McDermott has deep roots on the Southside of Chicago. He and his 3 brothers come from a family with over 70 first cousins due to his father Jim being the youngest of eleven children and his mother Paula also from a family of eleven. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher and St. Rita High School. He has always done his best to give back to the communities that have offered him so much opportunity. Teddy understands the importance of hardwork and good mentorship. His father has been on the Chicago Fire Department for 15 years and his mother’s dedication to various non-profit organizations is what initially sparked his interest in giving back to the community. Through Paula’s work with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Teddy has seen the impact proper guidance has on young men and women. Before the ABC program was formally instituted, Teddy finished at the top of his group, and has played a vital role in expanding the current program. Teddy is currently acting as the Head of Operations for the Advice Beyond the Classroom Program and was the primary architect behind the foundation’s operational procedures.