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Emile Cambry Jr.

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Emile Cambry Jr. is an American business professor, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur in Chicago.[1] Cambry received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Emile is the brother of Jonathan Cambry. 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,[2] Chicago Crains Tech 50, a Top 100 Innovator in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune 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 and Accion International.

Early years[edit]

Cambry's dad Emile Sr., is a Haiti native who came to the US to become an emergency room doctor, while his mom Emily spent almost thirty years as both a nurse and a social worker.[3]

Educational entrepreneur[edit]

Cambry founded BLUE1647, a network of technology and entrepreneurship centers throughout the country.[4][5] The students create a business plan, receive free SAT/ACT math instruction, and receive mentoring from tech entrepreneurs in Chicago, the Midwest, and Silicon Valley.[6] In April 2012, the 21st Century Youth Project won a Gold Medal in Education and Curriculum, voted on by over 3,000 executives and academics.[7] Cambry is an Ideas Fellow, which recognizes "leaders and change agents of the world tomorrow, who are making a huge impact on their local and regional communities today." The 21st Century Youth Project was also featured on CNN and in Crain's Chicago Business.[8][9] In 2013, the 21st Century Youth Project debuted their Haute & Smart: Girls in Fashion Tech series in partnership with the YWCA. The girls learn coding, hardware, and 3D printing.


Cambry's films have shown at the Cannes Short Film Corner, the American Black Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival, St. Louis Black Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, Canadian International Film Festival, Breckenridge Festival of Film, BlackStar Film Festival, and the Black Harvest Film Festival. Cambry's latest film For Flow was licensed by HBO and Cinemax for two years, ending February 2014.[10] Cambry's latest film, Ying and Yang was an Audience Choice winner at the Brooklyn Shorts Film Festival.

Social entrepreneur[edit]

Cambry is the founder, president, and Festival Director of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, debuting October 5–7, 2012.[11][12]

Cambry is the Founder of BLUE1647 and was appointed by City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to his first ever Technology Diversity Council.

Cambry was named as one of the Top 50 Business School Professors on Twitter by MBAPrograms.org.[13] Cambry was also named Top 100 Most Web Savvy Professors and is a Founding Board Member to Depaul University's Social Enterprise Collaborative. Cambry is also a Grant Panelist for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund.

Personal life[edit]

Cambry, and his wife, Kelley O. (Williams) Cambry, live in Brooklyn, NY.


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