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Communications and Marketing

Alumnus named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’s 40 Under 40

Dave Beran ’03 joins a growing list of Foresters who have made names for themselves for their passions and extraordinary achievements. 

Beran, the executive chef of the internationally acclaimed restaurant Next, is featured as one of Chicago’s “rising young stars” in Crain’s Chicago Business. But he’s not the only Forester who’s followed his passions. Read about these others:


Ally Bain ’12, a communication major and poli sci minor, was named one of the Top 10 College Women by Glamour Magazine in 2011 for her advocacy on behalf of people with Crohn’s disease. Read more about Ally’s story here


MIchael Green ’04, who graduated with a double major in psychology and economics, has used the power of the Internet to raise money for charity. His project, worldpennyjar.org, seeks donations from people making purchases on the Internet, asking them to round to up to the next dollar and donating it to charity. Michael was quoted about his business model in the Wall Street Journal in August.


J.J. O’Connor ’01 didn’t let a paralyzing hockey accident at age 16 stop him from managing the U.S. Paralympic Hockey Team during the 2010 games in Vancouver. Read J.J.’s inspiring story in the Chicago Tribune.


Jacqueline Carey ’86’s historical fantasy series Kushiel’s Legacy was voted among the top 100 science fiction and fantasy works of all time in National Public Radio’s 2011 summer reader’s poll. More than 60,000 readers cast votes for the top 100, which included works ranging from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. Read a review of Jacqueline’s series on the NPR website.


Diana Nyad ’73 trained tirelessly in an attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida earlier this year. Although she didn’t make it, she’s back in the water, getting ready for another attempt. Read her story in the Fall-Winter 2011 Spectrum and the New York Times Magazine.


Richard Armstrong ’71 developed a passion for art and art history while a student at Lake Forest and is now director of the Guggenheim Foundation in New York. Read about his ascension to the top of the art museum world in the New York Times.