For the quarter-century since his own college graduation, Kelly has been with The Second City, where he oversees all live theatrical operations and has worked with such celebrated alumni as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler and Keegan Michael Key. He co-founded Second City Theatricals which produced “The Second City Guide to Opera” with Lyric Opera Chicago, “Twist Your Dickens” at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and an upcoming collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance titled “The Second City Guide to Dance.” He is the man who brought The Second City to the high seas when he brokered a partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line that is entering its tenth year. Additionally, he works with Second City’s television and film division, developing content for broadcast television and new media. His first book, on innovation and improvisation, will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.
Joining Leonard as honorands will be Christine Chakoian, Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, and Rabiah Mayas, the director of science and integrated strategies for the Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.