Nonprofit Empowerment Group (NEG)



Tipu Ahmad is a business consultant with more than eleven years of experience in Business Development, Project Management and Event Planning. He has served a number of successful business projects in the United States as well as globally. Tipu Ahmad received his MBA in Marketing and International Finance from Central Missouri State University. He was awarded CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) by United States Convention Liaison Council in 2003. He has held senior level management and consulting positions in the areas of Business Planning and Analysis. He is a results-oriented leader with proven success in managing multimillion-dollar projects.

He served International Business and Trade Forum (IBTF) for 3-years as a member of its founding board. IBTF brings Muslim entrepreneurs from across globe to share and exchange business ideas and focus on world trade. Ahmad served as a senior meeting planner in all areas of event management. Directed large convention for 30,000 attendees with multimillion-dollar budget. Developed and instituted meeting planning system. Ahmad served as the Indiana State Chair for Republican Congressional Committee of small businesses. He received Gold Medal from Republican Congressional Committee in Small Business in the year 2003.

Adrienne Kostreva is a resourceful generalist human resources leader and contributor with diverse experience in human resources management, consulting, multi-location HR field management, non-profit and for-profit, with cross-cultural and global experience. She is experienced in developing strategic business goals and financial management. Her competencies include, HR Strategy, Change Management, HR Systems, Policy/Program Design, Performance Management, Employee Relations, Compensation benefits and human capital development.

She has consulted in the areas of Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and diversity and recruitment issues and has created a fully integrated HR function. She is bilingual in French and holds an M.B.A., with Honors from Roosevelt University in Chicago, M.S. in Human Resources Program & Global HR from Loyola University of Chicago.

Lori Ramos has worked in a variety of capacities in the public health field and nonprofit sector for over 25 years. She holds a Master of Public Health and an MA in Latin American Studies, both from the University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout her professional career, she has been committed to developing programs that empower the most vulnerable and oppressed, and promote self-sustainability.

She has extensive expertise in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as mission development, governance, and transparency/ accountability training. She has worked in Latin America and in the United States with the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and has served on the boards of directors of numerous organizations and as executive director for two Chicago-based institutions.

Wendy Smith has 18 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management, and marketing, as well as program and fund development and board relations. She worked for the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, an historic nonprofit agency in Illinois, for more than 15 years during which she helped expand the organization’s capacity and breadth of services. Under her leadership, the agency’s reputation for outstanding quality of services led it to become a model for others in the field. Wendy launched the agency’s development department and raised over $2.5 million in its first five years. She is an experienced grant researcher and proposal writer and has successfully solicited foundations and corporations and obtained numerous grants from state and federal government agencies. Wendy has conducted many workshops and presentations for adult professionals. She was an adjunct faculty member at Oakton Community College for two years. Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in child development from Erikson Institute in Chicago.

Joel Schorn has over 10 years experience in nonprofit and for-profit publishing, editing, and writing. As a writer, his work includes articles, pamphlets, and a book. He has worked as an editor for a national magazine, and is skilled in desktop publishing, project management and editorial planning, and product development. He is the graduate of a program in nonprofit management and philanthropy.