Ivy Walker is Co-Founder/CEO of Helios Digital Learning, a firm that creates award-winning content used by ethics and compliance programs at Fortune 500 companies and CEO of Purpose Workforce Solutions, a staffing and training firm that specializes in connecting the aspirations of disconnected youth to job opportunities.
She is an award-winning director and executive producer of documentary films. Her projects include serving as Executive Producer of “All the Queen’s Horses”, a film that held the top spots on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play for multiple weeks, and “Blind Spots”, a short-form documentary for which she won three Telly Awards, including the People’s Choice Telly.
Ivy’s background includes Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial experiences in both for-profit and not-for-profit/social venture settings. Prior to Helios Digital, her professional roles included serving as President of a venture-backed health gamification start-up, CEO of a social venture that brought diagnostic medical imaging technology to low-resource countries, and Managing Director at a boutique private equity firm.
Ivy holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received Kellogg’s Alumni Entrepreneur Supporter of the Year Award and the Anti-Defamation League’s Rising Star Award in 2011 and 2009, respectively.
She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Executive Education program at Kellogg where she lectures on risk management and an adjunct faculty member in Northwestern University’s Business Institutions Program where she teaches an ethics course. She is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com where she writes about the topic of risk management for small to mid-sized organizations.
Her civic and professional activities include serving on the board of Gateway Foundation, Bottom Line and the Chicago Public Library. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.