On Wednesday, ThinkCERCA learned it was chosen out of 1,500 nominees as a Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire Awards winner in the education category. The annual awards recognize extraordinary achievement and potential in individuals and businesses.
Leslie Garbarino,, Streetwise Media President, said of the awards,
"Chicago's innovation economy continues to grow every year in large part due to the continued success of those nominated for the 50 on Fire awards. We are honored to recognize the innovative leaders of Chicago and to be a part of this growing community."
Elizabeth Riley Boyer is an experienced journalist, digital content strategist, and operations manager. Prior to joining ThinkCERCA, she was part of the founding team at Impact Engine, Chicago’s first social impact investment fund and accelerator. As Impact Engine’s Director of Operations & Communications, Elizabeth oversaw the company’s overall processes, day-to-day planning and finances, curriculum development, marketing strategy, and community outreach.
Elizabeth also spent three years at Chicago magazine, most recently as its Digital Engagement Editor, where she managed the organization’s social media and reader engagement initiatives. Elizabeth also works as a freelance content strategist, writer, and communications consultant. Her recent writings on impact entrepreneurship have been featured by the Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business.
In 2007, Elizabeth helped open a private school for underprivileged children while volunteering for a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic. This experience inspired her to quit a paper-pushing job at an insurance brokerage firm to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Elizabeth also holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.