• About Us

    Helping families find a clear pathway to the future as we build our own family.

    Our Founder Story

    Co-Founders: Emile Cambry, Jr. & Kelley O. Cambry

    Emile and Kelley have always been obsessed with changing education so it's accessible, practical, and fun. As a result, they both developed award-winning programs designed to ensure youth could maximize their human potential.

     

    When Emile and Kelley met each other, they knew they had found the missing piece in providing an educational program and pathway to make the world a better place.

     

    Through their long conversations on the state of education today and what it should be tomorrow, they not only fell in love but they also realized that they could create a unique approach to STEM programming where every child will have an unforgettable experience and be equipped with the necessary skills to change the world.

  • Founder Bios

    Emile Cambry, Jr.

    Founder, Blue1647

    Emile Cambry, Jr. is a business professor, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur born, raised and still calling Chicago home. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Emile gained experience in Investment Banking for J.P. Morgan Chase as well as teaching as he was a Professor at North Park University and recognized as one of the Top 50 Business School Professors.

     

    Perhaps Mr. Cambry’s largest project to date was founding the technology and entrepreneurship incubator, BLUE1647, expanding to several different locations across the Midwest. Emile has Produced films that have been licensed by HBO and Cinemax, as well as Showtime. Emile is the President of the Chicago International Social Change Festival which showcases films that heighten public consciousness.

     

    Rounding out Mr. Cambry’s experiences include being named on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, The Root Power 100, Chicago Crain's Tech 50, a Top 100 Innovator in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, Techweek 100, and a 40 Game Changer Under the Age of 40 awarded by Verizon Wireless, and awarded the Community Service Award by the South by Southwest Conference. Emile is also a recipient of the 2014 Impact Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance and sits on the boards of Depaul University’s Social Enterprise Collaborative, a Commissioner for the Cook County Social Innovation Commission, the Forbes Nonprofit Council, and a Board member of Accion International. Emile is also a Global Services Association Fellow, to increase entrepreneurship and innovation around the Globe. Emile is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

    Kelley O. Cambry

    Founder, Paige & Paxton Elementary STEM

    Kelley is the co-founder and CEO of the Paige & Paxton Elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum. Kelley and her team bring Paige & Paxton to life around the country through books, classroom curriculum and pop-up experiences (make-a-thons) in major cities in the U.S. to expose educators, kids and their parents to STEM education.

    Kelley was instrumental in leading nationally recognized STEM pipeline programs for girls and youth of color as one of the founding team members of the New York Chapter of Black Girls Code. She was also a lead member of the planning team for #YesWeCode youth hackathons, designed to expose middle and high school students to opportunities in computer science. After working with pipelining organizations, she realized the need to start STEM awareness and proficiency earlier in the funnel. She resigned her Assistant Vice President position at JP Morgan Chase to focus on Paige & Paxton, as the brand began to build traction by signing on major school systems, such as Chicago Public Schools. In addition to her role at JP Morgan Chase, Kelley has years of experience in financial services and digital marketing at Fortune 500 companies such as Walgreen Co., Discover Financial Services, and American Express.

    When Kelley is not working on Paige & Paxton, you can find her experimenting with recipes. Kelley is also an avid storyteller and has presented for General Assembly, 1871, New York University, Social Media Week, Internet Week and at the Chicago Moth. Kelley has been named "Crain's Chicago Business 20 in their 20s," received the "Power 30 Under 30™ award presented by Porsche in the Business category and received the "Chicago Scholars 35 under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact" award.

  • Press & Recogntion

    Our team has been committed to building STEM pathways for kids of every age and background.

    Latina Girls Code empowers students to teach

    The Herald News | July 20, 2017

    How to make STEM available for all children (VIDEO)

    WGN Radio | May 4, 2017

    Blue Lacuna: The New Normal for Social Innovation

    Chicago Defender | April 25, 2017

    Scott talks to Emile Cambry, Jr. about his involvement in social services, what is next for Blue1647 (VIDEO)

    WGN Radio | February 28, 2017

    ‘Latina Girls Code’ Trains, Empowers Young Women for Tech Careers (VIDEO)

    NBC News | September 21, 2016

    Paige & Paxton builds path for next generation of STEM leaders

    Chicago Tribune | June 30, 2016

    Pre-K STEM Program at ETHS Preschool

    Evanston Roundtable | March 9, 2016

    Kindergarten students get an introduction to engineering

    Washington Post | October 24, 2015

    Paige & Paxton Chicago Make-a-thon featured on WGN-TV (VIDEO)

    WGN TV | September 12, 2015

    LaunchCode looks to increase diversity in St. Louis' tech sector

    St. Louis Business Journal | December 15, 2014

    Three 16-Year-Olds Hatch Production Company in Englewood Incubator

    DNA Info | August 27, 2015

    Paige & Paxton named “For STEM kid or the parent who wants a STEM kid”

    Chicago Suntimes | December 7, 2014

    Event Recap: 9 Chicago Companies Innovating in the Education Space

    Chicago Inno | September 4, 2014

    BLUE|1647 featured in the Chicago Sun-Times (VIDEO)

    Chicago Suntimes | July 3, 2014

    GiveForward, 21st Century Youth Project Win Gold Medals At Edison Awards

    Techli | April 28, 2012