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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.
Kelley O. Cambry
Co-Founder & CEO at Blue Studios
Kelley is the co-founder and CEO of the Paige & Paxton STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) system. Kelley built her first website at the age of 16 after reading the HTML books her parents scattered around the house and as a result was instrumental in leading nationally recognized STEM pipeline programs for girls and youth of color. Kelley was one of the founding team members of the New York Chapter of Black Girls Code and 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.
Kelley is also an avid storyteller and has presented for TEDx, ComEd, The Girl Scouts, General Assembly, 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, received the "Chicago Scholars 35 under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact" award, named a "Hero in Education" by the Soar Women's Empowerment Summit, and was a recipient of the YWCA YWomen Leadership Award. Kelley served as a board member of the Evanston Community Foundation, which distributes over $1.3 million dollars in grants each year. Kelley is a graduate of Howard University School of Business.
Emile Cambry, Jr.
Co-Founder of Blue Studios
Emile Cambry, Jr. is a 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.
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