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Steven
Collens
CEO
Matter
Address:
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago
IL
60654
United States of America
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Background

Experience

CEO

MATTER
August 2014 – Present (1 year)Greater Chicago Area

MATTER is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. Opening early 2015.

Strategic Advisor

Pritzker Group Venture Capital
September 2014 – Present (11 months)Greater Chicago Area

Instigator

1871
2011 – Present (4 years)Greater Chicago Area

Led the team that created 1871, Chicago's premier co-working center for digital startups.

Senior Vice President

Pritzker Group
2011 – September 2014 (3 years)Greater Chicago Area

Pritzker Group, the investment firm led by Tony and J.B. Pritzker, comprises three professional investment teams: middle-market acquisitions, technology venture capital and asset management.

Public Affairs, Policy & Product Management

Abbott
2001 – 2011 (10 years)Greater Chicago Area

Held a number of public policy, product management, communications and public affairs leadership positions within Abbott's pharmaceutical (now AbbVie) and nutrition businesses and the company's corporate office. Highlights include:
-- Led public affairs for Abbott Nutrition International.
-- Oversaw public affairs strategy and programming for Abbott’s major pharmaceutical products outside the United States.
-- Led communications for Abbott's $3.7 billion acquisition of Kos.
-- Served as the CEO’s speechwriter. 
-- Developed and executed a multi-stakeholder strategy that saved Abbott’s $300 million renal business from a government effort to restrict patients’ access to the therapy.
-- Designed and implemented a new marketing strategy for Abbott’s renal business.

Co-founder

Constant Wellness, LLC
2006 – 2009 (3 years)Greater Chicago Area

Co-founded Constant Wellness, a Web-based business initially designed to help dancers take control of and coordinate their health care.

Summer Associate

Goldman Sachs
2000 – 2000 (less than a year)Greater New York City Area

Analyzed municipalities’ debt capacity. Created financial models to structure bond transactions and financing techniques, including a $1.9 billion capital improvement program for a client in Texas and a $225 million bond issue for an authority in Florida.

Legislative Assistant

U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun
1993 – 1999 (6 years)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Served as the senator’s education and transportation policy expert. Wrote tax incentive legislation to spur $20 billion of school repairs. Created a $750 million program to help welfare recipients commute to suburban jobs. Negotiated agreements to benefit Illinois companies and interests, including one that saved 300 jobs at an Amtrak reservation center in Chicago. Created and led coalitions of lawmakers and interest groups. Spoke to national conferences.

Organizations

Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

Board Member
Starting 2012

Chicago Artists Coalition

Board Member
Starting 2012

IMSA Fund

Board Member
Starting February 2014

The Civic Federation

Board Member
Starting 2012

Goodman Theatre

Goodman Innovation Group
Starting 2012

Academy for Global Citizenship

Board Member
2009 – 2014

The Academy for Global Citizenship is an innovative Chicago Public Charter School, located on the Southwest side of Chicago. For more information visit www.agcchicago.org.

Steppenwolf Theatre

Governor, Auxiliary Council
2009 – 2014