Negocios Now

Latinos 40 Under 40 Special Digital Edition

Negocios Now is the Hispanic Business Publication in Chicago with National Distribution

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Page 5 of 47 6 Noviembre 2015 President and Founder, Blue Daring 688 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 304, Chicago Early in her career, Melissa Ballate realized that everything that works, in business and life, is a perfect marriage of form and function. This was the inspiration for Blue Daring, where Ballate, as president and founder, partners with people with vision in indus- tries as diverse as automotive, manufacturing, transportation and private equity to bring ideas to life through strategic thinking and world-class creative. Ballate specifically serves as a senior strategist, helping orga- nizations like Toyota, the School of the Art Institute, the Chicago Department of Transportation and countless executives and entrepreneurs understand and leverage their purpose and brand to achieve strategic ob- jectives. Ballate has been featured in Crain's Chicago Business, Today's Chicago Woman and Hoy! She is also a co-owner of two retail concessions at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, the fifth busiest airport in the world. Ballate is passionate about education and business and gives her time to organizations that nurture them. She serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Chicago and is one of nine members of the Chicago Police Board, an independent civilian body that oversees certain acti- vities of the Chicago Police De- partment. Ballate holds a bachelor's degree in marketing, a master's degree in information systems and professional certificates in business intelligence and e-commerce, all from Loyola University Chicago. She also completed executive educa- tion programming at the Tuck School of Business at Dart- mouth. Melissa Ballate, 35 The strategist and creative "T ake nothing for granted."

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