Jamal Litebulb Oliver

Jamal "Litebulb" Oliver

Litebulb is a dancer and dance activist at the forefront of footwork culture in Chicago. Known for the intricacy and velocity of his moves, Litebulb has performed with leading artists like Chance the Rapper and DJ Rashad. Since 2009, he has traveled to international stages, from New York PS-1 to the Barbican in London. In 2014, he co-founded The Era Footwork Crew (The Era). Now touring global venues and Chicago schools with The Era, Bulb’s practice is both intensely local and broadly international. He has received awards and grants for his innovative work, including recognition as a dancer of the year in Dance Magazine, a major arts grant from Chicago Dancemakers Forum and University of Chicago/Arts and Public Life, and as a choreographer of the year by New City magazine. He also appeared in a dance cameo with fellow footworker P-Top in the movie, Manglehorn, with Al Pacino. Litebulb was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where he lives and works today.

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Wills Glasspiegel

Wills Glasspiegel is a documentary filmmaker, artist and scholar writing about the cultural history of Chicago footwork in his PhD dissertation in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University. Before his involvement with footwork, Wills worked alongside electronic musicians creating bubu music in Sierra Leone, and other musicians creating Shangaan electro music in South Africa. He has produced public radio segments for All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and was recognized as a co-recipient of a Peabody Award in 2014 for his contributions to the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. Wills’ documentaries and collaborations have been featured in a variety of publications including CNN, FADER Magazine, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Pitchfork, Nowness, and DIS Magazine. Wills received his undergraduate degree in English from Yale, and holds a master’s degree in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. Wills was born in Washington, DC, and moved to Chicago as a teenager. He currently resides in Chicago.

Aina Fadina

Aina Fadina

Aina Fadina is a boundary-breaking fashion model and creative entrepreneur. Most recently she has produced 'I Of Africa', an original multimedia series focused on cultural dialogues, inspired by Africans living around the world. 'I of Africa' was named one of CNN's top web series and was licensed by South African Airways in 2016. Aina is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Aina was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in America. Her life and work are informed and inspired by her rich African heritage and her global education, experience and perspective, which she brings to all of her work at OTC.

 
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Tarra Sharp

Tarra Sharp, an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, serves as the lead of the Midwest McKinsey Black Network and is actively involved in the McKinsey Women’s Initiative helping to mentor and coach early tenure black and female consultants. Prior to McKinsey, Tarra worked in the Financial Services industry at both Citi Cards and American Express in New York City, and she started her career at American Airlines in the Advantage frequent flier program in Dallas, TX.  She holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with concentrations in Strategy, Marketing and Entrepreneurship and an BBA in Marketing from Baylor University. Outside of work, she is active in Chicago arts and sits on the boards of the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago and Open the Circle. She lives in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago with her husband Evan and dog Kofi.

 
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Drew Alt

Drew Alt brings private and public sector management and executive leadership skills to the team, along with a focus on music and culture from the African Diaspora. Most recently, Drew was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, where he assisted the Sierra Leonean government with recovery efforts post-ebola. He is a longtime jazz and salsa pianist, having played and composed music with groups in Chicago, New Haven and Ghana. Drew received his undergraduate degree in economics from Yale University and received a Master's in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, and currently resides in Seattle, WA with his wife Jocelyn and their son Cameron.