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Cheryl Mayberry McKissack is the founder, President and CEO of Nia Enterprises, LLC - a Chicago-based research, systems integration and marketing services firm founded in January 2000. Nia Enterprises, LLC provides opt-in, permission-based marketing data solutions for growing and specialized ethnic markets.

Ms. Mayberry McKissack is well recognized as an entrepreneur and has been featured in articles of several publications including:,, Black Enterprises, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. Ms. Mayberry McKissack recently co-edited The Nia Guide for Black Women: Achieving Career Success on Your Terms and Balancing Work & Life (Agate Publishing). Ms. Mayberry McKissack was recently named as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.

Prior to founding Nia Enterprises, Ms. Mayberry McKissack enjoyed a successful 23-year corporate career in technology, which included serving as the Worldwide Senior Vice President and General Manager Open Port Technology. She was also Vice President for the Americas and a founding member of the Network Systems Division for 3Com (formerly U.S. Robotics). Ms. Mayberry McKissack started her technology career with the IBM Corporation where she enjoyed a 14-year career in sales, marketing and management positions.

Ms. Mayberry McKissack, a native of Seattle, Washington, received her B.S. from Seattle University the four-year program in two-and-one-half years and her MBA from Northwestern's J.L. Kellogg School of Management. Ms. Mayberry McKissack serves on the Board of Directors of The PrivateBank and Trust Company (NASDAQ: PVTB), and as a Director of the Deluxe Corporation (NYSE: DLX). She is also the former Chairperson and current board member of the Information Technology Resource Center in Chicago, board member and sponsor for Chicago's LINK Unlimited organization, Advisory Board Member, Women's Leadership Exchange, Lifetime Friends and the 2005 co-chair of the Ambassador Award Luncheon for Boardroom Bound (NY) and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Ms. Mayberry McKissack resides in Chicago with her husband Eric and her e-mail address is



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