On paper, Sonny Garg and Samir Wagle had achieved the American Dream. They were corporate executives, making lots of money, with great families and nice homes. The problem was, they were both miserable. This led each man on a journey of self-discovery that changed their lives. After meeting, the two decided to partner together to help others define their own lives in more meaningful ways.

In 2015, Sonny launched the Energy division of Uptake Technologies, an enterprise software company named the #3 most promising AI company by Fortune in 2019. Prior to Uptake, Sonny was a member of the Executive Committee at Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, and served in a variety of senior executive roles including as the Chief Information Officer and the company’s first Chief Innovation Officer and the President of Exelon Power. He sits on the boards of the Invisible Institute, the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, and the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, as well as the Advisory Board of the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship.

Samir Wagle is currently the CEO & Founder of the 11:eleven Partners, a strategic talent mapping firm focused on helping organizations build conscious cultures. Prior to 11:eleven, he spent over twenty years developing and growing brands in the retail food sector. This includes being President & CEO of The Protein Bar & Kitchen, COO of Andre Boudin Bakeries, expansion leader of Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Eastern Great Lakes region and as the Head of Operations for McDonald’s, India.

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