Professional Staff

One of IBC’s unique features is its organizational structure. IBC’s Directors come from outside of academia. Their industry experience adds practical and relevant perspective to the student teams. In any given week, 70 IBC team-and-client meetings are held and hundreds of students come in and out of IBC’s doors. IBC’s office staff provide support for the program and make it possible for the organization to run efficiently.

Whitney Smith, Associate Director

Whitney is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Communication and a curriculum concentration in Business. She has spent her career in a variety of Corporate and Client Relations roles including more than ten years running Corporate Partner Activation for the Chicago Bulls. In addition, Whitney spent several years at SpencerStuart, a leading Executive Search and Management Consulting firm. Prior to joining IBC, she was a part of the Office of Corporate Relations, a unit of the Chancellor’s office on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Whitney is thrilled to be able to combine her experience in Corporate and Client Relations with the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented students of IBC.

James Noonan, Associate Director

As the first licensed attorney to join the IBC professional staff, James brings proven experience counseling individuals on sophisticated matters, as well as strong problem solving and communication skills to the program. With years of teaching and mentoring at the university level spanning from 2003 to the present, James has shown a passion for and commitment to helping students and young professionals fulfill their potential and make an impact in their chosen field. James has extensive formal and real-world education related to Asian languages and cultures (Vietnamese and Chinese). He came to IBC from within the College of Business, previously serving as the Associate Director of Development. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, (BA, Southeast Asian Studies, History), James came to the University of Illinois and completed both an MA in East Asian Studies as well as a Juris Doctorate at the College of Law.