Britta McKenna

Britta McKenna

IN2 Volunteer

Britta serves as an IN2 Volunteer. As former Chief Innovation Officer at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy where she launched IN2 Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry in 2016. IN2 won the Chicago Innovation Award “People’s Choice” in 2017, strengthening IMSA’s work to innovate learning for the future of work.

Britta is an innovator, philanthropist, dot connector, entrepreneur and community leader with a knack for nurturing new ideas. She has previous experience owning “the American Dream” of a small retail operation with husband Steve for four years, providing great background on small business challenges and opportunities. Britta used her experience to serve as the Executive Director of Batavia MainStreet, working to recruit, retain and revitalize business in downtown Batavia, Illinois. She has served as an elected official serving on the Batavia Park Board, Fox Valley Special Recreation, Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board and numerous civic organization to better the community.

While at IMSA, Britta founded the IMSA Kids Institute, developing educational entrepreneurial programs with the IMSA students and partners. She was awarded the 2010-11 “Model Public Administrator Award” by NIU faculty after receiving a Masters of Public Administration (May 2011) from nationally ranked Northern Illinois School of Public Administration. Britta returned to IMSA in 2010. Britta is the founder of the non-profit, Breast Cancer MyStory, Inc. (2012) ( and shares her knowledge and perspectives with newly diagnosed, survivors and caregivers needing information and support. She also maintains as her personal breast cancer story.

Britta’s skills include: designing innovation spaces; fundraising; communicating via written and spoken word; updated technology skill set; marketing; community leadership; project management; budgeting expertise; social media, networking.

Britta McKenna shares about IN2 and ISSF2018

Britta McKenna, talks about the Innovate IN2 program and about IMSA hosting the International Student Science Fair in 2018.

Zero Hunger Design Sprint – Team Allocation

AC Pit

During this session, students will be divided into their design sprint teams. They will remain in these teams for the rest of the day’s program.


Zero Hunger Design Sprint

AC Pit & IN2

Ending hunger is an engaging, team problem-solving challenge. Students will work in teams and be immersed in a fast-paced learning experience framed around by the UN Sustainable Development Goal, “Zero Hunger (#2). After hearing from a panel of subject matter experts in the morning, they’ll each receive a prompt (end hunger, achieve food security, promote […]


Design Sprint Shareback


Two groups will be selected by their peers to present their ideas to the ISSF 2018 attendees and the community will vote on the best project idea developed.

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