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GET TO KNOW US

We are experts. Our multi-disciplinary DE&I team includes benefits and wellbeing strategy and compliance leaders, medical doctors who specialize in health equity, and innovative communicators. We know how to make the greatest impact.

 

We are visionaries. We view DE&I as essential to benefits, wellbeing and Total Rewards strategy. We take a thoughtful and holistic approach to delivering people-first solutions. 

Nelu is women-and-minority owned. Our team speaks fluently about social determinants of health and wealth. And we can relate to your employees' lived experiences. 

OUR TEAM

UCHE ENEMCHUKWU, ESQ.

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Uche is a benefits attorney and strategy consultant. She began her career as an associate attorney at a large law firm with a well-regarded and sophisticated human capital and benefits practice. She then transitioned to consulting at Willis Towers Watson, where she drove benefits compliance and strategy results for Fortune 100 employers. Before founding Nelu, Uche led retirement compliance at Boeing, which has some of the largest and most complex benefits plans in existence. She also developed, designed, and implemented a Total Rewards DE&I function at Boeing, through which she executed multiple first-of-their-kind solutions.

 

Uche is a SHRM “highly-rated” speaker and is active in the ERISA Industry Committee and the American Bar Association. She received her J.D. and an LL.M in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis. She received her B.A. in History and International Comparative Area Studies from Duke University. 

 

Uche is conversant in Italian and enjoys group fitness classes. She is also a documentary fanatic.

LAURA MITTELSTAEDT

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Laura is an expert in Total Rewards strategy. While a consultant at Fidelity Investments, she developed innovative financial well-being programs for large tech companies. Laura then moved to Boeing, where she was the strategic lead for the world's largest 401(k) plan.

 

Laura is a regular speaker at Pensions & Investments and other industry conferences. She is also passionate about community involvement: She was a board member and chair at local nonprofit 826CHI and was a founding DE&I co-chair on the University of Chicago Booth's Student Advisory Council. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and spent a year abroad in Angers, France.

Laura is an avid reader, loves French and Japanese food, and is a big fan of road trips. 

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CHIBUZO ENEMCHUKWU, MD, MS 

CO-FOUNDER & CONSULTANT

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Chibuzo is a physician and implementation scientist. She uses her multidisciplinary expertise to advise on optimal strategies for delivering evidence-based interventions to socially and economically diverse communities.

 

Chibuzo received her M.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, her M.S. in Clinical and Translational Research from the Rockefeller University, and her B.S. in Psychology from Duke University.

Chibuzo is fluent in Spanish and loves to run.

NATALIA WELCH

CONSULTANT

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Natalia is an advertising and communications powerhouse. She specializes in content and digital strategy. Her experience includes time at marketing icons Leo Burnett and Edelman, on behalf of clients including Dunkin’ Donuts, MillerCoors, and BUSH’S Beans. Her work has been highlighted by Ad Age and Mashable. Her greatest professional achievement to date is creating a Super Bowl activation that resulted in breaking the Guinness World Records title for largest layered dip.

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EKENE ENEMCHUKWU, MD, MPH

CO-FOUNDER & CONSULTANT

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Ekene is a physician, professor and researcher at Stanford University. She is an expert in Health Equity, Women’s Health, Preventative Health, and Minority Health, with multiple publications in medical journals and presentations at international conferences.

 

Ekene received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and earned her combined degree in Medicine (MD) and Public Health (MPH) at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

BARRETT LOPEZ

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Barrett is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago studying Economics (specialty in Business) and Geographical Sciences. He built his data-driven research skills as a research assistant in geographical theory and criminology. He has significant experience in the startup space as a co-founder competing in UChicago's College New Venture Challenge. He enjoys working with data and specializes in spatial data and cartography. He uses his cross-functional knowledge to envision and deliver unique solutions in academic and business applications.

Barrett is a tutor at the UChicago Comer Children's Hospital and is an active member of the University's entrepreneurship and service communities. In his free time, Barrett is a skier, skateboarder, and music lover.

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ANNE LIM

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Anne is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago and is passionate about creating media that makes complex issues easy to understand. She is excited to bring her experience with podcast production and research to Nelu as a content development intern. 

 

Anne is a sociology major interested in culture and the internet, and got to speak about Twitter memes and virality at Syracuse University this past March. In non-pandemic times, she loves to perform comedy; during the pandemic, she enjoys producing online Zoom fundraiser comedy shows.  

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HOW WE OPERATE

Person graphic icon, Nelu operates with Empathy

We consider the human impact of everything we do—we act with empathy.

Building Graphic Icon, Nelu builds equitable & inclusive systems

We proactively overcome bias by building equitable and inclusive systems and processes.

Puzzle graphic icon, Nelu evaluates DE&I

We evaluate equity and inclusion beyond age, race, and gender identity.

Hand with money graphic icon, Nelu supports women & minority owned businesses

We invest in local, women-and-minority-owned businesses whenever possible. What is good for us is good for our community.

Person head with a heart, Nelu makes employees feel valued

We create "aha" moments for employees. We want them to feel seen, heard, and valued—and get as psyched about benefits as we do.

Lotus graphic icon, Nelu prioritizes wellness

We prioritize wellness for ourselves and our staff—we practice what we preach.