Saya April Hillman

Saya April Hillman is an award-winning video producer and widely recognized entrepreneur.

In 2004, she took her creativity, passion for connecting people, and love of challenging herself, and launched her own digital media company, Mac 'n Cheese Productions. Her video work has been recognized at film festivals across the world and taken her to Rwanda, Africa. More recently, Mac 'n Cheese expanded to include a linking strangers to strangers service, called Mac 'n Cheese Minglers. To date, her Minglers have attracted more than 400 people from around the Chicago area; people who want to expand their networks -- professional, social, romantic. As another avenue to connect people, she created Smatterings, a bi-monthly e-newsletter that ranges from grant opportunities to job openings to service referrals to activity ideas. When she's not producing videos and introducing strangers, Saya teaches media to at-risk youth, and takes guitar, improv, and yoga classes.