Ross Freedman, an entrepreneurial Success Story

Ross Freedman is the co-founder of Rightpoint, a Chicago-based award-winning digital consultancy. It employs around 800 people worldwide.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he met his undergraduate classmate Brad Schneider, Freedman completed his bachelor's degree in business and computer science. The two computer science and business majors became longtime friends and business partners.

Freedman worked as a software engineer at Arthur Andersen's Business Consulting division, focusing on the Microsoft and Java platforms, before launching their own organization. He co-founded Wired Matrix with Schneider after leaving Andersen, which ultimately merged with a spin-off of Andersen.

Ross presently serves on the boards of Rightpoint and the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship's Board of Advisors at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. The University of Wisconsin-Weinert Madison's Center for Entrepreneurship equips students to flourish in any business context.

Ross and Rightpoint have received several awards including:

EY Entrepreneur of the Year(TM) Award for the Midwest in 2015 Forbes' Most Promising Companies in America (Rightpoint) Crain's Chicago Business "Top 20 Best Places to Work" (Rightpoint) Consulting Magazine's "Seven Small Jewels" (Rightpoint) 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for Inc 500's "Fastest Growing Companies" Microsoft's Central Region "Compete to Win" award

Aside from continuing to advise Rightpoint as a board member, Ross is also a member of the American Jewish Committee. He is also an annual donor to Jewish United Fund,, and Pelotonia in conjunction with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Mica Smith
Senior Journalist

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