Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


Closing the digital literacy gap

Daniel Yara strives to dedicate time to his studies, community, and professional career. He offers these reflections on his work and volunteer experience:

My name is Dan Yara and I am junior Finance major with a minor in Economics. I was chosen by Google to be a Chicago Google Community Leader for the 2015-2016 school year. The Google Community Leaders Program (GCLP) is a program that is very new to Chicago but has a national presence. GCLP aims to eliminate the digital literacy divide among communities and individuals by leveraging Google tools and resources.

As a community leader, I am trained on different Google tools and applications to then teach those skills to the community. Right now, I am a part of the start-up business team and we are working with a Chicago-grown tech incubation firm to help them run their advertisements more efficiently through Google AdWords.

Outside of the GCLP program I am involved in the Rambler Investment Fund (RIF), Club Golf, and I am a proud brother of Sigma Chi. I also work part-time during the school year as an accounting intern at Citadel LLC, which is a Chicago based hedge fund. In my free time I enjoy golfing and volunteering at different Chicago sporting events such as the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament each spring. The people who influence my career the most are the individuals who I get to interact with on a daily basis, including my family and friends, my Sigma Chi brothers, and my fellow team members at Google and Citadel. 

Daniel Yara

Employer: Google

Title: Google Community Leader

Graduation Date: May 2017

Major: Finance 

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