2015 Wharton DC Innovation Summit

Connect. Create. Transform. April 28-29, 2015.

About the Summit


Join our two-day April conference: Meet leading Wharton, Penn, and other top professors, mentors, funders, fellow entrepreneurs – ready to engage you and raise your odds of hitting your target, or finally testing that new product idea. In new workshops, startup veterans will guide you thru market tested planning and execution steps, boosting your “success quotient” as you push your idea ahead. Then, as now, we’ll connect innovators in many industries to new colleagues, plus many US and global resources.

Here you’ll also meet Fortune 500 leaders and Global 2000 innovators, but also a great many more colleagues ­­in startups, mid­size firms, innovative non­profits and key corporations. In short, you’ll get bigger opportunities to grow your network and sharpen your business acumen. By popular demand, we’ve planned for 20% more attendees. You’ll meet more thought leaders; have more networking interactions in workshops and guided events, and new options during structured and informal breaks. Better bring ALL your business cards.

The Wharton Club of Washington, DC (whartondc.com) supports the Greater Washington, DC business community and alumni success in our region through our rich calendar of events – a total of 150 to 200 or more each year - as well as liaison with the Wharton School, and other professional and alumni groups.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania was the world's first collegiate school of business. Founded in 1881 and having celebrated its 125th Anniversary, Wharton's graduate, undergraduate and executive education programs have been consistently rated among “the best in class” in the U.S. and world in comparison to Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, London, Dartmouth, Chicago, and the other well-known and most highly regarded business schools. You can learn more about the School, including news about recent developments and a summary of timely Wharton faculty research at its website, http://www.wharton.upenn.edu.

36+

Hours

Of connecting, creating and transforming through engaging events and networking.

105

Speakers

Of top innovation thought leaders from industry and government, including fellow entrepreneurs, funders, mentors, and outstanding professors from Penn and other top universities.

46

Events

To choose from that caters to your interests.

2015 Schedule


April 28, 2015
8:00am - 8:45am
Registration and Networking
Venue: Main Entrance

Sign in and collect name tags and program materials.

8:45am - 9:00am
Opening Remarks
Venue: Main Hall

Welcome and opening remarks from Wharton Club of DC.

9:00am - 9:45am
Keynote (Innovate To Grow: Meeting The Leadership Challenge)
George S. Day; Craig Hatkoff
Venue: Main Hall

“How can we grow faster?” is a pressing question for most leadership teams. The answer is to develop their innovation prowess by combining strategic discipline in their growth seeking activities with a superior ability to innovate and realize the aspirations of their growth strategies. The challenge for the leadership team is to decide how best to strengthen their innovation prowess. Their priorities should be:

  • Demonstrating and sustaining a commitment to innovation,
  • Learning to profit from uncertainty,
  • Taking an outside-in approach,
  • Aligning their organization with the right structure and incentives.
These are the drivers that enable growth leaders to accelerate past their rivals.

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: Innovation Policy
Robert Atkinson, PhD; Deborah Wince-Smith; Maura Sullivan
Venue: Vista

Panelists will discuss the importance, impact and value of innovation policy. Using “The Innovation Policy Platform,” policy can be framed as a set of partly overlapping and interrelated policy arenas focused on topics such as education, R&D and SME (Small & Medium Enterprise) policy.

The discussion will comprise examples of innovation policy and frameworks that are proven effective. Panelists will also provide their ideas on what areas the U.S. needs to focus on to ensure our position on the global stage.

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: Engaging the Capabilities of Government, Academia and Industry to Solve the Challenges of Health Information Technology
William Kennedy Smith, M.D.; Steven J. Kubisen, PhD; Conrad A. Clyburn, M.S. (U.S. Army Retired)
Venue: Balcony D

The Foggy Bottom Accelerator (FBA) facilitates and encourages public sector innovation by supporting small business in the development and implementation of products and services that improve the quality and cost of federal health information technology. The FBA seeks to nurture companies and solutions by convening experts from government, academia and industry and by promoting best practices in solution development and procurement.

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: Cyber Security
David Schoenberger; Michael Madon; Brendan Conlon; Richard H L Marshall, Esq.
Venue: Academy Hall

As we see the volume and sophistication of cyber security issues continue to rise, many innovative companies are developing solutions to help enterprises strengthen their security posture and reduce their risk while maintaining the three core principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: Lessons Learned from the Ground Up
Natalia Olson-Urtecho; Amy Servais; Asim Khan; Gwen Hurt; Kwasi Speede
Venue: Balcony E

Taking a business idea or concept from a plan to reality is a journey with many options and challenges that the business owner must evaluate. The goals toward which all drive are a successful start, growth, and profitability.

Panelists will describe their journeys of starting a business, acquiring a business, and government resources that are available for business owners to consider to reach their goals.

10:45am - 11:05am
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

11:05am - 12:05pm
Panel: Global Innovation
Dr. Jane Snowdon; Dr. Doug Barry; Ambassador Stuart Holliday
Venue: Vista

Our thought leaders and practitioners offer perspectives on innovation outside the U.S. and how a bi-directional exchange of ideas can benefit the country. These ideas can assist U.S. businesses pursuing international markets and global innovations while also seeking to gain traction in the U.S.

11:05am - 12:05pm
Panel: Citizen-Centric Healthcare
Jay Silverstein; John Whitman; Keith Lemer
Venue:

These days, consumers are bombarded with a complex array of options in seeking affordable, cost-effective, high quality health care and must navigate a maze of private and public insurance plans. This session aims at facilitating this foreboding task from three perspectives:

  • Picwell is a company dedicated to help individuals pick the best plan for themselves and their loved ones among many options that may be available.
  • Wellnet is committed to delivering sustainable healthcare benefit solutions and improving overall member health.
  • The Whitman Group developed a nationally respected consulting company focused only on care of the elderly in all settings, including the smooth transition of patients along the continuum to assure the best level of care, at the right time in the patient’s recovery, and at the lowest cost to the system.

11:05am - 12:05pm
Panel: Crowdfunding
Bill Cunningham; Steve Lebischak; Kendall Almerico
Venue: Academy Hall

The panel will review and discuss the latest developments in crowdfunding including Regulation A+ which was adopted by the S.E.C. on March 25. Regulation A+ significantly improves the prospects and process for equity crowdfunding and becomes effective on May 25.

Panelists include William Cunningham, the author of The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups; Kendall Almerico, an attorney and expert in crowdfunding who was named in 2014 by VentureBeat to be the 17th Most Influential Leader in the Crowdfunding Industry; and Wharton alumnus Steve Lebishack, CEO of Asius Technologies, a company that recently raised $650,000 in product crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

Participants will learn about crowdfunding and how it can be used to raise funding for a venture, cause or product. In particular, Steve Lebishak WG ’02 will describe how his company Asius Technology successfully completed a $650,000 crowdfunding campaign in December 2014 on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to fund the development of its earbud product that reduces hearing loss.

The panel is relevant to entrepreneurs, non-profit managers or any individuals interested in raising funding for a venture, cause/charity or product.

11:05am - 12:05pm
Panel: Fuel your Innovation: Healthy Solutions for Life
Jisele Alter; Dr. Neeraj Bhushan, M.D.
Venue: Balcony E

Entrepreneurs and innovators need to understand the value of, and implement a wellness approach that will aid their high energy, fast-paced work and personal lives and those of their entire team. Results of the right approach include fighting the epidemic of obesity and related chronic medical diseases, improved quality of life through education, and a relationship of mutual trust and professionalism between executives and the professionals who help keep them on track.

12:05pm - 1:00pm
Lunch + Keynote (The Power of Innovation - Today and Tomorrow)
Aneesh Chopra
Venue: Main Hall

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: Data as an Asset
Traci L. Hughes; Allison Oelschlaeger; Bobby J. Jones; Joel Gurin
Venue: Vista

Companies and government agencies are learning that data assets and analysis are critical to achieving high performance. And they're learning the value of open data - freely available public data, including large amounts of government data, that anyone can access and reuse. Like water or electricity, open government data is a public good and an essential public resource.

Come learn how you can use open government data in your own business. You'll hear from government and nonprofit leaders who will share examples from health care, agriculture, city operations, and a range of other sectors. Their panel discussion will cover both the opportunities in open data and ways to overcome challenges in using it.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: Discovery-Driven Planning
Alex van Putten; Ron Pierantozzi
Venue: Balcony D

Managing Uncertainty– Discovery-Driven Planning

Uncertainty is inherent in any new concept. Because it is something new to the world, or at least new to the team developing it, the assumptions surrounding a new business concept need to be laid out and continuously tested. Some assumptions will be validated over time; many more will be invalidated. Discovery-Driven Planning provides a way to develop uncertain opportunities.

We do this by asking three simple questions:

  • How big does an opportunity need to be to be meaningful?
  • What needs to be true to make this happen?
  • How are we going to find out?
This workshop will take participants through the decisions needed to execute a new product development opportunity. The simulation will put participants, each as part of a team competing with other teams - in a realistic project management situation where they will experience a different and effective way to financially manage projects.

Key takeaways are:
  • How to decrease risk projects that are highly uncertain
  • Learn how make uncertainty work for you, not against you
  • Updated financial thinking to avoid false negatives
The target audience for this workshop is:
  • Project Portfolio managers
  • Managers of large, complex projects
  • Finance managers in project-oriented companies
  • Business development managers
  • Technology managers

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: Venture Capital Fast Pitch for Funding
S. Tien Wong; John Backus; Jonathan Aberman; Randy Domolky; Jim Pastoriza; Joe Burkhart
Venue: Academy Hall

Panel discussion regarding the latest trends in early-stage financing with the region's leading venture capitalists, followed by a "rocket pitch" session by some of the most innovative early stage companies in the region. Presenting companies will be announced on April 24.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: Boosting Innovation in YOUR Organization: 5 Traits of Highly Innovative Organizations
Luis Solis
Venue: Balcony E

Highly innovative organizations (irrespective of industry or size) practice five disciplines to separate themselves from the pack. In this highly collaborative, hands-on session, we will work in small teams to explore (dream up!) ways to harness the five disciplines in our organizations for an immediate innovation boost. Team report-outs are sure to be insightful, fun, and maybe even provocative.

2:30pm - 2:50pm
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: Transforming Data from an Asset to a Utility
Joel Gurin; Traci L. Hughes; Niall Brennan; Bobby J. Jones; Laura Manley
Venue: Vista

This workshop, led by the new Center for Open Data Enterprise, will walk you through key components of your business and discuss opportunities to leverage open data as a key resource. The workshop will combine individual worksheets with group discussion.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: Injecting Innovative Thinking into Your Organization
Jeff Giangiulio; Mave Houston; Scott Totman; Azarakhsh Damood
Venue: Balcony D

Many organizations have infused an innovation operating model that allows them to rapidly produce value in the products and services they provide for their customers. Come hear from leading industry experts on how they have built this model, their lessons learned and the value they have generated.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: The Role of Alliance Management: Why Collaboration Matters
Dr. Stephen Tang; A.T. Charlie Johnson; Michael Alt; Kelly Mandarano
Venue: Academy Hall

These three thought leaders discuss their different perspectives on opportunities to accelerate and improve the results of collaboration initiatives involving the public and private sectors and academia.

For example, Michael Alt, discusses “Innovation and American Manufacturing Reimagined at Eastman Business Park: Shift the focus = Change the outcome.” How can America revitalize its high tech manufacturing sector?

The answer is revealed in a model currently employed at Eastman Business Park in upstate New York. Companies coming to EBP’s high tech commercialization accelerator and manufacturing facility are using an innovation ecosystem of development tools and infrastructure, producing next generation energy storage devices, solar cells, touch screen sensors, renewable fuels and more! At the Wharton DC Summit, discover what over 50 companies already know and opportunities for your business to consider.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: Harvesting Your Intellectual Assets
Andrew Sherman
Venue: Balcony E

Andrew J. Sherman, partner at Jones Day and author of Harvesting Intangible Assets, will discuss:

  • Key trends affecting innovation and the capital markets
  • Strategies for capturing and leveraging intangible assets
  • Best practices in building effective Intangible Asset Management (IAM)
  • Common barriers to innovation
  • The impact that intangibles have had on company valuations in a wide variety of M+A and financing transactions.

3:50pm - 4:10pm
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: Women Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Marybeth Wooton; Natalie Foley; Amita Shukla; Brianna Layman; Caitlin Iseler
Venue: Vista

Senior executive women across industries such as Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer are making significant contributions as change agents charged with refreshing legacy business models. Also according to HBR, organizations who make sure each female member on the team gets constructive and supportive feedback are 128% more likely to elicit breakthrough ideas. Join our distinguished panel of women who will share their perspectives on leadership and their individual journey as leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: Social Innovation: Learning, Earning and Returning at the Same Time
Kezia Williams; Rehan Dawer; Bill Cunningham
Venue: Balcony D

"Working to Learn, Earn, and Return" - How innovation redefines how we can work for others.

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: Government Contracting Realities & Opportunities
Charles F. Sills; Jennifer Schaus; Jana Nelson; Mark Drever
Venue: Academy Hall

This panel will review, explain and assess key issues in getting contracts and funding:● Current opportunities in the federal & military procurement & contracting arena – important intelligence for large prime cntractors, and essential working knowledge for Small Businesses/ Diversity Suppliers - including innovative sustainment & lifecycle extension of Military platforms & supply chain/ logistics

  • Multiple-year Govt.-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC’s) in the IT sector
  • Intellectual Property Patent issues
  • How to navigate the GSA Schedule maze
  • ‘Fast-Track’ purchasing channels for innovative products/ systems meeting critical requirements
  • Getting funds from Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) Programs
  • Federal Mentor-Protégé Programs as contract capture accelerators

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: “Shark Tank” Session: Improving Your Odds of Success in Getting Funds & Building Your Business
Dr. Wasif Syed; Felix Brandon Lloyd; Jordan Lloyd Bookey
Venue: Balcony E

Dr. Wasif Syed will introduce the notion of entrepreneurship after which, he will lead a discussion with Jordan on what it means to take an idea from conception to execution, what the Shark Tank journey was like, and what its like working with Mark Cuban.

5:10pm - 5:30pm
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

5:30pm - 6:15pm
Closing Keynote
Chris Schroeder; John Katzman
Venue: Main Hall

Based on his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, John will discuss the challenges of the first 1,000 days of a startup and ways to survive and create a successful business.

Chris will discuss how tech-enabled entrepreneurship is changing and will continue to change global societies everywhere.

6:15pm - 6:30pm
Closing Remarks
Venue:

End of day remarks from Wharton Club of DC.

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Summit Reception
Venue: Embassy of Indonesia

Dinner and further networking.

April 29, 2015
8:00am - 8:45am
Registration and Networking
Venue: Main Entrance

Sign in and collect name tags and program materials.

8:45am - 9:00am
Opening Remarks
Venue:

Welcome and opening remarks from Wharton Club of DC.

9:00am - 9:45am
Keynote (Innovation Lessons from LEGO)
Amy Wilkinson; David Robertson
Venue: Main Hall

Managers are bombarded with dozens of theories about how to manage innovation. These theories all promise growth and profits, but the actual results are less positive. Using the case study of LEGO, David Robertson's keynote explores how to manage innovation across a company. In 2003, LEGO almost went bankrupt. Challenging their designers to think “out of the box” almost put them out of business! In one of the most successful turnarounds in modern business history, LEGO restructured its innovation management system and saved the company. Today, LEGO is the most profitable and fastest growing company in the toy industry, growing sales at 2% and profits at 37% per year every year for the past seven years. Highly repeatable across a wide range of companies, Robertson shares the "bricks" needed to build innovation management systems—processes, tools, roles, and policies that you can apply in your company to boost your innovation success.

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: Government Transformation
Mikey Dickerson; Avi Bender; Adam
Venue: Location 1

As governments institute structural changes in the way agencies measure performance and deliver services, data analytics and new delivery modules such as shared services can help lead the way for more transformative efforts. The answer lies beyond temporary fixes such as cost cutting and tax increases. The common strategies for successful public governance involve insightful leadership and effective use of technology.

  • Entrepreneurs and small businesses come find out how to cut through the red tape and do business with the government.
  • Government come and meet those innovative, agile companies that can deliver. This session is for all attendees interested in understanding and learning how to leverage and contribute to the new government world order:
  • Hire Smarter/Workforce Innovation – how the government is hiring the best and brightest from industry
  • Buy Smarter – understand the new procurement models that shorten the buying cycle
  • Mission Acceleration – contracting and executing with Agility, Action AND Results

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: From Data to
Abdul Shaikh, PhD; Adil Alaoui; Dr. Prashila Dullabh; Benjamin Wolf
Venue: Location 2

Extracting 'Smart Data' from (So Called) Big Data is happening in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, and increasingly in the cloud. It’s a story of new and continuing steps toward refinement. While "big data" still captures media headlines, the real story of data innovation being used for healthcare improvement lies at a deeper level. Our expert panel addresses this.

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: Unlocking Potential through Innovative Leadership
Dr. Wasif Syed
Venue: Location 3

With an increasingly competitive world, creating a healthy and well-balanced environment for individuals to prosper in at work, at school or in life is critical and a major struggle for many. Increasingly, whether we are looking to succeed at global companies or start a business, we have to create an evidentiary track record of leadership and contribute in a constructive way to be able to highlight our value proposition. In this presentation, we will explore the meaning of innovative and strategic leadership, social impact, self-discovery and what it means to optimize your strategic portfolio to empower yourself and unlock your true inner potential.

9:45am - 10:45am
Panel: Profits and Purpose: The Evolving World of CSR
Leanne Posko; Thomas Raffa, CPA; Emily Rothberg; Heidi Webb; Jan Tyler
Venue: Location 4

Entrepreneurial organizations are pushing the boundaries between making money and achieving social change. The corporate citizenship landscape is evolving, and successful organizations must learn how to navigate this new terrain to remain viable. Engage in candid dialogue with corporate social responsibility experts about the interplay of profits and purpose - and leave with insights on how to steer your own organization forward.

10:45am - 11:05am
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

11:05am - 12:05pm
Panel: Government Transformation Round Table
Mikey Dickerson; Avi Bender; Adam
Venue: Location 1

An opportunity to interact with government transformation panel speakers for attendees seeking perspectives on:

  • Hiring Smarter/Workforce Innovation – how the government is hiring the best and brightest from industry
  • Buying Smarter – understand the new procurement models that shorten the buying cycle
  • Accelerating the Government Mission – contracting and executing with Agility, Action AND Results

11:05am - 12:05pm
Panel: How Safe Are Your Data? Cyber Innovation and Healthcare Data Safeguards
Tony Trenkle; Dipto Chakravarty; G. Daniel Doney
Venue: Location 2

Innovations in Cyber and Healthcare Data Safeguards are vital and getting developed and transformed daily to prevent hacks into vast data warehouses at health insurance providers, practices, clinics, hospitals and everywhere else. Using cloud platforms (Amazon’s AWS and more) is not enough. As we know too well, this issue impacts Americans worldwide, so our panel looks at the bigger context of data security innovation and the key healthcare-linked issues.

11:05am - 12:05am
Panel: SBDC & SBA
Natalia Olson-Urtecho; Tee Rowe; Therese Flaherty; Anurag Jain
Venue: Location 3

The U.S. Small Business Administration was created as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, preserve free competitive enterprise and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years, the bottom line mission remains the same - Help Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States and its territories.

SBA programs focus on the "Three C's," Capital, Contracts and Counseling. We help small business succeed, first by helping good, creditworthy small businesses get access to capital from banks and credit unions; second by providing the knowledge, training, and matchmaking opportunities to compete for government contracts; third, small business owners who have a long-term counselor are more likely to hire, grow and increase revenues, so SBA's field staff and counseling partners provide advice and counsel to small businesses across the nation.

You've created the ultimate app, product, service. That's what you do.

What are your next steps? How do get your business started, funded, organized?Or, you've started your business, it’s up and running, and ready to reach the next level, how?For 35 years small business development centers have been helping entrepreneurs and business owners answer those questions. A national network of 63 state and regional small business development centers with over 900 locations is out there offering free one-on-one counseling for small business. Located at major colleges and universities, like Wharton, SBDCs can offer help in areas as diverse as angel investment, and zero defect sampling.C.E. “Tee” Rowe, President of America's SBDCs, the association of SBDCs, will discuss the opportunities for working with small business development centers and the benefits to start-up and established businesses.

11:05am - 12:05pm
Panel: Lessons Learned from the C-Suite
Mark Drever; S.A. Ibrahim; Michael Berkman
Venue: Location 4

CEOs of successful small, mid-size, and large enterprises share their leadership lessons, how they leveraged innovation to refine their business models, and how they embedded execution in their growth strategies.

12:05pm - 1:00pm
Lunch + Keynote (Go Big or Go Home)
Chris Surdak
Venue: Main Hall

Playing to win with Big Data Big Data is one of the most talked about topics in business today. While there is tremendous hype surrounding Big Data, few organizations seem to be able to gain value from their data assets. This session will discuss successful approaches to leveraging Big Data in your organization.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: An Introduction to User-Centered Design Methodologies
Peter Dudka
Venue: Location 1

You’ve probably heard the buzz already - more and more leading companies today are "going lean" or establishing design thinking practices in order to kickstart internal innovation projects. Underneath all the hype, however, is a set of common sense principles to building, launching, or redesigning products, services, and experiences that you can adopt starting today.This workshop will provide you with both a crash course in both Lean Startup and Design Thinking methodologies as well as the insights to know when to use one tool over the other. At the end of 90 minutes, you'll walk away with a thorough understanding of the following:

  • How Lean Startup and Design Thinking got their start
  • The key similarities and differences between each process
  • When to apply Lean Startup vs. Design Thinking
In addition, you’ll be led through a hands-on exercise with each method to deepen your understanding of the methodology. Each exercise will be conducted under the guidance of experienced mentors and practitioners to provide additional background and resources where needed. Regardless of your experience, you'll leave with everything you need to start becoming an experienced user-centered designer.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: Angel Investing Panel and Pitch Session
S. Tien Wong; Fredric R. Gumbinner; Mike Pratt; Doug Humphrey; Elana Fine; Valerie Gaydos; Fred Gumbinner; Steve Graubart
Venue: Location 2

Panel discussion regarding the latest trends in early-stage financing with the region's leading venture capitalists followed by a "rocket pitch" session by some of the most innovative early stage companies in the region. Presenting Companies will be announced on April 24. A panel of savvy and active VCs will discuss recent trends, recent deals, and what the future looks like for early stage investing. This will be followed by a "rocket pitch" session with some of the most innovative early stage companies in the region. Presenting companies will be announced on April 24.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop - Federal Big Data Working Group
Dr. Katherine Goodier; Brand Niemann; Daniel Castro
Venue: Location 3

The Federal Big Data Working Group has frequent results-focused meetups that provide opportunities for a broad community of participants to focus on big data products for the Federal Big Data Initiative:

Federal: Supports the Federal Big Data Initiative, but not endorsed by the Federal Government or its Agencies;

Big Data: Supports the Federal Digital Government Strategy which is "treating all content as data", so big data = all your content;

Working Group: Data Science Teams composed of Federal Government and Non-Federal Government experts producing big data products (see Possible Team Presentations below); and

Meetup: The world's largest network of local groups to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize like MOOCs (Massive Open On-line Classes) being considered by the White House.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Workshop: Does Your Network Work as Hard as You Do? Get answers and better results in a dynamic networking workshop.
Lee Dudka
Venue: Location 4

As markets change, and industries get disrupted, there’s never been a better time to build a future-proofed network. If you want that fully-powered network

  • Will a dynamic business networking session answer your key questions? Yes, and you'll get practical guides usable at our conference - to connect with funders, leaders, panelists.
  • Will intensive learning help you get results? Our model lets you test your skills in groups - guided by expert facilitators. And you’ll learn how to "translate" these skills to your worksite.
Take 90 minutes for our Dynamic Guided Networking - learn and experience
  • Practical, business-tested tools. You’ll learn core skills for networking with executive and social groups anywhere.
  • Special networking guides for key business moments.
  • Groups to test your new skills, with facilitator’s support. This ready-to-use, fully-tested approach to networking is used by business, the military and universities. The skills are used in over 3 dozen cities worldwide.
What’s required? Readiness to learn in groups, use the guides of skilled facilitators and test these proven skillson the spot. Team up with a colleague and join us for a deep dive into powerful networking. SIGN UP EARLY. Space is limited. Doors are locked once we start.

2:30pm - 2:50pm
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: Workforce Innovation
Al Muno; Lily Mok; Ruth Ann Hudson; Thurman Jones; Jason Hite
Venue: Location 1

Does your talent strategy meet your global needs? As generations collide, workforces become more diverse and people are in the workforce longer. What does this mean for the future of your organization? Have you thought about who the business leaders of 2030 will be? What type of "incentives" will be needed to recruit, reward and retain your valued human resources? What are the risks of being left behind? At this session we will discuss and understand the trends that are creating one of the biggest challenges for senior leadership today: finding and securing the workforce of tomorrow and how to leverage investments in STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Math -programs for competitive advantage. If talent is an issue (or soon will be) for you, come listen, learn and contribute.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: Which Wearables Will Succeed? Mobile Health Innovation Ahead
Noel Khirsukhani; John Peters; Jody Ranck; Dennis Robbins, PhD
Venue: Location 2

President Obama wears one (a wearable, that is). We see wearables tracking fitness, providing critical health updates in hospital emergency rooms (Google Glass), and in FitBit and Apple Watch (launching April, 2015), we see market movers. These will now reshape a new market starting with upscale Apple Watch sales (April 2015). But WHICH wearables will succeed in the coming shakeout? Our experts address how new wearables and apps, popular but still controversial in the media, are making healthcare a daily focus for many individuals and families - on and off the job.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: A Decade of New Models: Biopharma and Its Commercialization
Dimitris K. Agrafiotis, PhD, FRSC; Dr. Lakhmir Chawla; Steven J. Kubisen, PhD; Robert H. Miller, PhD
Venue: Location 3

A generation ago, commercialization in biopharma often used traditional approaches to drug development. Now these are evolving dramatically in this innovation arena since 2010, spurred by the "patent cliff" but begun much earlier. This expert panel addresses the critical advances of the recent past, and offers one special case study of commercialization. Join us for a solid review by major industry veterans of this complex innovation arena.

2:50pm - 3:50pm
Panel: Innovative Heroes
Randall
Venue: Location 4

Where do America's businesses find the best, brightest and most mission-driven team members so they can stay competitive in the global marketplace? The answer is America’s military veterans. Each year hundreds of thousands of veterans transition from military careers to the civilian community. America's veterans have incredible leadership experiences and an ability to accomplish the mission regardless of the challenges. They are an educated, disciplined and loyal group with advanced technical skills and proven leadership experience. America's veterans are also a vital national resource and the Wharton Innovation Summit is bringing together a group of veterans working to help connect businesses and our troops to ensure they can continue to contribute and utilize their vast skill sets. We proudly partner with the Wharton Innovation Summit as it honors those who have served and is actively involved in helping veterans use their skills and transition into the business world.

3:50pm - 4:10pm
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: Not Your Father's
Ed Cohen, Pharm D; Vicky Parikh, MD; John Whitman
Venue: Location 1

New models of healthcare delivery are familiar to many of us, and this panel takes a sharp look at 3 spots on the range of new delivery paths. From consumer-focused Clinics, to the expanding use of Telemedicine (in many rural US areas) to physician- and hospital-focused Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) - all reflect models that help lower our healthcare costs. Join these experts as they review this evolving field and the plot twists on the horizon.

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: Educational Technology
George Churchwell; Phil Bronner; Loyd Thompson; Devin Schain; John Kannapell
Venue: Location 2

A group of innovative and cutting-edge EdTech entrepreneurs in the formal and corporate education space take the stage to discuss the latest trends and thought leadership in education technology. Topics to be covered include learning analytics, predictive analysis, personalized education, integration of technologies, and what this all means for educators and students alike.

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: Entrepreneurship in the Middle East: Youth Perspectives
AlJohara M. AlBanyan; Fatima AlShaikh; Danah Al Yahya; Abdulla AlBadi AlDhaheri
Venue: Location 3

A changing wave of younger entrepreneurs and innovators are aiming to change the Middle East landscape. In this panel we hear from young students and young professionals from the Middle East on what the region needs to make it more entrepreneurial and innovative.

4:10pm - 5:10pm
Panel: Disruptive Technologies
Mark G. Allen, PhD; Mike Patterson; Adam Trexler
Venue: Location 4

Are there threats and opportunities for your business coming from disruptive technologies? Within the flow of new technologies, most of them are incremental. But some technologies are so advanced that they have the potential to make other technologies obsolete and allow new solutions for existing problems. This panel will address how Nanotechnology has such disruptive potential, plus the challenges they have faced and lessons they have learned.

5:10pm - 5:30pm
Networking Break
Venue: Main Hall

Time to meet and greet others at the summit.

5:30pm - 6:15pm
Closing Keynotes (Rewiring for Innovation in the Digital Age)
Luis Solis; Gloria Larkin
Venue: Main Hall

Rewiring for Innovation in the Digital Age (or Something Funny Happened On The Way To The Office)

There was a day when our personal lives were rather distinct and separate from our professional, work lives. For most, those distinctions have blurred, if not completely disappeared. To innovate in the digital age, leaders must rewire their strategy and organizations by addressing five irreversible trends that shape how we feel and think about work: social, collaboration, networks, digital experiences and start-ups or new ventures.

Dreaming is not a strategy. Innovative ideas are born of many sources: problems, pain, desire, conflict or financial gain. Gloria Larkin tackles the pragmatic pursuit of bringing the dream into reality.

6:15pm - 6:20pm
Closing Remarks
Venue: Main Hall

End of day remarks from Wharton Club of DC.

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Networking and Closing Reception
Venue: Main Hall

Dinner and further networking.

2015 Keynote Speakers


  • aneesh-chopra

    Aneesh Chopra

    Former CTO of the White House, Co-Founder and Executive Vice president at Hunch Analytics

    george-day

    Dr. George Day

    Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor; Professor of Marketing; Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management

    craig-hatkoff

    Craig Hatkoff

    Co-founder, Disruptor Foundation & Tribeca Film Festival

  • gloria-larkin

    Gloria Larkin

    Government business development expert

    david-robertson

    David Robertson

    Practice Professor, Operations and Information Management Department, The Wharton School; and host 'Innovation Navigation' on SiriusXM 111, Wharton Business Radio

    christopher-surdak

    Christopher Surdak, JD

    American entrepreneur, advisor and investor; Interactive technologies and social communications

  • john-katzman

    John Katzman

    Founder, The Noodle Education

    luis-solis

    Luis Solis

    Chief Innovation Evangelist, Imaginatik PLC

    christopher-m-schroeder

    Christopher M. Schroeder

  • amy-wilkinson

    Amy Wilkinson

    Entrepreneur and Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Aneesh Chopra
Former CTO of the White House, Co-Founder and Executive Vice president at Hunch Analytics
Aneesh Chopra is the former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an "open innovation" strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration - opening up data, convening on standards and staffing "lean government startups." He is the author of the book, Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government, focused on how we can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy and education markets among other public and regulated sectors.Chopra is currently the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. He serves as a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future and is an inaugural Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. Chopra earned his MA in public policy from Harvard University (1997) and his BA from The Johns Hopkins University (1994).
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Dr. George Day
Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor; Professor of Marketing; Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management
George S. Day is the Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor, Professor of Marketing and co-Director of the Mack Institute For Innovation Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He was previously the Executive Director of the Marketing Science Institute. He has been a consultant to numerous corporations such as General Electric, IBM, Metropolitan Life, Unilever, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, W.L. Gore and Associates, Coca-Cola, Boeing, LG Corp., Best Buy, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic.  He is the past chairman of the American Marketing Association. His primary areas of activity are marketing, strategy making, organic growth and innovation, organizational change, and competitive strategies in global markets.
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Craig Hatkoff
Co-founder, Disruptor Foundation & Tribeca Film Festival
Craig Hatkoff, in 2010, created and now curates the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in collaboration with Harvard B-School Professor Clayton Christensen (with whom he is Co-founder of the Disruptor Foundation).He is also co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival along with Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro. The largest film festival in North America, the festival was created immediately following the events of September 11th to help revitalize lower Manhattan. Craig is Chairman of Turtle Pond  Publications LLC, a private entertainment and media-based company.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, the Child Mind Institute, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, The Wild Bird Fund and the Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation.Craig is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a Director of two NYSE companies, Taubman Centers Inc., and SL Green Realty Corporation.  Also, he has co-authored with his young daughters a best-selling series of children's books including the New York Times #1 best-selling Owen and Mzee.  Craig graduated from Colgate University '76 and received his MBA from Columbia University '78, where he was an adjunct professor at the business school for five years.
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Gloria Larkin
Government business development expert
Gloria Larkin is a nationally-recognized government business development expert. Her company TargetGov provides expert consultation in the field of federal contracting, specifically in guiding companies to accelerate sales in the complex government market. Her innovative FAST™ Process has been adopted by large and small firms nationwide. In the last five years, FAST™ Process clients have won over $3 billion in federal contracts. Ms. Larkin is the author of two books, and is published in local, regional, and national publications. She created the Government Contracting Institute, a National Contract Management Association Educational Partner and serves as Educational Foundation Chairman for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a non-partisan organization affecting over 4.7 million business women nationwide.
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David Robertson
Practice Professor, Operations and Information Management Department, The Wharton School; and host 'Innovation Navigation' on SiriusXM 111, Wharton Business Radio
David Robertson joined the faculty of the Wharton School in 2011. He is a Professor of Practice and teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. David is also the host of the weekly radio show "Innovation Navigation", which offers unscripted access to world-renowned thought leaders, executives, and faculty.  Broadcasting from The Wharton School’s Ivy League campus via Sirius XM’s trailblazing Wharton Business Radio channel, the program delivers invaluable advice for executives or managers who want to boost their organization’s ability to innovate. David’s research interests are in innovation management – how companies can get more from their innovation investments. In addition to his research and teaching activities, David consults with many US and European companies to help them improve their innovation management systems.
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Christopher Surdak, JD
American entrepreneur, advisor and investor; Interactive technologies and social communications
Technology Evangelist, Award-Winning Author, Engineer, Data Scientist, Rocket Scientist, and Global Expert in Information Governance, Analytics, Privacy Policy, Social Media and eDiscovery. Christopher Surdak is an industry-recognized expert in Collaboration and Content Management, Big Data, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance, and Cloud Computing with over 20 years of professional experience. Mr. Surdak has held similar roles with other leading companies such as Accenture, Siemens, Dell and Citibank.  Mr. Surdak began his career with Lockheed Martin Astrospace, where he was a spacecraft systems engineer and rocket scientist. Mr. Surdak holds a Juris Doctor from Taft University, an Executive Masters In Technology Management and a Moore Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Certificate in Information Security from Villanova University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Surdak is author of “Data Crush:  How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities”, published by AMACOM Publishing, recipient of GetAbstract’s International Book of the Year Award, 2014. He is also contributing editor and columnist for European Business Review, China Business Review and HP Matter magazines and Dataconomy.com. Mr. Surdak provides talks, guidance and advice to global leaders on a range of technology, policy and business topics.
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John Katzman
Founder, The Noodle Education
John Katzman is the founder and CEO of Noodle Education, an education startup whose eponymous search engine helps students and parents find educational resources and schools. Prior to Noodle, Katzman founded 2U (originally 2tor), and served as its CEO and Chairman until 2012. 2U works with research universities to create high-quality online degree programs; partners include the University of Southern California (USC), Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University, Duke, Emory, and Northwestern.Before founding Noodle and 2U, Katzman founded The Princeton Review, and served as its CEO and Chairman until 2007. At that time, the Review helped over 50% of students applying to US colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. Further, it worked with hundreds of colleges and K-12 school districts to help them improve educational outcomes and university admissions.Katzman is the co-author of five books and many articles. He serves on the Boards of Directors for several non-profits, including the National Association of Independent Schools and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He has helped launch several start-ups, mostly in the area of education technology, and has invested in many others.Katzman is married to Alicia Ernst; they have a son (19) and daughter (16). His personal interests include ice hockey, running, skiing, and architecture.
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Luis Solis
Chief Innovation Evangelist, Imaginatik PLC
Luis Solis, a world leader in innovation capability building for large organizations using Cloud software and consultancy, is a business leader, strategic advisor and author.  He has started businesses (Symbius, GeoLogistics), turned some around (GroupSystems and Imaginatik), and venture invested as a private equity sponsor (VANS and others through McCown de Leeuw).  He is a recognized expert in B2B enterprise software company growth, with emphasis on marketing, sales and business models.  Author of "Innovation Alchemists: What every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer", Luis is an in-demand speaker on innovation leadership.  He earned an MBA/JD from Stanford University.  His  BA (Philosophy) is from the University of Pennsylvania.  Luis resides in Boulder, Colorado.  More at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lfsolis
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Christopher M. Schroeder
Christopher M. Schroeder is an American entrepreneur, advisor and investor in interactive technologies and social communications.  He is author of the recent best seller, and first book on startups in the Arab World, Startup Rising -- The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East  -- with a forward by Marc Andreessen.   Schroeder was the CEO and Publisher of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital backed startup HealthCentral.com, sold in 2012.  He is an investor in consumer facing enterprises including Vox Media, Skift, Quibb, iBotta, Zignal Labs, BrightSky Labs, Parlio among others, and in leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds.   Schroeder serves on the board of advisers of the American University of Cairo School of Business, American University School of International Service, the Jordanian startup incubator Oasis500, The German Marshall Fund and the American Council on Germany.  He is on the Investment Committee of The Wamda Fund, one of the largest venture capital funds in the Middle East.  He has written extensively on startups and innovation as well as emerging growth markets and the Middle East for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Business Insider among many others, and has been featured on Charlie Rose and Fareed Zakaria's 360.  He was named one of LinkedIn's first 50 Influencers.  He served on the staff of Secretary of State James Baker and Under Secretary Robert Zoellick.  He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
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Amy Wilkinson
Entrepreneur and Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Amy Wilkinson is a strategic adviser, entrepreneur, and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A sought-after speaker, she frequently addresses audiences on entrepreneurial leadership, and advises start-ups and large corporations on innovation and business strategy. She has held leadership roles with McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan, and founded a small, foreign-based export company. Wilkinson has served as a White House fellow and special assistant to the United States Trade Representative and as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Learn more at AmyWilkinson.com.