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Whether you are a venture capitalist, a seasoned or aspiring entrepreneur or are intellectually intrigued by innovation, this is a must-attend event. The Summit allows you to connect with investors, innovators, policy makers, entrepreneurs, academic leaders and others. Their common goal is to empower private and public innovators to spur business, economic and job growth in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior Summits cumulatively have had over 1,700 attendees representing 350+ companies and organizations (from startups to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and top universities) and featured 300+ speakers in nearly 150 sessions. Strategic Partners included top Ivy and other alumni and business groups.

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What is The Wharton Club of DC?

With a core base of Wharton School alumni as members, the Wharton Club of DC is a business-focused membership organization that provides opportunities for networking and lifelong learning to entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as professionals from elite/top universities and business schools. Our Club is an active, engaged organization that values innovation, the sharing of ideas and entrepreneurship. Since 1968, we have focused on engaging with the region, the nation and the world to encourage our members and others in the DMV business, entrepreneurial and professional communities to continue learning and growing with our numerous programs and activities.

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Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers are thought leaders who have achieved great success in their business activities and will share the innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership lessons they learned.

Marla BeckCEO and Co-Founder, Bluemercury, Inc.

Keynote:

Marla Beck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bluemercury Inc., an iconic, high-growth luxury beauty retail chain founded in 1999 and acquired in 2015 by Macy’s Inc., whose exponential growth continues to be guided by her leadership and passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and consumer brands. Marla is also a cosmetics brand developer, having co-founded M-61 Laboratories in 2008, makers of M-61 Powerful Skincare, a clean and clinical skincare line, and Lune+Aster Cosmetics, a vegan cosmetics brand. Ms. Beck was named as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and is the first woman to be recognized with two cover stories by Inc. magazine focusing on her entrepreneurial achievements. In 2019, she was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame.

Marla BeckCEO and Co-Founder, Bluemercury, Inc.

Keynote:

Marla Beck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bluemercury Inc., an iconic, high-growth luxury beauty retail chain founded in 1999 and acquired in 2015 by Macy’s Inc., whose exponential growth continues to be guided by her leadership and passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and consumer brands. Marla is also a cosmetics brand developer, having co-founded M-61 Laboratories in 2008, makers of M-61 Powerful Skincare, a clean and clinical skincare line, and Lune+Aster Cosmetics, a vegan cosmetics brand. Ms. Beck was named as one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and is the first woman to be recognized with two cover stories by Inc. magazine focusing on her entrepreneurial achievements. In 2019, she was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame.

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Victor HoskinsPresident and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Victor Hoskins joined the Fairfax County (Va.) Economic Development Authority as president and CEO on August 5, 2019. Previously, he was the director of Arlington (Va.) Economic Development since 2015. In that role he is most known for leading the team that successfully attracted Amazon HQ2 to Arlington County, a deal that will bring between 25,000 and 37,850 Amazon jobs to Arlington, stimulate creation of another 75,000 jobs in the Washington region, and generate between $3.2 and $4.8 billion in revenue for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Under Mr. Hoskins’ leadership, Arlington County also successfully implemented an Innovation Strategy that moved it toward technology and private-sector commercialization. Other successes in Arlington include Nestlé, Grant Thornton, Lidl, MasterCard, Deloitte, PBS and Opower-Oracle.

Previously, Mr. Hoskins worked in private real estate investment on Wall Street. He also served as deputy mayor of economic development for the District of Columbia, during which time he led the turnaround of the District’s economy with projects such as The Wharf and City Center. During his career, his work has resulted in almost 375,000 jobs, and he has led the teams that negotiated more than 700 major business deals resulting in billions of dollars in private investment.

Since he arrived at the FCEDA, Hoskins has received the 2019 Ronald Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Virginia Business magazine named him one of the “100 people to meet in 2020,” and the Washington Business Journal included him in its “Power 100 class of 2019.” Previously, the Washington Business Journal recognized him for his role in securing the Amazon and Nestle deals, and the D.C. Building Industry Association recognized him in 2014 and 2013 for leadership in economic development.

He holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree with honors from Dartmouth College.

Victor HoskinsPresident and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Victor Hoskins joined the Fairfax County (Va.) Economic Development Authority as president and CEO on August 5, 2019. Previously, he was the director of Arlington (Va.) Economic Development since 2015. In that role he is most known for leading the team that successfully attracted Amazon HQ2 to Arlington County, a deal that will bring between 25,000 and 37,850 Amazon jobs to Arlington, stimulate creation of another 75,000 jobs in the Washington region, and generate between $3.2 and $4.8 billion in revenue for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Under Mr. Hoskins’ leadership, Arlington County also successfully implemented an Innovation Strategy that moved it toward technology and private-sector commercialization. Other successes in Arlington include Nestlé, Grant Thornton, Lidl, MasterCard, Deloitte, PBS and Opower-Oracle.

Previously, Mr. Hoskins worked in private real estate investment on Wall Street. He also served as deputy mayor of economic development for the District of Columbia, during which time he led the turnaround of the District’s economy with projects such as The Wharf and City Center. During his career, his work has resulted in almost 375,000 jobs, and he has led the teams that negotiated more than 700 major business deals resulting in billions of dollars in private investment.

Since he arrived at the FCEDA, Hoskins has received the 2019 Ronald Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Virginia Business magazine named him one of the “100 people to meet in 2020,” and the Washington Business Journal included him in its “Power 100 class of 2019.” Previously, the Washington Business Journal recognized him for his role in securing the Amazon and Nestle deals, and the D.C. Building Industry Association recognized him in 2014 and 2013 for leadership in economic development.

He holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree with honors from Dartmouth College.

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Dr. Kaihan KrippendorffFounder of growth strategy and innovation consulting firm, Outthinker

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Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is the author of 4 books including his most recent, Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs.

Dr. Kaihan KrippendorffFounder of growth strategy and innovation consulting firm, Outthinker

Keynote:

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is the author of 4 books including his most recent, Driving Innovation From Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs.

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David MoreyChairman & CEO, DMG Global

Keynote: Creating Business Magic

David Morey, founder and Chairman of DMG Global, is one of America’s leading strategic consultants and speakers. He is the best-selling author of the The Underdog Advantage, The Leadership Campaign, Creating Business Magic, the #1 New Release on Amazon, and most recently Innovating Innovation. For many years, Mr. Morey served as Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, he has worked with a who’s who of Fortune 500 leaders—and advised five Nobel Peace Prize winners and nineteen winning global presidential campaigns. Mr. Morey’s corporate clients include GE, Verizon, Pepsi, Mars, KPMG, McDonald's, Microsoft, News Corp., Nike, P&G, Disney, Visa, The Coca-Cola Company, Linkedin, TPG, American Express, NBC, Samsung, Deloitte, CVS, and many others.

David MoreyChairman & CEO, DMG Global

Keynote: Creating Business Magic

David Morey, founder and Chairman of DMG Global, is one of America’s leading strategic consultants and speakers. He is the best-selling author of the The Underdog Advantage, The Leadership Campaign, Creating Business Magic, the #1 New Release on Amazon, and most recently Innovating Innovation. For many years, Mr. Morey served as Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, he has worked with a who’s who of Fortune 500 leaders—and advised five Nobel Peace Prize winners and nineteen winning global presidential campaigns. Mr. Morey’s corporate clients include GE, Verizon, Pepsi, Mars, KPMG, McDonald's, Microsoft, News Corp., Nike, P&G, Disney, Visa, The Coca-Cola Company, Linkedin, TPG, American Express, NBC, Samsung, Deloitte, CVS, and many others.

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Schedule

COVID-19: PIVOT, REBOOT, REBOUND

May 26, 2020, 9:30am - 4:30pm &
May 27, 2020, 9:30am - 3:30pm
ONLINE ON ZOOM

Our 2020 Virtual Summit is designed to connect you with thought-leaders,
resources and one another. The 2020 Summit will also have the following panels:

· COVID-19’s Impact on Private Startup Funding
· Power Pitches: Pending & Post-Pandemic
· Public Funding Options During & After the Pandemic
· The Impact of COVID-19 on the Workforce & Workplace of the Future
· Innovating for Supply Chain Resilience
· The Pandemic’s Impact on Healthcare Innovation
· Pivot, Reposition & Future-Proof
· COVID-19’s Effects on the Future of Higher Education

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$49/ person
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Ruth Ann Hudson
Ruth Ann HudsonIBM

“The Summit is fantastic. I’ve had a lot of great conversations with individuals here. There are many new perspectives, innovative ideas, and great opportunities to collaborate. We’ve had numerous informal sessions with much dialogue.”

Aneesh Chopra
Aneesh ChopraFirst White House Chief Technology Officer

“What’s exciting about the Summit is that we have entrepreneurs and innovators coming together in the Nation’s Capital, finding ways entrepreneurs and innovators can help the big problems over the next decade. I’m excited about being here because the talent gathered here can together be part of the solution for our Nation’s ills.”

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