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Whether you are a seasoned or aspiring entrepreneur, executive or professional, a venture or angel capitalist, 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 1,800 attendees representing 350+ companies and organizations (from startups to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and top universities) and featured 300+ speakers in over 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 Panel Speakers

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

Isabella Casillas GuzmanAdministrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Keynote Panel Speaker: Opening Keynote Panel

Isabella Casillas Guzman was sworn in as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on March 17, 2021. She serves as the voice for America’s 30 million small businesses and innovative startups in President Biden’s Cabinet.
Administrator Guzman grew up in a small business family and has been an entrepreneur herself. She has spent her entire career advising entrepreneurs, launching ventures, helping small businesses navigate government, and creating policies and programs to help advance entrepreneurship and innovation.
Most recently, she served as the Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate where she helped small businesses and innovative startups in the world’s fifth largest economy start, expand and grow. She advocated fiercely for financial relief for small businesses and focused on expanding assistance to entrepreneurs in underserved communities. In addition, she served as the economic recovery support function coordinator for the state, where she spearheaded the small business recovery effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Isabella Casillas GuzmanAdministrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Keynote Panel Speaker: Opening Keynote Panel

Isabella Casillas Guzman was sworn in as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on March 17, 2021. She serves as the voice for America’s 30 million small businesses and innovative startups in President Biden’s Cabinet.
Administrator Guzman grew up in a small business family and has been an entrepreneur herself. She has spent her entire career advising entrepreneurs, launching ventures, helping small businesses navigate government, and creating policies and programs to help advance entrepreneurship and innovation.
Most recently, she served as the Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate where she helped small businesses and innovative startups in the world’s fifth largest economy start, expand and grow. She advocated fiercely for financial relief for small businesses and focused on expanding assistance to entrepreneurs in underserved communities. In addition, she served as the economic recovery support function coordinator for the state, where she spearheaded the small business recovery effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Alex IamsExecutive Vice President, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)

Keynote Panel Speaker: Opening Keynote Panel

Alex Iams is the Executive Vice President at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). Most recently, he has led FCEDA’s work on the Fairfax County Economic Recovery Strategy and a regional economic development strategy for the National Capital Region. His career experience includes the recruitment of Amazon HQ2 and development of the Crystal City Sector Plan in Arlington. Previously, Iams worked for the Council of Development Finance Agencies and the International Economic Development Council. Lams holds a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

Alex IamsExecutive Vice President, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)

Keynote Panel Speaker: Opening Keynote Panel

Alex Iams is the Executive Vice President at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA). Most recently, he has led FCEDA’s work on the Fairfax County Economic Recovery Strategy and a regional economic development strategy for the National Capital Region. His career experience includes the recruitment of Amazon HQ2 and development of the Crystal City Sector Plan in Arlington. Previously, Iams worked for the Council of Development Finance Agencies and the International Economic Development Council. Lams holds a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

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Melissa KingDirector Office of Innovation and Engagement, U. S. Department of Transportation

Keynote Panel Speaker: Opening Keynote Panel & Session Panelist: Future of Transportation & Logistics

Melissa King serves as the Director of the Office of Innovation and Engagement in the Office of the Secretary for the Department of Transportation. The primary services for her office include management of the department-wide innovation program and engagement services offered to the organization to enrich the employee experience.

Before this assignment, Melissa served as the Executive Director of Talent Development and Chief Learning Officer at the Federal Aviation Administration where she led FAA Leadership and Learning Institution (FLLI). She and her team brought over 11,000 students through instructor-led management curriculum in over 30 courses with goal of driving a high-performance culture through learning. Her team implemented a leadership model with a focus on building transformational leaders who understood the responsibility of encouraging innovation.

Prior to joining the FAA, Melissa directed Intelsat Global University for the preeminent global fixed satellite services provider. In that position, she focused on the transformation needed to take the former International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) into an Initial Public Offering (IPO). She also led talent management functions with MeadWestvaco, a global Fortune 500 manufacturer, stabilizing the post-merger workforce by focusing on the 10 capabilities, including innovation, needed to enhance organizational performance.

Melissa’s strategic acumen is evident in her dedication to guiding people and organizations through change. Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from the State University of New York at Plattsburg and a Master's degree in Human Resources Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is also nearing completion of a doctorate with a dissertation titled: Strategies for Safely Adopting Digital Transformation in Aviation.

Melissa KingDirector Office of Innovation and Engagement, U. S. Department of Transportation

Keynote Panel Speaker: Opening Keynote Panel & Session Panelist: Future of Transportation & Logistics

Melissa King serves as the Director of the Office of Innovation and Engagement in the Office of the Secretary for the Department of Transportation. The primary services for her office include management of the department-wide innovation program and engagement services offered to the organization to enrich the employee experience.

Before this assignment, Melissa served as the Executive Director of Talent Development and Chief Learning Officer at the Federal Aviation Administration where she led FAA Leadership and Learning Institution (FLLI). She and her team brought over 11,000 students through instructor-led management curriculum in over 30 courses with goal of driving a high-performance culture through learning. Her team implemented a leadership model with a focus on building transformational leaders who understood the responsibility of encouraging innovation.

Prior to joining the FAA, Melissa directed Intelsat Global University for the preeminent global fixed satellite services provider. In that position, she focused on the transformation needed to take the former International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) into an Initial Public Offering (IPO). She also led talent management functions with MeadWestvaco, a global Fortune 500 manufacturer, stabilizing the post-merger workforce by focusing on the 10 capabilities, including innovation, needed to enhance organizational performance.

Melissa’s strategic acumen is evident in her dedication to guiding people and organizations through change. Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from the State University of New York at Plattsburg and a Master's degree in Human Resources Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is also nearing completion of a doctorate with a dissertation titled: Strategies for Safely Adopting Digital Transformation in Aviation.

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Stu SolomonPresident & CEO, Connected DMV

Keynote Panel Speaker + Moderator: Opening Keynote Panel & Session Panelist: Future of Infrastructure

Stu Solomon is currently the President and CEO of Connected DMV. He is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working on complex programs and strategies for critical infrastructure initiatives. Skilled in Power Industry, Security, IT Strategy, Business Transformation, Management, and Leadership.

Stu has served on a variety of non-profit and civic boards including the Economic Club of Washington DC (Officer), Greater Washington Board of Trade (Chair), Federal City Council, KIPP DC, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and Baylor University Advisory Board of the Hankamer School of Business. He was also named one of the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100, an annual list of the most influential regional business leaders. Stu has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business.

Stu SolomonPresident & CEO, Connected DMV

Keynote Panel Speaker + Moderator: Opening Keynote Panel & Session Panelist: Future of Infrastructure

Stu Solomon is currently the President and CEO of Connected DMV. He is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working on complex programs and strategies for critical infrastructure initiatives. Skilled in Power Industry, Security, IT Strategy, Business Transformation, Management, and Leadership.

Stu has served on a variety of non-profit and civic boards including the Economic Club of Washington DC (Officer), Greater Washington Board of Trade (Chair), Federal City Council, KIPP DC, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and Baylor University Advisory Board of the Hankamer School of Business. He was also named one of the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100, an annual list of the most influential regional business leaders. Stu has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business.

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Keynote Speakers

Alan BrodyCEO, TECHmarketing, Convean: iBreakfast & Startupalooza

Keynote Speaker: Is Your Company Fundable? & Session Panelist: Future of Funding

Alan Brody is the "Dean" of Digital Startups and founder of Startupalooza, the pitching forum and Capital Raising Workshop, that runs in 8 cities and helped entrepreneurs raise millions. He is author of The Startup Funding Formula and Are You Fundable? books that help Entrepreneurs understand the mindset of investors and get them to write a check.
Brody is CEO of Convean, the business strategy and event company that produces Angel Week, Cannavest and Blockchain Breakthroughs, the leading roadshow for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Startups.
He is the founder of the iBreakfast, New York and L.A.’s longest running Digital Media Executive Networking Group. He created the Marcom Awards, the first awards program for online advertising & marketing (now ADWEEK's Icon Awards). He has been a columnist for divisions of Advertising Age and ADWEEK.
Brody is one of the leading personalities in a new Startup series on the worldwide ZeeTV network entitled, Break Through The Crowd.

Alan BrodyCEO, TECHmarketing, Convean: iBreakfast & Startupalooza

Keynote Speaker: Is Your Company Fundable? & Session Panelist: Future of Funding

Alan Brody is the "Dean" of Digital Startups and founder of Startupalooza, the pitching forum and Capital Raising Workshop, that runs in 8 cities and helped entrepreneurs raise millions. He is author of The Startup Funding Formula and Are You Fundable? books that help Entrepreneurs understand the mindset of investors and get them to write a check.
Brody is CEO of Convean, the business strategy and event company that produces Angel Week, Cannavest and Blockchain Breakthroughs, the leading roadshow for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Startups.
He is the founder of the iBreakfast, New York and L.A.’s longest running Digital Media Executive Networking Group. He created the Marcom Awards, the first awards program for online advertising & marketing (now ADWEEK's Icon Awards). He has been a columnist for divisions of Advertising Age and ADWEEK.
Brody is one of the leading personalities in a new Startup series on the worldwide ZeeTV network entitled, Break Through The Crowd.

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Shantanu Nundy, MD, MBAChief Medical Officer, Accolade

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nundy

Shantanu Nundy, MD, MBA, is a primary care physician; Chief Medical Officer at Accolade, which helps over 2 million people navigate the health system; and the author of Care After COVID: What the Pandemic Revealed is Broken in Healthcare and How to Reinvent It https://www.careaftercovid.org/.. Dr. Nundy practices primary care at a safety net clinic in the greater Washington, DC, area and serves as a senior advisor to the World Bank and a lecturer in health policy at the George Washington University Milken Institute for Public Health. He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Shantanu Nundy, MD, MBAChief Medical Officer, Accolade

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nundy

Shantanu Nundy, MD, MBA, is a primary care physician; Chief Medical Officer at Accolade, which helps over 2 million people navigate the health system; and the author of Care After COVID: What the Pandemic Revealed is Broken in Healthcare and How to Reinvent It https://www.careaftercovid.org/.. Dr. Nundy practices primary care at a safety net clinic in the greater Washington, DC, area and serves as a senior advisor to the World Bank and a lecturer in health policy at the George Washington University Milken Institute for Public Health. He received his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Gitanjali RaoForbes 30 Under 30, America's Top Young Scientist, TED Speaker, TIME Top Young Innovator

Keynote Speaker: Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America's Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device "Tethys"—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and "Kindly"—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.

She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and "TIME Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 48,000 students in the last two years across four continents and 25 countries. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.

Gitanjali is the author of the book "Young Innovator's Guide to STEM", which guides students, educators, or teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process. She was honored as one of America's Top Youth Volunteers by Prudential in 2021 for her workshops.

Gitanjali RaoForbes 30 Under 30, America's Top Young Scientist, TED Speaker, TIME Top Young Innovator

Keynote Speaker: Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America's Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device "Tethys"—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and "Kindly"—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.

She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and "TIME Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 48,000 students in the last two years across four continents and 25 countries. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.

Gitanjali is the author of the book "Young Innovator's Guide to STEM", which guides students, educators, or teachers with a prescribed 5 step innovation process. She was honored as one of America's Top Youth Volunteers by Prudential in 2021 for her workshops.

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Our 2021 Virtual Summit is designed to connect you with thought-leaders,
resources and one another. The 2021 Summit will also have the following tracks with two to three sessions each + networking time each day:
· The Future of Healthcare and The Longevity Economy
· The Future of Fintech & Funding
· The Future of Infrastructure, Transportation and Logistics
· The Future of Entertainment & Leisure
· Sustainability and the Circular Economy

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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.”

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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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