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.

Ankur DagaCEO, Angara
Ankur DagaCEO, Angara
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Cherie KlossFounder & CEO, SnapNurse

Cherie Kloss is the founder and chief executive officer of SnapMedTech, the parent company for SnapNurse, the largest healthcare staffing platform in the US, and its technology brands InstaStaff and Paymint.

With more than 225,000 registered nurses serving over 1,000 partnered facilities, SnapNurse’s staffing technology fills short-term nursing vacancies in less than 48 hours, a departure from the 14-day average of traditional staffing agencies.

The company has grown exponentially since its founding in 2017. As the only business of its kind, the company logged meteoric growth during the pandemic, expanding sales by more than 77,000% in 12 months. SnapNurse’s Q1 2020 to Q1 2021 growth rate of 40,000% is one of the fastest growth rates of any company in any industry in recorded history.

Cherie, who served as an anesthetist for 18 years, founded SnapNurse to offer a more efficient ecosystem for healthcare systems and nurses to work together. She realized how broken the industry’s credentialing and hiring process was, so she created the company to ultimately help solve the world’s critical nursing shortage.

With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Cherie guides the SnapMedTech family, building technologies and service businesses around the automation of booking, credentialing, and payment processes crucial to healthcare staffing.

Cherie holds a BS in biology and premed from Westmont College and a master’s degree from Emory University School of Medicine. In 2021, Cherie was named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award Winner.

Cherie KlossFounder & CEO, SnapNurse

Cherie Kloss is the founder and chief executive officer of SnapMedTech, the parent company for SnapNurse, the largest healthcare staffing platform in the US, and its technology brands InstaStaff and Paymint.

With more than 225,000 registered nurses serving over 1,000 partnered facilities, SnapNurse’s staffing technology fills short-term nursing vacancies in less than 48 hours, a departure from the 14-day average of traditional staffing agencies.

The company has grown exponentially since its founding in 2017. As the only business of its kind, the company logged meteoric growth during the pandemic, expanding sales by more than 77,000% in 12 months. SnapNurse’s Q1 2020 to Q1 2021 growth rate of 40,000% is one of the fastest growth rates of any company in any industry in recorded history.

Cherie, who served as an anesthetist for 18 years, founded SnapNurse to offer a more efficient ecosystem for healthcare systems and nurses to work together. She realized how broken the industry’s credentialing and hiring process was, so she created the company to ultimately help solve the world’s critical nursing shortage.

With more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Cherie guides the SnapMedTech family, building technologies and service businesses around the automation of booking, credentialing, and payment processes crucial to healthcare staffing.

Cherie holds a BS in biology and premed from Westmont College and a master’s degree from Emory University School of Medicine. In 2021, Cherie was named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award Winner.

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Gautam MukundaHead of Research, Rose Park Advisors

Gautam Mukunda is an internationally recognized expert in leadership and innovation. He often jokes that his life’s ambition is to have the world’s most confusing resume and that he’s most of the way there. He is the Head of Research at Rose Park Advisors, a firm co-founded by his mentor Clayton Christensen that provides companies that are supported by the theory of disruptive innovation the capital investment and strategy that allows them to grow to make the world a better place. Gautam is also a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, the author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) and Picking Presidents: How To Make The Most Consequential Decision in the World (University of California Press, forthcoming October 2022), and the host of Nasdaq’s podcast World Reimagined with Gautam Mukunda.

Gautam has been a professor at Harvard Business School and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. He has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, Slate, Fast Company, Parameters, Politics and the Life Sciences, and Systems and Synthetic Biology on topics including leadership, reforming the financial sector, military innovation, network-centric warfare, the security and economic implications of synthetic biology, and the TV show Mad Men. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Economist, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and on All Things Considered.

Gautam was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program and Program on Emerging Technologies. He was a Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow, an NSF IGERT Fellow, a Next Generation Fellow of The American Assembly, and a Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. He served on The Chief of Naval Operation’s Executive Advisory Panel and as a member of the New England Regional Selection Committee for the White House Fellowship and was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. He was a Jeopardy Champion.

At MIT, Gautam was the National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology ERC Postdoctoral Fellow resident at MIT’s Center for International Studies. He received his PhD from MIT in political science focusing in International Relations and Security Studies, where he was a Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow and an NSF IGERT Fellow. He received his AB in Government from Harvard, magna cum laude. Before his academic career he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on the pharmaceutical sector.

Gautam is a member of the board of directors and chair of the Mentorship Committee of The Upakar Foundation, a national non-profit devoted to providing college scholarships to underprivileged students of South Asian descent. He is on the Advisory Boards of Bionic Solutions and Fount Bio. He is an Overseer of the Boston Ballet and a member of the Museum Council of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Gautam MukundaHead of Research, Rose Park Advisors

Gautam Mukunda is an internationally recognized expert in leadership and innovation. He often jokes that his life’s ambition is to have the world’s most confusing resume and that he’s most of the way there. He is the Head of Research at Rose Park Advisors, a firm co-founded by his mentor Clayton Christensen that provides companies that are supported by the theory of disruptive innovation the capital investment and strategy that allows them to grow to make the world a better place. Gautam is also a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, the author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012) and Picking Presidents: How To Make The Most Consequential Decision in the World (University of California Press, forthcoming October 2022), and the host of Nasdaq’s podcast World Reimagined with Gautam Mukunda.

Gautam has been a professor at Harvard Business School and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. He has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, Slate, Fast Company, Parameters, Politics and the Life Sciences, and Systems and Synthetic Biology on topics including leadership, reforming the financial sector, military innovation, network-centric warfare, the security and economic implications of synthetic biology, and the TV show Mad Men. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Economist, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and on All Things Considered.

Gautam was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program and Program on Emerging Technologies. He was a Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow, an NSF IGERT Fellow, a Next Generation Fellow of The American Assembly, and a Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. He served on The Chief of Naval Operation’s Executive Advisory Panel and as a member of the New England Regional Selection Committee for the White House Fellowship and was a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. He was a Jeopardy Champion.

At MIT, Gautam was the National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology ERC Postdoctoral Fellow resident at MIT’s Center for International Studies. He received his PhD from MIT in political science focusing in International Relations and Security Studies, where he was a Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow and an NSF IGERT Fellow. He received his AB in Government from Harvard, magna cum laude. Before his academic career he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on the pharmaceutical sector.

Gautam is a member of the board of directors and chair of the Mentorship Committee of The Upakar Foundation, a national non-profit devoted to providing college scholarships to underprivileged students of South Asian descent. He is on the Advisory Boards of Bionic Solutions and Fount Bio. He is an Overseer of the Boston Ballet and a member of the Museum Council of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

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Session Panel Speakers

David Allen

For 40 years, David Allen has been committed to standing in the gap for those who could not stand for themselves. He has been a Firefighter Paramedic in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia. Today, David is completing the final leg of his career as an International Board Certified Community Paramedic in Alpharetta, Georgia. Stephen Covey's seventh habit of highly effective people admonishes readers to "sharpen the saw." At age 62, David recently completed his Bachelor's degree from Waldorf University in Fire Science Administration - Summa Cum Laude. He has already enrolled in Harvard University's Extension School Master's program. He continues to apply academic excellence to attend to the medically vulnerable and leadership development for the next generation.

David took leadership development a step further when he achieved certification as an Executive Coach from the University of Georgia, focusing on supporting today's "C" suite leaders.

David is excited to apply emerging innovative technology to the community's underserved, overwhelmed, and at-risk populations. His contemporaries presume that he used chisel and stone in his elementary years. David is intent on proving that he can evolve with the times.

David Allen

For 40 years, David Allen has been committed to standing in the gap for those who could not stand for themselves. He has been a Firefighter Paramedic in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia. Today, David is completing the final leg of his career as an International Board Certified Community Paramedic in Alpharetta, Georgia. Stephen Covey's seventh habit of highly effective people admonishes readers to "sharpen the saw." At age 62, David recently completed his Bachelor's degree from Waldorf University in Fire Science Administration - Summa Cum Laude. He has already enrolled in Harvard University's Extension School Master's program. He continues to apply academic excellence to attend to the medically vulnerable and leadership development for the next generation.

David took leadership development a step further when he achieved certification as an Executive Coach from the University of Georgia, focusing on supporting today's "C" suite leaders.

David is excited to apply emerging innovative technology to the community's underserved, overwhelmed, and at-risk populations. His contemporaries presume that he used chisel and stone in his elementary years. David is intent on proving that he can evolve with the times.

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Ron BlatmanExecutive Producer/Producer for the Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis documentary series

Ron Blatman is Executive Producer/Producer for the Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis documentary series about making cities better places now in production. To get a sense of the series, visit www.savingthecity.org for preview videos and more.

He also created and produced the acclaimed Saving the Bay national PBS series narrated by Robert Redford about the history of San Francisco Bay. Four episodes cover San Francisco Bay from its origins to the present and highlight three pioneering women who saved the Bay from becoming little more than a river in the 1960s.

Visit www.savingthebay.org for video clips and an extensive education section. The series won four regional Emmy awards including for Best Documentary. Screenings were held for members of Congress at the US Capitol and in conjunction with the state legislature in Sacramento.

Ron previously worked in real estate development and finance in his native San Francisco and on Wall Street in New York, as well as serving as Director of Business Development in the San Francisco mayor's office. He was the mayor’s point man for keeping the San Francisco Giants baseball team in the city as well as catalyst for a major new Federal office complex.
He earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and a concurrent Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Ron BlatmanExecutive Producer/Producer for the Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis documentary series

Ron Blatman is Executive Producer/Producer for the Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis documentary series about making cities better places now in production. To get a sense of the series, visit www.savingthecity.org for preview videos and more.

He also created and produced the acclaimed Saving the Bay national PBS series narrated by Robert Redford about the history of San Francisco Bay. Four episodes cover San Francisco Bay from its origins to the present and highlight three pioneering women who saved the Bay from becoming little more than a river in the 1960s.

Visit www.savingthebay.org for video clips and an extensive education section. The series won four regional Emmy awards including for Best Documentary. Screenings were held for members of Congress at the US Capitol and in conjunction with the state legislature in Sacramento.

Ron previously worked in real estate development and finance in his native San Francisco and on Wall Street in New York, as well as serving as Director of Business Development in the San Francisco mayor's office. He was the mayor’s point man for keeping the San Francisco Giants baseball team in the city as well as catalyst for a major new Federal office complex.
He earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and a concurrent Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

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Joe EbberweinCo-Founder & CFO, Corstata, Inc.

Joe Ebberwein is the Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Corstrata, a Telehealth solution for wound and ostomy patients. He has spent the majority of his career in the post-acute Home Health and Hospice industry with extensive executive management experience, running multiple lines of business.
He has developed strategies for emerging value-based reimbursement models of healthcare including the successful integration of Telehealth into clinical workflows, improving clinical quality outcomes at a lower cost per patient, including the emerging hospital at home models of care. He has served on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and Credentialing Center.
He received a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Joe EbberweinCo-Founder & CFO, Corstata, Inc.

Joe Ebberwein is the Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Corstrata, a Telehealth solution for wound and ostomy patients. He has spent the majority of his career in the post-acute Home Health and Hospice industry with extensive executive management experience, running multiple lines of business.
He has developed strategies for emerging value-based reimbursement models of healthcare including the successful integration of Telehealth into clinical workflows, improving clinical quality outcomes at a lower cost per patient, including the emerging hospital at home models of care. He has served on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and Credentialing Center.
He received a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

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Susie EllisCo-Founder, Chair & CEO Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit

Susie Ellis is the chair and CEO of the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute, considered the industry’s leading global research and educational resource. She is also co-founder, chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit, an organization at the heart of the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy focused on facilitating collaboration amongst industry thought leaders. Recognized as a leading authority on wellness trends, Ellis is a popular speaker at industry events. She sits on numerous academic and industry boards, including the EHL – Swiss Hospitality Management School in Lausanne, the Aspen Brain Institute, the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, and was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s “Accelerating Health and Well-being Initiative.” She holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Susie EllisCo-Founder, Chair & CEO Global Wellness Institute and Global Wellness Summit

Susie Ellis is the chair and CEO of the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute, considered the industry’s leading global research and educational resource. She is also co-founder, chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit, an organization at the heart of the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy focused on facilitating collaboration amongst industry thought leaders. Recognized as a leading authority on wellness trends, Ellis is a popular speaker at industry events. She sits on numerous academic and industry boards, including the EHL – Swiss Hospitality Management School in Lausanne, the Aspen Brain Institute, the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, and was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s “Accelerating Health and Well-being Initiative.” She holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Helen FosterOwner and Principal, Foster Strategy, LLC

Helen Foster is the owner and principal of Foster Strategy, LLC, a real estate development and marketing consultancy specializing in the creation and expansion of master planned and age-qualified (55+) communities. Based in New Orleans, Helen helps developers and operators across the U.S. envision and deliver wholly new approaches to community development and resident life. She is best known for 18+ years of collaboration with two renowned, large-scale developments: Willow Valley Communities (Lancaster, PA) and Rancho Mission Viejo (San Juan Capistrano, CA). Helen is Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Lifestyle Residential Development Council, Co-chair of the Global Wellness Institute's Wellness Communities and Real Estate Initiative, and she actively participates as an advisor, speaker, and awards judge for other major industry organizations including Leading Age and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

Helen FosterOwner and Principal, Foster Strategy, LLC

Helen Foster is the owner and principal of Foster Strategy, LLC, a real estate development and marketing consultancy specializing in the creation and expansion of master planned and age-qualified (55+) communities. Based in New Orleans, Helen helps developers and operators across the U.S. envision and deliver wholly new approaches to community development and resident life. She is best known for 18+ years of collaboration with two renowned, large-scale developments: Willow Valley Communities (Lancaster, PA) and Rancho Mission Viejo (San Juan Capistrano, CA). Helen is Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Lifestyle Residential Development Council, Co-chair of the Global Wellness Institute's Wellness Communities and Real Estate Initiative, and she actively participates as an advisor, speaker, and awards judge for other major industry organizations including Leading Age and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

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Stephanie HesslerCareer & Leadership Coach

Do you want to reach new levels of achievement in your career? Do you want to improve your habits, productivity and profits?

Most people are getting the same results – year in, year out. That’s because of paradigms.

What are they?
Paradigms are a multitude of habits. They guide almost every move you make in work and
life.

During this interactive presentation, you will gain an understanding about your paradigms and how to shift to new ones so you can achieve your career and life goals. You will learn:
• Why it’s vital to understand your paradigms. Paradigms are multitudes of habits - at a subconscious level - that have almost exclusive control over your habitual behavior.
• How to use your mind in service of achieving your career goals. You must understand your mind in order to create new paradigms that support you in reaching new levels of achievement in career and life.
• Why it's important to have clarity around what you really want to achieve. Establishing clear goals is the most critical step toward creating the results that you want.
• How you go from where you are to where you want to be – Learn how to reprogram your paradigms. That's where your next level of achievement starts, in career and life!

If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm . -Stephen Covey

Stephanie Hessler is a Performance and Mindset Coach. She helps high-achieving leaders who want to rapidly advance their careers and create a vision others want to follow, but are tired of playing small. Therefore, Stephanie guides her clients through a transformational coaching journey
called the BLISS Accelerator to turn their goals and dreams into reality. Previously, she worked in the investment business, including on Wall Street, for sixteen years. She earned her MBA at The Wharton School and her BA at Wellesley College.

Stephanie HesslerCareer & Leadership Coach

Do you want to reach new levels of achievement in your career? Do you want to improve your habits, productivity and profits?

Most people are getting the same results – year in, year out. That’s because of paradigms.

What are they?
Paradigms are a multitude of habits. They guide almost every move you make in work and
life.

During this interactive presentation, you will gain an understanding about your paradigms and how to shift to new ones so you can achieve your career and life goals. You will learn:
• Why it’s vital to understand your paradigms. Paradigms are multitudes of habits - at a subconscious level - that have almost exclusive control over your habitual behavior.
• How to use your mind in service of achieving your career goals. You must understand your mind in order to create new paradigms that support you in reaching new levels of achievement in career and life.
• Why it's important to have clarity around what you really want to achieve. Establishing clear goals is the most critical step toward creating the results that you want.
• How you go from where you are to where you want to be – Learn how to reprogram your paradigms. That's where your next level of achievement starts, in career and life!

If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm . -Stephen Covey

Stephanie Hessler is a Performance and Mindset Coach. She helps high-achieving leaders who want to rapidly advance their careers and create a vision others want to follow, but are tired of playing small. Therefore, Stephanie guides her clients through a transformational coaching journey
called the BLISS Accelerator to turn their goals and dreams into reality. Previously, she worked in the investment business, including on Wall Street, for sixteen years. She earned her MBA at The Wharton School and her BA at Wellesley College.

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Dan LoaguePresident, Washington DC ArchAngels

Dan Loague has an extensive background in venture capital and early stage investments. Over the past twenty-five years he has built, and now works with a national network of exceptionally active angels, professional investors, corporate, business development professionals, technology enterprise executives and government officials. He is currently President, Washington DC ArchAngels, and formerly the DC representative of Ventana Capital, Irvine CA, and Executive Director, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.

In addition, he is Executive Director, Capital Formation Institute, Inc., a non-profit serving a national network of leading startup investors, licensees and commercialization professionals. In past positions, Mr. Loague has worked extensively as a state-level economic development professional, serving six consecutive governors of the state of Oklahoma. He is also a former university professor and instructor, and during 1963-67, served in the U.S. Air Force Systems Command as an Avionics Officer in RF-4C aircraft test program.

Dan LoaguePresident, Washington DC ArchAngels

Dan Loague has an extensive background in venture capital and early stage investments. Over the past twenty-five years he has built, and now works with a national network of exceptionally active angels, professional investors, corporate, business development professionals, technology enterprise executives and government officials. He is currently President, Washington DC ArchAngels, and formerly the DC representative of Ventana Capital, Irvine CA, and Executive Director, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.

In addition, he is Executive Director, Capital Formation Institute, Inc., a non-profit serving a national network of leading startup investors, licensees and commercialization professionals. In past positions, Mr. Loague has worked extensively as a state-level economic development professional, serving six consecutive governors of the state of Oklahoma. He is also a former university professor and instructor, and during 1963-67, served in the U.S. Air Force Systems Command as an Avionics Officer in RF-4C aircraft test program.

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Janet Meyer, AIAPrincipal, BCT Design Group

Since 1997, Janet Meyer has focused on creating thoughtfully designed environments for aging adults.
With a deep understanding of this demographic, she feels strongly that the key to longevity and mental
and physical well-being is creating an engaging and purposeful community. In 2009, this led her to BCT
Design Group where she and a fellow architect established the firm’s housing studio which she co-leads
today.

As a principal at BCT Design Group, Janet’s work is influenced by the trends in multifamily housing,
retail, hospitality, and office. Today she brings her knowledge of the full continuum of care, combined
with the experience of other BCT studios, to design state-of-the art communities for the elderly, that
engage younger generations and offer amenities often found in urban settings.

She frequently works together with BCT colleagues to evaluate how both senior housing and multifamily
housing can be integrated into existing, yet reimagined retail sites and urban infill areas. She has led
office-to-residential conversions, tackling the intricacies and challenges inherent in older buildings and
frequently leads large-scale planning efforts that include senior and market-rate housing, arts, entertainment, office and hospitality.

A passionate proponent of well-designed communities for older adults, Janet frequently speaks
nationally on the trends impacting the senior housing space. Janet is a registered architect and has
designed numerous communities throughout her career. She is a member of the American Institute of
Architects (AIA), American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) and the National Investment Center for
Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).

Janet Meyer, AIAPrincipal, BCT Design Group

Since 1997, Janet Meyer has focused on creating thoughtfully designed environments for aging adults.
With a deep understanding of this demographic, she feels strongly that the key to longevity and mental
and physical well-being is creating an engaging and purposeful community. In 2009, this led her to BCT
Design Group where she and a fellow architect established the firm’s housing studio which she co-leads
today.

As a principal at BCT Design Group, Janet’s work is influenced by the trends in multifamily housing,
retail, hospitality, and office. Today she brings her knowledge of the full continuum of care, combined
with the experience of other BCT studios, to design state-of-the art communities for the elderly, that
engage younger generations and offer amenities often found in urban settings.

She frequently works together with BCT colleagues to evaluate how both senior housing and multifamily
housing can be integrated into existing, yet reimagined retail sites and urban infill areas. She has led
office-to-residential conversions, tackling the intricacies and challenges inherent in older buildings and
frequently leads large-scale planning efforts that include senior and market-rate housing, arts, entertainment, office and hospitality.

A passionate proponent of well-designed communities for older adults, Janet frequently speaks
nationally on the trends impacting the senior housing space. Janet is a registered architect and has
designed numerous communities throughout her career. She is a member of the American Institute of
Architects (AIA), American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) and the National Investment Center for
Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).

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Joyal MulheronFounder & Executive Director, Evermore

Ms. Mulheron spent fifteen plus years advising high-ranking politicians, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former First Lady Michelle Obama, and translating basic science into public policy. She has enjoyed leading major initiatives for the National Governors Association, the National Academies of Science and the American Cancer Society.

She holds a master’s in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and degrees in Biochemistry and English from Virginia Tech.

After a series of high-profile death events and the death of her daughter, Ms. Mulheron founded Evermore to change policy, advance research and make the world a more livable place for bereaved families.

Joyal MulheronFounder & Executive Director, Evermore

Ms. Mulheron spent fifteen plus years advising high-ranking politicians, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former First Lady Michelle Obama, and translating basic science into public policy. She has enjoyed leading major initiatives for the National Governors Association, the National Academies of Science and the American Cancer Society.

She holds a master’s in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and degrees in Biochemistry and English from Virginia Tech.

After a series of high-profile death events and the death of her daughter, Ms. Mulheron founded Evermore to change policy, advance research and make the world a more livable place for bereaved families.

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Dr. Hans C. MummSenior Intelligence Officer & Cybersecurity Professional

Dr. Hans C. Mumm is senior intelligence officer/cybersecurity professional with over 27 years of progressively challenging positions within the advanced (emerging and disruptive) technology fields and information technology arenas. Dr. Mumm has led highly-visible, high-pressure projects in autonomous systems research, artificial intelligence (A.I.) 5G initiatives, and cybersecurity/risk management programs for the intelligence community, including the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) the National Security Council (NSC), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Dr. Mumm's research extends into emerging and disruptive technology for offensive and defensive missions supporting U.S. and coalition operations. His expertise focuses on determining the specific uses, exceptions, and allowances for robotics operations, including studying the unintended consequences, future applications, and misuse of such technologies. Dr. Mumm has created solutions to the U.S.'s need to adopt an integrated autonomous infrastructure that would allow a dynamic, cross-sector risk management process through private-public partnerships to transform the outdated U.S. transportation infrastructure.

Dr. Hans C. MummSenior Intelligence Officer & Cybersecurity Professional

Dr. Hans C. Mumm is senior intelligence officer/cybersecurity professional with over 27 years of progressively challenging positions within the advanced (emerging and disruptive) technology fields and information technology arenas. Dr. Mumm has led highly-visible, high-pressure projects in autonomous systems research, artificial intelligence (A.I.) 5G initiatives, and cybersecurity/risk management programs for the intelligence community, including the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) the National Security Council (NSC), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Dr. Mumm's research extends into emerging and disruptive technology for offensive and defensive missions supporting U.S. and coalition operations. His expertise focuses on determining the specific uses, exceptions, and allowances for robotics operations, including studying the unintended consequences, future applications, and misuse of such technologies. Dr. Mumm has created solutions to the U.S.'s need to adopt an integrated autonomous infrastructure that would allow a dynamic, cross-sector risk management process through private-public partnerships to transform the outdated U.S. transportation infrastructure.

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Alison O'Neil, B.S.M.E., A.R.S.Founder & President, Senior Select Seal and Beauty Becomes You Foundation

Leading with a strong interest in people and what it takes to age well, the impact of products and technology supports Ms. O’Neil’s expertise in the Aging Industry.

Alison was aging technology leader, Aging2.0’s Atlanta Ambassador for 3 years. Recognized speaker and author to several published articles of note, she works closely with and has been recognized by numerous institutions like Georgia Tech Research Institute and organizations including AARP, American Society on Aging and Geriatric Educators Association who focus on the growing longevity market.

Awarded by Atlanta Magazine for her unique Certification Mark, Alison is the Founder and President of Senior Select Seal a unique certification that identifies, tests and certifies packages and products for Easy Open and Ease of Use for Senior adults and Any One at Any Age with a disability that threatens independence.

She is Founder of the Beauty Becomes You™ Charitable 501(c)(3) Foundation whose mission to Prevent Failure to Thrive Syndrome is accomplished through serving the Aesthetic Health and Hygiene needs of senior adults. Among other esteemed recognitions, she was selected out of more than 6300 Charity Founders and is a L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth. She is a Point of Light honoree and recipient of the highly coveted, Presidential Service Award.

Focused on a well-rounded approach to Living Well Life Long, Ms. O’Neil led the podcast path by hosting Aging Beautifully Today on The Better You Project.com. introducing leaders devoted to health, wealth and Quality of Life~ lifelong.

Alison O'Neil, B.S.M.E., A.R.S.Founder & President, Senior Select Seal and Beauty Becomes You Foundation

Leading with a strong interest in people and what it takes to age well, the impact of products and technology supports Ms. O’Neil’s expertise in the Aging Industry.

Alison was aging technology leader, Aging2.0’s Atlanta Ambassador for 3 years. Recognized speaker and author to several published articles of note, she works closely with and has been recognized by numerous institutions like Georgia Tech Research Institute and organizations including AARP, American Society on Aging and Geriatric Educators Association who focus on the growing longevity market.

Awarded by Atlanta Magazine for her unique Certification Mark, Alison is the Founder and President of Senior Select Seal a unique certification that identifies, tests and certifies packages and products for Easy Open and Ease of Use for Senior adults and Any One at Any Age with a disability that threatens independence.

She is Founder of the Beauty Becomes You™ Charitable 501(c)(3) Foundation whose mission to Prevent Failure to Thrive Syndrome is accomplished through serving the Aesthetic Health and Hygiene needs of senior adults. Among other esteemed recognitions, she was selected out of more than 6300 Charity Founders and is a L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth. She is a Point of Light honoree and recipient of the highly coveted, Presidential Service Award.

Focused on a well-rounded approach to Living Well Life Long, Ms. O’Neil led the podcast path by hosting Aging Beautifully Today on The Better You Project.com. introducing leaders devoted to health, wealth and Quality of Life~ lifelong.

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Brian ParkManaging Partner, SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain

Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor. He is also the Managing Partner at the SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (Formerly AOL Fishbowl Labs), which is the premiere startup accelerator in the Washington DC area and he has helped raised more than $150M in funding for their portfolio companies (MHelpDesk, ThreatQuotient, Xmode, Urgent.ly, Curator, Airside Mobile).
He is the DC Chapter Director of Startup Grind, which is one of the largest hi-tech startup communities in the world with over 2,000,000 startup entrepreneurs in 600 cities.
Prior to Startup Grind, he has over 20 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development from AOL, Merrill Lynch and has started three previous startups. He is on the board of Monte Jade DC and is the chapter director for Startup Grind DC.
He has been featured in Forbes as “17 Top Business Gurus to Follow” and other publications such as Washington Post, Huffington Post, Politico, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Washington Business Journal, and DCInno “50 on Fire” 2017 and 2018.
He has a BS in Information Systems/Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Brian ParkManaging Partner, SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain

Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor. He is also the Managing Partner at the SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (Formerly AOL Fishbowl Labs), which is the premiere startup accelerator in the Washington DC area and he has helped raised more than $150M in funding for their portfolio companies (MHelpDesk, ThreatQuotient, Xmode, Urgent.ly, Curator, Airside Mobile).
He is the DC Chapter Director of Startup Grind, which is one of the largest hi-tech startup communities in the world with over 2,000,000 startup entrepreneurs in 600 cities.
Prior to Startup Grind, he has over 20 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development from AOL, Merrill Lynch and has started three previous startups. He is on the board of Monte Jade DC and is the chapter director for Startup Grind DC.
He has been featured in Forbes as “17 Top Business Gurus to Follow” and other publications such as Washington Post, Huffington Post, Politico, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Washington Business Journal, and DCInno “50 on Fire” 2017 and 2018.
He has a BS in Information Systems/Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sat PillaiCEO, CircledUp

Sat Pillai had an epiphany after 25 years working globally in strategy and policy, finance and technology, and people and operations, with firms such as Procter & Gamble, Capgemini Consulting, and Bank of America: the root cause of many business problems and global challenges arise from our ineffective and inefficient ways of working in groups. To fix that, he founded CircledUp, an analytics firm that reinvents the way stakeholders work together to build successful, inclusive, and sustainable initiatives. In his spare time, he is an advisor on Environment Policy at the Federation of Small Businesses, an evangelist of the Circular Economy, and a practitioner of lighthouse parenting. Sat is a graduate of Imperial College (Chemical Engineering) and The Wharton School (MBA).

Sat PillaiCEO, CircledUp

Sat Pillai had an epiphany after 25 years working globally in strategy and policy, finance and technology, and people and operations, with firms such as Procter & Gamble, Capgemini Consulting, and Bank of America: the root cause of many business problems and global challenges arise from our ineffective and inefficient ways of working in groups. To fix that, he founded CircledUp, an analytics firm that reinvents the way stakeholders work together to build successful, inclusive, and sustainable initiatives. In his spare time, he is an advisor on Environment Policy at the Federation of Small Businesses, an evangelist of the Circular Economy, and a practitioner of lighthouse parenting. Sat is a graduate of Imperial College (Chemical Engineering) and The Wharton School (MBA).

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Randall ReadeExecutive Vice President, Washington DC ArchAngels

Randall Reade is the co-founder of the Washington DC ArchAngels, an angel investment group that finds, vets, and presents early stage companies to hundreds of investors. Founded in 2011, The ArchAngels has presented over 800 companies from clean tech, biotech, medical devices, AI and blockchain, energy, apps, games, and even cookies. Mr. Reade has developed an extensive network of investors around the US, and taken companies to China and Poland for investment and access to markets in Asia and the EU.

Recently, Mr. Reade has become a popular speaker for webinars and podcasts on what investors are looking for when they hear a company pitch. He has also develop a Training Program for investors and entrepreneurs on how become an investor and an entrepreneur at dcarchangels.org.

Randall ReadeExecutive Vice President, Washington DC ArchAngels

Randall Reade is the co-founder of the Washington DC ArchAngels, an angel investment group that finds, vets, and presents early stage companies to hundreds of investors. Founded in 2011, The ArchAngels has presented over 800 companies from clean tech, biotech, medical devices, AI and blockchain, energy, apps, games, and even cookies. Mr. Reade has developed an extensive network of investors around the US, and taken companies to China and Poland for investment and access to markets in Asia and the EU.

Recently, Mr. Reade has become a popular speaker for webinars and podcasts on what investors are looking for when they hear a company pitch. He has also develop a Training Program for investors and entrepreneurs on how become an investor and an entrepreneur at dcarchangels.org.

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Ruwan SalgadoPrincipal of Strat8gy International, LLC & Program Chair, Wharton Innovation Summit Principal, Strat8gy International, LLC

Ruwan Salgado is Principal of Strat8gy International, LLC, an international management consultancy, and was a Partner at Sino America Investment Partners, a venture seeking to assist Chinese companies with investing in the United States. He has expertise in business development, project management, operations, financial management and analysis, and strategic planning. As a management consultant in and outside of the U.S., Ruwan has worked with senior government officials and corporate executives in a wide range of industries including oil, mining, healthcare, finance/capital markets, education and agribusiness. He has served in general management, strategic planning, business development, operations and finance roles with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Early in his career, he gained experience in venture capital at Calvert Ventures, which established the first socially responsible venture capital fund, helping to manage its portfolio companies and identify and assess new investment opportunities. More recently, Ruwan served as the Executive Director of World Links, an internationally award winning (e.g., from the World Economic Forum etc.) and innovative spin-off from The World Bank that focused on leveraging information and communications technology to improve global education. While at World Links, he spoke on educational technology at international conferences in Africa, Asia and the U.S.A. Ruwan served for over a decade as the President of the University of Chicago Booth School’s alumni club in the Washington, D.C. area and was co-founder and co-Chair of its Entrepreneurs’ Advisory Group, which provided monthly pro bono advise to Washington, DC area entrepreneurs. He serves on the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee tasked to advise Montgomery County, Maryland’s Planning Board on the implementation of the County’s multi-billion dollar White Flint Sector Plan. Ruwan has an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University. He received both a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College.

Ruwan SalgadoPrincipal of Strat8gy International, LLC & Program Chair, Wharton Innovation Summit Principal, Strat8gy International, LLC

Ruwan Salgado is Principal of Strat8gy International, LLC, an international management consultancy, and was a Partner at Sino America Investment Partners, a venture seeking to assist Chinese companies with investing in the United States. He has expertise in business development, project management, operations, financial management and analysis, and strategic planning. As a management consultant in and outside of the U.S., Ruwan has worked with senior government officials and corporate executives in a wide range of industries including oil, mining, healthcare, finance/capital markets, education and agribusiness. He has served in general management, strategic planning, business development, operations and finance roles with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Early in his career, he gained experience in venture capital at Calvert Ventures, which established the first socially responsible venture capital fund, helping to manage its portfolio companies and identify and assess new investment opportunities. More recently, Ruwan served as the Executive Director of World Links, an internationally award winning (e.g., from the World Economic Forum etc.) and innovative spin-off from The World Bank that focused on leveraging information and communications technology to improve global education. While at World Links, he spoke on educational technology at international conferences in Africa, Asia and the U.S.A. Ruwan served for over a decade as the President of the University of Chicago Booth School’s alumni club in the Washington, D.C. area and was co-founder and co-Chair of its Entrepreneurs’ Advisory Group, which provided monthly pro bono advise to Washington, DC area entrepreneurs. He serves on the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee tasked to advise Montgomery County, Maryland’s Planning Board on the implementation of the County’s multi-billion dollar White Flint Sector Plan. Ruwan has an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago and an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University. He received both a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College.

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Alan N. SchlaiferChairman, Annual Wharton DC Innovation Summit; President, Wharton School Club of DC

Alan is the Summit Chair and President of the Wharton Club of Washington, DC. His dedication to the School and the Club resulted in his becoming a recipient of the Club’s Joseph Wharton Award and Wharton’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award. During his tenure, the Club has had 15 successful conferences, including the five Innovation Summits that have stimulated, connected and empowered a diverse group of innovators and entrepreneurs within and well beyond the Wharton alumni network.

An accomplished business attorney with the highest rating, “a v,” from Martindale-Hubbell, Alan’s career has been split between private practice (now in business and general practice) and public service. He received a Distinguished Service Award for his decade of service as a Senior Trial Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission after two years at the Justice Department. Alan earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School following his undergraduate work at the Wharton School.

Alan N. SchlaiferChairman, Annual Wharton DC Innovation Summit; President, Wharton School Club of DC

Alan is the Summit Chair and President of the Wharton Club of Washington, DC. His dedication to the School and the Club resulted in his becoming a recipient of the Club’s Joseph Wharton Award and Wharton’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award. During his tenure, the Club has had 15 successful conferences, including the five Innovation Summits that have stimulated, connected and empowered a diverse group of innovators and entrepreneurs within and well beyond the Wharton alumni network.

An accomplished business attorney with the highest rating, “a v,” from Martindale-Hubbell, Alan’s career has been split between private practice (now in business and general practice) and public service. He received a Distinguished Service Award for his decade of service as a Senior Trial Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission after two years at the Justice Department. Alan earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School following his undergraduate work at the Wharton School.

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Jon WarnerCEO and Board Chair Decision-support Architect for Innovation, Technology, DigitalHealth, Aging populations

A five-time company CEO, Jon Warner is a health and healthcare entrepreneurship expert who has founded and led three startups of his own. Following his 15 years in the corporate world Jon founded and grew a management consulting business - The Worldwide Center for Organizational Development - which had 30 people carrying out a range of strategy assignments for large companies mainly in the life sciences and general healthcare sector.

Jon has two major roles. As CEO of Silver Moonshots, Jon manages a “virtual accelerator” for entrepreneurs and startups focused on the 50+ population and its needs for health and healthcare (and digital health in particular) innovation and technology. As President of ORCHA in the US, Jon seeks to promote and distribute safe third-party digital health solutions to Health Providers, Payers, Pharma and Patients, at scale. Jon is a noted speaker at businesses and colleges across the world. He is also a prolific author, having published 40 books, all concerning business, management, leadership, innovation and technology. Jon has a PhD in Psychology (Neuroscience specialization).

Jon WarnerCEO and Board Chair Decision-support Architect for Innovation, Technology, DigitalHealth, Aging populations

A five-time company CEO, Jon Warner is a health and healthcare entrepreneurship expert who has founded and led three startups of his own. Following his 15 years in the corporate world Jon founded and grew a management consulting business - The Worldwide Center for Organizational Development - which had 30 people carrying out a range of strategy assignments for large companies mainly in the life sciences and general healthcare sector.

Jon has two major roles. As CEO of Silver Moonshots, Jon manages a “virtual accelerator” for entrepreneurs and startups focused on the 50+ population and its needs for health and healthcare (and digital health in particular) innovation and technology. As President of ORCHA in the US, Jon seeks to promote and distribute safe third-party digital health solutions to Health Providers, Payers, Pharma and Patients, at scale. Jon is a noted speaker at businesses and colleges across the world. He is also a prolific author, having published 40 books, all concerning business, management, leadership, innovation and technology. Jon has a PhD in Psychology (Neuroscience specialization).

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