Wharton alums Sylvia Madrigal, WG, and Guy Levy-Yurista, WG,
enthusiastic about leading this important new group
Initial breakfast Forum reset for April 4, Tysons, with
Entrepreneur of Year 2012: Steve Trundle, Pres/CEO,


  • C-Level and other executives of technology companies
  • Other executives who want to understand technology better
  • Professionals who need to gain insight into trends and opportunities
  • Funding sources, such as venture capitalists, private equity investors, bankers, and angel investors
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about technologies that may power the future
  • Wharton Club, Harvard B-School Club and other members and guests who need a better grasp of technology and want to learn from experts in the field

    The Tech Forum of the Wharton Club of DC seeks to enhance business executives and professionals understanding of the technologies and innovations powering the fast-growing companies in the DC area and beyond. Our goal is to learn from - and be stimulated by - visionary leaders who not only have the vision to propel their companies and organizations, but also the ability to implement their visions with impact.

    Our speakers will address keys to their - and their organizations' - success, lessons learned, and takeaways that others may be able to use. Each speaker will make a presentation covering key points, and then respond to questions from attendees.

    The Forum will meet on a quarterly schedule, usually in Tysons Corner, for breakfast. You are invited to join - to learn, network, and suggest topics and speakers who will motivate others to attend and participate. 

    To learn more about the Forum on March 7 or to Register for it,  click here.

    Questions, comments, suggestions?

    You may contact us with suggestions and comments to Alan Schlaifer, Wharton Club Presidentemail him by clicking here .


    • Silvia Madrigal, WG, 
    Silvia Madrigal is the Director of Global Business Development of, a Washington, DC-based company that delivers revolutionary security solutions, leveraging cloud computing technology to enable individuals to remotely connect to a home or business and control or monitor sensors, security equipment, lights, thermostats, locks, and video.
    Ms. Madrigal was formerly the head of Marketing and Business Development of GE-Pentair’s Joint Venture for the Latin American region, where she focused on market expansion of the residential water segment.  She delivered double-digit growth and championed the acquisition of a multi-million dollar player to enter the Brazilian market. 
    Prior to that, she oversaw GE Water’s ecomagination initiative to market and grow a portfolio of ecologically-sound technologies in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  Earlier on, she spent several years in various public affairs roles with Burson-Marsteller, Fleishman-Hillard, and the United Nations.
    Ms. Madrigal’s professional experience is enhanced by her studies in International Relations and Political Science with St. John’s University in New York, and Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.Ms. Madrigal helped establish and build new businesses internationally, having launched new products in more than a dozen countries.  She has served on the board of the Public Relations Society of America, chaired the GE Women’s Network mentorship committee, and served on numerous committees with the World Affairs Council, the Water Council, and the Junior League of Dallas and Philadelphia.
    • Guy Levy-Yurista, WG, Ph.D
      • Founder and CEo, Hegati, Inc.(c) 
        Dr. Levy-Yurista has a unique mix of skills acquired over 22 years of experience in venture capital, startup and Fortune 50 environments. Guy holds a PhD degree in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, Israel, and an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
        He recently founded a new startup company, Hegati (“I have arrived” in Hebrew), which he is bootstrapping these days. In parallel to ramping up his own company, Guy serves as the Vice President, Engineering and Product Management for a local start up, AirPatrol, which develops the next generation mobility security technology, also known as Contextual Aware Enterprise Mobility, for businesses and the government. Prior to this role, Guy was part of the executive team who sold a company to McAfee, and led multiple products and teams with AOL and several other local startup companies.
        Dr. Levy-Yurista specializes in commercializing advanced technologies in dynamic market environments. He has in-depth knowledge of the internet, social media, mobile, telecommunications, cyber-security, and optical technologies.  Dr. Levy-Yurista is also an experienced entrepreneur and venture capitalist, having served in a $150 Million Venture Capital fund in Tel-Aviv, Israel, leading its optical communications investment strategy. Earlier Dr. Levy-Yurista started two companies in Tel-Aviv – a medical devices startup and an e-commerce merchant.

        To round this out, Guy is also an expert of wine having held the position of professional editor with the “Israeli Wine and Gourmet Magazine” for over four years, and before that becoming one of Israel’s first sommeliers. Guy also published a book containing a collection of short stories revolving around wine and the good life.

        Finally, Guy is a Captain (reserve) in the Israeli Defense Forces, where he served for eight years, as a graduate of the elite academic military program of “Talpiot”. Forbes magazine described “Talpiot” in a June 1998 article as: “Talpiot is like having a Rhodes scholarship, a presidential fellowship, and a Harvard M.B.A. rolled into one.” (Just imagine if it had been a Wharton MBA.....)
        Guy lives in Rockville, MD with his wife and three adorable little girls.