With 140+ speakers in 48 keynote and other sessions,
success of Summit leading to second Innovation Summit
on April 28 & 29, 2015

Based on feedback, including rave reviews from many attendees among the nearly 400 at our Innovation Summit, the event was a great success.  

Credit is due to many, including (doing this briefly while we compile a fuller report):

  • our Steering Committee
  • the 140 keynote and other speakers
  • sponsors, including Radian Group, our Gold Sponsor, plus Xcelerate Solutions, Stites & Harbison, the Bilateral Chamber, and Healthfundr.com
  • the support team at Uniq Engaging Events
  • the staff at our host venue, FHI 360, plus Geppetto, the caterer
  • British Embassy for hosting us, and for the caterer there
  • Open Concepts Systems (which produced the excellent mobile app, the first we're aware of among Wharton Clubs)
  • our photographers and video team
  • attendees for making great connections and embracing the conference with such enthusiasm

How well did it go?

  • So well that we're already planning next year's Summit, and have reserved April 28 and 29th at the same venue, FHI 360. We want to make it even better than this year's event, and we welcome your ideas. We're already considering Wharton faculty and others as keynotes and speakers, and will invite back some of the outstanding ones from this year's event.
  • We're starting an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, being co-chaired by Ali Qureshi, EMTM, VP, Xcdelerate Solutions, and Tatiana Langseth, CEO, Augaroo. We're looking at several dates between now and the end of the year, including one with a Wharton Prof.
  • Two terrific receptions, Tuesday at the British Embassy (and thanks to Raven Beer ("the taste is Poetic") for providing some delicious liquid refresh!!!!!@ment!
    • If you want to see photos from the British Embassy reception, including Summit attendees and others who came to this event, including our hosts from the British Embassy, click here.
    • For an overview of the Reception, click here.
    • We'll be receiving and posting more photos from the Summit itself. We also had videos recorded of all keynotes, which we'll review and decide how to distribute to Summit attendees and others.

IF YOU ATTENDED: the best way to give us your feedback is through the mobile app. That's where we'll also post any of the PDFs that the speakers are allowing us to distribute. You'll need the app to get those materials.

The app is available by searching with the term "WhartonDC" in

  • Apple's App Store, in both iPhone and iPad versions
  • Google's Play Store, in a single Android version

We will have a drawing from among those who provide input (such as rating speakers), for two complimentary places at next year's Summit.

As many attendees noted, keynotes and featured speakers alone were worth the price. They included:

  • Tuesday, April 29
    • Wharton Prof. George Day, who led off with a stimulating, interactive discussion with attendees, "Innovate to Grow: Applying Innovation Prowess"
    • Wharton Prof. Jerry Wind, who covered how to develop and lead a more creative organization
    • Radian Group (NYS: RDN) CEO, S.A. Ibrahim, on inventing your way to success, with leadership and resiliency
    • Reed Hundt, CEO, Coalition for Green Capital, on The Future of Renewable Energy
  • Wednesday, April 30
    • Dr. Partho Sengupta of Mt. Sinai this morning:
      "Imaging & Imagining the Future of Global Wellness: Seeing the Patient in New Ways with Biomarkers, Early Diagnostics, & Cognitive Analytics," a discussion that was "ultra-sound"
    • Midday:
      • Sonal Shah, Georgetown U.'s chief social entrepreneur and head of their new Baeck Center for Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
      • Michael Chasen, founder and former CEO of Blackboard, now founder and CEO of Social Radar, on 5 key lessons he's learned that everyone can use
    • Conclusion, on the future of healthcare transformation:
      • Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD, from Hopkins, named a top innovator under 35
      • Jeff Geschwind, MD, also from Hopkins, one of the world's top cancer researchers, on how his team "starving" malignant tumors and causing them to die, a technique with great promise
      • Susan Dentzler, Sr. Consultant at the Robert Wood Johnson Fdn, with a summary of key aspects of the Summit, including the state of and challenges in healthcare

You can review the latest information about the Summit on our special website: www.WhartonDCInnovation.com.

Cheers, on behalf of our whole Summit team, officers, directors and other supporters.