To ADVANCE and SCORE with your idea, your startup, early-stage, or other company, join us on the journey to improve your innovation results. And as you SCORE, you may even CHANGE THE GAME in your business or your industry!



> Next, to improve & run with it, CONNECT with thought - and action - leaders

> Then MEET with potential funding, contract and other resource sources

> And finally have FUN, as you are inspired by diverse achievers across a spectrum of industries.

Following three years of growing success and impact, we have reserved MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017, for the 2017 Innovation Summit: Design & Run Your Innovation Playbook. This continues meeting our goal of connecting innovators to one another and potential resources.

REGISTER NOW for Monday, September 25, 2017 to infuse your innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities with more knowledge, connections, inspiration and fun, as you move your career - and business or other organizaton - forward!

This will build on the three successful Summits we've already held, each of which received rave reviews from speakers, attendees and sponsors. Register now so you YOU can ATTEND, PARTICIPATE IN, COLLABORATE, and BENEFIT from the Summit. Don't miss out - ACT NOW!

One Wharton alum keynote who has achieved great success in his business activities will share innovation and entrepreneurship lessons learned over a period of more than two decades:

  • DAVID TRONE, Owner of Total Wine & More, now a fast-growing $2.5 Billion category leader continuing to expand at a double-digit rate, will be our luncheon keynote. From a tiny startup, David has used innovation, entrepreneurship, vision, a dedicated and well-educated staff with varied talents to power a company that has become the world's largest independent in their category.
  • REGGIE AGGARWAL, Founder and CEO, will inspire attendees with lessons he has learned on the path to success fueled in significant part by innovation, but overcoming huge obstacles
  • We feature a PANEL OF TOP C-LEVEL INNOVATORS from varied industries who will explore trends and huge opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

CLICK HERE for a listing of the four sessions (and speakers) in each of our five tracks:

  • Track 1, Urban Innovation
  • Track 2, Healthcare
  • Track 3: Tech Advances & Challenges (Drones, Cyber, Blockchain)
  • Track 4: Funding Options (VC, Angel, Crowdfunding) and EdTech
  • Track 5: Govt. Innovation, IP (Intellectual Property), Social Impact Investing

Or click HERE to view our new website.

To help you publicize your company (or other organization), we're giving every registrant a valuable benefit, free access to and use of, through October 31, 2017 (normally $59/month). The sooner you register, the greater your free PR. Click HERE to learn more.

Here's a brief peek at our schedule to help YOU SUCCEED in 2017 and the years ahead:

Recommendation: to get the impact of this Schedule, view it on your laptop or desktop computer. 

If you want to get an idea of what we did in the three prior Summits, using our multi-disciplinary approach to spur creativity, innovation, interaction and collaboration among attendees:  

Click here for 2016 Summit: Raise Your Innovation IQ

Click here for the 2015 Summit: Connect, Create, Transform

Click here for 2014 Summit: Connecting Innovators to National & Global Resources

Click here to Register for the Summit before rates rise again!!! Feel free to contact us if you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities by emailing us (just click here).  

REGISTER NOW for Lowest Rates: Special Offers for  Wharton Club Members / Strategic Partner Member / Full-Time Govt, Nonprofit or Academia Only: (IF NOT WHARTON CLUB MEMBER, must list the name of your Strategic Partner / Govt. Agency / Nonprofit under Special Instructions when you register. Thank you.

ALL FULL ACCESS passes are all-inclusive for FULL DAY of Summit, FULL ACCESS PASS - to all sessions, breaks, reception, meals, plus mobile app with session, speaker and attendee data:


  Full Access Pass

Super Early Bird

(thru 6/15)

Early Bird





Final / Walk-In


 Wharton Club Members & Guests

200 225 250 300 350

Strategic Partner Members/Guests;

Full-Time Non-Profit, Academia & Government Employees

U.S. Veterans

200 225 250 300 350
General Public 325 350 375 425 475


Monday, 09/25/17 at 8:00am - 8:00pm | iCal


Bethesda North Conference Center & Marriott Hotel
5901 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Carl Anku
  Xyster Consulting
Darrell Mottley
  Banner Witcoff LTD
Michel Poirier
Frank Azuola
James Fangmeyer
  Triumph Partners
Anne Hefter
Barry Michael
  Biomedical Commercialization LLC
Igor Eberstein
  Eberstein Research & Consulting
Neil Wasserman
  Timewave Analytics, LLC
Amy Gleklen
  Vistage Worldwide
Jonathan Lang
  Chamber Advisors LLC
Stephanie Katz
  CETA Benefit Consulting Group, LLC
Bill Rever
  WB Rever Associates
Steve Lebischak
  Asius Technologies
Robert Sahadi
  Institute for Market Transformation
Anne Lantry
Guest of Anne Lantry
Helen Qubain
Gus Williamson
Rod Azama
  The Chancellor Group
Ahmad Beyranvand
  Chicago Booth
Terence Winsky
George Ballman
Claire Levinson
Philo Collins
Kim Nguyen
Donna Florence
Anthony Millin
Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Lee Dudka, Senior Advisor
Ali Qureshi, Managing Director
  Surdak & Company
Alexander Diamantis, Esq.
  Northstar IP Law
Jonathan Schlaifer, Esq.
  Northstar IP Law
Irma Rosado
  Elegant Events LLC
Ketan Shah, Managing Director
  Elegant Events LLC
Tom Glendening, CEO & Founder
Ruwan Salgado, CEO
  Strat8gy International, LLC
Joyce Hunter, CEO
  Vulcan Enterprises & Fmr. Dep. CIO, USDA
Al Munoz
Julie Kantor
Dr. Kim Norman, MD., Professor
  Univ. of California, San Francisco
Rosemary McAvoy, CEO
  American Sustainabilty Leadership Council
Robert Camp
  Fidelity Charitable
William Cunningham, CEO
  Creative Investment Research
Dr. Marni Falk, M.D., Assoc. Prof.
  Children's Hospital of Phila. & Penn's Perelman Med. School
Steve Buckley, Chief Content Officer
  Bangarang Books
Kimberlie Cerrone, JD, CEO & Founder
  Tiatros, Inc.
Greg Cullison, CEO
  Big Sky Associates
Joaquin Aviles Lopez, CEO & Co-Founder
Tim Meyer, Associate Partner
  IBM Global Bus. Serv., IoT Center of Competency
Bill Zielinski
Avi Bender
  US Dept of Commerce, NTIS
Scott Kolber, CEO
Starling Childs, CEO
Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, Founder & CEO
Patrick Halligan
Holly Parker
  Noa Technologies
Ario Keshani, CEO
Elena Christopoulos
  San Monica
Josh Yu, Co-Founder
Philipp Meyer-Schmeling, CEO
  Noa Technologies
Dr. Cindy Moss, Sr. Dir. of Global STEM
  Discovery Education
Patrick Hoffman, Product Coordinator
David Bither, Managing Director
  ForwardTrace LLC
Mark Ein, Founder & CEO
  Venturehouse Group
David Trone, President & Owner
  Total Wine & More
Gail Gilbert Ball, Managing Partner
  Chestnut Street Ventures
Phil Rappoport, Vice President
Jordan Engel, President
  Engel Imagery
Joel Coulter, VP
  AUVSI DC Chapter
Paul DeMaio
Sven Etzelsberger, CTO
Asim Hussain (inv)
  Bloom Energy
Mitch Davis, CEO
  Broadcast Interview Source,
Doug Copley, Deputy CISO
Mark Goldstein, Deputy CISO
Derrick Ko
Ilya Movshovich
Laurent Balagué, Founder & CEO
  forMetris (EdTech)
Julia Taxin, Vice President
  Grotech Ventures
Mike Beirne, Principal
  Vetted Capital & Founder
James McCartney, Principal
  Truvincio (USNavy & USAF-Ret)
Rick Yost, Esq.
  CEO Sector 180 (US Army-Ret)
Nick Baucom
  Two Marines Moving (USMC-Ret)
Will Amos, Founder
  VeteransList (USMC-Ret)
Jean-Francois Orsini, PhD, CEO
  DeskPup, LLC
Lenard Marcus, Partner
  Edison Partners (VC)
Randy Domolky, Co-Founder, Man. Dir.
  Private Access Network (Angels)
Jason Stern, CEO
  Braddock Communications
Avi Bender, Director
  Natl. Tech. Info. Service, US Dept of Commerce
G. Nagesh Rao, CTO
  US Small Business Administration
Bill Zielinski, Dep. Asst Comm.
  Fed. Acquisition Service, GSA
Darryl Peek, Cyber Sec. Strategist
  US Dept. of Homeland Security
Tony Halladay, Div. Chief
  U.S. Customers & Border Protection
Bruce Carlson, Director
Joe Kessler, Managing Partner
  Next Stage Development Group
Mark Levine, General Partner
  Core Capital Partners (VC)
Ghazenfer Mansoor
  Technology Rivers
Ramsey Taylor
Geoffrey Hart
  J.P. Morgan
Neeraj Nityanand
Officers TBD
  Montgomery County Economic Development Corp
Arlene Marie Lorica, MD
Arlene Marie Lorica, MD
Michael Flecker
Dan Coffing
silveth khawaja
Dave Lindsay
Keary Crawford
Adam Newman
Kelly Parsons
Lucien Parsons
  OpsCat Consulting
Ashish Bhatia
Marla Mendelson
Marvin Petry
  Stites and Harbison
James Hayne
  Stites and Harbison
Marya Pickering
... a total of 124 guests.
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