5th Annual Innovation Summit:

Disruptive Technologies - Your Path to the Future

Will YOUR Company - whether startup, early-stage, or other enterprise - BE BLOCKED by Disruptive Technologies? Or will you and your team RIDE THE WAVE OF DISRUPTION to growth and success? 

To tilt the odds in YOUR FAVOR, join us at the 5th Annual Wharton DC Innovation Summit. 

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

REGISTER NOW for Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Summit! 

Or learn more, at our new Summit website, www.WhartonDCInnovation.com.

At this Summit, as at the past four, you (and other members of your team, if you decide to bring them) can:

  • Begin by taking a fresh look at the DESIGN OF YOUR BUSINESS & INNOVATION PLAN - you'll get new ideas, from the start, with opening keynote Seth Goldman
  • Next, to improve & run with it, CONNECT with thought - and action - leaders at the Summit. Consider which of their ideas and lessons you can use or adapt from sessons you attend.
  • Then MEET with potential funding, contract and other resource sources, and possible strategic partners
  • And finally have FUN, as you are inspired by diverse achievers across a spectrum of industries.
    • This Summit will add to your fun by closing with a keynote, David Morey, Wharton MBA, who will inspire you with his theme, "Creating Business Magic." David will demonstrate how you can harness the power of magic to create and innovate in your thoughts and actions to move your venture to new heights.
    • And then the Reception, giving you the opportunity to meet and team up with - and bowl against - fellow attendees.
After four Summits of growing success and impact, we have reserved Tuesday, May 7, 2019, for this year's Wharton DC Innovation Summit: Disruptive Technologies - Your Path to the Future at Pinstripes, North Bethesda, MD.

Good news: You don't need to be a Wharton alum to attend and benefit from the Summit. EVERYONE interested in innovation - and moving their career and team forward - is welcome.

This will build on the four successful Summits we've already held, each of which received rave reviews from speakers, attendees and sponsors. These are a few of the many testimonials we've received:

  • What’s exciting about the Summit is we have entrepreneurs and innovators coming together in the Nation’s capital, finding ways entrepreneurs and innovators can help solve 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.-- Aneesh Chopra, Hunch Analytics, and first White House Chief Technology Officer
  • 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.” – Ruth Ann Hudson, IBM

Register now so you YOU can ATTEND, PARTICIPATE IN, COLLABORATE, and BENEFIT from the Summit. Don't miss out - ACT NOW!

Two Keynotes who have achieved great success in their business activities will share innovation and entrepreneurship lessons learned, and a General Session Panel will explore major disruptors and trends:

  • Seth Goldman, Founder and TeaEO Emeritus Honest Tea and now Chairman of BeyondMeat.com, will inspire attendees with lessons he has learned on the path to success fueled in significant part by innovation, but overcoming huge obstacles. He will discuss many facets of "The Future of Food," from creative and more sustainable ways to grow, produce, distribute, and encourage the use of more healthful food products - and better ways to use water & other vital resources.
  • David Morey, will discuss, and demonstrate (through his performance of magic) his theme from his latest book, Creating Business Magic: How the Power of Magic Can Inspire, Innovate, and Revolutionize Your Business
  • We feature a Panel of Top Innovators from to explore and exploit trends, huge opportunities, & challenges in the U.S. and abroad in Mega-Technologies: artificial intelligence (AI), big data, blockchain, & IoT (Internet of Things) that are fueling growth:
    • Hon. James P. Moore, Jr., Founder & CEO, Washington Institute for Business, Government, and Society
    • Susan Penfield, Chief Innovation Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
    • Gary Shapiro, President & CEO, Consumer Technology Association, & author, Ninja Future: Secrets of Success in the New World of Innovation
    • S. Tien Wong, Chairman & CEO, Opus8, Inc. & Angel Investor.

You'll learn vital information in four breakout sessions in each of three tracks (listing speakers & descriptions in coming weeks): 


To see what we offered at the last Summit, cllick HERE to view our WhartonDCInnovation.com website. We will be updating that with the latest information about Sessions and Speakers at this year's Summit.


Click here to Register for the Summit before rates rise again and to secure your place!!! 


Feel free to contact us if you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities by emailing us (just click here).  

Here's our fast-growing list of prestigious Strategic Partners, to help you learn and connect from high caliber, diverse networking sources:

Alumni Clubs: 

Other groups: 

REGISTER NOW for Lowest Rates: Special Offers for  Wharton Club Members / Strategic Partner Member / Full-Time Govt, Nonprofit or Academia Only:

(IMPORTANT: IF NOT WHARTON CLUB MEMBER, you must list the name of your Strategic Partner of which you're current member / Full-Time Govt. Agency / Nonprofit / Veteran (please enter mil. branch) under Special Instructions when you register. Thank you. And you're welcome to join the Wharton Club, if you'd like, to save.

ALL FULL ACCESS passes are all-inclusive for FULL DAY of Summit, FULL ACCESS PASS - to all sessions, breaks, reception (with optional bowling), meals (breakfast & lunch):

  Full Access Pass: All sessions, meals, breaks, reception (with optional bowling)



Early Bird

Through Midnight

April 20



April 21-30

May 1-7 (if space is available)




 Wharton Club Members & Guests 

  189 219 249    

Strategic Partner Members**/Guests;

Full-Time Nonprofit, Academia/Students & Govt. Employees/Small Business (5 or fewer FTE Employees)***


  189 219 249    
General Public   289 319 349    
U.S. Veterans/Active Service   99 99 99    


Tuesday, 05/7/19 at 8:00am - 8:00pm | iCal


Pinstripes Ballroom at Pike & Rose
11920 Grand Avenue 2nd Floor
North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Jonathan Lang
  Chamber Advisors
Vincent Natale
Eliot Shatzman
  Merrill Lynch
Nanda Ramanujam
Danqing Zhu
  World Bank Group
Philo Collins
Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Randall Reade, Executive V.P.
  Washington DC ArchAngels
Dan Loague, President
  Washington DC ArchAngels
Sandy Vasan
  Innovation Partners
Jane Stieber
  JS Associates
David Morey, CEO
  DMG Global
Seth Goldman, TeaEO Emeritus
  Honest Tea; Exec. Chair, BeyondMeat.com
Andrea Essex
  Long & Foster
Brian Park
  Startup Grind
Jean-Francois Orsini, Chairman
  Wharton School Club of DC
Helen Qubain
Ruwan Salgado, Program Chair
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Rashed Hasan
  Nantuit LLC
Brendan Harris
  SeventySix Capital
Stephanie Katz
  CETA Benefit Consulting Group, LLC
William Rever
Steve Lebischak
Dan Coffing
Mary Gotschall
  ABC Imaging
Lori Faye Fischler
  Otilo, Inc.
Pauline Thompson
  Tysons Realty
Steve Kann
kent Watkins
  American Academy of Housing and Communities
Kelvin Fu
Mitchell Davis
Shannon Daniels
Mark Baldino
  FireBot Inc
Mit Shah
Anthony Millin, Esq., Partner
  Shulman Rogers, SR NEXT
Lisa Friedlander, Business Dev. Mgr
  Shulman Rogers
Sabine O'Hara, Dean, Univ. of DC
  College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Env. Sciences
Dr. Jeff Hausfeld, MD, MBA, FACS, Chair
  & Ch. Med Officer, BioFactura
Javier Castro, CEO
David Gamse, CEO
Bikram Bakshi, Board of Directors
Hank Dearden, Exec. Dir.
  Forst Planet, Inc.
Danny Ryan, Co-Founder
  Alikos Wealth Management
Demi Jiang, CEO
  Pivot Point Partners
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, CEO
Bob Mazer
  Smart City Works
Art Medici
  Newport Board Group
Tien Wong
Susan Kearney
  Newport Board Group
Paul Huey Burns, Esq.
  Shulman Rogers
Allison Baker Shealy, Esq.
  Shulman Rogers
Ed Moy
  Digital Chamber of Commerce
Mark Maier, Esq.
  Shulman Rogers
Mark Paris
  Urban Us
Vinod Jain
Helen Huang
  American University
Narayand Iyer, Global Venture Leader
Kristi Jones, Pharm.D, Chief
  Operating Officer, NexImmune
Thomas Kakovitch, Chairman & CEO
  Kakovitch Global Businesses
Jeff Mund, Founder & Managing
  General Partner,, MCVC Partners
Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Co-Founder &
  Chief Innov. & Strategy Officer, The Disruptive Factory
C. Earl Peek, Founder &
  Managing Partner, Diamond Ventures
Ian Portnoy, Esq.
Dr. Marianne Vaes, Agricultural Counselor
  Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Lillian Ting
  Select Venture Partners
Dr. Neil Wasserman, Adj. Prof in
  Computer Science, George Washington Univ.
Prachi Vakharia
  Mind at Work
Niloofar Razi Howe, Tech Exec.,
  Entrepreneur & Investor
Ype Von Hengst, Exec. Chef &
  Chief Culinary Officer, Silver Diner
Jet Lu, Director
  Digital DevOpps, Baltimore City
Gloria Jacobovitz, Angel Investor
  Baltimore Angels
Brian Barnett, CEO
  The Barnett Company, Inc.
Dahna Goldstein, Sr. Fellow
  Blockchain Trust Accelerator, New America
Jonathan Schlaifer, Esq.
  NSIP Law
John Beccia, Co-Founder & CEO
  FS Vector LLC
Doug Brake, Dir., Broadband &
  Spectrum Policy, IT & Innovation Foundation
Dr. Charles Clancy, Exec. Dir.,
  Hume Center, Virginia Tech
Bob Dinkel
  Angel Investor
William Hare, Assoc. Dean
  for Land-Grant Programs, UDC Causes
Gary Shapiro, CEO & President
  Cons. Tech. Assn
Justine Schaffner
  Washington Institute for Business, Govt. & Society
Drew Petrushka
  Washington Institute for Business, Govt. & Society
James P. Moore, CEO
  Washington Institute for Business, Govt. & Society
Patty Simonton
  Be Green Hub, Bethesda Green
Matthew Murray
Kenny Pyetranker
  Bloomberg LP
Sotti Koev
Khalid Usmani
Aaron Saunders, Founder & CEO
  Clearly Innovation Inc & Inclusive Innov. Incubator
Mark Mazer, Founder
  Smart City Works
Gary Shapiro, President & CEO
  Consumer Technology Assn. (CTA)
Susan Penfield, Chief Innov. Officer
  Booz Allen Hamilton
Pete Tseronis, Founder & CEO
  Dots and Bridges LLC
Akin Sawyerr, Managing Director
  Feleman Limited
Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE, VP of
  Clinical Services, Programs, and Research, WellDoc
Lokesh Kumar, Co-Founder & VP
  Tech, Urgent.ly
Barry Einsig, Principal
Stephen Boughner, Esq.
  NSIP Law
Dannelle Shugart, President
  Shugart Consulting
Erin Fry, CEO
  Erin Fry Photography LLC
Michael Tourville, Manager
  Morgan Franklin Consulting
Peter Fry, Executive Director
Julian Wilson
Rob Kimmer
  Sun Pop/Mei & Mark
Rosemarie Savino, COO
Fred Hockett
Kumar Dixit, Sr. Chaplain
  The Washington Home
Edward Lewis
Sophia Parker
Spiros Balntas
Michael Pocalyko
Alan Schlaifer
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Rohit Bhayana
Sonal Singh
Ines LeBow
  Enterprise Transformation Solutions LLC
nam nguyen
Mark Baldino
  FireBot Inc
John Davis, CEO
  SBIR Resource Center
Cheryle Davis
Charles Rowe, President & CEO
  America's SBDCs
Pete Tseronis, Founder & CEO
  Dots and Bridges LLC
Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE; VP
  WellDoc, Clinical Services, Programs & Research
Akin Sawyerr, Managing Director
  Feleman Limited
Sanyogita Shamsunder, VP
  Verizon, 5G Ecosystems & Innovation
Nicol Turner Lee, PhD, Fellow
  Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings Institution
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director
  Amplifier Advisors
Lokesh Kumar, Co-founder and VPĀ 
  Tech, Urgent.ly
Khang Vuong, Founder & CEO
Barry Einsig, Principal
Mike Chacos
Ming Chan
  DSFederal Inc.
Echo Wang
  DSFederal Inc.
George Perry
Egils Milbergs
Jerry Comanescu
Bertram Lloyd
  Gottesman Company
Yinong Chong
  DSFederal Inc.
... a total of 168 guests.
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