2021 Wharton DC Innovation Summit:

Innovation Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World

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Continuing a successful track record of delivering six previous highly-rated Summits with the last being virtual, the Wharton Club of DC will host the 2021 Wharton DC Innovation Summit – Innovation Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World online during five weekdays between June 10th and 16th

The Summit will have three sessions each day from about 3:30 to 6:30 PM EDT, consisting of one keynote/keynote panels and two other panels. The Summit will begin with a keynote panel that seeks to define the immediate post-pandemic world, and then each weekday (June 10-11, 14-16) will have more sessions each day focusing on these tracks:

  • June 10: Opening Keynote Panel Overview / Future of Healthcare / Future of the Longevity Economy
  • June 11: Future of Fintech / The Future of Funding
  • June 14: Future of Transportation and Logistics / Future of Infrastructure
  • June 15: Future of Entertainment / Future of Leisure
  • June 16: Future of Sustainability / Future of Circular Economy

Networking breakouts will be provided before, during breaks and after sessions. To increase engagement and facilitate networking, the Club will provide a PDF directory of attendees. 

  • Optional potential in-person events: In addition, if COVID reopening conditions permit, the Club may organize
    • an outdoor Embassy reception on Saturday, June 12, and
    • a wine or beer tasting at the end of one of the weekdays (probably Wednesday, June 16) to provide opportunities for limited in-person networking. 
  • The Summit is open to the public and has historically attracted entrepreneurs, business professionals and executives from a diverse range of industries and organizations.

2021 Summit Focus:

Businesses, governments and society are still grappling with the “new normal” thrust upon the world by COVID-19. But healthcare, supply chains, real estate, transportation, and infrastructure are already undergoing new shocks and adapting as the world reopens. The workplace, communications, leisure, entertainment and education are continuing their rapid evolution that began when the pandemic struck. 

Fintech, AI, 5G, and other emerging technologies will be leveraged as never before to address the shortcomings exposed by the pandemic, including healthcare quality, affordability and access. Goals such as greater sustainability and a “circular economy” are rising to meet energy, environmental, strategic, social and other challenges. Fundamental changes in the way we live, work, travel and trade will continue to evolve long past the pandemic.  The 2021 Wharton DC Innovation Summit will explore the impact of these key shifts including:

  • How innovators and entrepreneurs are positioning to take advantage of them,
  • How they are getting private and public funding, and
  • What new attributes are required for successful post-pandemic innovation leadership.
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  • Strategic Partners expected to again include a wide array of elite alumni and business groups. 
  • Record of Success: The 2020 Innovation Summit builds upon five successful past summits, each of which received rave reviews from speakers, attendees and sponsors. Prior Summits cumulatively had over 1,800 attendees representing 350+ companies (from startups to Fortune 500 companies) and other organizations and featured 300+ diverse speakers in nearly 150 sessions. Click HERE to view the URLs and themes for the past 5 Innovation Summits. 

Learn more from this Video about the past Summit: CLICK HERE!
  • Typical reviews:

    • 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
    • “What’s exciting about the Summit is that we have entrepreneurs and innovators coming together in the Nation’s Capital, finding ways entrepreneurs and innovators can help 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, first White House Chief Technology Officer
  • Schedule each day, 4-6 PM - to be posted shortly. Click HERE to more details on last year's schedule. All of this will be posted also, including speaker names and bios at the Summit website.
    • Each day will begin and end with 30 minutes purely for networking in Zoom breakouts
    • Speakers will be taking one-hour slots: 45-50 minutes for discussion and Q&A, followed by 10-15 minutes between sessions for breaks and breakouts
    • Helping nonprofits & people adversely affected by Covid. We're going to contribute part of our proceeds to these nonprofits or other nonprofits we select:
      • No Kid Hungry
      • American Red Cross
      • Dr. David Fajgenbaum, Wharton and Penn Med alum, who heads nonprofit dealing with rare diseases, playing vital role in research on drugs that may help save lives from Covid. Past Summit speaker, author of inspirational new book, Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action.

Click HERE to register. Super Early Bird Rates now in effect.

The earlier you register, the more free virtual events you get. And everyone who registers gets three months access to all of the sessions' recordings! Thanks to the public-spirited speakers, sponsors and Strategic Partners, these rates are affordable for all.

  • Members: Wharton Club & Strategic Partner Members: Just 29/person for the whole Summit (must name Partner in "Special Instructions" when you register)
  • Veterans, Military, Students, Nonprofit Full-Time Employee (Just 29/person for the whole Summit (must name your specific category and organization in "Special Instructions" when you register)
  • Public: Just 49/person for all session access.
    • EVERYONE: Consider, please, if you will, making a contribution, to the Wharton Club of DC, to help support this Summit and other programs. Like most alumni groups, we get no financial support from any university. Thank you.


3:30PM Thu 10 Jun 2021 - 6:30PM Wed 16 Jun 2021 ( Timezone: Eastern )

Virtual Event Instructions:

The URL for the virtual 2020 Wharton DC Innovation Summit will be emailed in advance to everyone who has registered for this event.

Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Guest of Alan Schlaifer
Alison O'Neil
Melissa King, Director, Office of
  Innovation & Engagement, US Dept. of Transportation
Robert L. Longyear, Dig.Health & Innov
  Avenue Healthcare, Wanderly
Kristine Martin Anderson, Exec. V.P.
  Booz Allen Hamilton
John Blair
  (FCEDA) Fairfax County Econ. Dev. Authority)
Juhi Naithani
  (FCEDA) Fairfax County Econ. Dev. Authority)
Dan Loague, Chair
  DC ArchAngels
Randall Reade, VP
  DC ArchAngels
Ruwan Salgado, Program Chair
  Wharton DC Innov. Summit; Strat8gy Intl.
Jean-Fran├žois Orsini
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Justine Schaffner, Strategic Partners
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Jim Grapek
  Assoc. Producers; Pavilion
Drew Petrushka
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Sat Pillai
robert rosenberg
Sandy Vasan
Juhi Naithani
... a total of 33 guests.
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