Outstanding Lineup of Speakers at 7th Annual Wharton DC Innovation Summit 

This is a partial listing; more to come with these tracks:

  • Healthcare/Longevity

  • Funding/Fintech;

  • Transportation/Infrastructure

  • Entertainment/Leisure

  • Sustainability/Circular Economy.

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All-Star Lineup of Speakers at 7th Annual Wharton DC Innovation Summit

“Innovation Leadership in a Post-Pandemic World” - 3:30-6:30 PM EDT Each Weekday from June 10-16, and BONUS Session June 22.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Networking: 3-3:30 PM EDT
  • Opening Keynote Panel 3:30-4:15 PM
    • Alex Iams, Executive V.P., Fairfax County Economic Dev. Authority (FCEDA)
    • Melissa King, Director, Office of Innovation & Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Stu Solomon, CEO, ConnectDMV
  • Networking Breakout: 4:15-4:30 PM
  • The Future of Healthcare Panel: 4:30-5:15 PM EDT
    • Kristine Martin Anderson, Executive V.P., Civilian Services Lead, Booz Allen & Hamilton
    • Dan Cohen, CEO, Painscript & President, Optimus Health Services
    • Robert Longyear, III, VP, Digital Health & Innovation; Avenue Healthcare, Wanderly
  • Networking Breakout: 5:15-5:30 PM
  • Future of the Longevity Economy: 5:30-6:15 PM
    • Michael Crawford, MBA, MHL, Associate for Strategy, Outreach & Innovation, Howard University College of Medicine
    • Susie Ellis, Co-Founder, Chair & CEO, Global Wellness Institute
    • Alison O’Neil, President, Senior Select® Seal; Founder & President, Beauty Becomes You
    • Nigel Smith, CEO, My Zurena, & former AARP, Innovation
    • Jon Warner, CEO & Board Chair, Silver Moonshots



Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Networking: 3-3:30 PM EDT
  • Funding Panel 3:30-4:15 PM
    • Dan Loague, Co-Founder, DC Archangels
    • Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Co-Founder, The Disruptive Factory; former SBA Regional Administrator
    • Randell Reade, Co-Founder, DC Archangels
  • Networking Breakout: 4:15-4:30 PM
  • Fintech Panel: Access to Credit - 4:30-5:15 PM EDT
    • Phillip W. Bracken, CMB, Managing Director, VantageScore Solutions
    • David Lighton, Founder & CEO, SendFriend
    • Andrew Ting, Esq., General Counsel, West Creek
  • Networking Breakout: 5:15-5:30 PM
  • Keynote: Is Your Company Fundable?: 5:30-5:55 PM
    • Alan Brody, CEO, StartupAlooza, and one of America’s leading experts on what it takes for a startup or early stage company to get funding.

Saturday, June 12, 2021;

  • Potential in-person, outdoor, Embassy Reception

Monday, June 14, 2021:

  • The Future of Transportation / Logistics / Infrastructure
    • Transportation & Logistics
      • Melissa King, Director, Office of Innovation & Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation
      • Dr. Stephen M. Popkin, Deputy Director for Research & Innovation, USDOT, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
    • Infrastructure:
      • Stu Solomon, CEO, ConnectDMV

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • The Future of Entertainment
    • Steve Douglas-Craig, Sr. Executive, Sony Pictures
    • Ron Newcomb, President, The Forge Studios
  • The Future of & Biggest Opportunities in Leisure
    • ​​​​​​​Brad Alan Waller, Founder, The Historical Movement Archive

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Sustainability
    • ​​​​​​​John Elkington, Founder & Chief Pollinator, Volans Ventures
    • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • The Circular Economy
    • ​​​​​​​Eric Lundgren, Founder & CEO,
    • Sat Pillai, CEO, CircledUp


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Special Bonus Session @ 5:00-6:00 PM EDT:
    • ​​​​​​​Ms. Gitanjali Rao, TEDx speaker and amazing young inventor, author, A Young Innovator's Guide to STEM

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