imagination-and-technology-concept2022 Wharton DC Innovation Summit:

The 2020s & Beyond: Create & Own Your Future

  • To help you adjust and move forward. Keynotes & other sessions to help you make progress.

  • Click HERE to register. And CLICK HERE to visit the Summit's special website and learn the latest about Summit keynotes, other speakers and more news. 

  • Or take a quick look at our Summit video.
  • To view all speakers already confirmed, CLICK HERE.summit-logo

About the 2022 Summit
With a successful track record of hosting seven previous highly-rated Summits – 5 in-person at locations in the Washington D.C. area and 2020 and 2021 online, the Wharton Club of DC expects to organize the 2022 Wharton DC Innovation Summit in a hybrid format: in-person in Washington, DC and online. 

  • Reflecting the turbulence of recent years from the pandemic, plus ongoing global economic disruption and geopolitical tensions, this year’s theme provides historical context and a helpful look ahead to those who want to control their destiny: The 2020s & Beyond: Create & Own Your Future.

Startup and other businesses, governments, nonprofit and society are still grappling with challenges that arose from COVID-19. But, innovative and responsive leaders are striving to deal with current challenges and capitalize on opportunities in many areas, including those of the 2022 Summit’s General Sessions / Keynotes and 4 breakout tracks:
General Sessions / Keynotes will include:
•    Opening: Disruption: from disruptive business models and emerging technologies, with comments from successful entrepreneurs and investors. Already includes:

  • Ankur Daga, a Wharton & HBS alum who's CEO, Angara, a fast-growing B2C company, "The Gemstone Destination" - using technology to propel customized jewelry for each consumer, with delivery of each piece in just a few days
  • Cherie Kloss, Founder & CEO, SnapNurse, a former anesthetician nurse whose innovative solutions to help onboard nurses and pay them more quickly has led to massive growth from 2019 to present  
  • Gautam Mukunda, a leading expert on innovation and leadership, Head of Research, Rose Park Advisors, formed by HBS Prof. Clayton Christensen, a top expert on disruptive technologies

•    Midday: Fireside Chats with Innovative Leader:

  • David Rose, one of America's leading experts on Angel Funding and one of its most successful proponents

•    Closing Panel: Cybersecurity: Vital Steps for Businesses, Other Orgs and Individuals to Avoid Cyber Insecurity – and Survive Evolving Threats
Our four tracks will further explore issues and opportunities:
•    Healthcare / Wellness / Longevity Economy
•    Emerging & Disruptive Technologies / such as AI, 5G, Big Data, Fintech, Green Tech, Space Tech
•    Sustainability / Circular Economy
•    Funding
PLUS Workshops – such as career reinvention with top coaches, such as Stephanie Hessler, a top career coach who's a Wharton MBA and Wellesley alum.

CLICK HERE to visit the Summit's special website and learn the latest about Summit keynotes, other speakers and more news. 

  • Healthcare, supply chains, real estate, transportation, and infrastructure are continuing to undergo new shocks and adapt as the world reopens. The workplace, logistics, communications, leisure, 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, transportation, environmental, strategic, social and other challenges. Fundamental changes in the way we live, work, travel and trade will continue to evolve long past 2022 into the rest of this decade and even beyond. 

•    The 2022 Wharton DC Innovation Summit will explore the impact of these key shifts and challenges, including:

  • How innovators and entrepreneurs are positioning to take advantage of them
  • Strategies to meet workforce needs – to hire, retain and train human capital – with increased competition from other organizations at a time of over 11 million vacancies
  • How innovators are getting private and public funding
  • What new attributes and tactics are required for successful innovation leadership and enterprise transformation to ride above the tidal wave of local and global challenges, instead of being swept under    
  • Click HERE to register.
  • Strategic Partners expected to again include a wide array of elite alumni and business groups. 
  • Record of Success: The 2022 Innovation Summit builds upon seven successful past summits, each of which received rave reviews from speakers, attendees and sponsors. Prior Summits cumulatively had over 2,100 attendees representing 400+ companies (from startups to Fortune 500 companies) and other organizations and featured 350+ diverse speakers in over 165 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

Helping nonprofits & people adversely affected by Covid or major health. We're going to contribute part of our proceeds to these nonprofits or other nonprofits we select:

  • American Red Cross
  • Evermore, innovating to advance bereavement care in America, including all bereaved and orphaned children

Click HERE to register. Advance now in effect, through July 7, for in-person attendees.

The earlier you register, the lower your rate. All rates include: Your choice of sessions, all meals, networking breaks, the Closing Reception, and the Embassy reception, if we have one and 6-month access to session videos.

As spaces are limited, so we are expecting a capacity audience (consistent with DC health regs; all attendees must (1) have been fully vaccinated or show a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the start of the Summit; (2) not showing symptoms of possible Covid upon arrival at the Summit). All sales are final.  

  • Members: Wharton Club & Strategic Partner Members: Just 150/person for the whole Summit (must name Partner in "Special Instructions" when you register)
  • Veterans, Military, Full-Time Students, Nonprofit/Govt. Full-Time Employee (Just 150/person for the whole Summit (must name your specific category and organization in "Special Instructions" when you register). Students and recents grads rate for Virtual Access: just 35/person.
  • Public: Just 250/person for all session in-person access, including reception. All virtual: 95/person.
    • EVERYONE: Consider, please, if you will, making a contribution, to the Wharton Club of DC, to help support this Summit and other programs. You can choose a tax-deductible contribution of $100 to $2,500 and select which of several innovators you'd like on your certificate, suitable for framing: Franklin, Edison, Curie, Carver, or Tesla. Like most alumni groups, we get no financial support from any university. Thank you.


8:00AM - 8:00PM Thu 14 Jul 2022, Eastern timezone


Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
1100 New York Avenue, N.W. Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Ankur Daga
Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Laila Fitz, Student
Marlyn Cooper Fitz, Founder
  Coop Photo Management
Jane Steiber, CEO
Stephanie Hessler
  Stephanie Hessler Coaching
Erin Fry, CEO
  Erin Fry Photography
Sat Pillai
Jean-Fran├žois Orsini
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Chuck Schilke, Esq.
Juliana Cruz
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Jason Stern, CEO
  Enviro-Health Diagnostics
Justine Schaffner, Sponsor Chair
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Ruwan Salgado, Program Chair
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Andrew Fraser
Nafeez Amin
  Smart with a Heart by Sherpa Prep
Monika Merk
  Smart City Works Innovation Hub
Bertram Lloyd, CEO
  Lloyd Appraisal Company
Vinod Jain
John McCain
  The McCain Group LLC
Mark Baldino
  Firebot Suppression
Marryam Chaudhry
Floor Blindenbach
  Organizing 4 Innovation
Angel Rich
  The Wealth Factory
Karl Jones
Mo Fathelbab
  Forum Resources Network, LLC
Narayanan Ramachandran
Ije Okeke
Triza Cox
  Imagination Stage
Steve Douglas-Craig
  LitVision Media
John Willis
Mark Baldino
Tim Peara
  Bridge Therapeutics
Madelaine Weiss
  MindOverMatters, LLC
Elena Remillard
  Georgia Institute of Technology
Eliot Shatzman
  Wells Fargo Advisors
Samah Salman
Ije Okeke
Ashwath Narayan
Brian Coblitz
  GW Technology Commercialization
Diptadip Dattaroy
  GW Technology Commercialization
Michael Harpen
  GW Technology Commercialization
Shiv Gupta
Marc McGrann
Claudia Cook
John Braley
Gregory Anderson
Janet Meyer
  BCT Design Group
Ann Tyler
  BCT Design Group
Eric Lundgren, CEO
Cherie Kloss, CEO & Co-Founder
Joyal Mulheron
David Allen
  City of Alpharetta
Martha Allen
  Clayton County Public Schools
Sally Sappenfield
  Hasumi International Research Foundation
Helena Chung
  Yale Club of Washington DC
Helen Foster
  Foster Strategy, L.L.C.
Maria Elena Carrion
  Multicultural Capital LLC
Karina Temirbulatova
Bonnie Robeson
  Carey Business School, JHU
Tushar Hazra
Saleema Vellani
Joseph Ebberwein
Asim Aziz
Dana Cole
  DXM Consulting LLC
Eta Nahapetian
Christian Shults
Louis Buell
Chris Escamilla
Judy Kosovich
  Voice for HOPE
Ann Marie Cushing
  Voice of Hope
Anne Rosenblum
Tamara Demuria
  Corus International
Fred McCray
  Corus International
Joseph Paul
  Byte Back Inc.
Bruce Lane
  The Meridian Group
Kathryn Stewart
Eric Robins
  Law Offices of Eric Robins
Anshul Saxena
  Energy Exemplar
Seth Isenberg
  DoD: Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
Walker Konkle
  Army Distaff Foundation
James Michels
  Army Distaff Foundation
Navin Singh
Ken Kitatani
  ICEED Int'l Council Env Economics and Development
Kazunao Sato
  ICEED Int'l Council Env Economics and Development
Ryan Bloomfield
  Grant Thornton Public Sector
John Howard
  Growth Team Strategies
Adam Cole
Michael Minor
  B the Cause Inc
Igor Eberstein
  Eberstein Research & Consulting
Bambi Lorica, MD
Ramesh Gupta
  Ligado Networks
Bruce Carhart
Keaton Hopkins
Natasha Sodhi
Nigel Smith
  Zurena LLC
Nicole Nesbihal
... a total of 119 guests.
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