light-bulb-global-internet-connection.-business-global-internet-connection-application-technology-and-digital-marketing--financial-and-banking--digital-link-tech--big-data---bulb--light--energy--lamp-2023 Wharton DC Innovation Summit:

Advancing to a Healthier, Wealthier World for All

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

  • Click HERE to register. And CLICK HERE soon 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 for this year's Summit; an idea of what to expect
  • To view all speakers confirmed this year (similar quality and diversity to last year, CLICK HERE.summit-logo

About the 2023 Summit
With a successful track record of hosting eight previous highly-rated Summits – 8 in-person at locations in the Washington D.C. area and 2020 and 2021 online, the Wharton Club of DC expects to organize the 2023 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, while benefiting more people: Advancing to a Healthier, Wealthier World for All

Startup and other businesses, governments, nonprofit and society had been grappling with challenges that arose from COVID-19. Now, higher interest rates, economic issues, and the higher challenges of bank loan and other capital availability are creating a "wall of worry."  But, innovative and responsive leaders are striving to deal with current challenges and capitalize on opportunities in many areas, including those of the 2023 Summit’s General Sessions / Keynotes and 3 breakout tracks

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




•    The 2023 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
  • The actions innovators are taking to meet capital, HR, market, and other needs in the face of global economic headwinds
  • Strategies to meet workforce needs – to hire, retain and train human capital – with increased competition from other organizations at a time of over 9 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.
  • Silver Sponsor - returning for their third year as a Summit Sponsor - this time a Silver Sponsor - is FCEDA:fceda-jpeg-image


  • Strategic Partners expected to again include a wide array of elite alumni and business groups. We already have these new Strategic Partners, plus one major returning one for their third year - FCEDA (and we would welcome discussing having your nonprofit as a Strategic Partner, too):


  • Record of Success: The 2023 Innovation Summit builds upon seven successful past summits, each of which received rave reviews from speakers, attendees and sponsors. Prior Summits cumulatively had over 2,300 attendees representing 400+ companies (from startups to Fortune 500 companies) and other organizations and featured 375+ diverse speakers in over 185 sessions. Click HERE to view the URLs and themes for the past 6 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 nonprofits we select - we welcome suggestions from all attendees.


Click HERE to register. Early Bird now in effect, through May 22 for in-person attendees.

The earlier you register, the lower your rate.

All rates are for FULL ACCESS pass and include: Your choice of sessions, all meals, networking breaks, the Closing Reception, and the reception, if we have one, at an Embassy on Friday, June 23 - plus 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: Early Bird - Just 175/person for the whole Summit (must name Partner in "Special Instructions" when you register)
  • Veterans, Military, Full-Time Students, Nonprofit/Govt. Full-Time Employee (Super Early Bird: Just 175/person for the whole Summit (must name your specific category and organization in "Special Instructions" when you register).  
  • Public: Just 325/person for all session in-person access, including reception.  
    • 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 an Innovator certificate customized for you - and 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 22 Jun 2023, Eastern timezone


Conference Center
1812 North Moore Suite 2200
Arlington, VA 22209 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
John Bittman, Tech Partnerships
Benjamin Holmes, CEO
Valerie Fremont, CSO/VP Mkt Dev
  Quality Biological
Joe Daniels, Partner, Emerg.Cos
  Nelson Mullins
Katherine Hill Ritchie, Sr.Dir.VentureFunds
Tien Wong, Chairman & CEO
Jeff Krasney
  DBM Global
Jason Stern, CEO
Jane Stieber, CEO
  JS Services
Rosemarie Truman, CEO
  CAI/Center for Adv. Innovation
Chuck Schilke
Justine Schaffner, CEO
  Campus Consulting
Ruwan Salgado, CEO
  Strat8gy Intl.
Jarrod Borkat, SVP, Mktg & Portfolio
Emily Smith
  Cushman & Wakefield
Hugo Jimenez
  Performance Advisory Group
Guc Ozenci, Managing Dir, DC
  Founder Institutee
Karen G. Wayland, PhD, CEO
  The Gridwise Alliance, Inc.
Sandeep Dudhwewala, VP
  Utility of the Future, National Grid
Katie Jereza, VP, Corp. Affairs
  Electric Power Res. Inst. (EPRI)
Abidgail Seadler Wulf, VP & Dir.
  Critical Minerals Strategy, Securing America's Energy Future
William Tobin, Globa Energy Center
  The Atlantic Council
Julia Wood, Partner
  Rock Creek Energy Group
Brock Schaffner
  Univ. of Chicago
Troy Helming, Founder & CEO
  EarthGrid PBC
Avi Halpert, VP, Corp.Real Estate
  United Therapeutics
Daniel Ryan, Principal
  Alikos Wealth Management
Kolaleh Eskandanian, VP & Chief
  Innovation Officer, Children's National
Stacey Ma, Founder
Tisha Jepson, CEO & Co-Founder
  True Bearing Diagnostics
Gil Price, MD, Board Member
  CAI / Center for Advancing Innovation
Molly Fogarty, Sr. VP
  NestlĂ© - USA
Jonathan Schlaifer, Esq.
  Patent Attorney
Elizabeth Nolte
Rob Kimmer
  OPAD Airway Inc.
Sheetal Thakkar
  Russell Reynolds
Joe Paul, CEO
Kim Thornburg, Head of Development
Dr. Sharon Morgenthaler, Head of Programs
Braxton Canady, Sr. Data Analyst
Mikael LaRoche, Head-Brand, Mktg, Com
Wynisha Witt, Site Dir., Baltimore
Cara Waddell, Dev. Associate
Vladimir Dergachev
Andrew Fraser
M. James Faison
  Faison Law Group LLC
Judy Kosovich
Maria Elena Carrion
  Multicultural Capital LLC
Ilana Esterrich
  Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Walter Juraszek
  W & L Global Enterprises
Guadelupe Juraszek
  W & L Global Enterprises
Marya Pickering
  The Kenific Group, Inc.
Marya Pickering
  The Kenific Group, Inc.
Sean Denniston
Bob Carey
  Empire-Capitol Strategies
Archana Reddy
Mark Baldino
  FireBot Suppression
Mark Standard
Natalia Jasinski
John Gustavo Blair
  Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Ryan Alcorn
Igor Eberstein
  See on Corporation
Ali Thaver
  Sutton Capital
Jennifer Simpson
Suthira Taychakhoonavudh
Nikhil Bhambi
  Green Community Consulting
Eliot Shatzman
  Wells Fargo Advisors
Jean-Francois Orsini
  AlexTest LLC
Ginger Greenfield
Andy Chalonec
  Cost Caddies
Kenneth Scott
  Beech Companies
Hope Heller
... a total of 152 guests.
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