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-2024 Wharton DC Innovation Summit:

Create an Innovation Ecosystem: Maximize Your Results

  • To help you adjust and move forward. Keynotes & other sessions to help you make progress in your career, business and life.

  • NOTE, as of this date, we do not yet have the final schedule, but it is coming together rapidly.

    • We offer a 45-day money back guarantee -- no questions asked - if you register by April 13 and decide you don't wish to attend

    • That gives you time to review the agenda, as it shapes up, and decide if it works for you

    • We'll have these features again:

      • Opening, midday and closing keynotes

        • Mini-Keynote, Dr. Cori Lathan, innovator and author, Inventing the Future

        • Closing keynote and entertainment: David Morey, "The Magic of Innovation"

      • The same tracks relevant to all innovators as we had last year:

        • Disruptive technologies (including AI, fintech, others)

        • Sustainability & Energy

        • Healthcare

        • Funding & Commercialization

      • Closing Reception at Refraction, a curated hub of creativity, collaboration, and innovation that helps businesses build more dynamic teams and grow their company, on the 8th Floor of Valo Park North Tower

  • 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 (updated video coming soon)
  • To view all speakers confirmed this year (similar quality and diversity to last year), CLICK HERE.summit-logo

About the 2024 Summit
With a successful track record of hosting nine previous highly-rated Summits, the Wharton Club of DC is organizing the 2024 Wharton DC Innovation Summit  in-person in Tysons Corner at the modern, prestigious Valo Park Conference Center.

  • Reflecting the turbulence of recent years from the pandemic, plus ongoing global economic disruption and geopolitical tensions, this year’s theme provides historical context. It also offers a helpful look ahead to those who want to control their destiny, while benefiting more people: Create an Innovation Ecosystem: Maximize Your Results - REGISTER NOW before rates rise

Startup and other businesses, governments, nonprofit and society had been grappling with challenges that arose from COVID-19. Now, much higher interest rates, national and global economic issues, global tensions, 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 2024 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 from last year -- this year's we'll have the same tracks on updates on vital and other topics:




•    The 2024 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.
  • Sponsor - returning for their fourth year as a Summit Sponsor - this time a 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 fourth year - FCEDA (and we would welcome discussing having your nonprofit as a Strategic Partner, too):


  • Record of Success: The 2028 Innovation Summit builds upon nine successful past summits, each of which received rave reviews from speakers, attendees and sponsors. Prior Summits cumulatively had thousands of attendees representing 400+ companies (from startups to Fortune 500 companies) and other organizations and featured 400+ diverse speakers in over 200 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

Click HERE to register. Super Early Bird now in effect, through April 13 for in-person attendees.

The earlier you register, the lower your rate.

All rates are for FULL ACCESS pass the day or the Summit and include: Your choice of sessions, all meals, networking breaks, the Closing Reception on the evening of the Summit + BONUS - Embassy reception if, as we expect, we have one.

  • That valuable bonus is only available to those who sign up no later than Saturday, April 6! So don't wait!
  • The Embassy reception, if we have one, will be on Friday, June 21 or Saturday, June 22- plus planned 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 through April 6 are subject to a Money-Back Guarantee, for 45 days!  

  • Members: Wharton Club & Strategic Partner Members: Early Bird - Just 150/person for the whole Summit (must name Partner in "Special Instructions" when you register)
    • President's Club and Lifetime Members: Just 115/inclusive
  • Veterans, Military, Full-Time Students, Nonprofit/Govt. Full-Time Employee (Super Early Bird: Just 150/person for the whole Summit (must name your specific category and organization in "Special Instructions" when you register).  
  • Public: Just 295 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, Lamarr (Hedy), Einstein, or Tesla.
    • Your choice! Like most alumni groups, we get no financial support from any university. Thank you.



8:00AM - 8:00PM Thu 20 Jun 2024, Eastern timezone


Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive Conference Center, 1st Floor
Tysons, VA 22202 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Jean-Francois Orsini
Alan Schlaifer, Chairman
  Wharton DC Innovation Summit
Jason Stern, CEO
  Braddock Communications
Jonathan Schlaifer
  IP Spring
Cheryle Davis
Jane Stieber
Frank Ganis
Chuck Schilke
Ruwan Salgado, CEO
  Strat8gy Intl.
Dr. Christine Copple, Founder & CEO
  Starise Ventures
Joey Yaffe
  NewCity - Real Estate Alchemy
Walter Juraszek
Guest of Walter Juraszek
Alicia Hannon
  Rockville Rotary Club
greg schlimm
  Transaction Advisors Institute
Theresa Garcia-Parks
  Rockville Rotary Club
Ginger Greenfield
Rama Pothineni
  BXT Partners
Hugo Jimenez
Barry Michael
  Biomedical Commercialization LLC
... a total of 28 guests.
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