adobestock_7211726272024 Wharton DC Innovation Summit:

Leverage an Innovation Ecosystem: Maximize Your Results

  • To help you adjust and LEVERAGE the resources of this region and beyond. Keynotes & other sessions to help you make progress in your career, business and life.

    • We'll have these features again:

      • Opening, midday and closing keynotes

        • Opening Keynote Panel: Create an Innovation Ecosystem

        • Mini-Keynote, Dr. Cori Lathan, innovator and author, Inventing the Future: Techno-Optimism in a World of Disruptive Technology  

        • Midday Keynote: Pathways to Entrepreneurial Success: Lessons Learned

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

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

        • Sustainability & Energy

        • Healthcare

        • Funding & Fintech

        • Disruptive technologies (including AI and quantum)

      • 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

    • Celebration of the Summit on Friday evening at Austrian Embassy Reception (extra fee; best rates for Members and Summit attendees)

  • Click HERE to register at Advance Rates (through June 14)! 

  • And CLICK HERE soon to visit the Summit's special website

  • Learn the latest about Summit schedule, or look below on this page.

  • To view all speakers (more being added!), CLICK HERE.summit-logo

About the 2024 Summit

  • Join us at the forefront of innovation as the Wharton Club of DC proudly presents the 10th Annual Wharton DC Innovation Summit. With the support of our Sponsors and Strategic Partners, this landmark annual event is set to unfold at the state-of-the-art Valo Park Conference Center in Tysons Corner, VA, on Thursday, June 20, 2024.
  • All are welcome. Whether you attended Wharton or Penn, or elsewhere, everyone who wants to leverage the power of innovation should join us! Our Strategic Partners – top Ivy and other alumni clubs and business groups – are supporting the Summit to help their members move forward.
  • Our theme, Create an Innovation Ecosystem: Maximize Your Results, is based on the premise that “a rising tide raises all boats.” Amidst challenges like global economic upheaval, rising interest rates, and geopolitical strains, our summit stands as a beacon for collective advancement.

Click HERE to REGISTER NOW before rates rise

Key Elements of an Innovation Ecosystem: To Maximize YOUR Results

  • At the heart of the Washington D.C. area, the Wharton Innovation Summit is more than just a conference – it’s a dynamic ecosystem designed to empower participants to take command of their futures and make a broader impact both locally and globally.
  • Our ecosystem provides critical elements for innovative organizations to attract, retain, and grow such as:
    • Engage with Key Leaders & Stakeholders from established businesses, startups, universities, research institutions, government agencies, investor groups, and community organizations.
    • Access Funding and support from sources such as venture capital, angel investors, and other public and private sources for startups and innovators.
    • Provide Critical Infrastructure and essential resources to accelerate your growth.
    • Government Policy Benefits that offer supportive government policies and incentives that stimulate innovation.
    • Expand Knowledge and Skills through educational initiatives with top universities and organizations to cultivate the skills needed for today's competitive market.
    • Cultivate Culture within a community that values authenticity and supportiveness, enhancing the diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility of innovation ecosystems.
  • CLICK HERE to visit the Summit's special website and learn the latest about Summit keynotes, other speakers and more news. This year's schedule:





•    The 2024 Wharton DC Innovation Summit will explore the impact of 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 and sustainability/energy issues
  • 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.

Who should attend:

In brief, everyone whose career, business or life could benefit from an infusion of inspiration, innovation and connections, such as:

  • Entrepreneurs in businesses from startups to emerging growth companies.
  • Executives in larger businesses looking for new ideas and contacts.
  • Everyone who feels their career needs to move forward.
  • Leaders in the public and private sectors who want to enhance their organization and legacy.
  • Each person, regardless of age, gender, or background, who wants to create a better future for themselves and others.
  • You, if you can dedicate a day to learning from engaged thought leaders and achievers in vital aspects of the economy, business opportunities and more - and to connecting with them and other ambitious people
    • With the steadfast support of our Sponsors and Strategic Partners, the 2024 Wharton DC Innovation Summit promises to be a catalyst for transformation, delivering unparalleled opportunities for networking, learning, and growth.
    • Secure your place and be part of a movement that elevates every participant. We invite everyone who is eager to learn, network, and help shape the future to attend the upcoming Summit. Together, we rise.

Click HERE to register.

  • Sponsors - returning for their fourth year as a Summit Sponsor - this time a
  • Gold Sponsor - is FCEDA
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Silver Sponsor


  • 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):
    • Oxford University Society of DC
    • Harvard Club
    • Yale Club
  • Record of Success: The 2024 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 9 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. Advance rates now in effect, through June 12 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 

  • Members: Wharton Club & Strategic Partner Members: Advance - Just 195/person for the whole Summit (must name Partner in "Special Instructions" when you register)
    • President's Club and Lifetime Members: Just 135/inclusive
  • Veterans, Military, Full-Time Students, Nonprofit/Govt. Full-Time Employee (Advance: Just 195/person for the whole Summit (must name your specific category and organization in "Special Instructions" when you register).  
  • Public: Just 345 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. (NOTE: This is in addition to admission fee for amounts below 250/person)
    • Your choice! Like most alumni groups, we get no financial support from any university. Thank you.
    • ADDED EVENT OPTION: The Embassy reception celebrating the Innovation Summit at the Embassy of Austria will be on Friday evening, June 21, in DC -- and is available for an added fee.
    • REGISTER when you sign up for the Summit to get special rates:
    • President's Club and Lifetime Members are comped.
    • Fee for others.
    • Wharton DC Members and Summit Attendees: Early Bird through June 14 is 60/person, then 75/person.
    • Public: 95/person Early Bird through June 14, then 125/person)globe-internet-connecting--digital-abstract-technology-background--3d-rendering


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
Dr. Cori Lathan, CEO
  De Oro Devices
Jason Liaw, Co-Author
  Down to Business
Fenley Scurlock, Co-Author
  Down to Business
Tien Wong, CEO
David Morey, Chairman & CEO
  DMG Global
Dr. Jeff Hausfeld, Chairman & Co-Founde
  BioFactura, Society of Phys. Entrepreneurs
Kashif Siddiqui, Sr. VP
Jason Stern, CEO
  Braddock Communications
Jonathan Schlaifer
  IP Spring
Cheryle Davis
Jane Stieber
Frank Ganis
Dr. Christian Schults, Cardiac Surgeon
  Medstar Heart & Valve Institute
Ruwan Salgado, CEO
  Strat8gy Intl.
Joey Yaffe
  NewCity - Real Estate Alchemy
Walter Juraszek
Gradalupe 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
Andrew Fraser, CEO
Alexander Hyder
  Booz Allen Hamilton
John Gustavo Blair
Shiv Gupta
  Quantum Sight
Christon Hill
  Georgetown University OTC
Deepak Saluja
Brian Park, Managing Partner
Ignacio Uria, Asset Management
  East Point Energy
Claudea Galea, Global Sust. Director
Kathleen Galvin
Juliet Huang, Partner
  Chapman & Cutler
Jeffrey Hung, CEO
Dr. Ashim Subedee, Director
  BARDA Drive Catalyst Office
Michael McShea, Chief Scientist
  Johns Hopkins Applied Phys. Lab.
Mark VanderZyl, Assoc. Dir. Startup
  Advancement, Johns Hopkins Applied Phys. Lab.
Pascal Jaillon, Sr. VP
Blake Hall, Co-Founder & CEO
Rob Edwards, Jr., Managing Dir.
Dr. Natcha Thawesaengskulthai, Global CIO
  Chulalongkorn University
Sean Makulowich, Founder & CEO
Randall Reade, VP
  DC Archangels
David Brimmer, Pathfinder Tech Scout
  US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Fabien Vaucheret, Sr. Solutions Arch
Eric Benderson, Esq., Dep. General
  Counsel, US Small Bus. Admin.
Erin Smith, SVP
  Bank of America
Dr. Remi Abere, Founder/CEO
Igor Eberstein, President
  Dervon Corporation
Aurora Griffin
  Bernstein Private Wealth
Daniel O'Donnell
  Huron Consulting
Gulsun Gul
Fiorella Angeles Perez
  The London School of Economics and Political Science
Robyn Baek
  CorVista Health
Edward Lewis
  Bank of America
Srini Nanduri
Steve Lebischak
Drew Petrushka, Mgr.
  Navy Federal Credit Union
Anand Iyer, Chief AI Officer
Kathie Callahan-Brady, Board
Jason Woo, Managing Partner
  Leaning Core Leadership
Sally Sappenfield, Exec. Dir.
  Hasumi Intl. Research Foundation
David Kelley, VP, Business Inv.
John Hoeveler, Mgr., Natl. Bus.Inv.
Chris Cucci, SVP, Chief of Staff
  Climate First Bank
Rokas Beresniovas, Dir. Comm. Bus.
  Montgomery County Green Bank
Limor Schafman, Dir. of Strategy
  LG Nova
Terry Moraska
  Pan Pacific Finance Group
Katie Frost, Assoc. Admin.
  US Small Business Administration
Wayne Chiang, Founder
Jon DiMaggio, Chief Security
  Analyst, Analyst 1
Bailey Devries, Head of Office of
  Investment & Innovation, US Small Business Admin.
Adam Thaher
  Penn Dental Medicine
Guest of HW Radin
Karen Smaw, Dir., Diversity Bus.Inv
Mala Persaud, Owner
  Cartesian Therapeutics
Murat Kalayoglu, Co-Founder
  Cartesian Therapeutics
Steven Chen, Partner
  Blu Venture Investors
Dr. Paul Chen, CEO & Co-Founder
  Neumetry Medical, Inc.
Dr. Pradeep Karla, Assoc. Prof.
  Howard University
Gideon Gradman, Managing Director
  Baker Tilly US
Indu Singh VP, Head of DC Ops.
  Los Alamos Technical Associates
Franklin Bright, ORISE Tech Transfer
  NIAID-Natl. Inst. of Allergy Infect. Diseases
Andrew Taherzadeh, Dir., Mktg/Comm
Sharon Reed, Communications Mgr
Casey Curran, Natl. Bus. Inv. Intern
Eta Nahapetian, Mgr., Innov. Prog.
  Fairfax Dept. of Econ. Initiatives
Ellen Meinhart, Sr. Intl. Trade Mtg.
Emil Carter, Chief AI Scientist
Joe Paul
Paul Chen
  Neumetry Medical Inc.
Robin Bollinger
  Neumetry Medical Inc.
Marya Pickering
  Kenific Group
Craig Hillman
Sheetal Thakkar
Daniel ODonnell
  Huron Consulting Group
Roena O'Donnell
Adrienne Lawrence
  Northwestern Mutual
Naquan Ishman
Sue Carr, President
  CarrTech Corp
Charles Andres, Esq., Shareholder
  Greenberg Traurig
John Janek, Chief Technologist
  Dev Technology Group, Inc.
Kimberly Abbott, CCO, Head of Ext.
  Affairs, Fuller Project for Intl. Reporting
Tom Scurlock, VP Federal
Colin Wein
  University of Colorado
Rosemarie Truman, CEO
Sun Park
Meaghan Kiefer, Business Exp Partner
  Fairfax Cty. Dept. of Econ. Initiatives
Anne K. Rosenblum,
Sam Glickstein, COO
  BioSolution Designs
Charles Johnson, CEO
Torrie Turner
Rae Stott
Tom Perkins, Partner
  Blu Venture Investors
Jenell Collins
  Drexel University
Janet Baker
Janet Baker
Janet Baker
Adrienne Lawrence
Sterlin Elena
Heather MacCleoud
Janthapat Saichumin
  Thailand Board of Investment
Jack Ding
Sandra Garrett
  MediMergent, LLC
Bruce Garrett
John Boos
Angel Earle
Robin Geiger, VP, Mktg. & Comm
Pankhuri Pankhuri
Mahek Palnaik
Krish Putta
Pranav Karthikeyan
Jonathan Shan
Shreyas Kasam
Richard Dunn
  General Dynamics Info. Tech.
Henry Olson
Clara Park
Radhana Mainali
Paul Borissow, President
  Bauer Energy
Juhi Naithani, Principal
  bGlobal Consulting
Yu-Ling Huang
  DMG Global
Kim Sherman, SVP
  Bank of America
Amerlia Kiliaki
Sarthak Pal Mahajan
Rudrojas Kunvar
Anwita Kathiravan
Suriya Chindawongse
Stefano Brugnerotto
  James Hollister Wellness Foundation
Deborah Kim
Mai Segawa
  Children’s National Hospital
Adam Schwarz
Carla Taylor-Pla
  Georgetown University
Ramesh Lekshmynarayanan
  Green Catapult
Ilyse Veron
  Weill Cornell Medicine
Denise Garcia Van Wyngaardt, CEO
  Indigo IT
Hannah Petrushka
  Father Saturnino Urios University
Mohammad Iqbal, Managing Partner
  KeyBridge Solutions
Mark Sauder
  Bank of America
Jacob Quill
Ashtan Moore
Antonio Cordero
Connie Royal
Amogh Satish
Arav Jaiman
Aran Jaiman
Anwitha Kondragunta
Al-Karim Rehemtula
Bruce Carhart
Bruce Carhart
  Bruce Carhart & Associates LLC
Isara Patumanon
  OHESDC, Royal Thai Embassy
Thitidej Tularak
  OHESDC, Royal Thai Embassy
Urailin Khorboon
  OHESDC, Royal Thai Embassy
Siriporn Taokaew
  OHESDC, Royal Thai Embassy
Angel Earle
Navin Singh
Aayushman Singh
JAMES Griffin
  HomeFree-USA, INC
Taelor Ferguson
  HomeFree-USA, INC
Lana Sytnik
  Becton Dickinson (BD)
Ben Dickson
Rohana Ambagolla, DCM
  Embassy of Sri Lanka
Nattanai Kupramsert, Econ. Asst.
  Royal Thai Embassy DC
Chuliepote Isarankura Na Ayudhya, DCM
  Royal Thai Embassy DC
Ted Eagles, Special Advisor
  St. Albans School of Public Affairs
Andrey Mikhalchuk
Jeff Galvin, CEO
  American Gene Therapy
Samson Kidane
Denis Chazelle, Exec. Dir.
  French-American Chamber of Commerce
Charita Yattagoda, Minister/Comm.
  Embassy of Sri Lanka
Ella Albert
  French-America Chamber of Commerce
Ram Konduru
Sarah Colon
  Airbnb Superhost
Sara Lazarus
  Faded Jeans Technology
Sara Lazarus
  Faded Jeans Technology
Diana Hutter
Andrew Sachs
Clint Cates
  Indigo IT, LLC
Jourdan Saunders
  The Resource Key
Jaskeerat Kaur Thakral
  OHESDC, Royal Thai Embassy
Andy Chalonec
  Cost Caddies
Robert Edwards Jr.
Cameron Powell
Victoria Benson
Mari Norberg
  Volvo Group
KiM Kelly
Misch Felix
Will Meade
Joe Paul
  OptimaNova AI
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