Highlights

  • ✓ Learn from startup experts and top entrepreneurs
  • ✓ Participate in discussions on business-related topics
  • ✓ Improve your team building skills
  • ✓ Create a concept pitch presentation
  • ✓ Network with like-minded students worldwide

Topics Covered

As a student in the Entrepreneurship Experience, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of virtual talks, activities and engaging group discussions. The skills learned at this one-week interactive program, in addition to understanding the entrepreneurial mindset, can be applied to all areas of life – in school, business and the community. You'll learn about the following:

  • ✯ Teamwork + Leadership
  • ✯ Communication skills
  • ✯ Design + Innovation
  • ✯ Marketing + Research
  • ✯ STEM + Sustainability
  • ✯ Career exploration
  • ✯ Etiquette + Networking
  • ✯ Agility + Resiliency
  • ✯ Social Media Branding

Choose your One-week session

  • ◉ July 13 – 17 | 9 am – 4 pm [4 Sections: PST; EST; Europe/ME; Asia]
  • ◉ July 20 – 24 | 9 am – 4 pm [4 Sections: PST; EST; Europe/ME; Asia]

Players

Francisco D’Souza

Co-founder, Cognizant

Francisco (Frank) D’Souza co-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions, a global multinational corporation that provides IT services, including digital, technology, consulting, and operations services in 1994 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from January 2007 through March 2019. In addition to his tenure as CEO, he served as President from 2007 to 2012 and held a variety of senior management positions, including Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006. He was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in January 2007 and served as Vice Chairman of the board from 2018 until 2020. As CEO, Frank was responsible for promoting Cognizant’s values and client-first culture, ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term shareholder value. From Cognizant’s IPO until the time stepped down from the CEO role, Cognizant stock returned almost 29,000%. During his 12 years as CEO, he oversaw a period of sustained growth, transformation, innovation and success, including: a 10x increase in revenue, from $1.4 billion in 2006 to $16.1 billion in 2018; a 7x increase in headcount, from 39,000 in 2006 to 282,000 in 2018; Cognizant joining the Fortune 200 and being named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 11 years in a row. Frank is currently a director of General Electric, where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Management Development & Compensation Committees. He also serves on the Board of MongoDB, a software company that offers a modern general purpose database platform where he’s a member of the Compensation and Nominating & Governance Committees.

Angie Hicks

Founder, Angie's List

Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie’s List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid. Angie Hicks also serves as the Chief Customer Officer of ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming this role in September 2017, Ms. Hicks co-founded Angie’s List in 1995 and served as its Chief Marketing Officer from May 2000 and on its board of directors from March 2013 through its acquisition by ANGI Homeservices. Ms. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, from which she received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship and the Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Ms. Hicks has received multiple awards for her entrepreneurial achievements, as well as her leadership in both the community and the technology field, including (among others) being named the Women Tech Founder of the Year in 2016 and awarded both the TechPoint Trailblazer Award and Harvard Business School's Alumni Achievement Award in 2017.

Dr. Robert Hariri

CEO, Celularity, Inc.

Dr. Hariri is an accomplished surgeon, biomedical scientist, and serial entrepreneur in two technology sectors, biomedicine and aerospace. He is the chairman, founder, and chief executive officer of Celularity, Inc., one of the world's leading human cellular therapeutics companies. Dr. Hariri was the founder and CEO of Anthrogenesis Corporation, and after its acquisition by Celgene Corporation, served as CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics. Dr. Hariri also co-founded the genomic-based health intelligence company, Human Longevity, Inc. Dr. Hariri has served on numerous public boards including Cryoport (NASDAQ:CYRX). Dr. Hariri pioneered the use of stem cells to treat a range of life-threatening human diseases and continues today to make transformative contributions in the fields of immuno-oncology and cell therapeutics along with tissue engineering and functional regeneration. He is widely acknowledged for his discovery of pluripotent stem cells derived from the human placenta, and as a member of the team that discovered the physiological activities of tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Dr. Hariri and his team of scientists were the first to obtain FDA approval to use its cryopreserved allogeneic, off-the-shelf Natural Killer (NK) cell therapy to treat COVID-19 infected adults. He holds over 170 issued and pending patents for discoveries including placenta-derived stem cells, which Nature recognized as one of the ten most important patent estates in the field. He has authored over 150 published chapters, articles, and abstracts. Dr. Hariri was the recipient of the Pontifical Medal for Innovation awarded by Pope Francis in 2018 for his discovery of placental stem cells and advances in immunotherapy and regenerative medicine. Dr. Hariri twice received the Thomas Alva Edison Award for invention, in 2007 and 2011, and is a recipient of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation’s Fred J. Epstein Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Hariri was recipient of the Genius of New Jersey Award in 2019 and over the years has received numerous other honors for his many contributions to the fields of biomedicine and aviation. Dr. Hariri is an Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery and member of the Board of Overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and a former member of the board of visitors of the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Science & Technology Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a member of the X PRIZE Foundation scientific advisory board for the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics. Dr. Hariri is a trustee and vice-chair of the Liberty Science Center. In 2010 he was appointed a Commissioner of Cancer Research by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Dr. Hariri completed his undergraduate training at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Columbia College. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, where he was the recipient of both the Julian R. Rachele Award and the Doctoral Dissertation Award. He was a surgical resident and fellow in neurosurgery at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and served as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Associate Research Professor of Surgery at Cornell and Co-director of the Aitken Laboratory in Neurosurgery. When he is not in the laboratory or the corporate boardroom, Dr. Hariri is a jet-rated commercial pilot with thousands of hours of flight time in over 60 different military and civilian aircraft. He has also produced several feature films, as well as documentaries on global societal issues.

Lisa Skeete Tatum

Founder/CEO, Landit

Lisa is founder and CEO of Landit, a personalized career pathing platform created to increase the success and engagement of women and diverse groups in the workplace. The platform offers a turn-key “one size fits one” solution that enables companies to attract, develop, and retain diverse high-potential talent. Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal Partners, a $350M+ early-stage healthcare venture capital firm. Lisa also worked for Procter & Gamble, GE Capital, and founded her own consulting practice. Lisa serves on numerous high growth, public, and non-profit boards, including Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK), Union Square Hospitality Group, Cornell University Board of Trustees, McCarter Theater, The Lawrenceville School, and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. Lisa received her BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Class 4 and a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Inc., CNBC, BBC Business and named one of the Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs by Inc. Landit was named one of the Top 10 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better by Fast Company.

Martin Babinec

Founder/Director, TriNet

As founder and 20 year CEO of TriNet [NYSE: TNET], Martin was a beneficiary of Silicon Valley‘s entrepreneur supportive ecosystem in ways he didn’t fully appreciate until returning to live in his home area of Upstate New York. That region’s low rate of startup formation prompted him to launch not for profit Upstate Venture Connect in 2010 helping high growth company founders connect with people and resources needed for success. UVC’s organically built network of more than 17,000 people have helped accelerate startup formation, funding and growth across a broad geography encompassing 7 metro areas. In 2018 he founded non profit Entrepreneurs Across Borders to identify, curate and connect emerging entrepreneurs in impoverished areas with resources needed to create jobs, sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth, beginning with Jamaica as the pilot country. In addition to not for profit leadership and serving on TriNet’s Board, Mr. Babinec is Founder/Managing Director of UpVentures Capital and Co-Founder/Chairman of StartFast Venture Accelerator which together have combined for more than 75 seed stage investments in emerging technology companies. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University and past recipient of SVBJ Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Yancey Strickler

Co-founder, Kickstarter

Yancey is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World (Viking), and the creator of Bentoism. Yancey is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Drucker Institute and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He’s spoken at MIT, the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Web Summit, Stanford, and for startups, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. He cofounded the artist resource The Creative Independent and the record label eMusic Selects. Yancey began his career as a music critic in New York City. He grew up in Clover Hollow, Virginia.

Chieh Huang

CEO/Co-founder, Boxed.com

Chieh is co-founder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Forbes Magazine has named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.” Started in Huang’s garage 5 years ago, Boxed now has hundreds of employees in facilities all over the United States. Since the garage, the company has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of products and has raised over a quarter billion dollars in funding to date. Huang’s personal honors include being named to “Bloomberg 50”, Bloomberg Businessweek’s 50 people to watch in 2018, to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retail’s Future, as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Goldman Sachs’ list of “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine included Chieh on their list of “The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs.” You can read more about Chieh’s story in People Magazine’s profile of him for their “American Dream” series, tracking his growth from humble beginnings to running a fast-growing online retailer. You can also catch more of him at TED.com delivering a talk about his lifelong battle against micromanagers.

Dr. Navneet Puri

Founder/CEO, Nevakar

Dr. Puri is a pharmacist by education with over 20 years of healthcare industry experience. He founded Nevakar in 2015 with a vision of creating a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on hospital injectables and ophthalmic products. Read less... Prior to Nevakar, Dr. Puri spent several years in product development and drug delivery of parenteral pharmaceuticals at Baxter Healthcare Corp. and Amgen Inc. He founded InnoPharma, Inc. in 2005, focusing on development of complex generic injectable dosage formulations. When Pfizer acquired InnoPharma in 2014, he stayed on as Vice President of Pfizer’s Worldwide Research & Development until 2015. Dr. Puri received Future 50 magazine’s Smart CEO award in 2015. He was also awarded the EY Entrepreneur of The Year award from the state of NJ in 2015. Dr. Puri’s past board positions include InnoPharma, Eyenuk and Xeris Pharmaceuticals. His current board positions include Nevakar, Alzeca Biosciences, BioNJ and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Leadership Council. Dr. Puri earned a MS from the University of Mississippi and a PhD in Pharmaceutics from Rutgers University.

Terry Torok

CInnovO, Enactus

Terry is 25+ year veteran of brand development and amplification. He has been in roles as CCO of EMCI, Co-Founder Live from Earth, and CIO of Enactus and served on three boards and as a 17 year consultant to Omnicom Media Group. ENTERTAIMENT Terry has linked dozens of Fortune 500 brands and startup companies to causes, events and entertainment media platforms and sponsorships including; The Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Superbowl halftime, American Idol Gives Back, The Global Goals Races, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Phil Collins and Rolling Stones. ESPORTS Early in his career he produced 200 hours of broadcast television and led the esports category from its’ genesis as a producer of the daily show Video Power, the Nintendo World Championship and Game Riot. INNOVATION EXPERIENCES Created and produced the first television commercial from outer space for Pepsi, and a live broadcast from the space station for E TV and Extreme Shopping. An event that offered the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hollywood Sign and Mohammed Ali’s home for sale on live television. Terry has been creator of brand and award winning media experiences for Omnicom Media group since 2002. DESTINATION Terry has produced several location based experiences including- The NY Skyride at the Empire State Building, XS NY the gaming arena in Time Square as well as the designer of resort destination experiences from Dubai to the Bahamas. CAUSE Since 2002 Terry has focused on cause and philanthropic initiatives with the United Nations, Marlaria No More, The World Food Programmed and The Internal Rescue Committee. He has worked in Sudan, The Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia with child soldiers and refugees, as well as on maternal health issues in South Africa and India. He is founding board member of Lalela.org a Sub-Saharan arts and innovation based education platform and a 10-year board member of the international organization BuildOn. Terry has been the Chief Innovation Officer of Enactus worldwide since 2014. Enactus is a global organization of 70,000 university students, academic and business leaders across 36 countries and over 1,700 campuses. Enactus serves as the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Terry produces the annual Enactus World Cup, The UN Global Goals forum, the World Water Race and the :77 Film Festival. These events showcase social innovation and impact aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More at www.Enactus.org/WorldCup Terry has also created and implemented course curriculums in creativity, innovation and abundanomics that has reached over 250,000 students around the world. He teaches immersive courses on Social Innovation at Universities around the world, most recently in China, India, Mexico, Africa and US. Terry has been a longtime member of TED, a member of SAG/AFTRA and is also a rescue first- responder.

Sean O’Sullivan

Founder, MP, SOSV

Sean is the founder and managing partner of SOSV which has invested in over 900 startups, investing about $65 million per year in the 150 startups that go through its global accelerators annually which help create over $2 billion in new market capitalization every year. Recognized in 2017 as the world’s #1 most active global early stage investor and the #2 most active global seed investor*, SOSV’s accelerator model takes a small initial stake in startups and provides a framework and community where startups get further and faster than they could on their own. SOSV runs the world’s most active accelerators in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio/RebelBio), disruptive food (Food-X), and Asia cross-border startups (Chinaccelerator/MOX). As of 2019, SOSV is in the top 6% of venture capitalists globally based on return an investment (returns over 20 years average 38% Net IRR). O’Sullivan’s first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. Sean founded JumpStart International, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones, in the 2000s, where he oversaw over 3,500 staff at the height of the organization during the Iraq conflict. O’Sullivan received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He is also a primary supporter of such organizations such as Coderdojo (a global network of coding clubs that 50,000 kids attend every week) and Khan Academy (used by 15 million students to learn every month). He’s on the board Khan Academy, I-ASC, and a number of private companies.

Christine Ntim

Entrepreneur, Speaker

Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more. Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy , a social network connecting people to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, Rent the Runway Project Entrepreneur and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine. Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems in emerging markets.She is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and a partner at the GlobalStartupEcosystem.com which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, Europe. Christine is a sought-after speaker who inspires with her award-winning talk- “Entrepreneurship Without Borders” and startup hacking series. For fun, she travels and binge watches top business shows with her husband and beautiful baby girl.

Judi Fox

LinkedIn Expert and Coach

Judi hit 3 million views in 2018 on LinkedIn and has been featured in INC.com, VidSummit, Social Media Week, Video Marketing World, People of Video, Broadcast Your Authority, Authentic Leadership Summit and more. With over 18 years experience, Judi developed the LinkedIn Business Accelerator Method, which she implements with her clients to achieve visibility, invitations to Top 100 podcasts, PR Features including Forbes, BBC News, Thrive, and get inbound business from clients hitting millions of views on LinkedIn.

Sree Sreenivasan

Digital Media Entrepreneur

Sree is the inaugural Marshall Loeb Visting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook School of Journalism. During the Covid19 crisis, he's hosting a daily global conversation with experts: http://bit.ly/sreecovid19call Sree is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years). He has also been a paid on-air tech expert for the three largest news stations in NYC. He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of Buzzfeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau. Sree is the creator of three popular social media learning opportunities that have been attended by thousands of attendees in NYC, several U.S. cities and more than a dozen countries: Social Media Weekend, Social Media Day and Social Media One-Night Stand. Join Sree's Sunday Note newsletter with tech, social and life tips: http://bit.ly/sreenote. And join his FB Group, Sree's Advanced Social Media: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club. His new NYT guide to social media: http://bit.ly/nyt2017 His social media FB group: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced His five TEDx talks: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos. 
Twitter: @sree: http://twitter.com/sree Email: sree@sree.net

Mark Metry

Author, Forbes Speaker, Podcaster

Mark is the bestselling author of Screw Being Shy: Learn how to manage Social Anxiety & Be Yourself In Front of Anyone. Mark is also on Amazon Prime's TV documentary series "The Social Movement" season 2 attempting to solve some of the world's biggest problems today. Mark is the Host of the Global Top 100 podcast called Humans 2.0 featured by Forbes, NASDAQ, and Yahoo Finance as the "Top 21 Growing Podcasts you must listen to" Mark's show has been listened to over 15 million times and features the greatest leaders of our time like Billionaires, Professional Athletes, Activists, and New York Times Bestselling authors exploring today's dynamic of the human experience and mental health in modern times of 2020.

Wendy Diamond

Founder/CEO, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Org.

Wendy is an internationally renowned social impact entrepreneur, humanitarian, and best selling author. She was inspired to launch WED in 2013 after volunteering in Honduras with the Adelante Foundation, an organization that provides microcredit to locally impoverished women. Recognizing the fact that women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet only earn 10% of the world’s income and at the same time, women account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending, Diamond was inspired to create a simplified movement in the world to empower women in business to alleviate poverty. She is an advisor/Investor in social impact disruptive technologies and women-led businesses in health sciences, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and virtual reality. Wendy has authored 10 widely-celebrated books, garnered three Guinness World Records, and has appeared in media outlets including Oprah, NBC’s Today Show, The New York Times and Forbes. She has also been a featured keynote speaker at the United Nations, Harvard University, and Davos. Wendy sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Global Women in Blockchain, Social Innovation Summit, Humane Society of New York and Grey Muzzle Foundation. Prior to WEDO, Wendy founded Animal Fair Media, Inc., the premier pet lifestyle media platform bridging celebrity, pop culture and animal rescue, to support animal rescue/welfare after learning 12 million animals were euthanized a year.

Aakash Kothari

SBG Marketing Lead, Facebook

Aakash is currently the Product Marketing Lead for the Small Business Group at Facebook. Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. The Small Business Group contributes directly to this mission by connecting every small business in the world with their customers on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp and then helping them grow through solutions like pages, advertising, messaging, commerce and many other tools. Aakash currently leads a team of Product Marketers who translate market understanding into products, solutions and activations that drive business growth and benefit people. Prior to this role, Aakash served as the Product Marketing Lead for Facebook's Global Clients and Categories team. The team's mission was to lead the product go-to-market strategy for each of Facebook's Global Partnerships across CPG, Autos and eCommerce. Before Facebook, Aakash spent over six years at Google as a Global Product Strategy Lead for Display and Mobile Search ads. As a Global Product Strategy lead, Aakash was responsible for growing global revenue, influencing the product roadmap, introducing new products to market, and creating customer value through Google's Advertising Solutions. He also spent two years as a direct seller, selling Google Advertising Solutions across Search, Display and YouTube to some of Google's largest Tech B2B brands. Before Google, Aakash spent three years at GE (NBC Universal) in the Corporate FP&A and Business Development group. While at GE, he also completed the company's premiere Financial Leadership Development Program (FMP), rotating between four different business units at NBC Universal. With deep expertise in the media and advertising industry across Facebook, Google and GE, Aakash has worked cross-functionally to implement and scale Global advertising solutions. His core functional competencies range from Product Marketing, building Sales strategies, direct selling and Corporate Finance. He has received recognition and awards from both peers and senior management including the CFO Excellence Award at GE and was accepted into the Google Business Academy.

Michael Johnson

Co-founder and CEO, Visikol

Dr. Johnson is a 2017 and 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and the CEO of Visikol Inc., which is a bio-imaging company that spun out of Rutgers University in 2016 and that Michael founded along with his fellow PhD candidate Thomas Villani and colleague Nick Crider. Michael has a diverse background with experiences in both the technical and business considerations of running a biotech business. Following his undergraduate degree in biology at Muhlenberg College, Michael spent three years in various roles at Johnson & Johnson while concurrently pursuing a PhD in applied microbiology at Rutgers University. Michael’s research background has focused on a wide-range of projects from remote sensing research with NASA to building light sheet microscopes and producing biofuels. Prior to launching Visikol, Michael has worked on several other biotech-based entrepreneurial pursuits and is very passionate about translating cutting edge research into life-changing commercial technologies.

Jaime Casap

Education Evangelist, Google

As the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. He collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University. He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.

Jay Bhatti

Venture Partner, BrandProject, Entrepreneur

Jay is a founding venture partner with BrandProject Capital. Jay is also an active angel investor in New Jersey start-ups. Due to Jay’s work in the startup community in New Jersey, Jay was nominated for Venture Capitalist of the Year in New Jersey in 2017 by the New Jersey Tech Council. More recently, Jay was co-chair of the Governor Murphy’s Tech Transition Team and is working with the administration on ways to make New Jersey the center of tech innovation again. Jay has given a TEDx talk on innovation and has been featured in various publications such as Time Magazine, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine, ABC News, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, World News, and the Financial Times. Prior to BrandProject, Jay was the co-founder of spock.com, the leading social search engine in the world based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Spock raised over $10m in venture funding and powered search for leading social networks like bebo, hi5, friendster and tagged. At its peak, over 40 million people did over 100 million searches per month on the platform, making spock one of the top 10 search engines on the planet. Before Spock, Jay worked in Global Enterprise Strategy and Marketing at Microsoft in Seattle. Jay has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS with Highest Honors from Rutgers School of Engineering.

Nelufar Hedayat

Correspondent, Doha Debates, Journalist, Podcaster

Nelufar is a Doha Debates correspondent, bringing the debate topics and themes to global audiences for continued conversations across digital platforms. Nelufar is also the host of Doha Debates’ podcast, Course Correction and digital show #DearWorld which looks at the world under lockdown due to Covid 19. Nelufar is an award-winning journalist who previously hosted the investigative series The Traffickers on Fusion TV, uncovering the illegal trade and trafficking of people, precious minerals, counterfeit drugs and endangered species. She traveled through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to chronicle corrupt officials, dealers, poachers and smugglers, revealing vast transportation networks, safe houses and packaging factories. Her work has earned prestigious awards and nominations, including Livingston awards for excellence in reporting, an international affairs award from the Association for International Broadcasting, and best investigation and journalist of the year awards at the Asian Media Awards, as well as the reporter/correspondent Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media. Before Doha Debates and Fusion, Nelufar worked for the BBC, Channel 4 News and The Guardian, chronicling the challenges facing women, children and families in conflict zones, from vaccination battles and organ markets to the global refugee crisis and health workers risking their lives to vaccinate children in hostile regions. Nelufar’s 2018 docuseries Food Exposed explores the hidden truth behind the global food industry and in 2019 she joined Morgan Freeman as a contributing presenter on the 3rd season of Story of God.

William Bao Bean

GP, SOSV; Man. Director, CHINACCELERATOR and MOX

William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #2 most active angel and seed stage investor in the world 2019 with US$700m under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator the first accelerator to launch in Asia and the only accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn come through its program – Bitmex the #1 crypto exchange in the world by trading volume enabling anyone with a smartphone to access financial products and opening up investment to the unbanked. He is also Founder and Managing Director of MOX - the Mobile Only Accelerator - providing startups with free user acquisition to the 70m smartphone users on the platform. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was a founding Managing Director supporting China investments. Prior to that William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco, leading investments in China and South East Asia. Previously, William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was a top ranked analyst for Asia Internet and China Tech, Media and Telecom and worked on IPOs for Alibaba, Kingsoft and eLong (Expedia China). In 2005, he was ranked #3 stock picker in China/Hong Kong and #1 for Technology, Media and Telecom by Thomson Reuters Starmine. In 2006 he was ranked #3 equity research analyst in Asia for Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine for his work on China Internet. William has done over 200 early stage investments including Bitmex - crypto exchange, UShopal - social ecommerce, Snapask - online tutoring platform, italki - language learning platform, Yodo1 - mobile games platform, Carota/GMobi -mobility, DemystData - fintech, Orange Hotel - boutique hotel chain acquired by China Hospitality Group, Lekan - children’s media platform acquired by Condé Nast, Massive Impact - mobile adtech acquired by GMobi, and Playspan - payment platform acquired by Visa. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors of escapex, Phable, Goama, italki, SRT, and Carota as well as organizations including Angelcrunch (天使汇), Music Matters, Techyizu and the US China Strong Foundation. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

Jessica Gonzalez

Founder, CEO InCharged, LuxUVC, VendX

Jessica is a Latina woman and mother. Over the last decade, she's grown her event technology company, InCharged into an event technology fixture - partnering with brands like Google, Coca-Cola, and T-Mobile to execute cutting-edge experiential marketing campaigns and events. Under the InCharged brand Jessica developed the VendX and the LuxUVC product lines. VendX delivers a completely customized, interactive, touch-screen vending machine experience for consumers, while delivering valuable consumer insight and data to a partner brand. VendX has completed successful installations including major brands like Google, Pop-Tarts, Toyota, and Estee Lauder. The LuxUVC, as well as its sister machine the LuxElectroClean, were developed as a response to the coronavirus pandemic as Gonzalez pivoted to help every-day people safely access medical-grade sanitizing and disinfecting equipment.

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            [post_excerpt] => Francisco (Frank) D’Souza co-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions, a global
multinational corporation that provides IT services, including digital, technology,
consulting, and operations services in 1994 and served as the company’s Chief
Executive Officer from January 2007 through March 2019. In addition to his tenure as
CEO, he served as President from 2007 to 2012 and held a variety of senior
management positions, including Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006. He was
elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in January 2007 and served as Vice Chairman
of the board from 2018 until 2020.

As CEO, Frank was responsible for promoting Cognizant’s values and client-first culture,
ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term shareholder value.
From Cognizant’s IPO until the time stepped down from the CEO role, Cognizant stock
returned almost 29,000%. During his 12 years as CEO, he oversaw a period of sustained
growth, transformation, innovation and success, including: a 10x increase in revenue, from $1.4 billion in 2006 to $16.1 billion in 2018; a 7x increase in headcount, from 39,000 in 2006 to 282,000 in 2018; Cognizant joining the Fortune 200 and being named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 11 years in a row.

Frank is currently a director of General Electric, where he is a member of the Audit
Committee and Management Development & Compensation Committees. He also
serves on the Board of MongoDB, a software company that offers a modern general
purpose database platform where he’s a member of the Compensation and Nominating
& Governance Committees.
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            [post_title] => Angie Hicks
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Angie Hicks also serves as the Chief Customer Officer of ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming this role in September 2017, Ms. Hicks co-founded Angie’s List in 1995 and served as its Chief Marketing Officer from May 2000 and on its board of directors from March 2013 through its acquisition by ANGI Homeservices. Ms. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, from which she received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship and the Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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            [post_title] => Dr. Robert Hariri
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Hariri was the founder and CEO of Anthrogenesis Corporation, and after its acquisition by
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cryopreserved allogeneic, off-the-shelf Natural Killer (NK) cell therapy to treat COVID-19 infected
adults. He holds over 170 issued and pending patents for discoveries including placenta-derived
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for his discovery of placental stem cells and advances in immunotherapy and regenerative
medicine. Dr. Hariri twice received the Thomas Alva Edison Award for invention, in 2007 and
2011, and is a recipient of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation’s Fred J. Epstein Lifetime
Achievement Award. Dr. Hariri was recipient of the Genius of New Jersey Award in 2019 and over
the years has received numerous other honors for his many contributions to the fields of
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Dr. Hariri is an Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery and member of the Board of Overseers of the
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Liberty Science Center. In 2010 he was appointed a Commissioner of Cancer Research by New
Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Dr. Hariri completed his undergraduate training at Columbia University School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences and Columbia College. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell
University, where he was the recipient of both the Julian R. Rachele Award and the Doctoral
Dissertation Award. He was a surgical resident and fellow in neurosurgery at The New York
Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and served as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and
Associate Research Professor of Surgery at Cornell and Co-director of the Aitken Laboratory in
Neurosurgery.

When he is not in the laboratory or the corporate boardroom, Dr. Hariri is a jet-rated commercial
pilot with thousands of hours of flight time in over 60 different military and civilian aircraft. He has
also produced several feature films, as well as documentaries on global societal issues.
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            [post_title] => Lisa Skeete Tatum
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Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal
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            [post_title] => Martin Babinec
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UVC’s organically built network of more than 17,000 people have helped accelerate startup formation, funding and growth across a broad geography encompassing 7 metro areas.

In 2018 he founded non profit Entrepreneurs Across Borders to identify, curate and connect emerging entrepreneurs in impoverished areas with resources needed to create jobs, sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth, beginning with Jamaica as the pilot country.

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            [post_title] => Chieh Huang
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Prior to Nevakar, Dr. Puri spent several years in product development and drug delivery of parenteral pharmaceuticals at Baxter Healthcare Corp. and Amgen Inc. He founded InnoPharma, Inc. in 2005, focusing on development of complex generic injectable dosage formulations. When Pfizer acquired InnoPharma in 2014, he stayed on as Vice President of Pfizer’s Worldwide Research & Development until 2015.

Dr. Puri received Future 50 magazine’s Smart CEO award in 2015. He was also awarded the EY Entrepreneur of The Year award from the state of NJ in 2015.

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            [post_title] => Terry Torok
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ENTERTAIMENT Terry has linked dozens of Fortune 500 brands and startup companies to causes, events and entertainment media platforms and sponsorships including; The Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Superbowl halftime, American Idol Gives Back, The Global Goals Races, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Phil Collins and Rolling Stones. 

ESPORTS Early in his career he produced 200 hours of broadcast television and led the esports category from its’ genesis as a producer of the daily show Video Power, the Nintendo World Championship and Game Riot. 

INNOVATION EXPERIENCES Created and produced the first television commercial from outer space for Pepsi, and a live broadcast from the space station for E TV and Extreme Shopping. An event that offered the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hollywood Sign and Mohammed Ali’s home for sale on live television. Terry has been creator of brand and award winning media experiences for Omnicom Media group since 2002. 

DESTINATION Terry has produced several location based experiences including- The NY Skyride at the Empire State Building, XS NY the gaming arena in Time Square as well as the designer of resort destination experiences from Dubai to the Bahamas. 

CAUSE Since 2002 Terry has focused on cause and philanthropic initiatives with the United Nations, Marlaria No More, The World Food Programmed and The Internal Rescue Committee. He has worked in Sudan, The Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia with child soldiers and refugees, as well as on maternal health issues in South Africa and India. He is founding board member of Lalela.org a Sub-Saharan arts and innovation based education platform and a 10-year board member of the international organization BuildOn. 

Terry has been the Chief Innovation Officer of Enactus worldwide since 2014. Enactus is a global organization of 70,000 university students, academic and business leaders across 36 countries and over 1,700 campuses. Enactus serves as the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. 

Terry produces the annual Enactus World Cup, The UN Global Goals forum, the World Water Race and the :77 Film Festival. These events showcase social innovation and impact aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More at www.Enactus.org/WorldCup 

Terry has also created and implemented course curriculums in creativity, innovation and abundanomics that has reached over 250,000 students around the world. He teaches immersive courses on Social Innovation at Universities around the world, most recently in China, India, Mexico, Africa and US. Terry has been a longtime member of TED, a member of SAG/AFTRA and is also a rescue first- responder. 

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Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy , a social network connecting people to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, Rent the Runway Project Entrepreneur and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine.

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For fun, she travels and binge watches top business shows with her husband and beautiful baby girl.
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            [post_title] => Sree Sreenivasan
            [post_excerpt] => Sree is the inaugural Marshall Loeb Visting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook School of Journalism. During the Covid19 crisis, he's hosting a daily global conversation with experts: http://bit.ly/sreecovid19call

Sree is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years). 

He has also been a paid on-air tech expert for the three largest news stations in NYC. He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of Buzzfeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau.

Sree is the creator of three popular social media learning opportunities that have been attended by thousands of attendees in NYC, several U.S. cities and more than a dozen countries: Social Media Weekend, Social Media Day and Social Media One-Night Stand. Join Sree's Sunday Note newsletter with tech, social and life tips: http://bit.ly/sreenote. And join his FB Group, Sree's Advanced Social Media: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced 

In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club. 

His new NYT guide to social media: http://bit.ly/nyt2017  
His social media FB group: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced His five TEDx talks: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos. 
Twitter: @sree: http://twitter.com/sree Email: sree@sree.net
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            [post_title] => Mark Metry
            [post_excerpt] => Mark is the bestselling author of Screw Being Shy: Learn how to manage Social Anxiety & Be Yourself In Front of Anyone. Mark is also on Amazon Prime's TV documentary series "The Social Movement" season 2 attempting to solve some of the world's biggest problems today. Mark is the Host of the Global Top 100 podcast called Humans 2.0 featured by Forbes, NASDAQ, and Yahoo Finance as the "Top 21 Growing Podcasts you must listen to" Mark's show has been listened to over 15 million times and features the greatest leaders of our time like Billionaires, Professional Athletes, Activists, and New York Times Bestselling authors exploring today's dynamic of the human experience and mental health in modern times of 2020.
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            [post_title] => Wendy Diamond
            [post_excerpt] => Wendy is an internationally renowned social impact entrepreneur, humanitarian, and best selling author. She was inspired to launch WED in 2013 after volunteering in Honduras with the Adelante Foundation, an organization that provides microcredit to locally impoverished women. Recognizing the fact that women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet only earn 10% of the world’s income and at the same time, women account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending, Diamond was inspired to create a simplified movement in the world to empower women in business to alleviate poverty.

She is an advisor/Investor in social impact disruptive technologies and women-led businesses in health sciences, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and virtual reality. Wendy has authored 10 widely-celebrated books, garnered three Guinness World Records, and has appeared in media outlets including Oprah, NBC’s Today Show, The New York Times and Forbes. She has also been a featured keynote speaker at the United Nations, Harvard University, and Davos.

Wendy sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Global Women in Blockchain, Social Innovation Summit, Humane Society of New York and Grey Muzzle Foundation. Prior to WEDO, Wendy founded Animal Fair Media, Inc., the premier pet lifestyle media platform bridging celebrity, pop culture and animal rescue, to support animal rescue/welfare after learning 12 million animals were euthanized a year.
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            [post_title] => Aakash Kothari
            [post_excerpt] => Aakash is currently the Product Marketing Lead for the Small Business Group at Facebook. Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. The Small Business Group contributes directly to this mission by connecting every small business in the world with their customers on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp and then helping them grow through solutions like pages, advertising, messaging, commerce and many other tools.  Aakash currently leads a team of Product Marketers who translate market understanding into products, solutions and activations that drive business growth and benefit people.   

 

Prior to this role, Aakash served as the Product Marketing Lead for Facebook's Global Clients and Categories team.  The team's mission was to lead the product go-to-market strategy for each of Facebook's Global Partnerships across CPG, Autos and eCommerce.

 

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Before Google, Aakash spent three years at GE (NBC Universal) in the Corporate FP&A and Business Development group. While at GE, he also completed the company's premiere Financial Leadership Development Program (FMP), rotating between four different business units at NBC Universal.

 

With deep expertise in the media and advertising industry across Facebook, Google and GE, Aakash has worked cross-functionally to implement and scale Global advertising solutions.  His core functional competencies range from Product Marketing, building Sales strategies, direct selling and Corporate Finance.  He has received recognition and awards from both peers and senior management including the CFO Excellence Award at GE and was accepted into the Google Business Academy.
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            [post_excerpt] => Dr. Johnson is a 2017 and 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and the CEO of Visikol Inc., which is a bio-imaging company that spun out of Rutgers University in 2016 and that Michael founded along with his fellow PhD candidate Thomas Villani and colleague Nick Crider. Michael has a diverse background with experiences in both the technical and business considerations of running a biotech business. Following his undergraduate degree in biology at Muhlenberg College, Michael spent three years in various roles at Johnson & Johnson while concurrently pursuing a PhD in applied microbiology at Rutgers University. Michael’s research background has focused on a wide-range of projects from remote sensing research with NASA to building light sheet microscopes and producing biofuels. Prior to launching Visikol, Michael has worked on several other biotech-based entrepreneurial pursuits and is very passionate about translating cutting edge research into life-changing commercial technologies.   
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            [post_excerpt] => As the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. He collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University.

He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.
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More recently, Jay was co-chair of the Governor Murphy’s Tech Transition Team and is working with the administration on ways to make New Jersey the center of tech innovation again.
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Nelufar is an award-winning journalist who previously hosted the investigative series The Traffickers on Fusion TV, uncovering the illegal trade and trafficking of people, precious minerals, counterfeit drugs and endangered species. She traveled through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to chronicle corrupt officials, dealers, poachers and smugglers, revealing vast transportation networks, safe houses and packaging factories. Her work has earned prestigious awards and nominations, including Livingston awards for excellence in reporting, an international affairs award from the Association for International Broadcasting, and best investigation and journalist of the year awards at the Asian Media Awards, as well as the reporter/correspondent Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.

 

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Coaches

James Barrood

Advisor, Global Speaker

James Barrood is among the primary leaders of the east coast's innovation ecosystem. Over the past 20+ years he has helped nurture entrepreneurial, innovation and technology communities. He has been recognized as a Power 100 List leader and a Top 100 Influencer. For the past five years he led one of the largest tech trade associations, the NJ Tech Council. Prior to this he led the top ranked entrepreneurship and innovation center at Fairleigh Dickinson University for most of 17 years. He currently serves as an advisor to startups, growth companies and institutions as well as Tech Council Ventures and Jumpstart Angels Network. James is the editor of the book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and co-author of Lessons from the Great Recession. He has written articles for Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Grit Daily, ROI, NJBiz and other publications and has been widely quoted regionally and nationally. He frequently speaks at regional and global conferences and serves on several boards. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

Dr. Diana Kyser

Serial Entrepreneur

Diana is a serial entrepreneur; her first business was a software development firm in the early days of the PC, and her most successful was C3i, Inc., a $100M venture funded global technology solutions firm that she co-founded in 1993 and sold to Merck. Dr. Kyser has also held leadership positions in marketing, customer care, operations and human resources at large firms like American Express, JPMorgan Chase and LexisNexis, as well as startups like TheLadders.com. During her career, Dr. Kyser has led just about every function within a business including operations, technology, customer service, finance, human resources and sales. This experience has given her a unique, execution-focused perspective that she now brings to her role as Chief Operating Officer of SWK Technologies. Dr. Kyser taught for many years at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurship in Madison, NJ and Thomas Edison State College in the MBA, Masters and undergraduate programs. She has served on the Board of Advisors for the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship in Chatham, NJ and on the Board of Trustees for Family Connections in Orange, NJ. She holds a BA from Birmingham-Southern College and an MBA from New York University a Doctorate in Business at Temple University. Dr. Kyser was a 2014 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners finalist and a 2015 recipient of NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business Award and is a resident of Summit, NJ.

Mukesh Patel

Serial Entrepreneur, Asst. Prof. of Practice, Rutgers

Mukesh is a serial entrepreneur and advisor with experience in private equity, angel investments, innovation and technology, business law, and education. Mukesh has founded numerous ventures, secured significant capital (equity and debt), and worked with more than 100 investor partners. He has been featured in national media, and Entrepreneur.com recently named him one of “The Hot 30 Movers and Shakers of New York City’s Startup Scene.” Mukesh was the founder and CEO of JuiceTank, NJ’s largest co-working space and incubator for tech-startups and VX, an innovative venture xcelerator that provides advisory-consulting to corporations, non-profits, startups and emerging growth ventures in the areas of innovation, scale, ideation, creativity, corporate culture, employee engagement, new product development, business models, capital raising, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, power networking, and strategic leadership. He has an experienced team and the firm is powered by strategic partnerships attracting national and international interest. As an award-winning Asst. Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School, he teaches Strategy, Management, and a ground-breaking, experiential and inter-disciplinary course “Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship” (ICE). He designed and teaches Strategic Transformation for MBAs and D3: (Digital Transformation, Disruption & Design-Thinking) and “Managing Breakthrough Innovation” for the Executive MBA program. He is Lead Faculty for Executive Education where he designed and teaches a team course, “Innovation for Corporate Enterprise” and co-teaches “IDEA” (Idea-Design-Execution Accelerator) to corporate executives and managers. As the founding Director of Innovation at the Honors College he designed and leads the Innovation Lab for Social Impact and works with the top students to launch new social enterprises. He leads a team of industry experts and Executive Innovation Fellows to mentor students to transform their ideas into real-life social innovation ventures. He is also the founding Director of Development and Co-Ad Professor for the new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at Rutgers Law School, providing valuable legal resources to the business community through a collaborative platform. He has recently been appointed Director for CTEC (Collaborative for Tech Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) and founding Director of the Road to Silicon V/Alley Program (RSVP). He also developed the Black & LatinX Tech Accelerator (BLT) for the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) and also taught Women & Business at Global Village. On the global speaking circuit, he has presented keynotes on entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial insights, innovation / design-thinking, including at two TEDx, Google Campus in Seoul, Korea, a conference sponsored by the US Embassy, and was featured at an event at the United Nations. He has guest lectured at Kaist University in Seoul, Korea and at several universities in India, Singapore, as well as in the U.S. including New York and Washington D.C. He is active in the national Conference for Innovation in Business School Education involving more than 30 top universities across the U.S. He is on the Executive Board and former VP of NJ Business Innovation Network and Co-Chair of its Innovation Committee. Mukesh is the inaugural recipient of the Rutgers Alumni Entrepreneurship Award presented at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (highest coveted award), the Dean’s Meritorious Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, the Thomas Mott Award, and named Best Entrepreneurship Professor by Rutgers Business Governing Association and Business Person of the Year by Future Business Leaders Association. Mukesh has multi-disciplinary degrees: JurisDoctor from Fordham Law School, B.A. in Economics & Statistics from Rutgers (Summa Cum Laude, Henry Rutgers Scholar, Cap & Skull), with a secondary in Cinematic Arts. Mukesh provides advisory and coaching to executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, creative types, students, corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions. He runs Think-Tanks where he assembles and serves on expert advisory boards. Mukesh and his ventures have been featured in national and global media.

Gina Tedesco

Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, Professor and Mentor

Gina is an active investor, serial entrepreneur, professor and mentor. Currently managing member of Amala Ventures, a venture firm investing in disruptive technology in the USA and Brazil, her career of over 30 years includes co-founding 3 successful start-up ventures, overseas postings in finance and M&A with a global pharmaceutical company and industry expertise in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and technology. Gina is a member and board member of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network and a member of Golden Seeds. She also serves on the board of two private companies and is an Advisory Board Member of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently teaching various online courses in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Sunita Kramer

Assistant Vice Provost, UR & Experiential Edu, Rutgers

Sunita is currently the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and brings to the position a unique combination of experience in basic science research, academic affairs, and the creation of innovative campus-level initiatives. Dr. Kramer earned a B.A. in biology from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Stony Brook University. She is also an alumna of the Stanford University d.school design thinking program, where she trained in using design approaches to problem-solving, teaching and learning. Sunita also provides leadership and oversight for the new i.d.e.a initiative at Rutgers-New Brunswick. i.d.e.a. (Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy) embeds innovation, design and entrepreneurial thinking into the Rutgers undergraduate student experience by giving students access to cross-discipline research opportunities and project-based learning cohorts organized around real-world challenges. IDEA is based on the premise that the most transformative innovations emerge at the convergence of disciplines and involve project-based collaborations between students, faculty, alumni entrepreneurs, and industry.

Gary Minkoff

Instructor of Prof Practice, Rutgers Business School

Gary serves as a full-time Instructor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School, where he teaches various courses in Entrepreneurship. His teaching is informed by his extensive professional and practical experience in 4 key economic sectors: Private, Not for Profit, Education and Public. Gary is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Pre-D Partners, a startup dietary supplement company marketing products under the mitoMANAGETM brand. Additionally, he is a Principal and Co-Founder of BioDev, a life sciences technology strategy, licensing and development company. Since 1997, Gary has been President of Above & Beyond Marketing; a consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing strategy, technology, education and training and communications. Gary received the “Outstanding Workshop Presentation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy” award for Developing a Failure in Order to Succeed Mindset in Entrepreneurship Education at USASBE (US Association of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs) 2015. He has been a panelist at the Rutgers Workshop on Social Innovation, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and served as Moderator/panelist for New Jersey’s first Chief Sustainability Officers’ Summit-Visioning for Accelerated Impact. He has been a Judge for the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau’s Creative Showcase Awards and Desafio Intel’s Tech Entrepreneurship competition. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Center for Leadership and Management-the Rutgers School of Social Work and is a Member of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Small Business Development Center Advisory Board.

Micheline Nader

CEO, Jesra Foundation

Micheline Nader, BSN, MPH, DESS is the CEO of Jesra Foundation, a serial healthcare entrepreneur and the best-selling author of the Dolphin's Dance: 5-Step Journey into Conscience Awareness. Micheline founded the Blue Dolphin Healthcare group where she built and managed a chain of skilled nursing homes facilities. After 15 years of successful operations, Micheline sold her company to a public healthcare group. Since then, she has maintained a strong involvement in the healthcare business as entrepreneur. In addition, through her writings, workshops and speaking engagements, Micheline is actively creating value for individuals and organizations with a focus on personal growth and social transformation through embracing an attitude of success and discovering the individuals’ passion and purpose. Micheline is also an active philanthropist through the Jesra Foundation that she co-founded, with a commitment to the education and wellbeing of underprivileged children as well rare disease research. Prior, Micheline lead a successful career in hospital administration where she held executive positions at the American University Hospital of Beirut and the American Hospital of Paris when she and her family lived for 8 years. After moving to Canada, she co-founded Chateau Westmount, allied with McGill University and catering for elderly with Alzheimer’s and memory disorders. Micheline relocated to the US in the early 90’s. Micheline holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master’s in public health from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and a Doctoral degree in Healthcare Management from Paris-Dauphine University (France).

Dr. Mark Aakhus

Prof of Communication, SCI, Rutgers

Mark Aakhus investigates the relationship between communication and design, especially the uses of technological and organizational design, to augment human interaction and reasoning for decision-making and conflict-management. He uses multiple methods from discourse analysis and computational social science to examine language, argumentation, and social interaction in professional practice, organizational processes, and information infrastructures.

Stephanie Bousheri

Serial Entrepreneur

Stephanie is an accomplished entrepreneurial leader and UC Davis and UCSF trained clinician scientist with global experience spanning patient care, clinical research, product strategy, commercialization, and business development. Throughout her career she has focused on ways to use technology and the idea of scale to innovate, uplift, educate, and help others. From working as a nurse; to founding a non-profit to deliver care in underserved communities; to taking the first therapeutic HIV vaccine to Africa; to serving on the founding team of Welkin, company focused on improving chronic disease; to operating as a general manager at Coursera. Over the course of her career she has worked with both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to bring novel solutions to market and drive company growth. In her free time she gives back by serving on several boards, and advising early stage companies.

Pavita Howe

Director of Entrepreneurship Partnerships, Rutgers

Pavita is Director of Entrepreneurship Partnerships at Rutgers’ Corporate Engagement Center (CEC) where she manages the relationships with external partners including investors, alumni, entrepreneurs, and industry organizations that are interested in engaging with entrepreneurship activities at Rutgers. Previously, Pavita served as Director of the TechAdvance Fund, which provides grants to Rutgers researchers to advance innovative technologies toward commercialization. In this role, Pavita was responsible for launching and managing the new TechAdvance program which funded 50 projects for a total of $3.8 million under her leadership and helped to advance several Rutgers technologies toward commercialization. Prior to Rutgers, Pavita served on the executive teams at multiple technology startups in California and New Jersey with a focus on marketing, new product launches, business planning, investor pitches, and business development. Two of these companies were acquired by publicly traded companies. Pavita holds a B.Sc. in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and an MBA (Marketing) from McMaster University, both in Ontario, Canada.

Alfred E. Blake IV

Asst Director, Undergrad Entrep Programs, RBS

Alfred is Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Rutgers Business School. He is excited about anything that deals with entrepreneurship and innovation. He is the author of The Students Handbook To Breaking All The Rules, a Huffington Post/Elite Daily Contributor and the founder of Rule Breaker University - a company focused on helping students to break rules to break records in life. Even with the aforementioned accomplishments, the one he is most proud of is being the father of Skylar Jaelle Blake.

Garth Holsinger

General Partner, Prota Ventures; Co-Founder, Startup Rocket

Garth is a Partner at Prota Ventures, an operator-investor group that incubates new startups and products (Labs), provides services for enterprise companies doing innovation work (Studios), and funds pre-seed startups (Ventures). He is the co-founder of Startup Rocket, a platform to help early-stage entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures, including student entrepreneurs. He was Sr. EIR at Bionic, helping global enterprise clients grow and launch new ventures. He has held key positions at fast-growing startups including Klout and Livefyre, where he led growth and corporate partnerships. He founded Pilot44, a leading innovation consulting practice, that was quickly acquired after founding. In addition, Garth has created and executive-produced a number of original television series for ABC, Fox, and the BBC. He lives in both the Nevada desert and Brooklyn NY.

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FAQs

1. Will a certificate of completion be given? 
Yes, from Rutgers University.

2. What is the age range for campers? 
Students entering grades 8-12 in the Fall of 2020 (in addition to graduating seniors) may register. This usually includes ages 13-18.

3. Is there a scholarship program for students? 
Yes, partial and full opportunities, thanks to the generosity of partner foundations and companies including the Rita Allen Foundation, Withum, Axtria, Turtle & Hughes, among others. Partner oganizations include AWIS-NJ, HISPA, Allstar Code, EAB and America On Tech. Contact us.

4. Is a pretest necessary? 
No, but participants may be asked to write a short essay for screening purposes after they register. Student must have a willingness to learn.

5. Will students be watching the computer screen all day? 
No, the camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm daily and includes facilitated discussions and hands-on activities and exercises. Preferred device is desktop or laptop computer but tablets and phones could also be used as long as there is strong connectivity. Lunch and several breaks are integrated into the program.

6. What is the dress code? 
During video conference portion of day, business casual is recommended.

Registration

Tuition: $595

All registration must be completed and received by July 6, 2020. Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after June 30, 2020. Please contact us if you have questions.