Business Trends Summit: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We are excited to help spread the word about the upcoming Business Trends Summit with a theme of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on February 21 hosted by the Freeman College of Management but OPEN TO ALL!

Discover the trends and opportunities in organizations from industry leaders in a variety of fields and start to build connections.

All students, faculty and staff across the University are encouraged to attend. Register here

Friday, February 21 Summit Schedule

  • 8:00-9:00 AM: Networking breakfast, ELC 276-Terrace Room
  • 9:00-9:50 AM: Session 1 (3 concurrent sessions)
    • Breakout A, ELC 241: Transformation in the Pharmaceutical Industry
      • Curt Cornwell ‘86, P’12, Partner, PWC
    • Breakout B, ELC Walls Lounge: Private Equity from Start to Finish
      • Brad Langer ‘96, Managing Director, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
      • Mark Langer ‘02, Managing Director, Capital Partners
      • Laurie Schmidt ‘99, Partner, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking
    • Breakout C, ELC Center Room: Innovations in Media
      • Scott Collins P’23, Senior Advertising Sales Executive
  • 10:00 -10:50 AM: Session 2 (2 concurrent sessions)
    • Breakout A, ELC Center Room: Wealth Management and Entrepreneurship
      • Emily Dafilou ‘16, Client Association, KORE Private Wealth
      • Jennie Sowers ‘98, Partner, KORE Private Wealth
      • Lucia Smircich ‘17, Client Associate, KORE Private Wealth
    • Breakout B, ELC Walls Lounge: How Does Consulting Cultivate Innovation
      • Matt Gay ‘92, Senior Advertising & Marketing Director, Accenture
      • Amy LaRosa ‘90, P’21, Managing Director, Accenture
      • Alex Lord ‘18, Management Consulting Senior Analyst, Accenture Federal Services
      • Marissa Mancuso ‘18, Senior Analyst, Accenture
      • Brandon Neale ‘15, Management Consultant, Accenture
      • Anthony Pinheiro ‘01, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services
  • 11:00 – 11:50 AM: Session 3 (2 concurrent sessions)
    • Breakout A, ELC 241: Tale of Two Buddies: Paths from the Big Four and Beyond
      • Scott Feit ‘92, P’20, P’23, Principal, Prime Pensions
      • Mike Malin ‘92, Founder and President, Blue Marlin Enterprises
    • Breakout B, ELC Walls Lounge: Financial Markets-Perspectives from the Front, Middle & Back Office
      • Steve Firestone ‘94, Lecturer & Former Lead, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
      • Keith Grover ‘87, P’22, Director-Technology Services, BNY Mellon
  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM: Concluding Lunch & Keynote in MacDonald Commons
    • Keynote Speaker: Linda Avery ‘81, Chief Data and Analytics Officer and Senior Vice President, Verizon

Register for the sessions you’d like to attend

Questions? Contact Missy Gutkowski, Director of Experiential Programs, Freeman College of Management at with questions or to register a large group for a session.  

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