Alan Flake is an attending surgeon in the Division of General Thoracic & Fetal Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is Vice Chair of Research, holds the Ruth and Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery and acts as Director of the Center for Fetal Research. He is also Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Flake has led a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research laboratory directed toward surgical correction of fetal anomalies and fetal stem cell and gene therapy for over 20 years. Under Dr. Flake's leadership, the Center for Fetal Research is exploring innovations in prenatal treatment, particularly in the areas of gene and stem cell therapy, and for life-threatening anatomic malformations and diseases. Recently, the Center has developed new technology for physiologic support of the extreme premature infant, a development that could have major implications for the treatment of prematurity.
Dr. Flake has published extensively with authorship of over 350 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 review articles and book chapters. Clinically, Dr. Flake actively participates as a Fetal Surgeon in the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with interests in fetal diagnosis and therapy, in utero stem cell and gene therapy, extracorporeal support of the extreme premature infant (the artificial placenta/uterus), hepatobiliary surgery, and minimally invasive neonatal and pediatric surgery.
Deesha Dyer is a speaker, writer, Creative Event and Strategy consultant, and most notably known as the former Obama Administration Social Secretary. The Philadelphia native became a White House intern at the age of 30 and completed a seven-year tenure there that honed her expertise in event coordination, logistics, protocol, and statecraft. Her storied career is unconventional at best, with themes of reinvention, drive, and a commitment to community service integrated throughout.
An award-winning event producer, Deesha has been featured in national media outlets including TIME, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Essence, Vogue, Refinery29, Forbes, The Root andWashington Post. A charismatic speaker with unbridled optimism, she now shares her message of hope, hard work and living life on your own terms with audiences across the country, while running her private consulting firm.
Evan Lutz is a 24 -year-old social entrepreneur from Baltimore, Maryland who is passionate about food justice, entrepreneurship, and the Baltimore Ravens. He's a frequent guest on NPR, the Washington Post, and Baltimore News stations. He's been recognized in Forbes 30 under 30 in the social entrepreneurship category, Baltimore's 40 under 40, and Montgomery County Emerging Business of the Year Award, previously won by Honest Tea, Sweet Green, and Comcast. He was also featured on ABC's Shark Tank, where he made a deal with Robert Herjavec.
Rebecca Etter is the Senior Manager of Innovation at Acelerada, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, where she is designing an innovation roadmap in the bread & baked goods categories. Rebecca’s innovation experience extends into the snack and wine categories, where she worked in ideation and commercialization at KRAVE Pure Foods/The Hershey Company and Diageo.
Prior to traditional roles in innovation Rebecca spent several years on the agency side (Raison Pure, Interbrand and Landor Associates) supporting strategic development for her clients; and three years at Conde Nast Publications as a travel and photo editor for Cookie Magazine.
Rebecca has a B.A in Communications from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Professional Studies in Branding from the School of the Visual Arts in New York.
Felecia Hatcher is a White House Award winning entrepreneur, badass business rainmaker, bestselling author, globally sought-after speaker, media darling, mother, and Founder of Code Fever and BlackTechWeek. Breathe… She is also the rather awesome former Chief Popsicle at Feverish Pops, a gourmet ice pop boutique and manufacturing brand with a Fortune 500 client roster that would make your head spin prior to becoming an entrepreneur Felecia was a marketing executive working for big brands like Nintendo, Sony, Mckee Foods and the NBA.
For the past decade, Felecia has dedicated her life to inspiring a new generation of leaders to do epic shit, through her conversational talks on Entrepreneurship, Tech Innovation, Funding and Personal Branding. As the founder of Code Fever and Black Tech Week, Felecia Hatcher is on a mission to rid our communities of innovation deserts by working with community leaders and government to create inclusive and diverse startup ecosystems. Felecia has spearheaded the inclusive innovation and startup movement within the Miami Startup ecosystem focused on getting marginalized groups to become major players in the innovation economy. Hatcher has been featured on Inc, Forbes, MSNBC, The NBC Today Show, The Cooking Channel, Essence Magazine, Entrepreneur, Inc, BET, Black Enterprise, and the Miami Herald. Globally sought-after speaker, media darling, and mother Felecia Hatcher is a White House award Winning entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Code Fever and Author of the books "How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget" "Focused" PopPreneurs and "The C Student's Guide to Scholarships-A Creative Guide to finding scholarships when your grades suck and your parents are broke." She is also the rather awesome former Chief Popsicle at Feverish Pops, a gourmet popsicle boutique and manufacturing brand with a Fortune 500 client roster that would make your head spin that she ran for 7 years..
Josh is a founding Partner at First Round Capital, a seed-stage technology venture fund. Josh has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the Internet industry since its commercialization.
In 1992, while he was a student at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – and took it public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. Josh founded Half.com in July of 1999, and led it to become one of the largest sellers of used books, movies and music in the world. Half.com was acquired by eBay in July 2000 — and Josh remained with eBay for three years, running the Half.com business unit and growing eBay’s Media marketplace to almost half a billion dollars in annual gross merchandise sales. In late 2003 Josh helped to found TurnTide, an anti-spam company that created the world's first anti-spam router. TurnTide was acquired by Symantec just six months later.
Josh founded First Round Capital in 2004 to reinvent seed-stage investing. Since that time the firm has invested in over 300 emerging technology startups – becoming one of the most active venture capital firms in the country. Josh has consistently ranked on the Forbes “Midas List” of the top 100 tech investors. He has been named as one of the top ten ‘angel investors’ in the United States by Newsweek magazine, one of "Tech's New Kingmakers" by Business 2.0 magazine and a "Rising VC Star" by Fortune magazine. Josh also is the proud winner of a second place ribbon in the 2011 Nantucket Watermelon Eating competition.
Josh is an inventor on thirteen U.S. Patents for his work in Internet technology. In June 2000, he was awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Greater Philadelphia region.
Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Christina Lopes is a co-founder of The One Health Company. Previously, Christina was a Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management and since Cerberus, Christina has been working on deals in the innovation space including Biotech for AIMCO. Christina has served on the Board of International Planned Parenthood for the Western Hemisphere, participated in The United Nations Commission for the Status of Women, and lectured at Columbia University. She was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in March 2010. This honor is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world. Christina was also honored a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum in 2014. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters in International and Political Affairs from Columbia University, and Doctoral Coursework in Ethics at Princeton University.
Kathryn is VP of Marketing at La Colombe Coffee Roasters. She drives marketing and communications efforts for one of the leading independent coffee roasters and ready-to-drink companies in the US. With a knack and a passion for positioning brands at the intersection of aspirational lifestyle and functional, Kathryn works to build brand awareness and promote La Colombe’s products and services to consumers through retail, e-commerce, cafe, and hospitality channels. Kathryn came to La Colombe from her position as Director of Marketing for Free People, a boutique women’s fashion brand and part of Urban Outfitters, Inc. An intuitive understanding of people and their behavior helps Kathryn accomplish her ultimate goal: connecting more people with great product.
Matt joined Campbell Soup Company in June 2017. Where is role is to create and lead the implementation of the digital marketing strategy for Campbell’s focusing on driving the acceleration of Campbell’s to be a leading Modern Marketing organization. Prior to joining Campbell Soup Co. Matt lead the Digital Marketing team at GSK Consumer Healthcare. He also previously held a leading digital tole for The Kellogg Company as European Digital Director. Matt has been working in the digital arena since 1999, working on brands such as Tesco, Tesco Personal Finance, Wanadoo (France Telecom) & Prudential.
Jen began working with honeygrow as an independent branding consultant in May 2013, but committed to the team full-time as Chief Brand Officer at the start of 2014. Graduating from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a BFA in Visual Communications, with concentrations in graphic design and printmaking, Jen has been building innovative and engaging brand worlds for global and national brands. She has honed her skills as a Creative Director at advertising agencies i-Frontier (acquired by Digitas), Quaker City Mercantile (formerly Gyro Worldwide) with Comcast’s in-house creative team, and most recently as an independent consultant. She specializes in creative strategic ideation, visualization and brand development. Specializing in brand reinvigoration and new product development, Jen’s focus has revolved around branding, packaging, traditional advertising, retail campaigns, digital and social media programs for brands both domestically and internationally including Discovery Channel, AstraZeneca, Sailor Jerry Rum, Hendrick’s Gin, Cointreau liqueur, Milagro tequila, Art In The Age Spirits (Root, Snap), Metaxa brandy, Narragansett beer, Ecco shoes, Puma, J Shoes, TYR Sport and Starr Restaurant Organization. Jen is also a founding partner and President of Western Grace Brandy, a small batch, handcrafted artisanal brandy she and her partners started in 2013. The brand has launched in Pennsylvania and will be distributed regionally by Charmer-Sunbelt distribution group. Jen resides in Philadelphia where she is a 250hr RYT certified vinyasa yoga teacher and enjoys exploring the rest of the globe whenever she can manage a trip.
Considered a visionary by many, Jumoke K. Dada is a technologist, consultant, and the founder of the Tech Women Network. Dada holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences and Real Estate certification from Temple University. She is also a certified Scrum Master. Her technical experience includes working as an application developer, business/ systems analyst, quality assurance tester, and technical project manager. As the principal of Signature RED, she provides tech consulting services and creates tools and resources for women interested in careers in technology. Over the years she hast hosted several educational events and workshops including Building iOS Mobile Apps, Rails Girls, Techies Who Brunch (Philadelphia, London and Cape Town), and the inaugural HUE Tech Talk. Dada has been recognized in the media for her innovative ideas, leadership skills, hard work ethic, and community involvement. In addition to her work with growing the Tech Women Network globally, she is a diversity in tech contributing writer for Forbes.com. To learn more about her work, her words, or her world, visit dadaverse.org.