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Announcing: ‘The Corporate Revolution’ Panelists

Morgan Gress

Managing Director, Global Marketing, 1776

1776 is excited to announce The Corporate Revolution, the Challenge Festival lunch conference about how startup innovation is becoming a critical component of leading corporations’ competitive strategies. Entrepreneurs and innovators  leading their fields will  join us to discuss this growing trend.

Who is speaking?

  • Keynote by Evan Burfield, Cofounder at 1776
  • Diana Stepner, Vice President of Innovation Partnerships and Developer Relations at Pearson
  • Karen Dahut, Executive Vice President at  Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Mark Smith, Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation
  • Brian Lukoff, Founder, Learning Catalytics at Pearson
  • Moderated by Donna Harris, Cofounder at 1776

These panelists are innovation executives at major corporations and will discuss how their companies are partnering with or acquiring startups to keep their companies growing and innovating over time. Brian Lukoff, one of our panelists, is the founder of a recently acquired startup and will talk about his experience. Whether you work in a startup or a big organization, you won’t want to miss this conversation bringing the two together!

Be sure to follow @1776dc on Twitter and tweet questions using #ChallengeFestival. Read more about our exciting panelists below, and don’t forget to register for the Festival to secure your spot!

Where will this event take place?

The Corporate Revolution
Tuesday, May 13 @ 11:30am
Ideaspace – 300 Tingey St. SE, Washington, DC

How do I register?

Get your badge right here.

Meet the panelists!

Evan Burfield
Cofounder at 1776, @eburfield
Evan became an entrepreneur when he founded netDecide, shortly after graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Before he turned 25, he built netDecide into the leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions for top tier financial service firms. After netDecide, Evan served as the Director of Strategy and Technology for Oakwood Global Finance, where he led the London-based private equity firm’s analyses of new global markets, new business models in financial services, and data-driven investment strategies. In 2006, Evan returned to Washington, D.C. to found Synteractive, a consulting firm that builds innovative social apps for startups, corporations, and government agencies. Evan currently serves on the Board of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, dedicated to the study of American history and politics.

Diana Stepner
VP of Innovation Partnerships and Developer Relations at Pearson, @dianas
Diana Stepner is the vice president of Innovation Partnerships and Developer Relations at Pearson, where she focuses on helping companies incorporate and fuel innovation through activities and partnerships. Prior to this, Stepner was the head of Future Technologies at Pearson, identifying and evaluating emerging product opportunities for Pearson’s mobiles and device unit. She was a 2013 finalist for FDM everywoman in Technology Award and holds a MBA from Boston University in Business and Technology, as well as  a Master of Information Management and Systems in human computer interaction from the University of California at Berkley.

Karen Dahut
Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Karen Dahut is Booz Allen Hamilton’s executive vice president and leads BAH’s Strategic Innovation Group. Previously, Dahut led Booz Allen’s analytics department, providing business, mission, performance, policy, intelligence and operations analysis services to the firm’s government and commercial clients. Dahut has provided oversight for the generation of business cases, cost-benefit analyses, lifecycle-cost estimates and capital asset plans that form the basis of senior decision-making and budget formulation at BAH.

Mark Smith, MD
Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation
Mark S. Smith, MD, is director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation, leading a system-wide initiative to foster and catalyze innovation at MedStar Health. Prior to his appointment as director of MI2, Smith served as chairman of emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years. He is the co-creator of MedStar Health’s innovative Azyxxi clinical information system and has authored numerous journal articles and presentations on emergency medicine and two textbooks in the field.

Brian Lukoff
Program Director, Learning Catalytics at Pearson, @brianlukoff
Brain Lukoff is the program director of Learning Catalytics at Pearson North America, where he leads product development efforts for student engagement and classroom intelligence. Prior to this, Lukoff was a consultant for the Council for Aid to Education, developing an infrastructure for the generation of semiannual institutional performance reports sent to hundreds of schools. He holds a Ph.D. in learning sciences and technology design from Stanford University.

Donna Harris
Cofounder at 1776, @dharrisindc
Donna Harris is a four-time entrepreneur and cofounder of 1776. Before 1776, Donna served as the Managing Director at the Startup America Partnership, where she architected and led the Startup Regions Initiative, which focused on accelerating the formation of vibrant, entrepreneurial ecosystems and connecting the communities into a national startup ecosystem. Donna is a member of the GEW Global Board, a board member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University and an alumna of Springboard Enterprises. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a MBA from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Morgan Gress

Managing Director, Global Marketing, 1776

Morgan Gress is the Director of Digital & Brand at 1776 where she drives the organization's digital, marketing and brand efforts — strategizing on how best to a create mission-driven marketing strategy and…