A Conference on Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement and Innovative Programming

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A Conference on Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement and Innovative Programming

February 23, 2019

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School will present a conference on entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and innovative programming with the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Speakers and panelists will feature three sub-topics: (1) localism and incubation; (2) inclusiveness and social impact; and (3) innovative programming (e.g., curricula, experiential learning, and authentic learning).

Program Co-Chairs: Yaa Akosa Antwi, Andrew Ching, and Jian Ni, and of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Sponsor:JHU Innovation Factory, MATClinics, USASBE

Featured Speakers

  • Melissa Bradley, managing partner at 1863 Ventures
  • Todd Marks, founder of MindGrub Technologies
  • Christy Wyskiel, senior advisor to the president at Johns Hopkins University
  • Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, founder of ECF Biosolutions & Venture Corner
  • Jill Sorensen, director of the Entrepreneurship Program for the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)
  • Fiona Macaulay, entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
  • Michelle Geiss, co-founder and executive director of Impact Hub Baltimore
  • Brandolon Barnett, senior product manager at Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud
  • Christopher College, managing partner at TCP Venture Capital
  • Tammira Lucas, executive director of the Warnock Foundation
  • Jennifer Maher, CEO of 1776
  • James "Mac" McComas, program coordinator at Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative
  • Bonnie Crockett, director of Baltimore Business Lending
  • Tricia Homer, director of Business Communication Master’s Program, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Deborah Tillett, president and executive director at Emerging Technology Centers
  • Shawn Gunaratne, economic development officer for the City of Baltimore
  • Susana Santos, USASBE board member

Join faculty co-hosts Jim Liew, Lindsay Thompson, Brandon Chicotsky, and Supriya Munshaw — along with planning committee members Jaana Myllyluoma, Griff Hall, and Alexandra Klaren — for interactive sessions that will cover various topics related to entrepreneurship programming, course design, social impact investing, and authentic learning. The faculty co-hosts and planning committee welcome USASBE’s board members and general membership, along with all interested registrants.

This gathering is part of USASBE’s LOCAL series that connect industry and academia, as well as relevant stakeholders in the public sector and investor communities. Private sector participants include venture capital, angel networks, corporate venture funds, and leaders actively involved in accelerating and incubating early-stage ventures.

Programming will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on February 23. The event will take place at the Carey Business School’s Harbor East campus in the Legg Mason Tower in Baltimore, Maryland. Sessions will include engaging curriculum demonstrations, education technology showcases, interactive panels, ideas on new venture programming, and industry trends related to venture funding and incubation for student enterprise. The registration fee is $60, with lunch and refreshments provided.

For more information, contact lead organizer Dr. Brandon Chicotsky at chicotsky@jhu.edu.


8:00 – 8:45 AM Check-in and Refreshments

Check-in and Refreshments

8:45 – 9:00 AM Opening plenary

Welcome from JHU Carey Business School Acknowledgments from the Vice Dean of Education at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, Professor Kevin Frick

9:00 – 9:45 AM Opening panel discussion on: LOCALISM AND INNOVATION
*How universities can contribute to propelling the entrepreneurial economy.
Christy Wyskiel, Senior Advisor to the President at JHU
Todd Marks, Founder and CEO of Mindgrub
Dr. Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, Founder of ECF Biosolutions & Venture Corner
Michelle Geiss, Founder of Impact Hub

10:00 – 10:45 AM Speaker on the topic of: INCLUSIVENESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
*The intersection of diversity and entrepreneurship, and the role of universities in intentional programming.
Tricia Homer, Director of Business Communication Master’s Program, University of Maryland Robert H.
Director of Business Communication Master’s Program, University of Maryland Robert H.
Jennifer Maher, CEO of 1776
Dr. Supriya Munshaw, Senior Lecturer at JHU Carey

*A discussion led by Dr. Lindsay Thompson (Associate Professor at JHU Carey) on the local impact of university programming involving civic projects, “city lab,” and strategic partnerships.
Bonnie Crockett, Director or Baltimore Business Lending
James “Mac” McComas, Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University 21st Century Cities Initiative
Shawn Gunaratne, Economic Development Officer for the City of Baltimore.

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch served in the Passano Lobby

*An exploration of impact-based enterprise and implementable pedagogical practices.
Jill Sorensen, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program for the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)
Dr. Tammira Lucas, Executive Director of Warnock Foundation
Brandolon Barnett, Senior Product Manager at the Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud
Fiona Macaulay, Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Innovation + Impact, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Moderator: Sarah Daniels, JHU Carey Business School Master’s Student in Real Estate and Infrastructure Development

*A discussion of the market’s impending makeup involving disrupting technology and how academic programming may advance enterprise and early-stage venture deals.
Christopher College, Managing Partner TCP Venture Capital
Dr. Jim Liew, Assistant Professor at JHU Carey
Dr. Alex Antoniou, Medical Director of Innovation with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

*A discussion of how early-stage enterprise and academia provide opportunities to inform curricula for the next generation of financiers and startup founders. Jeff Cherry, Founder of SHIFT Ventures and Conscious Venture Lab
Deborah Tillett, President and Executive Director at Emerging Technology Centers
Dr. Susana Santos, USASBE Board Member
Melissa Bradley, Managing Partner of 1863 Ventures

4:00 – 4:30 PM Closing

Dr. Susana Santos, USASBE Board Member, followed by Dr. Jill Green, Associate Dean for Admissions and Programs at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School