Pennsylvania Innovation Summit

Pennsylvania Innovation Summit

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey
4650 Lindle Road | Harrisburg, PA 17111
Monday, May 20, 2019 | 10 am to 5:30 pm
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9:30 a.m. Registration – Refreshments
10 a.m.


- Gene Barr, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

10:10 a.m.

Keynote: Strategies to Develop True Innovation with Your Business Teams

- Kate James, Performer and Founding Member of Schadenfreude, Second City Innovators, Chicago

- Tamara Nolte, Improvisation and Co-Founder, The Founding Kit, New York

- Founded over 50 years ago, the Second City is an influential and prolific comedy empire that bases its work on true innovation. In recent years, they have expanded their program to help businesses learn to truly innovate. The program is designed to teach participants how to rewire their minds to be more like that of an improviser: nimble, adaptable, and accepting of ideas – all much needed skills in today’s fast-paced business world.  The presenters will teach you how to:

  • Generate new ideas–and better ideas
  • Engage in the sharing of ideas and opinions
  • Develop the skills to give and receive feedback that sticks
  • Embrace change and overcome conflict
  • Find your unique voice
  • Build trust, encourage risk, and learn to be comfortable with discomfort
  • Become open and inclusive to other thoughts, backgrounds, and skill sets
  • Instill creativity as a habit
11 a.m.

Keynote: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

– Dr. Martial Hebert, Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

- Almost 40 years ago Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute opened its doors with the dream of ushering in a new age of thinking robots. During the ensuing decades, we have had many research successes in intelligent manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, spacerelated robots, medical robotics, computer vision, graphics, and anthropomorphic robots. This talk will provide an overview of a number of current projects and discuss how we create and sustain a culture of innovation and discovery among professors, staff, students, government agencies, and industry.

Noon Lunch
1 p.m.

Breakout Sessions - Choose From One of the Following:


Breakout Session I: Fostering a Culture of Innovation and Sustainability

- Moderated by Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, PA Chamber


- Scott Woodrow, Senior Manager of Business Development, Sustainable Waste Solutions

- Tony Gay, Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs, PECO

- Thomas Nowlan, PE, Americas Regional COO, Ramboll

  • These firms are highly respected in the pharmaceutical, engineering and electric/energy fields. Each will discuss how their respective organizations create and foster corporate cultures as they relate to innovation and sustainability, and how this results in success for their firms.


Breakout Session II: Innovative Education for Tomorrow’s Workforce

- Moderated by Alex Halper, Director of Government Affairs, PA Chamber


William Griscom, Ed.D., President, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

- Mike Shirk, CEO, High Industries

  • Preparing people to lead tomorrow’s workforce is one of the most critical issues facing today’s CEOs. High Industries has developed its own educational institute to train workers in the construction industry which faces a critical shortage of workers. One of the key parts of the success of this program is the innovative partnership High Industries developed with the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, working together to educate students that High Industries needs to hire for the future. Together they will discuss the creation of this innovative partnership, and how they are producing successful results — talented workers for the future
2 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:15 p.m.

Innovations in Transportation Technology

- Moderated by Eric Rensel, Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.


– Kevin Kerr, Northeast U.S. Public Policy Lead, Uber

- Barry Einsig, Principal, CAVita (formerly Global Automotive and Transportation Executive, Cisco Systems)

  • Uber Technologies is a peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery and transportation network company, which has totally transformed how people hire rides. One of the most innovative companies in the world, they are pushing forward on new technologies in self-driving and flying cars.   The speaker will discuss how innovation became a cornerstone of what Uber is all about, and how this company continues to sustain a culture of innovation so their creativity can continue to move the company forward.
  • A worldwide leader in multiprotocol router technology, Cisco Systems goal is to help seize new opportunities by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected.  The former Global Automotive and Transportation Executive for Cisco Systems will explain how the company is shaping the future of Internet networking—transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.  The speaker will discuss how Cisco continues to evolve their innovative culture and gives their employees the tools and resources they need to develop and drive innovative products and services to creating long-lasting customer partnerships. 
3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote Session: Entrepreneurial Innovation  

- Moderated by Lori Renne, Director of Marketing, PA Chamber


- WebpageFX – Tyler Bouldin, Director of Web Strategy. A full service digital marketing firm that has grown from a handful of employees just a few years ago to over 200 employees, four offices, and more than 800 clients worldwide, this innovative company combines proprietary AI-powered marketing software with cutting edge strategy to drive measurable ROI for their clients. WebpageFX is a 3-time #1 Best Place to Work in PA and a 5-time 5,000 honoree.

The Millworks — Tara Chickey, Art Director; Beth Taylor, General Manager. Showcasing farm to table food, and located in the Midtown Section of Harrisburg, PA, the Millworks is now ranked in the top 100 best restaurants in the U.S. Using reclaimed lumber from the former Stokes Millwork, the Millworks preserves the historic timber and brick feel to the building, while showcasing all types of artists — from jewelry to paintings to pottery to photography, and much more. Located directly across the street is Broad Street Market, the country’s oldest farmers’ market. The centerpiece of Pennsylvania agriculture and food, the Broad Street Market has transformed into a real renaissance of change, bringing significant business back to the are

- CatamaranJosh Benton, Partner, Andculture. Catamaran is Andculture’s business accelerator program, designed to find and develop entrepreneurs and expand their opportunities and innovative thinking.  They guide entrepreneurs’ plans into viable businesses through digital technology solutions.

4:30 p.m.

Wine and Beer Tasting Reception

Sponsored by select microbreweries and wineries from the region

- Millworks Beer

- Ever Grain Brewing Company

- Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey

- ABC Brewery

5:45 p.m.


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