Upcoming Forum #9 – Intrapreneurship


The Innovation Leadership Forum (ILF) of the
Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG)
Invites you to a Very Special Event on Intrapreneurship on May 13, 2015

Hosted by Comcast


Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Networking at 6 pm. Keynote at 6:45 pm. Concludes at 8:30 pm.



Comcast Center. 1701 JFK Blvd., 43rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA View Map


Business executives, public and academic thought leaders, as well as students of innovation/design throughout the greater Philadelphia region. This will be attended by men and women from all sizes of companies and institutions, a broad range of industries, at all stages of growth, and covering both the profit, non-profit, public and academic sectors. They will be people who want to do more tomorrow than they can do today. And they’re looking for ways that Philadelphia-based institutions accomplish this. 200+ attendees expected.


The focus of our event is “Exploring Corporate Entrepreneurship: How It Works”

GPSEG and Comcast want to bring together thought leaders in the corporate entrepreneurship (Intrapreneurship) space that have had to figure out how to grow their organizations over time – people who’ve had to sell their ideas within the corporate environment, get funding, and execute a successful program. This frequently leads to developing new markets, exploring ‘white space ideas,’ and creating some unanticipated positive outcomes. The ‘surprises’ that come out of this process frequently exceed initial expectations. This doesn’t come without risk and failure but that is the nature of the ‘journey.’

We want to learn how you created a successful intrapreneurial campaign, developed, sold, and successfully executed it, and explore the ‘bumps’ along the path to success.


6:00 pm – Networking & Appetizers/Drinks

6:40 pm – Welcome & Opening Remarks

6:45 pm – Keynote Presentation “Exploring Intrapreneurship” (Marc Siry, VP Strategic Development, Comcast)

7:15 pm – Panel Discussion / Q & A

Marc Siry (VP, Comcast Strategic Development)

Evjatar Cohen (Global Practice Leader, Pharmaceuticals, Appian, Inc.)

Dr. Janice Presser (CEO, The Gabriel Institute)

Joel Vardy (President, Vardy & Associates, LLC)

Moderated by:

Don Ortner (VP, ESPI)

7:55 pm – Closing Remarks

8:00 pm – Networking

8:30 pm – Adjourn


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Marc Siry (VP, Comcast Strategic Development)

Marc Siry serves as Vice President, Strategic Development, as part of Comcast’s Strategic Development Group. In this role, Siry helps to develop and launch new business concepts across Comcast and NBCUniversal.

Previously, Siry served as Senior Vice President of Media Products & Advanced Technology for NBCUniversal.   Siry’s team created the technology, tools and capabilities that enable NBCUniversal businesses to reach, serve, and monetize their audiences in a digitally networked world. He provided support for coordinating product strategy, development, design and technical architecture for critical systems. He also worked to evaluate emerging platforms, sharing knowledge and best practices across NBCUniversal and business partners.

Additionally, Siry managed the Advanced Technology & Standards team, continuing NBCUniversal’s work in developing industry standards; informing regulatory activity; and driving research and development in business critical areas. His team worked with leaders across NBCUniversal’s portfolio of media properties, including Cable News & Entertainment, Television Production & Distribution, Global Television Networks, Domestic and International Film, Home Entertainment, and Parks.

Siry also served as Senior Vice President, Digital Products & Services for NBCUniversal, where he was responsible for digital and mobile strategy for the company’s worldwide media portfolio. Before that, Siry served as Vice President of User Experience and Product Design, providing creative and development services to over 30 NBCUniversal businesses, including Bravo, USA Network, Syfy and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. He has also held interactive leadership positions at America Online and Fox Broadcasting. Siry attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied Industrial Design and Illustration, respectively.

Creative product & technology strategist & team builder/leader. Specialty in online interactive experiences & video technology. Ongoing student of the art and science of product usability. Enthusiastic public speaker & extremely amateur blogger. Avid motorcycle rider & passable motorcycle mechanic.

Specialties: Online video & interactive content experiences. Rich application development. Community & personalization functions. Team leadership & management.

Siry lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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Evjatar Cohen (Global Practice Leader, Pharmaceuticals, Appian, Inc.)

Evjatar Cohen is an experienced pharmaceutical executive with extensive background developing global business portfolios with emphasis on new products & technologies, IP, and global business process transformations.

Recently, Evjatar joined Appian Corporation – an applications platform and Business Process Management (BPM) software company – as the Pharmaceuticals Global Practice Leader, responsible for ensuring client success and steady growth in license revenues across all pharmaceutical clients.

Formerly, VP of Global Innovation & Portfolio Management at Catalent Pharma Solutions – a leader in drug development, drug delivery technologies, and manufacturing – Evjatar lead Catalent’s approach to innovation. His solid achievements creating value from innovation and strong incremental gains from collaboration set Catalent on a trajectory to its successful 2014 IPO.

In his 19 years in Pharma, Evi held prior roles in Legal Affairs, Portfolio Management, R&D, Quality Assurance, and Project Management. He has an M.B.A. in Pharmaceutical Mgt. and an M.S. in Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Food Science from Drexel, and a B.S. in Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Evjatar is an avid bike rider, loves to play racquetball, and enjoys long hikes with his wife, and their canine companion, Dana, and is proud of his two daughters currently in college and high school.

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Dr. Janice Presser (CEO, The Gabriel Institute)

Dr. Janice Presser is a behavioral scientist, CEO of The Gabriel Institute, and architect of the unique technology that powers Teamability® – the completely new way to measure and predict how people will perform in teams. Her inquiries into the nature of teamwork and team chemistry span most of her professional career.Dr. Presser is the author of six books that explore various aspects of teaming, including the new @DrJanice: Thoughts & Tweets on Leadership, Teamwork & Teamability®. Her diverse entrepreneurial activities have included founding and/or leading several volunteer organizations, serving as president of a family-owned sheet metal manufacturing company, and intrapreneuring in human resources, healthcare, and consulting service organizations. She is co-chair of the Entrepreneurs Circle sub-group, and a longtime member, of GPSEG.

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Joel Vardy (President, Vardy & Associates, LLC)

Joel’s career spans a variety of industries and functions with a start in the Chemical Industry (PPG Industries) as a pioneer in instrumentation/control & recognized intrapreneur in the specialty chemical industry. He then embarked on a high technology marketing and program management path with Texas Instruments & Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation) where he led several intrapreneurial ventures. Joel then pivoted to the Management Consulting arena with Gemini Consulting (part of the Cap Gemini Sogetti Group), where he led a number of business transformation engagements. He has served as a pioneer in the Value-based selling arena with AspenTech, an Executive Consultant with IBM, a VP of Market Development & Strategic Consulting at WAM Systems and the North American Innovation Management leader at Siemens. He currently leads Vardy & Associates in helping organizations develop their innovation potential. He recently authored the nation’s first municipal Innovation Strategy for the city of Philadelphia. He’s also founded & chaired GPSEG’s Innovation Leadership Forum (ILF) since 2012.

Joel holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from CMU (Carnegie-Mellon) and an MBA from the Univ. of Wisc – Milwaukee (UWM). He frequently lectures and writes about topics related to Innovation and Strategic Thinking. Joel mentors at various local universities on subjects relating to entrepreneurship, technology transfer, innovation and commercialization. In his off time he skis, mountain bikes, plays soccer and reads.



PRICE: Complimentary due to the generosity of Comcast, who will be hosting.