Our First Conference will be formatted as an Unconference
9:00 am- 2:00pm
9:00 Networking & Breakfast
10:30 Keynote: Dr. Stephen Spinelli
11:00 What’s an Unconference? Dr. Natalie Nixon
11:30 Select Subjects/Vote
12:00 Break out sessions
12:30 2nd Breakout sessions
1:00 Review Findings Plenum
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Parking and Forum Detailed Map:
This Event is in the Form of an Unconference!
What is an Unconference?
An Unconference combines the level of synergy and excitement present in a good coffee break with the substantive activity and results characteristic of a good meeting. It’s an event where incredible things happen as participants choose the topics and facilitate their own discussions. Ours in focused on becoming a great preneur.
Here is a link to a video about this unique event format: Unconference 101
What’s a preneur?
Preneur is from the French and means “taker” or “one who takes.” It’s become synonymous with taking advantage of or creating an opportunity. Its forms are seemingly endless. A person who takes the risk of starting a business or businesses is called an entrepreneur. An entrepreneurial individual within a large organization is an intrapreneur. An enterprising individual that starts a venture not merely for profit but for inclusion of the communities that so far have been left out of the main stream would be called a sociopreneur. You get the idea…
Whatever type of preneur you are or aspire to be, this is the event for you.
What’s in it for you?
That depends on what you put into it, because you and fellow participants determine the discussion and learning topics. For instance, if you are interested in finding out the basics of building preneurial skills, you can post that as a topic and see how many others share your interest. At the very least, you’ll get to explore what other great preneurs have done and how they think; find out what’s on the minds of your colleagues and what piques their curiosity most about preneurship; and hear a keynote address from a rock star of the preneurial world.
Join your colleagues for this exciting 10th event of our Innovation Series at Philadelphia University’s DEC Center. Innovation is the lifeblood of growth and the sustenance of our economy! This ILF event will focus on How to Become a Great ‘Preneur’. Preneurs know how to turn ideas into value. The method involves several critical decisions that are being discovered by some for the first time. Others are trying to make it more effective and efficient. This can only be achieved through better collaborative techniques. Please join us for this relevant discussion with key game changers who have a stellar reputation using all the tools that are at the disposal of truly innovative minds. Our noted speaker and panelists will explore the various facets of this very timely issue. Dr. Spinelli, President of Philadelphia University will welcome our guests and provide some insight into the exciting new structure that we are using for our event.
Steve is a unique Philadelphia resource, he’s been a thought leader, author, educator and administrator. We’re very fortunate that Dr. Spinelli, as our first ILF keynote has agreed to kickoff our first conference/unconference.
This event is open to the Public!!
Natalie is a hybrid thinker, comfortably synthesizing creative and analytical thought processes from design and business to arrive at innovative opportunities. At Philadelphia University she is an Associate Professor in the Fashion Merchandising Management program and Director of the Strategic Design MBA. A practitioner and researcher of design thinking, she has 15 years of experience as an educator on the secondary and university levels and worked in the fashion industry as an entrepreneurial hat designer as well as in apparel sourcing for The Limited Brands in Sri Lanka and Portugal. Natalie’s research and consulting interests are in business design, experiential service design and applying strategies from the fashion industry to a range of sectors, utilizing style strategically to build brand distinction. She was certified by the National Charrette Institute at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design to lead charrette trainings; she uses the charrette methodology to lead ideation, opportunity finding and consensus building for a range of organizations. Natalie earned her BA (Cum Laude) from Vassar College, with a double major in Anthropology and Africana Studies; her MS from Philadelphia University in Global Textile Marketing; and her PhD in Design Management from the University of Westminster, London. Personal interests include swimming, dance and anything related to Brazilian culture. Natalie lives in Philadelphia with her husband, John, an attorney