Past Forum #4 Products

Product & Service Innovation (Forum #4)

Thursday, March 28
5:30 – 8:30pm

5:30 Networking & Dinner
6:25 Introductions
7:00 Keynote: David Pensak
7:15 Q&A
7:30 Panel Discussions
8:15 Q&A
8:30 Optional Networking & Dessert

Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Join your colleagues for this exciting 4th event of our Innovation Series at Philadelphia University’s Kenbar Center. Innovation is the lifeblood of growth and the sustenance of our economy!  This ILF event will focus on Products and Services. (“The artifact of innovation”).  Process Innovation focuses on the way ideas turn 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.  We have a renowned keynote speaker who has been innovating throughout his career at DuPont and very successful entrepreneurial ventures followed by a moderated panel discussion of our speaker and three more pioneers in startup and organizational transformation, including big changes going on at our institutions of higher learning and state government. It is bound to be a stimulating session. Don’t Miss It!!



Dr. David Pensak -Keynote Speakerdavid pensak — Innovator, Entrepreneur, Author, Businessman

Dr. David Pensak founded V.i. Laboratories after a distinguished 30 year career at DuPont, where he held myriad senior research positions and served as a corporate technology growth champion, providing guidance for and managing advanced computer-technology explorations and development. He also now runs his own research institute, The Pensak Innovation Institute, to extend some of his chemical and computational inventions. He was the founder and inventor of technology for two successful information security companies. Raptor Systems provided the first commercial Internet firewalls for business and industry.The company’s rapid growth, commercial success and eventual acquisition by AXENT Technologies (now Symantec) led to technical and financial recognition for Dr. Pensak. Subsequently, he founded Authentica (acquired by EMC in February 2006), a recognized leader in the enterprise digital rights management marketspace. Dr. Pensak has acted as an adviser for the U.S. Department of Energy on Computer Security and Network Protection, the Clinton Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information. From 1991-95, he served as director of the National Computer Graphics Association. After retiring from DuPont in 2004, he joined the faculty at Wharton Business School and wrote a book entitled “Innovation for Underdogs”. He is currently adjunct faculty at Drexel University Medical School and University of Delaware Business School. Two of his subsequent companies, Vaporiety and Ubiquishield, were cited by the Kauffman Foundation as being among the 50 most innovative startups in the world (2011 and 2012 respectively). He is the only two-time winner of this recognition.


Mel BaiadaMel Baiada – Panelist — Managing Partner Basecamp Ventures &  Drexel Univ. Board Member

Mr. Mel Baiada is a Managing Partner at the BaseCamp Ventures. Mr. Baiada serves as the President at Basecamp Business and a Partner at Grapevine Development. He founded Basecamp in 2000. Operating successful product and service based information technology companies has given him a broad and seasoned perspective of the information technology industry. Previously, Mr. Baiada served as the Chief Executive Officer at both the Bluestone Software and Bluestone Consulting. From founding the Bluestone in 1989, through its IPO in 1999, and the eventual sale to Hewlett Packard in 2001, he has demonstrated an ability to recognize business opportunities, attract capital and talented employees, and profitably exit an information technology company investment. When Bluestone was split into two separate entities, Bluestone Software, Inc. and Bluestone Consulting, Inc, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at both the companies. In 2000, the IT and internet services division of Bluestone Consulting, Inc. began “Doing Business As, “Sengen, where Mr. Baiada served as the Chairman. He also provides advisory services to several start-up firms. Mr. Baiada serves on several Boards at the Basecamp Ventures portfolio companies. He served as the Chairman at Sengen. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at HP Middleware. Mr. Baiada chaired the New Jersey Technology Council and also serves on the Boards at Drexel University. He served Boards of Moorestown Friends School, Innovation Philadelphia Inc., and South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University. He serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees at the Drexel University. He serves as Member of Advisory Board of Drakontas LLC. Mr. Baiada has made a number of contributions to the Greater Delaware Valley area to promote technological growth in the community. As an alumnus of Drexel University, he has made a generous donation to Drexel University for the establishment of The Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology. Mr. Baiada is the recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group “Year 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year” Award and was recognized in 2001 by the New Jersey Technology Council with its “High Tech Hero Award”. He is the author of “its investment vision”. Mr. Baiada received his B.S.E.E. in Computers and Control Theory and his Masters in Communications from Drexel University.


Joe Deklinski – Panelist — Dir. PA Governor’s Innovation OfficeSONY DSC

A student of change management and innovation throughout his 33 year career in state service, Joe was appointed Director of the Governor’s Innovation Office, by Governor Tom Corbett on April 9th.  Joe previously spent 10 years as Director of the Research Department for the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives and as Executive Director of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Prior to his legislative service he served as Special Assistant to Lieutenant Governor and then Governor Mark Schweiker where he helped to lead the PRIME initiative.  This Commonwealth-wide change effort stimulated creative ideas to the way state government conducts business and provides customer service through employee-driven change.  During his first 15 years in state government Joe was an Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Energy Office responsible for providing technical assistance and various outreach programs on energy and energy efficiency topics.

Currently Joe focuses his efforts on building commitments to change, helping agencies redesign business processes, and to involve staff in creating environments for providing extraordinary customer service and innovation. In his spare time, Joe coaches youth soccer and girls softball and resides with his wife Karen and two children Annie (14) and Lukas (19), along the Susquehanna River in Wormleysburg.


Dr. William Weaver – PanelistWeaver headshot — Assoc. Professor Department of  Integrated Science, Business & Technology, LaSalle University

William L. Weaver was born and raised in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He apprenticed in his father’s print shop since the age of four where he developed a love of machines, systems, and automation. After graduating from high school in the Orwellian Class of 1984, he attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Chemistry and Physics. He attended The Ohio State University Graduate School earning the Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1992 under the direction of Professor Terry L. Gustafson with specializations in ultrafast laser spectroscopy, instrument development, system automation, and algorithmic data analysis. After a postdoctoral appointment in the College of Medicine and Public Health of The Ohio State University he became an on-site defense contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in what is now the Combustion and Laser Diagnostics Research Complex of the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate.

In 1999, he left the defense industry and joined the faculty of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor to collaborate on the development of a new Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science, Business, and Technology. This interdisciplinary major introduces undergraduates to the process of innovation through the study of fundamental scientific discoveries that are leveraged into new technological goods and services through the application of business analysis and project management. Dr. Weaver develops and teaches courses in Systems Analysis, Physics, Instrumentation and Measurement, Materials, Laboratory Informatics, Collaborative Software Development, Intelligent Systems, and Knowledge Discovery. His personal research interests center around automation, algorithmic intelligence, and robotics.

In 2007, Dr. Weaver was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and was granted tenure within the Faculty at La Salle. In 2012, he was awarded The Frank P. Palopoli Endowed Professorship, a three-year award that supports activities that enhance the professional development of selected science faculty members especially in regards to the connection between their teaching and scholarly/research interests.