Past Forum #6 – Public Sector Influences

in Creating an Innovation Ecosystem (Forum #6)

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Thursday, February 27th
5:30 – 8:30pm

5:30 Networking & Dinner
6:20 Phil. U. Welcome: Dr. Stephen Spinelli, Jr.
6:25 Introductions
6:30 Keynote: Alan Greenberger
7:15  Panel Discussions
8:10 Q&A
8:30 Optional Networking & Dessert

Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Interview Video Conducted on Jan. 30, 2014


Join your colleagues for this exciting 6th event of our Innovation Series (second of the 2nd series) at Philadelphia University’s Kanbar Center. Innovation is the lifeblood of growth and the sustenance of our economy! This ILF event will focus on the Public Sector’s Influences in Creating an Innovation Ecosystem.  The Public Sector is involved in convening region-wide collaborations with the private and academic sectors. 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 led Philly’s Economic Development during the Nutter Administration, followed by a moderated panel discussion of our speaker and three more pioneers in startup and organizational transformation, including big changes going on with the newly developing shale gas economy. It is bound to be a stimulating session. Don’t Miss It!!


Alan Greenberger – Keynote Speaker & Panelist — Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia2aed506

Alan Greenberger joined the City of Philadelphia in 2008 and served as Executive Director for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.  In June 2010, Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed him Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce.  Prior to that, he was in private practice as a partner at the International architecture and planning firm, MGA Partners and its predecessor, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects.

During his 34 years in private practice, he was the principal designer on numerous architectural, urban design and planning projects.  Among his notable projects are the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia, the West Chester University School of Music and Performing Arts Center, the renovation of Lehigh University’s historic Linderman Library, new campus plan and pavilions at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, new campus plan and buildings for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and the Master Plan for the Centennial District in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

He serves on the boards of numerous civic and cultural organizations in Philadelphia including the Fairmount Park Art Association, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.  He is also a co-founder of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia, a 1000 member organization that is a model of design advocacy nationwide.

Alan Greenberger is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is on the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.


David Sorin – Panelist – President and CEO – Management Mpowerment Associates DavidSorin-180x250

David Sorin is President of Management Mpowerment Associates, a company providing change management, leadership and organizational development, strategic planning and executive coaching to individuals and organizations of all sizes. He is also a co-founder of 720thinking, a company offering a new methodology for the maximization of organizational results.

David’s true passion is working with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organizations, including law firms and healthcare related businesses and practices. He pushes his clients to remain innovative and entrepreneurial in spirit in order to find and maintain a competitive edge in the rapidly-changing competitive marketplace. His background as an attorney adds an additional level of understanding to his clients.

David has started a variety of businesses, earning an “MBA on the street.” From 1980-2004 David had a small chain of video stores, developed a tennis/fitness/sports medicine project, grew several businesses in the hospitality/special events field, created a continuing medical education platform in China and wrote a book. He has consulted with and mentored all types of entrepreneurs over the years in areas such as strategic planning, scalability, succession planning, mergers & acquisitions, cultural integration and change management. David is actively engaged in the entrepreneurial community in Philadelphia though GPSEG’s eCircle, Philly Startup Leaders, Techgirlz, Startup Corps, The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, Novotorium


Tom Gellrich – Panelist – Founder of Top Line Analytics Tom Gellrich

Tom an industry leader in Shale Gas strategies advises global chemical and downstream industry executives on the profound changes driven by the US Shale Gas revolution. His insights have been featured in over 5o publications. He recently co-authored with PricewaterhouseCoopers “Shale Gas: reshaping the US chemicals Industry”. At the Shale Petrochemical Manufacturing Summit he presented “Innovations in Shale Gas demand”.

Most of Tom’s career has been with Fortune 50 companies in the Chemical and Petrochemical space, ExxonMobil and Arkema working in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. He branched out from his chemical engineering background into senior management positions including strategy, business unit management and business process improvement. His entrepreneurial talents also led him to create two start-ups. In Elemica, a chemical industry supported B2B platform to lower supply chain costs, where he managed the European operations out of Frankfurt Germany. In TopLine Analytics he saw the once in decade change that Shale Gas represents as an opportunity to help reshape a global industry.


Dr. Robert McNamee – Panelist – Temple University Academic Director, Fox Business School, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute Tom Gellrich

Previous to returning to academia, Robert worked in the knowledge management industry for nearly 10 years in technical, sales, and marketing positions. He is currently part of the Fox Business School at Temple University where he studies knowledge, innovation, and creativity. His research examines the similarities and differences between solicited and unsolicited knowledge exchange interactions (including source and recipient motivation as well as the organizational value of each type of knowledge flow), the philosophy and measurement of knowledge and technological spaces, and the role of reputation and status in knowledge networks. As an invited subject matter expert for the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), he co-founded the “Collaboration Continuum” Research on Research (ROR) working group. Representatives from 50+ organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, national labs, and federal research centers, have participated to date, providing insights, personal experience, and research access. The goal of this project is to better understand how and why Enterprise 2.0 systems change the knowledge sharing climate and collaboration networks that exist within organizations.