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Delaware Innovation Week 2018

Delaware Innovation Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation. There’s something for everyone!

The 4th annual Delaware Innovation Week will take place November 2-10, 2018.

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Delaware Innovation Week is organized into 7 different tracks (Creative, Access, Dev, Civic, Business, Media and Sciences). You can search for events that match your interests by clicking on one of the track icons

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  • Discussing diversity and education issues that affect everyday citizens. Think: digital divide, digital education.
  • The strategy around technology coverage & promotion. Think: content marketing, digital marketing strategy, social networks.
  • Where art and technology collide. Think: video games, digital art, community initiatives.
  • The impact of technology on government and civil society. Think: digital media, civic hacking, open data.
  • Where programmers, designers, developers and project managers come together. Think: coding, front and back-end development, and more.
  • The startup and business community conversation. Think: venture capital, startups, B2B, doing business with the banks.
  • Where leaders in healthcare, the sciences, economic development, public health and academia come together. Think: commercialized technology, creating connectivity, influencing policy.

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Speakers

Michelle Morin

Michelle N. Morin, M.B.A.: is the Executive Director of the State of Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD). It is the mission of her office to assist the entire supplier diversity community of minority, women, veteran, service disabled veteran, and individuals with disabilities owned businesses as well as small businesses of a unique size in competing for the provision of commodities, services, and construction to State departments, agencies, authorities, school districts, higher education institutions and all businesses. During her 5 year tenure to date in Delaware, state contracting engagement with diverse and small businesses increased by 283%, from FY2013 at $75Million to $314.3Million by the end of FY2018. During this time, Michelle and OSD have been recognized and honored with nine awards. She knows that no one person does anything of value and importance alone. Michelle greatly appreciates her colleagues in OSD and GSS, as well as the “Inclusion Team” of procurement professionals and buyers throughout the State. Treating opportunities inclusively is how we all ensure access to opportunity for traditional, diverse, and small businesses. Michelle presently sits in participant or advisory roles on nine councils, boards, and commissions.

Prior to relocating to Delaware to take on her current role, Michelle was a Supplier Diversity Professional within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There, she provided support for a program that reach $1Billion in spend for diverse businesses. Before that, her career was supporting the legal industry and their corporate clients where her subject matter expertise spans multiple interconnected disciplines and multi-billion dollar project management including global financial sector client business urgencies, utility merchant power disputes, and utility regulatory matters. Examples of some of her most unique work opportunities includes: one of the first internet challenge lawsuits regarding music recordings; divestiture of a solely-owned nuclear power plant; a market-MAC provision involving three world banks; and the first public utility to be approved under the Telecommunication Act of 1996 which included legal challenges by three unions, Cable TV, and telecommunication companies. She is a fairness reviewer for the LAST Test. Michelle is in her 17 th year of post-baccalaureate university teaching that includes a decade at Northeastern University and now at Curry College, both are in Massachusetts and she only teaches online since moving to Delaware.



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Ryan Harrington

Over his career, Ryan has worked to make his community a better place. Before joining the team at CompassRed, he worked to grow communities – both as the Education Coordinator at 1313 Innovation and as a secondary math teacher at Glasgow High School through Teach for America. Through these roles he saw the opportunity to use data to make more effective decisions for communities, leading him to co-found Open Data Delaware. Ryan graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 and then built his data science skillset through a MS in Business Analytics at Drexel University. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time working with high school students as a mentor for the Delaware Youth Leadership Network.



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Kristofer Younger

For 30 years, Kris worked at numerous successful startups, including Sun Microsystems, NeXT and Netscape, centering his technical expertise around networked computing of all kinds. Kris' coding interest, dormant for many years of management focus, was re-kindled about 10 years ago when he returned to his roots as a computer scientist (Purdue, '84), writing web apps and mobile apps. He has been working on the idea of digital assets since about 1996.



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Luis Concepcion

Luis J Concepcion is a Sr. Buyer and Supplier Diversity Advocate, who works for the Dupont Corporation, working with business and operations leaders to develop and execute sourcing strategies and plans. In his areas of accountabilities, Luis is responsible for $20MM category spend for the US region on None Hazardous Waste Disposal, Mobile Equipment, Environmental Lab Services and PPE. After spending nearly 20 years as a procurement professional, Luis believes and knows that everything is negotiable!

In his next role in Dupont (2019) , Luis is going to be the Global Procurement Diversity and Sustainability leader, responsible for the overall leadership of Dupont`s Supplier Diversity, D&I and Sustainability in the Procurement function globally.

Luis holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He also holds several certifications from the Institute of Supply Management (CPSM &CPSD) and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. He is currently an active Board Member on the ISM Diversity Committee and member of the Dupont Supplier Diversity Advisory Council.



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L. Jay Burks

L. Jay Burks, PhD, is the Director of Supplier Diversity at the Comcast Corporation where he is responsible for implementing policies and procedures to increase opportunities for diverse-owned businesses in procurement. Prior to joining Comcast, he served as Executive Director of the State of Delaware's Office of Supplier Diversity where he helped develop executive orders and strategic plans to further the growth of supplier diversity in Delaware.

Dr. Burks has a combined 20 plus years of experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, procurement and general management. In addition to his professional experience he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for over fifteen years as an adjunct professor. Dr. Burks is a board member for the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), The Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation and serves as a Corporate Advisory Board member for Disability:IN.

Dr. Burks received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College, a Master of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.



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Loren Hopkins-Taylor

Loren is the Sourcing Manager for Small Business and Supplier Diversity at the DuPont Company, where she manages the supplier diversity program for a Fortune 100 company. Ms. Taylor has been with DuPont since 1980, in roles ranging from sales and marketing to international customer service to her previous role as the sourcing manager for professional services, where she oversaw annual spend of more than $2 billion. Among her achievements is the design, implementation and leadership of the first transactional service center for S&L, a model now replicated in countries around the globe.

In her current position, Ms. Taylor Identifies and drives the utilization of small businesses and diverse suppliers with a goal of increasing strategic alignment with this essential part of the local, regional, and national economy. Her goal is to increase the percentage of purchases made from small and diverse supplier’s year over year. She is passionate about her role in bringing the DuPont core value of “Respect for People” to life and keeping business local, integrating suppliers from the local community into the regional supply chain.

Ms. Taylor serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-sNJ and The Conference Board's Supplier Diversity Leadership Council. She is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified, is a graduate of the Women Unlimited leadership program, Business 4 Results leadership program and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Delaware. She recently received her CPSDTM certification from the Institute for Supply Management.



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Peggy Del Fabbro

Peggy Del Fabbro is the CEO of M. Davis & Sons, Inc., a 5th generation industrial construction company that is leading the way as a new breed of industrial provider, focusing on safety and quality workmanship, to provide complete construction, fabrication and maintenance turnkey solutions to global corporations, regional leaders and government agencies. M. Davis is headquartered in Delaware with four additional manufacturing and engineering plants in the Mid-Atlantic region, with global reach in fabrication and manufacturing.

Peggy has served in leadership positions at M. Davis for more than 30 years. Peggy assumed the role of CEO in 2008 and works to distinguish the construction company in the marketplace through an unwavering commitment to safety and quality.

In 2009 Peggy made the decision to pursue certification as a Woman Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Peggy promotes diversity by participating in a wide variety of roles in support of WBENC, most recently she has taken on the leadership role as 2nd Vice Chair for the WBENC Women’s Enterprise Forum.

She has been recognized on the regional and national level as a leader in the women-owned business community. She has received numerous awards which include:  2014 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Star Award  2014 Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ Leadership Award  2015 Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ Shining Star Award  2018 & 2016 Woman Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ Done Deals Award

Peggy also serves on the Board of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Delaware Valley Chapter.

As a socially concerned business leader, Peggy supports various community needs with donations to Delaware Foundation for Reaching Citizens with Intellectual disABILITIES, annual Toys for Tots drive hosted by ISPE and Stockings for Soldiers, a non-profit organization that supports U.S. troops. She personally participates in many charitable events such as the Dogfish Dash 8K (which benefits the Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy) and Faithful Friends Animal Society’s annual 5K and Mutt Mile. Peggy enjoys working with children and volunteers her time to teach karate to children at Cornerstone Martial Arts. There she is also an advocate for Women’s Self-Defense classes.



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Zack Jones

Zachary Jones is the Director of Dual School, an organization that empowers high school students to launch social impact projects. He's taught design thinking at Stanford’s d.school and facilitated workshops for over a thousand people from Delaware to California. He’s also spoken at Google and on the TEDx stage.



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