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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

Wendy Mann-Flores

Wendy Mann-Flores is a Diverse Business Empowerment Specialist for Exelon Corporation. In this role, Ms. Mann-Flores serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager for Exelon utilities Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power. She provides internal advocacy and external direction to diversity certified suppliers interested in providing goods and services to the Corporation, specifically Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva

Power in support of other Exelon subsidiaries. Ms. Mann-Flores’ oversight and regional management has resulted in an annual increase of Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power’s diverse supplier spend. In 2017, Atlantic City Electric was given the Economic Impact Award by the Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC) for considerable increase in diverse spend over the previous year.

Ms. Mann-Flores is a graduate of DePaul University and serves on the boards of the Supplier Diversity Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council.



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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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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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J'nelle Lawrence

J’nelle Lawrence, MBA, is currently the Supplier Diversity/Learning Development Lead for The Chemours Company, where she is responsible for the design and ongoing implementation of strategic-level Supplier Diversity and Learning & Development Programs for the Procurement function. Prior to Chemours, previous roles included the Supplier Diversity Manager at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Procurement roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. At the Federal Reserve Bank, J’nelle was responsible for all areas of Procurement as well as overseeing the Supplier Diversity and Vendor Management Programs. J’nelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Drexel University. J’nelle is very active in the local business community in Philadelphia and the state of Delaware, as an active member of the MSDC, WBEC, the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, NaVOBA and Independence Business Alliance. She currently sits on the Board of Directors as the Director of Diversity for the Delaware Chapter of the Institute of Supply Management, as well as the Claymont Community Center Board of Directors. In December 2014, J’nelle was recognized as a recipient of Delaware Today’s “Women in Business Award” and in June 2016 J’nelle was the recipient of DiversityPlus Magazine’s “Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity.” https://www.diversityplus.com/article.aspx?ID=2016-Top-25-Women-in-Power-Impacting-Diversity-4169



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Soraya Gutman

Soraya (Morgan) Gutman founded and successfully grew her business advisory firm, Morgan Business Solutions which was sold to Brand Launcher where she served as a C-level Executive for 5 years.

Today, Soraya is CEO of Cross Talks; a one-of-kind think tank and networking mastermind for entrepreneurs with a Biblical perspective. Cross Talks won the Penn State Boost Program in 2018 for its unique,results-driven process helping business ownersincrease their profit and quality of time by actualizing their highest potential.

Soraya is a TEDx speaker, won the New Castle Chamber of Commerce Speakers Award and is a 5 out 5 ranked speaker for organizations including The U.S. Military, Vistage, Informa, The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, FABTECH & Leadership Delaware. Having lived and worked during political, economic and social turmoil in England, Germany, Egypt and Turkey, Soraya has a deep understanding of the challenges business owners face during all economic climates. She is uniquely talented at transforming her international and resourceful spirit into practical, can-do business solutions that produce results. Soraya lives in Delaware with her beloved husband, daughter and Hungarian Pointers.



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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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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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