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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

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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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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David Wallin

David Wallin, long interested in the intersection of creative expression and technology, is the Manager of Innovations at the Archer Group, a leading digital marketing agency in Wilmington, DE. His job is to investigate emerging technologies such as AI, AR, and VR to see how they can be used to enhance client products and outcomes.

Previously, David worked in the pharma industry developing video chat applications, and at an online edu-gaming startup, creating games that taught kids math and reading skills. In his spare time, he has developed several internationally recognized music production apps for iOS. Currently he is working on a VR game for PC VR headsets.

David graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Computer Science.



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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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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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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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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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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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