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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

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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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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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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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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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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Cerron Cade

Cerron was confirmed as the Secretary of Labor on January 24, 2018 where he leads state efforts to connect Delaware businesses with talented workers, and develop relevant workforce development and training programs. Prior to that he was Acting Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), Cerron managed the dissolution of DEDO and the creation of the new Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism within the Delaware Department of State. He served as the Division’s Director, leading a team responsible for providing key services to Delaware businesses, administration of the Delaware Strategic Fund, and marketing Delaware as a premier tourist destination. During his time at DEDO and the newly-created division, Cerron had led the state’s efforts to attract businesses and good-paying jobs to Delaware, keep them here, and ensure that Delaware remains a leading state for businesses to grow and thrive.

Cerron grew up in Washington D.C. and moved to Delaware to study Political Science and Law Studies at Delaware State University. Driven by a desire to make a positive impact and following his passion for public service, Cerron has worked as a Legislative Aide for the Delaware State House of Representatives, New Castle County Deputy Director for U.S. Senator Tom Carper and State Projects Director for then-Congressman John Carney, and Legislative Liaison for Governor Jack Markell.   Cade lives in Wilmington with his wife, Kasmira, and two daughters, Jonnie and Toni.



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Tricia Clendening

Patricia Clendening is a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She recently achieved SHRM-SCP and was the first in Delaware with this competency based certification. She has over 30 years experience in Human Resources management with major corporations including Trane, Ingersoll Rand, AlliedSignal, Honeywell, Crothall American, Wolf D. Barth, and Wawa, Inc. She has held a variety of Coaching, Change Management, Strategic Planning, Training and Development, and Employee Relations roles within these organizations.

Tricia was the recipient of Associated Builders and Contractors Associate Supplier of the Year Award, Delaware Valley Human Resources Consultant of the Year Award, Ron Shane HR Lifetime Achievement Award and is a finalist for the 2018 HR Person of the Year Award. In addition she was invited to participate in Delaware’s Business Leader Roundtable with Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and meets with legislators in Dover and on Capitol Hill regularly.

Tricia’s most recent corporate roles included Manager of Human Resources at Wawa, Inc. and Assistant Human Resources Manager at AlliedSignal, Inc. At Wawa, Tricia supported the aggressive growth of Wawa’s retail operation through the reorganization of corporate Human Resources Department and the Dairy, Warehouse and Distribution Center. She established a new Human Resources team, developed recruiting and assimilation processes, and developed policies and practices that supported the company’s business plan. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the strategic planning process for senior management. At senior management’s request, Tricia led the Change Management team for the company’s twenty-six million dollar Automated Storage and Retrieval System project that improved Wawa’s process accuracy to 99.9%.

At Honeywell, Tricia served over nine years in progressively more challenging Human Resources Roles. She led a significant change management effort contributing to a culture change nationwide. As the corporate Wellness Steering Committee Leader, she directed the efforts of a large team in the coaching and development of leaders while implementing wellness intervention programs throughout the Fortune 100 Company.



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John DiGiovanni

John is the Innovation Architect for Christiana Care. In this role he leads the Research and Development arm in the Health & Technology Innovation Center.  He is responsible for the investigation and assessment of new and emerging devices and technology with the goal to understand how they can benefit our caregivers and consumers.   

 John also architects Innovation Center products and product changes, and manages the lifecycle of the Innovation Center portfolio of more than 35 custom apps.  John is a software development engineer at heart and assists designers and developers with the application of appropriate architectural and design patterns in their solutions.   

As a volunteer, he leads a 30 member Christiana Care volunteer team providing public service in amateur radio communications, is a mentor to local high school engineering teams, and is a Jefferson Award recipient for public service.   



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