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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

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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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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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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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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Catherine Burch

As the head of the Health & Technology Innovation Center at Christiana Care, Catherine is responsible for creating an environment that accelerates idea generation and innovation. She drives the innovation strategy by executing on those ideas as well as championing new and emerging technologies that have the potential to disrupt health care as we know it today.

Catherine directs the day to day operations of the Center and its dedicated team of award winning designers, developers, and analysts.

To date, the Innovation Center has developed more than 35 custom applications. Each app started as a project initiated because of a unique opportunity – an idea from a member of the Christiana Care team to introduce improvements and efficiencies in a way not offered commercially.

With over 20 years in the technology industry, Catherine has earned several professional distinctions and honors from IT professional associations and journals, such as Information Week Magazine’s “Twenty Great Ideas to Steal” and Computerworld’s Honors Program “Top Five” recognition.

Catherine received a bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware, and an MS from Wilmington University. She also holds several certifications in usability and user experience.



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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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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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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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