Innovation Engagement Speaker Series

Movers, shakers and money-makers are coming to Jefferson to be a part of our creative culture through the Innovation Engagement Speaker Series. They’ll share insights and experiences on innovation, regional resources, startups, venture capital and more.

Come be inspired! All members of the Jefferson community are welcome. 

Register to attend any or all of the Speaker Series events by emailing:
(Registration is not required but strongly encouraged.)

The Speaker Series will be held in the lobby of 901 Walnut Street and begin at 12:00 p.m.

Past speaker engagements and presentations can be found via the Programs & Events Archives quick-link to the left.

Independence Jefferson Winter 2016 Speaker Series

April 11, 2016
Positioning your Technology for Early Stage Investors

Barbara Schilberg, Esq.
Managing Director & Chief Executive Office


January 11, 2016
Innovating Across Organizations & Communities

Michelle Histand
Director of Innovation, Corporate Development & Innovation Department
Independence Blue Cross (IBX)


February 1, 2016
The craft of fabrication: from concept to prototype to newco

Evan Malone, PhD
President, NextFab Studio, LLC


February 8, 2016
PACT: A Regional Overview of the Funders of Innovation

Dean Miller
President & CEO, PACT


February 15, 2016
Start-Ups: What You Should Know, & Your Lawyer Should Tell You

Karen Keating Mara, Esq.
Principal, Keating Mara & Associates


February 22, 2016
Design Thinkers & Strategic Design: Past, Present & Future

Natalie Nixon, PhD
Director, Strategic Design MBA
Philadelphia University


February 29, 2016
Investing in Life Science & Healthcare: Challenges & opportunities

Brenda Gavin, DVM
Founding Partner
Quaker Partners


March 14, 2016:
Fostering Innovation within Large Corporations

Marc Siry
Vice President, Strategic Development


March 21, 2016:
Venture Capital 101

Louis Berneman, EdD
Founding Partner
Osage University Partners