Past Conventions

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Program Highlights

Day One

Opening Reception

Day Two

Welcome Address by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter>>Watch video here

Breakout I

  • Panel: Education to Create Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Panel: Public Private Partnerships

Breakout II

  • Panel: Healthcare and the Mid-Market
  • Workshop: Protecting Your Corporate Trade Secrets
  • Workshop: Organizational Alignment

Breakout III

  • Panel: Job Creation and the Mid-Market
  • Workshop: Personal Branding: Managing Your Own Brand
  • Workshop: CEO’s Role in Talent Management

Board Connection Private Reception

  • Networking event to facilitate connections between corporate, corporate advisory, not-for-profit boards and mid-market CEOs

Connections, Cocktails and Dinner

Day Three

State of the Mid-Market Interactive Keynote Address

Breakout I

  • Panel: Corporate Social Impact: Making Your CSR Efforts Count
  • Workshop: Difference Between Executive Onboarding and Team Onboarding
  • Workshop: Mid-Market Mergers and Acquisitions

Breakout II

  • Panel: Opening the Door to Emerging Markets
  • Workshop: Tax Policy to Promote Growth
  • Workshop: Social Media for the Mid-Market

Breakout III

  • Panel: Cyber Security for the Mid-Market
  • Panel: Access to Capital for the Mid-Market

CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards Dinner

Day Four

Breakout I

  • Panel: Innovation, the Mid-Market Key to Success

Business Plan Showcase

  • Presentations by early-stage innovative companies from UPstart, part of the Penn Center of Innovation

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Where Innovation Meets Scale

October 18-21,2015

The Wharton School

2015 Awards & Honorees


  • Zulily


  • Lars Björk – CEO, Qlik


  • Jennifer Hyman, CEO & Founder, Rent the Runway


  • Jostein Solheim, CEO, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.

Conference Speakers

  • Russell Beck – Founding Partner, Beck Reed Riden LLP
  • Paul Berkowitz – Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Leah Binder – President & CEO, The Leapfrog Group
  • George Bradt – Chairman, PrimeGenesis
  • Chris Calvert – Senior Vice President, Sibson Consulting
  • Leighton Carroll – CEO, Squan
  • Udi Chattopadhyay – COO, Four Rivers
  • Van Freeman – Senior Advisor to the National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA
  • Daniel Fries – SVP, Managing Director, Sibson Consulting
  • Philip L. Gordon – Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Alan Greenberger – Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
  • William Haddad – Partner, Cooley, LLP
  • Barbara Hewitt – Senior Associate Director of Career Services, University of Pennsylvania
  • Scott Jackson – President & CEO, Global Impact
  • Jeff Janisse – Managing Director & Partner, Carpedia International, Ltd.
  • Dr. Michael Johanek – Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Charles P. Kelly – Special Agent, Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator, FBI-Philadelphia Division
  • Marshall Kiev – Director, Cohen Private Ventures
  • Katherine Klein – Vice Dean, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
  • John A. Lawler – CEO, PrimeGenesis, LLC
  • Jose A. Llontop – President and CEO, Giant Cement Holding Inc.
  • Chris Marvin – Principal, Marvin Strategies
  • Evan McGowan-Watson – Co-Founder, BrandYourself
  • Michael McGuire – Shareholder and Chief Information Security Officer, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Doug Mooney – Director of Sales, Twitter
  • Ron Plesco – Principal and National Lead, KPMG
  • Michael Poisel – Director, PCI Ventures, Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania
  • Peter Reiter – Managing Director, RFE Investment Partners
  • Dr. Paul Salvini – CEO, Accelerator Centre
  • Ehab Sheira – CISO, CoreLogic
  • Jostein Solheim – CEO, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.
  • Ron Totaro – General Manager, Global Financial Services, Pitney Bowes, Inc.
  • Scott Vance – Principal, Washington National Tax, KPMG LLP
  • Neil Wessan, Group Head and Managing Director, CIT Capital Markets
  • Jon Whitmore – Former CEO, ACT
  • Gordon F. Willcocks – Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Jeffrey M. Zolman – Vice President, RFE Investment Partners