Carnegie Mellon University

Leadership in Entrepreneurship Conference

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at the Tepper School of Business

What happens after you develop a promising idea and/or product? How do you ensure the success of that product? Although the technical components of starting a business are required, leadership should be the number one focus in an ambiguous environment. This conference will focus on the importance of leadership in starting or running a successful business and how it has an impact on the organization's success. Industry experts from the autonomous vehicle, fintech, healthtech, and edtech space will share how they have applied those leadership learnings to maximize and drive growth at their respective businesses.

Hosted by the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club in collaboration with the Accelerate Leadership Center.

Keynote Speakers

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Summer Craze Fowler
Chief Information Officer, Argo AI

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Mary Beth Green
Head of Innovation, Sheetz

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Honorable Evan J. Segal
Co-founder, 412 Venture Fund LP

Program Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

8 to 9 a.m. | Breakfast and Registration

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium 
Introduction by the Graduate Entrepreneurship Club and the Accelerate Leadership Center

9 to 9:30 a.m. | Kickoff and Keynote Speaker

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium
Summer Craze Fowler, Chief Information Officer, Argo AI

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | Interactive Networking Exercise

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium
Jarred Lazear, Leadership Coach, Accelerate Leadership Center

10:30 to 11 a.m. | Break

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium Lobby

11 to 11:45 a.m. | Entrepreneurs as Leaders, followed by Q&A

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium
Mary Beth Green, Head of Innovation, Sheetz

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Motivate, Influence, Persuade, followed by Q&A 

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium
Honorable Evan J. Segal, Co-founder, 412 Venture Fund LP

12:30 to 2 p.m. | Lunch, Pitch, and Networking 

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium and Lobby
Graduate Entrepreneurship Club

2 to 3 p.m. | Panel Option 1: Industry Panel Discussion 

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium

  • HealthTech presented by Jeanne Cunicelli, Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprise
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • FinTech presented by Jon Halpern, President, Pineapple Payments
  • CleanTech presented by Hayden Cardiff, Idelic
  • EdTech

2 to 3 p.m. | Panel Option 2: Leading vs. Doing Panel Discussion

Tepper Quad, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

3 to 3:30 p.m. | Break

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium Lobby

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Option 1: Innovation and Leading Through Design Thinking

Tepper Quad, Room 2610

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Option 2: Drone Demonstration and Discussion

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium
Carnegie Mellon Lawn

  • Dick Zhang, Identified Technologies

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Networking and Happy Hour

Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium Lobby

Graduate Entrepreneurship Club