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AGENDA

This year’s conference will be hosted through the Hopin platform. Access to this platform will be provided to attendees following their registration.

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021 //

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

COVID-19 has drastically changed the structure of work and education. Companies and educational institutions rapidly transitioned to virtual formats with the assistance of technology. Deborah Quazzo, Mila Ferrell, Vinay Hiremath, and Chris Ahn will share their experiences working with companies that experienced massive growth during COVID and offer their perspective on what technologies will shape the workforce moving forward.

  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Introductory Remarks
    • Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17, Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Chicago Booth
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Keynote: Education in a Post-Covid World
    • Deborah Quazzo will speak on trends impacting education and the workforce, as well as the importance of resilience in startups and venture capital.
    • Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner, GSV Ventures; Board Member at organizations including Degreed and The Khan Academy
    • Moderated by: Ellen Rudnick, MBA ’73, Senior Advisor, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Panel: Trends Shaping the Future of Work
    • Panelists will share their experiences working for, founding, and investing in companies shaping the way we work, such as Zoom, Loom, Notion, and Figma.
    • Panelists: 
      • Mila Ferrell, Senior Product Leader at Zoom
      • Vinay Hiremath, Cofounder and CTO of Loom
      • Chris Ahn, Principal, Index Ventures
    • Moderated by: Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor, Chicago Booth; Director, UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

 


 

DAY 2: THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021 //

HEALTH

Drug discovery and commercialization has experienced rapid innovation over the past decade. In response to SARS-CoV-2, multiple vaccines were developed in record time; however, this progress has highlighted challenges in healthcare supply chains and care delivery. Bob Nelsen and Lee Shaprio will shed light on the challenges and opportunities in the healthcare industry, from commercializing cutting-edge research to evolving the patient experience. 

  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Introductory Remarks
    • Steve Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Chicago Booth; Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Keynote: The Path Forward in Life Sciences
    • Bob Nelsen will discuss the state of innovation in life sciences and the impact of COVID-19.
    • Robert Nelsen, Cofounder, ARCH Venture Partners
    • Moderated by: Steve Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Chicago Booth; Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Fireside Chat
    • Lee Shapiro will discuss how digital health companies are evolving care and helping patients through the pandemic.
    • Lee Shapiro, Managing Director, 7Wire Ventures
    • Moderated by: Scott Meadow, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

 


 

DAY 3: FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021 //

LOGISTICS, RETAIL, AND DELIVERY

Prolonged lockdowns, travel bans, and retail closures have shed light on the importance of logistics and retail in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has left indelible marks on the supply chains of our favorite brands. In response to these existential threats, major players and startups have been hard at work innovating across the entire value chain. Nick Kokonas (Co-owner of Alinea Group and Cofounder and CEO of Tock), Michael Ronen (CEO and Managing Partner of Oud Capital and former Managing Director of Softbank Vision Fund), Dhruv Saxena (Cofounder and CEO of Shipbob)will reflect on the lessons learned from the crisis, as well as what look forward to in the future.

  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Introductory Remarks
    • Mark Tebbe, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Keynote: Pivoting Amid Covid-19
    • Nick Kokonas will discuss the critical decisions and hard pivots he had to carry out in response to the global pandemic for both Michelin star awarded Alinea Group and online restaurant management platform, Tock.
    • Nick Kokonas, Co-Owner, Alinea Group; Cofounder and CEO, Tock
    • Moderated by: Jason Heltzer, MBA ’02, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; Managing Partner, Origin Ventures
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Panel: Future of Logistics, Retail, and Delivery
    • Michael Ronen and Dhruv Saxena will talk about the lessons learned in the world of logistics, retail, and delivery industries amid COVID-19. They will share insights on what the future holds after the recovery; what will change for good and what will be rolled back.
    • Panelists
      • Michael Ronen, CEO and Managing Partner, Oud Capital
      • Dhruv Saxena, Cofounder and CEO, Shipbob
    • Moderated by: Ira Weiss, MBA ’99, PhD ’01, Clinical Professor of Accounting and Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; General Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks
    • Dan Sachs, Executive Director, Education and Programs, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • 2:15 – 4:15 p.m. – Networking Hour

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