UNLEASH New Business Models and Opportunities 

Thursday December 5, 2019 from 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m


In today's highly disruptive digital economy, big corporations must find ways to marry their prized assets--great customers, deep relationships, sound financials, industry expertise, vast R&D resources--with entrepreneurial energy, mindsets and processes that let you see around the corner, break the “more of the same old same old” mold and dares you to make risk your best friend. This event will explore high-potential approaches to unleashing the power of corporate incumbency with the passion of entrepreneurs.


Only the brave and bold should consider participating - if you’re at a mid-size or large company who sees yourself as generating growth, innovation, new products and services, spirit of entrepreneurship, speed, vitality, and ability to attract great new talent, then this forum is for you.

Full Agenda Coming Soon, but confirmed speakers and panelist include …

Rita McGrath


Professor, Columbia Business School

Rita is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and is one of the most regularly published authors in the Harvard Business Review. She is consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50. Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019).

Bob Evans

Founder & Principal,
Evans Strategic Communications

Bob Evans is one of the world’s leading analysts of the technology industry and the global phenomenon of digital transformation. In 2012, he was recruited by Oracle founder Larry Ellison to be the company’s first chief communications officer, and he left there after 5 years to launch the two businesses he runs today: Evans Strategic Communications LLC and Cloud Wars Media LLC. He’s given keynote talks about business innovation, digital transformation and customer-centric business on every continent on Earth (well, not Antarctica).

Paul Nielsen

Vice President, Strategic Programs & Partnerships, Optum

President, UHG Academy of Technology

Dean, Optum College of AI

Paul is a global executive with more than 25 years of experience working with technology companies who design and develop software and hardware solutions for the telecommunications, IT service provider, health care and consumer electronic industries.   Paul has held leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development and executive management positions.  Through his roles in these companies, Paul has driven advanced technologies into the market that generated operational savings, increased average revenue per user, competitive advantages and customer retention.   

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in science and computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

David Passavant

CEO, numo

David is the CEO of numo— a fintech incubator subsidiary of PNC Bank.

numo finds new ideas in fintech— then builds products & businesses around those ideas with a team of in-house entrepreneurs & engineers. Successful products are spun out into standalone companies.

David was previously an early employee at billion dollar Silicon Valley startups Deem and SquareTrade Inc. Prior to his startup work David held consulting positions with Accenture and Stone Yamashita Partners.

David holds a degree in Computer Science from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Tim Murphy

Business Leader, One SRC Services

Philips Healthcare
Sleep & Respiratory Care

Tim leads the One SRC Services group for the Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care group. This business offers a series of Clinical and Business management software as a service applications, data sharing services, data driven analytics and supporting services for a global set of customers serving individuals with Sleep and Respiratory disorders. Tim has lead a series of diverse businesses over a career spanning 27 years with Philips.

In addition to serving in these leadership roles Tim is on the Board of the March of Dimes supporting the Western Pennsylvania region.

The Event is Being Organized by:

Sean Ammirati

Professor, Tepper Business School

Director & Co-Founder, Corporate Startup Lab

Partner, Birchmere Ventures

Sean is a Venture Capitalist, teaches graduate entrepreneurship courses at Carnegie Mellon, and leads a lab at CMU dedicated to helping large companies better adapt and integrate entrepreneurial best practices into their own innovation processes.

Earlier in his career, Sean spent a dozen years founding, building and selling businesses in the software and media industries.  He started and sold 3 businesses including being the co-founder and CEO of mSpoke, which was LinkedIn's first acquisition.

He recently completed his first book The Science of Growth, which was released by St Martin's Press in April 2016 and was subsequently translated and published in Korean and Mandarin.

Lou Musante

Founder, Echo Strategies

Lou is a serial entrepreneur and research designer who spent the 1970’s and early 1980’s working in large global corporations. Started his first company in 1984 and has launched and helped start dozens of others. His background is in chemistry with a master’s in information science. Areas of focus: Digital Transformations & Work Process Automation, Methods for Measuring and Influencing Subjective Well-Being, Human-Centered Product Design, Transformational Innovation Strategy & Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Lou lectures at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Melon University. He has been an advisor to the Corporate Startup Lab at CMU since inception.  

Lou enjoys hanging out with his wife and five daughters, helping corporate entrepreneurs learn new tricks and walking on the streets in large cities and in the woods.

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