PACT Exlpores Future of Innovation in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, June 6, 2014 – Despite a wet and dreary morning, PACT kicked off its 2014 Foundation Luncheon with high energy. This year’s lunch took place June 5th at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, right in the heart of center city Philadelphia. Over 200 attendees came out to celebrate PACT’s foundation and Philadelphia’s economic growth community. It focused on innovation and the future of entrepreneurship in the region.

PACT highlighted its founding sponsors and its Board of Directors’ leadership and commitment.  Marc Lederman, PACT’s resigning chairman and partner at NewSpring Capital, announced Jonathan Brassington, CEO of LiquidHub, as the new PACT Chairman of the Board. The event also featured presentations from TechGirlz and the Philadelphia Youth Network.

This year, PACT featured an in-depth discussion amongst some of Philadelphia’s leading minds in healthcare, technology and education. Moderated by Christopher Wink, President of Philly, the panelists included:

  • Dawn Bonnell, Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania
  • Deborah Crawford, Senior Vice Provost for Research, Drexel University
  • Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
  • Brian Lobley, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Consumer Business, Independence Blue Cross
  • Marc Siry, Vice President, Strategic Development, Comcast Corporation

The attendees left this year’s lunch with tips and tricks on working towards a better tomorrow in Philadelphia. Dawn Bonnell explained the University of Pennsylvania’s commitment to the Philadelphia community by changing the way it uses innovation. Deborah Crawford examined how higher education and innovation play key roles in community building.

Alan Greenberger discussed how Philadelphia is writing a “new story” with growth in employment, population and the community. Brian Lobley discussed the opportunities in Philadelphia and that anyone can make a difference with their ideas. Marc Siry closed the discussion by stressing that we must share ideas and work together in order to differentiate Philadelphia.

For more information on the 2014 PACT Foundation Luncheon, please contact Jennifer Cohen or Amanda Nardi. Philly built excitement around PACT’s Foundation Luncheon and the future of innovation in Philadelphia. Christopher Wink examined the discussion between PACT’s panel of business leaders on building where their workforce lives. Check out the article: How institutional innovation hubs are learning from coworking spaces.

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