Kristin D’Amore is the President of The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC—a resource hub for technology-focused startups and entrepreneurs at every stage of their lifecycle.As President, Ms. D’Amore spearheads the programs and activities of the Entrepreneur Center and facilitates strategic business partnerships with organizations in the National Capital Region that promote technology entrepreneurship.Ms. D’Amore also serves as the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (NVTC) Director of Strategic Initiatives, looking at opportunities to further grow NVTC and expand the important role it plays as the voice of Northern Virginia’s technology industry. Ms. D’Amore came to NVTC with a strong background in state-level political campaigning and federal-level policy advocacy on behalf of private sector clients. Ms. D’Amore graduated from The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She lives in Sterling, VA with her husband, son and two dogs. She is also an avid fan of college football, college basketball and the English Premier League.
The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC
Marilyn Geewax is a senior editor, assigning and editing business radio stories. She also serves as the national economics correspondent for the NPR web site, and regularly discusses economic issues on NPR’s mid-day show Here & Now. Before joining NPR in 2008, Geewax served as the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau. Before that, she worked at Cox’s flagship paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first as a business reporter and then as a columnist and editorial board member. She got her start as a business reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal. Geewax was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she studied economics and international relations. She earned a master’s degree at Georgetown University, focusing on international economic affairs, and has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the National Press Club’s Board of Governors and serves on the Global Economic Reporting Initiative Committee for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Joan Herbers, Ph.D.
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
The Ohio State University
Joan M. Herbers is Professor of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology and of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University. Trained as an ecologist, she studied the inner workings of ant colonies for most of her academic life. A few years ago, she developed a second career concerned with gender equity in academia. She is Principal Investigator of Ohio State’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award titled Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State (CEOS) and is author of the recently-published Part-time on the Tenure track (John Wiley & Sons). Dr. Herbers has served as a department chair and a Dean and also is President Emerita of the Association for Women in Science.
Karen Jackson, M.B.A.
for the Commonwealth of Virginia
Karen Jackson currently serves as the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Commonwealth’s Deputy Secretary of Technology and Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology.
Ms. Jackson serves as a senior advisor to the Governor on technology matters including innovation, modeling and simulation, telecommunications, cyber security, and unmanned aerial systems. She is also responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s IT infrastructure.
As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, technology development and adoption. Ms. Jackson also serves as the Virginia lead for the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP).
Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy and was named to Government Technology’s 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers.
Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Center for Innovative Technology, the Policy Committee of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation.
She holds a bachelor’s of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master’s of business administration from The College of William and Mary.
Nada Jain, Ph.D., J.D.
Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP
Golden Seeds LLC
Nada Jain, Ph.D., J.D., is Managing Partner of Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP and Managing Director of Golden Seeds LLC, where she is responsible for the life sciences sector. Dr. Jain has led multiple deal transactions and sits on the Board of Fund 2 Portfolio companies: Cognition Therapeutics, an Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery company; Avaxia Biologics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company in the field of gut-targeted therapeutics; and Kalion Inc., an industrial biotechnology company focused on scale-up production of chemical intermediates. She is a scientist and an intellectual property lawyer with 30+ years of combined experience focusing on pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and engineering. Dr. Jain practiced in several prestigious law firms including Clifford Chance and ran her own boutique IP law firm representing a wide range of clients from pharmaceutical companies to biotech start-ups and universities. Prior to relocating to the United States, Dr. Jain was an Assistant Professor at Belgrade University School of Agricultural Engineering and has worked at University of Paris-Sud, France. She holds a BS of Eng. and MS from Belgrade University, SR; PhD from Rutgers University, NJ; post-doctoral fellowship from Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY; and a law degree from Yeshiva University, NY; and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Christine Kymn, Ph.D.
Office of Economic Research
US Small Business Administration
Office of Advocacy
Dr. Christine Kymn is chief economist and director of the economic research within the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Dr. Kymn leads a team of research and regulatory economists who produce original works and manage contract research, as well as analyze the impact of proposed regulations on small business. Before joining Advocacy, Dr. Kymn served as a policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). She received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and her law degree from George Mason’s School of Law. Dr. Kymn has taught economics at Washington and Lee University and she was a visiting professor for a year at GMU School of Law. She has also worked for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and a benefits consulting company, and she has been a volunteer and a student board member for the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.
Ann Lee-Karlon, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Genentech
Ann Lee-Karlon, PhD,serves as President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), based in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lee-Karlon also serves asSenior Vice President at Genentech, a world leading biotechnology company that discovers and develops medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions.At Genentech, Dr. Lee-Karlon leads Portfolio Management and Operations with oversight for over 35 drug development teams in the pipeline across multiple therapeutic areas,including oncology, immunology, ophthalmology, infectious diseases, and neuroscience. She heads business operations for the R&D division. Prior to joining Genentech in 2002, Dr. Lee-Karlon was a venture leader at Eli Lilly. She has served as a senior scientist in biotech in La Jolla, California and interned at UBS investment bank in London. Dr. Lee-Karlon holds an MBA from StanfordUniversity, BS in Bioengineering from the University of California atBerkeley, and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of California at San Diego as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Fellow. She completed an NSF international postdoctoral fellowship at the University College London. She holds U.S. and international patents in vascular tissue engineering.Dr. Lee-Karlon also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Genentech Access to Care Foundation, one of the top foundations in the U.S. by total giving.
Amy Millman, M.P.A.
Amy Millman is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs building Big Businesses Starting Small. In 2000, she co-founded Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit venture catalyst which sources, coaches, showcases and supports women-led companies seeking equity capital for product development and expansion. Springboard has assisted hundreds of women entrepreneurs in raising billions in investments and connecting with thousands of expert resources. The successes of Springboard entrepreneurs include 10 IPOs, legions of high value M&As and a community of accomplished serial entrepreneurs. During her career in Washington, DC, she served as a representative for several industry groups and was appointed as Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council during the Clinton Administration. She served on the boards of many organizations including her current service with JumpStart Inc. and Enterprising Women Magazine. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and holds a Masters degree from The George Washington University.
Diane Palmintera, M.P.A.
Diane Palmintera is founder and President of Innovation Associates. For more than 30 years she has been a national leader in innovation-based economic development, and is best known for leveraging universities and federal laboratories to stimulate regional economic competitiveness. Endorsed by national and international leaders, Technology Transfer and Commercialization Partnerships (NSF) provides a roadmap for academic institutions to launch technology startups. She is the author of other nationally acclaimed work: Accelerating Economic Development through University Technology Transfer, Developing High-Technology Communities, Partners on a Mission: Federal Laboratories Contributing to Economic Development, and Best Practices in U.S., European and Asian Innovation Development. She served as a Co-chair for a 2013 Lab-to-Market Inter-Agency Summit sponsored by the White House OSTP and NIH. She serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and is a National Advisor to CICEP for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Ms. Palmintera is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA in Political Science and holds an MPA in Public Finance from American University..
Ana Rold, M.A.
Ana C. Rold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Diplomatic Courier. Rold is also one of the founders of corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global, which produces special publications, ebook, and reports. Since 2009 Rold has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual commemorative publications of the G7 (formerly the G8), G20, and APEC Summits. In tandem with her publishing and editorial work, Rold teaches Comparative Politics at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. At Northeastern, she has also served as Director of the Cyprus Program for Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations program. In Washington, DC and prior to founding her firm, Rold worked for a number of organizations including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), and the UN Foundation (UNF). She received a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution at American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University. Rold is a member of the National Press Club (NPC) in Washington, DC and a Council Member of the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN).
Darlene Solomon, Ph.D.
Dr. Darlene Solomon is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Agilent Technologies. She leads Agilent Labs with a focus on life sciences and diagnostics, and she manages the company’s university relations, corporate library and external venture investments. In her leadership role, she works closely with Agilent’s businesses to define the company’s technology strategy and R&D priorities. Dr. Solomon received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University and a doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she completed Stanford University’s Executive Development Program. With numerous patents and publications to her name, Solomon was inducted into the Women in Technology International’s Hall of Fame in 2001, received the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award in 2004, and was named to Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2007 and Corporate Board Member’s 50 Top Women in Technology in 2008.
Jean Schelhorn, Ph.D.
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
Dr. Schelhorn brings extensive experience and success in translation of research findings and insights to commercial consideration, adoption and market success. She provides expertise at all stages –from inventor and invention cultivation through commercialization partner development –and insights on possible research next steps to position for commercial success; intellectual property strategy; valuation; and business models options. Dr. Schelhorn previously served as associate vice president for The Ohio State University Technology,Licensing and Commercialization Office which supports OSU’s efforts to identify and develop intellectual property and commercialization strategies. Previous to that, she was Vice President of IP Strategy and Development at the Battelle Memorial Institute. Dr. Schelhorn received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Queens University of Charlotte and her doctorate in chemistry and biochemistry from Northwestern University.
Joseph Steinmetz, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University
Joseph E. Steinmetz became Ohio State’s chief academic officer on July 1, 2013. As executive vice president and provost, he oversees the administration, coordination, and development of all academic functions of the university. Dr. Steinmetz came to Ohio State in 2009, tapped to serve as vice provost for arts and sciences and executive dean of the then-new College of Arts and Sciences. With his leadership, the former five independent colleges of arts and sciences were unified into the largest arts and sciences college in the country. A nationally respected behavioral neuroscientist, Dr. Steinmetz was recognized in 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the fields of experimental psychology and neuroscience. In 2012 he was named an AAAS Fellow. His research interests include neuroanatomical and neurophysiological substrates of learning and memory; the effects of alcohol on neural and behavioral function; neurobiological and behavioral models of fetal alcohol syndrome; and the neurobiology of simple human learning, memory, and cognitive function. Dr. Steinmetz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Central Michigan University and his doctorate at Ohio University.
Jeffrey Wadsworth, Ph.D.
Battelle Memorial Institute
Jeffrey Wadsworth has been President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute since January 2009. He has worked at Stanford University, Lockheed Missiles and Space Company and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2002, he joined Battelle and served as a member of the White House Transition Planning Office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also has served as director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s largest multipurpose science laboratory. Wadsworth studied metallurgy at Sheffield University in England, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. He was also awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy and the highest recognition conferred by the university, an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. In 2012, Dr. Wadsworth, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Derek Wallbank is an editor for Bloomberg News in Washington, where he covers the White House and Congress for First Word, the breaking news desk. His coverage focuses on policy making and how decisions made in Washington affect the “real world” beyond the capital, both nationally and globally. Derek has been a guest on National Public Radio, MSNBC, C-Span, and his work has appeared in newspapers across the country including The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Miami Herald. Derek was previously the Washington correspondent for MinnPost, a state-wide nonprofit news site in Minnesota where he covered the White House, Congress, and two presidential campaigns. Before coming to Washington, Derek covered state government, education and local issues for the Lansing State Journal. Derek graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he majored in Journalism and specialized in Political Science. A Florida native, Derek now lives in Maryland with his wife, Eeda, and two daughters.
Bruce Weinberg, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
The Ohio State University
Dr. Bruce A. Weinberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1996 before joining the faculty at the Ohio State University, where he is now Professor of Economics and Public Administration. His research has been published in journals including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Economic Journal, and The Journal of Labor Economics. He has held visiting positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is a Research Associate at the NBER and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor (IZA), Bonn. He is an associate editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and Regional Science and Urban Economics and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economic at the Ohio State University.
David Zipper, M.B.A.
David Zipper is Managing Director of 1776 Ventures where he is responsible for creating programs to bring resources to high-growth startups worldwide that are transforming regulated industries like education, energy and clean technology, health care, and smart cities. Prior to joining 1776, he was Director of Business Development and Strategy for the Washington, DC Deputy Mary’s Office for Planning and Economic Development where he was response for overseeing business attraction and retention efforts as well as economic development strategies for the DC area. David received his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Swarthmore College, a master’s degree in philosophy, land economy from the University of Cambridge, and obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School.