* Agenda is Subject to Change

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

10:00 – 16:00
University of Maryland College Park

Pre-Conference Workshop: GBSN Members Meeting
*Closed Session, GBSN Members Only


Bus 1 departs from the Washington Hilton –> American University

Pick up from the T Street entrance on the hotel Terrace level


Bus 2 departs from the Washington Hilton –> American University
Pick up from the T Street entrance on the hotel Terrace level

18:15 – 19:15
American University
Constitution Hall

Keynote Conversation: “On Economic Development and Economic Growth”

This conversation will highlight the World Bank’s new “Human Capital Project” and the key role that investments in education play in a country’s GDP. The session will touch upon some of the policy decisions that countries can consider in order to improve their standing.

Interlocutor: Austin Okere, Founder & Vice Chairman, Computer Warehouse Group Plc., Nigeria (Bio)
Speaker: Paul Romer Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, The World Bank, USA (Bio)

19:15 – 20:30
American University
Constitution Hall

Opening Welcome Reception

Thursday, November 2, 2017

8:15 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15
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Welcome Address
Speaker: Stephen Sacca, CEO, Global Business School Network, USA (Bio)

9:15 – 10:15
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Keynote Conversation: The Role Business Schools Play in Influencing Economic Development 

Interlocutor: Guy Pfeffermann, Founder, Global Business School Network, USA(Bio)
Speaker: Margee Ensign, President, Dickinson College, USA (Bio)
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10:15 – 10:30
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Keynote Address: How Academic Institution-Private Sector Partnerships are Changing the Face of Entrepreneurship Globally

Speaker: Anne H. Black, President, Goldman Sachs Gives, USA (Bio)
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10:30 – 11:15
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Snapshots from Around the Globe: What’s Working in Fostering Entrepreneurship

Snapshots from Bhutan, China, Tunisia and USA.

The Use of Global Virtual Teams to Teach Entrepreneurial Skills in a Developing Small Economy
Global Virtual Teams (GVTs) are being used to foster an increased interest and skill base for entrepreneurial endeavors in Bhutan. The focus of the project, and use of GVTs, is for these students to equip themselves with knowledge and information in order to build a model of business engagement in the encroaching global arena that is sustainable and viable for their country and its small economic base.

Speaker: Shelly Daly, Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Royal University of Bhutan Gaeddu College of Business, Bhutan (Bio)
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Catalyzing an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: The Network Effects of Tsinghua University’s X-Lab
This presentation presents insights from our experience in operating the Tsinghua University x-lab, a university-based educational and resource platform that develops the entrepreneurial capabilities of students, faculty and alumni as they found and grow nascent entrepreneurial ventures. In less than five years, over 1,100 teams have joined and 200 have received venture funding. The x-lab has also emerged as a catalyst in Beijing’s dynamic and rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Speaker: Steven White, Associate Professor, Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, China (Bio)
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Forging Partnerships from Michigan to Indonesia that Benefit Entire Communities
In February 2017, Michigan State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) took community college faculty and administrators to Singapore and Indonesia. This session will focus on the relationships that Montcalm Community College built, and is building, due to this trip.

Speakers: Sarah Singer, Assistant Director, MSU-CIBER (International Business Center), Michigan State University USA (Bio)
Rob Spohr, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Montcalm Community College; and President, Montcalm Economic Development Agency, USA (Bio)
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The Open Start-Up Competition: A Case for Fostering the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Through Inter-Academic Collaboration
Presenting a unique initiative including Columbia Engineering School, Columbia Business School, multi-disciplinary Tunisian universities alongside private partners. The main goal of the Open Start-Up competition is to develop innovative start-ups using technology to solve global challenges.

Speaker: Houda Ghozzi, Mediterranean School of Business, Tunisia (Bio)
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11:15 – 11:30

Networking Tea Break and Group Photo

11:30 – 13:00

Cross Sector Dialogue Sessions

Five simultaneous dialogues. At each session at least two dialogue facilitators with experience in the education, industry, or development fields will lead a roundtable discussion on the intersection of business education and economic development in a particular sector of their choosing. Examples of sectors include entrepreneurship, agribusiness, health, online education, etc.

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Higher Education as Driver for Sustainable Development – Emerging Trends
Higher education plays a crucial role for implementation of the SDGs, and aspire to be drivers for change and innovation. Yet higher education institutions are sometimes slow and bureaucratic institutions, isolated from society at large and business in particular. This session will provide an essential overview of the latest initiatives, best‑practices and trends in terms of higher education and sustainable development from a multi-stakeholder perspective.

Speakers: Emilio Bunge, Managing Director, Development Finance International, Inc., USA (Bio)
Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary, The African Capacity Building Foundation, Zimbabwe (Bio)
Maj-Britt Hedvall, Associate Dean and Director, Research and Internationalisation, Hanken School of Economics, Finland (Bio)
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What’s a Multinational to Do? Economic Development PPPs in the Era of Populism
In a time of increasing populism, how do globally minded multinational corporations structure partnerships that satisfy domestic constituencies while creating economic prosperity abroad? This panel will explore this question through cross-sector dialogue with individuals who represent organizations that have participated in recent economic growth PPPs and/or have their finger on the pulse of the current political landscape. Panelists will discuss what PPP models worked in the past and what could work now to drive both domestic and global economic prosperity.

Speakers: Richard Crespin, CEO, CollaborateUp, Senior Fellow, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, USA (Bio)
Sarah Glass, Acting Director, Center for Transformational Partnerships, USAID,USA (Bio)
George Ingram, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings, USA (Bio)
Kristi Ragan, Chief of Party, Center for Development Innovation, USA (Bio)
Johanna Nesseth Tuttle, Manager of Development & Public Policy, Chevron, USA (Bio)

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Public Private Partnerships in Healthcare 
This session will present the ongoing contributions of Johnson and Johnson to enhance the capacity of ministries of health through the Management Development Institute (MDI) and the successful PPP model that led to the construction and operation of a hospital in Lesotho. This session will also offer a discussion on the role business schools can play in encouraging more PPPs in all sectors.

Moderator:  Kate Tulenko, Vice President of Health Systems Innovation, IntraHealth International, USA (Bio)
Speakers: Christopher Lepore, Vice President, US State Government Affairs, Johnson & Johnson, USA (Bio)
Dr. Timothy Thahane, Former Minister of Finance, Lesotho (Bio)

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A Participatory Approach to Competence Building in Rural Kenya: The Solafrica Case
The session presents how a Swiss NGO learned to tackle UN goals – climate change, education, and energy – and how to achieve impact in rural Kenya. Three panelists will share their experience from different perspectives. Barbara La Cara (ETH Zürich, Switzerland – engaged scholar) will talk about her ethnographic and longitudinal impact study of Solafrica’s projects, Florian Schlegel (Solafrica, Switzerland – project manager for Kenya) will share insights on management and fundraising, and Phyllis Njoroge (Ramogi Resource Center, Kenya – Chief Education Officer) will talk about the implementation of participatory training programs in the local community.

Speakers: Barbara LaCara, Ph.D. Student, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Bio)
Florian Schlegel, Project Manager for Kenya, Solafrica, Switzerland (Bio)
Phyllis Njoroge, Chief Education Officer, Ramogi Resource Center, Kenya (Bio)

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Developing Meaningful & Engaged Partnerships Between Industry, Nonprofits and Business Schools (PPPs)
Meaningful and engaged partnerships between industry, nonprofits and academia is essential for all professional educational programs. Industry and nonprofits can play many different roles in the educational processes of business schools. This session will discuss emerging trends, examples, and best practices for developing strong partnerships between business schools, industry and nonprofits.

Speakers: Jonathan Doh, Rammrath Chair in International Business, Faculty Director of the Center for Global Leadership, Professor of Management, Villanova School of Business, USA (Bio)
Nell Derick Debevoise, Founder & CEO, Inspiring Capital, USA (Bio)
Rohit Verma, Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures and Singapore Tourism Board, Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management, USA (Bio)
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13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

13:15 – 14:00
fhi360 Academy Hall

Lunch and Learn – Using Mobile Advertising to Increase Student Recruitment: It’s the Platform Plus the Message
By the end of 2017, 4.7 billion people will use mobile phones and nearly two-thirds of the world’s population can be reached and influenced by what they hold in their hand. This session will explain how business schools and companies in the United States and worldwide can use cost-effective mobile social media advertising tactics to attract students. Kivvit will focus on how to capitalize on global social media platforms – including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other messaging services – to increase your school’s student recruitment efforts.

Speakers: Kent Holland, Managing Director, Kivvit, USA (Bio)
Emily David, Senior Associate, Kivvit, USA (Bio)
Ian Hainline, Associate, Kivvit, USA (Bio)
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14:00 – 15:30

World Café: Research Roundtable Discussion

In a World Café format, participants will have the opportunity to select two out of the six 40 minute presentations about current and relevant research on trends in the marketplace and how business schools are responding to market needs.

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Assessment and Development of Managerial Potential (ADMAP) – Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap
Participants will explore the architecture of the Assessment and Development of Managerial and Administrative Potential (ADMAP) course offered at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research. ADMAP teaches the art of administration to business students in a fun, experiential way, introducing students to ‘self-learning’ and the ‘management of self’ through the prism of ‘doing, observing, reflecting and recording.’ The session will outline the process of ADMAP etched in ‘theoretical framework of administration’ to bring clarity to the linkages between the macro of management to the micro of administration.

Speaker: Sarabjeet Natesan, Professor, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, India (Bio)
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Accelerating Revenue Growth in SGBs in Central America- Impact of Entrepreneurship Incubator
With a growing interest in the confluence between effective entrepreneurship and genuine economic development, more and more accelerator programs are working to find, select and accelerate promising entrepreneurs, especially those working in emerging markets. What makes a business accelerator successful? And how can you replicate its success through multiple iterations of accelerator programs in different markets? This session attempts to answer these questions by discussing Emory University’s Social Enterprise Center’s latest report, and focusing on lessons learned from entrepreneur support programs run by TechnoServe in four Central American countries. Learn about the research methodology and action items resulting of the academic report and how these can be applied to accelerators in other geographies.

Speakers: Giselle Barrera Carias, Latin America Program Manager, Social Enterprise at Goizueta, Goizueta Business School, Emory University, USA (Bio)
Juan Carlos Thomas, Global Entrepreneurship Director, TechnoServe, USA (Bio)
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Lessons Learned: Introduction of a Skills-Based Framework for Social & Environmental Impact
The Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) has developed a set of business principles that aim to collectively advance economic, social and environmental prosperity for businesses. This session will introduce the CSVC’s principles for better business and share core lessons learned from the first phase of curriculum design and implementation. Participants will take part in a live benchmarking exercise with peer institutions, discussing and comparing respective offerings and mapping these to each of the principles for better business.

Speakers: Christine Beckman, Academic Director and Professor of Management & Organization, Center for Social Value Creation, Robert H. Smith School of Business, USA (Bio)
Kristen Craft, Assistant Director, Center for Social Value Creation, Robert H. Smith School of Business, USA (Bio)
Kimberlee Glinka, Director, Center for Social Value Creation, Robert H. Smith School of Business, USA (Bio)
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Business Schools and the Sustainable Development Goals: Curriculum, Research and Impact
This session will touch upon some of the best contributions to the SDGs in curriculum, research and impact from a study of business schools around the world. There will be a focus on a case study of the Monash Business School that includes its leading research in development throughout the world, including partnership with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, work with women entrepreneurs in East Asia, and research from the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability.

Speaker: Gaurav Datt, Professor, Department of Economics, Deputy Director, Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability, Monash Business School, Australia (Bio)
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Sustainability In Project Finance: Engaging Stakeholders for Enhanced Development Impact 
This session will present key findings from a multi country, multi sector study concerning how private companies are considering contextual issues in their approach to environmental and social risk management and the role that development finance institutions can and do play in helping to unlock investments that are faced with complex environmental and social challenges. In addition, the session will discuss how an academic institution can partner with business, investors, and DFIs to bring cutting edge research to bear for improving practices on the ground. 

Speakers: Hildy Teegen, Professor of International Business, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, USA (Bio)
Elizabeth White, Chief Strategist, Environmental, Social, Governance, IFC, USA (Bio)
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Transforming Business Education: Responding to a Rapidly Changing Business Context
This session will reflect on key insights from OPEN’s (and the World Wildlife Fund’s) work over the past decade with the business school sector, identifying the opportunities and barriers to progress in preparing future business leaders to face a rapidly changing political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental context. The session will also compare these insights with emerging findings on the unmet needs of change agents and their employers.

Speaker: Tony Cooke, CEO & Co-Founder, One Planet Education Networks, Switzerland (Bio)
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16:00 – 17:30
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Debate: Global, Local or Glocal?

The changing role of business schools in helping develop local knowledge without losing global significance.

Moderator: Charlene Lew, Senior Lecturer, Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa (Bio)
Debaters: Nancy Johnson, Associate Dean for International Affairs &  Management Professor Gatton College of Business & Economics, University of Kentucky, USA (Bio)
Imad-eddine Hatimi, Associate Dean, ESCA Ecole de Management, Morocco (Bio)
Dr. Jayarethanam Pillai, Division Head of Business and Dean  School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan (Bio)
David Bartlett, Executive in Residence, Department of Management, American University Kogod School of Business, USA (Bio)


Bus 1 departs from the Washington Hilton –> George Washington University City View Room
Bus picks up from the Washington Hilton T street Entrance on the Hotel’s Terrace Level


Bus 2 departs from the Washington Hilton –> George Washington University City View Room
Bus picks up from the Washington Hilton T street Entrance on the Hotel’s Terrace Level

19:00 – 22:00
The George Washington University
City View Room

Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner

Friday, November 3, 2017

9:00 – 10:00
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Innovation Showcases

Short, practical showcases by educators of innovative approaches at their institutions. Participants will return home with relevant and transferable examples of how business schools are impacting economic development in their regions.

Innovative Approach to Closing the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship in Challenging Environments
Presently in Pakistan, females represent less than 1% of entrepreneurs. The inherent attitudes of a patriarchal society limit the economic potential of women entrepreneurs as they disproportionately fall victim to lack of access to capital, networks, and information. American University Kogod School of Business and School of International Studies are working together with the Lahore University of Management Sciences to fill this gap by linking women entrepreneurs with student teams who work together virtually to help bring the entrepreneurs’ business ideas to reality. This discussion session is meant to provide participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas on how to help women entrepreneurs in all environments in support of the UN development goal on gender equality.

American University
Speakers: Robert Sicina, Executive in Residence, American University Kogod School of Business, USA (Bio)
Stephanie Fischer, Executive in Residence, American University School of International Service, USA (Bio)

An Innovative Interdisciplinary Public Private Partnership in International Trading
This presentation outlines an innovative tripartite educational collaboration among NTU (College of Engineering CoE and Nanyang Business School NBS), International Enterprise Singapore (IE) and corporate trading partners on a new interdisciplinary undergraduate International Trading Program (ITP) offered by CoE‐NBS and a joint Centre of Excellence for International Trading (CEIT).

Speaker: Ravi Kumar, Shaw Chair Professor and Associate Provost (Special Projects), Nanyang Technological University, including Nanyang Business School, College of Engineering and Maritime Studies, Singapore (Bio)

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The CAMBRIA Case: Leadership and Creativity Through Experience
The CAMBRIA project, a solar electric vehicle built at Universidad EAFIT, potentiated aspects related to multidisciplinary work amongst undergraduate students and, in turn, brought about pedagogical changes at the Institution. CAMBRIA opened a panorama for exploring new alternatives in the teaching-learning process and, through participation in non simulated activities, led to the restatement of certain core aspects of the Universityʼs educational activities.

Universidad EAFIT
Speaker: Sara Aguilar-Barrientos, Academic Coordinator Undergraduate Program in International Business, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia (Bio)
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InnovWiki: A New Paradigm for Online Collaboration, Empowering Innovation Through Virtual Markets
InnovWiki is a novel platform for online collaboration and provides an innovative process for assessing the value of ideas/projects. It offers two distinctive products: 1) a transparent online collaboration platform; 2) a virtual exchange market which is embedded in the collaborative platform and facilitates quality assessment of various ideas/projects based on a wisdom of the crowd approach. The speaker will demonstrate how InnovWiki can be used in classrooms or in professional settings to promote innovation as well as collaboration among peers, and to evaluate ideas and products/projects through a game like environment.

ETH Zürich
Speaker: Dorsa Sanadgol, Senior Researcher, Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks, Department of Management Technology & Economics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Bio)
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10:00 – 10:30

Networking Tea Break

10:30 – 11:45

Discussion Sessions

Presentations and facilitated discussions specific to the higher education sector around design, delivery, promotion, impact, administration of business schools and management education in context of the conference theme.

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Digital Internships: The New Credential
In the era of online learning, earning credentials is no longer limited to physical classrooms and degrees from a single institution. This panel discussion will explore the potential for online, digital internships to equalize access to critical work experiences and create pathways to employment in an increasingly tech-savvy and globally-integrated economy.

Speakers: Christopher Caine, President, The Center for Global Enterprise, USA (Bio)
David Kurz, Assistant Clinical Professor, Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business, USA (Bio)
Dawn Leaness, Chief Operating Officer, Codman Academy Charter Public School, USA (Bio)
Dravida Seetharam, Principal, Mercator XXI, India (Bio)
Chris Smith, Clinical Professor and Director of Media, Economics and Entrepreneurship, USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USA (Bio)
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Identifying, Measuring & Assessing a School’s Social and Economic Impact on its Local Environment
Participants will explore how to measure and assess an institution’s impact on its regional environment using BSIS, the Business School Impact System framework developed by EFMD and its partner, the French National Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE). The session will challenge participants to reflect on key issues such as defining types of impact, determining the appropriate indicators for measuring impact in a particular area and then assessing that impact in its strategic context.

Speakers: Patricia Bradshaw, Dean, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Canada (Bio)
Michel Kalika, Co‑Director of Business Schools for Impact System, EFMD GN/FNEGE, EFMD Global Network, France (Bio)
Friedemann Schulze-Fielitz, Associate Director, Associate Director, EFMD Global Network Americas, USA (Bio)
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Teaching Entrepreneurship 
Business schools are uniquely positioned to contribute to economic growth, job creation, and finding innovative solutions by meeting the overwhelming demand for quality entrepreneurship education.  Critical to this effort is an understanding of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and the business and management skills entrepreneurs need to succeed. This session will touch upon some of the education opportunities around entrepreneurship, including building innovation ecosystems, addressing organizational issues and accelerating innovation driven entrepreneurship, and the like.

Moderator: Stuart P. Krusell, Senior Lecturer & Senior Director, Office of International Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (Bio)
Speakers: Imad-eddine Hatimi, Associate Dean, ESCA Ecole de Management, Morocco (Bio)
Sarah Jane Maxted, Executive Director, MIT REAP, USA (Bio)
Gene R. Keselman, Executive Director, MIT Innovation Initiative, USA (Bio)

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Effective Online Teaching – Overcoming Resistance and Implementing Best Practices 
This panel will cover the growing importance of online learning in international business education, strategies for overcoming faculty resistance to digital teaching, and explore teaching tactics for effective and efficient online instruction.

Speakers: Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Associate Dean External Engagement, Open University Business School, UK (Bio)
Theodore Cross, Clinical Assistant Professor, Academic Director, MALM Program, Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA (Bio)

11:50 – 12:20
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Final Thoughts & Closing Keynote Conversation

Moderator: Joseph E. Pegues Jr., Consultant/Non Executive Director, Amref Health Africa, USA (Bio)
Speakers: Vivek Choudhury, Interim Dean, The George Washington University School of Business, USA (Bio)
John Delaney, Dean, American University Kogod School of Business, USA (Bio)
Alex Triantis, Dean, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, USA (Bio)

12:20- 12:30
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2018 GBSN Conference Announcement

Speaker TBA

12:30 – 13:30

Closing Networking Lunch


Local Site Visits: Experience Washington D.C.


Tour of 1776 Global Business Incubator
1776 is a global business incubator for startups that solve the world’s most challenging problems in education, energy, health, transportation, and cities. Participate in a private tour of the 1776 Washington D.C. campus where you will learn about 1776 and how it works. The tour will also include an opportunity to hear from three entrepreneurs who are at different stages in their startups within the education and health industries. Limit to 30 people.

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Tour of the U.S. Capitol
Guided tour of the historic Capitol will begin at one of the Capitol Visitor Center’s orientation theaters with a 13-minute film, “Out of Many, One.” Once inside the historic Capitol, visitors will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. Limit to 20 people.

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