Mary Howard Executive Director, ABCT & Donna Lecky Co-Founder and Managing Director, iHaven and HealthVenture
Donna Lecky and Mary Howard are leaders of two organizations that support the development of entrepreneurs and innovators focused on health care. Lecky,the co-founder of Health Ventures, helps early stage health care companies with
strategic financial and executive advice. Howard, executive director of the Accelerator for Biosciences in Connecticut (ABCT), leads a quasigovernmental agency designed to support CT-based innovators in the health sciences.
Garrett Sheehan - President and CEO, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest continuously operating chambers of commerce in America. The chamber has supported business development in the greater New Haven region since 1794. Sheehan, president and CEO of the Chamber, will talk about how the organization is prioritizing the development of entrepreneurship in the region.
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George Llado - Chief Information Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Alexion Pharmaceuticals is an example of a
university-spawned enterprise that is a leading
innovator in health care. Llado, the chief information
officer at Alexion, is featured in a talk about the role of
innovation in the continuing success of Alexion and
other early stage university-connected enterprises.
Rodney Sampson, Executive Chairman and CEO, Opportunity Hub
Opportunity Hub was one of the first African
American-based business accelerator. Based in
Atlanta, GA, Sampson is one of the leaders at the
intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and
social change. Sampson is a national leader in
working with urban-based innovators and
Will Ginsberg - President and CEO The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Community Foundations have grown increasingly
interested in promoting entrepreneurship,
particularly in stressed communities, as a method of
addressing societal problems that have been at the
core of their missions. Ginsberg as president and
CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater
New Haven will address the foundation’s role in
promoting entrepreneurial infrastructure in Greater
Richard Blumenthal U.S. Senator / Connecticut
Richard Blumenthal is serving his second term as a
United States Senator from the State of Connecticut.
Senator Blumenthal served an unprecedented five terms
as Connecticut’s Attorney General, fighting for people
against large and powerful special interests. His
aggressive law enforcement for consumer protection,
environmental stewardship, labor rights, and personal
privacy has helped reshape the role of state attorneys
general nationwide, and resulted in the recovery of
hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut taxpayers
and consumers each year.