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Propelify Innovation Festival 2020

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Jasmine Hoffman

Head of Experience, TechUnited

Aaron Price

CEO, TechUnited & Founder, Propelify

Ana Mazomdar

Marketing & Experience Manager, TechUnited:NJ

Carley Graham Garcia

Executive Director, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship & Office of Innovation at MSU

Al Roker

CEO, Al Roker Entertainment

Madison Merritt

EVP, Development, Alternative Programming, Entertainment One

Michael Smith


Barbara Heisler

CEO, GlassRoots

Hala Taha

Podcast Host & Producer, Young and Profiting

Debra Sandler

CEO, Mavis Foods

Lisa Ascolese

CEO, Inventing A to Z "The Inventress"

Kathleen Griffith

Founder & CEO, Grayce & Co

Maria Laccotripe Zacharakis

Managing Partner, McCarter & English

James Rhee

Impact Entrepreneur, CEO, Investor; Former Chairman & CEO, Fire Pine Group; Ashley Stewart

Dave Sorin

Partner, Chair - Venture Cap and Emerging Growth Companies Practice, McCarter & English, LLP

Debbie Hart

President & CEO, BioNJ

Abby Dunkin

Wheelchair Basketball, Team USA

David Meltzer

Co-Founder, Sport1Marketing

Cindy Eckert

CEO, The Pink Ceiling

Paul Marden

Healthplan CEO, UnitedHealthcare, Inc.

Pat Carroll

Chief Medical Officer, Hims

Sandra Elliott

VP, Life Sciences & Innovation, Hackensack Meridian Health

Michele Siekerka

President & CEO, NJBIA

Tom Bracken

President & CEO, NJ Chamber of Commerce

Tim Sullivan


Jose Lozano

President & CEO, ChooseNJ

Robert Bardusch

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Valley Bank

Dr. Evan van Hook

Corporate V.P., Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship and Sustainability, Honeywell International

Chuck Melley

SVP, Global Government Relations & Sustainability, Pearson

Kathy Hannun

Founder & President, Dandelion

Chris Hart

President & Managing Director,, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC

Brian Sabina

SVP Economic Transformation, NJEDA

Rick Thigpen

SVP, Corporate Citizenship, PSEG

Sampath Sowmyanarayan

President of Global Enterprise, Verizon Business

Krish Ramakrishnan

Chief of Innovation and Products, BlueJeans Network

Anthony Scaramucci

Founder & Chairman, SALT

James Altucher

Founder, "The James Altucher Show" Podcast

Stuart Cook

Chief Digital Product Officer, Valley Bank

Saeju Jeong

CEO & Co-Founder, Noom

Arthur Orduna

CIO, Avis Budget Group

Jeffrey Kanige

Chief Editor, NJBIZ

Natalie Watson

Partner, McCarter & English

Lori Wachs

Partner, Springboard Growth Capital

Tamara Steffens

GM/Managing Director, M12

Marc Lore

President & CEO, Walmart eCommerce U.S.

Jenifer Smith

Partner, DLA Piper

Jennifer Shimek

Office Managing Partner, KPMG

Dr. Cheryl Robinson

Founder, Ready2Roar | Regular ForbesWomen Contributor

Kristen Dumbeck

VP, Edison Partners

Lauren Decker

Co-Founder & CMO, The Co-Co

Steven Cohen

Partner, Morgan Lewis

Ed O'Connell

Partner, Technology & Innovation, Withum

Donald Bucciarelli

Partner, EY

Phil Kennard

CEO, Futurestay

Rajesh Sinha

Founder & Chairman, Fulcrum Digital

Kathleen Coviello

Executive Vice President of Technology & Life Sciences, NJEDA

Chris Gannon

Principal, Captivate Talent

Mark Kolb

Entrepreneur In Residence, Tech Council Ventures

Phil Murphy

Governor, State of New Jersey

Carlos Medina

President, Statewide Hispanic Chamber NJ

Marie Roker-Jones

Co-founder/Co-CEO, Essteem

Leslie Garcia-Amaya

Global Product Partnerships, AI, Google

Chris Frey

President, Crowd Funding NJ

Josh Cary

Co-Founder, PodMax

Erik Cabral

Co-Founder, PodMax

Cory Booker

US Senator

Erika Boeing

Founder, Accelerate Wind

Yazan Harasis

Co-Founder, Power Edison

Rachel Rosen

CEO & Co-Founder, WexEnergy Innovations LLC

Charles Torres

Partner, DLA Piper

Al Baker

Corporate Director, Life Sciences and Innovation, Hackensack Meridian Health

Rene Veloso

Client Development Executive, DLA Piper

Andrew Gilbert

Partner, DLA Piper

Chris Yeh

Author, Blitzscaling

Alex Symos

Vice President, Go-To-Market Center of Excellence, Edison Partners

Jim Gunton

Managing Partner & Founder, Tech Council Ventures

Jenifer Smith

Partner, DLA Piper

Roger Soares

Managing Partner, Ellavation Capital Partners

Ari Rabban


Bertina Ceccarelli

CEO, Npower

Dele Atanda

Founder & CEO, metaMe

Jim McKelvey

Co-Founder, Square

Katherine Zamsky

Managing Partner, Carbon Ventures

Andrew Yang

Former U.S. Presidential Candidate, Entrepreneur

Simon Nynens


Chris Adamo

V.P. Federal and Industry Affairs, Danone North America

Paula Glover

President & CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy

Ralph Izzo


Phil Goldfeder

SVP, Public Affairs, Cross River

Ishveen Anand

CEO & Founder, OpenSponsorship

Jesse Honigberg

Technology Chief Of Staff, Cross River

Lindsay Kaplan

Co-Founder, Chief

Yla Eason

Founder, Olmec Toys

Jessica Gonzalez

Founder, InCharged

Leah Casciano

Weight Lifting, Crossfit, Body Building, Cheerleading, USPA/USAW

Tammy Murphy

First Lady, State of New Jersey

Cathleen Trigg-Jones

Founder, iWomanTV

Dr. Daniel Varga

Chief Physician Executive, Hackensack Meridian Health

Dr. David Adinaro

Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Health

Dianne Solomon

Commissioner, NJ Board of Public Utilities

Jill Johnson

Co-Founder & CEO, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Victoria Madjar

Associate Director of International Coaching, Noom

Sam Pride

Executive Chef, Noom

Richard Yien

CTO, EverestRe

Ian Worden

CIO, Matrix Medical Group

Mohammed Kamal

Senior VP, Mastercard

Bob Hirth

Senior Managing Director, Protiviti, Co-Vice Chair, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) COSO Chair Emeritus

John DeRose

Managing Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

Margaret Weidner

Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

Sanyogita Shamsunder

VP, Global Network & Technology, Verizon

Mark Curiale

Marketing & Communications Manager, Hoboken Public Library

Andrew Mendoza

Chief Strategy Officer, Inception

Maria Gutierrez

Manager, Corporate Accounting, Noom

Gregg Michaelson

Partner, Edison Partners

Qiana "DJ Q-BOOGIE" Coachman-Strickland


Nathan Tahbaz

Co-Founder & CEO, Hudson Space Systems

Kate Giovambattista

Founder, Beyond Main

Zack Rosenberg

Co-Founder & CEO, CatapultX

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McCarter & English, LLP

McCarter’s globally renowned Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies team empowers clients throughout the development cycle—from ideation to creation, capitalization, implementation, commercialization, and monetization.

Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive & truly integrated health care network in NJ.


PSE&G is largest electric and gas utility in NJ.

Verizon's 5G Lab

5G Built Right

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

Working to create the most diverse innovation ecosystem in the nation.


Helping people everywhere lead healthier lives through behavior change.

Cross River

Powering Fintech #BankingUntangled

More than just talk.

Fulcrum Digital

Digital Velocity – Delivered!

Crowd Funding NJ, Inc.

New Jersey's Equity Crowdfunding Marketplace.


EisnerAmper is a leading audit, tax and advisory firm

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

Insurance brokerage and consulting for the technology, Life Science, and Alternative Asset industry sectors.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a proud supporter of Tech United, Propelify and technology innovators everywhere

Valley Bank

You Made Possible.

Edison Partners

We invest in growth companies that share our ethos.

Tech Council Ventures

The Power of Networked Capital

Alobar Biz-Tech Solutions

Increase revenue. Optimize operations. Reduce risk. Return to work.

Captivate Talent

ATTRACT the right talent 🎯 HIRE the best candidates 🏆 RETAIN top talent to scale 🚀


PodMAX brings people together through podcasts and unique networking events. Join us at our next one!

Social Wise Communications

Be Recognized, Be Relevant

Montclair State University's Weekly Women Entrepreneurship series

Celebrating Female Founders


NJBIZ - the definitive voice of NJ Business news for over 30 years

TechUnited Membership

Become a TechUnited Member

Amplo Global

Driving Industry 4.0 experience to a new dimension by moving cost centers to profit centers

DAMCO Solutions

Amplify Your Startup Impact - With Technology Partner


A Transformative software for Patient Centric Approach to Virtual Remote Clinical Trials with data in real time

Mammoth Analytics

Mammoth Analytics is a cloud-based analytics platform that empowers non-technical people by enabling them to manage and analyze data without IT.


Do IT with C.L.A.S.S. (Care, Leadership, Accountability, Service, and Speed)

Finding Genius

We help #UnleashGenius. Saas-Based, Employer Branded Pre-Applicant Talent Pool Development


Your next phone company


Hureka Technologies: where business founders and mission-driven entrepreneurs go to build custom mobile/web applications and develop digital marketing strategies that drive business.


Better than a bike. A cut above a treadmill. Row further.


The Platform Where Innovation Meets Investment


Glasses-free 3D Solutions


AI Powered Soft Skills Training

Triple Bristle

three sided sonic #toothbrush | dentist created | engineered for your #smile | cleaner #teeth and a brighter smile in 1/3 the time

Volan Technology

Data is the vaccine. Hoboken-based enterprise software startup offering AI-powered micro-location technology, enabling the most advanced virus prevention and crisis management system on the market today.


We meet you where you are.

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