2019 Week of Research & Innovation Speakers
2019 URC Keynote Luncheon - Sherwin Greenblatt
TrUE and the HUB are partnering to host keynote speaker, Sherwin Greensblatt, former President of Bose Speakers will share how the arts and innovation connect to create big solutions to big problems.
Ticket required for attendance - Event registration coming soon.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Student Union Building, Matador Room
Sherwin Greenblatt volunteers his time as Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Venture Mentoring Service. From 2005 to 2007, Greenblatt served as the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of MIT, and from 2008-2009 he was the Interim CEO of the MIT Alumni Association.
Greenblatt, retired from Bose Corporation, was its first employee and for 15 years served as its President. He is currently a member of its Board of Directors. He is also a Trustee at the Olin College of Engineering, He has been a member of the Corporation of the Draper Laboratories, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and he regularly advises start-up companies.
Mr. Greenblatt holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
2019 Spark Conference Keynote Luncheon - Genevieve Thiers
Open to Spark Conference registrants. Spark Conference registration coming soon.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Student Union Building, Ballroom
Genevieve Thiers is a disruptor, entrepreneur, speaker and investor that lives in the Chicago area. Her first company, Sittercity.com, is America's first company to take caregiving services online. Sittercity.com now has millions of users and new locations in the UK and Canada.
Genevieve was recognized by President Bush at the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year for 2006, and her companies have won over 18 major awards, including the CEC Momentum Award, the WBDC Rising Start Award, a CNN Young Heroes feature, the UPS Out of the Box Award, the INC 500 list, and more. Genevieve has been featured thousands of times in the press for her work, by the TODAY show, Ellen, the View, MSNBC, the CBS Early Show, CNN, Live & Style, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Marie Clare, TIME, Better Homes and Gardens, Working Mother and more. She has lectured or spoken at the TED Global, Cusp, Amex, Groupon, Enova, Inland, the CEO Conference, the Heartland Conference, Microsoft, Harvard business school, Kellogg, Columbia, Babson, Boston College, U Chicago and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country. She is the author of the book Love at First Sit, and frequently writes for various tech publications in the Chicago area.
Genevieve has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout her career. She is on the board of the CEC, which has created 1871, a co-working space in Chicago. Genevieve teaches classes at 1871 and is a frequent mentor and teacher within the space. She is also an investor in TechStars and the Firestarter fund, and in several female-run new tech startups that target women and lesser-known industries. A mother of twins, she speaks regularly on the lack of women in tech and how to right the balance.