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Washington and Lee University, September 27-28, 2019

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Friday, September 27
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Elrod Commons Living Room

Join us for a light continental breakfast after checking in.

Friday September 27, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Elrod Commons Living Room 204 W. Washington St

8:30am

Taking the Leap
Stackhouse Theater

Panelists will discuss the process involved with deciding to pursue an opportunity, when its time to quit your full-time job, and how to build a foundation that fosters scaling a new venture.

Host
avatar for Mary Drennen

Mary Drennen

Owner, Nourish Foods
Entrepreneur

Speakers
avatar for Blair Garrou

Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund
Venture Capitalist
avatar for Gordon Meeker

Gordon Meeker

President, Executive Interviews, Inc. | Ryghtly
President of Executive Interviews, Inc., a copyright licensing and media distribution partner to broadcast, cable TV, and digital content producers globally, including Bloomberg TV & Radio, CNN, Fox Business, TED Talks, WSJ/Dow Jones, and Yahoo!Finance.Gordon is the co-founder of... Read More →
avatar for Shelby Stephens

Shelby Stephens

Founder and CEO, Jolly
Founder and CEO of Jolly (jollyhq.com), a seed-stage startup based in Austin. Jolly is a professional network for freelancers, where they can build their reputation and grow their network. Jolly also provides a suite of products to businesses that hire freelancers, including recruiting... Read More →
avatar for Eli Polanco Aquino

Eli Polanco Aquino

CEO & Founder, NIVELO
Eli Polanco is the Founder & CEO of New York-based blockchain security company NIVELO. NIVELO leverages advanced analytics to provide actionable insights for blockchain cybersecurity and compliance investigations. Prior to founding NIVELO, Eli was an Executive Director leading product... Read More →
avatar for Abhinav Kapur

Abhinav Kapur

Founder + CEO, Bikky
Abhinav Kapur is the co-founder + CEO of Bikky, a growth marketing platform for restaurants. Prior to Bikky, he worked in finance for ~8 years, first as an investment banker, then as an equity research analyst. His first entrepreneurial venture was successfully creating his own major... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

9:45am

The Next Frontier and the Disruptors Blazing the Trail Ahead
Stackhouse Theater

We're assembling this panel in response to our attendees' desire to know more about what's coming in the future. We hope to build a diverse panel that includes alumni from big data, medical technologies, artificial intelligence, energy, biotech, financial markets, and clean technology.

Host
avatar for Al Dominick

Al Dominick

CEO, DirectorCorps
A 1999 graduate of W&L, I am the CEO of DirectorCorps Inc, a privately-held, Nashville-based media company. Through multiple content platforms, my team of 30 delivers timely and relevant intelligence on business leadership issues. We do so through annual conferences, exclusive networking... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eli Polanco Aquino

Eli Polanco Aquino

CEO & Founder, NIVELO
Eli Polanco is the Founder & CEO of New York-based blockchain security company NIVELO. NIVELO leverages advanced analytics to provide actionable insights for blockchain cybersecurity and compliance investigations. Prior to founding NIVELO, Eli was an Executive Director leading product... Read More →
avatar for Matt Newton

Matt Newton

CEO, Everest Infrastructure Partners
Private investment fund focused on real asset ownership in Communications Infrastructure.
avatar for Elizabeth Robertson

Elizabeth Robertson

Director of Operations, Interstellar Technologies
Elizabeth Holleman Robertson is the Director of Operations for Interstellar Technologies Corporation, a start-up “new space” company that is using advanced manufacturing to push innovative and low-cost solutions for space exploration. No stranger to the aerospace arena, Elizabeth... Read More →
avatar for Christian Ulrich von Hassell

Christian Ulrich von Hassell

Founding Team, Common Energy
Entrepreneur


Friday September 27, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

11:00am

Keynote: The Tenable Story - Lessons from Founding to IPO with Jack Huffard '90
Stackhouse Theater

Jack Huffard will describe his journey from W&L to Tenable's IPO in summer 2018.

Tenable®, Inc. is the Cyber Exposure company. Over 27,000 organizations around the globe rely on Tenable to understand and reduce cyber risk. As the creator of Nessus®, Tenable extended its expertise in vulnerabilities to deliver Tenable.io®, the world’s first platform to see and secure any digital asset on any computing platform. Tenable customers include more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500, more than 25 percent of the Global 2000 and large government agencies.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Huffard

Jack Huffard

President, COO, and Co-Founder, Tenable Holdings, Inc.
Class of 1990; Major: Business AdministrationJack is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Tenable, Inc (NASDAQ: TENB). Jack also serves on Tenable's Board of Directors. Jack is responsible for driving Tenable's global corporate strategy and organizational growth. Tenable... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

12:15pm

Networking Lunch
Cannan Green

Lunch is provided for registered alumni, guests, parents, fac/staff.

Friday September 27, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Cannan Green 204 West Washington Street

1:30pm

Keynote: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education with Bebe Goodrich '07
Stackhouse Theater

Bebe will discuss how her liberal arts education left her with no obvious career path, but all the tools needed to quit her job, start a company, and exit within five years.

Host
avatar for Bebe Goodrich

Bebe Goodrich

Director of Liquid Innovation, Royal Cup, Inc
Bebe was the founder of Icebox Coffee, which was acquired by Royal Cup Coffee in 2017. Bebe learned to appreciate great coffee at an early age. As she moved throughout the country, she longed for the rich, flavorful coffee she enjoyed back home. In 2012, Bebe decided to remedy that... Read More →

Friday September 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

2:45pm

Young Guns
Stackhouse Theater

W&L's young alumni entrepreneurs share their stories, insights, and advice.

Host
avatar for Eric Pelnik

Eric Pelnik

Founding Team, CommonStock
ex-VC and current founding team member of CommonStock - a Bloomberg Terminal for retail investors. We are a team of 6, have raised $10M from VCs such as Floodgate, QED and Resolute and are based in SF.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Hanau

Lindsay Hanau

Social Media & Partnerships Manager, White + Warren
Class of 2017Major: Business Administration
avatar for Moody Heard

Moody Heard

Senior Investment Analyst, Mercury Fund
Moody Heard is an Analyst at Mercury Fund. He works with the investment team on deal sourcing, investment due diligence, and portfolio company support. Prior to Mercury, Moody was an associate at Queen City Fintech in Charlotte, North Carolina where he connected fintech entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Deets Hoffman

Deets Hoffman

Owner, Leaf & Grain, LLC
Class of 2010Major: Business AdministrationAfter graduation, Deets went to work for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) from 2010 to 2013. He then went to work in private equity for Advent International in their Retail, Restaurants & Consumer sector team from 2013 to 2016. He departed Advent... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

4:00pm

Design Thinking Workshop
Cannan Green

Professor Gavin Fox will lead alumni and students through a dynamic design thinking activity that you won't want to miss.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Fox

Gavin Fox

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Washington and Lee University
Professor Fox joined the Washington and Lee University faculty in 2014, following five years of teaching at Texas Tech University. He teaches courses in marketing management, services marketing and innovation, and customer contact. Pedagogically, he is interested in the intersection... Read More →


Friday September 27, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cannan Green 204 West Washington Street

5:30pm

Networking Reception (Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement)
Third-Year Housing Outdoor Pavilion

Join us for drinks and appetizers to wrap-up day one!

This reception is for registered alumni, guests, parents, and fac/staff only.

Friday September 27, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Outdoor Pavilion at Third-Year Housing W Denny Cir, Lexington, VA 24450, USA
 
Saturday, September 28
 

8:00am

Networking Breakfast
Elrod Commons Living Room

Saturday September 28, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Elrod Commons Living Room 204 W. Washington St

9:00am

Student Pitch Competition
Stackhouse Theater

Wondering what business ideas the next generation of W&L entrepreneurs will pursue? The Student Pitch Competition brings student business ideas to the forefront in this exciting session.

Saturday September 28, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

10:15am

Alumni Pitch Session
The session will begin with updates from alumni who previously pitched their businesses. After the updates, alumni entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their startup or startup idea to our audience of experienced entrepreneurs. Each year the alumni pitch session provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs to make valuable connections with alumni who are help them move forward.

Saturday September 28, 2019 10:15am - 12:00pm
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

12:00pm

Networking Lunch
The Marketplace

This is a good time to network with students and alumni who pitched or alumni who gave updates during the Pitch Sessions! Lunch is included for registered alumni, guests, parents, faculty, and staff.

Saturday September 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Marketplace, Elrod Commons 204 W. Washington St

1:15pm

The Road Less Travelled: An Entrepreneurial Path
Huntley Hall 235

In recent years, more and more W&L alumni and students are choosing an "entrepreneurial" career path. Panelists will share their insights, including the pros and cons of this career path and how they got their first big break.

Host
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Navid Haider

Class of 2021, Washington and Lee University

Speakers
avatar for Tim Angelillo

Tim Angelillo

CEO and Founder, Sourced Craft Cocktails
As a successful tech entrepreneur and global business leader, Tim Angelillo brings 15+ years of experience running divisions of publically traded companies like Yahoo! and Time Warner as well currently founding and leading three start-up businesses in Austin TX. These experiences... Read More →
avatar for Matt Bartini

Matt Bartini

Owner, Mayor Clothing
Undergrad class of 2012, Economics major
avatar for Burke Beck

Burke Beck

Founder/Owner, Red Coyote Running and Fitness
Burke is the owner and founder of Red Coyote Running and Fitness in Oklahoma City.
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Drew Denbo

Head of Music Development, Music, Amazon.com
Entrepreneur
avatar for Gordon Meeker

Gordon Meeker

President, Executive Interviews, Inc. | Ryghtly
President of Executive Interviews, Inc., a copyright licensing and media distribution partner to broadcast, cable TV, and digital content producers globally, including Bloomberg TV & Radio, CNN, Fox Business, TED Talks, WSJ/Dow Jones, and Yahoo!Finance.Gordon is the co-founder of... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Huntley Hall 235 204 W. Washington St

1:15pm

Raising Capital and Making Deals
Huntley Hall 221

In a discussion-oriented format, panelists will share their behind the scenes experience from both sides of the table on raising capital and making deals.

Host
avatar for Blair Garrou

Blair Garrou

Managing Director, Mercury Fund
Venture Capitalist

Speakers
avatar for Tom Gearen

Tom Gearen

Principal, Higher Angel LLC
Angel Investor
avatar for Greg Barrow

Greg Barrow

Founder and Managing Director, General Capital Partners, LLC
Entrepreneur
avatar for Robert Covington

Robert Covington

Co-Managing Partner, RedBird Capital Partners
Growth Equity/Private Equity Investor
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Ellie Rice

CEO and Founder, AntrimRice Advisors
avatar for Michael Fulks

Michael Fulks

Senior Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend
English major, class of 2008; attorney - entrepreneurs, start-ups, private equity, venture capital.


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Huntley Hall 221 204 W. Washington St

1:15pm

Entrepreneurship: It's a Team Sport!
Entrepreneurs share their experience with building and leading successful teams.

Host
avatar for Cory Allison

Cory Allison

Co-founder, KelCor
Class of 1994Major: PsychologyCory Allison is a general partner of The JumpFund, an early-stage fund investing in female-led companies in the southeast. Also, Cory is a co-founder of KelCor, LLC, a medical device start-up developing a single-use product that is a clean, simple and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom Dunlap

Tom Dunlap

Managing Partner, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig
Tom Dunlap is a founding partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, a firm of 75 lawyers / 135 employees, with offices across the United States, in Beijing, China, and the UK. Over the last 20 years since leaving W&L law, Tom has served as a special prosecutor (Commonwealth of Virginia... Read More →
avatar for Alan Gibson

Alan Gibson

Founder, OneClick.chat
Entrepreneur
avatar for Deets Hoffman

Deets Hoffman

Owner, Leaf & Grain, LLC
Class of 2010Major: Business AdministrationAfter graduation, Deets went to work for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) from 2010 to 2013. He then went to work in private equity for Advent International in their Retail, Restaurants & Consumer sector team from 2013 to 2016. He departed Advent... Read More →
avatar for Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace

Co-Founder and Ketchup Maker, 'Chups


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Huntley Hall 327 204 W. Washington St

2:30pm

Social Media Warriors
Huntley Hall 235

Social media influencers have gained significant power. Our panel of social media warriors will discuss how they built their followers and how to effectively manage their influence.

Host
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Jesse Evans

Class of 2020, Washington and Lee University

Speakers
avatar for Dan Birdwhistell

Dan Birdwhistell

Growth Strategy, Pinterest
I manage ~$150mm in annual user acquisition and engagement spend on Facebook for Pinterest, LinkedIn, Patreon, and a handful of pre-IPO and private equity clients. My expertise is in building systems that actively test and then deploy the best combinations of creative, targeting... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Hanau

Lindsay Hanau

Social Media & Partnerships Manager, White + Warren
Class of 2017Major: Business Administration


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Huntley Hall 235 204 W. Washington St

2:30pm

Customer Acquisition
A panel of experts discuss methods ranging from social media to face-to-face to trade shows and share what they've learned.

Host
avatar for Matt Langan

Matt Langan

Founder, CEO, Stuccco
Class of 2010Major: Business AdministrationStuccco.com allows realtors, builders and homeowners to get any room professionally designed in as little as a day.Can you help? I'm seeking seed funding and introductions to realtors, home builders and executives at large residential real... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace

Co-Founder and Ketchup Maker, 'Chups


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Huntley Hall 221 204 W. Washington St

2:30pm

Best Supporting Cast: Entrepreneurs in the Service Sector
Huntley Hall 327

Whether its market research, technology or legal assistance, or consulting, these services entrepreneurs play a key role in making other entrepreneurs successul.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Dyer

Kelly Dyer

Chief Software Architect, SourceFuse
Entrepreneur
avatar for Geoffrey Duke

Geoffrey Duke

Chairmain, CEO, and President, MPAY, Inc.
Class of 1987Major: Politics
avatar for Doug Panzer

Doug Panzer

Registered Patent Attorney / Partner, Caesar Rivise, PC
Doug is a registered patent attorney and represents clients in matters relating to all areas of intellectual property law. Doug's professional career began in e-commerce/software development, writing code in C++, Java, SQL, and other languages.For more than 13 years Doug has represented... Read More →


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Huntley Hall 327 204 W. Washington St

3:45pm

Capstone Consulting
109 S. Jefferson St. Classroom

Host
avatar for Marc Junkunc

Marc Junkunc

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Washington and Lee University
Professor Junkunc teaches courses related to entrepreneurship. He has been deeply involved with multiple startups, entrepreneurial ventures and small and mid-sized businesses in various capacities, including founder, CEO, team member, investor, advisor, and board director. He started... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Shay

Jeff Shay

Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship, Washington & Lee University
Advisor

Saturday September 28, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
109 S. Jefferson St. Classroom 109 S Jefferson St, Lexington, VA 24450, USA

3:45pm

CBD Industry: Myths and Opportunities
Stackhouse Theater

CBD doesn't make you high; THC does. Exploring the therapeutic benefits of CBD infused products and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Host
avatar for Greg Barrow

Greg Barrow

Founder and Managing Director, General Capital Partners, LLC
Entrepreneur

Speakers
avatar for Tom Gearen

Tom Gearen

Principal, Higher Angel LLC
Angel Investor
avatar for Marc Ottinger

Marc Ottinger

Managing Member, CryoMaryland, LLC & RecoverMD, LLC
Entrepreneur
avatar for Nick Sayers

Nick Sayers

SVP, Principal Investing, Green Thumb Industries
Class of 2002Major: Business Administration


Saturday September 28, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Stackhouse Theater 204 W. Washington St

5:30pm

Closing Reception
TAPS

Join us in town as we end the event with a networking reception. This reception is for registered alumni, guests, parents, fac/staff only.

Saturday September 28, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
TAPS 11 N Main St, Lexington, VA 24450