PITCHRATER PANEL

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SCOTT MILLER

• Managing Director, Dragon Ventures

• Led manufacturing team that built first 4 Million Roombas

• Former Co-Founder of Dragon Innovation – advised Ring, Pill Pack, MakerBot, Pebble and DropCam

• Lived in China for four years, extensive Far East Manufacturing expertise

• Dartmouth College (Engineering) and MIT (Ocean Engineering)

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DAVID WALTERS

• 24th Governor of Oklahoma (1991-1995)

• CEO, Walters Power International, Electric Power Generation

• 200 international trips, four million miles, successful deals in 19 countries

• Elected to DNC's Executive Committee in 2019

• University of Oklahoma (Engineering) Harvard Business School (MBA)

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BELINDA CHIU

• Leadership facilitator, author, and founder, Hummingbird research coaching consulting

• Chief Learning Officer, Ignition Coaching; Strategic Development Director, eiFOCUS

• Visiting faculty, Tuck (Dartmouth), Gabelli (Fordham), Goleman EI; Certified Teacher, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute; Teaching Fellow, True North Leadership

• Dartmouth College (Political Philosophy); The Fletcher School (MA International Law & Diplomacy); Columbia University-Teachers College (EdD International Educational Development)

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ANNA TUNNICLIFFE TOBIAS

• 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist -Beijing

• 2x Masters CrossFit World Champion

• 2x Rolex World Sailor Of The Year

• Three-Time College All-American

• Co-Owner T2 CrossFit

• Old Dominion (Accounting and Decision Sciences)

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PETER FRYSCAK

• Executive with MathWorks

• Co-Founded and sold VectorZero to MathWorks -  road modeling,  autonomous vehicle simulation

• Business development at PixelActive, urban terrain modeling startup sold to HERE Technologies

• Former strategy consultant and private equity associate

• UNC Chapel-Hill (MBA) NYU (MS and BA Computer Science)

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SERGE JORGENSEN

• Founding Partner, Sylint Group

• Internationally recognized cyber security and counter cyber-warfare expert for Fortune50 and startup companies

• NIST, PCI, HIPAA, IoT, and ISO expertise
• Lectured at Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and other government organizations 
• Patented inventor in low bandwidth secure data transmission and medical safety devices

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CATHY WEATHERFORD

• Former State Insurance Commissioner (Oklahoma)

• Former CEO of National Association of Insurance Commissioners

• Former CEO Insured Retirement Institute

• Board Member of The Merit Life Insurance Company

• University of Central Oklahoma (Political Science)

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CDR JESSE MCFADDEN, USN

• Dir of Current Ops, Central Command, Fifth Fleet Manama, Bahrain

• Led Counter-Piracy, Anti-Terrorism and Maritime Security Ops

• Naval Aviator, Maritime Warfare Instructor

• Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron, Atsugi, Japan

• United States Naval Academy (Political Science) and Marshall University (Leadership Studies)

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BETH COONEY

• Director Human Resources Consulting, Harvard University

• Director Human Resources Operations, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

• Director, Human Resources, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

• University of Vermont (Political Science)

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DOUGLASS HATCHER

• Co-founder and Principal, communicate4IMPACT
• Co-author, Win With Decency 
• Former CEO Speechwriter for Mastercard 
• Former Speechwriter for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe 
•  Panelist, Master’s-Level Speechwriting Class, Columbia University  
• Bowdoin College (English and History) 

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MARGOT FOLEY

• Owner, foley media strategy
• Emmy-nominated TV producer/writer for CBS, Sony and Warner Bros.
• Credits include The Bachelor and Judge Judy
• Former IPO roadshow producer for Morgan Stanley, Uber and Snap
• Former campaign manager on CA State Assembly race
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Economics)
UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA)

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KATE COONEY

• Pediatric Occupational Therapist 
• Sensory Processing Disorder specialist 
• Evaluation and treatment expert 
• Leads certified occupational therapy assistants 
• University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (Sociology) and Tufts University (MS Occupational Therapy)

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STEWART DIXON

 • Founder and Managing Partner, VentureDNA
• Drove sales strategies for ABC News, Chicago Tribune and Motorola
• Technology strategist at Capitol Records and Apple Computer
• Technology boards at American Film Institute and Academy of TV Arts and Sciences
• Ithaca College (Communications)

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DAN COONEY

 • Founder & Principal of The Cooney Company
• Negotiated first-ever Title Sponsorship for any Olympic Sport
• Streaming Sales leader at Mark Cuban’s Broadcast.com and Yahoo!
• Set a Gubernatorial fundraising record in OK that stood for two decades
• Bowdoin College (Legal Studies)  and UNC Chapel-Hill (MBA)

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ERIC KLEIN

• Partner, Lemnos early-stage hardware venture fund

• Managing Partner, Klein Venture Partners

• Former Nokia VP of Advanced Engineering

• Former Sun Microsystems VP of Java Marketing

• Advisor to  dozens of venture-backed founders and teams

• University of Texas Austin (Management Information Systems)

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ANDREW BENNETT

• Lecturer at MIT, Former Professor at Olin College of Engineering

• Former Director of R&D at iRobot

• Former Walt Disney R&D “Imagineer”

• Top Secret Security Clearance (currently inactive)

• Holds multiple patents, published dozens of journal articles

• MIT (Mechanical Engineering) Stanford (Masters Mechanical Engineering) MIT (Ph.D. Ocean Engineering)

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J. THOMAS BOWLER, JR

• Partner, Blue Sea Capital, Private Equity

• Former SVP Human Resources reporting to CEO at United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

• Senior global leadership positions at Pratt & Whitney, Carrier Corporation, and Hamilton Sundstrand

• University of Massachusetts (B.A.) Harvard University (Masters in Education) Darden (Senior Executive Education)

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SAM SCHAEFER

• Senior Vice President and Business Unit Leader, Trammell Crow
• Former CEO, Hobbs Brook Management (7 million sq ft under management and development)

• Former Managing Director, Global Head of Leasing and Client Services at Tishman Speyer

• DePauw University (Political Science)

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KATE DUFFY

• Los Angeles-based actor and writer

• Second City alum, has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and written for Netflix

• Led Business Improv programs at Duke, UCLA, Columbia, and Google

• Gettysburg College (Literature)

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DAN EGAN

• Hall of Fame Skier and extreme sport pioneer

• Skied in 14 Warren Miller films

• Award winning film & TV producer

• Covered 3 Olympics for Boston Globe

• Babson College (Marketing)

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AL HICKEY

 • Marine Projects Coordinator – United States Antarctic Program
• Field Logistics Team Leader - Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
• United States Coast Guard licensed Master
• Director of Marine Operations and Captain – Sea Education Association
• University of Massachusetts and National University of Health Sciences

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R.J. MILICI

• Director of Sales, Procure America – Exclusively C-Suite client base

• Regional Sales Manager, Club Car/Ingersoll Rand

• Sales leadership positions at Parview and Yahoo!

• Successful sales to Greg Norman and Clint Eastwood

• Southern Connecticut State University

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HARRY NORWEB

• Current or Former Board President/Chair of nine not-for-profit organizations
• Facilitated project to interview Nobel Laureates on their seminal works
• US Coast Guard Science Technician (Arctic, N. Atlantic, Pacific)
• Advanced Open Water Scuba Instructor/Amateur Photographer
• Beloit College (Biology) 

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MICHAELA SARGENT

• Recent Registered Nurse Graduate
• CNA and Contact Tracing Experience
• University of Connecticut (Anthropology) 
• Northeastern University (Nursing) 

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BRETT SLATER

• Founder and Principal Slater’s Garage 
• Wrote and Produced ads for Hormel, Olivieri pasta and the San Diego Zoo
• 25+ Years Radio Producer and DJ
• Boston University (School of Communication)

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LISA-MARIE HATCHER

• Co-founder and Principal, communicate4IMPACT 
• Co-author, Win With Decency 
• Global Account Executive, American Express  
• Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales, Sanofi-Aventis and Auxilium 
• Program Manager, Assistant Secretary of the Army, The Pentagon 
• Virginia Tech (Communications and Developmental Psychology)

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SARAH GARABEDIAN

 • Owner, Loft & Vine – Online Boutique

• Former Communications Director, Circle Furniture

• Account Director, OTW Advertising

• University of Massachusetts - Boston