Elevate Your Network, Your Game, Your Story

November 4, 2016


Hosted By

Entrepreneurship at Cornell

2016's Summit promises hundreds of connections, high energy, and relevant speakers to inspire and elevate your game.


Lance R. Collins

Dean, College of Engineering, Governing Board Chair, Entrepreneurship at Cornell

Professor Lance R. Collins is the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University. Prior to that he served as the S. C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from 2005-2010, and he was Director of Graduate Studies for Aerospace Engineering 2003-2005. He joined Cornell in 2002, following 11 years as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. In 2011, He was part of the Cornell leadership team that successfully bid to partner with New York City to build a new campus on Roosevelt Island focused on innovation and commercialization in the tech sector. Professor Collins’ research combines simulation and theory to investigate a broad range of turbulent flow processes.

In 2007 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2014 he received the William Grimes Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and in 2015 he was elected a fellow of the AIChE and also received the AIChE’s first-ever Pioneers of Diversity Award. He has served as vice chair, chair and past chair of the US National Committee on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, 2008-2014. He currently serves as vice chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics for the American Physical Society, 2014-2015. Professor Collins earned his B.S.E. in 1981 at Princeton University and his M.S. in 1983 and his Ph.D. in 1987 at the University of Pennsylvania, all in Chemical Engineering.

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Sallie Krawcheck | website |

CEO, Ellevest

Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a just-launched digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, a many-thousand-strong global professional woman's network. And she is the Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies for advancing women. Krawcheck has been named among the top ten of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People" list. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and of Smith Barney.

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Scott Belsky '02, Moderator |

Venture Partner, Benchmark

Scott Belsky is a Venture Partner at Benchmark. Previously, Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display their portfolios, as well as track and find top talent across the creative industries. For three years, Scott served as Adobe's Vice President of Products, rebooting Adobe's mobile product strategy and leading Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work.

Over the years, Scott has pursued other projects to help organize and empower the careers of creative people. These include 99U, Behance's think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world. Scott is also the author of the international bestselling book Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio Imprint, Penguin Books, April, 2010).

Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design, and help empower people, among other criteria. Prior to joining Benchmark, Scott was an early investor and advisor in Pinterest, Uber, Warby Parker, and Periscope as well as several others in the early stages. Scott is also an investor and Board member of sweetgreen, a values-driven locally-sourced seasonal kitchen.

Prior to founding Behance, Scott helped grow the Pine Street Leadership Development Initiative at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Scott serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Entrepreneurship Program and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Jeremy Levine |

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Jeremy Levine is a partner in Bessemer’s New York office. He joined the firm in 2001 and focuses primarily on software and Internet companies. He has led early stage investments in consumer-Internet companies including LinkedIn, Pinterest, Raise, Wikia and Yelp; e-commerce businesses including KupiVIP and Shopify; and SaaS companies including MindBody and Parallels.  Several of his portfolio companies have gone public in the last few years, and he has also served on the boards of several Bessemer-backed companies before they were acquired by larger corporations such as Amazon, AOL, Cox, Sony and Naspers.

Jeremy graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in computer science and economics.

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Nancy Goodman

CEO, Kids v Cancer

Through Kids v Cancer, Nancy championed the Creating Hope Act in 2012, which creates a market-based incentive to spur pediatric rare disease drug development. The Creating Hope Act was passed into law as USC 360ff. Since then, $1 billion in Creating Hope Act Priority Review Vouchers have traded with the last voucher trading at $350 million, providing a significant incentive for pediatric rare disease drug development.

In June 2016, Congress introduced Kids v Cancer’s RACE for Children Act (S 3239, HR 5858) on a bipartisan basis to require developing cancer drugs for adults on also develop the drugs for kids with cancer.

Goodman founded Kids v Cancer after her son, Jacob Froman, died of medulloblastoma. Earlier in her career, she was an international trade lawyer. Goodman received her J.D. from the University of Chicago and her M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Tim Chi '98 |

CEO, WeddingWire

Timothy founded WeddingWire after planning his wedding. As a groom, he experienced first hand how difficult it was to execute on the wedding plans. As a technologist, he couldn't find an online resource that would help him plan more efficiently. Together with his cofounders, Jeff, Lee, and Sonny, they threw 4 desks into his empty living room in Chevy Chase, Maryland and WeddingWire was born. They set out to utilize their collective experience in technology to build a technology company that would revolutionize the wedding and event industry. Today, WeddingWire is the world's largest vertical marketplace serving the wedding industry, connecting millions of engaged couples to wedding professionals.  WeddingWire has over 750 employees and currently operates leading wedding planning properties in 14 countries.

Previously, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's product and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.

Timothy holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research/Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a Master's of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University. Tim is a member of the Young President's Organization in Washington, D.C.

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Jason Springs MBA ’09

Co-Founder and Head of Marketing, GeneWEAVE

Jason Springs is the Co-Founder and Head of Marketing of GeneWEAVE, now a division of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. GeneWEAVE focuses on developing transformative medical diagnostics to rapidly detect bacterial infections and guide antibiotic selection in a fraction of the time possible using current medical diagnostics. GeneWEAVE’s solutions focus on solving the problem of antibiotic resistance, identified by the CDC and the WHO as a problem so large that it threatens the existence of modern medicine. Jason co-founded GeneWEAVE with two other Cornell graduate students while earning his MBA at Cornell’s Johnson School. He served as board member and helped raise $25M in venture funding before the company’s 2015 acquisition by Roche in a deal valued at up to $425M. Jason currently resides in San Jose, CA with his wife Angel and his cattle dog Max.

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Robert H. Frank |

H. J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Robert H. Frank is the HJ Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson School of Management. His “Economic View” column has appeared in The New York Times for more than a decade. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals.

His next book, Success and Luck, will be published in early 2016. Earlier books, which include Choosing the Right Pond, Passions Within Reason, Microeconomics and Behavior, Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke), Luxury Fever, What Price the Moral High Ground?, Falling Behind, The Economic Naturalist, and The Darwin Economy, have been translated into 22 languages. The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic's Choice Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in Business Week's list of the ten best books of 1995. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He was awarded the Johnson School’s Stephen Russell Distinguished teaching award in 2004, 2010, and 2012, and its Apple Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

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Meredith Amdur MBA '03 |

Past president and CEO WANTED Technologies and Current Co-Founder Julian.ai, a stealth mode startup

Meredith Amdur was President and CEO of WANTED Technologies, an online provider of big data analytics platform, tools and embedded data solutions to the HR sector, before selling the publicly traded Canada-based business to the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in late 2015. She previously held senior leadership and strategy roles at DirecTV, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Informa, where her accomplishments included heading the strategic planning for Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division (Xbox), serving as the General Manager of Strategy for the Bing search engine, leading DirecTV digital entertainment product strategy and spearheading new initiatives in big data analytics and advanced geospatial visualization tools for Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. Amdur forged her early career in London, England in the 1990s, co-founding and running a business-information publishing, and market research company (Baskerville Communications, later Informa Media).

Amdur holds an MBA from Cornell University (’03), an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Pamela G. Marrone '78 | website |

CEO and Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations

PAMELA G. MARRONE (’78 BS CALS) is CEO and Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBII), since 2006. Prior to this position, Dr. Marrone founded AgraQuest in 1995 and served as its CEO, Chairman and President until April 2006. Before AgraQuest, she was founding president and business unit head for Entotech, Inc. (1990-1995) in Davis (CA), a successful bio pesticide subsidiary of Denmark-based Novo Nordisk (sold to Abbott in 1995). At Monsanto (1983-1990), she led the Insect Biology group, which was involved in pioneering projects in transgenic crops, natural products, and microbial pesticides. In October 2014, Dr. Marrone was awarded Agrow’s “Best Manager with Strategic Vision” for her career-long leadership in biopesticides.

Dr. Marrone received the NRDC’s Growing Green Award in “Business Leader” category, to recognize new pioneers in sustainable farming and food. Dr. Marrone is an alumni-elected Trustee of Cornell University. She is on the University of California President’s Board of Science and Innovation and the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council. The City of Davis awarded her the first Business and Economic Development Award for job creation and her contributions to the local economy, community and industry. Dr. Marrone was the Sacramento Chamber’s 2001 Businesswoman of the Year, and Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, and a 2003 recipient of the UC Davis’ College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Award of Distinction. Dr. Marrone resides in Davis, CA with her husband, Michael Rogers ’78 HE.

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Howard Lindzon | website |

CEO, Social Leverage

Howard was born in Toronto, lived in Phoenix for 20 years and now lives in Coronado, CA with his wife, two awesome kids and two dachshunds.  Howard graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Arizona State University, and American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). He is focused on innovation in personal finance and do-it-yourself investing, and makes early stage investments though Social Leverage.  Howard’s current start-up is called StockTwits, where he is a co-founder and now Chairman after 5 years as CEO.  Howard also manages a hedge fund (Lindzon Capital Partners) and has done so since June of 1998. In 2006, Howard created and founded Wallstrip and created over 300 shows before it was purchased by CBS. After that Howard moved out west to play golf, but now rarely does.  His primary hobbies include driving his kids around, staying awake and seeking the perfect sleep solution.

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David Moon, Moderator

Entrepreneur in Residence, Ernst & Young

David Moon is Entrepreneur in Residence at Ernst & Young in New York. He has been an active investor in and adviser to early stage companies, focusing on networks, marketplaces, fintech, and online media. Previously, he was with Recorded Future, a venture-backed analytics company, where he headed the Financial Services business and led business development with media partners. Prior to Recorded Future, he was a member of the founding team of Gerson Lehrman Group, where he sold, marketed, and developed the expert network over the course of eleven years, with a particular focus on Tech, Media and Telecom and the financial services industry.

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9:00 AM
Check-in & Breakfast
10:00 AM
Opening Remarks
Zach Shulman '87, JD '90, Director, Entrepreneurship at Cornell and Lance Collins, Dean, College of Engineering, Governing Board Chair, Entrepreneurship at Cornell
10:15 AM
Sallie Krawcheck
CEO, Ellevest
10:45 AM
Scott Belsky '02 and Jeremy Levine
Scott Belsky, General Partner, Benchmark Capital, and Jeremy Levine, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners. Discussion moderated by Zach Shulman  
11:15 AM
Nancy Goodman
CEO, Kids v. Cancer
Networking Lunch
1:30 PM
Tim Chi '98
CEO, Wedding Wire
2:00 PM
Jason Springs MBA '09
Co-Founder and Head of Marketing of GeneWEAVE
2:30 PM
Robert H. Frank
H. J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
3:00 PM
Networking Break
3:45 PM
Meredith Amdur MBA '03
Past president and CEO WANTED Technologies and Current Co-Founder Julian.ai, a stealth mode startup
4:15 PM
Pamela G. Marrone '78
CEO and Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations
4:45 PM
Howard Lindzon
CEO, Social Leverage  
5:15 PM
Closing Remarks
David Moon, Moderator, Entrepreneur in Residence, Ernst & Young
5:30 PM


The Times Center
242 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036


Located in the heart of New York's vibrant Times Square District and designed by Renzo Piano, the space houses a gorgeous state-of-the-art auditorium that creates an intimate setting for the Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit. The venue also features an airy lobby and downstairs hall for networking and refueling.



Registration includes: Access to all speaker presentations, breakfast and lunch, Summit reception, great networking, Summit swag





Patron level tickets sponsors 6 students to attend the event



Including Cornell and non-Cornell faculty and staff



Including Cornell and non-Cornell students

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