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Press Release: Trexler Symposia Focus on How to Create an Economy of Innovation
Date: 9/26/2004


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Trexler Symposia Focus on How to Create an Economy of Innovation

"How to Create an Economy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Lehigh Valley," is the focus of the Trexler Symposium Series at DeSales University, during the Fall 2004 semester. The series, made possible through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, consists of four programs featuring presentations by national experts and commentary by local experts and innovators, followed by discussion.

The programs are designed to explore critical questions, identify the key issues, assess the readiness of our region, and identify actions that can be taken to develop a risk-taking economy of ideas, creativity, and innovation. There will be a three-person reactor panel for each keynote presentation, involving local, regional, and state-level experts. Attendees include members of government, industry and education.

The feature programs will begin at 7 p.m. in Kresge Lounge of Billera Hall and will be followed by a reception from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The series of four programs, all on Wednesdays, are:

September 15, "Changing Business Culture to Support a Globally-Competitive Economy of Innovation," with keynote speaker, Dr. Erik Pages, nationally known consultant on building innovation clusters, and former policy director of the National Commission on Entrepreneurship. Reactor panelists are: Dr. Mohamed A.S. Latib, vice president of program and strategic development at DeSales; Dr. Paul Shrivastava, the Howard I. Scott Chair in Management at Bucknell University and entrepreneur, and Dr. Ronald Pierantozzi, director of new business development in the Corporate Development Office at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and an inventor.

September 29, "Education for an Economy of Innovation: Preparing a Global-Ready, Agile, Creative Workforce," with keynote speaker, Dr. Tony Warren, Director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Penn State University Park, and former venture investor. Reactor panelists are: Dr. Candis M. Finan, superintendent of the Delaware Valley School District; Dr. John B. Ochs, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Lehigh University, and an expert in creating a multidisciplinary entrepreneurial educational environment, and Michael J. Krajsa, who teaches consumer behavior, marketing and entrepreneurship at DeSales, and a partner in Halcyon Strategic Marketing Consultancy.

October 27, "Assessing the Region's Climate for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: What's Missing?,"  with keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Lang, innovation consultant and former Executive Director of NEP Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Reactor panelists are: Matthew Sommerfield, design engineer with Shea + Latone, Inc., and founder of NETwork of Young Professionals; Raymond F. Suhocki, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and Ren Jenkins, president and CEO of GateChange Technologies, Inc.

November 17, "Creating Opportunities for Innovators: the Roles of Government, Education, and Business," with keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Atkinson, Vice President and Director of the Progressive Policy Institute's Technology & New Economy Project. Reactor panelists are: Dr. Galen C. Godbey, associate to the president for globalization at DeSales; State Rep. Jennifer L. Mann (D-132), currently serving her third term in office, and Karen A. Miller, executive director of the Pennsylvania Economy League and former mayor of the City of Reading.

Dr. Lang, a business consultant specializing in product innovation and entrepreneurship, will prepare a 15- to 20-page summary publication of the four symposia. The series report will capture the fundamental questions raised and recommendations made for new policies, practices, values, and relationships. Subsequently, it will be distributed widely to leaders and professionals in education, government, and business in the region and beyond.

For more information, please contact Galen Godbey, associate to the president for globalization at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1275, or at galen.godbey@desales.edu.


Press Release: Trexler Symposia Focus on How to Create an Economy of Innovation | Posted on: 9/26/2004

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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