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2017 “Disruption & Diversity in Technology”

Accelerate PHL partners with community, educational, and professional organizations to provide these tools in order to support businesses and empower people in their careers. Accelerate PHL focuses on entrepreneurship and small businesses while emphasizing diversity and inclusion..

This event will allow you converse with electrifying speakers who are thought leaders, and innovators and disrupters in technology, generating conversations and providing tools that will be life changing. Additionally, the "Disruption & Diversity in Technology" conference will cover entrepreneurship, education, job opportunity, gender equality, and art/entertainment in technology..

We need to Accelerate every industry locally and nationally for us to compete globally.

Disruption & Diversity In Technology

MAY 2, 2017
1601 Market St Philadelphia, PA 19103


The Conference will be held:

When:      Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Time:       Conference: 12pm - 6:30pm
Fireside Chat (Sponsored by The National Black MBA Association®): 5pm - 6pm
Interactive Social Networking Night immediately follows (Sponsored By The ITEM)

Location: WeWork
1601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103




12:00pm -1:00pm HR and Recruiting Resources:
"Recruiting In The Age Of Googleization"

Rapid fire Q and A and information dump on business inroads with leading experts,Ira Wolfe, Sulaiman Rahman, Mylena Sutton and moderated by Resagna Pulapaka. This is an opportunity to discuss information about recruiting, staffing and information on working with your company's personnel.

-Break for Interactive Networking-

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 19th floor Shared Economy "Economic Performance"

This panel will examine how the economy is preforming, under the Stock Market, Real Estate Market and Federal Reserve. Financial experts will lead you in evaluating policy that has effected the economy. Analyze why the stock market's doing so well, why the real estate industry is booming and why the monetary system is stable. Discuss these topics and more with leading experts, John Proctor, Jarryd Anderson and Joseph Scorese. Moderated by financial expert, Andrea Jack.

1:15 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. 20th floor Shared Economy "Shared Economy"

Today we see growing examples of innovation in shared economy such as, Lyft, Uber, Airbnb and Wework. Now people can become entrepreneurs in unique ways with different outlets to connect with people throughout the world. Learn from Kirill Vaks and representatives from Wework and Fooda, on how to utilize some of these tools in technology to grow and establish your company. Moderated by Jennifer Lynn Robinson.

-Break for Interactive Networking-

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 19th floor Women's Panel "Global diversity and inclusion in technology"

Understand the importance of global diversity and inclusion in technology with Dr. Joi C. Spraggins. Examine the strides that women are taking in business and technology from entrepreneur, Dr. Brandi and digital sales expert, Nap Chan. This is a great opportunity to discuss other steps women can be taking to have a bigger presence and make a bigger impact in these fields. Moderated by Frann McNeal

-Break for Interactive Networking-

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 19th floor Art & Entertainment Panel "Technology is leading us"

Art and technology constantly work together in today’s world. Look deeper into art and entertainment as it pertains to technology. What technologies are utilized to create art and entertainment? This panel gives you a chance to investigate entertainment instead of just enjoying it.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p. m. 20th floor Fireside Chat "Disrupting the Status Quo"

(Sponsored By: the National Black MBA Association & Black Data Processing Associates)

How do you change the way you think about business? How do you catch up to a constantly changing market? How can you utilize new technologies to grow your company? In today’s world these are the questions that people should be asking in business and technology and these will be the bases of dialogue with Earl Pace, Co-founder of BDPA & Owner of Pace Data Systems and Rodney Williams, the CEO and Co-Founder of LISNR, one of the most disruptive companies in the the world of mobile connectivity..

6:00 - 8:30pm Interactive Social Networking

Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Rapid change is happening. Widespread, nonstop innovation is impacting every aspect of your life. You see the Internet of Everything (IoE) transforming every industry around people are trying to determine there role, what they can do, how they can participate, the need to learn and maximize there position inside tremendous change. The Acceleration Summit is designed to give immediate tools, skills, connections and knowledge to get better-positioned to win and to empower people through entrepreneurship

Establishing stronger tools, attracting talent and building a more-defined pathway for entrepreneurs and new ventures is mission-critical for Philadelphia. Presently, Philadelphia is ranked 34th in Start-Up Activity, 17th in Main Street Entrepreneurship, and 21st in Growth Entrepreneurship by the Kauffman Foundation. In other words, compared to other NFL/MLB cities, Philadelphia is near-bottom on the statistics that matter most in the Innovation Economy.

To compete in the Innovation Economy, we must immediately work-together to make Philadelphia stronger for entrepreneurs and start-up companies in all industries.

Stated in the Kauffman reports, "entrepreneurs flourish in a connected, dense, and diverse ecosystem where they can move quickly to take advantage of opportunities."

The Acceleration Summit showcased the disruption that is occurring in the economy in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and robotics.

Attendee Benefits

  • Accelerate Development
  • Accelerate Economic Sustainability

  • Accelerate Inspiration

  • Accelerate Innovation

  • Accelerate Relationships and Connections

  • Accelerate Technology

  • Accelerate Transform

Summit Focus Points:

  • Professional Education

  • Health Technology

  • Millennial Ingratiation  

  • Innovation Technology 

  • Women Business owner

Expectancy of 100 to 150 experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, corporate intrapreneur leaders, investors and technology experts, who has an interest in increasing their revenue, building connections and accelerate leadership skills in all industries.

What our guests say

“Accelerate PHL was a phenomenal event jammed-packed with thought leaders and top executives. I learned a great wealth of information from the discussion panels throughout the day, particularly the Women’s Panel “Global diversity and inclusion in technology. Kysha is very professional and extremely meticulous. She delivers exceptional programming that educates and empowers business owners and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia.”
Chandra Deal

“The event was very informative. The types of people that you were able to bring together for this event were perfect for the topics being discussed. I think the speakers’/moderators’ backgrounds and experience helped them to be engaging and to give great information. I loved hearing about the importance of diversity mixed with general information about succeeding in the industry and running a company. Discussing both helps to appeal to a varied group of people, thus informing different types of people about the two important aspects.

I think Wework was a very cool place to have this event. It was a comfortable atmosphere that helped facilitate relaxed conversation and networking. I also liked the open discussion and Q and A that occurred in each panel.”

Dan Bartels
“The speakers were engaging and passionate.Overall, great event that I would recommend to friends and colleagues.  Should there be any other questions or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out. I appreciate your time and attention.”
Justin Pohlig Financial ​Se​rvice​s, Internal Wholesaler

“AcceleratePHL was a very informative and timely event focused on existing and disruptive technologies.  The speakers were first rate and the whole program was well-structured and enlightening.  Thanks for bringing this important, thought provoking info to Philly, Keitt Media!”       ​


Darla Wolfe Principal, Sweat EquitE, LLC
AcceleratePHL sent a message loud and clear: RIP to the past and welcome to the Age of Acceleration. It was a privilege and honor to share the podium with so many distinguished “disruptors”at the first event. I encourage every business owner, executive, educator, and public official to put every Accelerate event on their calendar.
Ira S. Wolfe President, Success Performance Solutions

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