Spring Training 2021 AGENDA
Reshaping the Innovation Ecosystem

THURSDAY'S IN APRIL (8, 15, 22, 29)    |    12:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern

April 8
12:00 - 2:30 EDT

April 15
12:00 - 2:30 EDT

April 22
12:00 - 2:30 EDT

April 29 
12:00 - 2:30 EDT

 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Spring Training 2021   |   Module 1
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Informal Lunch Groups
GrubHub Lunch sponsored by 
Order in lunch sponsored by Wexford Science & Technology! Groups/breakout rooms will be pre-assigned before the session and will become your 'think tank'. This first Roundtable Lunch will be an introduction to peers with discussion questions posed to the group. Consecutive weeks will provide moderated discussion topics on the prior week's module focus-area. Don't be late! We look forward to connecting with you!
  Welcoming Remarks from Our President
Leah Burton
President, AURP; Director of Centennial Campus Partnership Office, NC State University
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

MODULE 1
BEYOND REAL ESTATE: THE ECOSYSTEM OF PLACE

Jonathon Bates, CPM, Executive Director, University of Utah Research Park 
Paul Garvey, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Will Germain, Senior Investment Officer, Life Sciences, Research and Innovation Centers, Ventas Inc.
Ted Hyman,
FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, ZGF Architects LLP
 Doug Woodruff
, Senior Vice President, West Region Executive, Wexford Science & Technology LLC

In reacting to the 2020 pandemic, the need for lab space is hot as requests for office space is down leaving many to reconsider their masterplan and the value proposition of physical space. The impact of our tangible communities of innovation remains pertinent and essential for economic development growth which requires stakeholder and community engagement. Our inclusive panel of placemaking trailblazers will guide us through discussions on these and other way finding considerations:

  • Does my current real estate strategy address the future needs of my park and community?
  • How should I think about repurposing space?
  • What strategies should be considered to provide affordable workforce housing?
  • How do I get my next building built?
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM   7th Inning Stretch sponsored by 
2:20 PM - 2:30 PM Wrap-up of Day 1   |   Final Discussion & Questions

Thursday, April 15, 2021

At your own pace

Virtual Race for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Half-Marathon

This year, participate in our month long virtual half-marathon for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Whether meditating, engaging virtually with colleagues, or listening to your favorite podcast, take a journey outdoors, being mindful of your body and surroundings to ground your being and prepare for the day ahead. Proceeds will establish a scholarship fund for student registration to AURP events. Register online and upload your stats to the AURP team BEFORE April 29th.

12:00 PM - 2:30 pm

Spring Training 2021   |   Module 2

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM  Informal Lunch Groups
GrubHub Lunch sponsored by 
Grab your lunch and log into Zoom to network with peers before the day ahead!
Groups/breakout rooms have been pre-assigned before the session and will be your 'think tank'. Join this group today as our facilitator offers up discussion questions on you April 8 session on beyond real estate: the ecosystem of place. Even if you weren't able to attend this April 8 module, plan to participate in this discussion for key takeaways to advance your knowledge economy.
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

MODULE 2
SMART CITY TECHNOLOGY IN INNOVATION DISTRICTS
What you need and what you need to know... 

Ivo Rook, Internet of Things Pioneer
Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Chief Information and Digital Health Officer, UC Davis Health
Alex Aharonov, Business Development Executive, Siemens Venture Arm - Next47
Steve Zoegall, Director - Global Cities, Transport & Infrastructure, Accenture
Andrew Jimenez, VP of Technology, Communications Cabling and Security Solutions, WECO Anixter
Rose Chen, Head of Innovation Investments & Partnerships, WESCO Distribution
Darryl Elliot, Special Agent, FBI
Nathaniel Le, Supervisor Special Agent, FBI Sacramento Field Office, Cybercrime & Digital Forensics
Jang Lee, Cyber Analyst, FBI Headquarters
Mark Romney, Chief Industry Alliance Officer, Aggie Square-University of California, Davis

Our ‘A’ list assembly will navigate the evolution of the “Smart City” designation, technology deployment and adoption within municipalities plus special guests from the FBI will share their role and resources available in protecting this proprietary innovation concentration. Case studies will be emphasized from supply chain and healthcare applications, smart building technologies and pollution monitoring in addition to examples of vulnerabilities in protecting data. Before breaking for small group discussions, the panelists will share the future of Smart Innovation Districts with new technologies, infrastructure pathways, innovative supply chain models, smart building environments and preventive measures. Some questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the essential ingredients that need to be in every Smart City?
  • What are barriers do we see (security, FDA)?
  • What is the role of Innovation Districts in convergence and as a catalyst for creation of Smart Cities?
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM 7th Inning Stretch with Our AURP Sponsor
2:20 PM - 2:30 PM  Wrap-up of Day 2   |   Final Discussion & Questions

Thursday, April 22, 2021

At your own pace Virtual Race for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Half-Marathon
Whether meditating, engaging virtually with colleagues, or listening to your favorite podcast, take a journey outdoors, being mindful of your body and surroundings to ground your being and prepare for the day ahead.
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM  Spring Training 2021   |   Module 3
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Informal Lunch Groups
Log into Zoom and talk with your peers on the topic for today. 
Groups/breakout rooms have been pre-assigned before the session and be your 'think tank'. Join this group today as our facilitator offers up discussion questions on your April 15 session on smart city technology in innovation districts. Even if you weren't able to attend this April 15 module, plan to participate in this discussion for key takeaways to advance your knowledge economy.
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

MODULE 3
BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES OF INNOVATION: ESSENTIAL DEI STRATEGIES

Andrea Batista Schleshinger, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, HR&A Advisors
Danya PerryDirector of Equitable Economic Development, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca Motley, MBA, Incubator Manager, University of Illinois Research Park
Lori Gold Patterson, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, PixoVIN; Board Director, Delta Dental of Illinois and Hickory Point Break
Ray Trapp, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Research Triangle Park of NC
Leah Burton
, President, AURP; Director of Centennial Campus Partnership Office, NC State University

We all know that the implementation of effective DEI strategies isn't just the right thing to do, it's a business imperative. So how are some of the nation's most innovative communities tackling these important issues? During this session we will explore:

  • Frameworks for delivering resources that move the needle toward equitable opportunities
  • Programming to create high-impact DEI strategies
  • Measurable outcomes for benchmarking progress
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM

7th Inning Stretch with Our AURP Sponsor

2:20 PM - 2:30 PM

Wrap-up of Day 3  |   Final Discussion & Questions


Thursday, April 29, 2021

At your own pace Virtual Race for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Half-Marathon
Whether meditating, engaging virtually with colleagues, or listening to your favorite podcast, take a journey outdoors, being mindful of your body and surroundings to ground your being and prepare for the day ahead.
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Spring Training 2021   |   Module 4
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Informal Lunch Groups
Grab some lunch and chat with your colleagues for the final day of Spring Training!
Groups/breakout rooms have been pre-assigned before the session and be your 'think tank'. Join this group today as our facilitator offers up discussion questions on your April 22 session on building inclusive communities of innovation: essential DEI strategies. Even if you weren't able to attend this April 22 module, plan to participate in this discussion for key takeaways to advance your knowledge economy.

12:30 PM - 2:15 PM

MODULE 4
Accelerating Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Lessons from MIT REAP and other Regional Entrepreneurship Programs

Scott Stern, PhD, David Sarnoff Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Travis Hunter, Director, 
MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program
Laura Frerichs, Executive Director, University of Illinois Research Park at Urbana-Champaign

Anchor institutions--including research universities, federal laboratories and hospital systems--are critical factors in developing place-based communities of innovation. These innovation experts will lead discussion on key factors in thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems, essential programs most effective in convening stakeholders and methods to support entrepreneurs and enhance the presence of risk capital. Through this module:

  • Ascertain how to deploy, leverage, and cultivate your regional assets
  • Build bridges internally and externally to drive regional innovation strategies
  • Exchange ideas on best practices
  • Cultivate a global community of institutions and individuals interested in ecosystem development
2:15 PM - 2:20 PM 7th Inning Stretch with Our AURP Sponsor
2:20 PM - 2:30 PM 

Wrap-up of Day 4  |   Final Discussion & Questions

Results of the Innovation Race!
Stay connected for your chance to earn prizes and gain fame at the Innovation Race!