Wilkes-Barre

Connect

Conference 2019

From Coal Region to Hub of Innovation

What

WB Connect Conference 2019

When

November 17th to November 19th

Where

Woodlands Inn & Resort Wilkes-Barre, PA 

Contact Us

To learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch

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NOV 17TH-19TH

WILKES-BARRE

The Event

The three-day event showcased the transformation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, into a hub of innovation, relying on creative storytelling and presentations from the region’s best students, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and young professionals shaping our region. Check out a video produced by DiscoverNEPA that highlights some of the early action from Day One of the Conference.

 
 

Abby is a partner and creative director at The Superfan Company, a fan engagement agency focused on creating one-of-a-kind products, programs and strategies for entertainers, brands, and celebrities. Her design & creative direction has been seen in retail locations such as Target & Cracker Barrel, with MLB teams, at music festivals around the world, and in the hands of superfans who obsess over Shawn Mendes, Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry and Jimmy Buffett.

The Speakers

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Featured Speakers

Ashleigh Axios

Creative Director, Obama White House

Ashleigh is an AIGA national board member, the co-creator of DotGovDesign—an initiative connecting and empowering government designers, and an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change. Axios led Automattic’s in-house creative agency for marketing, communications, and brand identity solutions. Prior to her role at Automattic, Axios served as the creative director and a digital strategist at the Obama White House.

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Ced Funches

Co-Founder, Schooold

Ced started his career in the NBA working as an art director and graphic designer for the Minnesota Timberwolves. A driven entrepreneur, Ced has founded five companies, the first at age 19. He has continued to lead design teams, create socially driven ventures, collaborate, and build creative solutions at a some of the world’s best companies. Ced's latest venture is Schooold - a passionate and strategic approach to addressing financial literacy in our communities.

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Dr. Alexander Dale

Senior Officer, MIT Solve

Dale is the Senior Officer for Solve’s Sustainability pillar, where he supports myriad people and organizations passionate about tackling food, energy, water, and climate challenges. He has an academic background in the life-cycle impacts of energy and water infrastructure, and a professional background in environmental policy, engineering education, and nonprofit management. He is a relentless pragmatic optimist - sees the world as it is, and believes that the future can be better if we roll up our sleeves and work. 

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Julie Anixter

Enterprise Design, Maga Design Inc.

Julie Anixter is an author, speaker, designer and educator committed to positive change for organizations an and individuals through design, branding and innovation.  Prior to serving as the Enterprise Design Principal at Maga Design, Julie Founded Ensemble.Works; Co-Founded Innovation Excellence; and the Executive Director of AIGA - the professional association for design.  Julie is recognized as one of the best in her field, acting as a highly creative and results-oriented innovator.  

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Abby Downing

Creative Director, Superfan Company

Abby is a partner and creative director at The Superfan Company, a fan engagement agency focused on creating one-of-a-kind products, programs and strategies for entertainers, brands, and celebrities. Her design & creative direction has been seen in retail locations such as Target & Cracker Barrel, with MLB teams, at music festivals around the world, and in the hands of superfans who obsess over Shawn Mendes, Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry and Jimmy Buffett.

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Victoria Stephen

Director of Mailing Services, USPS

Vicki is a visionary innovation director combining engineering and entrepreneurial skill sets, with track record of developing and launching new products that have transformed the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and positioned it as technology and business leader.  Vicki is a dynamic team leader with experience cultivating creative problem-solving in diverse, interdisciplinary teams of engineers, marketing specialists, designers, and sales team members

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The Connect Avengers

Gerard Durling

Independent Wrestling

Nicole Farber

ENX2 Marketing

Ryan Hertel

Socialocca

Kris Jones

Special Guest App

Helen Lavelle

Lavelle Strategy Group

Chris Nash

LSEO

Holly Pilcavage

Coal Creative

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Track Speakers

 

The Agenda

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

Welcome Cocktail Reception

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250

DAYS
SPEAKERS
PARTICIPANTS

The Venue

Woodlands Inn & Resort

Route 315

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

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The Woodlands is the area’s premier conference and event location with a contemporary setting offering over 12,000 square feet of meeting space in an array of room sizes and layouts. A special conference rate is being offered by the Woodlands Inn & Resort, for the length of the conference (Sunday-Tuesday).  Please contact the WB Connect staff for more details.

 
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH

Panel: The Connect Avengers

Ashleigh Axios, Obama Whitehouse

Ced Funches, Schooold

Dr. Alexander Dale, MIT Solve

Panel: Women Leading Innovation

America250 DEIC Finals - LIVE!

Panel: Diversity Shaping our Future

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