This breakfast is designed to bring together the entrepreneurial community of W&M alumni in the Philadelphia area for networking and a discussion on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in business and careers facilitated by W&M alumni Karen Griffith Gryga ‘87 and Stephen S. Tang ’82. Bring your business cards and join us for conversation, camaraderie and networking among W&M alumni.
Cost: $10 (includes breakfast)
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 9:00 AM – Discussion
9:00 – 9:30 AM – Networking
Karen Griffith Gryga '87 is an experienced venture capitalist, investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup and emerging growth company experience. Karen is Chief Investment Officer for DreamIt. Karen is also co-founder of Dreamit Health and founder of the DreamIt Athena program which focuses on female founders. DreamIt is a leading technology accelerator for entrepreneurs which has worked with and launched close to 300 companies since 2008 including SeatGeek, HouseParty, LevelUp, Biomeme, Biobots, Parsely, MindSnacks and Adaptly.
Steve Tang '82 became President and CEO of the University City Science Center, the nation’s oldest and largest urban research park, in 2008. Dr. Tang is the first president in the Science Center’s history to have not only led a company through venture funding and an initial public offering, but to also serve as a senior executive with a large life sciences company as it acquired and integrated smaller start-ups. In September 2016, Dr. Tang was re-appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) and now serves as NACIE co-chair through 2018. NACIE members offer recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for policies and programs designed to make U.S. communities, businesses, and the workforce more globally competitive. Previously, Tang served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Innovation Advisory Board. Dr. Tang also serves on several statewide, regional and local Boards of Directors. Along with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, he co-chairs the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, which bridges the gap between government and the private sector. Dr. Tang also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of OraSure Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: OSUR), a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of diagnostics and collection devices designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Dr. Tang earned a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.