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Big + Small = Creating Strategic Partnerships

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Kevin Morgan
Washington DC Economic Partnership, Tech Sector Liason

Kevin Morgan is the tech sector liaison at the Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) helping tech executives successfully start, run, and scale their companies in the District of Columbia. In coordination with DC's Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Kevin engages with DC's tech companies and tech ecosystem players to build a thriving, diverse, and inclusive tech economy in the District.

Kevin is also the founder of The C-Suite, LLC, an executive advisory firm that combines lean startup methodologies, strategic management oversight, and operations process expertise to help tech executives successfully grow their organizations. Prior to that he was the COO of an internet architecture firm located in DC as well as a technical project manager at the US House of Representatives.

Kevin earned his M.S. in Foreign Service focusing on global finance and trade from Georgetown University and a B.S. in International Relations from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a concentration in IT Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Rick Robinson
AARP Innovation Labs, Vice President of Innovation

Digital media executive and successful startup founder creating magnetic customer experiences for the world's largest media companies and nimblest startups including BBS Magazine, Digital City, AOL, Time Warner, Webs.com, Sprint, YES 4G, Urgent.ly, National Geographic, Politico, AARP Innovation Labs. Also, former newspaper editor and current Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University, writer, skateboarder and United Nations speaker.

Nuala Burke
Walk With Path, Clinical Lead

Nuala Burke is the clinical lead at Walk With Path, a health tech start-up innovating smart wearables for mobility. She focuses on designing products for people with chronic conditions, building a strong evidence base through clinical and research collaboration, and patient engagement. Nuala's background is in improving independence in people as an Occupational Therapist and in public health at the World Health Organization to improve the sustainability of health care systems.

Rachel Francine
Musical Health Technologies and Futurist, CEO

Rachel Francine is a frequent speaker on innovation best practices, women in technology and music as medicine for such diverse organizations as the United Nations, the Professional Golfers Association and the American Society on Aging. Rachel began working in interactive technologies in 1996 as a member of the CitySearch.com new markets team and spent over 15 years converting brick-and-mortar products into scalable digital solutions for companies including Ticketmaster, Cars.com, Warner Brothers, The Dallas Morning News, CollegeStudent.com and Al Gore’s Current TV. Disappointed with the trajectory and goals of the commercial technology sector, in 2009 Rachel earned a masters degree in Futures Studies from the University of Houston with a focus on Transformational Economics in order to build organizations that produce quadruple bottom line results. Upon graduation, Rachel co-founded Musical Health Technologies whose award-winning product, SingFit PRIME, brings music as medicine to over 500 long-term care communities in 43 states. Rachel has been featured in publications including Forbes, Billboard and Fast Company.


Startups and big company collaborations can be beneficial for companies of all sized & stages. This can lead to capital for startups and accelerate innovation for Big companies. We'll discuss how to navigate these partnerships for ongoing success.

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