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Meet the 30+ leaders bringing company-building lessons at’s Introduced conference

These entrepreneurs and HR pros will share a hybrid stage for the May 12 event during the 12th annual Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast.

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Editor's note: Some sessions and speakers listed here may change before the event.
Invest in your development while impacting your company culture.’s Introduced conference returns next Thursday, May 12, for peer-learning and insights on building better companies. This year features a hybrid format — dive into pre-recorded conversations that are important for your work and then join in person for interactive, small-group discussions.

This year, conference attendees get special early access to the return of our Signature Event, a networking event with interactive technology that will take place on the beautiful rooftop Cira Green park with gorgeous views of the Philadelphia skyline. Expect locally built video games, robotics and makerspace surprises, and we’ll be streaming live games on the 58-foot Cira Green screen. Attendees will come from across’s community, though we’re proudly part of the 12th annual Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast.

Register for's Introduced Conference

This year’s Introduced format is immersive and focused on unblocking you from whatever team growing and company building challenges you have right now. Pre-recorded sessions on building and growing a team will be included with registration. Check out what’s most relevant and important to your work. Then, come ready to discuss your biggest challenges with peers and experts. The in-person program on May 12 will feature interactive small-group sessions, including topic-based breakouts and facilitated “hot seat” discussions for attendees to dig into their specific programs.

We thank the Introduced and Signature Event sponsors: Comcast, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Gola Corporate Real Estate, Inc., Health Union, Innovation Space, Morgan Lewis, Penn Center for Innovation, Pennovation Works, Saul Ewing, University City Science Center, University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Technology Project. Neither event would be possible without their support. Connect with these ecosystem builders on May 12.

Take a look at the programming below:


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Pre-recorded conversations focused on building better companies (listen in when your schedule allows)

  • Keynote: Slack VP on proximity bias and moreSheela Subramanian, Future Forum VP, Slack
  • How do you team-build at a unicorn? A conversationTristan Handy, CEO, dbt Labs
  • Startup founders: How to pick the right acceleratorJenna Kurath, VP of startup partnerships, Comcast NBCUniversal SportsTech and Luke Butler, executive director of startup engagement, Comcast NBCUniversal
  • What is the future of inclusive entrepreneurship?Stacy Cline, director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, GoDaddy
  • Will the startup revival last?Victor Hwang, founder, Right to Start; former VP of entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation
  • What “candidate resentment” teaches about candidate experienceKevin W. Grossman, president, Talent Board HR
  • How to maintain collaboration as your company scalesKweli Washington, COO,
  • JobsOhio: An economic case studyJ.P. Nauseef, president, and Kristi Clouse, senior program manager for talent, JobsOhio
  • Comcast’s role in our hometowns and how they support communities — Bret Perkins, SVP of external and government affairs, Comcast
  • What to do about bad Glassdoor reviews?Megan Huey, head of people, Priovant Therapeutics
  • What is an employee value proposition? Marc Coleman, president, Tactile Group
  • Everything you’re getting wrong about flexible workAlex Hillman, founder, Indy Hall
  • What workplace flexibility means nowJess Podgajny, founder and CEO, Lluna
  • Make virtual meetings suck lessKarin Cline, CEO, Speaker Dynamics
  • What changes after 50 employees?Timothy Durbin, associate for executive compensation, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • How to quantify innovation inside your companyDan Toma, author, “Innovation Accounting
  • Why aren’t there more Black tech entrepreneurs?Lakisha Greenwade, founder, Wearable Tech Ventures
  • The economic boom of small-scale manufacturing Ilana Preuss, founder and CEO, Recast City

Welcome to Introduced (1 p.m. ET)

  • Remarks by Christopher Wink, CEO

In-person small-group breakout discussions (1:30 p.m. ET)

  • Ways recruiting is changing Mandy Poling, VP of people, Crossbeam
  • What changes at 50 employees? — Timothy Durbin, associate for executive compensation, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Talia Edmundson, founder and principal, HRnB Consulting
  • What does local mean now?Omar Mencin, managing director of the IT Investment Group, Ben Franklin Technology Partners
  • Prioritizing workplace wellnessAnna Greenwald, CEO, On the Goga
  • Hiring during chaos and uncertaintyEverett Reiss, cofounder,
  • Finding diverse tech talent in Philadelphia Shana Savage, executive director of IT apprenticeships, School District of Philadelphia and Urban Technology Project
  • Engaging with tech talent nowAllyson McDougal, cofounder and COO, WorkChew

Networking break (2:30 p.m. ET)

In-person facilitated mastermind sessions around your current, real-world challenges (3 p.m. ET)

  • Nancy Adams, chief people officer, CenTrak
  • Dara Noble, director of social and digital marketing, 143 Studios/Mel Robbins Productions
  • Anthony Vaughan, founder and CEO, E1B2 Collective
  • Lindsey Wade, director of HR, Comoto (RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, Rever)
  • Beth Allen, senior director of talent acquisition, Spencer’s and Spirit Halloween
  • Melinda F. Emerson, president, SmallBizLady Enterprises
  • Alex Hillman, founder, Indy Hall
  • Everett Reiss, co-founder,
  • Talia Edmundson, founder and principal, HRnB Consulting

VIP happy hour (4:30 p.m. ET)

Join us on the Cira Green rooftop for cocktails and connections!

Signature Event (5 p.m. ET)

  • Open bar of local beer and wine options
  • Heavy food options
  • Interactive technology, including gaming and robotics
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