Sep 08, 2022 | 2 min read

Highlights from the Innovative Executives League Summit

By: Patrick Emmons

Highlights from the Innovative Executives League Summit

In addition to hosting Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Pat is also the founder of the Innovative Executives League, a group that connects visionary Chicago leaders. Earlier this year, the group held its first in-person Innovative Executives League Summit with an amazing slate of leaders sharing experiences and perspectives on innovation and leadership. Today’s episode pulls together highlights from three of the day’s presentations.

First up, Gale Wilkinson, Founder and Managing Partner of VITALIZE Venture Capital, shares insights on today’s trends in angel investing and venture capital. Next, Steve Rubinow, Director of the Institute for Professional Development at DePaul University’s Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, speaks to the increasing criticality of continuous learning. Finally, Ateet Adhikari, Chief Operating Officer of ShopRunner, talks about how teams innovate without losing focus.

We hope you enjoy these highlights. Be sure to check out the next Summit coming up on November 3rd at the OLC Education & Conference Center in Rosemont IL. You won’t want to miss it, so get your tickets early!

If you want to learn more about the Innovative Executives League, the events we host, or any of these innovative leaders, check out our LinkedIn page or visit our website for more information!

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About Patrick Emmons

If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support.

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