Charlie’s years of experience in the trenches of old media include working in advertising in New York at such media goliaths as BBDO Worldwide and Condé Nast, to producing sitcoms and dramas at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and Oscar-award winning indie production companies, to event management at the Sundance Film Festival.
In the Fall of 2016, Charlie launched Tech2025 to educate entrepreneurs and consumers on the next wave of disruptive, emerging technologies that are expected to drastically change our world in the next decade (AI, machine learning, driverless vehicles, IoT, blockchain, VR, etc.), through live-events and interactive workshops with industry experts. The mission of Tech2025 is to help entrepreneurs and the general public to understand and embrace emerging technologies.
Charlie’s philosophy: “Be fearless and unapologetic in the fierce pursuit of your goals and be just as passionate about helping people.”"
Nona Minnifield Cheeks
Nona Minnifield Cheeks recently retired from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. While there she served as Chief of the Strategic Partnerships Office. In that role she directed a diverse team of scientists, engineers, and business marketing professionals in carrying out assignments pertaining to technology transfer, Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR), and global partnership initiatives. Under Nona’s direction, strategies to determine advanced technology needs for the SBIR/STTR programs were developed, new technology disclosures were captured, catalogued, and prioritized to create market plans, patents, and license prospects. Additionally, Nona oversaw the implementation of unique strategies to target and negotiate optimum partnership alignments with industry, academia, and government agencies. For more than 25 years, Nona has been an invited speaker at global conferences and meetings on the topics of innovative partnerships, intellectual property management best practices, and novel technology transfer models.
Nona established the Goddard Annual New Technology Reporting Program to recognize innovators/inventors and companies that successfully commercialized NASA/Goddard technology, the NASA Goddard Tech Transfer magazine to highlight new technology discoveries and opportunities for technology licensing and partnering, the NASA/Goddard Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) to introduce children and the public to NASA Spinoffs, and the NASA Patent Innovation Entrepreneur Rapid Research (PIERR) program to seek quick, novel applications of NASA inventions. In addition, Nona was responsible for NASA Goddard taking the lead as a non-profit organization that successfully participated in an intellectual property auction. She has participated on state and local government technology based economic boards and technology business development panels sharing her expertise regarding the commercialization of technology.
Nona received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Award and NASA's Exceptional Service Medal. She was selected as a 2008 Women of Color All-Star by the National Women of Color (WOC) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She is also the recipient of the 2011 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Atlantic, and the 2011 FLC National “Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional Award.”
Nona earned her BS degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and her MBA from Loyola College, Baltimore, MD. She has also completed Executive Education programs at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL and Simmons College, Boston, MA.
Darren Skott currently serves as the Director of IT, Data Management at Uncommon Schools establishing the organization-wide vision and structure for the collection, warehousing, and management of student, academic and business operations data. Darren is also currently participating in the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Prior to joining Uncommon and the Broad Residency program in 2017, Darren was focused on Data Management in the Financial Services sector. He spent over ten years at S&P Global including two years as the Chief Data Officer in S&P Global Ratings. At S&P, he also held roles leading data governance and data operations functions that delivered on analytical capabilities and commercial opportunities. Darren earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from George Washington University and his master’s degree in business administration from New York University.