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 is the Founder and CEO of Innovatyr, LLC a business and research development consulting firm. Nona previously served as Chief of the Strategic Partnerships Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She directed a team of scientists, engineers, and marketing professionals in managing technology transfer, commercialization, small business research, and global partnership initiatives. Nona established the monthly New Technology Assessment Review and Annual New Technology Reporting Program to recognize inventors, launched the NASA Goddard Tech Transfer quarterly magazine, and contributed to NASA‘s annual Spinoff magazine. She led the way for government and non-profit organizations successful participation in intellectual property auctions. She worked with state and local government technology and economic development boards offering her expertise in technology commercialization. She formed a partnership with HASBRO to create the NASA Goddard Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). The OPSPARC is designed for students to learn and present NASA spinoffs to the public.
Nona was an invited speaker at conferences, meetings, and universities on the topics of technology transfer and commercialization. She served as a member of the Association of Technology Transfer Managers, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) and currently Our Shades of Blue. She received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Award and Exceptional Service Medal, the FLC National and Mid-Atlantic Awards for “Outstanding Technology Transfer Professional,” and the National Women of Color STEM Award. Nona has a BS degree from the University of MD, College Park, MD and MBA from Loyola College, Baltimore, MD. She 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.