Election Results 2020: What could go wrong, and how do we know if it did?

Election Results 2020: What could go wrong, and how do we know if it did?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 @ 5:30pm PST (1.5 hours)

Meeting details will be provided upon registration. Program is complimentary.



An election like no other: social media, “fake news,” Russian meddling, cyber hacking, defunding the Post Office, unprecedented vote by mail, outdated election equipment, a global pandemic, growing civil unrest and a divided country with 50 unique sets of election law.

Will technology solve the challenges this election faces, or will it exacerbate the risk and uncertainty? On October 13th, tune in to hear from Thomas Hicks, US Elections Assistance Commissioner, Lori Contorer, election security expert and founder of leading election innovation company Everyone Counts, and Shannon Bond, Tech Correspondent at NPR, as they share their insights, analysis and what to look for when polls open and the results begin to come in…


Commissioner Thomas Hicks

Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). He has served as chairman of the commission for two terms.

Commissioner Hicks has focused his efforts on voter access. Under his leadership, the EAC developed a pocket-sized voter card that serves as a guide on voting rights for voters with disabilities. The card is provided in both Braille and large print. The EAC has worked with advocacy groups and election officials to distribute the card.

In addition, Mr. Hicks has addressed the difficulties overseas voters have when requesting and returning their ballots, such as dealing with foreign IP addresses and issues with timely ballot delivery. He worked with key states to set up a help desk. Now, overseas voters receive an email response directing them to the help desk to obtain their ballots.

He serves as the designated federal officer for the Board of Advisors.

Mr. Hicks is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and overseas on issues such as voter access and cybersecurity.

Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Hicks served as a senior elections counsel and minority elections counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, a position he held from 2003 to 2014. In this role, Mr. Hicks was responsible for issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Election Commission. His primary responsibility was advising and providing guidance to the committee members and caucus on election issues. Mr. Hicks has talked with Americans in every state about their voting experiences. In addition, he has worked with state and local election officials across America to address critical election concerns.

Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Hicks served as a senior lobbyist and policy analyst from 2001 to 2003 for Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Mr. Hicks has enjoyed working with state and local election officials, civil rights organizations and all other stakeholders to improve the voting process.

Mr. Hicks served from 1993 to 2001 in the Clinton administration as a special assistant and legislative assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. He served as agency liaison to the United State Congress and the president’s administration on matters regarding federal personnel policies and regulations.

Mr. Hicks received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and his B.A. in Government from Clark University (Worcester, MA). He also studied at the University of London (London, England) and law at the University of Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia).




Lori Contorer is an accomplished global technology company founder, CEO, board Chair, and nonprofit leader; and a finance, digital transformation and leadership expert. As founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Everyone Counts, Inc. for more than a decade, Lori Steele Contorer pioneered the use of modern technology in government and private elections globally, bringing state of the art security and accessibility to voting for states in the US, countries around the globe and private organizations including the Oscars and the Emmys. Her visionary leadership in business, innovation and elections has been recognized with myriad awards, including Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.

CEO of Thriving Blue Dot, Lori inspires and helps drive effective organizational growth and industry transformation through board leadership and governance, consultancy and public speaking.

A cancer survivor and enthusiastic outdoor adventurer, Lori is a certified sailboat pilot and former heli-skier who recently completed the Tour de Mont Blanc, a three-country, 170 km mountain hike including 30 km of ascent. An Ohio native and long-time San Diegan, she travels internationally frequently, but treasures every moment at home in La Jolla cooking with her husband, laughing with family and friends, singing, and thinking hard about the best ways to help solve some of the enormous challenges facing humanity today.


Shannon Bond, Tech Correspondent, NPR

Shannon Bond is a business correspondent at NPR, covering technology and how Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are transforming how we live, work and communicate.

Bond joined NPR in September 2019. She previously spent 11 years as a reporter and editor at the Financial Times in New York and San Francisco. At the FT, she covered subjects ranging from the media, beverage and tobacco industries to the Occupy Wall Street protests, student debt, New York City politics and emerging markets. She also co-hosted the FT’s award-winning podcast, Alphachat, about business and economics.

Bond has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Columbia University. She grew up in Washington, D.C., but is enjoying life as a transplant to the West Coast.


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MIT Enterprise Forum-San Diego Chapter

The Future of Rapid Disinfection, Pandemic & Beyond


The Future of Rapid Disinfection, Pandemic & Beyond

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 @ 5:30pm PST (1.5 hours)



The majority of the discussion about “a new normal” from the pandemic has been dominated by the race for a vaccine and the availability of cost-effective, high volume, rapid testing.  A less discussed dimension is the development of novel technologies for disinfection, both of static object and surface cleansing, but also about commercial air purification applications.

Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego as we host an exciting virtual discussion on September 30th with RESONŌ’s founder and CEO, Hao Hu, and COO, Kaha Aznaurashvili. RESONŌ is a start-up tackling this challenge working at the convergence of virology and physics.

In initial studies, RESONŌ’s foundational technology has been shown superior to ultra-violet light purification methods and others presently used and can be applied not only to the COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges, but seasonal viruses as well.

Topics certain to be discussed:

  • How the technology uniquely attacks and neutralizes viral pathogens
  • How broad are the company’s Intellectual Property claims and its IP protection strategy
  • Regulatory approvals necessary and challenges encountered
  • Various product strategies evaluated and the ultimate business model chosen

And, if we are fortunate, RESONŌ may share some of its latest experimental data (for those who are into that) that help bolster their claim to deliver the most effective, safest, and fastest methods to disinfect air and surfaces.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego is excited to host this timely, powerful, and intriguing discussion.  Please join us on September 30th at 5:30pm PST. Meeting info provided upon registration.



Hao Hu, Founder and CEO of RESONŌ

Hao Hu is the founder and CEO of RESONŌ with 15+ years of experience in technology development and operations. Previously, he was the Head of Operations at Jersey Microwave SATCOM, consultant with Boston Consulting Group and engineer at the Boeing Company. He has lead team across multiple disciplines including product development, manufacturing/ops and business development. As a member of the executive team at Jersey Microwave, Hao helped the company achieve market leading position in satellite communication market and led the company through a period of sustained high growth.

Hao holds a BS in Material Science and a ME in Supply Chain Management from MIT.


Kaha Aznaurashvili, COO of RESONŌ

Kaha is the co-founder and COO of RESONŌ. He brings to the team 10+ years of experience in starting, scaling up and expanding technology businesses in both B2B and B2C segment. He is currently focused on developing a scalable solution that meets customer needs utilizing RESONŌ’s patent pending technology.

Kaha’s previous roles include principle at The Boston Consulting Group, and a co-founder of two successfully exited companies (in supply-chain services and e-commerce fields). Most recently, Kaha worked on the expansion of Bolt OU, a European ride-haling and food-delivery company. Kaha holds BA in business administration and MBA from Kellogg School of Management.



Ben Anger, Partner at Knobbe Martens

Chapter Executive Committee, MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego

Ben Anger is a partner at the law firm Knobbe Martens where he has been practicing intellectual property law since joining the firm in 2009. His law practice focuses primarily on IP litigation, including patent disputes involving medical device technologies, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Ben has been named a “San Diego Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and has been named to San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list.

In 2019, Ben joined the Chapter Executive Committee for the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego. He earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary and his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah.  Ben and his wife Denise live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo with their four children. *They are hopeful that RESONŌ’s technology can help get their kids back to school very soon.



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Virtual Happy Hour!

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 @ 5:30pm PST (1 hour)

Join us for a virtual happy hour to meet the Chapter Executive Committee, hear about our exciting Fall program lineup, and review the new format for delivering this timely and relevant content. Unfortunately, the drinks are virtual as well, at least for now.

Registration is complimentary. Be sure to complete this registration form to receive meeting details along with a surprise from The French Gourmet. You won’t want to miss it!

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The Chapter Executive Committee & Advisory Board
MIT Enterprise Forum-San Diego Chapter

EDNA.life Case Study…at the convergence of Block-Chain and Whole Genome Sequencing.


EDNA.life Case Study…at the convergence of Block-Chain and Whole Genome Sequencing.

May 5th, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT


**Complimentary to All**

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Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego for a start-up case study right out of 60 Minutes!  EDNA.life is a Direct-To-Consumer Genomics company that works at the convergence of Whole Genome Sequencing and Block-Chain technology…with a novel cryptocurrency concept thrown in for good measure! Founder and Technology Entrepreneur, Greg Simpson, will present his vision to enable consumer donors to retain control of their genomic information…either to donate to a cause of their own choosing or being personally compensated for it rather than what may be happening now.

BONUS FEATURE:  Greg has agreed to stay on after the formal event for 30 minutes to entertain any general questions from the audience on Block-Chain and cryptocurrency.  You know you have them, and you know others have as well!  From the very basic to the more complicated, Greg has been involved in block-chain science for greater than 10 years, so you will get a straight answer.  Because he is simply that kind of a guy.

Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego on May 5th at 4:00 PM for what will certainly prove to be an intriguing discussion!



Joseph Carangelo, President and Chapter Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego

Joe Carangelo is the current President and Chapter Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of San Diego. His 30-year career has spanned across Management Consulting, Molecular Diagnostics, mobile Health, and most recently Renewable Energy, holding influential roles in Corporate Strategy, Strategic Marketing, and Innovation Business Development at San Diego flagship companies such as Hybritech, Gen-Probe, Great Call, and Baker Home Energy during their high growth and transformative years. He is on the Technology Assessment Committee of the Southern California Energy Innovation Network, where he advises and mentors start-ups through the Program, as well as contributing to Advisory Boards for both private companies and non-profits. Joe has an MBA in Strategy and Innovation from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from THE Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson, Founder, EDNA

As a serial entrepreneur and former Senior Principal Engineer at Oracle, Greg’s eclectic career has ranged from nuclear weapon and satellite communication systems though enterprise resource planning software architecture and SWAT-Team leadership for the fortune 100s critical systems. Fast-forward to today where his fascination with the rapidly exploding technologies of both genetics and blockchain provide in his words “… the perfect vehicle to allow us to make a legitimate difference”.


Kimberley Normoyle, Principal, ExecHQ Alliance

Kimberley Normoyle is a registered CPA in Vancouver,Canada with over 11 years of experience in accounting advocacy, inclusive of technology, engineering, and property development, with a special focus on Clean Tech and

Renewable Energy.  She supports businesses internationally to add value and improve an organization’s operations by attaining financing through private High Net-Worth and Ultra High Net-Worth Investors and Lenders. Kimberley works with companies at various stages of financin

g starting from Seed Funding and above all while connecting professionals from various businesses with her network of more than 14,000 people and growing. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Instagram to learn more!


Michael Stocum,

Michael Stocum, MS, President and Founder, Personalized Medicine Partners, LLC

Michael is the founding and past chair of the Personalized Medicine Division of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and has been dedicated to advancing the field of Personalized Medicine. He has also served or is currently serving on several Company Boards and is a frequent guest lecturer on Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NCSU as well as other local universities.

In 2004 Michael founded Personalized Medicine Partners (PMP) to provide global strategic business and operational capabilities for biopharmaceutical, diagnostic and research/clinical services companies, specializing in product development and commercialization of integrated therapeutic and biomarker/companion diagnostic programs.  In his industry career, Michael has impacted products across several therapeutic areas, holding corporate roles in pharmaceuticals with GlaxoWellcome/GSK, biologics at Organon (now Merck) and molecular diagnostics at Organon Teknika (now bioMerieux).

Michael has earned dual B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology from North Carolina State University (NCSU), with a minor in Genetics and a Masters in Biotech Management.


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Navigating the Choppy Waters of Post Covid-19 University Education

June 16th, 2021


Meeting info provided upon registration.

The Covid pandemic/lockdown has rocked the university ship, emptying out classrooms, and expanding online usage for instruction and administration. Is this all an opportunity to revise strategies for instruction, finance, and management?  How will universities either recover or adapt? Will online education dominate the new business model? Will the university lead, follow, or resist the anticipated resumption of social contact? How much has online education changed the business model?

What is the new landscape for the universities based on the recent changes in our health concerns and business realities?

  • Is the vision different from an administrator or a professor?
  • Is there new thinking about which situations really necessitate in-person communication and which that can be served adequately online?
  • Is education facing more changes?

Is there now to be more online content (now that more people have been forced into it)?

  • Did COVID reset in each school’s strategy of using Zoom and similar technology; and in their strategy of deploying online learning in general?
  • Can online technology and software be deployed and adapted to increase the quality of or efficiency of teaching over the pre-COVID standards?
  • How do students who study online differ from the hiring perspective?

Is there to be a push for economizing on classroom space and personnel costs so that tuition can be lowered?

  • Is there to be a change in assessing the costs of …
  • Infrastructure and real estate and personnel ?
  • Tuition and financing (Will the pressure on lower tuition change the look and feel of campus and/or K-12 education?)


Dr. Barry Schwartz


Dr. Barry Schwartz, Department of Credentialing, National University

Barry Schwartz has been involved in biomedical research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and college administration. His research involves functional brain mapping using MEG (Magnetoencephalography) and was carried out at New York University and at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla as a Senior Scientist with a local biotech firm that manufactured the MEG devices.  He has more than thirty research publications in neuroscience and medical journals, using MEG to aid in surgical planni

ng for brain tumors and epilepsy, and stroke. One project assayed neural plasticity in amputees (collaborating with Dr. V Ramachandran of UCSD), and was published in the Journal Nature.  Dr. Schwartz has served as Vice President of Business Development at another biotech firm, Tristan Technologies, in San Diego.

In addition to his research, Dr. Schwartz taught courses in psychology and scientific methodology as an adjunct instructor at several colleges (University of Phoenix, Chapman, Brandman, and National University).  He then moved to academic administration as Associate Dean of the San Diego campus of ITT Technical Institute.  He currently works at National University in teacher credentialing and has recently initiated a collaborative research study with UCSD to use MEG for mapping permanent changes in brain function following a rapid reading improvement protocol known as the Universal Reading Method®.

Dr. Schwartz earned bachelor’s’ degrees from MIT in Humanities & Science and in Business Management, and a Ph.D. from New York University in Experimental Psychology (Neuroscience).


Brad DamonBrad Damon, Associate Dean Accreditation and Assessment ; Associate Professor, Brandman University
Brad Damon is Associate Dean of Accreditation and Assessment, and Associate Professor in the School of Education at Brandman University. In his current role, Brad works to ensure all programs leading towards licensure to work in a California public K-12 school meet the most current standards and regulations set forth by the state. He is a Board Institutional Reviewer and Accreditation Site Team Lead for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and has served on numerous accreditation teams.

Prior to joining Brandman, Brad spent 23 years at National University where his focus on excellence and team building enabled him to rise to key leadership roles across four areas: Academics, University Operations, Admissions, and Enrollment Management. Brad is certified in: Law and Higher Education Policy from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and Strategic Workforce Planning from the Human Capital Institute (HCI).

Brad holds a BA in Behavioral Science; MBA; MA Counseling Psychology; and is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at City University of Seattle.

Vincent NijsDr. Vincent R. Nijs, Associate Professor of Marketing, Rady School of Management, UCSD
Nijs’ research focuses on the effectiveness of marketing actions. Current studies address issues such as promotion and advertising impact, competitive retaliation, category captains, category management, pass-through of trade-promotions, and price rigidity.

Prior to Rady, Dr. Nijs was an assistant professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. At Kellogg, he served as the McManus Research Professor, won the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in an elective course, and was recognized by the Marketing Science Institute as part of its Young Scholars program. At Rady Nijs was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Full-Time MBA Class of 2012.

Nijs holds a master’s degree in marketing research from the University of Groningen and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Leuven. He won the John D. C. Little Award in 2001 and Frank M. Bass Award in 2002 for the paper “The Category Demand Effects of Price Promotions,” published in Marketing Science.