Thank you for joining us for a beautiful evening
Innovation Can’t Wait"
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 @ 6:00 P.M.
THE UNION LEAGUE OF PHILADELPHIA
FOOD | DRINK | ENTERTAINMENT | AWARDS
Presented by the Arthur J. & Sandra K. Mattia Foundation
to benefit The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University
Innovation Can’t Wait was a celebration of student entrepreneurship at The Union League of Philadelphia. This exciting program, featured a talk and performance by Jon Dorenbos, supported our wonderful students who are developing new ideas, initiatives and businesses that are making the world a better place. Funds raised will be used for entrepreneurship programming such as the Entrepreneurship Co-op where the Charles D. Close School provides student startups with office space and $15,000 to fund their business. Each guest received a copy of Jon’s memoir, Life is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery.
THE ARTHUR J. & SANDRA K. MATTIA FOUNDATION
The Arthur J. & Sandra K. Mattia Foundation supports innovations created by students that make a positive impact. The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is honored that the Foundation is supporting young Drexel University entrepreneurs to spark the next generation of innovators.
THE CHARLES D. CLOSE SCHOOL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is the nation’s first independent school of entrepreneurship that offers degrees, unique courses and experiential programming to enhance the entrepreneurial mindset of students – for their life and career. We provide students with personalized coaching for their startups, space, mentors, connections and other resources. More importantly, we offer courses and programming to develop their entrepreneurial character – the resilience, initiative, creativity and curiosity that comprise the hallmark of an entrepreneur.
THE UNION LEAGUE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Union League of Philadelphia, ranked the #1 City Club in the Country, is a shining jewel of history in a city defined by such treasures. Founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln, The Union League of Philadelphia laid the philosophical foundation of other Union Leagues across a nation torn by civil war. The League has hosted US presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and has proudly supported the American military in each conflict since the Civil War. The Union League continues to be driven by its motto, Amor Patriae Ducit or Love of Country Leads. For more information about The Union League such as parking and dress code, please visit their website.
Known for his contagious energy and his passion for life, former Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and America’s Got Talent finalist Jon Dorenbos weaves his inspirational story with world-class magic and comedy that has made him a regular on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF JON'S BOOK
Each guest will received a copy of Life is Magic: My Inspiring Journey from Tragedy to Self-Discovery. In his new memoir, Dorenbos draws a road map for how to shut that voice up by choosing happiness. At his darkest times, he writes, he’s learned lessons of love, forgiveness, and perseverance. His story is poignant and powerful, told by a charismatic and optimistic man who has overcome life-or-death challenges with grace, persistence, a childlike sense of wonder… and jaw-dropping card tricks.
These Drexel graduates have enacted change through innovation and have used an entrepreneurial mindset to solve seemingly impossible problems. Hear their incredible stories of entrepreneurship during the ceremony. Their stories are all different; but their passion, resilience and ambition are all shared traits.
Evan is the CEO of Sharing Excess, a non-profit that uses leftover food to feed those who need it. Ehlers was awarded Drexel’s 2019 Outstanding Student Award and the 2019 Co-op Achievement Award.
Dorenbos is a former professional football player, a celebrated magician, and a sought after motivational speaker. A special teams long snapper, he played fourteen seasons in the NFL, In his parallel career as a magician, he was a finalist on America’s Got Talent and appears frequently on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
- Donna De Carolis
- AJ Mattia