Join us for an exciting celebration of
entrepreneurship and innovation because…
"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
Purchase a ticket to RSVP. Deadline for program ads is November 14!
Innovation Can’t Wait is a celebration of student entrepreneurship at The Union League of Philadelphia. This exciting program, featuring a talk and performance by Jon Dorenbos, supports 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 will receive 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.
The Union League of Philadelphia has reserved 20 rooms on November 21 for guests who wish to stay the night after the evening’s performance and celebration.
- $205 for a standard room
- $255 for a suite
Please contact 215-587-5570 to reserve your room for the evening. When speaking with a representative, mention the Innovation Cant Wait Room Block. You may cancel a reservation up to 48 hours in advance.
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 receive 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.
Paris is the founder of Just Be Books, a children's book series for mental health. It includes an empowerment kit designed to help parents. "A Parent and Teacher's new favorite tool for mental health education."
Sheetal is the founder of Avoh Elixir, a superior antioxidant-rich ready-to-drink beverage made from avocado seeds. Their patented process extracts the nutrients from the seeds and makes the seeds compostable, helping reduce food waste.
- Donna De Carolis
- AJ Mattia