Lessons from a Positive Disruptor

featuring Anjali Kumar

Thursday, June 21, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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In the digital age, intellectual property is an increasingly integral and driving force in our economy.  Advances in technology are revolutionizing the way we do business, enabling innovators to thrive in The New Creative Economy. In 2016, an estimated 14.9 Million Americans nationwide earned roughly $5.9 billion in online revenue from their creative endeavors. Through social media and e-commerce, creative entrepreneurs have gained access to millions of consumers through internet advertising, direct sales, subscriptions, and brand sponsorship. The New Creative Advantage—how entrepreneurs and makers are advancing our region’s competitive advantage—is now online, and with new growth up ahead, businesses and entrepreneurs find themselves faced with unique opportunities to secure and strengthen our region’s economy.

The Arts + Business Council invites you to hear from Anjali Kumar, a former Google executive and the Founding General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand in the socially-conscious business space. Before this, Kumar was Senior Counsel at Google, where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to advertising technology to YouTube. She was Curator for the @Google speaker series, bringing Googlers around the globe face-to-face with some of today’s most prominent thinkers. Kumar shares lessons learned while working for two of the more disruptive companies of the past decade about relating to the 21st century consumer, building a business model that resonates with shareholders and consumers alike, and rethinking staid corporate cultures and processes.
In addition to her legal expertise, Kumar is an innovation enthusiast and currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, where she teaches Law of Innovation, a graduate seminar which follows an original syllabus of her own design. The course reviews practical legal knowledge for technology entrepreneurs, corporate social responsibility, and venture capital and IP monetization strategies. Kumar is also an advisor to several tech companies and non-profit organizations including IDEO.org and Organize.org.

6:00pm Welcome

U.S. Patent  and Trademark Office Remarks from Valencia Martin Wallace, 
Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality

Interview with Anjali Kumar

Panel Discussion
Moderated by Sandra Stoneman Esq., Partner, Duane Morris 
Anjali Kumar 
Ken Davis Esq., Partner, Morgan Lewis 
Eamon Gallagher, Program Director, University City Science Center
Bonnie Bogle, Director Brazen Philadelphia, Brazen

7:30pm Closing Remarks 


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