Global Impact Leadership Summit

San Juan, Puerto Rico | May 16-17, 2024. Transform Education, Accelerate Climate Tech, Power Digital Health.

Ideas, insights and connections for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

Since 2018, HolonIQ has hosted Global Leadership Summits around the world, bringing together leaders in impact, finance and technology across education, climate and healthcare. In May 2024, HolonIQ will host our first Global Leadership Summit for 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Leadership Summit, to be held over the period Thursday May 16 - Friday May 17, will complete a broader week-long celebration, Puerto Rico Impact Week, led by organizations across the island showcasing their own initiatives and innovations powering impact for Puerto Rico.

Summit Themes

Transform Education and Workforce Up-Skilling

Leading ecosystems around the world are investing in talent development and up-skilling from K12 through to lifelong learning. Technology, Healthcare, Engineering and Green Jobs are among many careers expected to have high growth.

Accelerate Climate Tech and Sustainable Solutions

Energy, Food Security, the Circular Economy, Resilient Coastlines and Infrastructure, Risk and Insurance and Electrified Mobility are major public and private sector initiatives and opportunities in Puerto Rico and around the world.

Power Digital Health and BioPharma Breakthroughs

Innovation and Technology in Healthcare is on a mission to power longer, happier and healthier lives for all. Digital Health, Advanced BioTech, New Models of Access and Affordability.

Featured Speakers

Abbas Manjee
Co-Founder and CEO at Kiddom
Alejandro Mieses
Chief Executive Officer at TerraFirma
Ariel Quinones
Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Ironhack
Ben Nelson
Founder & Chancellor, Minerva University / Founder & CEO, Minerva Project
Brad Neese
VP, Division of Economic Development at South Carolina Technical College System
Carlos E.Trevino
VP, Product & Programs at Newlab
Christopher Rush
Sr. Advisor & Social Entrepreneur at Beyond the Box Initiative
Claudia Newman-Martin
Managing Director & Partner (New York) at BCG
Cristina S. Tamayo Pérez
Managing Director at Endeavor Puerto Rico
George Siemens
Professor George Siemens
Hector Jirau
Executive Director at Parallel18
Hironao Okahana
AVP & Executive Director of Education Futures Lab at the American Council on Education
Jenny Mar Cañón-Feliciano
Directora del Programa de Desarrollo Laboral
Jenny Zapf
Director of Education Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Gonzalez
Co-founder & CEO of Raincoat
Jonathan Meléndez-Davidson
Director of Product Design at Newlab
Jorge Alfonso Rodríguez Tort
Head of Alternative Credentials at Tecnológico de Monterrey
Juanita Botero
Latin America Operations at HolonIQ
Julio Rodriguez
Deputy Director, Illinois Department of Commerce, Office of Employment and Training
Kelly Palmer
Chief Strategy Officer at Southern New Hampshire University
Kerry Ebersole Singh
EVP, Chief Talent Solutions Officer at Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Kristina Francis
Executive director at JFFLabs
Laura Cantero
Executive Director at Grupo Guayacán
Maria Spies
Co-CEO HolonIQ
Meera Raja
Vice President, Deep Tech at P33 Chicago
Michael Fung
Executive Director, IFE Tecnológico de Monterrey
Mora Segal
Managing Director at A-Street
Nate MacKinnon
Executive Director at Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges
Patrick Brothers
Co-CEO HolonIQ
Rachael Parker
Executive Director, Maryland Governor’s Workforce Development Board
Raúl Valdés
Coordinator of the Global Network of Learning Cities, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Rebecca Winthrop
Senior Fellow and Director, The Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution
Robert Davis
Senior Analyst, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
Sydnee Grushack
Director, Applied Innovation at Newlab
Tom Giordano
Executive Director at Partnership for Rhode Island
Whitney Ertel
Executive Director at Indiana Governor's Workforce Cabinet

Condando Vanderbilt

The Global Leadership Summit, San Juan will be hosted at the historical Condando Vanderbilt. The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is a historic luxury hotel built in 1919 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The hotel was designed by the architectural firm Warren and Wetmore, who also designed New York's Grand Central Terminal. It was built by the Vanderbilt family and it marked the beginning of high end tourism in Puerto Rico.

Agenda

The Global Impact Leadership Summit - San Juan will be held over 2 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Day 1 includes a special track for international guests to gain a deeper understanding of Puerto Rico's history, culture and strategic assets including smart tax incentives, a highly skilled bilingual workforce, U.S. legal & financial frameworks, and an advanced network infrastructure. Day 1 continues with video interviews and video fireside chats with key leaders from around the world and Puerto Rico ahead of an invitation-only networking reception to celebrate the award of the Puerto Rico Impact 50 and Impact Research Awards. Day 2 includes a full day of world-class programming featuring global leaders in education, health and climate innovation, intimate networking, and partnership opportunities.

May 17, 2024 9:00 AM
Puerto Rico and the Global State of Impact
Maria Spies
Co-CEO HolonIQ
Patrick Brothers
Co-CEO HolonIQ
May 17, 2024 9:30 AM
Opening Plenary - Special Panel
May 17, 2024 10:00 AM
Deep Dive
May 17, 2024 10:00 AM
Workforce Innovation and Maximizing Impact
Julio Rodriguez
Deputy Director, Illinois Department of Commerce, Office of Employment and Training
Whitney Ertel
Executive Director at Indiana Governor's Workforce Cabinet
Jenny Mar Cañón-Feliciano
Directora del Programa de Desarrollo Laboral
May 17, 2024 10:30 AM
Deep Dive
May 17, 2024 10:30 AM
Innovative Clusters
Tom Giordano
Executive Director at Partnership for Rhode Island
Meera Raja
Vice President, Deep Tech at P33 Chicago
May 17, 2024 11:00 AM
Networking Break
May 17, 2024 11:30 AM
Climate and Resilience
Alejandro Mieses
Chief Executive Officer at TerraFirma
Sydnee Grushack
Director, Applied Innovation at Newlab
May 17, 2024 11:30 AM
The Imperative for Entrepreneurial Innovation in all Institutions
In this workshop, institutional leaders from government and education will consider how to foster a team culture of innovation and identify tools for developing and scaling entrepreneurial practice during times of rapid change. We will identify ways to create pockets of collective entrepreneurial possibility, including how to use existing resources to go beyond the status quo. Barriers to change, ideas, tools and frameworks will be identified to support leaders in building an innovation culture.
Jenny Zapf
Director of Education Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
May 17, 2024 12:00 PM
Climate Deep Dive
Sydnee Grushack
Director, Applied Innovation at Newlab
Carlos E.Trevino
VP, Product & Programs at Newlab
Jonathan Meléndez-Davidson
Director of Product Design at Newlab
May 17, 2024 12:00 PM
Going Global
Cristina S. Tamayo Pérez
Managing Director at Endeavor Puerto Rico
Patrick Brothers
Co-CEO HolonIQ
May 17, 2024 12:30 PM
Business Models to Pedagogy Models: The Imperative for Innovation in Higher Education
Hironao Okahana
AVP & Executive Director of Education Futures Lab at the American Council on Education
Ben Nelson
Founder & Chancellor, Minerva University / Founder & CEO, Minerva Project
Maria Spies
Co-CEO HolonIQ
May 17, 2024 1:00 PM
Puerto Rico Impact 50 and Research Awards
The Puerto Rico Impact 50 identifies the most promising startups in Climate Tech, Education and Health, operating in Puerto Rico. The Award aims to highlight those startups and scale ups who are innovating in impact areas to benefit the physical, social and human environment in Puerto Rico. The Impact Research Awards recognize and honour outstanding contributions in the fields of research and technological advancement in climate change, education, upskilling, biotech and healthcare.
May 17, 2024 1:30 PM
Lunch and Networking
May 17, 2024 2:30 PM
Scaling Impact
This session focuses on what it takes to scale impact startups globally, with insights about the crucial role that local ecosystem stakeholders play in fostering global ambition and supporting regional and global growth. From the need to understand target markets and their cultural nuances, building strategic partnerships and leveraging local networks, to navigating regulatory requirements and establishing scalable infrastructure, expert panelists will discuss the opportunities for Puerto Rican impact startups to grow into global markets.
Jonathan Gonzalez
Co-founder & CEO of Raincoat
Laura Cantero
Executive Director at Grupo Guayacán
Patrick Brothers
Co-CEO HolonIQ
May 17, 2024 2:30 PM
UNESCO Learning Cities: Deep Dive
UNESCO Learning Cities are urban areas committed to promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. They foster inclusive education policies, encourage innovation, and facilitate the sharing of best practices among cities worldwide. These initiatives aim to enhance social inclusion, economic development, and sustainable urban growth through education. Join this session to hear more about the Learning Cities project, which now incorporates almost 300 cities from all over the world.
Raúl Valdés
Coordinator of the Global Network of Learning Cities, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
May 17, 2024 3:00 PM
Reshaping Education & Learning for the Future
The landscape of work is undergoing profound transformations driven by technological advancements, demographic shifts and global labor market changes. These macro drivers underscore the need for a reevaluation of traditional education systems and a shift towards more agile and adaptable models of learning. This session will cover the challenges and opportunities in reshaping education and lifelong learning to meet the demands of the future workforce.
Ariel Quinones
Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Ironhack
Michael Fung
Executive Director, IFE Tecnológico de Monterrey
Raúl Valdés
Coordinator of the Global Network of Learning Cities, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
May 17, 2024 3:30 PM
Artificial Intelligence Deep Dive
May 17, 2024 3:30 PM
Economic Development
Rachael Parker
Executive Director, Maryland Governor’s Workforce Development Board
Kerry Ebersole Singh
EVP, Chief Talent Solutions Officer at Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Nate MacKinnon
Executive Director at Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges
Humberto Mercader
Deputy Secretary for Strategic Initiatives at Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio, Puerto Rico
May 17, 2024 4:00 PM
Networking Break
May 17, 2024 4:30 PM
Workforce and Education Innovation
Kristina Francis
Executive director at JFFLabs
Kelly Palmer
Chief Strategy Officer at Southern New Hampshire University
May 17, 2024 5:00 PM
Closing Plenary
May 17, 2024 5:30 PM
Closing Remarks
May 17, 2024 5:45 PM
Cocktail Networking Reception

Global Impact Summit Series

Since 2018, HolonIQ has hosted Global Leadership Summits around the world, bringing together leaders in impact, finance and technology across education, climate and healthcare. In May 2024, HolonIQ will host our first Global Leadership Summit for 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Leadership Summit, to be held on Friday May 17, will complete a broader week-long celebration, Puerto Rico Impact Week, led by organizations across the island showcasing their own initiatives and innovations powering impact for Puerto Rico.

New York
New York Leadership Summit (2018, 2019, 2022, 2023)
London
London Leadership Summit (2018, 2019, 2022, 2023)
Paris
Paris Leadership Summit (2018, 2019, 2022)
Monterrey
Monterrey Leadership Summit (Mexico, 2023)
Singapore
Singapore Leadership Summit (2022)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Leadership Summit (2019, 2022)
Berlin
Berlin Leadership Summit (2018, 2019, 2022)
Bengaluru
Bengaluru Leadership Summit (2019, 2022)
Mexico
Mexico City Leadership Summit (2022)
Beijing
Beijing Leadership Summit (2018, 2019)
Jakarta
Jakarta Leadership Summit (2022)
Stockholm
Stockholm Leadership Summit (2022)
Taipei
Taipei Leadership Summit (2023)
Cairo
Cairo Leadership Summit (2022)
Melbourne
Melbourne Leadership Summit (2022)

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The Global Impact Leadership Summit in San Juan is an invitation-only summit for senior leaders from industry, education, investment, technology, philanthropy, and government from Puerto Rico and around the world.

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