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Apr 25, 2019
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

UNHInnovation Training Room


About April’s Seminar:

Our final Wildcatalyst Seminar speaker of the academic year is Julie Lenzer. Julie is Chief Innovation Officer and Director of UM Ventures at the University of Maryland where she is charged with fostering and deploying innovation to drive economic and social impact from the University.

Julie has had a long career in innovation and entrepreneurship. Before starting at the University of Maryland, she was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce and drove programs and policies that supported innovative economic development across the country.

Before her appointment within the Department of Commerce, Julie spent time as a serial entrepreneur. In 1995, she founded her first company called Applied Creative Technologies, an IT solutions firm focusing on manufacturing operations and inventory control. She grew the company to multi-millions in revenue and won several national awards for workplace excellence. Julie was also the co-founder and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helped women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses using technology transfer, and spent time as the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship.

We are excited to hear about Julie’s journey through her impressive career, particularly as a female innovator in a male dominated field. She will share her unique experience as an entrepreneur and innovation advocate in both the industry and academic setting as well as her thoughts on what resources are needed for the next generation of female innovators.