OVALS Conference

ENGAGE: Philanthropy + Commercialization + Alumni

Ohio Valley Affiliates of Life Sciences (OVALS)

This conference is bringing university tech transfer, alumni and philanthropy offices together to discuss how best to work with one another.

June 14, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Woodward Hall
UK Gatton College of Business & Economics




8:15 a.m.

Welcome Comments & Introductions

Light breakfast + coffee will be provided

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Breaking Barriers:

History vs. What’s New in Alumni and Tech Transfer Engagement: University of Arizona Case Study

Keynote Speaker: Fletcher McCusker, CEO of Sinfonia Health Care and Founder of University of Arizona’s Venture Fund, UA Venture Capital

9:00-10:00 a.m.

“What do Alumni Want, and How Do We Best Reach Them?”

Moderator: Taunya Phillips, President-Elect, UK Alumni Association and Senior Associate Director, New Ventures & Alliances, UK OTC


10:00-10:15 a.m.



10:15-10:45 a.m.

Tools to Support Tech Transfer and Alumni Engagement

Rapid Fire Presentations

  • UK Entrepreneur Showcase
  • Hybrid Positions that are ½ Alumni Assoc. and ½ Philanthropy
  • Wellspring Scout Research Tool
  • FIRE Program
  • Executives-on-Roster (XOR)

10:45-11:30 a.m.

Push or Pull: How to Work Together for Mutual Benefit

Moderator: Karen White, Interim Executive Director, IU Innovation & Commercialization Office


  • Geoffrey Pinski, Director, Technology Transfer Accelerator for Commercialization, University of Cincinnati
  • Tom Barker, Associate General Counsel, Executive Director of Gift & Estate Planning, UK Philanthropy
  • Don Witt, Assistant Vice President, UK Philanthropy
  • Jessica Koenigsknecht-Talboo, Director of Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy, University of Kentucky
  • James Zanewicz, Chief Business Officer, School of Medicine & TNPRC, Tulane University

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Open Mic “Case Studies”: Opportunity for Audience to share “examples of collaboration”, case studies and ideas to engage

Moderator: April Turley, Director, Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3)

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Lunch Service


12:30-1:45 p.m.

Alumni-Led Venture Funds: Trends, Dos and Don’ts

Moderator: Ian McClure, Executive Director, UK OTC


2:30-4:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception and Networking

Library, Hilary J. Boone Center