Rothman Institute’s 2010 Innovation Conference

MADISON, NJ (September 20, 2010) — Transforming philanthropy will be the theme as innovation leaders including 2009 gubernatorial candidate, Christopher Daggett, will make presentations at the 2010 Innovation Conference sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship. The September 28 half-day intensive seminar will start with registration and breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) at FDU’s College at Florham.

Rothman Institute, a nationally-recognized entrepreneurship center, is offering a half-day intensive seminar designed to help nonprofit and corporate leaders learn about innovative new strategies which are improving the way philanthropic organizations and ventures are achieving their noble goals. The conference will close at 11:30 a.m. with networking. The conference speakers are:

Christopher Daggett, president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, ran for governor of New Jersey last year as an independent candidate.  From 2004-2010, he served as a principal at J.M. Sorge, Inc., an environmental consulting and management firm.  In 1996, he started his own firm dedicated to buying, remediating and redeveloping contaminated properties.

Deborah Brooks, Co-founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), spearheads principal-gifts fundraising and advises on strategic and programmatic direction for the foundation. Brooks co-founded MJFF with actor, author and advocate Michael J. Fox and served as the foundation’s president and CEO from 2000 to 2007.  MJFF is now that world’s largest private funder of Parkinson’s disease research.

Nancy Lublin has been involved with nonprofits and charitable organizations for a long time. She is the founder of Dress for Success—a women’s charity that helps disadvantaged women get a professional wardrobe—and is currently CEO of Do Something, a Web site that helps teens promote charitable causes. This foresighted strategist has expertise in teen brand marketing, technology, the Internet, next stage fundraising, and corporate citizenship.

Andrew Zolli is the curator and executive director of PopTech, a networked accelerator of world-changing people, projects and ideas. The organization convenes leaders in science, technology, the social and corporate sectors, the arts, design and humanities, and dozens of emerging fields, and fosters their collaboration on breakthrough new approaches to some of the world’s most significant challenges.

Part of the Silberman College of Business since 1989, the mission of the Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurship is to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business and nonprofit communities. An outstanding entrepreneurship curriculum taught by an excellent faculty has helped make the academic program among the top 20 in the nation (as ranked by the Princeton Review).

Cost of attending the conference is $125; to pre-register, call the Rothman Institute at 973-443-8842. FDU’s College at Florham is at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J. For more information, visit

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