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December 2020

562nd Meeting Featuring Joe Lonsdale via Zoom

December 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Joe Lonsdale – VC, PhilanthropistJoe Lonsdale, VC, Philanthropist

Joe Lonsdale is a partner at 8VC, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm. He was an early institutional investor in many notable companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, Blend, RelateIQ, Joby Aviation, Guardant Health, and Synthego, and in 2016 and 2017 was the youngest member of the Forbes 100 Midas List.

Joe is a co-founder of Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance. Most recently, he was a founding partner at Formation 8, one of the top performing private funds and the precursor to 8VC. Together, these funds manage a total committed capital of over $3.3 billion. Before that, he founded Addepar, which has over $1.8 trillion managed on its wealth management technology platform, and OpenGov, which modernizes various processes for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies. He is also a founder of Affinity, Anduin, Epirus and Esper. Previously, Joe was an early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with PayPal while he was at Stanford.

Joe and his wife Tayler are active in a variety of philanthropic and mission-driven pursuits involving public policy and liberty, classical arts, and healthcare innovation. In addition to supporting various nonprofit organizations such as Thorn, an NGO which leverages technology to fight child trafficking, Joe and Tayler are focused on harnessing the power of markets to create more opportunity for all parts of society.

Joe received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford in 2003. He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship, technology and public policy.

January 2021

563rd Meeting Featuring Dr. Collins and Dr. Boucher via Zoom

January 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

dr michael f collinsMichael F. Collins, MD, FACP, UMass Medical School

Chancellor, UMass Medical School
Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences
Professor, Population & Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine

Michael F. Collins, MD, a tenured professor of population & quantitative health sciences and medicine, was appointed chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in 2008 after serving in an interim capacity from June 2007 to September 2008. Dr. Collins’ interim appointment also coincided with his being named as the senior vice president for health sciences for the University of Massachusetts, which, at the time, was a newly established system-wide position. As the senior vice president, Dr. Collins has spearheaded two five-campus life sciences strategic planning processes and continues to guide the strategic direction of the University’s life and health sciences portfolio.

As chancellor of UMMS, Dr. Collins oversees one of the most entrepreneurial medical schools in the nation, which is consistently recognized as a leader in student satisfaction, primary care training, basic science research, innovation and public service. He provides strategic management to a burgeoning enterprise that includes: more than 5,100 employees; approximately 1,200 graduate-level students; 600 medical residents and fellows; three schools; and one regional campus. UMMS generates $1 billion in annual revenues and operates a $400 million research portfolio. Unique among all medical schools, UMMS is home to two strategic business units: Commonwealth Medicine, a substantial health care consulting division that partners with Massachusetts and other states to maximize health care expenditures and deliver health services to vulnerable populations; and MassBiologics of UMMS, the only university-based, nonprofit FDA-licensed discoverer and manufacturer of vaccines and other biologics in the United States.

Dr. Collins joined the University of Massachusetts in 2005 as chancellor of the UMass Boston campus, making him the longest-tenured chancellor within the UMass system. Before coming to the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Collins served as president and chief executive officer of the Caritas Christi Health Care System from 1994 to 2004. An alumnus and former board chair of the College of Holy Cross and a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, he is a board-certified physician in internal medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Dr. Collins currently sits on the boards of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc.; Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives; the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts; and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

dr helen boucherHelen Boucher, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Tufts University School of Medicine

Chief, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases;
Director, Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR);
Director, Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Infectious Diseases Program;
Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine  

Dr. Boucher’s clinical interests include infections in immunocompromised patients and S. aureus infections. Her research interests focus on S. aureus and the development of new anti-infective agents. She is the author or coauthor of numerous abstracts, chapters and peer-reviewed articles, which have been published in such journals as The New England Journal of Medicine, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and The Annals of Internal Medicine. She is Associate Editor of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. She has been included in Best Doctors in America since 2009. In 2011, Dr. Boucher was elected Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 2012, she was elected to the American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Exam Writing Committee and in 2014, to the American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases Subspecialty Board. In 2015 she was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria, and elected Treasurer of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She was awarded the IDSA Society Citation Award in October, 2015. Dr. Boucher serves on the Board of Trustees of the Physicians of Tufts Medical Center and The College of the Holy Cross.

April 2021

564th Meeting Featuring Dan Ivascyn

April 1, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

Daniel J. Ivascyn
, Group Chief Investment Officer,
 PIMCODaniel J. Ivascyn
Group Chief Investment Officer,

Mr. Ivascyn is Group Chief Investment Officer and a managing director in the Newport Beach office. He is lead portfolio manager for the firm’s income strategies and credit hedge fund and mortgage opportunistic strategies. He is a member of PIMCO’s Executive Committee and a member of the Investment Committee. Morningstar named him Fixed-Income Fund Manager of the Year (U.S.) for 2013. Prior to joining PIMCO in 1998, he worked at Bear Stearns in the asset-backed securities group, as well as T. Rowe Price and Fidelity Investments. He has 27 years of investment experience and holds an MBA in analytic finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College.

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September 2021

Season Kickoff and Networking Event

September 29, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tatnuck Country Club
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The Worcester Economic Club cordially invites you to our annual Season Kickoff and Networking Event at the beautifully renovated Tatnuck Country Club.

Complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers will be served

As a paid, current member, your sole cost of entry to this popular event is:
Bring at least one prospective member

Space is Limited! RSVP via e-Mail is a must!

We look forward to seeing you!

November 2021

565th Meeting Featuring Cybersecurity Summit at AC Marriott

November 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AC Marriott Hotel

cybersecurityAn Evening With Some of the Best and Brightest in the World of Cybersecurity

As ever-changing as the topic itself can be, we are proud to announce the details on what will surely be a topical and engaging event. With the help of Nichols College and their Graduate Studies Department, we proudly present an evening like none other, featuring:

Stephanie Helm, Director of MassCyberCenter at MassTech: Ms. Helm directs the efforts of the MassCyberCenter at Mass Tech Collaborative which promotes cybersecurity ecosystem and workforce development efforts and assists with cyber resiliency planning across the Commonwealth. Previously, as a Captain in Restricted Line (Information Warfare), Ms. Helm held positions in Information Operations, Cryptology and Intelligence throughout her impressive career. Spanning 29 Years as an active duty Naval officer, Ms. Helm’s assignments included Navy staff OPNAV N3/N5, CENTCOM, Second Fleet, National Security Administration, and several special Naval Security Groups. Additional direct experience includes a stint in NETSIMCO at the Naval War College War Gaming Department, where she integrated cyberspace operations into war game events.

Paul RosenzweigPrincipal at Red Branch Consulting, a firm specializing in homeland security and data privacy consulting. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Rosenzweig is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University and a Senior Fellow with the Tech, Law & Security Program at American University. He is also the author of Cyber Warfare: How Conflicts in Cyberspace are Challenging America and Changing the World and of three video lecture series from The Great Courses, Thinking About Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare; The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You; and a new release Investigating American Presidents.

Tiffany O. Kleemann, Clients & Markets Leader, Cyber & Strategic Risk at Deloitte: A 20-year information technology executive with experience at the White House, U.S. Military, and both large and startup technology companies, Ms. Kleemann brings a proven track record of elevating cybersecurity brands and maximizing revenue through sustainable, scalable growth strategies, lean operational processes, and remarkable business transformations. Formerly responsible for developing cyber strategy, policies/messages as Deputy Chief of Staff of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection at The White House, Ms. Kleemann is also the former CEO of Distil Networks, an application security company, and President & COO of NS8, an online fraud prevention company.

This decorated panel of industry experts will be moderated by newly appointed President of Nichols College, Glenn Sulmasy. Mr. Sulmasy is the former Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Bryant College and a lecturer at the UCONN School of Law and University of California Berkeley. A Harvard Kennedy School National Security and Human Rights Fellow, Mr. Sulmasy is also a visiting fellow at the National Security Law Institute at Scalia Law School (GMU).

We are very excited to see you in person! The AC Marriott in downtown Worcester will host us for this inaugural event of the season. With that said, we are also offering a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person. We cannot be sure about the specific mask requirement for the evening until we get closer to the event, but at this time, masks are required indoors in the City of Worcester unless eating or drinking.

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