Meeting/Event Information

Dinner Meeting - “Houston’s Innovation Ecosystem…Past, Present and Future" - November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027


Dinner Session

“Houston’s Innovation Ecosystem…Past, Present and Future"

  • What is an innovation ecosystem and why does it matter?

  • Innovation in Houston and the background on the formation of Houston Exponential (HX)

  • What is Houston Exponential and what does it do?

  • How do all the pieces fit together (TMCx, TMC3, Station Houston, Rice/Sears site, The Cannon, etc.)

  • Panel discussion with three ecosystem leaders



Gina Luna
Luna Strategies, LLC

Gina Luna, a recognized leader with invaluable business insight, is a trusted advisor to CEOs and business owners. As CEO of Luna Strategies, Mrs. Luna counsels companies and their leaders on complex strategic issues and growth initiatives. She has established a reputation of partnering with owners, boards and management from a broad spectrum of industries to deliver solutions and drive results.

Mrs. Luna is a member of the Board of Directors for Tetra Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TTI), where she serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. She is also an advisor/board member to a number of privately-held companies.

Prior to founding Luna Strategies, Mrs. Luna held the role as Chairman of JPMorgan Chase in the Houston Region and the head of Middle Market Banking. During her 22-year career with JPMorgan Chase, she led a $150+ million revenue business, managed sizable teams and filled key leadership roles in marketing and communications, talent development, risk management and strategic planning.



Tony Nash
Complete Intellegence



Tony Nash is the CEO and Founder of Complete Intelligence, a data technology firm using a proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning platform to forecast commodities, currencies, equity markets, economics and international trade.

Previously, Tony built and led the global research business for The Economist (EIU) and the Asia consulting business for IHS (now IHS Markit). He has also been a social entrepreneur, media entrepreneur, writer and consultant.

Tony is a frequent public speaker and leader of closed door dialogues with business and government leaders on markets, economics, risk and technology. He is a contributor to leading global media (BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, etc) and has served as an advisor to government and think tanks in Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, Washington DC and others.

Tony is an international advisory board member for Texas A&M University and a non-executive director with Kredit Microfinance Bank in Cambodia. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Business Management from Texas A&M University.

Dan Parsley

Daniel Parsley is the president of AngelMD, the disruptive technology investment platform and online community focused on early stage healthcare investing.  In 2016, Dan opened the Houston office for AngelMD amid the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute, one of the largest and fasted growing healthcare ecosystems and accelerators in the US.  

Dan has over 30 years of experience operating, funding, advising and investing in technology companies.  Most recently, Dan was involved in launching several green tech companies including one of Houston's largest single stream recycling companies.  Prior to that, Dan was CEO of SalvageSale, an internet company best described as an “industrial eBay” which auctioned damaged assets sourced by commercial property & marine cargo insurance companies.  Dan started his career in management consulting with Accenture and later as a partner with Computer Sciences Corporation.

Dan is native of Houston and very active in the charitable community where he resides with his wife and three children.  He has served as president of the Children’s Museum of Houston and is currently president of the Executive Association of Houston and board member of San Jose Clinic.  Dan received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University.  Dan enjoys bird hunting and golf with those willing to put up with his game.

Gaby Rowe
Station Houston

Gabriela Rowe is an experienced business leader and innovation strategist, currently serving as the CEO of Station Houston - a growing hub for startup technology companies, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to Station Houston, Rowe was the Director of Project Management and Corporate Development at Nord Anglia Education.

Beyond education, Rowe is a champion of the growth and success of Houston. Currently, she is the chair of the Learning Committee for Houston Exponential, a member of both the Greater Houston Partnership’s Economic Development and Trade Committee and the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Women’s Committee, while also serving as a board member of TXRX Labs and First Tee of Greater Houston.


Professional Development Session

“Analytics: The Currency of the Modern Finance Organization"

In the battle to remain relevant and competitive, insight-driven organizations have a significant opportunity to outflank their competition by unlocking the power of analytics. But realizing the promise of analytics requires a new analytic operating model to deliver insights, at the right time, at the point of decision.

As the modern finance organization becomes increasingly accountable for delivering operational insights and establishing a competitive advantage through advanced analytics, you might feel you are wading into uncharted territory.

This professional development session, presented by Sense Corp, will cover how to:

  • Build the analytics business case: Quantify the value and justify the spend of an analytics investment

  • Close the gap on the “last mile of analytics”: Operationalizing analytics and optimizing return on investment

  • Monetize your data: Learn how others are leveraging information-as-an-asset

  • Become a next-generation finance organization: Build out an analytics operating model that drives value

Panel Presenters:

Michael Daehne
Sense Corp

Michael Daehne leads the Transformation Practice for Sense Corp. He has extensive experience leading operational and digital transformation programs across a number of industries including energy, manufacturing, telecom, and financial services. Michael is passionate about partnering with finance and operational executives to move the needle and improve bottom line.

Josh Rachner
Sense Corp

Josh Rachner leads the Data Practice at Sense Corp and fulfills a key leadership role in the firm’s Technology division. With extensive expertise across both the Data and Digital landscape, he has delivered solutions across financial services, energy, healthcare, public sector, and transportation industries. Josh is passionate about raising up the next generation of technology leaders to deliver advanced analytics and next gen digital capabilities.

4:00 PM – Beat the Traffic Social
4:30 PM - Professional Development Session Speaker 
5:30 PM - Social Hour
6:30 PM - Dinner & Presentation

Thank you to our platinum sponsor for sponsoring the professional development session:

Thank you to our gold sponsor:

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Prospective Members must be submitted via the form link. All forms must be submitted for approval by the membership committee by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the meeting. Once approved, FEI will register prospects and inform the member or sponsor contact that the prospect has been approved to attend. This is applicable to anyone bringing a prospective member.

CPE Credit is offered for the PD Session and the Dinner Presentation.  One (1) hour of CPE is offered for each program.  There is not pre-requisite preparation or experience required.

If you have not already done so, please register by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2018.  
Please note that no shows will be invoiced $50.


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