Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Independence Planning Group
1767 Sentry Parkway West Suite 200
Blue Bell,

“EnTERPreneurs in the City” is a premier event series hosted by the University of Maryland Alumni Association that showcases, connects, and engages entrepreneurial Terps throughout the country.

Join us for a networking reception followed by an inspiring panel of University of Maryland alumni who own businesses and/or reside in Philadelphia.

Panelists will share their individual path to entrepreneurship, challenges, successes and advice.


Alumni Association Members: Free
Non-members: $20

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Steve Glickman

Julie Lenzer
Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director,
UM Ventures

Julie is charged with fostering and supporting the development that is currently underway in the UMD Research Park and Greater College Park. She will also promote and facilitate productive, university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximize synergies between UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to leverage strengths of each and encourage technology commercialization.

Most recently, Julie was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. Prior to her political appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority focused on igniting the entrepreneurial culture and bringing together the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state. During her short tenure, the MCE quadrupled its client base and saw the creation of new programs such as 3D Maryland, a leadership initiative connecting resources in additive manufacturing; the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator focused on Conscious Capitalism; and a technology transfer accelerator in partnership with Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics Lab and other leading research institutions. A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Lenzer was also the co-chair of Startup Maryland as well as 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.


Sharon Tice DelCotto '91
Sponsor Philly Events

Sharon started Sponsor Philly Events, a sole proprietor consultancy company in 2005 and focuses on Corporate Sponsorship, Experiential Marketing and Special Event Production. Since 2015 she has been a Business Development Consultant for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society focusing on Corporate Partnerships for the Philadelphia Flower Show, PHS Pop Up Gardens and other PHS Programs.

She provides Philadelphia market expertise for Experiential Marketing Activations and has worked with brands such as Starbucks, USA Networks, Wendy’s, Glen Livet, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Verizon Fios, Xfinity, Kleenex, Oscar Mayer, Stonyfield Farms Yogurt, Bravo Top Chef, Green Mountain Coffee, Vanguard, Amazon Kindle, GEICO, Cartoon Network Adult Swim, Honest Tea, Drexel Medicine, State Farm and more. Her clients have included Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Fairmount Bastille Day, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Dietz & Watson, Fairmount Community Development Corporation and more.

Sharon also manages social media efforts for the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul and Friends of Bache-Martin Elementary School on a volunteer basis. Sharon has a BS Marketing from University of Maryland and an MBA Marketing Concentration from Drexel University.

Tim Carroll '87
Independence Planning Group

For the last 10 years has been with Independence Planning Group in Blue Bell, PA. He is a Registered Representative with Park Avenue Securities and an Agent of the Guardian Insurance Company.

Tim works with individuals and families. In addition, he focuses on small to medium size businesses in the area of business maximization and succession planning. Tim utilizes his 25+ years of experience in running businesses and taking them to the next level.

Chuck Thomas '72, '03
Retired: Founder, President, CEO, Principal and Professor

A serial entrepreneur, having created and built technology ventures delivering computer services, enterprise management software, planning software, contract software development project services, IP telephony, and digital cable technology. He also was the chief executive for several intrapreneurial ventures, including an R&D JV, a computer resources company, and was Principal responsible for IBM Global Services eBusiness for the Retail and Distribution sectors, Eastern US.

Chuck is a mentor for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) initiative. He was Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship in a Penn State University MBA program for eleven years, and currently serves on the Advisory Board and is Chairman of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. He has judged several entrepreneur pitch events, and helped create the Penn State Great Valley REV-UP Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Chuck has been an angel investor and has advised dozens of startups. He is a graduate of The University of Maryland School of Business and Public Administration (now the R. H. Smith School of Business) and has an MBA from University of Maryland University College.

Ticket refunds are not available for this event. However, as a special benefit, Alumni Association members may receive a refund up to 10 days prior to the event date.