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Forbes Assembles Leading Business, Political and Academic Speakers for its Second Annual “Reinventing America: Leading the Next Industrial Revolution Summit” on March 11-12 in Chicago


Key Speakers Include Mayor of the City of Chicago Rahm Emanuel; Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner; Harold G. Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources; Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution, and Co-Founder, America Online; and Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media


Sponsors Include GE Ventures, Horatio Alger, JobsOhio, TechNexus and 1871


CHICAGO, IL (February 10, 2015) – Forbes Media will host its second annual “Reinventing America: Leading the Next Industrial Revolution Summit,” March 11-12, at the J.W. Marriott in the summit host city of Chicago.  This two-day invitation-only event will bring together industry leaders, investors, inventors, entrepreneurs, CEOs and policy makers for an independent discussion about the role of heartland innovation and economic growth across the region.  The Summit will kick off with a cocktail reception on March 11 and provide high-level networking opportunities for attendees.  For more information, including the agenda and a list of attendees visit:


“Chicago serves as an economic resource for the Midwest and we are pleased that Forbes will once again bring its Reinventing America Summit to the city for this critical discussion about innovation and the economy,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"The American Energy Renaissance since 2005 has literally transformed the world’s energy outlook. Ten years ago we were discussing “peak oil.” Now it’s not “if,” but how soon will the U.S. once again be the number one oil producer in the world, serving our needs at home and the world market," said Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, and a featured panelist at the upcoming Forbes summit. 

"Current low prices are a speed bump in the road, but this renaissance won’t be stopped by short-term market manipulation. America needs to think big and long-term about energy leadership, and Step 1 is unleashing free market trading of crude oil, exactly like we have for refined products like gasoline and diesel fuel. We need free markets to maintain the momentum of the energy renaissance and to assure stable, affordable fuel costs for American consumers long-term."

Forbes’ Reinventing America: Leading the Next Industrial Revolution Summit will explore topics such as industrial heartland innovation, the Great American Oil Boom, attracting smart talent, autonomous machines’ role in higher levels of productivity, innovation in 3-D printing and advanced manufacturing tools, investing in entrepreneurial talent, understanding the exotic new materials boom, and closing the skills gap for economic self-sufficiency.  Speakers include:

·         Mayor of the City of Chicago Rahm Emanuel

·         Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

·         Harold G. Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources

·         Steve Case, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Revolution; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, UP Global; Chairman, The Case Foundation 

·         Gerald Chertavian, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Year Up 

·         Marc Utay, Managing Partner, Clarion Capital Partners, LLC

·         Karen Kerr, Sr. Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing, GE Ventures 

·         Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder & Partner, Drive Capital 

·         William P. King, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute 

·         Jamie Miller, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, GE 

·         Dean Julio M. Ottino, Dean, R. R. McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Distinguished R.R. McCormick Institute Professor & Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University 

·         Caralynn Nowinski, M.D., Executive Director, UI Labs 

·         Howard Tullman, Chief Executive Officer, 1871 

·         Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist, Autodesk 

·         Hans Langer, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EOS 

·         Samantha Snabes, Founder, re:3D 

·         James C. Collins, Jr., Executive Vice President, Dupont 

·         David Paratore, President & Chief Executive Officer, NanoSteel 


Partner sponsors include GE Ventures, Horatio Alger, JobsOhio and TechNexus. 1871 is a participation partner.


Forbes’ Reinventing America Summit complements Forbes magazine’s “Reinventing America” series, an annual issue that features stories of industrial heartland innovation.

About Forbes Media:

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. The company publishes Forbes, Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe and ForbesLife magazines as well as and The Forbes brand today reaches more than 75 million people worldwide with its business message each month through its magazines and 37 licensed local editions around the globe,, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile platforms. The Forbes magazine iPad app merges print storytelling with social sharing and the web. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include conferences, real estate, education, financial services, and technology license agreements.

About GE Ventures:

GE Ventures is committed to identifying, scaling and accelerating ideas that will make the world work better. Focused on the areas of software, advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare, GE Ventures helps entrepreneurs and start-ups succeed by providing access to GE’s technical expertise, capital and opportunities for commercialization through GE’s global network of business, customers and partners. For more information, please visit

About Horatio Alger Association:

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., honors the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and encourages youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Association grants lifetime membership to outstanding individuals who demonstrate perseverance, a strong work ethic, and the determination to succeed. Horatio Alger Members serve as mentors for young men and women as they pursue higher education and the American Dream.   In support of this mission, the Association established the Horatio Alger Scholarship Program in 1984 to support at-risk youth. Today, it is one of the largest privately funded, need-based scholarship programs in North America, wholly supported by private donations from Association Members and friends. In just thirty years, the Horatio Alger Association has provided more than $110 million to deserving students across the United States and Canada.   For more information, please visit

About JobsOhio:

JobsOhio is the economic development organization that helps businesses relocate, expand, and prosper in Ohio. It is a private, non-profit entity with a unique operating model that understands businesses because it is a business. Decision makers worldwide are partnering with JobsOhio because they want an economic development partner that's flexible and responsive. The proactive, business-minded industry experts at JobsOhio are uniquely-qualified to help businesses grow and succeed. 


About TechNexus:

TechNexus is redefining venture development and investing, because we believe incumbent companies and industry leaders are facing challenges like never before. We host, mentor and invest in growth-stage startups that are willing to work with larger businesses to reach customers and markets faster, better and more profitably. We engage with corporations to identify, source and manage ventures as first customers, partners, licensees, and or investors.

About 1871:

1871 is the home of more than 325 early-stage, high-growth startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, this 75,000 square foot facility is also the headquarters of nationally recognized accelerators, Techstars Chicago and Impact Engine; half a dozen industry-specific incubators in key areas such as real estate, education technology and the Internet of Everything; several emerging tech talent schools (The Starter League and the Startup Institute), and the state's leading technology advocate, the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. It is the second home to Chicago-based VCs, Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Hyde Park Angels, OurCrowd and Chicago Ventures, as well as satellite offices for Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and DeVry. 1871 has fast become recognized as the hub for the city’s entrepreneurial/technology ecosystem and has been featured in TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business among other top media.


Wendy Furrer Egan, Forbes Media,, 212.366.8848

Tuesday, February 10, 2015