The Reverse Pitch

Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)

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We're flipping the script on the typical pitch, asking the experts, the operators, the practitioners, and BUYERS of our innovations: 

"What do you want to see built for your community?"

  1. Hear what Baltimore's top aging and healthcare experts see as the biggest needs in their fields
  2. Network with the best and brightest in health technology
  3. Make new connections with investors and customers to help grow your business
  4. Learn how Aging2.0 is focusing innovation through its Grand Challenges

Opening "State of Aging": Bonnie Glick, Deputy Secretary at Maryland Department of Aging

The Maryland Department of Aging advocates for older Marylanders, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers by ensuring access to information, programs, and services. The Department’s key focus areas include information and empowerment, community wellness, long-term services and supports, and elder rights protections. Bonnie will deliver a 10-12 minute overview on the State of Aging in Maryland to set the table for our panel "Reverse Pitch" conversation.

During her 25+ year professional career, Bonnie Glick has served across public, private, and non-profit sectors. She began her career in the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with assignments at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in Managua, Nicaragua, in the State Department, and in the White House Situation Room. Following her diplomatic service, she spent 12 years as a global business development executive with the IBM Corporation. Ms. Glick worked in the non-profit industry as a senior executive before being appointed to serve the State of Maryland as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging. Ms. Glick received her MBA from the University of Maryland, her MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, and her BA from Cornell University. She has studied Spanish, Hebrew, Portuguese, French, Russian, and Amharic. She is married with two sons in college. 

Reverse Pitch Panel (35 minutes + 15 Q&A)

Eric Abel, Managing Director, Valstone Partners

Eric R. Abel, Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, and one of the founders of ValStone Partners, brings more than 25 years of finance and investment experience to his role as Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager. Mr. Abel’s unique experiences in the municipal and healthcare capital markets have led to ValStone Partners’ acquisitions in the senior living industry. On behalf of Valstone’s private equity investors, Mr. Abel has acquired over 60 senior living facilities located across the country and he currently oversees a portfolio valued in excess of $500 million in gross asset value. Mr. Abel has specialized in acquiring distressed assets in need of substantial capital and operational improvements. His experience also includes the adaptive re-use of out dated hotels into functional assisted living facilities.

Holly O'Shea, VP and Corporate Counsel, FutureCare Health and Management

As Vice President of Human Relations, Corporate Compliance Officer and Corporate Counsel for FutureCare Health and Management, Holly O'Shea has the opportunity to see each day just how connected her organization is to the community. A member of the company's leadership team for the past 15 years, Ms. O'Shea oversees and monitors FutureCare's corporate compliance program, all human resources activities and risk management functions, including litigation.

Malinda Peeples, Vice President, Clinical Services, Programs and Research, Welldoc

Malinda oversees the clinical outreach program, grant and research activities, and professional organization activities of WellDoc. WellDoc is a healthcare company leveraging the mobile technology platform to create clinical and behavioral solutions that impact health and economic outcomes for chronic disease management. 

Sarah Szanton, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Care in Aging

While making house calls as a nurse practitioner to homebound, low-income older adults in West Baltimore, Dr. Szanton noticed that the challenges in their home environment were often as pressing as their health challenges. This inspired her to develop The Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program, a client-centered home-based intervention that combines handyman services with nursing and occupational therapy to improve mobility, reduce stress, and decrease health care costs. Preliminary findings on its effectiveness show that 80% of participants experienced improved health and quality of life. 

Moderator: Jake Tunney, i3 Healthcare Consulting


  • Sarah Szanton

    Sarah Szanton

    Johns Hopkins

    Professor, Director, Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

  • Malinda Peeples

    Malinda Peeples


    Vice President, Clinical Services, Programs and Research

  • Eric Abel

    Eric Abel

    Valstone Partners

    Managing Director

  • Holly O'Shea

    Holly O'Shea

    FutureCare Health and Management

    VP and Corporate Counsel

  • Bonnie Glick

    Bonnie Glick

    Maryland Department of Aging

    Deputy Secretary


Wednesday, Apr 18
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)


University of Baltimore Center for Entrepreneurship
11 W Mt. Royal St Baltimore21201


  • Jake Tunney

    Jake Tunney

    I3 Healthcare Consulting


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