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Ballroom 3/4 Session B

Creating Vibrant Growth & Wealth Creation in Western Pennsylvania through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Presented By: Huntington

Exploring the roles of higher education, technology, research and investment in this journey


Susie Shipley
Regional President
Huntington Bank

Susan “Susie” Baker Shipley is president of the Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley Region of Huntington Bank. She has more than 25 years of banking experience in local, national and international markets. A native Pittsburgher, she joined Huntington 2012 from The Royal Bank of Scotland/Citizens Bank, where she was head of global trade finance for North America. Shipley is chair of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission and serves on several boards.


Patrick Gallagher
University of Pittsburgh

As the University of Pittsburgh’s 18th chancellor, Patrick Gallagher directs one of the nation’s premier public institutions for higher education and research. In this role, he leads more than 34,000 students and 13,000 faculty and staff members across five campuses in advancing the University’s proud mission of leveraging knowledge for society’s gain. 

Farnam Jahanian
Carnegie Mellon University

A nationally recognized computer scientist, entrepreneur, public servant and higher education leader, Farnam Jahanian is the tenth president of Carnegie Mellon, where he previously served as provost. From 2011 to 2014, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering in its mission to advance scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research.


Audrey Russo
President and CEO
Pittsburgh Technology Council

Since 2007, Audrey has served the technology business sector for southwestern Pennsylvania as president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the oldest and largest technology trade association in North America. In this role, Audrey facilitates strong interaction across all sectors of the regional economy.

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Conference Location

600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tel: 1.412.391.4600