Caren DeWitt co-founded webMethods Inc., in 1996 with her husband, Phillip Merrick, and friend, Charles Allen. For five years Dewitt was the company's senior marketing executive as the company grew from a basement start up to an enterprise of 1,000 employees 550 blue chip customers and partners, 27 offices in 11 countries and annualized revenue in excess of $250 million.
While DeWitt and Merrick envisioned making webMethods one of the world's leading software companies, they also believed that a true definition of corporate success meant that the company and its employees should play a meaningful role in improving the communities in which they do business. To fulfill this ideal, in December 2000, they formed the webMethods Foundation, a venture philanthropy organization devoted to helping underprivileged people achieve their potenial by supporting non-profits in the area of housing and education and healthcare.
To underscore the importance of this mission, in March 2001, DeWitt took leave from webMethods, Inc., to dedicate herself full time to the Foundation as its Chairman. Ms. DeWitt also is engaged in writing and speaking on marketing in the new economy.
Prior to co-founding webMethods, Ms. DeWitt served at America Online as Director of AOL.com, pioneering early e-commerce initiatives and managing AOL.com's transition to an Internet portal. Previously she spent several years creating and managing national award-winning marketing programs for corporate, government and non-profit clients, the latter category including the National Health Services Corps, the Indian Health Service, and the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
Ms. DeWitt currently serves on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the board of directors of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Ms. DeWitt received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Matthew Serbin Pittinsky
Blackboard, Inc. Chairman Matthew Pittinsky
is a recognized leader in the field of e-Learning and,
particularly, on the Internet's impact at institutions of higher
founding CEO, Pittinsky has been instrumental in Blackboard's
growth, including 1,900 client institutions, 415 staff, four
acquisitions and over $100 million in investment financing,
building what most industry analysts recognize is the
leading provider of e-Education software infrastructure around
the world. Matthew is responsible for
Blackboard's initial vision, born of research conducted at the
Harvard Graduate School of Education. He coined Blackboard's
rallying cry to "transform the Internet into a powerful
environment for teaching and learning."
is editor of the forthcoming book "The Wired Tower" to
be published by Prentice-Hall Financial Times. He has numerous articles
and has been quoted in major media outlets, including The
Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The
Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Business
Week, among others.
Jeremy Brosowsky founded Business Forward Media (originally The Pangaea Group LLC) in 1998. He guided the company from concept to prototype to publication of Washington Business Forward magazine; Greater Washingtonís only monthly business magazine premiered with a May 1999 issue.
Prior to launching Business Forward Media, Brosowsky was a financial analyst specializing in the beverage and tobacco industries with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. While at Goldman, he co-authored reports and briefs for institutional investor clients, and worked on the research side under an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst on equity offerings totaling more than $350 million. Brosowsky holds a B.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his work as CEO of Business Forward Media, Brosowsky is on the board of the Greater Washington Initiative and a participant in the Potomac Conference.
a former software entrepreneur, is chairman of the Morino Institute,
chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners, and a special partner
at the private equity
investment firm General Atlantic Partners.
Mario’s leadership, the Morino Institute works to enhance the
lives of children of low-income families by helping to foster
innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that
serve their needs. Founded in 1994, the Morino Institute
operates as a catalyst organization, launching entrepreneurial
nonprofit organizations to put ideas into action.
organizations created and incubated by the Morino Institute
Philanthropy Partners, which provides sustained financial and
management assistance to boost the strength and impact of
youth-focused organizations; the Netpreneur program, a learning
community dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in the
National Capital region; the YouthLearn Initiative, which
provides tools and resources to strengthen technology-enriched
learning programs and is now run by the Massachusetts-based
Education Development Center, Inc.; the
Youth Development Collaborative Pilot, which helped
create networked learning centers in low-income neighborhoods of
the District of Columbia; and the
an organization that worked in the mid-1990’s to build the
National Capital region’s potential as a technology power in
the global economy.
establishing the Morino Institute, Mario enjoyed a 30-year
career in the information technology industry during its
developing years. In 1973, he co-founded Morino Associates, a
software firm that merged with another firm in 1989 to become
LEGENT Corporation. LEGENT
was acquired in 1995 in what was then the largest transaction in
the computer software and services industry.
serves as a trustee of Case Western
Reserve University, The Brookings Institution, and The Community
Foundation for the National Capital Region; and as a
commissioner of the National Commission on Entrepreneurship.
honors and awards include: induction into the Washington
Business Hall of Fame (2001), National Ernst and Young Supporter
of Entrepreneurship (2000), Washingtonian magazine’s
Washingtonian of the Year (1999), American Academy of
Achievement’s Golden Plate Award (1999), Greater Washington
Area Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1998), and KPMG
High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (1993).
R. Hill President
Hill is the president and CEO of DevElements Incorporated (www.DevElements.com),
a strategic IT consulting and integrations company.
founded DevElements in June 1999 with the vision of providing
innovative “any-to-any” connectivity solutions for
businesses looking to streamline their business and human
Since creating DevElements, Andrew has grown the Company
from one employee to 27 and generated revenues of $2.8 million
in 2001 through smart growth and the successful integration of
world-class solutions to multi-national corporations.
has customers worldwide with deployments in North America, South
America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Clients include Andersen (formerly Arthur
Andersen), Environmental Resource Management, Federal Realty
Investment Trust, Stewart Title, Thomson, and Wiley Rein &
DevElements is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and has
an office in Portland, Oregon.