innovation-panelInnovation Panel

Join us for an engaging evening with four visionary panelists who are shaping the future of their industries in Dallas and beyond. DBC's theme for 2024 is "Innovation and Industry Disruption," highlighting how trailblazers in various sectors are navigating and influencing change through innovative practices.


Panel Overview

During our discussion, we'll dive into the dynamic relationship between innovation producers and consumers, showcasing the symbiotic interactions that drive progress. Learn how nimble startups like Angstrom Energy Solutions and Proactive Ingredient develop groundbreaking technologies and solutions that are integrated and scaled by larger organizations such as DART and DFW Airport. This panel will provide unique insights into how innovative companies are being leveraged to enhance operational efficiencies, improve consumer experiences, and lead market transformations.

Meet Our Panelists

Mr. Paul Puopolo, Executive Vice President of Innovation, DFW Airport

Paul Puopolo directs the innovation efforts at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, orchestrating the development of new business solutions that propel growth and solidify competitive advantages. Since joining in 2018, his leadership has significantly impacted DFW's strategic initiatives, rooted in his extensive experience in corporate innovation and his service as a U.S. Navy pilot.

Ms. Rayna Handleman, President & CEO, Angstrom Energy Solutions

As the leader of both Angstrom Energy Solutions and Angstrom Piezoelectric Company, Rayna Handleman is at the forefront of developing innovative energy solutions and advanced piezoelectric applications. Her strategic vision and business acumen, enhanced by an MBA from the University of Michigan, have catalyzed significant growth and technological advancement in her fields.

Ms. Dee Leggett, EVP/Chief Development Officer, DART

Overseeing DART's Development Department, Dee Leggett plays a crucial role in the planning and execution of major projects like the Silver Line commuter rail. Her two decades of experience in transit development, covering both public and private sectors, make her a distinguished figure in urban transportation planning.

Mr. Jack Watkinson, CEO & Co-founder, Proactive Ingredient

Jack Watkinson's entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Proactive Ingredient, where his expertise in strategy and operations significantly impacts the computer software and facilities management industries. His previous leadership roles, including as CTO/COO at Protos Security, highlight his proficiency in developing business strategies that foster substantial growth.


 📅 Date: Thursday, May 16th


🕔 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  •       6:00PM Check-in and Reception 
  •       6:05PM - 6:40PM Inner Circle Members Meet Speakers
  •       6:45PM Introductions & Presentation
  •       7:15PM Panel Discussion
  •       7:45PM Q&A

 📍 Location: Jindal School of Management (800 W Campbell Road, Richardson)

  🍽️ Food | Beverages:  DBC will provide hors d'oeuvres | cash bar


🎟️ Tickets:

  • Inner Circle Members:  $20
  • General Admission: $55
  • At-the-Door: $70

Join Us for an Evening of Insight and Inspiration

Whether you're an industry professional, a budding entrepreneur, or simply intrigued by the power of innovation, this panel will offer valuable perspectives on how inventive solutions are crafted and consumed within large-scale operations and marketplaces. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insights from leading minds in the field of innovation!









We look forward to seeing you soon!  

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