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Over 100 experts to share their knowledge at 2nd annual Drone World Expo

Sep 15, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA - From discussions on the Realities of Drone Delivery to a forum on Finding Funding: The VC Community Speaks, Drone World Expo taking place November 15-16 at the San Jose Convention Center will offer something for everyone interested in the use of drones for commercial purposes. The full conference program with details about sessions and the 100+ speakers is now available at Of the speakers, there are dozens of prominent women who will take the stage to talk about their involvement in this fast-paced and growing industry.

"Drone World Expo is proud to feature and celebrate so many talented women leaders at our event and provide a forum for women from all aspects of the business to connect," said Joelle Coretti, Event Director, Drone World Expo. “The overall success of the drone industry depends upon fostering diversity, developing talent and promoting numerous opportunities for career advancement and many of these women are doing just that within their organizations.”

Dr. Kerry Palakanis, DNP, NP-C, Crisfield Clinic is a panelist on “The Realities of Drone Delivery” session at Drone World Expo. While the concept of drone delivery originally seemed like a marketing gimmick, it has become a serious business for many companies. Many companies are looking at new opportunities to deliver humanitarian aid, medical supplies and more.

“I am looking forward to sharing information about the project development for drone medicine delivery to a rural community with Ellumen Inc. and Zipline as well as pleased to be in a conference that showcases women leaders in drone innovations,” Palakanis said.

In addition, Gretchen West, Senior Advisor of Innovation and Technology, Hogan Lovells will moderate the Women of Commercial Drones Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion.

Speakers will include Whitney Brooks, Owner, UnmannedPower LLC; Lisa Ellman, Global UAS Practice Co-Chair, Hogan Lovells; Natalie Cheung, Drone Product Manager, Intel; Karen DiMeo, FAA; Suzanne El-Moursi, President, Uplift Data Partners; Sally French, Journalist, MarketWatch/The Wall Street Journal Digital Network; Dyan Gibbens, CEO, Trumbull Unmanned; Jaclyn Louis, Director of Government Relations and Senior Counsel, Intel; Rhianna Lakin, Drone Pilot, Amelia Dronehart RC Copter Group; Stephanie Spear, Commercial Regulatory Policy Representative, National Association of REALTORS®, and Maria Stefanopoulos, Production Manager, ABC News.

“We are very fortunate to bring together such an amazing group of women leaders who are truly helping to shape the future of this industry,” said Gretchen West, who is also the Co-Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance and a Co-Founder of the Women of Commercial Drones organization. “From leaders in technology to leaders in the commercial industries spearheading their companies’ efforts to use drones our panelists will have a lot of practical expertise to share with the attendees at Drone World Expo.” The networking breakfast is open to women only. Admission to the breakfast on Wednesday, November 16, is included with a full conference registration but those interested must RSVP to to confirm their attendance. The panel discussion at 2:45 pm that same day, is open to all Drone World Expo conference attendees.

Throughout the conference other prominent women in the industry will present including Dr. Brittany Duncan, Co-Director, NIMBUS Lab, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Amanda Essex, Policy Associate, Transportation, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL); Marty Laporte, Principal, ManageWater Consulting, Inc.; Alicia Leahy Jackson, Director, Congressional Program & Outreach, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Sterling Witzke of Winklevoss Capital.

Drone World Expo, the defining event for the commercial applications of UAS technology, will take place November 15-16, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Over 100 experts to share their knowledge at 2nd annual Drone World Expo

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