About The Boomer Venture Summit
Now in its 15th year, the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition is the first, and most significant, gathering of venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives focused on the longevity economy.
Attracting more than 400 leaders in the fields of aging and health, it is the place where forward-thinking entrepreneurs and VCs meet to create innovative products and services for the global longevity marketplace.
Mary Furlong & Associates, Executive Producer
Mary Furlong, Ed.D., CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Successful social and serial entrepreneur, (SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002)), Mary has secured over $140 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging,”she is also a past winner of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” award, and the author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace.
Mary produces the industry-leading What’s Next Boomer Business Summit and the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition. She has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR and is an advisor to the Ziegler Link•age Longevity Fund, L.P. and HealthTech Women US.
MFA’s private client practice is comprised of many of the leading startups and corporations in the longevity marketplace. She also serves as an adjunct professor, focusing on entrepreneurship and women in leadership at the Leavey School of Business in Santa Clara, CA.
Lori Bitter, The Business of Aging, Managing Producer
Lori K. Bitter provides strategic consulting, research and development for companies seeking to engage with mature consumers at The Business of Aging. Her book, The Grandparent Economy, debuted in September 2015.
She was president of J. Walter Thompson’s Boomer division, JWT BOOM, the nation’s leading mature market advertising and marketing company and led that firm’s annual Boomer marketing event for five years. A sought‐after speaker, Lori has presented research, trends and analysis about mature consumers and the longevity marketplace. She also serves as publisher of GRAND—the digital magazine for grandparents and on the innovation board of Xverity.
Lori was recently named one of Next Avenue’s Top 50 Influencers in Aging for 2017 and has been featured in Kiplinger, The New York Times, eMarketer, Forbes, and the Fiscal Times, and named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 to Watch List. She serves on the Leadership Council of the College of Media for the University of Illinois.
Michael Skaff, Jewish Senior Living Group, Co-Producer
Michael Skaff is the Chief Information Officer for the Jewish Senior Living Group in San Francisco. Previously, Skaff was the Chief Operating Officer for the Masons of California, where he led the Technology, Communications and Member Services teams. As Chief Information Officer of LesConcierges, he led customer-facing technology strategy and operations, product development, professional services, and more, serving large financial institutions to helps drive ultra-high net worth cardholder loyalty. He also served as the CIO of the San Francisco Symphony and ran Technical Services at Bare Escentuals, Inc.
Skaff serves as an adviser to technology, media, and venture capital firms, and has served as a guest lecturer at SF State’s business school. He has been named one of the Top Social CIOs on Twitter for four years in a row by the Huffington Post, and one of the Top 20 Most Innovative Midmarket CIOs by CRN.