Innovation Night

Innovative People Deserve Innovative Theatre!

Innovation Night at La Jolla Playhouse 2022 logo

Monday, October 3, 2022
Thank you for making Innovation Night 2022 a success!

Donations and sponsorships raised significant funding benefitting the Playhouse’s commitment to the development of “the new and the next in American theatre.” Thank you! And if you haven’t already, there’s still time to donate.

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This year, Innovation Night featured a performance piece commissioned specifically for this event, BORDERLESS. Created by a team of multidisciplinary artists, this fusion of music by MALU, dance by Theresa Magario and Pita Zapot, and visual art by Blake McCarty and Hugo Crosthwaite challenges conceptions of the boundaries that divide us – whether geographic or interpersonal. The performance mixes electronic music and classical violin solos with contemporary choreography and traditional dance forms, all set to digitally deconstructed animations based on graphite drawings and murals. This exploration of love and identity in the borderland is a celebration of the ways in which art and creativity can expand our borders.

Honorary Chair:
Mary Walshok, Ph.D.

Mary Walshok photo
Co-founder, CONNECT and author of the Stanford University Press book,
Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy

Full Bio

Mary Walshok is a thought leader and subject-matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She has authored more than 100 articles, reports, and book chapters on regional innovation, workforce development and the role of research institutions in regional economies. As an industrial social scientist focused on the dynamics of regional economic development and transformation, Walshok has studied various communities across America. She has evaluated 13 WIRED regions funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, studied three innovative regions for a National Science Foundation-funded project and assessed one region’s efforts to grow an industry for a Lilly Foundation-funded endeavor.

Walshok led the continuing education and public programs arm of UC San Diego from 1981 to 2021. As Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, Walshok played an active role in helping the university expand its local impact, national reputation and global reach. She led a campus-wide effort to establish a significant presence for the university in downtown San Diego on the trolley line which runs from the US-Mexico border all the way to the UCSD campus. UC San Diego Park & Market is a major effort to link the wide array of arts, culture, science, medicine, economic and civic programs of UC San Diego with the needs and aspirations of the region through collaborative research, timely education programs, informative public events, as well as the performing arts, special exhibitions and cinema programs.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kellogg Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship and was inducted into Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star. She currently serves on the boards of San Diego Connect (which she helped found in 1985), the La Jolla Playhouse, the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the San Diego Opera, the Smart Border Coalition and the Girard Foundation.

Walshok is a native of Palm Springs, California, she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College in 1964, her master’s degree in sociology in 1966 and her Ph.D. in sociology in 1969 from Indiana University. She has been a visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics for many years and in 2004 held an international appointment in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University in England.


Presenting Sponsor

PNC Bank

Lead Sponsors

Cooley UC San Diego

Host Sponsors

The Conrad Prebys Foundation The Lodge at Torrey Pines Maravai LifeSciences Foundation
Qualcomm Stockdale Capital Partners

Co-Host Sponsors

AustinPX Bank of America Biocom Connect
Dowling & Yahnke Illumina IQHQ Marsh & McLennan Agency
Scripps Research San Diego State University UC San Diego Health Vetmab Biosciences

In-Kind Sponsors

Boochcraft Organic Hard Kombucha Bright Event Rentals Floral FX
Doug Gifford Photography La Cuisine Show Imaging, Inc.
Snake Oil Cocktail Co. Trulucks Viewpoint Brewing

2022 Innovation Night Co-Chairs

Denise Bevers, President & CEO, Vetmab Biosciences
Tim Scott, President & CEO, AustinPx

Host Committee

Dan Bradbury – Managing Member, BioBrit LLC
Neal Bloom – Founder, Fresh Brewed Tech
Stephan Coleman – Market Managing Director, PNC Bank
Matthew D’Alessandro – SVP, Corporate Banking, PNC Bank
DeeDee DeMan – Founder, Chairman & CEO, Bench International
Dr. Edward A. Dennis Ph.D. – Chancellor I Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego
Leo Divinsky – Managing Director, Asset Management, Stockdale Capital Partners
Susan Dubé – Board of Directors, Pimera, Inc.
Steven Garfin, M.D. – Interim Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, UC San Diego Health
Wendy Gillespie – CEO, Starhawk Productions
Kay Gurtin, Gurtin Ventures
Clark Guy – Managing Director, Market Executive, Bank of America
David F. Hale – Chairman & CEO, Hale BioPharma Ventures, LLC
Deb Hart – Head of Investor Relations, Maravai LifeSciences
Greg Horowitt – Co-Founder & Managing Director, T2 Venture Capital
Meredith Johnston – Vice President, Philanthropy, Scripps Research
Jim Kelly – Co-Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Luminia
Bryan Knox – General Manager, Catalent
Mike Krenn – President & CEO, Connect
Hugh Leslie – Principal, Life Science Practice, Marsh & McLennan Agency
Greg Lucier – Managing Director, RiverRoad Capital Partners, LLC
James Mackay – President & CEO, Aristea Therapeutics
Stanley Maloy – Assoc. Vice President for Research, SDSU
Ryan McFadden – Chief Recruiting Officer, PeterHunt Corporation
Chris Montgomery – SVP, Business Development, Cooley LLP
Grant Oliphant – CEO, The Conrad Prebys Foundation
Joe Panetta – President & CEO, Biocom California
Bernard Parker – Managing Director, Caligen Bio
Robert Price – Partner, Loftis Capital Management
Paul Roben – Assoc. Vice Chancellor Innovation & Commercialization, UC San Diego
Steve Rosetta – CEO, IQHQ
Scott Stanton – Member, Mintz
Ivor Royston – Managing Partner, Carson Royston Group
Andy Thomas – SVP, Business Development, Evans Hotels
Kelly Thomson – Regional Managing Director, Ascent Private Capital Management
Susan Tousi – Chief Commercial Officer, Illumina
Michael White – Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

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