Rosemarie Truman

Keynote Speaker
Director of Innovation Impact
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Rosemarie Truman is Director of Innovation Impact at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), leading the effort to bolster PNNL's commercialization, business engagement and economic growth activities. She will create new startup and entrepreneurship initiatives and capabilities that are designed to boost job creation, create new markets for ideas and products, and maximize the potential impact of valuable federal investments—all ultimately acting as a catalyst for economic growth.

She has more than 20 years of experience developing institutional strategies for innovation and technology transfer in several industries, including but not limited to high tech, life sciences, private equity, financial services, energy, aerospace and defense business sectors. Over the course of her career, she has provided strategy consulting services for more than 100 companies and clients—including more than 50 global/U.S. Fortune 100 companies—in 15 countries and 24 states.

In 2012, Truman founded the Center for Advancing Innovation, (CAI) a global public-private partnership whose mission is to accelerate and increase the volume of technology transfer, the movement of knowledge and discovery to application and commercialization. Previously, she served in leadership positions at IBM, RHT Consulting, PRTM, Oracle and other leading technology, investment and consulting firms. She began her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs.

At CAI, Truman conceived and launched the National Institutes of Health Startup and NASA Startup Challenge initiatives, which together resulted in 21 partnership and/or collaboration agreements, as well as the launch of over 33 startups. Her efforts were recognized by the White House and national media, and the initiatives received awards from the Secretary of Health & Human Services, the Federal Laboratory Consortium, the General Services Administration and others.

In addition to her role at the CAI, Truman was the director of the DC-Metro area Founder Institute, which provides training to entrepreneurs to assist them in launching startups, as well as a board member for a number of startups in a variety of high-tech, life sciences, manufacturing, and professional services industries. Overall, Ms. Truman has led the evaluation of over 75,000 inventions and/or growth opportunities.

Half of her career was spent outside the U.S. as she led over 100 strategy engagements for clients across industry sectors, addressing ~20% of the Fortune 100. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs on the Listed Stock Block Desk. She received a full scholarship and graduated magna cum laude from Smith College, where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Mathematics and Economics as well as two minors in Comparative Literature and French.