The FinTrust Financial Forum: INNOVATION

The Morning of Wednesday May 22nd

Mark your calendars for the Third FinTrust Financial Forum! The forum will be held at Zen in downtown Greenville, SC.

924 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601

We look forward to the opportunity to spend the morning with you discussing innovation and intellectual property. This year, our program will include several experts on the innovative work happening locally in the southeast, globally, and throughout history. Join us for an informative and entertaining program!

Our Keynote Speaker will be Ken Segall.


Fintrust Financial Forum | Innovation | May, 22nd 2019

Doors Open at 8:15 for Breakfast and Social, First Speaker Goes on at 8:45.

8:45 – Open
Candice Tse, the US Head of Market Strategy at Goldman Sachs Presents, Market and Economic Perspectives: Pressure Points

10:00 – Breakout Session
Studio: F. Scott Kieff, Former Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission
Lotus: MIT AgeLab Presents, 5 Ways Technology Will Change How You Age

11:00 – Space to Innovate
Deep dive into innovations across sectors: Choose a table to discuss innovation with industry leaders, or explore our gallery in the lotus lounge.

11:45 – Breakout Session
Studio: Local Innovation Panel
Lotus: A Richer Life Panel

12:30 – Lunch
Get your lunch in either room, and head to the studio for the keynote

1:00 – Ken Segall
Ken Segall is responsible for that little “i” that served as a naming foundation for Apple’s revolutionary products.

2:00 – Q&A
Ask Ken Questions

2:30 – The Future of FinTech & Closing Remarks
Allen Gillespie, CFA® discusses new trends in FinTech



Keynote Speaker

Ken Segall is responsible for that “i” that served as a naming foundation for Apple’s revolutionary products.

Ken Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs for over 12 years as his ad agency creative director spanning NeXT and Apple. He led the creative team behind Apple’s famous Think different campaign, and is responsible for that little “i” that served as a naming foundation for Apple’s revolutionary products.

Ken is the New York Times bestselling author of Insanely Simple and Think Simple, which demonstrate the power of simplicity as practiced by Steve Jobs and other brilliant leaders.

Ken served as global creative director for such iconic brands as Dell, Intel, BMW and IBM.

He currently consults with major brands in strategy, marketing and product naming; he blogs on technology and marketing at; and he has fun with it all at his Apple satire site,



Candice Tse, The US Head of Market Strategy within Strategic Advisory Solutions at Goldman Sachs Presents, Market and Economic Perspectives: Pressure Points

Candice is the US Head of Market Strategy within Strategic Advisory Solutions. She is responsible for economic and market strategy, along with client engagement on investment solutions.

Prior to her current role, Candice worked in Fundamental Equity Product Management, Institutional Sales with a focus on relationship management and  business development, and as a team leader for institutional equity in portfolio administration. Her areas of expertise include ESG and Impact Investing, Womenomics, and emerging markets.

Candice earned a B.S. in Marketing, Magna Cum Laude, from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance and Management from Columbia Business School.

Candice Tse



Public Education Partners has a simple mission: to lead our community in acting collectively to support, strengthen and advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools.

After graduating from Washington and Lee University in 2004 and joining Teach For America, Ansel began his career as an 8th grade English-Language Arts teacher in Baltimore. While in Baltimore, Ansel earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Johns Hopkins University.

Upon moving to Greenville in 2007, Ansel served as an Administrative Assistant at Mauldin Middle School before being appointed as the founding Program Director of A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in Greenville in 2009, the state’s first elementary school with a school-wide engineering focus. While at Whittenberg, Ansel also was the Lead Planner for the Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School in Greenville and earned an Education Specialist in School Leadership (M.A.T+30) credential from Furman University.

In 2012, Ansel and his family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, after he was admitted the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s new Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. For the program’s residency year, in 2014, Ansel moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to serve as the Achievement School District’s Director of Partnerships.

In 2015, Ansel and his family moved back to Greenville and he assumed the Associate Director position at PEP before becoming PEP’s second President and CEO in 2017. Ansel oversees the implementation of PEP’s strategic plan, which focuses on positioning Greenville as an ideal destination for teachers and the teaching profession, leveraging an advocacy point of view to advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools, and ensuring PEP has the capacity to operate at the systems-level.



Scott Kieff is currently Fred C. Stevenson research professor of law at the George Washington University Law School.

F. Scott Kieff joined the faculty at the George Washington University Law School in the summer of 2009, after serving on the faculty at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Professor in the School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery. He was named Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in the fall of 2012.

He took a leave of absence from George Washington University effective October 18, 2013, to swear in as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, having been nominated to that post by President Barack H. Obama, recommended unanimously by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Finance, and confirmed by unanimous consent of the Senate on August 1, 2013, for the term expiring on June 16, 2020. In the summer of 2017, he retired early from his post at the Commission and returned to teaching again at the law school.

He previously served as a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute; a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford; and a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard.

He was recognized as one of the Nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business in May, 2008, and was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in March, 2012.

Scott Kieff

Jill A. T. Sorensen

Director of SCRA’s Entrepreneurial Programs and Executive Director of SCRA’s start-up investment affiliate, SC Launch, Inc.

Jill Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business, start-ups and economic development management.

As the Director of SCRA’s Entrepreneurial Programs and Executive Director of SCRA’s start-up investment affiliate, SC Launch, Inc., Jill oversees entrepreneurship investments in the life science, IT, advanced manufacturing and material science sectors to promote innovation and economic development in South Carolina.

Prior to joining SCRA, Jill directed Bilyan, LLC, an innovation management consultancy. Jill has advised clients ranging from individual inventors and start-ups to national and international clients across the health, energy, transportation and manufacturing sectors. Jill co-founded and directed BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative, since 2008. BEVI is a division of the non-profit Electric Vehicle Association of the Greater Washington DC area (EVADC). In additive manufacturing, Jill co-founded for profit entities and provided strategic advisory services to non-profit entities promoting local advanced manufacturing capabilities.

Before Bilyan and BEVI, Jill served as Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins University Technology Transfer (JHTT) office, now Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV).  Jill continues as part-time faculty at Hopkins teaching innovation management.  Before moving to Maryland to join Hopkins, Jill worked for 18 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), six years directing its technology transfer office and twelve years as in-house intellectual property counsel.

Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007.  Jill has served as a panel and sole arbitrator in commercial disputes for the past twenty-five years, is a registered patent attorney in the United States, and is registered in the US to practice law in Illinois.

Jill Sorensen


Founding partner of the Kim & Lahey Law Firm, LLC

Doug was named Best Patent Attorney in Greenville 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America© and is listed on South Carolina Super Lawyers® 2019 for Intellectual Property.

Doug Kim is founding partner of the Kim & Lahey Law Firm, LLC. As a physics major at Davidson College, Doug began his professional career as a computer programmer and software engineer. His intellectual property career began in 1998 when he combined his business experience with his legal education and was involved with enforcing a client’s patent against multiple infringers. Since then, Doug has created a well-rounded IP practice that provides legal solutions and strategies tailored to each client, from multinational corporations to start-ups. Doug provides strategies to protect inventions (patents), brands (trademarks), websites, software, apps, music, photos, and websites (copyright, licenses and Internet law), and trade secrets (the “secret sauce”).

Doug serves on several advisory boards, including the i4Series networking organization. He often moderates i4Series events, leading the business community in discussions that promote innovation, intelligence and industry through involvement.

The McNair Innovation and Free Enterprise Summit

For More On Innovation:

The McNair Innovation and Free Enterprise Summit will be held in Wild Dunes following the FinTrust Financial Forum.

The McNair Innovation and Free Enterprise Summit is a private gathering of corporate executives and general managers to discuss the changing global landscape and its impact on business. Hosted annually in a casual and confidential setting, participants share best practices, strategies, and tactics for running high-performance organizations. Experts provide private insights into the impact of changing technology, financial markets, government policy, and the global business environment. For more information, please visit To request an invitation to this event, please contact us or reach out to the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise.