Our Featured Speaker
Tony Allen, Ph.D.
President, Delaware State University
Tony Allen is the Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s most diverse, contemporary Historically Black College & University (HBCU). With a clear mission to increase educational access and opportunity for all, Delaware State University is a comprehensive research institution with a $140 million budget and a $27 million research portfolio. The 1890 Land-Grant institution is home to four academic colleges and a burgeoning graduate school and recently completed the acquisition of nearby Wesley College. The school serves over 5,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult learners in Delaware, online, and internationally in 23 countries.
Prior to his time at the University, Tony developed and led the corporate reputation group at Bank of America and was responsible for ongoing reputation analysis and related research. Tony also led communications for the bank’s largest divisions, including Consumer, Commercial Banking, and Wealth Management. He began his financial services career as an Executive Vice President at MBNA America.
Starting his career as speechwriter to then-United States Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Tony in 2020 was named the Chief Executive Officer of the 59th Presidential Inaugural. He previously served on the Advisory Board of the President’s Transition Team.
Kris Vaddi, Ph.D.
CEO, Prelude Therapeutics
About Grit Talks
Grit Talks are a quarterly speaker and networking event featuring interesting local leaders answering seven questions over fifteen minutes. Woven together their answers will illustrate a common story. Failure….Overcoming it…. and the resulting success. Speakers will be business owners and leaders from our community who we know or should know with stories of inspiration to share. The talks will be held at The Mill’s Theatre N and the speakers will be captured on video and archived on the Grit Talk website for ongoing sharing and viewing. Guests will be asked to arrive at Theatre N at 8:00 a.m. for thirty minutes of coffee and networking. The talks will begin promptly at 8:30am followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A and additional networking until 9:30am.
WHAT HAVE YOU NOT DONE YET THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF YOUR STORY OR INCLUDED IN YOUR EULOGY?
HOW HAS FAILURE, OR APPARENT FAILURE, SET YOU UP FOR LATER SUCCESS? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE FAILURE?
IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, WHAT NEW BELIEF, BEHAVIOR OR HABIT HAS MOST IMPROVED YOUR LIFE?
WHAT ACTIVITIES MAKE YOU LOSE TRACK OF TIME?
WHAT BOOK DO YOU MOST OFTEN GIVE OR RECOMMEND AND HOW HAS THAT BOOK INFLUENCED YOU?
WHAT HAVE YOU PURCHASED, OR BEEN GIVEN, IN THE LAST YEAR VALUED UNDER $200 THAT HAS MOST POSITIVELY IMPACTED YOUR LIFE?
IF YOU COULD BROADCAST A MESSAGE TO EVERYONE IN THE WORLD KNOWING IT WOULD BE RECEIVED AND REMEMBERED WHAT WOULD IT BE?
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