Shayne Gilbert has been fueling the entrepreneurial community since starting Silverweave in 1994. Through Future Forward Events, Shayne creates exclusive programs for high technology, life sciences and entertainment executives and investors including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward, both focused on technology and Convergence: the Life Sciences Leaders Forum, a series held on both the East and West Coast. In the Fall of 2011, Future Forward Events will deliver its first international program for technology executives, The Innovators' Salon: London. Shayne's programs annually bring together a select group of over 1,000 executives across their targeted industry sectors.
Given her ability to remain close to the pulse of New England's emerging businesses, Shayne is often sought to contribute and comment on the impact of the growth of technology and life sciences industries in New England. This work has included a quarterly analysis of the state of technology in New England through the Mass High Tech Pulse of Technology from 2001-2005, the summary report, Mass Impact: An Upcoming Report on the Growth and Health of the Life Sciences Industry in Massachusetts, on behalf of MIT, and the executive summaries for Engines of Economic Growth: The Economic Impact of Boston's Eight Research Universities on the Metropolitan Boston Area, produced in 2003 and Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT in 2008.
The author of 90 Days to Launch (Wiley, 2000), Shayne's work has been recognized in The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and Wired.
Shayne is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.
Alyssa Stern is the Vice President of Future Forward Events, LLC where she manages the high level programs operated by the company. T The Nantucket Conference, launched in 2000, delivers an exclusive program for executives and investors in the region's emerging technology industries. Future Forward: The New England Technology Summit, introduced in 2001, brings together CIOs and other corporate technology influencers with the executives of emerging technology companies. Convergence: The Life Sciences Leaders Forum brings together executives and investors in the life sciences industry. In 2008, the company introduced The Conversation, a program series focusing on the future of entertainment. Today, the company annually produces events in New England, New York and California.
Alyssa is also Vice President of Silverweave Inc. As a program management consultant, she helped manage the launch of the MIT Biotech Forum and worked with the Deshpande Center on the Ideastream Symposium for a number of years.
Prior to Future Forward Events and Silverweave, Alyssa worked at Hay/McBer, a human resources consulting firm, as Manager of New Products and Services. She has managed training events and conferences since 1996. Alyssa received both her undergraduate degree and Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.