Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum Septermber 21st IN PERSON in DC
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 8:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM EDT
S. Tien Wong
Chairman & CEO
Mr. S. Tien Wong is a technology entrepreneur, CEO, and angel investor. He is Chairman & CEO of
Opus8, Inc., a private investment and strategic advisory firm specializing in raising capital for
alternative investment fund managers, as well as promising tech companies. He is also Chairman of
Lumious, an ed tech company which provides advanced tech training and learning & development
services to Fortune 500 customers. Mr. Wong is also Chairman of Lore Systems, Inc., an IT services
company which provides managed hosting, IT support, and cloud computing solutions for
commercial, nonprofit, and government clients.
He is Founder and Host of the Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum, a global community of over
25,000 founders, CEOs, angels, VCs, CXOs and business leaders. The community hosts the world’s
largest monthly investor pitch events as well as 1/2-day Forums with upwards of 600 attendees,
featuring VIP guests, speakers, exciting presenting companies, and the best CXO to CXO networking
on the East Coast.
In 1991, Mr. Wong co-founded and served as Chairman & CEO of CyberRep, Inc. until its
acquisition in 2003 by Affiliated Computer Services, a “Fortune 500” company. CyberRep was one
of the world’s largest privately held CRM outsourcing companies, operating 9 customer interaction
centers throughout the USA with over 2,300 employees and $80 million in revenue. Today, the
CyberRep/ACS business totals $2.5 billion as divisions of Conduent (NYSE: CNDT) and
Xerox. CyberRep garnered prestigious awards including Customer Inter@ction Solutions magazine's
MVP Quality Award and Customer Interface magazine's ACCE (Award for Call Center Excellence),
as well as INC. magazine's 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000's "Inc. 500" recognition as the 51st, 53rd,
72nd and 408th fastest growing private company in the USA, respectively. CyberRep was profitable
for 11 straight years and was backed by Allied Capital, a $5 billion investment company.
A recognized international expert in CRM, direct marketing, and BPO, Mr. Wong has presented at
dozens of conferences around the world. He has also provided industry commentary on the ABC,
Fox, NBC, CNBC, Maryland Public Television, and China’s CCTV networks, as well as for
publications such as Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and Success Magazine.
Mr. Wong received the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Greater Washington
and the 2003 Ernst & Young Performance Excellence Award. He was inducted into the Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. He has been named by Washingtonian magazine as a
“Tech Titan” for the last 5 years (’17 – ‘21), a 2-time Washington Business Journal "Power 100"
selection as one of the region's most influential leaders (‘12 and ‘13), a 3-time SmartCEO Magazine
selection as a "Smart100" CEO ('09, '10 and '11), a 2013 InTheCapital "Fifty on Fire" awardee,
community service honoree as a member of Greater DC Cares 2009 "Class of Change” and The
Gazette of Politics and Business selection in 2010 as one of "25 CEOs You Need to Know." He is a
frequent guest lecturer on entrepreneurship, leadership, venture capital, and private equity at the
University of Maryland and Georgetown University where he is an Entrepreneur in Residence.
Mr. Wong was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley to the 9-person Maryland Venture Fund
Authority which oversees $84 million in venture capital allocations; he serves on the Boards of
Directors of the Montgomery County (MD) Economic Development Corp., Potomac Officer's Club,
and Junior Achievement, as well as on the Council of Advisors for the Washington Institute for
Business, Government, & Society and the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council of The Universities at
Shady Grove. He serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia's
Center for Innovative Technology GAP Fund and is a Mentor at the Mach37 Cybersecurity
Accelerator and Conscious Venture Labs. In the past, he has served as Treasurer and National Board
Member of the Professional Association for Customer Engagement; Chairman of the Executive
Leadership Committee for the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE); Trustee of the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and on the Boards of the Maryland Tech Council, Association for
Corporate Growth, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Monte Jade Science and Technology
Association, Digital DC Tech Fund, TradeUp Capital Fund, FounderCorps, and Startup Maryland.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Skylar Rallison is a dynamic professional who wears multiple hats as the Community
Manager for CONNECTpreneur and Business Analyst for Opus8. She graduated from The Marriott School
of Business at Brigham Young University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management.
She has many years of experience in Business Management, Social Media Marketing/Management,
Data Analytics, Business Leadership, and Project Management. With a diverse skill set and a
passion for facilitating connections and driving business growth, Skylar thrives in the
intersection of Community Management and Strategic Analysis.
Skylar enjoys her current role at CONNECTpreneur, which hosts the world’s largest monthly
investor pitch events as well as 1/2-day Forums with upwards of 900 RSVPs, featuring VIP guests,
speakers, exciting presenting companies, and the best CXO to CXO networking on the East Coast.
Skylar is pivotal in fostering engagement and building relationships within the investor and
entrepreneur community. She creates inclusive digital spaces where members can share insights,
collaborate on opportunities, and build a supportive network. Her role includes but is not
limited to, team management, event coordination, project management, and marketing.
She also enjoys her current role as a business analyst at Opus8. Opus8 assists companies and
fund managers (private equity, VC, and hedge funds) raise private capital from family offices,
UHNW individuals, and institutions. Skylar leverages her analytical mindset and attention to
detail to provide valuable insights for Opus8. Through her meticulous analysis of investment
opportunities and industry research, Skylar helps drive informed decision-making, enabling
Opus8 to curate high-quality events that bring together investors and promising ventures.
Assistant Community Manager
Avery North is a multi-talented individual who recently graduated from Michigan State University with
a major in Hospitality Business and a coding certificate. With a passion for community engagement and entrepreneurship,
Avery has found her niche as the Assistant Community Manager for CONNECTpreneur, a prominent networking organization
for startup founders and investors.
In her role, Avery is responsible for helping coordinate and execute events, marketing initiatives, and fostering
relationships with members and partners. She is known for her perseverance and her ability to connect with people
from all walks of life.
Throughout her college career, Avery was actively involved in various internships, including working for Hyatt,
Hilton, and Cedar Fair Amusement. She also pursued her interest in technology by completing a coding certificate
program through Michigan State University.
In her free time, Avery enjoys staying active through fitness activities such as weightlifting and yoga. She is
also a fan of horror movies and enjoys watching them in her downtime.
Avery is excited to continue growing her career in the entrepreneurial community and making a positive impact
on those around her.
Emily Fenush is an ambitious and driven University of Delaware graduate with a passion for small business. During her time at UD, she earned a double major in Marketing and Management and worked as a Social Media Intern for both CONNECTpreneur and a local cafe in Dover, Delaware.
After graduation, she joined the CONNECTpreneur and Opus8 team full-time and is excited to fill the roles of Marketing Coordinator, and Business Development Assistant respectively.
At CONNECTpreneur, Emily is responsible for carrying out marketing initiatives through social media and email campaigns, driving traffic to CONNECTpreneur events. She provides support to the Community via event promotions and shoutouts.
Emily has also designed and published websites for various businesses, the most recent being Opus8.
In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time in her local coffee shop.