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New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY, United States April 9-11, 2024

Mr. Seth Pinsky

Chief Executive Officer 92nd Street Y

Seth Pinsky joined The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY), New York's global center for culture, connection and enrichment and the leading Jewish cultural and community center in the world, as Chief Executive Officer in January 2020. At 92NY, which is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding during 2024, Pinsky has overseen an institutional rebrand, the roll-out and implementation of a $200 million master redevelopment plan and the renewal and reimagination of 92NY's programming across its many departments. During the COVID-19 crisis, when 92NY, like its peers, was forced to shut down, the organization made the decision to put much of its programming online, developing a digital audience that today covers all 50 states and more than 200 countries, generating 42 million views in 2023 – an increase of 77% over the same period in 2022. Post-COVID, 92NY reopened its doors and now regularly welcomes over 3,500 people per weekday onto its Upper East Side campus. Meanwhile, in fiscal year 2023, digital revenues accounted for 1 out of every 8 dollars in programming revenue generated by 92NY thanks to 92NY's various digital platforms, including Roundtable, 92NY's innovative online platform for intellectually curious lifelong learners that features content from world-class instructors originated by 92NY, as well as 30 other cultural and educational institutions from across the United States. Previously, Pinsky was an EVP at RXR Realty, where he led RXR's efforts to invest in "emerging opportunities" in the New York region. Earlier, Pinsky oversaw the development of Mayor Bloomberg's $20 billion plan to protect New York from climate change impacts and, from 2008 to 2013, was President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Pinsky started his career as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and analyst at James D. Wolfensohn Inc. He graduated from Columbia College and Harvard Law.

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Tue Apr 09 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time New York Hilton Midtown - Level 2, Nassau Suite

Higher Education Development as a Tool for Urban Innovation

It has been almost 12 years since New York City launched the Applied Sciences NYC initiative, a once-in-a-generation investment in higher education with the aim of ensuring NYC remains one of the world's premier economic hubs for the future. The initiative involved the creation of three new campuses across the city—the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute on Roosevelt Island, the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress in Downtown Brooklyn, and the Columbia University Data Science Institute in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The city offered over 12 acres of city-owned land at Roosevelt Island, a seed investment of $100 million of city capital, and the full support of the administration. The cost to the city was significant, but the impact was expected to be enormous ($33 billion overall economic impact, 1,000 spin-off companies, and 48,000+ jobs over three decades). How successful has this initiative been thus far and will it be worth the investment? What were the lessons learned? How can other cities leverage their higher education institutions to create a strong commercialization pipeline, from academia to industry, to create more jobs?

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