A panel conversation with government leaders, lenders, and business owners with advice to successfully navigate current government funding programs. 

Recorded: April 23, 2020. 2pm EST / 11am PST



Vice President of Government Affairs, MediaTek Inc

Patrick Wilson is the Vice President of Government Affairs at MediaTek Inc. 

From January 2016 to October 2018, Mr. Wilson worked as the Director of Government Relations at Cummins Inc. He previously worked as the Director of Federal and Congressional Affairs at Babcock & Wilcox, where he was the Energy Policy Lead. From January 2006 to February 2013, Mr. Wilson worked as the Director of Government Affairs at the Semiconductor Industry Association. Before this, he served as Coalitions Director and Senior Counsel of the House Committee on Small Business at the U.S. House of Representatives. He also worked in the U.S. Senate as a Legislative Counsel in the Office of Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS). Prior to that, Mr. Wilson served as the Legislative Director in the Office of Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) and as a Legislative Assistant and Counsel in the Office of Representative Vince Snowbarger (R-KS) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 2004, he has served as an officer in both the Virginia Army National Guard and in the U.S. Army Reserve, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal while on active duty in Iraq.


Education and Training Programs Advisor, Connecticut Small Business Development Center 

Valeria  is an advocate for efficiency, streamlining and building positive cultures that enrich the business environment. As a strategist she is a trusted advisor and go-to-resource in the community, helping businesses build their capacity for sustainable growth by encouraging the creation and support of viable organizational practices.

Working with small business owners for over 16 years across a wide variety of industries including food & restaurant, retail, manufacturing, technology, and construction among others, she believes in the importance of research and big-picture thinking that lead to realistic goals, with short-term and long-term plans that helps make them a reality.

Valeria has a degree in Business Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a concentration in Social Innovation and Impact. Valeria has been recognized as a thought leader in Social Entrepreneurship and has been awarded for her efforts in Sustainable Development in third-world countries.


Founder & Chief Efficiency Officer, Veteran LED


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Nathan Kolb

Brand Engagement: Creditsafe USA

Nathan Kolb brings a deep experience to strategic leadership with a background in sales, marketing, tactical planning and operations, project planning and management, and business developmental growth.