Eastern Time, ET

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcoming Remarks

Lithuanian and North American Dignitaries

8:30 am – 8:50 am

Lithuanian Economic Achievements & Opportunities

Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas, and Advisor to the Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania Karolis Žemaitis

8:50 am – 9:20 am

Entering the U.S. Market via Pennsylvania, Lithuania’s Most Active North American Partner

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development: Deputy Secretary International Business David Briel, and President & CEO at Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation Frank Zukas

9:20 am – 9:50 am

Lessons from Leaders: American Lithuanian Business Forum

ALBC Chair Jeff Nelson, EVP, Strategic Staffing Solutions

9:50 am - 10:05 am

NA -> LT Panel: North American companies with investments in Lithuania

Moderator: Christopher Wink, Publisher & CEO, Technical.ly
- Jim Blottman, COO, Soho Dragon
- Doug Cook, President of Commercialization, AmerisourceBergen
- Tadas Vizgirda, Managing Director at Shift4 Payments Lithuania

10:05 am – 11:05 am

LT Gateway Resources

Moderator: Christopher Wink, Publisher & CEO, Technical.ly
- Monika Gabalyte, Senior Analyst at Investors’ Forum
- Giedrius Valuckas, LT FEZ Association, Board Member at Engineering Industries Association of Lithuania
- Mantas Zamzickas, Commercial Attaché to the USA, Consulate General of Lithuania in Los Angeles

11:05 am - 11:25 am

Coffee Break

11:25 am – 11:40 am

LT -> NA Panel: Lithuanian companies with investments in North America

Moderator: Daina Trout, Chief Mission Officer & Co-Founder, Health-Ade Kombucha
- Ingrida Grikpediene, CCO, VMG Group
- Laurynas Miskinis, Head of Organic Products R/D & Commerce, AUGA Group
- Rolandas Talalas, CEO, Intus Windows
- Rimvis Mati, CEO, Trinity Dominion

11:40 am – 12:40 pm

NA Gateway Resources

Moderator: Daina Trout, Chief Mission Officer & Co-Founder, Health-Ade Kombucha
- Asta Zelenkauskaite, Associate Professor of Communications, Drexel University
- John Kissane, Partner Watson Farley & Williams, The Board Member of Baltic American Chamber of Commerce
- Paul Kuras, Lithuanian Honorary Consul General in Canada

12:40 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

The Ambassadors Panel

Moderator: Lauren Swartz, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
- Robert S. Gilchrist, U.S. Ambassador
 to the Republic of Lithuania
- Audra Plepytė, Ambassador of Lithuania to the USA and Mexico
- Darius Skusevičius, Ambassador of Lithuania to Canada

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Meet the Innovators: TASTE OF LITHUANIA

- Introduction | Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania, Krista Bard
- Insights from the GIANT company | Chief Merchandising Officer at the GIANT Company, John Ruane
- Insights from beverage industry entrepreneurs | Chief Mission Officer & Co-Founder of Health-Ade Kombucha, Daina Trout
- Overview of Lithuanian Agriculture | Head of International Affairs and Export Promotion Division at the Ministry of Agriculture, Antanas Venckus
- Potential of Lithuanian F&B industry | Director at LITFOOD (Lithuanian F&B Export Promotion Agency), Šarūnas Celiešius
- Degustation and networking

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm | Lincoln Hall / Library Lounge


- Welcome and introductory remarks | Marija Šaraitė, CEO at Global Lithuanian Leaders
- Discussion Lithuanian Startup Ecosystem | Karolis Žemaitis, Advisor to Minister of Economy and Innovations, Tadas Vizgirda, Managing Director at Shift4 Payments Lietuva, Vilija Viešūnaitė, Managing Partner at TRINITI JUREX, Moderator: Kęstas Barzdaitis, Lead of LABA.LA, CTO at Signal Automative
- Presentation Startup Map of Lithuania | Žygimantas Zabieta, Co-founder of Lectrium
- Presentation The Story of a Unicorn | Gerald Kasulis, VP Business Operations North America at Nord Security
- Startups on Stage:
Gediminas Pekšys | Oxipit | Medtech
Jonas Čeponis | Biotecus | Biotech
Jurgita Jaruševičienė | Mokosi.lt | Edtech
Žygimantas Zabieta | Lectrium | Energy
- Moderated networking

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm | Lincoln Memorial Room

Network after the NALB Forum

You will have an opportunity to continue informal networking and celebrate new connections. Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres graciously provided by the restaurant.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Rittenhouse Grill, 1701 Locust Street

Schedule – Subject to change.


Lithuanian Dance Festival

July 1-4, 2022
A special post-Forum event celebrating Lithuanian culture. Learn more here.