Thursday, January 30
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
8:00 p.m. Presentation by Rob Salkowitz
8:30 p.m. Dessert and Cocktails
231 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
$75 per person
($50 for OPCs '09-'19)
RSVP by Jan. 23
Questions? Contact Chris Rahill, director of alumni relations.
Penn Charter's Alumni Society invites the Penn Charter community to hear Rob Salkowitz OPC '85, a respected voice on the business of popular culture, share insights about fan culture as a worldwide phenomenon.
Rob Salkowitz OPC ’85 often finds himself wondering “how did this happen?” As an author, consultant, educator and entrepreneur, he has tracked how social, economic and demographic trends have shaped business and culture. For the past decade, he’s been forecasting and analyzing changes in the media and entertainment landscape, particularly the rise of comics and fan culture as a worldwide phenomenon.
Salkowitz is the author of several books, including Young World Rising: How Youth, Technology and Entrepreneurship Are Changing the World from the Bottom Up, Generation Blend: Managing Across the Technology Age Gap, and Listening to the Future, but he is best-known for his 2012 best-seller Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, which made him “the guy who wrote a book about Comic-Con.” He consults with companies worldwide trying to understand fan culture, covers media and entertainment for Forbes, and writes regularly for Publishers Weekly and ICv2, the trade publication of the comics and gaming industry.
Salkowitz arrived at this odd perch following a series of unlikely career events that took him through advertising and TV production, multimedia development, launching several early dotcoms, writing for videogames, starting a digital communications firm, working with Microsoft’s Bill Gates on a project on the future of work and various other odd jobs.
Salkowitz and his wife, Eunice Verstegen, live and work in Seattle, Wash.