Business Leaders to Rock Out With Reality TV Star

Posted November 8, 2013 at 1:12pm

How does one properly reward those willing to spend the better part of a day debating the nuts and bolts of intellectual property rights and innovation policy? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center figures a few tunes from a long-forgotten “American Idol” winner ought to about cover it.

The GIPC is hosting its inaugural global IP summit Friday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a daylong gathering featuring guest speakers — including Rep. George Holding, R-N.C. — and discussion panels galore.

Once it’s all over, attendees will be treated to a 15-minute performance by singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze.

Name not ringing a bell for you?

That’s probably because DeWyze won the ninth cycle of American Idol — and immediately faded into obscurity.

In fact, perhaps the most memorable thing about the 2010 season of Fox’s glorified karaoke contest was the discovery of “General” Larry Platt:

Cheer up, Lee!

If there is a “silver lining” in all of this, it’s that anybody might still be looking for you three years after you accomplished something or other. (Enjoy the free cocktails!)