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Tuesday, October 26
 

9:30am EDT

Welcome Message with Ms. Veteran America - Elise Dent and GDIT's Elizabeth Price
Got 3 minutes? Join us for an hour of speed networking to kick off the GDIT Women + Tech 2021 conference event by meeting someone new. Make a new connection. Speed Networking provides a quick way for people who have similar interests and goals to meet. Each connection will be for 3 minutes and then you will shuffle on. Looking for that new job, new friend or just great conversation—don't miss out, set up your profile and get shuffling!  

Speakers
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Elise Dent

Ms. Veteran America
Branch Chief of Soldier and Family Programs, Elise Dent, epitomizes servant leadership to the citizen Soldiers of the Maryland Army National Guard (MDARNG). She tirelessly works to support  Soldiers  through  each  phase  of  deployment  linking  resources  to  spouses  and... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price

Talent Acquisition Specialist Advisor, GDIT
Elizabeth F. Price is an accomplished HR & Leadership professional with over 25 years of experience in the public, and private sectors. She is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that enable the team to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 9:30am - 10:40am EDT
Virtual

9:40am EDT

Speed Networking



Tuesday October 26, 2021 9:40am - 10:10am EDT

10:15am EDT

Networking / Break
Engage with other attendees! In the event platform, use the 'My Schedule', 'My Connections' or the 'My Interested List' areas to connect and set meetings with other event attendees during these designated networking breaks.


Tuesday October 26, 2021 10:15am - 10:30am EDT

10:30am EDT

Plenary Session: President’s Message
Millions of Americans are re-evaluating their careers, branching out to explore new opportunities, and fighting for better culture in the workplace. Women in particular are leaving the workforce altogether– a lasting effect of this pandemic known as “the great reassessment.” Please join Managing Partner and Chairman of Boyden World Corporation, Craig Stevens and GDIT President, Amy Gilliland for a fireside chat that explores this time of “reassessment” for employees. These leaders will share their own perspectives on the future of the workforce and how companies can win the war on talent. Topics will include why workers are reevaluating their careers and what GDIT is doing to retain its talent and differentiate its culture in a highly competitive industry. Amy will share her thoughts on the importance of open communication – whether you’re asking for advice on how to advance your career, how to pivot to a new position, or the need for flexible work arrangements and the importance of mental health support in the workplace.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Gilliland

Amy Gilliland

President, GDIT
Amy Gilliland is president of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation. GDIT is a $8.5B global technology enterprise with operations in 30 countries worldwide and 30,000 technologists and services professionals delivering critical... Read More →
avatar for Craig Stevens

Craig Stevens

Managing Partner and Chairman, Boyden World Corporation
With over 25 years as a retained search practitioner and management consultant, Craig has a range of experiences serving boards of directors in the selection of chief executives. In addition, he partners with CEOs and their human resource executives in the recruitment of management... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am EDT

11:00am EDT

Keynote Conversation with Six-Time Everest Summiteer Melissa Arnot & GDIT’s Kristie Grinnell
Did you know? Fewer than 300 people have climbed to the highest point in each of our 50 states. Some of these high points are true mountains and others are merely elevated places, but the point is: Climbing them all takes gumption, skill, strength, and a little curiosity too.

Please join Kristie Grinnell, GDIT VP, Global CIO and Chief Supply Chain Officer for a fireside chat with six-time Everest summiteer Melissa Arnot. Melissa has climbed all 50 points – and she did it in less than 50 days as part of the Fifty Peaks Challenge. In this discussion, Melissa and Kristie will talk about the ways women are constantly “climbing mountains to reach their full potential” – and everything that entails. From proving our self-worth to performing under pressure to being unafraid to fail, this discussion will highlight the common challenges we face and the importance of having the right climbers alongside us on our mountains.

You don’t want to miss this session!

Moderators
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Kristie Grinnell

Vice President, Information Technology and Supply Chain and Global Chief Information Officer, GDIT
Kristie Grinnell serves as GDIT’s Global Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Supply Chain. In this role, she leads GDIT’s transformational enterprise IT strategic plan and IT Shared Services center for our customer base.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Arnot Reid

Melissa Arnot Reid

Co-Founder, The Juniper Fund
Melissa has been a working mountain guide since 2004. She is a passionate seeker of shared adventures and perfecting the balance of learning and teaching. As an athlete, she is in competition with only herself, constantly pushing her own limits and trying to be the best mountain traveler... Read More →
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Sarah Holland

Sales Director, Unanet 
Sarah has worked with hundreds of large and small Government Contractors supporting their evaluation of Unanet’s ERP and CRM software. She has been with Unanet for over a decade and takes pride in having played a key role in growing the company into the market leader it has become. Throughout... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday October 26, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am EDT

11:45am EDT

Networking / Break
Engage with other attendees! In the event platform, use the 'My Schedule', 'My Connections' or the 'My Interested List' areas to connect and set meetings with other event attendees during these designated networking breaks. 


Tuesday October 26, 2021 11:45am - 12:15pm EDT

12:10pm EDT

Plenary Session: Resetting Perspectives - Career Advice from Mike Thibault Head Coach of the Washington Mystics
Join Washington Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault and GDIT Business Area Vice President Nisa Moore for a discussion about leadership, resiliency, and reflection in a time of immense change. In this 30-minute session, Mike and Nisa will talk about the seismic shifts in the world of sports and business that drive meaningful and lasting change. Specifically, they’ll discuss Diversity and Inclusion and the important and necessary conversations that are taking place as a result. They’ll talk about allyship and its role in Mike’s move from the NBA to the WNBA. Of course, the pandemic’s role as an accelerator of change will also be a focus. You won’t want to miss this engaging and insightful session!


Speakers
avatar for Mike Thibault

Mike Thibault

Head Coach, Washington Mystics
Mike Thibault was named the head coach/general manager of the Washington Mystics on December 18, 2012. Under his tutelage, Washington won their first WNBA championship in 2019.  The winningest coach in WNBA history, Thibault has led the Mystics to seven total postseason appearances... Read More →
avatar for Nisa Moore

Nisa Moore

Business Area Vice President, Diplomacy, GDIT
A Business Area Vice President with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Nisa leads a portfolio valued over $3.5B of key programs supporting a diplomatic, advocate, and assistance global mission by advancing the interests of the American people. Her leadership... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 12:10pm - 12:25pm EDT

12:45pm EDT

Allyship & Support
Inclusion of diverse perspectives - diversity of thought, culture, orientation, and background - strengthens an organization’s performance by ensuring that all voices are heard and gives, the best ideas the opportunity to rise to the top.  In this session, join GDIT representatives, esteemed guests, and our partners in a conversation about how best to support communities and individuals who   have been traditionally marginalized and ensure that everyone can equally contribute to and benefit from our collective future success.

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Kliewer

Rachel Kliewer

Operations Director, Intelligence and Homeland Security, GDIT
Rachel is the Director of Operations for the HS&T Sector and has been with GDIT 14 years. In this role Rachel provides leadership to refine operational processes and grow the business. For the past three years Rachel served as the lead For Women’s Advancement Recognition & Development where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mayra Andujar-Gonzalez

Mayra Andujar-Gonzalez

Technology Development Branch Chief, Department of State
Mayra Andujar-Gonzalez is passionate about her position as the Branch Chief for the Technology Development Branch within Department of State’s Diplomatic Security. Mayra’s engineering career with DS began in Greece, and took her to Uruguay, Brazil, Costa Rica and many countries... Read More →
avatar for Ron Harris

Ron Harris

Senior Business Administrator, Intelligence and Homeland Security, GDIT
Ronald is a results-oriented leader with 10+ years of program and business development experience in government contracting.  At GDIT, he is part of the IHS Sector capture management team where he drives business development processes and executes win strategies.  As Co-Lead of... Read More →
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John Ludecke

Vice President and General Manager, Federal Civilian, GDIT
John Ludecke is a Vice President & General Manager for GDIT’s Civilian Agencies Division.  He has over 25 years of Federal contracting experience with a focus on: ERP implementations, IT infrastructure services, engineering & mission support, IT strategy, digital services, supply... Read More →
avatar for Isis Arce Melton

Isis Arce Melton

Manager of Knowledge Management as a Service, GDIT
Isis Arce-Melton is a Knowledge Manager who works with our customers to provide them with a customized knowledge management approach to produce a robust and sustainable solution. Isis has more than 20 years of experience in the government sector with a focus on project management... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Virtual

12:45pm EDT

Ask the Expert: Secure Supply Chain
Join us for an “Ask the Expert” conversation focused on how to build and maintain secure supply chains, using leading edge technology and processes. Please send us your questions ahead of time for our experts!

Moderators
avatar for Darby Bade

Darby Bade

Vice President, EPA Business Area Lead and Executive Lead for GDIT’s Climate Change Initiatives, GDIT
Darby Chellis Bade is the GDIT Vice President for the EPA Business Area Lead and Executive Lead for GDIT’s Climate Change Initiatives.  In this capacity she is responsible for the overall successful program and financial execution of nearly 20 programs.  She is also responsible... Read More →

Speakers
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Mike Baker

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer , GDIT
Michael Baker is an accomplished cyber security executive passionate about building high performing teams and transforming the way cyber risk is managed within the business.  Michael brings nearly 20 years of experience in the field across cyber leadership, talent development... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Caplan

Lauren Caplan

Supply Chain Director, GDIT
Lauren Caplan is a Director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement with GDIT’s supply chain management organization. She has a Master’s degree in Business and Information Technology Management and significant experience delivering measurable results in supply chain management... Read More →
avatar for Trisha Marks

Trisha Marks

Regional Director for Security Engineering in the Western Hemisphere, US Department of State
Trisha Marks currently serves as the Regional Director for Security Engineering in the Western Hemisphere.  Trisha joined the Department of State as a Security Engineering Officer in 2004 and has held assignments abroad and in the U.S.  Most recently, Trisha served as the Officer-in-Charge... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Virtual

12:45pm EDT

Automation + Digital Modernization
Automation + Digital Modernization = Mission Success! Join GDIT and industry leaders for an engaging panel discussion as they share how they’ve moved mountains to meet the digital needs of today’s organizations. In this session, we’ll explore how continuous IT modernization strategies can transform mission delivery – driving innovation and value to agencies today and tomorrow.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Chang

Lisa Chang

Data Scientist, Praxis Engineering
Lisa Chang is the Chief Data Scientist and a Solutions Architect at Praxis Engineering. Lisa began her career as an engineer, manufacturing engine oil additives and fiber optics. Realizing the benefits of automation, she switched focus and began developing software solutions for embedded... Read More →

Speakers
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Jenn Gustetic

Director, Early State Innovations and Partnerships, NASA
Ms. Gustetic is an experienced innovation leader in the Federal government and a policy entrepreneur. Currently she is the Director of Early Stage Innovations and Partnerships for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. In this role she leads a portfolio of technology programs... Read More →
avatar for Kathlean O'Connor

Kathlean O'Connor

Senior Director, Software Development, GDIT
Ms. O’Connor is a proud army brat, dog mom, and serial wanderluster in constant pursuit of execution excellence. She is an agent of change with 15+ years of experience developing and leading high performing service delivery teams. The majority of her career has been spent immersed... Read More →
avatar for Mandy Sack

Mandy Sack

Data Scientist, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Mandy received her BS from University of Minnesota Twin Cities and has been with General Dynamics Mission Systems since 2013. As a data scientist and versatile leader with over 8 years of broad-based experience she has proven success in leading both teams and projects from scratch... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm EDT
Virtual

1:30pm EDT

Networking / Break
Engage with other attendees! In the event platform, use the 'My Schedule', 'My Connections' or the 'My Interested List' areas to connect and set meetings with other event attendees during these designated networking breaks. 


Tuesday October 26, 2021 1:30pm - 1:45pm EDT

1:45pm EDT

Ask the Expert: Automation & Digital Modernization
Digital Modernization starts with the mission.  Bring your questions and engage with experts from GDIT and industry in an important dialogue. Together, we’ll focus on aligning modernization efforts with the mission and on how end user needs must ultimately drive digital transformation efforts.

Moderators
avatar for Darby Bade

Darby Bade

Vice President, EPA Business Area Lead and Executive Lead for GDIT’s Climate Change Initiatives, GDIT
Darby Chellis Bade is the GDIT Vice President for the EPA Business Area Lead and Executive Lead for GDIT’s Climate Change Initiatives.  In this capacity she is responsible for the overall successful program and financial execution of nearly 20 programs.  She is also responsible... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Laura Clayton McDonnell

Laura Clayton McDonnell

Senior Vice President, Sales - East, Canada, and Latin America, ServiceNow
Laura Clayton McDonnell is the Senior Vice President, Sales - East, Canada, and Latin America, ServiceNow, focused on driving positive results, growing market share, developing high performance teams, and transforming customers and culture. She has extensive sales management and legal... Read More →
avatar for Erin Collard

Erin Collard

Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator for EI, US Environmental Protection Agency
Erin is a California native.  She earned a BA in Political Science with a Public Service emphasis from University of California at Santa Barbara, and a MPA from University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs at Denver.   Erin’s career in public service began immediately... Read More →
avatar for Judy Schnurr

Judy Schnurr

Solutions Architect, Chief AI/ML Federal Civilian, GDIT
Proven IT service delivery expert with over twenty years of experience and 20 certifications that include AI/Data Analytics, Client-centric leadership, ITSM Instruction, ITIL v. 4, ITIL v4 Managing Professional, ITIL v4 IT Strategist: Direct, Plan, Improve, Agile Scrum, DevOps, and... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday October 26, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT

1:45pm EDT

Emerging Technology: Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is bringing about some of the most transformative impacts to society and government alike, and this technology is poised to continue to do so over the next decade and beyond.  This session will address what AI is (and isn’t); how organizations can harness the exceptional benefits of AI while mitigating risks and ensuring its ethical application; and, most importantly, the skillsets needed to build an AI workforce for today and the future.

Moderators
avatar for Addy Kennedy

Addy Kennedy

Sr. Program Manager, Intelligence and Homeland Security, GDIT
Addy is currently a Sr. Program Manager for the Intelligence and Homeland Security Division. She also serves on the GDIT AI+Data Insights Center of Excellence as leader to share, collaborate, learn and build awareness of and proficiency in emerging AI, machine learning and data science... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Bunton

Sheryl Bunton

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Gulfstream Aerospace
Sheryl is the Chief Information Officer for Gulfstream Aerospace where she leads the company’s Business Technology unit and is a member of the senior leadership team. Since joining Gulfstream in 2015, Bunton has established companywide technology solutions and digital transformation... Read More →
avatar for Debika Bhattacharya

Debika Bhattacharya

Senior Vice President of 5G and Enterprise Solutions, Verizon
Debika Bhattacharya is Senior Vice President of 5G & Enterprise Solutions for Verizon Business, charged with delivering 5G solutions and strategic business outcomes to Verizon’s Global Enterprise and Government customers — leading a team of 1,100+ sales and technology professionals... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Bonnell

Alexis Bonnell

Emerging Technology Evangelist for Public Sector, Google
Alexis Bonnell is a Senior Business Executive and the Emerging Technology Evangelist for Public Sector at Google. Government is navigating unprecedented times, unprecedented opportunity and can leverage unprecedented technology to solve our nations and the world's most pressing challenges... Read More →
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Invited: Maria Roat

Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Maria is the Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Chief Information Officer.  She was previously the Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer, and served at the Department of Homeland Security and Department... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday October 26, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Virtual

1:45pm EDT

Performing Under Pressure
From protecting our technology from cyber threats, to managing through a crisis, to preparing for the big meeting, today’s professionals are faced with high-pressure situations every day. The pandemic exacerbated this reality in the workplace and created new, work-related stressors of its own. Join us to hear the stories and lessons learned from a panel of professionals who have weathered a variety of storms and delivered results in ways that work for them, their teams and their organizations.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Frye

Melissa Frye

Program Director, Federal Civilian, GDIT
A Program Director with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Melissa Frye is a resilient, forward-thinking leader with a passion for service. She leads a multibillion-dollar program in support of the Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS). In this role, Melissa... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Ferrell

Kelly Ferrell

Senior Vice President , Intelligence and Homeland Security, GDIT
Kelly Ferrell is GDIT’s senior vice president for the intelligence and homeland security division, reporting to President Amy Gilliland. Kelly oversees the delivery of information technology, software development, and professional services and solutions to customers within the Intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Adamson

Melissa Adamson

Head of the Americas Public Sector Strategic Partnerships, Google
As head of Americas Public Sector Strategic Partnerships, Melissa Adamson is responsible for the developing, driving and leading the strategy for partner engagement for the Americas Public Sector at Google Cloud.    Melissa has extensive experience working with government organizations... Read More →
avatar for Ayana Moore, PhD

Ayana Moore, PhD

Associate Project Director, HIV Prevention Trials Network and COVID-19 Prevention Network, FHI 360
Ayana Moore is the Associate Project Director for the leadership and operations centers for two NIH-funded research networks – the HIV Preventions Trials Network and the COVID-19 Prevention Network. She served as a senior clinical research manager for more than ten years before... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm EDT
Virtual

2:30pm EDT

Networking / Break
Engage with other attendees! In the event platform, use the 'My Schedule', 'My Connections' or the 'My Interested List' areas to connect and set meetings with other event attendees during these designated networking breaks. 


Tuesday October 26, 2021 2:30pm - 2:45pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

Ask the Expert: Emerging Technology
Join us for an Ask the Expert conversation. Bring your questions and engage with experts from GDIT and industry in an important dialogue regarding new and innovative Emerging Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence!

Moderators
avatar for Darby Bade

Darby Bade

Vice President, EPA Business Area Lead and Executive Lead for GDIT’s Climate Change Initiatives, GDIT
Darby Chellis Bade is the GDIT Vice President for the EPA Business Area Lead and Executive Lead for GDIT’s Climate Change Initiatives.  In this capacity she is responsible for the overall successful program and financial execution of nearly 20 programs.  She is also responsible... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Colleen Kummett

Dr. Colleen Kummett

Senior Analytics Manager, Program Director, GDIT
Colleen Kummet, PhD, is a statistician expert and senior analytics manager with General Dynamics Information Technology and has over 15 years of experience with statistical analysis of large health, genetic and government databases. She serves as the Program Director for the Research... Read More →
avatar for Scott Sandland

Scott Sandland

CEO AND Co-Founder, Cyrano.ai
Scott is the former world's youngest hypnotherapist. A few companies (and decades) later he is the CEO of a company focusing on artificial empathy and strategic linguistics. As a former executive director and CEO of a mental health clinic and longtime technologist, he has experience... Read More →
avatar for Tahera Zamanzada

Tahera Zamanzada

Principal Digital Strategist, Salesforce
Tahera Zamanzada is the Principal Digital Strategist supporting the Global Public Sector business at Salesforce. A thought leader and digital advisor to C-suite executives, Tahera consults on the challenges surrounding digital transformation, cloud adoption, and technology modernization... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday October 26, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Virtual

2:45pm EDT

Power of Positivity
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the core belief that everyone desires a meaningful and fulfilling existence, wherein they can cultivate the very best parts of themselves. Join this session to explore how positivity and mindfulness can improve your work performance and overall well-being, and how you can help define a culture where positivity fosters collaboration.

Moderators
avatar for Kyle McNamara

Kyle McNamara

Vice President, Legal, GDIT
Kyle McNamara is GDIT’s vice president and general counsel, reporting to President Amy Gilliland. As GDIT’s chief legal officer, Kyle manages the company’s legal strategy and oversees all legal affairs at GDIT, including litigation, investigations and the negotiation of significant... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Caralyn Brace

Caralyn Brace

Global Vice President & Strategic Client Industry Leader for Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Construction and Engineering, Travel and Transport, and Aerospace & Defense, Oracle
Caralyn is the Oracle GVP Strategic Client Industry Leader, Manufacturing,  Oil and Gas, Construction and Engineering, Travel and Transport and Aerospace & Defense.  She joined Oracle from Capgemini where she served as the Chief Sales Officer for the Manufacturing, Automotive... Read More →
avatar for Doan Chau

Doan Chau

Business Area Vice President, Defense, GDIT
Doan Chau is an Army Business Area Vice President within GDIT, where he leads a portfolio of more than 40 different projects involving enterprise modernization, legacy technology refresh, sustainment, and managed services delivery throughout Army PEO EIS, USARPAC, Army National... Read More →
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Christie Nader

Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Officer, Jet Aviation
Christie Nader is SVP Global Chief Information Officer for Jet Aviation, a business aviation company that provides aircraft maintenance, management, completions, and charter services in 50 locations worldwide. Prior to joining Jet Aviation, Christie was Chief Information Officer for... Read More →
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Brittany Sutton

Employee Relations Advisor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Brittany grew up in White Plains, NY and currently resides in Manhattan, NY. She works as an Employee Relations Advisor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, NY. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2016 and more recently from the University of... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Virtual

2:45pm EDT

Secure Supply Chain: Enterprise Approach to Supply Chain Risk Management
This session will focus on how to build and maintain a secure supply chain across your enterprise – covering everything from culture alignment and organizational structure, to defining a Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) strategy that suits your industry. Panelists will talk about emerging technologies and how they can protect against new and emerging threats from internal risks – like legacy systems or insider threats – to external risks ranging from cybersecurity to natural disasters and more.

Moderators
avatar for Shaunna Rudolph

Shaunna Rudolph

Supply Chain Director, GDIT
Shaunna Rudolph is a Supply Chain Director with GDIT; leading a multibillion dollar global supply chain portfolio. She has over 20 years of experience in strategic sourcing, warehousing and distribution, transportation and logistics, maintenance, and repair operations, and managing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Artis

James Artis

Supply Chain Director, GDIT
Mr. Artis James is the Supply Chain Risk Manager for GDIT as well as the Director of Course Development for Supply Chain Risk Management for the Air Force Institute of Technology. He retired from the Army in 2019 serving 20 years as a Logistics and Supply Chain professional. Mr... Read More →
avatar for Damaris Garcia

Damaris Garcia

Field Support Branch Chief, Department of State
Damaris Garcia is an inspiration in her role as the Branch Chief within Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. After obtaining a BS in Chemical Engineering, Damaris joined Department of State and has continuously shown her expertise and skill in all things STEM... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Ellen is a high energy executive with extensive experience in aerospace and defense. Her expertise lies at the intersection of industry and government in addition to general management. She develops efficient and cost-effective business processes to commercialize cyber secure technology... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Virtual

3:30pm EDT

Networking / Break
Engage with other attendees! In the event platform, use the 'My Schedule', 'My Connections' or the 'My Interested List' areas to connect and set meetings with other event attendees during these designated networking breaks.

Tuesday October 26, 2021 3:30pm - 3:45pm EDT

3:45pm EDT

Plenary Session: Voices of Inclusion
Join us for this important and inclusive panel discussion highlighting the value of inviting – and listening to – different perspectives. In technology especially, the challenges we face require fresh and innovative thinking – the kind that only happens when a diversity of voices, experiences and thought come together to solve them.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Iannarino

Lisa Iannarino

Diversity & Inclusion Senior Manager, GDIT
Ms. Iannarino helped to build GDIT’s corporate giving, volunteerism and diversity and inclusion programs from the ground up. She is passionate about creating spaces where all employees have the opportunity to thrive, and supporting employees and the causes that matter to them... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rona Bunn

Rona Bunn

Chief Information Officer, Department of Commerce
Rona Bunn serves as the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA). She is leading the Technology, Services and Innovation (TSI) organization, driving the ITA’s digital transformation; shifting business focus to realization... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Cheraquit

Rebecca Cheraquit

Chief Program Officer, Melwood
Rebecca Cheraquit serves as the Chief Program Officer at Melwood. She was previously the Vice President of Community Services with Melwood and has held senior management positions in the nonprofit and social services fields for 20 years.Over the last decade, her focus has been job... Read More →
avatar for Yen Tang

Yen Tang

Value Stream Director for Business Integration and Transformation, GDIT
Yen Tang is a Value Stream Director with GDIT’s Global CIO Services. Her current area of focus is business transformation of Supply Chain and Contract Management services. Yen has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and master’s degree in Information Technology. She... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 3:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Virtual

4:15pm EDT

Closing Session & Awards
New to Women + Tech this year, GDIT hosted our first-ever Bot-a-thon sponsored by Deloitte. With partners UiPath and Stem for Her, young women in their junior or senior year of high school learned how to utilize RPA technology to solve real-world problems in the areas of Humanitarianism, Cyber Threats and Mental Health, in a competition resulting in scholarships for 20 students. Join GDIT’s VP of HR, Tammy Kness, and Miss Veteran USA Elise Dent, to learn more about the program and the winning teams.


Speakers
avatar for Jas Boothe

Jas Boothe

Founder, President, Final Salute
Former Army Major Jas Boothe is a Disabled Army Veteran, Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Cancer Survivor, and Spiritual Entrepreneur who served for over 17 years. Jas Boothe, a formerly homeless veteran, is the President and Founder of Final Salute Inc, providing homeless... Read More →
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Tammy Kness

Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, GDIT
Tammy Kness is GDIT’s vice president of human resources and communications, reporting to President Amy Gilliland. Tammy oversees all matters related to people management and development, talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, global mobility, diversity and inclusion, corporate... Read More →


Tuesday October 26, 2021 4:15pm - 4:45pm EDT
Virtual

5:00pm EDT

Virtual Happy Hour
Get ready to PARTY at our Virtual Happy Hour. Hosted by three professional musicians, our “Musical Happy Hour” is full of non-stop fun and entertainment. Featuring live performances, hilarious group icebreakers, a rock-and-roll game show, an art contest, a Pet Parade, and a custom song written on-the-spot. Get ready to buzz in and feature “on-stage” or sit back and observe. Either way, bring your positive vibes and celebrate the amazing Women + Technology Community.

Viewing as a watch party is optional as well. 

Tuesday October 26, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT