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Join the largest annual gathering of the top 1,000 C-level leaders from the gov tech community at the ninth annual FedTalks. FedTalks will bring together influential leaders from the tech industry and government for one day of discussion, exploring ways technology and people can transform government and our communities.


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Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits

FedTalks 2019 attendees are eligible to receive continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Attendees can earn a maximum of 4 CPE credits in information technology.

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Delivery Method: Group-Live
Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Previous professional experience in IT and technology is recommended for all participants
Advance Preparation: No advance preparation necessary

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Deputy Director, OMB & Acting Director,
Federal CIO,
Executive Office of the President
Deputy Under Secretary for Artificial Intelligence & Technology,
Dept. of Energy
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy,
Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence, OSTP,
The White House
Chief Data Officer,
Chief Data Officer,
Chief Data Officer,
Deputy Director, Digital Innovation,
Deputy Director, DIU,
Deputy Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, CISA,
Director, Strategic Technology Management, OCTO,
Director, Technology Transformation Services,
Founder & CEO,
Scoop News Group
Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer,
SVP, Global Government Solutions,
Director of IBM Cloud Private & MultiCloud Platforms,
DoD Cybersecurity Expert,
VP, Worldwide Public Sector,
VP, Security Solutions,
World Wide Technology
CTO, Federal,
Chief Data & Analytics Officer,
Executive Director, Business Development Federal Sales, Civilian Strategic Programs,
Dell EMC
Sr. Director of Cyber Protection Solutions,

* Pending Agency Approval

Margaret Weichert

Deputy Director, OMB & Acting Director, OPM

Margaret Weichert is currently serving as both Acting Director at OPM and Deputy Director for Management at OMB. Weichert is a seasoned business executive who has served as a Principal at Ernst & Young, LLP since 2013. In her 25 year professional career, Weichert has also held executive leadership positions at Market Platform Dynamics, First Data Corporation, Bank of America, and Andersen Consulting focused on strategy, innovation, and business process improvement in banking and payments technology.

An innovator and entrepreneur, Weichert also co-founded an Internet company, Achex, Inc., and sold that company to First Data in 2001. As a result of her innovative work in payment technology, Weichert has been named as an inventor on 14 successful U.S. patents. An avid supporter of technology innovation in Georgia, Weichert has served since 2010 on the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)’s Fintech Steering Committee.

She holds a B.S. of Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a post-graduate diploma in Economics with distinction from the University of Sussex (UK) and a MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Suzette Kent

Federal CIO, Executive Office of the President

Suzette Kent serves as the Federal CIO at OMB. Kent is an industry leader of large-scale business transformation using technology, for the world’s most complex organizations. She most recently served as a principal at EY and has been a partner at Accenture, consulting president at Carreker Corporation and a Managing Director at JPMorgan.

Although technology change has been at the core of her professional career, retooling the workforce and creating new opportunities for people has been an essential element of efforts that she has led. She has served as an enterprise leader for organizational learning, diversity and inclusiveness, and career development at every organization in which she has worked.

Kent is a frequent speaker in global industry forums, publisher of thought leadership pieces and holds patents in banking processes.

Matt Lira

Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy & Initiatives, Executive Office of the President

Matt Lira serves as Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives White House Office of American Innovation in the White House Office of American Innovation where he works to coordinate priority policy initiatives for the office.

For the past decade, Lira's work has placed him at the cross section of politics, government and the emerging digital economy. With a unique mixture of experiences in Congressional Leadership and national campaigns, he has gained first-hand insight into our nation’s political and governing institutions. Previously, Lira has served as Senior Advisor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Digital Director for then-VP Nominee Paul Ryan and a Sr. Advisor to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

In 2015, Lira served as an Institute of Politics Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, focused on the impact of the digital economy on politics and governance. In 2012, he was recognized by Tech Crunch as one of the “20 Most Innovative People in Democracy.”

Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov

Deputy Under Secretary for Artificial Intelligence & Technology, Dept. of Energy

Dr. Dmitri Kusnezov serves as Deputy Under Secretary for Artificial Intelligence & Technology within the Dept. of Energy.

At Michigan State University, he conducted postdoctoral research and then became an instructor. In 1991, he joined the faculty of Yale University as an assistant professor in physics, becoming an associate professor in 1996. He has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world.

Dr. Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and a book. He joined federal service at the National Nuclear Security Administration in late 2001 and is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is also a Visiting Researcher at Yale.

Finch Fulton

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, DOT

Finch Fulton is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at DOT.

He served as a member of the President’s Transition Team, focusing on Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, and with DOT as a Special Advisor to the Secretary on Transportation Policy.

He has served in the House of Representatives under Congressman Jim McCrery and Congressman John Fleming, M.D. and in the Senate for Senator Jeff Sessions. In addition, he has worked in public affairs at VOX Global, devising and executing integrated policy and advocacy campaigns.

Fulton is a native of Mobile, Alabama, a graduate of the University of Alabama, received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University and was most recently a resident of Dallas, Texas.

Michael Conlin


Michael Conlin serves as the Chief Data Officer for the DOD. As Chief Data Officer, Conlin is responsible for DOD-wide management, analytics, and governance of data, to meet the needs of defense leaders for timely, reliable answers to critical business questions in support of the National Defense Strategy. As the Director of the OUDS, OCMO Data Insights Directorate, Conlin is driving the development of a Shared Service that enhances speed to insight by applying advanced analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Conlin is a career technologist, with 20+ years of professional experience on five continents. He has served organizations in numerous industries, business domains, technical domains, and government functions. He helps C-level Executives refine their IT Strategies for Reform, business innovation and digital transformation.

Conlin has served high-tech firms and technology organizations in a range of roles from executive to individual performer. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded and participated in numerous start-ups.

Dr. Mona Siddiqui


Dr. Mona Siddiqui is the CDO for HHS where she is focused on promoting open data, building an enterprise wide data governance structure, creating a business analytics unit and developing strategic partnerships with external stakeholders.

Prior to this role, Dr. Siddiqui was at CMS working towards implementing a rapid cycle testing platform for payment models. She has also served with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (“nudge” unit) during the Obama administration leading work in the health space.

She has a MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she is now on faculty, a masters in quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health and in management/technology from the Stanford School of Engineering.

Donna Roy

Executive Director, Information Sharing & Services Office & Interim Chief Data Officer, DHS

Donna Roy serves as Executive Director of the Information Sharing and Services Office and Interim CDO at DHS.

Roy joined DHS as Director of the Enterprise Data Management Office in December 2006 and served in the role for four years. She previously served as Executive Director of the Information Sharing Environment Office for five years before transitioning to her current role in March 2016.

Prior to joining DHS, Roy was the Program Manager of the National Biological Information Infrastructure Program with the U.S. Geological Survey for five years. She worked for Transamerica Real Estate Information Companies for three years as Vice President of technology development. In 2016, she won with her team the DHS Secretary's Award for Excellence, "for contributions to the DHS Data Framework as the DHS solution to increase data access and information sharing while improving protections and safeguarding data."

Chris Krebs

Director, CISA, DHS

Christopher Krebs serves as the first Director of DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As Director, Krebs oversees CISA’s efforts to defend civilian networks, secure federal facilities, manage systemic risk to National critical functions, and work with stakeholders to raise the security baseline of the Nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure.

Before serving as CISA Director, Krebs was appointed in August 2017 as the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. In the absence of a permanent NPPD Under Secretary at the time, Krebs took on the role of serving as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for NPPD until he was subsequently nominated as the Under Secretary and confirmed by the Senate the following year.

Krebs joined DHS in March 2017, first serving as Sr. Counselor to the Secretary. Prior to coming to DHS, he was a member of Microsoft’s U.S. Government Affairs team as the Director for Cybersecurity Policy. Before Microsoft, Mr. Krebs advised industry and Federal, State, and local government customers on a range of cybersecurity and risk management issues. This is his second tour working at DHS, previously serving as the Sr. Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection and playing a formative role in a number of national and international risk management programs.

Mike Madsen

Deputy Director, DIU, DOD

Mike Madsen serves as Partner and head of Washington operations for the Pentagon's commercial technology hub, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). A retired U.S. Air Force colonel who flew C-17s and led combat missions in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN and ODYSSEY DAWN, Madsen also served as the Legislative Liaison, advising the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff on issues before the Congressional Armed Services Committees.

From 2010 - 2012, Madsen served as the Commander of the 17th Airlift Squadron and Deputy Commander of the 437th Operations Group. Beginning in 2013 he served as the Senior Air Force Advisor to the Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. Directly prior to his DIU role, Madsen was the Executive Director of the Section 809 Panel and Co-Founder of Advance Intelligently.

Madsen holds Master’s degrees in National Security Strategy and National Security Studies from the National War College and Naval Postgraduate School, respectively.

Anil Cheriyan

Director, Technology Transformation Services, GSA

Anil Cheriyan serves as the Director of the Technology Transformation Services (TTS) and Deputy Commissioner of FAS at GSA.

In his role as TTS director, Cheriyan leads key digital transformation of the federal government by helping agencies build, buy and share technology through 18F, Office of Products and Programs, and Presidential Innovation Fellows initiatives. Additionally, he oversees the ongoing implementation and expansion of GSA’s Centers of Excellence, which are presently operating at USDA and HUD.

Cheriyan is a former EVP and CIO at SunTrust Banks. Throughout his career, Cheriyan has led major digital transformation strategies at SunTrust and previous roles at IBM and PwC Management Consulting. He has been the recipient of numerous industry awards throughout his career, including IDC CIO 100, Computerworld Premier 100 Leader, and Enterprise CIO of the Year.

Goldy Kamali

Founder & CEO, Scoop News Group

Goldy Kamali is Founder & CEO of Scoop News Group, the leading public sector tech media company in the country. SNG is comprised of CyberScoop, FedScoop, StateScoop, EdScoop and WorkScoop and engages top CIOs, CTOs and CISOs from the public sector and tech community both online and in-person every single day through news, events, radio and TV. Kamali is known for her ability to bring the brightest and most influential IT leaders from The White House, government agencies, and tech industry together in innovative ways to exchange best practices and collaborate to achieve common goals. Hosting regular VIP gatherings on top issues facing the community, she concentrates on the key IT priorities of the Administration, so they remain front and center.

Prior to launching FedScoop, Kamali spent over 12 years in leadership roles in the tech industry, most recently as Executive Director of the American Electronics Association - the largest tech association in the country where she led the association's Government and Commercial Markets Group and worked closely with C-Level executives from the tech industry and government agencies.

Kathy Hibbs

Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer, 23andMe

Kathy Hibbs serves as Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer at 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company which has more than five million genotyped customers around the world. Currently, she is leading the company’s FDA strategy. She also oversees the corporate communications and human resource functions for the company.

Before joining 23andMe, she served as SVP and General Counsel at Genomic Health Inc., and earlier held similar roles at Monogram Biosciences Inc. and Varian Medical Systems.

She works with several industry groups, including the American Clinical Laboratory Association, the Coalition for 21st Century Medicine and the Personalized Medicine Coalition.

Casey Coleman

SVP, Global Government Solutions, Salesforce

Casey Coleman is SVP of Global Government Solutions at Salesforce, where she is responsible for enterprise positioning and solution strategies for government customers worldwide.

Before joining Salesforce, Coleman served as CIO at GSA. There she led several modernization initiatives, including the first agency-wide move to cloud-based email and collaboration platforms. Coleman chaired the federal CIO Council’s Cloud First committee that developed the FedRAMP standard for cloud cybersecurity.

Coleman began her career as an engineer with Lockheed Martin and has held sales, consulting and management roles at several technology startups focused on the enterprise IT space. Coleman holds several honors and awards from various organizations, including the ComputerWorld Premier 100 Award and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Award for Leadership in Innovation.

Teresa Carlson

VP, Worldwide Public Sector, AWS

Teresa Carlson serves as VP of Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs, and non-profits and nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and acts as an advisor to Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues.

Since starting AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has driven the business’ growth, which today accounts for 2,000 government, 4,500 education, and 17,500 nonprofit customers, and a vast partner ecosystem across all geographies.

Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as VP of Microsoft Federal. Before moving into technology, Carlson worked in health care, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area VP, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development. Carlson serves as the Board Chairman of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, Board member of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the USO of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors, the Veteran Administration (VA) Advisory Committee, Princeton University’s Infrastructure Board, among others.

John DeSimone

VP, Cybersecurity & Special Missions, Raytheon

John DeSimone is VP of Cybersecurity and Special Missions (CSM) for Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) at Raytheon.

DeSimone is an experienced executive working within corporate environments from start-ups to enterprises. He served as an EVP of delivery and operations at CSRA Inc. until March 2016. He also served as VP & GM of CSC's North American Public Sector (NPS) Enterprise Services (NES) group, where he led the strategic direction, planning and execution of the groups’ growth and development initiatives, driving and delivering next-generation technology solutions for customers across NPS’ portfolio.

DeSimone was VP and partner within IBM’s public sector. He was responsible for the operations of the company’s Federal Data Center and cloud offerings as well as the cybersecurity and privacy, federal IT infrastructure, application development and maintenance and project management service lines. He served as VP of Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he provided service strategy, design and delivery of IT outsourcing managed services offerings to the commercial, state and local markets. DeSimone also has seven years of service at Motorola, Inc. within the company’s networks and enterprise solutions sector, leading their global public safety software business. He started his career by launching a medical software company within the commercial healthcare market.

Dr. Tommy Gardner

CTO, Federal, HP

Dr. Tommy Gardner serves as the CTO for Federal at HP, Inc. His position serves federal agencies, higher education, K-12 education, state and local governments, and federal systems integrators.

A 27-year Navy veteran, Gardner previously commanded the USS San Juan (SSN 751) before going on to become the Deputy for Science & Technology to the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program and Advanced Technology Program. He has previously served as CTO for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor and ManTech International.

An ASME Fellow and professional engineer, Gardner chairs the ASME Industrial Advisory Board and is an adjunct faculty of the Blockchain Research Institute. He holds degrees from the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University and MIT as well as a doctorate in energy economics from George Washington University.

Robin Hernandez

Director of IBM Cloud Private & MultiCloud Platforms, IBM

Robin Hernandez is the Executive Director of cloud offerings at IBM. She has 20 years of experience in the software industry and has been working in the Cloud Computing space for ten of those years.

Her experience spans development, technical sales, and product management roles. She currently leads IBM Cloud Private, Multicloud Platform, and Edge. She enjoys creating new products, developing new markets, and successfully executing across multi-discipline teams.

Kelli Furrer

VP, Federal Channel & Alliances, Dell EMC

Kelli Furrer serves as VP, Channel & Alliances at Dell EMC, Federal. She is an accomplished federal business leader, marketer and strategist who was Named a Top Woman in Tech for 2018 by FedScoop.

In her role as VP of federal channel and alliances with Dell EMC, Furrer combines her experience designing and implementing the federal marketing strategy, the launch of a new customer-first Digital Transformation Summit series and account executive to design and deliver mission critical solutions across the federal business.

Furrer is an active proponent of diversity in the tech workforce, a wife, mother of three, fly-fisher, runner, dog-lover and business mentor who lives with her family in Georgetown, Texas.

Andrew Hallman

Deputy Director, Digital Innovation, CIA

Andrew Hallman serves as Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation, responsible for accelerating the integration of digital and cyber capabilities across all of CIA’s mission areas.

In his previous assignment since 2013, Deputy Director for Intelligence for Strategic Programs, he assisted with daily leadership of the Directorate of Intelligence and oversight of its people and products, paying special attention to a broad range of enduring initiatives – from analytic transformation and global agility to talent management. From 2011 to 2013, Hallman served as Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence (DNI) for Intelligence Integration, where he helped lead the DNI’s efforts to better integrate the Intelligence Community.

Before joining ODNI, Hallman served as the Director of the Office of Transnational Issues (OTI), where he was responsible for leading analysis of global national security challenges and development of advanced analytics. Prior to leading OTI, he served as intelligence briefer to President Obama. He was Director of the Office of Iraq Analysis in 2007 and 2008, and Deputy Director in 2006 and early 2007. From 2004 to 2006 he led analysis on South Asia, and he served in the CIA’s Center for Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control from 2001-2004. He was detailed as Executive Assistant to the Director of Intelligence in 2002, after serving in a number of other analytic, operational and policy assignments since entering on duty with the CIA in 1989.

Billy Mitchell

Editor-in-Chief, FedScoop

Billy Mitchell serves as FedScoop's Editor in Chief.

Prior to joining FedScoop in early 2014, Mitchell embedded himself in Washington, D.C.'s tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. Before arriving in the nation's capital, Mitchell covered Kentucky's gritty judicial system and law enforcement community as a Kentucky Press Association award-winning crime and courts reporter for the Kentucky New Era. He also freelanced for the Leaf Chronicle, a daily in Clarksville, Tennessee, and the Nashville Scene, an alternative weekly tracing the counter culture of Music City.

After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Mitchell received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

Alan Jacobson

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Alteryx

Alan Jacobson serves as the Chief Data & Analytics Officer for Alteryx. As CDAO, Jacobson leads the company’s data initiatives and helps customers around the globe implement and execute successful digital transformation strategies.

Prior to joining Alteryx, Jacobson held a variety of leadership roles at Ford Motor Company across engineering, marketing, sales and new business development; most recently leading a team of data scientists to drive digital transformation across the enterprise. As an Alteryx customer at Ford, Jacobson spent many years leveraging the Alteryx Platform across the company, delivering analytics to the manufacturing plant floor, optimizing shipping and logistics, driving HR business intelligence and launching new forecasting tools within the finance organization.

Dr. Michael Chipley

DoD Cybersecurity Expert, FedHIVE

Dr. Chipley has over 35 years of consulting experience in Program & Project Management in the areas of Cybersecurity, Energy, Environmental and Sustainable Design (LEED, Energy Star and Carbon Footprint); Critical Infrastructure Protection and Analysis; Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technology; and Emergency Management/Disaster Recovery.

He is a Special Contributor to the NIST SP 800-82 Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security, the creator and instructor of the DHS Cybersecuring Building Control Systems and Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshops, author of the Whole Building Design Guide Cybersecurity Resource page, author of the DoD Cybersecurity Resource page, and author of numerous DHS Building Infrastructure Protection Series (BIPS) publications.

He has had multiple FedRAMP Cloud Service Providers Authority To Operate and supports over 30 DoD Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework projects.

Michael McGlynn

VP, Security Solutions, World Wide Technology

Mike McGlynn is World Wide Technology’s VP for Security Solutions. In this position, he leads a team of senior security advisors and architects to drive security technologies and services sales across the company. He is responsible for WWT’s overall security strategy, including sales enablement, vendor partnerships, technologies and architectures, security integration, innovation, and services offerings. He is also active in the security VC community as both an advisor and board director.

Prior to WWT, McGlynn spent over 25 years in the Federal government as a technical director and leader in the areas of software development, systems design and development, and crypto mathematics. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and has won numerous honorary awards including the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive Service, two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, and the Deckert-Foster Excellence in SIGINT Engineering Award.

He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Kris Rowley


Kris Rowley serves as Chief Data Officer to GSA. In this role, he is responsible for the GSA strategic vision for data management and building a data governance framework. Rowley establishes data standards, leverages cloud storage and drives business intelligence and analytics at GSA.

He also coordinates the use of GSA data assets for decision making, establishes and maintains an open data clearance processes, and prioritizes the data assets for release to the public. Prior to GSA, Rowley served at the Dept. of Treasury Headquarters and the IRS.

Jean Edwards

Executive Director, Business Development Federal Sales, Civilian Strategic Programs, Dell EMC

Jean Edwards, in strategic alignment with Dell EMC Federal Sales, leads a team of Business Development Managers focused on Civilian strategic opportunities and programs of record. Responsible for identifying, prioritizing and implementing key initiatives across Civilian Government Agencies with impact to customer mission priorities. She works with sales management and the partner community creating strategic plans for program development and influence; and, drives communication and execution of strategic plans/campaigns. Her commitment to Federal government priority program business includes teaming arrangements and investment of resources in driving technology solutions and OEM business forward across the government community, resellers, Systems Integrators, and Cloud Service Providers focused on the federal market. Edwards has been with Dell EMC Federal Sales for 7 years.

Edwards was named a 2016 Bronze Stevie Awards winner in the “Maverick of the Year” category at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She was also named a Top Woman in Tech by FedScoop in 2017. The honor recognizes her success in her field as well as the life-long commitment she’s made to mentoring women and military retirees in IT.

Rick Driggers

Deputy Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, CISA, DHS

Rick Driggers serves as the Deputy Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for the DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this role, Driggers supports the development and implementation of operational programs designed to strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Prior to this position, Driggers served as the Principal Deputy Director for Operations for the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), DHS. He joined DHS in 2003, serving in a variety of roles. Of note, he was the CTO for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). Additionally, he supported the President’s National Security Council as the Director for Data & Systems Integration Policy and the lead for developing the Climate Resilience Toolkit called for in the Presidents Climate Action Plan.

A former United States Air Force Combat Controller, Driggers deployed as a member of many U.S military and international Special Operations Forces operational and tactical teams conducting high risk mission in austere environments.

Jon Check

Sr. Director of Cyber Protection Solutions, Raytheon

Jon Check is Sr. Director of Cyber Protection Solutions for Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services Cybersecurity and Special Missions business. Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.

Check joined Raytheon from CSRA Inc. where he was the vice president of the Digital Solutions organization. He was responsible for direction, strategy and operations of the services provided from CSRA’s delivery centers. Before CSRA, he was VP of the Solutions organization at CSC's North American Public Sector where he led a team of brand managers and solution architects developing IT solutions for new pursuits.

Check joined CSC from IBM where he was executive operations manager of Global Business Services, within IBM’s Public Sector. He managed IBM’s federal data centers and managed services, delivering the IBM Smart Cloud for Government. He’s also held IT roles at Northrop Grumman, Synarc, Inc., Dell Computer and the University of Texas Health Science Center. Check is a is a board member of the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Dr. Lynne Parker

Assistant Director for Artificial Intelligence, OSTP, The White House

Dr. Lynne Parker is Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is detailing to OSTP from her position as Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). She previously served as Interim Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering at UTK, and before that was the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement in TCE. She also previously served at NSF as Division Director of Information and Intelligent Systems. She spent several years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Distinguished Research and Development Staff Member.

Dr. Parker has been on the UT faculty since 2002, and is the founder of the Distributed Intelligence Laboratory at UT, which has conducted research in multi-robot systems, sensor networks, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. She has made significant research contributions in distributed and heterogeneous robot systems, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. Her dissertation research (1994) on ALLIANCE, a distributed architecture for multi-robot cooperation, was the first PhD dissertation worldwide on the topic of multi-robot systems, and is considered a pioneering work in the field.

Bill Pratt

Director, Strategic Technology Management, OCTO, DHS

Bill Pratt serves as the Director of Strategic Technology Management in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at DHS. He leads IT Acquisition and Engineering Governance, Program Health Assessment, Program Support, and Digital Transformation at DHS via the Agile and IT Program Management Centers of Excellence. Pratt and his team coordinated the adoption of Agile and Incremental software development as the preferred process at DHS. They achieved a 100 percent agile adoption rate for software development projects supporting major DHS investments and an A rating on the FITARA scorecard. Prior to his current role, Pratt served as the Director of IT Standards and Program Support in the DHS Business Management Office. Before that, he was the Section Chief for IT Policy and Planning at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Pratt also was the ICE Section 508 Coordinator, for which he was named the DHS Section 508 Coordinator of the Year in 2013. Pratt has more than 35 years of experience in IT development, supporting the federal government, private industry, and the DOD.