Speakers

July 21, 2022

Margot Conrad Bio
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Margot Conrad

Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and Senior Advisor to the Director

OPM

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Margot Conrad

Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and Senior Advisor to the Director

OPM

Margot Conrad is the Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council and Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management under the Biden-Harris Administration.

In this capacity, she oversees the CHCO Council and works with human capital leaders from across the federal government on the development and implementation of human capital strategies and policies. She also advises the OPM Director on topics related to protecting the workforce during COVID-19, planning for the “future of work”, the revitalization of the national security workforce and federal recruiting and hiring, and collaborates with external stakeholders on these important issues.

Prior to serving at OPM, Margot spent the last 15 years at the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization focused on making the federal government more efficient and effective. Most recently she served as Director for Government Affairs and previously led the Federal Recruiting and Hiring Programs team. Margot also spent time at the White House Office of Management and Budget on a detail during the Obama-Biden administration.

Margot is a graduate of Wellesley College. She also holds a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics.

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Alissa Czyz

Acting Director, Strategic Issues

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Alissa Czyz

Acting Director, Strategic Issues

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Alissa Czyz is an Acting Director in GAO’s Strategic Issues team. She oversees GAO’s work on federal workforce and performance issues.

Prior to joining the Strategic Issues team in September 2020,  Alissa spent 17 years in GAO’s Defense Capabilities and Management team where she managed reviews on topics like DOD’s weapon system sustainment, operational energy usage, humanitarian assistance efforts, and prepositioning posture.

Alissa earned a master’s degree in communications from American University. Alissa earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Knox College.

Bill Malyszka Bio
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Bill Malyszka

Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer

National Science Foundation

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Bill Malyszka

Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer

National Science Foundation

Joanie F. Newhart Bio
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Joanie F. Newhart

Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

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Joanie F. Newhart

Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy

U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Joanie F. Newhart, CPCM, has nearly 40 years’ experience in Federal government contracting. For 12 years, she has been the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) within the Office of Management and Budget and Executive Office of the President. Prior to her position at OFPP, Ms. Newhart gained a variety of work experience ranging from being a contractor to being the Senior Procurement Executive at both the SBA and DoT. Ms. Newhart has Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Business Administration. She is a 2012 and 2017 Fed 100 winner.

Robert J. Sorensen Bio
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Robert J. Sorensen

Director of Telework Programs

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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Robert J. Sorensen

Director of Telework Programs

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Rob Sorensen is the Director of Telework Programs for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is responsible for developing and implementing USPTO’s comprehensive telework and hoteling programs for agency employees in order to solve business problems, improve employee retention, and enhance the agency’s ability to recruit nation-wide talent.

Mr. Sorensen joined USPTO from the Department of the Navy, where he served as an Executive on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations overseeing the Navy’s policy and requirements development for manpower, training, and education. He also served as a civilian division chief in charge of the Navy’s manpower accounting and assessment programs. Prior to his time as a career civilian, he served as a contract consultant on the Joint Staff, supporting the Chairman’s Joint Requirements Oversight Council governance of major Department of Defense programs.

Mr. Sorensen is a retired Navy Commander, having served 20 years as a Naval Aviator.  His career assignments include three tours within operational aviation units, completing four deployments and flying over 2,500 hours in Navy aircraft.  His non-operational assignments include serving as a Navy installation Commanding Officer, serving as a VIP transport pilot, assignment as a Defense Legislative Fellow on the personal staff of Congressman Joe Sestak, and serving as an acquisition program analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Mr. Sorensen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from The New York Institute of Technology. He also completed the Legislative Affairs program at Georgetown University’s Government Affairs Institute.

 

James-Christian Blockwood Bio
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James-Christian Blockwood

Executive Vice President

Partnership for Public Service

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James-Christian Blockwood

Executive Vice President

Partnership for Public Service

James-Christian Blockwood helps with overall strategy and management of the organization, and directly oversees its programs dedicated to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government.

He is passionate about serving others and his country. He is a former career member of the Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Government and has broad experience in leadership and management, strategic planning, national security and foreign affairs. He has helped transform and build new capabilities at the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs as well as the Government Accountability Office.

He has a deep appreciation for the career civil servant—the consummate good steward that works tirelessly and faithfully on behalf of the American people.

Lisa DeMille Bio
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Lisa DeMille

Global Vice President, Solution Engineering

Salesforce

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Lisa DeMille

Global Vice President, Solution Engineering

Salesforce

Lisa DeMille leads the Global Solution Engineering organization for Salesforce’s Public Sector Enterprise Business Unit where she is responsible for driving the vision and solution execution for Government agencies in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific – across all lines of Public Sector (Federal / State / Local, Councils, Defense, and Aerospace). 

Lisa joined Salesforce in 2013 where she built and lead several engineering organizations and helped Global agencies develop strategic methods to modernize their IT portfolio, future-proof their technology roadmap, and transform their business and customer experience.  

Prior to joining Salesforce, Lisa was Director, Solution Consulting at Oracle Corporation. While at Oracle, Lisa lead a team of solution engineers for Oracle’s Regulated Industries division – supporting its pharmaceutical, life sciences, public sector and healthcare lines of business in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.  In addition, she worked with product development to influence and help define key product roadmap requirements and industry certifications. 

Before joining Oracle, Lisa was Director Solution Consulting at RightNow Technologies where she provided Public Sector customers with constituent and employee experiences across call-centers, websites and social media – working with North American (US & Canada) Government organizations in the Federal Civilian, Department of Defense, Higher Education, Non-Profit, State & Local Government.

In addition to her work at Salesforce, Lisa brings her insights and expertise to industry organizations AFCEA International and Women In Technology (WIT) and enjoys volunteering at various local Women’s groups and shelters.

Ryan Harrington Bio
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Ryan Harrington

Business Solutions Architect, Federal

Cisco

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Ryan Harrington

Business Solutions Architect, Federal

Cisco

Ryan Harrington is a Business Solutions Architect for the US Federal organization at Cisco. He works closely with government customers to assist in large scale digital transform, focusing closely on achieving federal agencies business outcomes through the adoption of technology.

Mary Martinez  Bio
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Mary Martinez

Sr. Operations Director, Federal Civilian Agencies

Cisco Systems

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Mary Martinez

Sr. Operations Director, Federal Civilian Agencies

Cisco Systems

Joining the Federal segment of Cisco in 2020, Mary currently oversees the sales operations of Federal  Civilian Agencies.

She has over 13 years of experience in emerging technology solutions covering a wide variety of industry  segments. Throughout her career she has focused on large Global Enterprise customers that push  innovation and lead the charge on next generation IT capabilities. Most recently Mary was the Client  Executive for the Walt Disney Company responsible for the global partnership between Cisco and Disney.  Before joining Cisco Mary was a Sales Director at a global value-added reseller, as well as holding various  roles at VMware and VCE, the joint venture between VMware, Cisco and EMC. Prior to technology, Mary  begun her career in the healthcare industry advancing in positions at Kaiser Permanente and Siemens  Healthcare.  

Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications with a minor in Business Administration and  Web Design from Notre Dame de Namur University and is actively pursuing a Master’s degree in  Leadership and Management at Pepperdine University. In her free time she enjoys volunteering as a  Distinguished Speaker at Heal the Bay, Santa Monica environmental non-profit, and Annual Elderly  Technology Coach. Mary currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her son Ayden and yellow Labrador Liam.  

Sam Nadajaran Bio
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Sam Nadajaran

Atlassian Consultant

Kunz, Leigh & Associates

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Sam Nadajaran

Atlassian Consultant

Kunz, Leigh & Associates

Sam Nadarajan is a consultant at Kunz, Leigh & Associates. With a background in development and serving the government sector for 9 years, Sam enjoys solving problems that make government agencies more effective and efficient to the public it serves. When he’s not thinking about ways to improve operations, he likes to travel, cook, camp, hike, and be outdoors. Sam lives with his wife, toddler, and puppy in Michigan.

Courtney Bublé Bio
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Courtney Bublé

Reporter

Government Executive

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Courtney Bublé

Reporter

Government Executive

Courtney Bublé is a staff correspondent who covers federal management. Before joining Government Executive, she worked for NBC News. Courtney graduated from The George Washington University in 2018.

Tommy Gardner Bio
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Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer, HP Federal

HP

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Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer, HP Federal

HP

Tommy Gardner is HP’s Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal, spanning the US Federal Agencies, Higher Education, K-12 Education, State and Local government customer segments, as well as Federal Systems Integrators. His current responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships.

Previously, Tommy has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech. Earlier in his career he was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the U.S. Navy he served as the Deputy for Science and Technology for the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program as well as its Advanced Technology Program. He also commanded the nuclear submarine, USS San Juan (SSN 751).

Tommy’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest including: cybersecurity, data science, blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and systems integration in government markets.

Tommy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, an M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT and a Ph. D. in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a Professional Engineer and serves as Chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board. He is an ASME Fellow and serves as faculty on the Blockchain Research Institute.

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Tanya Ballard Brown

Executive Editor

Government Executive

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Tanya Ballard Brown

Executive Editor

Government Executive

As the Executive Editor of Government Executive, Tanya Ballard Brown leads a team of editors and reporters to produce breaking news and deeply reported features on GovExec.com and the GovExec Daily podcast for a large and diverse audience of current and aspiring federal leaders. Ballard Brown also oversees Government Executive’s portfolio of newsletters, ebooks and special reports and work closely with the editors of multiple sister publications to coordinate news coverage and strategy.

Previously, Ballard Brown worked as a Senior Editor at NPR since 2008. She has worked on projects such as The War On Drugs: 50 Years Later, 19th Amendment: A Start, Not A Finish For Suffrage, Being Black in America, and They Still Take Pictures With Them As If The Person’s Never Passed. Ballard has also been a freelance writer for organizations such as The Washington Post and Reviewed, a publication that is part of the USA Today network. She also has a background in reporting and writing for digital and on-air stories, editing breaking news stories, managing digital producers and interns, and collaborating with the National Desk, Criminal Justice team, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, the investigative team and local stations, to create digital content that complements on-air reports.

George Jackson Bio
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George Jackson

Executive Producer, GovExec TV

GovExec

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George Jackson

Executive Producer, GovExec TV

GovExec

George Jackson is the director of events at GovExec Media – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GovExec in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.

Aaron Boyd Bio
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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor for Technology and Events

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation’s capital.