Women Tech Leaders

Women Tech Leaders

Women Tech Leaders
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Washington D.C.

Join us this spring for our third annual Women Tech Leaders summit! The federal government faces priorities to diversify its workforce, including technology leaders. With women representing only a quarter of the entire STEM field, the calling for women technology leaders to public service is vital and urgent. Leading women from across the federal government highlight top initiatives around artificial intelligence, health care, data management — and the importance that more women in the workforce has on these key areas. 

Date
April 13, 2023
Time
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where
International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.

 
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Agenda

 
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Breakfast and Networking

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Welcome Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research
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Keynote Fireside Chat: Harnessing Current Labor Market to Recruit Government Women Tech Leaders 

  • Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien*

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Panel: Mentorship and Leadership Strategies for Building a Next Gen Workforce

Many factors lead to women becoming discouraged from pursuing careers in technology, leading to a federal workforce that is not quite representative of the people it serves. Often times, women cite specific mentors or leaders whose working environments led them to take on the challenge and pursue tech careers. These leaders discuss key recruitment and retention strategies that have led to more representation in the workforce. 

  • Megan Baird, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, DOL*

  • Megan Caposell, Associate Chief, Workforce Planning and Strategy, CISA*

  • Jothi Dugar, CISO, NIH

  • Teresa Weipert, General Manager, Federal, Maximus

  • Sharon Woods, Director, HACC, DISA*

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Coffee Break

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Lightning Rounds

Tech leaders highlight a project or initiative transforming the federal workforce.

  • Andrea Fletcher, Executive Director of the Digital Service, CMS
  • Cynthia Kaiser, Cyber Section Chief, FBI
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Coffee Break

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Marketing the Government Mission

Government has a recruiting challenge as it competes with the private sector. But agencies are in a unique position to market their public service mission to encourage more women participation in tech. This panel discusses strategies to communicate and integrate that mission into its tech workforce development. 

  • Melissa Vice, Director, Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP), DOD

  • Lynette Sherrill, CISO, VA*

  • Renee Wegrzyn, Director, ARPA-H*

  • Suzi Connor, CIO, CDC*

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Closing Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research
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Awards Luncheon & Presentation

Featuring

 

Jothi Dugar is a leader in the cybersecurity field, and currently serving as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the National Institutes of Health, Center for Information Technology (NIH CIT) as well as the Acting Deputy Director. CIT is one of twenty-seven institutes and centers at the NIH responsible for providing trans-NIH IT services, systems, and network capabilities with an annual budget of approximately $500 million and a 1,000-person workforce. 

As the current Acting Deputy Director, Jothi fully shares in providing leadership, management, and vision in carrying out the broad range of executive responsibilities the organization’s work. She is a critical member of the CIT senior leadership team which oversees mission critical systems and services supporting basic and clinical research, extramural research management, and administration and management activities for the NIH. In her role as the CISO, she was responsible for protecting and safeguarding enterprise systems and services that are used by NIH, other government agencies, and over 300,000 researchers around the world. 

She is a prominent international speaker and frequently speaks about the value of a diverse workforce, women in leadership, holistic approaches to cybersecurity, wellness for the technology world, and other topics and has been published in numerous magazines, media, and press. She is also an international best-selling author, having written three books focused on self-help, wellness, and women in cybersecurity. 

CISO, NIH

Andrea Fletcher serves as the Executive Director of the DIGITAL SERVICE AT THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES. In this role she is responsible for leading digital modernization efforts at CMS, which promote interoperability and public access to health data. 

Prior to her digital service role, Andrea spent most of the last 10 years traveling around the world, building digital health systems across 20+ countries, primarily working in subSaharan Africa. She has built mobile apps for healthcare workers, integrated biometric IDs into electronic health record systems, designed national-level interoperability layers, and deployed new disease surveillance systems making contributions to pandemic responses in Ebola, HIV, and COVID-19. 

Andrea holds a B.A. in Bioethics from Washington and Jefferson College, and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Emory University, and is currently a part-time PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Epidemiology and Population Health. 

Executive Director of the Digital Service, CMS

Melissa S. Vice is the director of the Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) at the Department of Defense (DOD) Cyber Crime Center (DC3), Linthicum, MD.

The DOD VDP was established by the Secretary of Defense and its mission is to function as the single focal point for receiving vulnerability reports and interacting with crowd-sourced cybersecurity researchers supporting the DOD Information Network (DODIN). 

Prior to her position as the DOD VDP Director, Ms. Vice was the Chief Technology Officer of the Business Mission Area (BMA) for The Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Management (SAF/MG) / Deputy Chief Management Office (DCMO) in charge of road-mapping 400+ information systems to the cloud with a portfolio value of $938M. Prior to 11 years with the DOD, Ms. Vice worked in the private sector at General Electric (GE) Aviation Division, as a global database developer and administrator (Oracle DBDA) for all commercial and military aircraft engine repairs worldwide. While at GE among the world’s most talented aeronautical engineers, Ms. Vice had the thrill of a lifetime piloting her first 360 in a coworker’s restored 1957 Stearman (open cockpit bi-plane).

 

Director, Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP), DoD Cyber Crime Center (DC3)

Teresa Weipert has more than 30 years of strategic government contracting experience in driving dynamic change for teams, customers, and the organizations she leads. Her transformational leadership style is built on bringing key stakeholders from across a business together for open dialogue to identify operational improvements. She excels at building teams that design and deliver innovative, technology-enabled solutions that meet mission-critical business requirements and drive growth.

Today, she serves as the General Manager of the Federal Services Segment, where she is responsible for all operations, financial, and business development activities for the company’s U.S. Federal business. Ms. Weipert joined Maximus in 2021 with a focus on modernizing the company’s digital, enterprise IT, and BPO portfolios and putting the Federal division on a growth trajectory consistent with both the market opportunity and the relevance of the business to Maximus’ growth as a company.

Previously, Ms. Weipert led the management of the healthcare, life sciences, and State, Local, and Education (SLED) service lines at IBM. This robust portfolio included application maintenance and support, custom application, and hybrid cloud services. Preceding her role at IBM, Ms. Weipert served as a Senior Vice President in the government group at Sutherland Global Services. There, she not only created the business unit but, at the same time, drove triple-digit growth in the company’s service center management, contact center management, business process outsourcing, and analytics service areas.  

Prior to her role at Sutherland, Ms. Weipert led the strategic business initiatives in outsourcing for the Health and Public Sector industry at Accenture. She also served as vice president at Unisys, where she led the strategic programs and initiatives for the Global Outsourcing Division.

Ms. Weipert has served on various Cloud Computing Groups and currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the George Mason University School of Management. She is a frequent speaker to educational and community groups on various technical topics, including cloud computing, and is a member of WIT (Women in Technology), AFFIRM, and ACT-IAC.

Ms. Weipert holds an MS in Information Systems from The George Washington University.

General Manager, Federal Services Segment, Maximus

Ms. Sharon Woods is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Cloud Computing Program Office (CCPO) in the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, Ms. Woods is responsible for transforming cloud to enable the warfighter. As a part of this responsibility, Ms. Woods oversees the acquisition and execution of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI Cloud) program, as a critical piece of the overall DoD Digital Modernization Strategy. CCPO is also responsible for deploying the Commercial Virtual Remote environment, the largest Office 365 deployment in the world. CCPO continues to resolve enterprise cloud capability gaps that support the Joint Force.  

Director, HACC, DISA
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Agenda

 
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Breakfast and Networking

-

Welcome Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research
-

Keynote Fireside Chat: Harnessing Current Labor Market to Recruit Government Women Tech Leaders 

  • Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien*

-

Panel: Mentorship and Leadership Strategies for Building a Next Gen Workforce

Many factors lead to women becoming discouraged from pursuing careers in technology, leading to a federal workforce that is not quite representative of the people it serves. Often times, women cite specific mentors or leaders whose working environments led them to take on the challenge and pursue tech careers. These leaders discuss key recruitment and retention strategies that have led to more representation in the workforce. 

  • Megan Baird, Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, DOL*

  • Megan Caposell, Associate Chief, Workforce Planning and Strategy, CISA*

  • Jothi Dugar, CISO, NIH

  • Teresa Weipert, General Manager, Federal, Maximus

  • Sharon Woods, Director, HACC, DISA*

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Coffee Break

-

Lightning Rounds

Tech leaders highlight a project or initiative transforming the federal workforce.

  • Andrea Fletcher, Executive Director of the Digital Service, CMS
  • Cynthia Kaiser, Cyber Section Chief, FBI
-

Coffee Break

-

Marketing the Government Mission

Government has a recruiting challenge as it competes with the private sector. But agencies are in a unique position to market their public service mission to encourage more women participation in tech. This panel discusses strategies to communicate and integrate that mission into its tech workforce development. 

  • Melissa Vice, Director, Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP), DOD

  • Lynette Sherrill, CISO, VA*

  • Renee Wegrzyn, Director, ARPA-H*

  • Suzi Connor, CIO, CDC*

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Closing Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research
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Awards Luncheon & Presentation

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