Day at a glance

7:30-8:15 Registration, refreshments and networking


  • Francis Rose | Event Host

Opening remarks

  • Sam Gordy | IBM General Manager, US Federal
  • Franz J Gayl | Science and Technology Advisor, Plans, Policies, and Operations Department, Headquarters Marine Corps

Leveraging digital technologies to reshape the world

  • Sreeram Visvanathan | Global Managing Director, IBM Global Markets

Conquering Agency IT Challenges: An Interview with Representative Will Hurd

  • Moderator | Francis Rose, Government Matters
  • Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas)
9:30 - 10:00

Accelerating Your Journey to AI

  • Rob Thomas | General Manager, IBM Analytics

How are agency leaders preparing for a digital future?

  • Moderator | Susan Wedge - VP and Partner, Cognitive Process Transformation, IBM Services  
  • Patricia Cogswell, Acting Deputy Administrator, Transportation Security Administration
  • Tammy Tippie, Chief Data Officer, Navy Analytics Office
  • Roland Edwards, Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, Department of Homeland Security
  • Oki Mek, Chief Product Officer, Division of Acquisition, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sabeen Dhanani, Senior Digital Development Advisor, USAID
10:45-10:55 Refreshment break & networking

Breakout sessions

Track 1 | Data Governance in the Information Age

  • David Bottom, CIO, Intelligence & Analysis Office, Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Kimya Lee, Senior Advisor, Strategic Human Capital Research and Evaluation, Department of Homeland Security
  • COL John Scott, Data Manager, Defense Health Agency
  • Moderated by: Steve Cotton, NA Sales Executive, Unified Governance & Integration IBM Global Markets -Cloud Sales

Track 2 | "How We Did It" - Successful Approaches to Modernize Applications and Accelerate Cloud Adoption

  • Keith Rineaman, Division Director, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration
  • Mark Busby, Chief Technology Officer, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Moderated by: Lauren Craig,Director, Federal Civilian Agencies, IBM

Track 3 | Transforming the Employee Experience

  • Dustin Brown, Deputy Assistant Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget
  • Abigail Smith, Director of Air Traffic Organization's Technical Training at Federal Aviation Administration
  • Dr. Jim Trinka, Chief Talent Management Officer, Office of Information & Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Moderated by: Emily Craig, Partner, Public Service Digital Change Leader, IBM

Track 4 | Orchestration in Incident Response -- Top 10 Lessons

  • Daniel King, Chief of Operations, IBM X-Force Command

Breakout sessions

Track 1 | Let's Put Smart to Work for Social Good

  • Rachel Krausman, Senior Director, 2-1-1, United Way
  • Rebecca Curzon, Senior Program Manager, Disaster Preparedness & Response, IBM Corporate Citizenship
  • Martin Laird, Senior Program Manager, Community Stability, IBM Corporate Citizenship
  • Mike Fullilove, Director of Operations, DeliverFund

Track 2 | The Cloud Adoption Playbook: Proven Strategies for Transforming your Agency

  • Ndu Emuchay, Global Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Adoption Initiatives, IBM Distinguished Engineer IBM Hybrid Cloud

Track 3 | Creating the Workplace of the Future with IoT and AI

  • Phil Klokis, Associate Chief Information Officer, Public Buildings Service, GSA
  • James St. Pierre, Deputy Director, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST
  • Dianne Del Rosso, Chief Client Success Officer, IBM Watson Internet of Things
  • Moderated by: Marlon Attiken, Partner, IBM Services, Internet of Things

Track 4 | Securing Data with Identity and Access Management

  • Lisa MacDonald, Director of the Identity Capabilities Management Division, Office of Biometric Identity Management, DHS
  • Joe Hamblin, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Security Federal
  • Donna Dodson, Chief Cybersecurity Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Moderated by: Dr. Shue-Jane Thompson, Vice President and Partner, Cyber and Biometric Service Line, IBM Global Business Services

Refreshment break, solution showcase and partner workshops


Mid-day keynote - From Insight to Inspiration - The evolving role of AI in our lives

  • Rob High | IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, IBM Watson

Breakout sessions

Track 1 | Mission-Ready: Using Data to Achieve Success

  • Jonathan Underly, Founder and President, Thought Layer Co.
  • Richard Darden, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Data and AI North America Government Labs
  • Moderated by: Jason Prow, Partner, IBM Public Service

Track 2 | An Agile and Resilient Platform in a Multicloud Infrastructure

  • Darryl Dove, Enterprise Cloud Services Office, Department of Justice
  • Michelle Sparrow-Walker, Director, Systems and Integration Office, Department of State
  • Moderated by: Greg Souchack, Vice President, IBM Global Business Services

Track 3 | Is your Agency Prepared to Bring AI and AR into the Workforce?

  • Franz J Gayl, Science and Technology Advisor, Plans, Policies, and Operations Department, Headquarters Marine Corps
  • Anil Tilbe, Director of Enterprise Measurement and Design Program, Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Lee Becker, Chief of Staff, Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Moderated by: Kathleen Urbine, Partner, Mobile/Emerging Technology Lead, IBM Global Business Services

Track 4 | Mobility is a Must for Lunar and Deep Space Exploration

  • Renee Wynn, Chief Information Officer, NASA

Breakout sessions

Track 1 | Putting Data to Work: Best Practices for Avoiding AI Bias

  • Mallory Barg Bulman, Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Partnership for Public Service 
  • Dan Chenok, Executive Director, Center for the Business of Government
  • Brandy Durham, Client Delivery Leader, Data and AI, NA Government Expert Labs
  • Kristen Summers, Technical Delivery Leader, Data and AI, NA Government Expert Labs
  • Moderated by: Claude Yusti, Partner, Public Service Cognitive Process Transformation Practice Area Leader, IBM Services

Track 2 | Modernization 2.0 -- What Comes Next for Federal Agencies Modernizing IT?

  • Fletcher Previn, Chief Information Officer, IBM
  • Dr. Zachary Whitman, Chief Data Officer, Census Bureau
  • Moderated by: Bernie Hoecker, General Manager, IBM Services

Track 3 | Improving the Working Experience with Digital Platforms

  • Vincent Annunziato, Director, Business Transformation and Innovation Division, Trade Transformation Office, Office of International Trade, Customs and Border Protection
  • Oki Mek, Chief Product Officer, Division of Acquisition, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Moderated by: Susan Wedge, VP and Partner, Cognitive Process Transformation,IBM Services

Track 4 | Stop and Detect: Uncovering Advanced Persistent Threats

  • CAPT Ed Devinney, Director, Corporate Partnerships and Technology Outreach, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Ben Cotton, President, CEO, and Founder, CyFIR
  • Rex Booth, Chief, Cyber Threat and Risk Analysis, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. DHS
  • Moderated by: Daniel King, Chief of Operations, IBM X-Force Command

Closing keynote session - DevOps and Culture

  • John C.P. Allessio | Senior Vice President, Red Hat Global Services
3:25 Event wrap up