Accenture Applied Intelligence
Rumman Chowdhury is the Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, where she works with clients to create cutting-edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI. Her passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity.
Katherine LaVelle, a Managing Director based in Washington DC, leads Accenture Strategy’s North American Talent and Organization practice. Katherine leads the practice to develop and implement innovative solutions to clients’ complex issues and challenges. Ms. LaVelle’s experience includes driving large scale organization and workforce transformation efforts to improve employee performance and deliver bottom line results. She also specializes in developing talent strategies and future workforce plans, leveraging insights through data and analytics, to address clients’ rapidly changing workforce and organization needs. An industry thought leader, Ms. LaVelle is often called upon by the media for expert commentary and insights. In 2011, Katherine was named to the Washington Business Journal’s “Top 25 Women Who Mean Business,” honoring the most influential businesswomen in the Washington DC Area. In 2012, Katherine was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Executive Leaders.”
Dr. M-H. Carolyn Nguyen is a Director of Technology Policy at Microsoft, focused on policy issues related to artificial intelligence, the digital economy and internet governance. Her work is aimed at shaping global policy-making by engaging with stakeholders and raising awareness of the role of technology in economic development, through participation in public policy dialogues globally, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations, Internet Governance Forum and the World Economic Forum. Her past activities have included policy initiatives on machine learning and ethics, intelligent systems, open/big data, privacy, connectivity, and their effects on existing social, economic and policy frameworks. She has worked at the intersection of these disciplines, collaborating with researchers, subject-matter experts, and industry pioneers, developing an evidence base to encourage a more holistic approach to policy. She is a member of the Artificial Intelligence expert Group at the OECD, a vice chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Digital Economy Commission, and a past member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group for the Internet Governance Forum.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Carolyn held a number of positions with Research in Motion, Avaya Communications, Lucent Technologies, and Bell Laboratories in the US and abroad. In addition to her policy work, her experience includes a range of business and technical responsibilities in developing and bringing to market innovative telecommunications solutions globally. Carolyn received her Ph.D. from the Center of Telecommunications Research at Columbia University, her Master from Cornell University, her Bachelor from Princeton University, and completed Executive Business Management Programs at Harvard Business School and London Business School.
Mr. Levy is a dynamic leader who has over 35 years of broad-based experience implementing large, innovative solutions in partnership with the US government. Mr. Levy’s expertise encompasses building and motivating high-performing teams to address complex problems, with particular focus on large system architecture, mission-critical system operations, software development, and Six Sigma principles.
As co-founder and Chief Technologist of Dovel Technologies, Mr. Levy has been the technical catalyst for company growth. His vision and knack for applying leading technologies in thoughtful ways have helped the company evolve from a small business to over $200M in annual revenue today. Currently, Mr. Levy is actively engaged in cloud computing, big data, machine learning, AI, and blockchain implementations.
Mr. Levy is highly sought after to perform independent assessments, provide technical expertise, and share insights on how to effectively utilize technology to solve complex business challenges. He completed his undergraduate degree at Tel Aviv University, and he holds a master’s Degree in Computer Science from George Washington University.
Mr. Levy servers on the George Washington University, School of Engineering & Applied Science National Advisory Council.
Accenture Applied Intelligence
Kamran Khan is a Managing Director for the Search & Content Analytics group within Accenture Applied Intelligence. He has been developing, supporting, selling and managing in the computer software/services industry for more than 25 years. In 2005, he founded Search Technologies, a global IT services company dedicated to implementing and supporting search and big data solutions. He served as President and CEO until their acquisition by Accenture in July 2017.
Dr. Michele Bennett is an Executive in Data & AI at Avanade for North America. Michele has over 25 years of experience in data and advanced analytics including machine learning and predictive analyses.
Michele specializes in transforming organizations using data and experiences guided by strong IT governance. She has a passion for data and analyses to shape resilience, understand behaviors, provide immediate impact, protect and secure assets, and strike a path to future growth. A data scientist, technologist, and business executive, she can leverage the right context that leads to impact and actionable insight. At Avanade, she works on developing predictive and prescriptive analytics programs that find and leverage the business value inherent in our clients’ data for a variety of industries and outcomes such as predicting technology failure, fraud and loss, consumer behavior, patient adherence, employee sourcing and retention, and identifying potential new revenue streams for companies.
Prior to joining Avanade, she was the Senior Director of Research Data Science and Evaluation at Thomson Reuters, and was responsible for primary and secondary research analytics for global Life Science research institutions such as the NIH and pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she co-founded a text mining and data analysis consulting and technology company, Wool Labs, and co-holds a patent with the USPTO for several components of the software. At Wool Labs, she focused on deriving insights from experiences expressed in conversations found in social media and along with traditional data identify patterns that can be used for targeted marketing and sales, business decisioning, predictive behavioral analyses, and financial investments at organizations including Novartis, Genentech, Re/Max, P&G, and Bank of America.
Michele holds a PhD in Information Technology from Capella University with an emphasis in Data Science and Research Method, a MS in Computer Engineering from Villanova University, a BS in Microbiology and Genetics from Pennsylvania State University, and an AA in Law from California State University at Irvine.
As president of US Regulated Industries at Microsoft, Toni Townes-Whitley leads the US sales strategy for driving digital transformation across customers and partners within the public sector and regulated industries. With responsibility for the 2000+ sales organization and ~$11B P&L, she is one of the leading women at Microsoft, and in the technology industry, with a strong track record for accelerating profitable business performance and building high-performance teams.
Passionate about leveraging technology to create positive societal and global impact, Townes-Whitley represents Microsoft at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). In this capacity, she works with CEOs from each industry to address global issues around urbanization, climate change, and workforce readiness. Her external efforts align to her innovation within Microsoft, specifically in the creation of a Digital Leadership vision and narrative that extends the company’s focus beyond customer transformation to responsible and principled implementation of technology and inclusive transformation for every person and organization on the planet.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Townes-Whitley was president of CGI Federal, where she was responsible for a portfolio of more than $1 billion, leading 6,600 employees in more than 70 countries to deliver greater value to US Government civilian, defense, and intelligence sectors. Prior to her role at CGI, Townes-Whitley held several management roles at Unisys Corporation leading global, public sector systems integration and the Federal Civilian group, where she achieved 500 percent revenue growth and doubled profitability.
Townes-Whitley is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and has received certifications from Wharton Executive Education, New York University (NYU), and the Performance Management Institute.
Jennifer Hill leads the Enterprise Model Migration and Modernization Team who is on a mission to advance Capital One’s Modeling and Machine Learning talent, discipline, platforms and tools through human-centered design and Artificial Intelligence.
Jennifer joined Capital One in Fraud Strategy & Analysis in 2004 where she developed, deployed and managed 1st – and 3rd -party fraud detection models for critical defenses. Subsequently, she added Customer Lifetime Valuations for Customer Relationship Management programs.
She then turned to Customer Experience where she led customer driven analytics and modeling. While there, she advanced groundbreaking developments in Speech and Image Recognition, Natural Language Processing, Real-time Fraud Detection, and Customer Sentiment and Persona Analyses.
With a passion for people, data and advanced technologies, Jennifer champions the Capital One community through enterprise-wide talent initiatives.
Tim Pavlick is the chief innovation officer of Attain, LLC. As such he leads experimental, pilot & production activities for disruptive technologies, e.g, AI, Graph DB, Emotional computing, etc. His group’s mission is to reinvent work. To achieve their mission they explore cutting edge tech, business and design practices to create a more human friendly work experience.
Prior to joining Attain, Dr. Pavlick held several leadership roles at IBM, including CTO for the company’s Public Sector consulting unit & DoD Chief Architect for Federal. During his IBM tenure, Dr. Pavlick focused on identifying, understanding, and harnessing emerging trends, including blockchain, big data, cyber security, emotional computing, design thinking, Internet of Things, and Cognitive computing.
Previously, Dr. Pavlick served as managing director at BearingPoint, Inc. (formerly KPMG Consulting). In this capacity, Dr. Pavlick was engaged in building, designing, and assuring internet scale systems, such as the Department of Defense Catalog Data Warehouse and Defense Automatic Addressing System Center (DAASC). These systems involved massive data ingest, data filtering, and analysis.
Dr. Pavlick earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. While at Plattsburgh he won the Ed Redcay award for outstanding student in the Behavioral Sciences. He earned an MS & PhD in Cognitive Psychology with a specialization in data analytics from the University of Maryland College Park. In addition he won the ‘Jack Bartlett Dissertation of the Year’ award upon graduation. He holds a patent in real time software middleware architecture.
George Mason University
Lance Sherry is an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research department and serves as Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University.
Dr. Sherry’s has pioneered research in data analytics and stochastic simulation of large complex adaptive systems such as the air transportation system, operations of airports, airlines and air traffic control, as well other network-of-network systems. These analyses are used widely for strategic planning, business development, cost/benefit analysis, and system productivity improvement. Dr. Sherry has also conducted award wining work in human-computer interaction, operator training, and the design of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems (such as Unmanned Air Vehicles).
Dr. Sherry has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry serving as a flight-test engineer, flight control engineer, system engineer, lead system architect, program manager, strategic planning and business development. Dr. Sherry served as a fellow at RAND Corporation 1999-2001. He has published over 100 papers and journal articles, holds several patents, and has received awards for his work. Dr. Sherry is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and he holds both a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Arizona State University.
City of Columbus
Michael Stevens was recently appointed by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther to be the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Columbus. In this new role Mike is responsible for the Smart Columbus Initiative, which includes oversight of the $50 million Smart City grant awarded to the City and long term plans and partnerships needed to ensure Columbus is positioned for the future of smart technology and mobility.
Prior to returning to the City of Columbus, Mike served as President and CEO of Lake County Partners, a 501 (c) 3 economic development corporation that works to maintain economic vitality and quality of life in Lake County, Illinois. Mike was responsible for leading efforts to attract and retain jobs, stimulate capital investment, and pursue economic diversity.
From 2007 to 2012, Mike served as the Deputy Development Director for the City of Columbus responsible for the City’s Economic Development and Planning activities. Mike led the City’s Business Attraction and Retention programs; strategic land utilization; international initiatives; and promotion of public sector tools and programs available to help companies expand.
Mike has also worked for Cardinal Health, Inc in its Corporate Real Estate Group, with the City of Dublin as the Director of Economic Development, and for the City of Huron, Ohio as its Assistant Service Director.
Mike is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University where he received degrees from the Fisher College of Business and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Kirk Borne is the Principal Data Scientist and an Executive Advisor at global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. In those roles, he focuses on applications of data science, data management, machine learning, A.I., and modeling across a wide variety of disciplines. He also provides training and mentoring to executives and data scientists within numerous external organizations, industries, agencies, and partners in the use of large data repositories and machine learning for discovery, decision support, and innovation.
Previously, he was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years where he did research, taught, and advised students in data science. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years supporting data systems activities on NASA space science programs, which included a period as NASA’s Data Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, plus 10 years in management positions within NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office.
Dr. Borne has a B.S. degree in Physics from LSU, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech. In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association for his lifelong contributions to big data research in astronomy. As a global speaker, he has given hundreds of invited talks worldwide, including conference keynote presentations at many dozens of data science, A.I. and big data analytics events globally. He is an active contributor on social media, where he has been named consistently among the top worldwide influencers in big data and data science since 2013. He was recently identified as the #1 digital influencer worldwide for 2018-2019.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s Office
Dr. Carolina Ferrerosa Young is a policy advisor on the Future of Work and responsible capitalism in the office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner. In this capacity, she oversees the Senator’s legislative portfolio on the changing nature of work, 21st century skills training, and an inclusive economy. A political scientist by training, she received her M.A., MPhil, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University as a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow and an American Political Science Association (APSA) minority fellow. During graduate school, she served as a data science fellow on the analytics team at Hillary for America. She then wrote her dissertation on congressional representation while serving as a visiting scholar and William Steiger fellow at APSA’s Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs in Washington, DC. Before graduate school, she was an impact evaluation researcher, working on randomized controlled trial evaluations of government programs in labor, education, nutrition, and disability policy. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and majored in Government at the University of Virginia. She currently lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband, 5-month old son, and their 10-year old corgi, Eva.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Ms. Ingrid Solis serves as the Augmenting Intelligence using Machines (AIM) Initiative Champion within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She is a collaborator on the interagency team developing the AIM implementation strategy and portfolio based approach for IC wide execution of critical mission challenges. Solis is a Senior Intelligence Executive Manager and served over 8 years leading, managing and expanding the mission customer base of a premier Counterterrorism programs with proven success in mission efforts, data science, super computing capabilities and complex massive data. She has also served within the Chief Information Officers organization as an applications architect and as Chief of various technical groups.
Solis came to the Agency after spending twelve years of her professional career in the private sector. She began with General Electric (GE) and spent three years in GE’s highly selective executive technical leadership program designed to accelerate professional development through intensive technical training and a variety of business- critical assignments. She led the technical design and development of multiple systems to support high volume transactions across multiple retail, bank and financial services businesses to include designing and developing applications that automated supplier auctions and bidding attributes on the internet yielding a US Patent. Solis managed multiple Six Sigma IT and business optimization projects and led a global cross functional team that developed a Disaster Recovery Plan for removing single points of failure across globally deployed systems.
Subsequent to her time with GE, Solis was a senior associate for Price Waterhouse Consulting. At PwC she led teams that identified key IT system audit controls for protecting the integrity of data across multiple systems that supported various financial institutions.
Solis holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from St. John’s University, NY; a Masters of Science in Computer & Information Science from Hood College MD; and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Solis is also a Six Sigma Black-belt and is Project Management certified.
Charles Onstott is senior vice president and chief technology officer of SAIC.
He is responsible for driving SAIC’s technology strategy which emphasizes development of solutions and strategic alliances across a broad portfolio of technology capabilities, including information technology, training and simulation, advanced analytics, hardware and platform integration, and logistics and supply chain. He oversees SAIC’s research and development, strategic alliances, product management capabilities, and the SAIC Fellows Program. During his 25 years in the technology industry, Onstott has been a successful innovator and served in many capacities, including technical leadership, general management, and executive roles.
Prior to his role as SAIC’s CTO, Onstott was an SVP and Service Line Manager for SAIC’s services in key emerging technologies, Cloud, Cyber and Data Science. Under his leadership SAIC significantly grew its capabilities and revenues in these services, including expanding SAIC’s cyber practice in to new areas and customers, significantly growing SAIC’s cloud computing business across an array of customer markets, and leading the development of SAIC’s capabilities in Data Science and analytics.
Early in his career, he was the Chief Technologist for SAIC’s Integrated Services Management Center (ISMC) which is SAIC’s most successful IT shared service delivery organization. He was responsible for overall technology leadership as well as program portfolio management. He has developed IT infrastructure solutions that support more than 400,000 users worldwide in multiple industries with a focus on Federal Civilian agencies and DoD. He has managed numerous IT service and data center consolidation projects. These projects produced significant cost savings in systems development and maintenance while improving overall customer satisfaction.
As an early advocate for cloud computing, Onstott was on the forefront of developing SAIC’s capabilities in cloud computing, including providing executive oversight in 2011 for SAIC’s implementation of its own Enterprise Private Cloud. In 2013, he established SAIC’s Enterprise Solutions Lab which is a hybrid cloud used for research and development and is a cloud computing center of excellence. More recently, he has been focused on developing SAIC’s capabilities in X as a Service delivery.
Onstott has a M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from The University of Chicago and an B.A. in Philosophy from Oklahoma State University.
In his role he works with the US Federal Government, ushering in the era of Artificial Intelligence. Robbins has more than 30 years of industry experience providing IT solutions for our nation’s warfighters and citizens, which includes delivering more than $20B in revenue.
Prior to NVIDIA, he was Vice President, Global Defense, AT&T Business Solutions – Global Public Sector where he was responsible for delivering integrated solutions that drive innovation, modernize networks, provide advanced cyber capabilities and mobilize the warfighter. Before joining AT&T, Robbins was Vice President of Federal at Brocade where he led sales, engineering and the partner ecosystem that support defense, civilian and intelligence agencies as well as systems integrators. Previously, Robbins held numerous leadership positions including Senior Vice President of North America Public Sector at Oracle; Vice President, Federal at Sun Microsystems, Inc.; and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and President of SGI Federal at Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI).
Robbins was recently named by WashExec as one of the Top 25 Innovative Leaders to watch. AFCEA International presented him with the 2018 Leadership Award. Executive Mosaic recognized Robbins for his work in Artificial Intelligence & Network Modernization vision by inducting him into the 2019 and 2016 Wash 100, their annual selection of influential leaders. In 2018 and 2015, he was selected as a FedScoop 50 Industry Leadership Award Winner. Robbins was also recognized as a Federal 100 Award Winner in 2013. Currently, he sits on both the AFCEA-DC and USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Board of Directors. He’s the Executive Vice President of the AFCEA-DC Chapter and has been the Chairperson of their annual signature event – the Winter Gala – which has generated more than $500,000 to local communities for STEM under his leadership.
Robbins has a B.S. from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. In 1998, he was awarded the JSU Alumnus of the Year.
The Ambit Group
Since founding The Ambit Group in 2004, CEO Kim Hayes has provided the operating vision, dynamic energy, and servant leadership that have propelled Ambit’s growth and federal success. A relentless and driven entrepreneur, Kim launched Ambit as a Service Disabled Veteran committed to improving the lives of the American Citizen.
After years of working within federal agencies, Kim accumulated the experience and insight that became the cornerstone of her transformative beliefs about the way government delivers value to citizens. Kim forged a Human Centered Design approach to planning and management that had a dramatic effect on the work Ambit performed for clients. With Kim’s leadership, teams learned to combine regimented, repeatable and proven processes with insight, innovation, and experimentation. The output of this approach transformed federal organizations into agile, high-performing models. Ambit’s solutions and services have helped top leaders in federal technology solve the most complicated challenges facing their organizations and recover over $110M in operational costs.
Ambit’s repeated success validated Kim’s vision for the company. As more federal agencies relied upon Ambit’s unique expertise, the company grew rapidly. In time, Kim and Ambit gained greater industry attention and recognition. Fast 50. Fed 100. Executive of the Year. Industry Star. Women Who Mean Business. Top 40 Federal Innovators. Top Workplaces.
With Ambit established in the federal world, Kim continues to channel her entrepreneurial fervor into building an organization that reflects her core values. These values are rooted in an ability to apply new approaches and inject innovation across agencies to advance the federal mission. Ambit’s evolution is reflective of Kim’s ability to successfully build an enterprise and launch a cause.
Kim’s ongoing commitment to the growth and success of federal innovation is most recently demonstrated by her pioneering role as Chair for Smart Cities for both the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and the Global Business Executives Forum.
Angela is a Director of Product Development for recruitment technology at Allegis Group, one of the largest recruiting companies in the world. As a former recruiter herself, she is passionate about people, process and technology and feels that, with AI, there is a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the employee experience through their career journey. By using AI, we can make better predictions and recommendations on companies, positions, and even managers that are best fits for employees. Finding the best fit is ultimately a benefit to both the employees and employers.
In his current role in People Analytics at Capital One, Kevin leads the development of HR’s cloud-based data warehouse, employee surveys, and ML-powered data products for analysts, business leaders and HR business partners. Capital One’s People Analytics infrastructure provides decision makers with data-driven insights about talent, culture, and organizational health that keep Capital One competitive in the complex marketplace of talent. Kevin is a passionate advocate for the power of data and analytics driven business strategy. Since joining Capital One in 2006, Kevin has been at the intersection of business, technology, and data, leading the creation of powerful data ecosystems and machine learning models that improve business performance in spaces from people, to technology, to marketing and credit.
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
NVTC Sr. Director of Programs & Events
NVTC Managing Director of Membership &