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Federal Women in IT


This event occurred on March 29, 2018. Click here for the event recording on YouTube.

OVERVIEW: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Federal Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC) is pleased to host Women in Federal Information Technology and Cybersecurity. This event brings together the nation’s top federal information technology executives to celebrate the successes of women thriving in today’s federal IT enterprise and to discuss strategies that engage, inspire, and motivate more women to pursue a career in IT. As demonstrated by the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), building and maintaining a workforce with modern technology skills is a key priority, and the CIOC is committed to supporting these efforts. Through this event, participants will hear stories from some of the Federal IT and Cyber community’s highly-successful leaders to share their perspectives about how women can thrive in IT careers and pursue IT and cybersecurity career opportunities. Attendees will also hear from newly appointed Federal CIO Suzette Kent as she shares strategies the administration is implementing from the PMA to build a modern federal IT workforce.

WHEN: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (ET).

WHERE: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Jefferson Auditorium – South Building.

The Jefferson Auditorium - South Building of the USDA is conveniently located outside of the Smithsonian Metrorail Station on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines. Please use the Independence Avenue exit, for most convenient access to the building. The building is also accessible by car from several major routes, street and garage parking are available, but extremely limited.

WHO: Open to the Public.

REGISTRATION: Required for in-person attendance. Register for the event here.

The event will be streamed live on USDA’s YouTube channel, for those who would like to participate virtually.

VISITOR ACCESS: All visitors not affiliated with the Federal government must register through Eventbrite to gain access to the building; please bring government-issued identification on the day of the event. Federal employees [and contractors] must have proper Federal government employee identification (e.g., PIV or CAC cards) to access the building. Attendees must access the building through Wing 5. Accessible entrances and elevators to the building are located at Wing 1 on Independence Avenue SW.

SPEAKERS: The confirmed speaker lineup includes:
Opening Speaker: Suzette Kent, Federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget</a>
Closing Speaker: Gary Washington, CIO, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Margie Graves, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of Management Budget
  • Sylvia Burns, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Jason Gray, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Education
  • Beth Killoran, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department Health and Human Services
  • Maria Roat, Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration
  • Gary Washington, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Renee Wynn, Chief Information Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Lead for Academic Engagement, NIST/NICE
  • Joanne Collins Smee, Acting Director of Technology Transformation Services, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Mia Jordan, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development
  • Brianna Mentle, Student at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland
  • Clare Martorana, Digital Service Expert, U.S. Digital Service