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Presented by: Joyce Shirazi
Learning Objective: To prepare leaders for complex leadership challenges involving hybrid and extended workforce teams and groups assembled for complex projects. Our global economy in industry 3.0 was driven by monolithic organizations, each aspiring to become the global leader in their product and service offerings. We are now faced with complex challenges like space travel, renewable energies, and waste management technologies; which have resulted in the emergence of multi-national teams, corporations, government agencies, and higher education institutions; assembled to address the most complex and compelling challenges we are facing globally in our environment, our traditional ecosystems, our global supply chains, and emerging digital economy. This seminar will delve into global best practices and how they addressed the challenge of leading team members outside their organization to maintain the successful delivery of new innovative products and services for global consumption. Understanding advanced leadership techniques to manage complexity, multiple objectives, executive support, and measurable outcomes. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Understand how leaders manage complex teams using technology, cultural principles, time management, real-time communications, and metrics to deliver projects on time and within budget. b. Reference advanced leadership methods in communication, collaboration, and planning to deliver reliable, self-accountable, high-performance teams. c. Further develop their leadership skills by practicing effective leadership methods of measuring, monitoring, and managing high-quality outcomes.
Presented by: Jeannice Fairrer Samani, Ann Stevens, Aria Jones, Lenora Gant
At Amazon, invention and innovation are two sides of the same coin. Both require breaking through the constraints of convention and apparent technical limitations. Invention requires you to imagine a future where things are markedly different, and then to imagine what it would take to get there. Innovation takes an existing process or product and blows apart the constraints that make it behave the way it does today and imagine what it could become. This seminar is an intimate conversation with some of Amazon's top Senior Principal Technologists to discuss their role as individual contributors and how they have used their expertise to invent and innovate to optimize the output for their respective organizations.
Presented by: Jovonia Thibert, Stephanie LaBoo, Joshua Thomas, Chris Musoke, Bryan Liles, Tia White
Learning Objective: Increase analytical and problem-solving skills What are the most valuable skills in today’s business world? Technical, people, management, and leadership skills are the top few critical skills needed to create impact. The development of these skills will support professionals in increasing their capacity to analyze and solve problems. Technical skills give you the foundation to make informed decisions based on facts, and people skills help you utilize the contributions of others. Professionals need a strategy that considers technical, analytical, and communication skills to solve complex problems and analyze decisions. This workshop will feature an expert panel to share their winning strategies and approaches to analyze and solve problems and apply these models to complex business challenges. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Create models that increase problem-solving effectiveness. b. Understand complex workplace and business challenges and apply analytical techniques. c. Engage in problem-solving challenges.
Presented by: Michelle Gardner-Ince, Tanya Titus, Nefertiti Jackson
There are a lot of personal and professional reasons why folks strive for a Ph.D. but a fair generalization is the aim to change the world for the better. Other fair generalizations are that many PhDs leave academia because they don’t find the institution conducive to tangibly change the world and that there is very little guidance on how one can utilize their Ph.D. skill sets in jobs outside of academia. At Booz Allen Hamilton, we have made it a mission to bring together our over 1000 doctorate employees (and our many other engineers willing to roll up their sleeves) to collectively help with the firm’s bigger VoLT Strategy by (1) generating R&D that will advance client products and services, (2) building strategic partnerships with high-level government officials looking to solve their “Ph.D.-level hard” problems, and (3) ensuring that diversity remains paramount as business imperative. We look forward to talking about our experience with you and really look forward to talking with the audience about ways we all can work together in changing the world for the better. After this panel, the participants will be able to: Better utilize their PhDs/hands-on engineers towards research opportunities that can help your organization’s bottom line Build a pipeline to help both attract more PhDs to join your organization and help members of your current organization in attaining a Ph.D. Build strategic partnerships with outside entities that can lead to further business
Presented by: Charles Johnson-Bey, Sean Guillory, Kalena Stovall, Christina Leggett
Learning Objective: To expand our awareness and understanding of the motivations and principles driving the new emerging voices in the global workforce and their viewpoints and expectations for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. According to the 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report published by Deloitte University Press: Diversity and inclusion now impact brand, corporate purpose, and performance. Not only is the public increasingly aware of the issue (witness the scrutiny of gender and racial diversity in the technology industry), but employees are also expressing more robust views on diversity and inclusion. Millennials, for example, see inclusion as a mandatory part of corporate culture, defining how the company listens to them at work.2 Shareholders, customers, and suppliers are all taking a closer look at this issue. As awareness around diversity and inclusion grows, diversity and inclusion have become more critical for talent acquisition and a company’s employment brand. Many organizations operate in an environment of high transparency, which employees demand. For younger workers, inclusion is not just about assembling diverse teams but also connecting team members so that everyone is heard and respected.3 Companies should align their approach with the expectations of Millennials and others, or they will likely lose talent. We have reached the fifth anniversary of the Global Human Capital Trends report. In five short years, the world has experienced a paradigm shift in personal and professional motivators and incentives in the global marketplace. Millennials power the workforce close to Baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Z as they assume leadership roles in human resources. They are taking the title of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and effectively elevating the value and monetization opportunities of strategic diversity initiatives and organizational practices in the global market. How are COVID and other international emergencies impacting the goals and aspirations of our next-generation global workforce? For the first time in history, the world has five generations actively working in the worldwide market. Join us as we learn the new trends and voices in diversity and inclusion. What has changed, and where do we see the future of work in a digital economy? After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Understand the evolution of diversity and inclusion to current-day voices and new trends forming in workforce dynamics. b. Comprehend the strategic advantages of workforce diversity transitioning from politically correct initiatives into effective communication and collaboration channels. c. Know how to convert behaviors and cultural practices that create diversity challenges into opportunities for cohesive collaboration and sustainable “win-win” workplace scenarios.
Presented by: Takeisha Carr, Tamika Gray, Georgette Fletcher, Melissa Pearson
Learning Objective: To understand the measurable value of ‘circular’ innovations and advocate for adopting circular sustainability in manufacturing, product development, and the global supply chain ecosystem. No matter the type or size of the idea or organization, from startups to enterprises, collective sharing is required to accelerate innovation and answer the global resource challenges facing our health and environmental equities. This natural ral resources continue to deplete; our international markets are migrating towards circular systems of sustainability (i.e., the emergence of the Circular Economy as described by the World Economic Forum). The session explores the circular economy, which has been described as an ecosystem of global innovation formulated to advance our capabilities of converting waste and natural resources into sustainable ecosystems to offer an alternative to traditional “take-make-dispose anywhere” environmental practices by advocating for innovative waste and resource cycling, and remanufacturing to reduce waste, cost and environmental impacts on our planet. The natural and human resources powering Industry are global; from raw materials to distributed products, the world has reached its peak and must embrace sustainability, environmentally friendly “green” recycling, and remanufacturing. Industry 4.0 has boosted the Circular Economy. An economy designed to provide continued use and recycling of waste and mitigate urbanization, mass migration, climate impacts, food security, global supply chains, and weather-related events. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Understand the strategy and value of circular innovation and its positive impact on our planet and well-being. b. Identify the values and benefits of innovative recycling and remanufacturing goods and products. c. Identify the best practice approaches towards developing an organization-wide circular strategy and culture. d. Understand how sustainability can be implemented into the core design and development process to produce measurable green outcomes.
Presented by: Donna Bell, Andre Welch
Learning Objective: Exploring an array of messages received from family, friends, media, and society may cause some to question their knowledge, skills, and abilities. These messages can also lead to struggles with confidence and self-limiting thoughts on the roles they apply for. Historically, minorities and women have received messages that they are not capable of achieving the heights of success; they must work harder than others; or their natural hair, choice of style and clothing are not deemed professional. In other words, they “don’t belong,” or they must fit in to succeed. The pressure to compete can cause some to internalize these messages. They may succumb to perfectionism or feel like they are carrying the weight of their whole race or gender on their shoulders. These experiences can become internalized leading to negative self-talk and reduced confidence. “Can I listen to the music I enjoy in the comfort of my office or cubicle?” “Will I be judged for growing up in a low-income neighborhood?” “Will I be deemed unprofessional for wearing cultural attire to work?” This fear of judgement and perceptions based on messages or experiences can cause some to hide aspects of their identities at work (covering), code switch, and in some cases, morph into a completely different person during work hours. Learn from and interact with a multi-generational panel of industry leaders as they share experiences, challenges they’ve conquered in their careers, the power of owning your diversity, and advice to build confidence in your truth. After this seminar, participants will be able to: a. Identify and learn skills to combat negative self-talk when it appears. b. Learn skills to navigate societal norms and interpersonal barriers. c. Understand what it means to bring your authentic self to work and walk in your truth.
Presented by: LAUREN BRUNER, Randy Johnson, Dorian Newton, Emmanuel Onafeko, Stephanie Simmons, Sondia Christian, Marcus Jackson
This six-member panel will discuss the importance of scientists and engineers (S&Es) in accomplishing the mission of the Department of the Air Force. This diverse panel will address the exciting challenges as well as note the personal and professional fulfillment they experience by working alongside their military partners. Two senior leaders will share their visions of the important roles that S&Es have in advancing our technology in defense our nation; the importance of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility; commitment to public service; and share important points in their careers. Three S&Es will show exciting highlights from projects they have had as well as paint a picture of their work-life balance, impacts of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in their careers, and their own personal professional and personal fulfillment serving as S&Es in the Air Force.
Presented by: Jessica Peterson, Marcus Smith, Karen Hudson, Jacqueline Janning-Lask, Damon Brown, Heather Pringle
Professionals understand that etiquette in business is a critical factor in making decisions. Success in any industry relies on relationships with coworkers, clients, suppliers, or investors. When you are well-mannered and considerate in dealing with others, you create interesting, productive, long-lasting relationships. This course will discuss accepted business behavior and its importance in business correspondence. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions: a. What is the definition of etiquette? b. What are the guidelines for making effective introductions? c. What are the three Cs associated with making a good impression? d. What are the three steps in giving a handshake? e. What is one technique you can use to remember names? f. What are two ways to minimize nervousness while in social situations? g. What are the two differences between a formal and an informal letter? h. What color connotes dominance and power? Vitality and harmony? i. Etiquette can help businesses improve in what four areas? j. What is (are) the difference(s) between a formal and an informal letter? k. What are the differences between these dress codes: dressy casual, semi-formal, formal, and black tie? l. What are the basic guidelines in international etiquette?
Presented by: Sondia Christian, Celena Noel, Victor Brown
Have you ever felt like your seat at the table was two feet lower than everyone else’s or every time you showed up virtually or in person, you felt invisible? Or maybe you’ve been subjected to the hypervisibility that comes along with being the only minority in the room and dealt with how to “blend in” affecting your ability to be authentically seen and heard. Either way, the challenges associated with visibility for minority populations are real and are being experienced everyday. Can we really overcome the challenges of being seen and heard in today’s culture? In this forum, we will hear from individuals who will share their experiences and perspectives about being seen and heard, despite the microaggressions, marginalization and unconscious biases that exist in the workplace. Their experiences will shed light and give voice to those who have been silently waiting to show up in ways that pierce the darkness of invisibility and inspire all of us to open our eyes and ears to those who have been challenged with being seen and heard. Just know that you are visible, even if others refuse to remove their blindfolds.
Presented by: Charles Everett, Robert Griffiths, Amanda Goodson, Dawn Charleston, Ceah Justice
LEARNING OBJECTIVES Join us in this session to learn more about the practice of executive coaching and gain a deeper understanding of how coaching can help uncover your potential and inspire you to become a more effective leader, capable of handling the diverse span of circumstances we face in today’s workforce. Leadership coaching can help individuals at all levels (new professionals to senior executives) more accurately gain a better perspective about their abilities, blind spots, and how to better make use of them. Working with an executive coach can provide professionals with key career development benefits, such as: · Managing Change · Managing Stress · Employee Engagement · Professional Development · Leadership Presence (showing up with confidence) At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to: Help with special areas such as managing Imposter Syndrome, operating in the majority vs operating in the minority, and moving from an Individual Contributor (IC) role to a leadership role. Learn how companies like Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Amazon, General Motors, military (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps) and nonprofit organizations are using coaching to strengthen employee capabilities and capacity. Understand the differences between a coach, mentor, sponsor, and counselor. Navigate reaching peak performance at all levels, Individual Contributor, Mid-Level Manager, Executive, Senior Executive, and C-Suite. Skilling up for success to overcome organizational obstacles, hurdles, and barriers.
Presented by: William Makell, Jr., Marshall Williams, David Albritton
Learning Objective: Increase professional and leadership confidence and competence We all expect to be judged on our merits at work and recognized for our accomplishments, unique talents, insights, and efforts. But does that happen? Recent research shows minorities fill a small percentage of executive-level jobs and corporate board seats. Experts believe that a significant cause is the lack of confidence. “Confidence is a learned skill....what you have to be willing to do is dare to put yourself out there. You’ve got to dare to take some risks.” Learn from the experts what risks to take and how taking them can lead to a triumphant rise up the corporate ladder. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Recognize the barriers that prevent them from becoming successful. b. Examine the benefits of developing a mentorship role for support. c. Develop techniques for gaining confidence. d. Independently explore strategies for overcoming the barriers that block their rise in the corporate world.
Presented by: Samantha Mitchell, Daphney Chery, Michael Parsons, Jacqueline Toussaint
In today’s environment, we are facing a fundamental technological change that we haven’t seen in decades. The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we live, learn, connect, and work. Forbes states that due to the Covid-19 pandemic “2020 became 2025 on the digital acceleration timeline”. The digital revolution is here as seen by the accelerated rise in remote working, distance learning, virtual communication, and online experiences. This digital transformation has made cloud computing, data & analytics, mobility, and digital experience key areas of focus for every industry. Ted Colbert, 2022 Black Engineer of the Year, spearheaded the creation of the Digital Twin Initiative that launched Boeing on the path to Web 3.0. But along with the technology plan, Boeing needs the workforce that can rise to this challenge. Today’s Post-Covid workforce has record breaking pay for digital occupations while simultaneously experiencing a tech industry downturn resulting in widespread layoffs. Preparing, recruiting, retaining, and optimizing that workforce has its own challenges. Join Boeing leaders as they discuss being everything you are in today’s environment.
Presented by: Evelyn Moore, Manuel Tiggs, Mark Cleary, Bernice Billups, Pamela Obiomon, David Cade
Learning Objective: Examine the process of achieving a U.S. security clearance and how this clearance will allow you to access future career opportunities As you create your “master plan” for success, consider the variety of tools needed to gain a competitive edge in your industry. By familiarizing yourself with the extensive U.S. security clearance process, you can prepare to access opportunities that help you excel. This seminar will guide you through the process of getting and keeping a U.S. security clearance. We will also explore the future and emerging career opportunities that require various clearance levels. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Identify a series of career paths and associated tools to improve job marketability. b. List a series of certification and association options. c. Understand the security clearance process and associated misconceptions and mistakes.
Presented by: Kevin Mitchell, Marcus Sills, Thurmasia Jackson, Kisha Horne
Learning Objective: Develop an understanding of how and why technology and innovation are rooted in the global open-source community. The critical success factors used to measure market activity are rooted in two fundamental measures (speed and sustainability); how fast the market can be served with sustained scaling is a constantly evolving practice as more open-source projects launch physical and digital solutions. For instance, a smartwatch development kit can be purchased for as little as $25; this includes open-source operating systems, open-source development frameworks, supply chains, and open-source software. For example, Mastodon is a federated social platform designed to connect online communities without an intermediary platform. The platform is a “distributed” architecture that disrupts traditional social media and empowers each organization to have its version of popular social platforms with total access to all features, functionality, and,t importantly, the data generated from social activities on a distributed platform. This is a significant shift in technological advancements brought on by Industry 4.0 and a globally connected community of independent professionals, novices, and corporate, non-profit, and government resources. The future of open source is yet to be determined; what can be stated with confidence is that open source is the accelerant in a globally connected community and impacts all aspects of research collaborations, development costs, talent acquisition sources, micro-patents, and micro-licensing of intellectual property. At the end of this session, participants will be able to: a. Understand how open source is leveraged by large and small organizations to reduce cost and increase the speed of delivery of goods, product,s and services. b. Examine the type of open source development practices changing how talent acquisition is sourced, compensated, and reta,ined. c. Explore the advantages of using open source to reduce costs and leverage community support. d. Examine the limitations of internal development vs. open source development.
Presented by: Kindra Porter, Madeline Augustin, Markeeva Morgan, David C Williams
Learning Objective: Understand how to identify operational technology assets that are most critical to the accomplishment of an organization's mission. MITRE's Crown Jewels Analysis (CJA) is a process and corresponding toolset for identifying assets that are most critical to the accomplishment of an organization's mission. The capability has been recently applied operational technology and associated control systems (electrical, water, building automation, etc.) for government sponsors. CJA captures not only mission-level impacts, but also task- and function-level impacts, useful for developing mitigation strategies and operate-through procedures. The seminar will cover CJA, its applications, and the mission-decomposition approach to uncover vital mission dependencies for assessment and mitigation planning.
Presented by: Cedric Carter
Learning Objective: Understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in digital transformation, organizational transformation, and competitive advantage in market execution Diverse and inclusive leaders understand the power of ‘diversity of thought’ and the competitive advantage it affords organizations that effectively engage and include diversity as a core strategy for ideation, creation, improvement, scale, and measurable performance. Diversity and inclusion are critical resources for every organization engaged in successful digital and organizational transformation planning and execution activities. Digital transformation has become a market differentiator and the designation of the new ‘haves and have-nots’ in global business; therefore, leveraging a diversity initiative at the beginning of the digital transformation journey is an advantage for organizations that understand the concept of “thinking outside the box” through “Diversity of Thought” for global market success. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Understand the value of diversity of thought in innovation and ideation. b. Understand the process of developing sustainable digital transformation through diversity and inclusion initiatives. c. Formulate a clearer understanding of global market advantages offered through diversity and inclusion. d. Create a process or plan that leverages the diversity of thought for organizational and market success.
Presented by: Virginia Nguyen, Natoshia Anderson, Kerron Duncan, Derek Miller
In 2022, the federal government exceeded its small business contracting goal by awarding 27.2 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses. How did this impact black owned companies? What are the strategies that led to this success and how can minority owned companies participate? What are the tips for working with large corporations? What type of systems should be in place and what are the basic requirements? There are emergent opportunities in rebuilding the sagging US infrastructure, sustainability projects, technologies like ChatGBT, Dall E.2, Metaverse. cybersecurity, and Artificial Intelligence, As we transition from a remote workforce to a fully mobile, hybrid approach for contractors how do companies ensure that employees are providing optimal support to the government clients. Enabling Objectives: Understanding Government Annual Scorecard for Small Business; Implications for FY2024 Capture Strategy Mentor - Protege and other opportunities for Small Businesses to partner with larger organizations to win government contracts. HBCU University Affiliated Research Center implications and opportunities for Small Businesses to work with a college and win government contracts. Service Disables Veteran Owned Businesses; how to increase the number of veterans pursuing entrepreneurship and support mechanisms at federal agencies to ensure an opportunity to compete.
Presented by: Jimmy Smith, Erica Dobbs, Hayes Fountain III
Learning Objective: Explore leadership principles that are key to managing global workforces of the future Gartner recently found that 39% of current employees risk leaving their organization. Demand for talent and employee retention has created a highly pecompetitiveandscape for HR leadership. Gaining insights into future workforce environmentcreatesng, the need for digit tools, and andand advanced analytics specifically developed for HR leaders. Understanding analytics and digital tools designed to support workforce planning and talent development are essential for successfullynavigationn of the digital economy. Exploring future employment models and management approaches based on fundamental principles such as value, culture, purpose, reskilling and upskilling, etc. It is vital for HR leaders to analyze, measure, and monitor to understand trends and insights for future workforce planning. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Further explore types of employee and workforce teams. b. Understand the HR principles that drive change, culture, and workforce productivity. c. Identify digital tools for HR analysis and planning.
Presented by: Cynthia Miller, Heather Laychak, Nick Spain
Learning objective: Increase listening techniques for better communication and strengthening business networks. If this conference could leave you with only two words, they would be RELATIONSHIPS MATTER. The ability to maintain and cultivate critical relationships is the single most important investment of time and resources you can make for your career. Building effective relationships and partnerships require trust, commitment, and consistent follow-through. Often, we may not see the immediate results, but leaders and executives will agree that their relationship vault is what truly makes them rich. Success does not happen alone; we need support, guidance, resources, and ideas to achieve true greatness. This workshop will show you how to find, embrace, build, maintain, and liquidate strong relationships. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Independently explore strategies to lead and communicate across generations and cultures. b. Develop tools for difficult conversations, to manage conflict and build trust. c. Examine ways to engage colleagues and leaders by articulating values and business impact. d. Explore benefits and strategies for Mentorship/Sponsorship/Coaching. e. Create a plan to increase likeability, credibility, and influence. f. Build a power network plan.
Presented by: Sondia Christian, Ciara Lynton, Patricia Coons-Wallace, Matthew Reeds
Learning Objective: Develop time management skills for better organization and productivity Students who have learned how to manage time during high school effectively are better prepared for the rigors of college study. Regardless of preparation, it takes time to adjust to college. Improve your time management skills by setting goals and staying within them. Even students who manage time well during high school often struggle when they begin college. Students are overwhelmed with large course loads, extracurricular activities, and other social activities. Although being in college can be overwhelming, completing everything that must be done in a timely and efficient manner is possible. Developing time management and organizational skills is the key to working efficiently. The best way to better manage time is to create daily schedules. Most organized people plan daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. This seminar will show you how to be self-motivated, leading to better organizational skills, productivity, and efficiency. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Outline long-term goals and a plan to obtain them. b. Develop detailed plans for each day and how to deal with delays. c. Break large projects down into several more straightforward projects. d. Cultivate a flexible schedule.
Presented by: Shemekka Stewart-Isaacs, Felicia Burks, Kendra Bruce-Bibbins, Tessa Casey
As we transition from a remote to a fully mobile, hybrid workforce, organizations need to re-evaluate their approach to securing their people and data. Perimeter defense is no longer sufficient for achieving cyber resiliency and securing our information enterprise that spans geographic borders, interfaces and external partners, and support to millions of authorized users. The "never trust, always verify" mindset requires organizations to take responsibility for securing devices, applications, assets, and services. For an effective Zero Trust security model implementation, organization should answer the following: · What do you trust: verify explicitly, authenticate, and authorize (enterprise network) · Who do you trust: least privilege access (applications, devices, services, users) How do you trust: end to end encryption (technology) Enabling Objectives: Zero Trust Cultural Adoption (mindset that guides the design, development, integration and deployment of information technology across the Zero Trust Ecosystem). Cybersecurity information systems Secured & Defended (cybersecurity practices to incorporate and operationalize Zero Trust to achieve enterprise resilience). Technology Acceleration (zero trust-based technologies deployed at a pace equal to industry advancements to remain ahead of changing threat environments). Zero Trust Enablement (policy, programming, planning, funding, execution).
Presented by: Robbin Johnson, Jerri Sanders, Stephen Yirenkyi, Col. Elizabeth Casely
Learning Objective: Examine the qualities and techniques to develop future leaders The 21st century has seen monumental innovation and disruption (e.g., climate change, pollution, waste, metaverse, bioengineering, CRISPR, digital twining). We have experienced global milestones in innovations and disruptions simultaneously. Emerging leaders in the 21st century must be equipped to lead in an increasingly integrated physical and digital world and understand the complexities of managing diverse perspectives. The core of functional and successful leadership is the ability to motivate others, resolve conflict, and manage diverse personalities. As data continues to become the de facto source of currency, 21st-century leaders must adapt to a data-driven strategy to address complexities. This represents interdependent relationships, where the team uses data as intermediaries between groups and teamgroupsers. Join us as we discuss and explore the core components of 21st-century leadership in a disrupted global ecosystem. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Understand the impact and importance of implementing a data-driven leadership strategy. b. Further explore and develop the qualities and practices characteristic of 21st leaders. c. Develop effective communication techniques for leading diverse teams. d. Understand the importance of ethical data processing and analysis in 21st-century leadership.
Presented by: Charles Johnson-Bey, Cynthia Shelton, Kendall Holbrook
Learning Objective: Increase professional leadership qualities, confidence, and competence Are you playing the game, or is the game playing you? Outstanding Leadership happens when you understand the game and sharpen the tools to play effectively. Achieving greatness is no easy task. Each person has a unique path with their own set of challenges and obstacles to overcome. As emerging leaders, you must explore who you are and understand how all life experiences contribute value to your journey. On this path, most will discover that success is about embracing and using your individuality to achieve greatness. On this path, you will find that great men make great leaders. What truly makes you great? Whom do you consider significant? This seminar will explore life and leadership while examining the impact of hip-hop culture and its impact on definitions and perspectives of success. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Identify characteristics of great men and ways to maintain and gain respect. b. Identify practical leadership qualities. c. Identify the essential “success” rules and ways to manage corporate politics. d. Lead discussions on ways to overcome challenges and stereotypes. e. Continue to independent explore themes and lyrics of “hip hop” culture and its impact on perspectives of success.
Presented by: Lewis Pate, Michael Spencer, Andre Caldwell, Cedric Fletcher
Internal/External Crowd sourcing At GDMS, our customers rely on us to provide innovative solutions to their toughest problems. With related challenges evolving at lightning speed, we need to fully leverage our talented workforce to address them — faster and more capably than our competitors. The GDMS Internal Challenge aims to do just that by making our top business challenges visible to all employees, so those with the right skill and drive can step up to tackle them, in collaboration with our top technical leaders. When our internal activities are not good enough, GDMS takes the appropriate External Challenge measures to connect with external organizations that provide solutions to important challenges we face with an unrivaled network of expert problem solvers. These actions reach experts both from within our industry, but more importantly experts from outside of our industry that can offer diverse perspectives and fresh insight. With these activities and solutions provided, GDMS can incorporate and expand its cutting-edge technologies and products and extend them to their customers. After this seminar, the participants will be motivated to: Find innovative ways to solve tough problems in technology. Collaborate with top technical leaders in the industry. Engage top performers in cutting edge research activities. Virtual Systems Integration & Test Learning Objective: How to effectively conduct Virtual Systems Integration &Test Sometimes necessity can lead to innovation. With recent COVID-19 restrictions that affected travel and lab participation for our customers, GDMS engineers found smart ways to continue to meet and exceed customer needs through Virtual Systems Integration & Test. This session will go over the techniques used to conduct successful VSI&T. After this seminar, the participants will have knowledge of: Key components of VSI&T. Presentation/electronic records. Parallel testing tracks. Minimizing testing errors.
Presented by: Ali Abubakar, Shawn Roberts
Learning Objective: Attendees will explore the phases of the intelligent manufacturing lifecycle and the innovative technologies empowering green initiatives in global manufacturing Smart manufacturing is an ecosystem of platforms designed to digitize all phases of the manufacturing lifecycle [research, design, simulate, develop, build, distribute, remanufacture, recycle]. Technologies such as the metaverse, mixed reality, nano, quantum, analytics, robotics, etc., have matured to the productization phase of manufacturing and supply chain distribution. Smart manufacturing provides a pathway to transform product development and manufacturing by integrating a continuous data feedback loop from deployment in production environments to retirement, recycling, and remanufacturing to redistribution. Providing a data path for manufacturing increases the analysis and analytics necessary to design and build next-generation sustainable and environmentally friendly products and goods. Integrating these technologies requires an advanced delivery platform capable of mixed reality experiences and digital “twinning” of physical things. Smart manufacturing will fully utilize innovations like the metaverse to leverage the mixed reality and 3D visualization experiences necessary to empower green science and research, advanced learning, and connected global community sharing. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to: 1. Understand the technologies empowering smart manufacturing. 2. Discuss the market differentiation and new customer experiences available to organizations that leverage smart manufacturing strategies. 3. Explore how smart manufacturing can support green research and development. 4. Understand how smart devices provide data essential to understanding the measurable value points of green manufacturing lifecycles.
Presented by: Robert Sacca, Rick Wilson, Deirdre Peters
Friday – Energy: Enabling the Defense of Nation Moderator: Colonel Al Trimble, Brigadier General Robert Bowie - 2:30 – 3:45 pm DESCRIPTION Energy is an essential enabler of military capability, and the Department of Defense depends on energy-resilient forces and facilities to achieve its mission. DoD consumed over 85 million barrels of fuel to power ships, aircraft, combat vehicles, and contingency bases at a cost of nearly $9.2 billion. At over 500 worldwide military installations, the Department spent $3.4 billion on energy to power over 585,000 facilities and 160,000 non-tactical vehicles. Enabling Objectives: Understand Energy Resilience: Enhancing the military capability, readiness, and resilience of our installations and forces through assured access to resilient and cyber secure fuel and power. Understand Energy Supply — Understand emerging technologies that can reduce the use of nonrenewable energy sources -understand Energy Risk: Identifying, assessing, and integrating energy-related risks into DoD decision-making associated with requirements, deliberate planning, wargames and exercises, installation master planning, Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program (ERCIP), and investments in forces and installations. -understand Energy Performance: Ensuring energy efficiency and lower costs at DoD installations through reliable, efficient use of power and alternative financing mechanisms. -understand Cyber Secure risk and Facilities: Reducing the cyber risks to facility related control systems to ensure reliable power for critical missions.
Presented by: Alphonso Trimble, Ernest Smiley, Brig. Gen. Robert Bowie
Learning Objective: Examine the process and advantages of obtaining the professional engineer license More agencies and institutions require licensed professional engineers. A professional engineer (P.E.) is a person who is licensed to practice engineering in a particular state or U.S. territory after meeting all the requirements of the law. There are many powerful reasons, professional and personal,l reasonsarning and maintaining a PE license. This seminar will give you the information you need to obtain professional licensure and an understanding of the responsibilities that must be fulfilled to keep it. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Understand the reasoning behind being a licensed professional engineer. b. Identify the procedures for completing the licensed professional engineer registration process. c. Identify the responsibilities for maintaining the professional engineer license. d. Outline the Principles of Standard Care.
Presented by: Nicolas Keels, Laurie Scott, Clayton Mitchell, Leticia Soto-Daniels
Learning Objective: Explore best practices in managing teams consisting of remote, hybrid, and onsite workforces. Communication and collaboration tools were critical in closing the geo-gaps impacted by safety regulations and practices during the pandemic. Organizations of all forms, sizes, and types have struggled to emerge as digitally savvy. Attend this seminar to learn best practices for managing workforce performance, productivity, and promotion. Hybrid work experiences have created new challenges in HR management, such as assessing onsite workers compared to hybrid and remote workers. This seminar will explore methods, and cultural principles leaders have implemented to normalize workforce teams and insights on creating outcomes-driven assessment models that account for the core skills required regardless of physicality. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Understand effective communication and collaboration practices in managing onsite and remote workforce productivity. b. Further explore reporting criteria and key performance metrics that may provide a more balanced assessment; and normalized performance reviews; for remote, onsite, and hybrid workers. c. Examine cultural, social, and other factors that impact work-life balance and wellness.
Presented by: Nicole Toler, Stephanie Simmons, Maisha Glover, Nadine Louis
Throughout your career, you will find opportunities where a mentor can be a catalyst to navigating your career. In this session, you will hear from several leaders who will share some of their experiences in being a mentee, their first mentor opportunity and provide tips on how to develop a successful mentee/mentor relationship. Our leaders are excited to share the importance of mentorship and the value that it brings to advancing one’s career. Please join us in an interactive and engaging session that will give you an invaluable insight into navigating your career.
Presented by: Jackie Reisner, Brian Wiggins, Anthony Alston, Chris Payne, Anthony Hickman
Learning Objective: Understand the significance and benefits of integrating storytelling into Video Commerce that includes video driven shopping across linear and broadcast television, to provide a human and a unique way to bring products to life. This session will explore video commerce and the way it connects to consumers. For instance, creating videos that answer frequently asked questions, show how-to guides, live demonstrations, and share product information. Video Commerce is the newest tool for retailers that is grounded in technology and that allows businesses to integrate video into the web, mobile storefronts, and various media platforms. At the end of this session, participants will be able to: Explore the different broadcast technical roles that bring the shopping experience to life. Examine the advantages of storytelling in Video Commerce and real time interactivity to keep customers engaged. Discuss the step-by-step process that goes into executing a live broadcast across multiple platforms.
Presented by: Kristen Hazel, Lateef Scott, Ebony Roberts, Derek Bennett
Learning Objective: Examine tips and strategies to increase positive study habits Learning to study effectively is a skill that benefits everyone, even the smartest in the class. When polled, most college students would agree that they needed to learn how to study when they started college properly. In this seminar, we will address preparatory study principles, such as setting goals, knowing your learning style, being an active reader, participating in study groups, organizing your notes and study materials, and writing drafts of papers, which can help all students improve their study skills and perform better. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Identify the traits of successful studying candidates. b. Generate methods for achieving successful studying habits. c. Outline methods for implementing successful studying techniques.
Presented by: Sonia Henry, Jasmine Kilpatrick, Malika Grayson, Jerrod Henderson
During this Crucial Convo session, we’ll take a look at the past implications of military service after Executive Order 9981 which integrated the military. President Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on 26 July 1948. Since then, military leaders have been developed to serve in a digital environment of artificial intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, and engineering. This panel will take deep dive in the past and project a bold new future for military service.
Presented by: Casey Sharperson, Felicia Burks, Kenneth Dunn, Victoria Coleman, Eries Mentzer, Rick Pina
Learning Objective: Examine successful conflict management strategies for team building and successful project achievement Workplace conflict is often impacted by global, national, and local events. Therefore, managers and team leaders must learn early to embrace conflicts when it happens. As a result, these leaders are better able to build empathetic and stronger relationships with their subordinates, peers, and management. Managing conflict is a skill that develops through applied practices, patience, and objective observational skills and takes time to perfect. The practices and techniques of conflict-resolution leadership may vary from leader to leader. However, there is a foundational component to conflict resolution that every leader must know to maintain sustained success and individual wellness and achievement for their teams. This leadership seminar will explore how to recognize conflict according to the organization’s vision, goals, and corporate objectives and leverage the organization’s policies to create safe communication places. Participants will learn how to create an atmosphere that celebrates measurable change and respect for different perspectives and how to address conflict without increasing conflict. Join us as we examine and discuss how to effectively manage situations with compassion, principles, diplomacy, tact, and authority while addressing the individual needs of team members and working groups. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Recognize triggers and root causes of conflicts in advance to apply new techniques that transform potential conflict into coherent and collaborative woworkpportunities. b. Develop strategies and practices that support rational thinking during highly charged situations. c. Build trust and credibility by dealing with difficult work situations with compassion and principles. d. Understand how corporate principles, culture, and responsibilities apply to conflict resolution and collaboration processes.
Presented by: Renee Reynolds, Tameika Hollis, Rukiya Higgins, Jeffrey Thomas
Learning Objective: Explore habits that increase confidence and lead to being more assertive in the workplace The business world combines diverse people, personalities, and perspectives. In this seminar, you will learn skills to help you deal with workplace conflict and disagreements. This session will address critical issues such as techniques for being a more assertive conversationalist, procedures for giving and receiving feedback properly, and business etiquette techniques for the situation that is called upon. This session will help you to comprehend how social styles alter behavior and can enhance your on-the-job assertiveness skills. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Define behaviors that distinguish between assertive, passive, and aggressive styles. b. Assess areas of strength and areas for growth. c. Examine assertive behaviors using a range of verbal and visual techniques. d. Identify appropriate opportunities for assertive behavior in the workplace.
Presented by: Charity Ikpe, Jessica Johnson-Varela, DeArndra Hendricks, A.D. Williams
Learning Objective: Understand the significance and benefits of integrating cybersecurity into innovative biomedical products in healthcare services and products. Industry 4.0 is a shift from industrial machinery as the primary means of production towards high-performance tuning of the human body and mind with the integration of connected things and objects into the ‘intelligence’ ecosystem of society using intelligent solutions and data analytics to broaden the creation of products and services for all aspects of the human experience. Industry 4.0 introduced a shift in innovation towards integrating physical things and digital technology as a series of global standards designed to accelerate innovation and reduce cost barriers in innovation and product development. The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) provides innovation in healthcare using the integration of our physical, digital, environmental, and biological resources for the first time in recorded human history. For instance, the healthcare industry is experiencing significant and measurable progress in the battle with cancer using nanotechnology particles to target cancer cells without damaging the functioning cells within the human body. This is a minute example of the disruptive technologies and innovations that are the quality of life for humanity that will require cybersecurity to protect the patient and the accuracy of the smart equipment. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to: a. Understand the need for cybersecurity in connected devices within the healthcare industry. b. Examine the benefits in cost and speed-to-diagnosis when risk is managed through cybersecurity best practices for smart connected devices. c. Further their knowledge of the emerging innovations in the IoMT industry. d. Understand the fundamentals of protecting innovation through proactive cybersecurity planning and implementation.
Presented by: Steve Austin, Christopher Jock, Ernest Smiley, Dominique Hinton
When interactions can be quick, virtual or based on text, how do you represent yourself? Learn how to convey your best self in person, on social media and with your resume. Hear from experts in communications, recruiting and hiring to learn how to best position yourself.
Presented by: Ericka Perry, Morizel Hodges, Katherine Trinidad, Channing Wright
The US government has an infrastructure crisis. This crisis affects the military and the government at large. America owns or maintains over 400 bases in 80 countries. These bases face risks from flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, outdated water systems, patchwork of electrical grids, aged airfields, and environmental pollution. These challenges are exacerbated by climate change, budgetary constraints, and the lack of research on technologies or processes that can help mitigate these risks. The United States is the world leader in simulation, artificial intelligence, and 3D. One of the cornerstones of this primacy is the ability of simulation centers of excellence to work public - private partnerships. Learn about the groundbreaking work that is taking place across the country in simulation, artificial intelligence, and Human Capital Management in Florida and Texas. Enabling objectives: Managing challenges in addressing the underlying root causes of recurring infrastructure challenges Managing risks to achieve goals; enhancing award, administration and oversight processes over new and existing funded programs and projects. Executing federal priorities related to the impact of climate change, advancing equity, and promoting resilience in infrastructure. Coordinating effectively to address capacity challenges to successfully deliver Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act programs. Maximizing the benefits of workforce flexibilities and the hybrid work environment to enhance efficiency, effectiveness and engagement.
Presented by: John Meyers, George Ramsey, Adrienne Somerville, Ernest Levert Sr.
Innovation is defined as the process of translating an idea or invention into a product or service that creates value. The BEYA Leading Voices Summit will illuminate transformational innovators who are creating a successful environment between HBCUs and partnering with tech companies on the latest technological innovations. This summit will expand on the Minorities in Research Science to include the latest technological innovations by those companies who are also top supporters of the HBCUs and STEM Scholastic Programs. Showcase successful partnerships between HBCU VPs of Research and Development Departments, will celebrate significant milestones in the development of technology from accredited ABET HBCU schools, and assemble an environment where technology companies are able to connect with HBCUs. BEYA’s Leading Voices on BEYA’s STEM City platform will provide a place to showcase and explain the BEYA experience, advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and its importance to the underrepresented in the STEM community.
Presented by: James L. Moore, III, Victor McCrary, Shery Welsh, Craig Gravitz, LaTrease Garrison, Lawrence Potter
Given the focus on racial equity and HBCUs by the Biden Administration, this session will feature program managers/officers from Federal agencies to share upcoming funding opportunities. A select panel of program managers/officers from both civilian and defense agencies will discuss these opportunities. This seminar will also include a discussion of the recently approved Government Fiscal Year 2023 (GFY23) Federal Research & Development (R&D) Budget and targets of opportunity for HBCUs. Many of these agencies allocate funds for research proposals originating from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Recent legislation proposes to allocate large amounts of funding to build research capacity at HBCUs. These agency programs support faculty research, research equipment, and students to participate in research internships on campus, as well as government laboratories.
Presented by: Edward Lee, Victor McCrary, Anthony Smith, Casonya Johnson, Arunan Skandadarajah
This session is designed to share best practices and strategies to enhance technology transfer and commercialization. The panelists are some of the key players in the technology transfer and commercialization field, working very closely with university researchers to translate their ideas from the lab to the market. Their work ranges from conceptualizing ideas and concepts to enhance grant and contract opportunities to building capacity with university and industry partners and collaborators, focusing on intellectual property and technology transfer, and interacting with local, state, and government agencies to increase HBCU visibility.
Presented by: Qyana Stewart, Kayla Meisner, Laura Collins, Derrick Brent
Learning Objective: Discuss techniques for promoting yourself during an interview Do you know the benefits of establishing a positive and professional representation during an interview? Promotions depend on preparation and practice but knowing what to prepare and how to practice is essential. Mastering the Interview Training Materials holds the knowledge of the qualities that employers desire. Expanding your expectations of the questions that will be asked during an interview can give you an incredible advantage over other applicants for the position. Even more, demonstrating your unique skills through a well-articulated answer to interview questions will put you in the lead. Taking the initiative to prepare for an interview can create new opportunities for career development in your industry. After this seminar, the participants will know: a. What are the standard interview questions, and how to prepare your answers? b. What information do I need to know for every interview? c. How do I answer tough questions? d. What are good questions to ask your interviewer? e. How to answer the question: “So tell me about yourself? f. What do I do after the interview? g. What are common interview mistakes?
Presented by: Patience Idegwu, Michael Taylor, Adrienne Somerville
The US has successfully launched the Artemis Rocket and NASA looks to return to the Moon and onwards to Mars. In addition, we have the United States Space Force becoming the 6th branch of the U.S. Military. What role can HBCUs play and how can they get in on the ground floor with new research and contract opportunities with both NASA and the US Space Force? What will be the acquisition environment? Participants will get an early look into vision from panelists as to the composition, impact, and role for HBCUs for these two agencies.
Presented by: Michelle Penn-Marshall, Torry Johnson, John Hicks, Rochelle Overstreet
Mining innovative thoughts and ideas at HBCUs and MSIs require deeper learning and understanding that are endemic and fostered in HBCU institutions. This panel will discuss the innovative genius of HBCU and MSIs students, staff, and faculty and how each of these panelists have mined these gold nuggets of innovation through collective impact partnerships.
Presented by: Bertha Haro, Alonzie Scott, Asheley Blackford, Nancy Warter-Perez, Miguel Velez-Reyes
Learning Objective: Examine the elements of constructing superior resumes that will land you interviews An efficient and robust resume will improve your chances of landing that dream job and starting your career on the right foot. Creating the perfect resume takes practice and skill. You want to ensure that your resume stands above the rest without overdoing it. How does one make sure that their resume is top-notch and bulletproof? This seminar will give you the scoop on creating the standout resume to get your following interview. We will discuss tips such as determining your resume’s purpose, supporting your strengths, using appropriate keywords, the benefits of proofreading, bullet points, and proper font usage. After this seminar, the participants will be able to: a. Identify the purpose of a solidly effective resume. b. Discern good resumes from bad resumes. c. Analyze the factors that recruiters identify to disregard some resumes. d. Identify the attributes of resumes that get on the interview schedule.
Presented by: Edward Ayer, George Ramsey, Tina Terrell
The bipartisan CHIP & Science Act was effective August 9, 2022 with the promise of boosting manufacturing of semiconductors domestically. The approximately $80 billion in funding will also be targeted for workforce development and research, including increasing research capacity at our Nation’s HBCUs. Multiple funding agencies are involved including ARPA-E, the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Commerce. This seminar will feature panelists who will share their insights and expertise on the opportunities for HBCUs form this recently passed legislation.
Presented by: Victor McCrary, Nate Crews, Delbert Parks, Eric Muth
In order for the United States to maintain its global leadership position, we must preserve a vibrant, future-oriented research ecosystem along with a well-developed STEM workforce pipeline. This task will require a broad, diverse pool of highly capable, talented researchers and employees in all areas—especially in STEM. To achieve this goal, broadening the participation of students from underrepresented groups in national research and STEM is necessary, which will require key partnerships. Mutually beneficial and authentic partnerships between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly White institutions (PWIs) provides a unique opportunity to implement this goal. Panelists will shed light on how PWIs can benefit from recognizing and leveraging the strengths of HBCUs. These benefits include $14.8 billion in annual economic impact from HBCUs as well as graduating in STEM at least 25% undergraduates, including 46% of women and 30% of black doctoral degrees from these institutions. Panelists will also discuss key points that make these aspirations possible while providing examples and exploring features that are essential for their success. This session will include panelists from higher education and governmental entities with experience in developing successful research partnerships between PWIs and HBCUs. They will discuss personal and career examples of successful collaborations, factors that are essential to consider in developing these relationships, and funding opportunities for a 21st century diverse workforce.
Presented by: Wayne Gersie, Hongtao Yu, Avery August, Isaac Porche, Jose Fuentes
Learning Objective: Discuss techniques for successfully acquiring a job interview Searching for a job can be challenging. How do you know what job you’re best suited for? How do you write a winning resume and cover letter? Where can you find job leads? What happens when you land an interview? The Job Search Skills course will give you the answers to all these questions, plus a plan to get you a new job. After completing this program, you’ll be more than ready to start your search for your perfect job. After this seminar, the participants will be able to answer the following questions: a. What are your power questions for finding the right job field? b. How can I use the “Smart” goals in the job-hunting process? c. How can I develop an action plan to increase success in the first 30 days of job hunting? d. How do I craft an effective cover letter and resume? e. How can I use social networking to find a job? f. Should I develop a portfolio with my past work? g. How should I approach people in my network to inquire about job opportunities? h. How can I get to the interview? What are key strategies to consider?
Presented by: Showna Price, Reginald Liggins, Jacob Aladejobi