Experts - Wisdom Givers Spotlight

Gustavo A. Calderón, President, Acquisition Workforce

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Join Wisdom Giver Gustavo A. Calderón in the Hot Topics Track to learn more about   

Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies from Proliferation to Utility  (The State of the Technology & the True Business Potential).   Participants are encouraged to challenge the pros and cons of the technology, the hype and speculation, the skepticism, as well as the prevalent beliefs and misbeliefs surrounding the entire blockchain and crypto ecosystem. 

Janelle B. Moore, CEO, Zen Federal LLC & Executive Director, Federal CPIC Forum

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The Fed IT Gov Summit is more than one event, one course, one training class or one conference- it's the intersection of several events crowd-sourcing and crowd-sharing educational content through public-private partnership and collaboration. Janelle Moore, CEO of Zen Federal LLC and Executive Director of the Federal CPIC Forum is leading the launch of FITGov Summit. She will be presenting sessions within Artifact Academy. 

Thomas J. Smialowicz, Vice President, Management Consulting at Oxford

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Join Wisdom-Giver and CPIC2019 Co-Chair   

Thomas J. Smialowicz.  As the Vice President of Oxford, Thomas is an experienced professional with expertise centered on management consulting and the delivery of Chief Information Officer services. 

Dr. Ron Ross, Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Join Wisdom-Giver Dr. Ron Ross  plenary session. Protecting the Nation’s Critical Assets:  When Cyber Hygiene Is Not Enough.  His session will cover the urgent need to further strengthen the underlying information systems, component products, and services that the nation depends on in every sector of the critical infrastructure—ensuring those systems, components, and services are sufficiently trustworthy and provide the necessary resilience to support the economic and national security interests of the United States. As with all existential threats faced by this nation throughout history, we must mobilize the essential partnership—government, industry, and the academic community to provide the people, processes, and technologies necessary to protect our critical national assets. One team, one mission.

Jacqueline Boykin, DOI-Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement & Co-Chair, CPIC2019/ FITGov Summit

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 Join Wisdom-Giver Jacqueline Boykin, Jacqueline is a senior Capital Planner with the federal government and is Co-Chairing CPIC2019. Jackie is also a mentor of Candidates-to-Analysts Initiative (C2AI) participants.

Adam Byer, Executive Vice President, ITechAG

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Join Wisdom- Giver Adam Byer session on  Objective Portfolio Selection – Ensuring Alignment to your Strategic Priorities.  Mr. Byer  will show the audience how to set up Business Drivers and priorities, to make sure the best return on investment is delivered, with the constraint of having a fixed budget for the year. 

Rob Hirschmann, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing PROJILITY

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Join Wisdom-Giver Rob Hirschmann and learn about Project Portfolio Management (PPM) in the Federal government and examples of how Federal agencies are using PPM.  Also, learn technologies to improve decision making and delivery on projects.

Tomeka S. Williams, Cost & Business Analytics Co-Department Head, The MITRE Corporation

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Join Wisdom-Givers Tomeka Williams  and Ruth Dorr co- presentation on  the State of Federal TBM Adoption and Implementation: Perspectives from Practitioners.  Driven by input from the Agnostic Technology Business Management (TBM) Special Interest Group (SIG) members and Federal CPIC Forum constituents, this session will present a consolidated review as to what is happening on the “front lines” in respect to several U.S. agencies based on survey findings and results.  In addition, this presentation will delve deeper into a few case studies taken from anonymous federal agencies to provide the audience with insights around the maturation of the TBM federal rollout.


Nitin Pradhan, Founder & CEO ScaleUP USA Accelerator | Ex-Obama Appointee | Federal CIO

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Join Wisdom-Giver Nitin Pradhan, session from an Ex-Federal CIO’s Perspective on Federal Marketplace and IT Investment.  The following topics will be covered from a CPIC perspective: The need for innovation and transformation in the federal government; Why traditional innovation and transformation techniques fail in government; The coming age of the digitization of federal business development; Building smart federal business and market development capability; The new age of microlearning and its impact on the Federal sector; Digital automation techniques in market development; and Bringing it together – IT investment, planning and controls



Emile Ettedgui, Senior Operations Research Analyst, Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Join Wisdom-Giver Emile Ettedgui. Emile Ettedgui and Juaná S. Collymore are doing a co-presentation on the Project/ Portfolio track on GAO Best Practice Guides Overview and GAO Cost Estimating Best Practices.  Emile is primarily responsible for performing cost analyses to support audits on a wide range of government programs.  

Juaná Collymore, Senior Schedule & Cost Analyst, GAO’s Center for Technology and Engineering

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Join Wisdom-Giver Juaná Collymore. Juaná Collymore and Emile Ettedgui are doing a co-presentation on the Project/ Portfolio track on GAO Best Practice Guides Overview and GAO Cost Estimating Best Practices. Juaná is  responsible for evaluating cost processes and performing schedule analyses generated by programs across a myriad of federal agencies.   

Roger Waldron, President, The Coalition for Government Procurement

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Join Wisdom-Giver Roger Waldron and  Ryan Roberts  co-presentation on Section 846, e-Commerce track.    The answers to the below  questions and more will be covered in  their breakout.   What does the move to commercial e-commerce platforms mean for customer agencies and contractors?  What are the business, policy, and legal ramifications?  How big is the market and what are the rules of the road for e-commerce platforms and suppliers?   What are the next steps towards implementation?   


Flip Anderson, Executive, United States Department of Agriculture

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Join Wisdom-Giver Flip Anderson breakout on FITARA: Opportunities and Challenges. 

  Flip is currently the USDA Executive responsible for FITARA and the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT- IAC) Information Technology Management Maturity Model Implementation. Prior to this position, Flip served as the Acting Associate Chief Information Officer and Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer for the Information Resource Management Center.  

Nnenna Egwim, CPIC and IT Investment Management Portfolio Manager, DHS, Fema OCIO

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Join Wisdom-Giver Nnenna Egwim and learn about  Business Process Documentation and Development and the how its results can be used to aid in Project Management Planning within capital planning and investment control. 

Nnenna is a dedicated professional lead and SME with 17+ years experience in the areas of Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC), IT Portfolio Management, Business Process Improvement, Project Management, Change Control, Strategic Analysis and IT investment management. 


Ryan E. Roberts, Associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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Join Wisdom-Giver Ryan Roberts and Roger Waldron  co-presentation on Section 846, e-Commerce track.    The answers to the below  questions and more will be covered in  their breakout.   What does the move to commercial e-commerce platforms mean for customer agencies and contractors?  What are the business, policy, and legal ramifications?  How big is the market and what are the rules of the road for e-commerce platforms and suppliers?   What are the next steps towards implementation?     


Kim Pugh, Acting Director, Investment Governance Services Veterans Health Administration

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Join Wisdom-Giver Kim Pugh and learn about the establishment of the VHA IT Governance responsible for making IT investment decisions, monitoring execution of IT efforts, while also assessing effectiveness and benefits of IT deployments. Additionally, VA and VHA strategic goal and objective alignments provides the foundation by which priorities are assessed.  Finally, VHA IT Governance is the champion for VHA IT needs within VA’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process. 

Steven L. Taaffe, PMP, CEA, Director of Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Strategic Investment Management (SIM), Business Architecture

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Join Wisdom-Giver Steven Taaffe.  Mr. Taffe establishes the BA mission, vision, strategies, and plans; provides BA guidance and leadership; serves as the primary interface with executive management; participates in governance activities; collaborates with affiliated architecture entities and architecture leadership communities; provides BA decision-making representation at senior level inter/intra agency meetings; participates in organizational management meetings (e.g., SIM and Office of Informatics and Information Governance (OIIG) management meetings); manages the annual review of the BA Charter and accomplishments; and participates in outreach and BA advocacy.

Christine M. Rhodes, Director, Requirements Development & Management Department of VA

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Join Wisdom-Giver Christine Rhodes. Christine is a health information and management executive with over 34 years of experience working for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  She serves as the Director, Requirements Development and Management (RDM), establishing mission, policy, procedure, strategic direction and operational guidance for the elicitation, documentation, validation and traceability of VHA’s business needs and requirements designed to acquire or enhance  health information technology (IT) solutions. 

Kirk Trasborg, Executive Director of Shared Services, University of Pennsylvania

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Join Wisdom-Giver Kirk Trasborg, Executive Director of Information Systems & Computing Shared Services for the University of Pennsylvania, to learn about how he and his team use TBM -- Technology Business Management to drive IT and business alignment.  Through implementation of the TBM ‘Bill of IT’ UPenn was able to take the mystery out of IT costs and build trust with constituents.  Hear how the use of this powerful tool changed the conversation from questions about costs, to how IT and the business can work together to more effectively move the University mission forward.

Topics to cover:

·  IT Transparency

·  Bill of IT

·  IT Client Financial Reviews

·  Penn Technology Investment Committe

Daniel York, Acting Director, IT Spending Transparency, GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy

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Join Wisdom-Giver Daniel York on the GSA TBM Panel .  Mr. York  leads both the eCPIC/Folio PMO as well as the team that is working on the federal TBM implementation. He continues to serve as a strategic partner to OMB OFCIO, providing support for both the Federal IT Spending Transparency PMA CAP Goal as well as the development of the BY17 through BY21 IT Budget Guidance.  

Keith Ott, Product Manager, General Services Administration

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Join Wisdom Giver Keith Ott to learn about Folio Applications.  He has over 10 years of experience working passionately in IT strategy, IT Capital Planning, Enterprise Architecture, and software development. Mr. Ott serves as a leader providing robust and innovative solutions to enable enterprise level executive decision making, strengthening governance standards, and building a sustainable IT culture. 

Kyra Stewart, Team Lead, Technology Business Management PMO General Services Administration

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Join Wisdom-Giver  Kyra Stewart to learn about TBM Value Proposition.     Ms. Stewarts supports TBM Implementation across the Federal government. With more than $90 billion spent on Federal IT each year, her work is integral to increasing cost transparency and enabling better data-driven decision making with IT spend. 

Dan Pomeroy, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy, General Services Administration

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Join Wisdom-Giver,

Dan Pomeroy. Dan currently serves as the Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Information Integrity and Access at the General Services Administration (GSA). Dan’s work in this capacity is focused on enabling Federal CIOs to deliver world-class information technology (IT) services across government, particularly in the areas of cyber security, improving digital services, IT infrastructure modernization, and technology business management. 

Vennard Wright Chief Information Officer, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

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Join Wisdom Givers Vennard Wright on the CIO Panel.   As WSSC CIO, Mr. Wright provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of business technology capabilities and transformative services to support the Commission’s operations by ensuring that service delivery is in full alignment with the General Manager and Commissioners’ strategic goals and objectives. 

Naomi Gumbs, Director, Capital Planning and Information Technology Governance Division within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Information Resource Management Center for the Department of Agriculture

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Join Wisdom-Giver Naomi Gumbs to learn about Leadership: Finding the Missing Piece.    

 Naomi  has over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the fields of governance, capital planning and investment control (CPIC), acquisition, portfolio, program and project management. Naomi Gumbs is directly responsible for the Department‘s CPIC and IT Governance policies, processes, procedures and the portfolio management and reporting of the Department’s more than $2.1 Billion IT Portfolio to the Department and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  

Khalid Asad, President, Performance Plus International

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 Join Wisdom Giver Khalid Asad  to learn about the Four Domains of a Developed Leader.  

The session is designed to answer one question what is a developed leader?

To answer this question, Khalid will present four critical leadership domains that are transferrable across industries, organizations, and situations. Organizations will find the domain useful in recruiting, selecting, and developing people who can inspire others to contribute to the mission and vision. Participating in this session will enhance your ability to:- Explain the four domains of a developed leader, Organize your leadership development approach using the four domains and  Increase your self-awareness regarding your strengths and weaknesses in the four domains.

Patrick Chapman, Managing Director, Northramp LLC

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Join Wisdom Giver  Patrick Chapman   

Improving IT Visibility and Reporting: An Information Model for Connecting IT Data Across All Functions.  Mr. Chapman is a Managing Director at Northramp LLC and has helped dozens of public and private sector organizations improve performance, identify and reduce costs, and realize true value from change. He is primarily focused on helping organizations improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their information technology investments and operations. Mr. Chapman has also helped clients improve programmatic performance as well as navigate and manage large-scale change in complex political environments.

Givonna Cheeks Baker, Ph.D., PMP, AMBCI, Program Manager, ArcSource Group

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Join Wisdom-Giver  Dr. Baker session on   Business Continuity: Planning for Resilience. Dr. Baker is a Program Manager with ArcSource Group.  Prior to joining ArcSource, Givonna served as a project manager with NES Associates, a CSRA company where she was responsible for managing scope, cost, and schedule for the upgrade of the United States Army’s Technical Control Facilities while overseeing vendor quality assurance and quality control activities. Prior to joining NES, Givonna proudly served for 22 ½ years in the United States Army as a multi-functional logistician and served two tours in combat – Iraq, and Afghanistan, respectively. 

Nick Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Data Coalition

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  Join Wisdom-Giver  Nick Hart to learn more about the History and Future of the OPEN Government Data Act.   Nick Hart is the Chief Executive Officer of the Data Coalition. He helped to craft the milestone Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, including the OPEN Government Data Act, and has worked with numerous federal agencies and congressional committees to design effective data, evaluation, and privacy policies over the past decade. 

Sharon Pratt, Laugh Yoga: Healing through intentional laughter

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Join Wisdom-Giver,  Sharon Pratt. Sharon is a unique educator who specializes in the blending of different traditions and practices for the purposes of community empowerment, healing, and development. Utilizing spiritual traditions and artistic technique, Sharon focuses on guiding people of all ages to rebuild their connection to their own natural rhythms through ancient indigenous practices of honoring, healing, creating, and sustaining. 

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Laura Johnson, President & CEO at Training Outreach, LLC

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Laura Johnson has produced content, agendas, CxO panels while facilitating all facets of meeting planning for the CPIC forum for eleven years. This year, Laura is leading our programs and content with the Forum's Planning Special Interest Group (SIG) and Executive Steering Committee (ESC). If you are interested in being a Wisdom Giver, please contact Laura today.

Christine Davenport-Everett, Marketing & Social Media Expert

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Christine Davenport-Everett has been producing all marketing and communications content for the CPIC Forum and is participating this year with CPIC2019, Artifact Academy and FITGovSummit. Christine assists with the Summit's reciprocal marketing and promotional activities. Christine is assisting our Educational Partners with the assistance of our Community Outreach Special Interest Group (SIG). 

Chantalle Walker-Brouwers, Director Community Outreach, C2AI Program Development at Federal CPIC Forum

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Chantalle Walker Brouwers will be assisting Wisdom-Seekers with career paths and career opportunities in the Career Exploration and Hospitality area.

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Executive Branch Participation

All executive branch participation must be vetted through proper channels. Please contact Laura Johnson of Training Outreach for these inquiries.

Laura@cpicforum.org


We annually welcome distinguished key-note speakers and leaders from the White House/ Executive Office of the President (EOP) / Office of Management & Budget (OMB).


Members of Congress are welcomed.

Federal, State, Local & Tribal Agencies

All government agencies are welcomed to participate. Please express your interest, topic, experience to Laura Johnson, Laura@cpicforum.org


 Vendor Information Form: Link

Groups, Organizations and FFRDC's

Groups, organizations and FFRDC's are welcomed to participate. Opportunities for participation include:


  • Events within the main event
  • Session participation
  • Career Exploration & Hospitality 
  • Awards
  • KeyNote Presentations
  • Reception 
  • Opportunity Pavilion
  • Raffles

Please contact Janelle Moore; janelle@cpicforum.org 

Private Sector & Industry

This event could not be successful without the ongoing participation and sponsorship of amazing companies like:


FITGovSummit provides tiers of participation to suit all sizes of business.

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Media Partners

Media Partners are welcomed to participate in the FITGovSummit events. Executive Branch sessions shall be considered Off-The-Record and media shall be excluded from specific presentations in accordance with Administration preferences and protocols associated with the CPIC Forum sessions. Please inquire for details and terms regarding requests for press passes via Assistant@cpicforum.org.

University & College Partners

University programs are currently coordinating trips for students to attend, participate and learn more about professional development, certification and mentoring programs as part of FITGovSummit. These programs are in development with the University of Pennsylvania and East Carolina University. 


Please contact Janelle Moore for details at Janelle@cpicforum.org