Turning Innovation Into Action at Your Agency
Join us and your public sector peers on Wednesday, May 12 from 9:45 a.m. ET/6:45 a.m. PT to 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT to hear from federal, state, local and industry leaders about how they are innovating in an equitable manner.

Our speakers will answer these three questions and many more:
  • What does innovation in government really look like through a lens of equity?
  • What can and should government be doing to tackle outdated systems?
  • What are tangible next steps to take on your agency's innovation journey?

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Why Should You Attend?

  • Learn virtually and network with your peers.
  • The most engaged attendees will earn free swag (stickers!).
  • Download resources all about innovation and problem-solving in government.
  • Chat with GovLoop and learn how our free resources can open up a new world of learning.

Virtual Summit Schedule

Review the schedule below for details and check back for speaker updates.

[9:45 a.m. ET/6:45 a.m. PT]
The virtual environment is open! Welcome and Housekeeping

Download resources on transformation techniques throughout the environment. These resources will help you solve some of your agency's biggest challenges.

[10:00 - 10:20 a.m. ET/7:00 - 7:20 a.m. PT] 
Opening Government Case Study: Exploring the Foundations of Equity in Tech

Jeanne Holm, Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles is home to almost four million residents. Those residents need all the same city services like trash, building permits, DMV, and health services. However, equitably distributing services is not always easy. In this engaging opening keynote, you'll hear how technology is enabling more equitable distribution of city services.

[10:30 - 11:10 a.m. ET/7:30 - 8:10 a.m. PT]
Session 1: How Gov Can Deliver Better, Faster, More Resilient Services

Michael Peckham, Chief Financial Officer, Program Support Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Arthur Ford, Director of Public Sector Strategy, Tricentis

Join us online to learn how agencies can rely on low code software to accelerate your agency’s mission delivery. Specifically, you’ll learn:
  • The benefits of low code or no code and accelerating the mission for the public sector.
  • How agencies can track end-to-end testing in a post-COVID world.
  • How agencies can deliver a better constituent experience by improving software quality.

[11:20 - 12 p.m ET/8:20 - 9 a.m. PT] 
Session 2: Crisis Response in Gov = Innovation + Speed

 Bill Smith, Chief Information Officer, State of Alaska

MJ Jackson, AVP, Public Sector + Healthcare Strategy, DocuSign

This session will explore how the pandemic accelerated goverment's digital transformation by decades by prioritizing projects that maintained continuity of operations, generated quick wins, and were deployed rapidly. Specifically, you'll learn:
  • How COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation.
  • How agencies prioritize, scale and implement new programs.
  • The biggest barriers to rapid innovation.

[12:10-12:30 p.m. ET /9:10 - 9:30 a.m. PT] 
Government Keynote: Best Practices for Transforming Your Organization


Courtney Winship, Deputy Chief Data Officer, USCIS

In the past decade, the pace of technological change has accelerated to unheard-of proportions. In order to keep up, the policies, procedures and workforces within government need to modernize too. In this government keynote, you'll hear from a USCIS innovator who successfully navigated the transformation challenge. She'll share her five best practices based on her experience transforming her organization for the better.

[12:40 - 1:20 p.m. ET/9:40 – 10:20 a.m. PT]
Session 3: How Gov Transformation Is Fueled By Automation and DevSecOps



Bill Bensing, Software Factory Lead, Managing Architect, Red Hat

John Willis, Senior Director, Global Transformation Office, Red Hat

Sean Brady, DoD Senior Lead for SW Acquisition, OUSD (A&S) / Acquisition Enablers

The truth is, most organizations fail to either properly implement auditing or fail to scale their governance because they approach the task from a traditional perspective.

This session will discuss how the U.S. Government can leverage modern governance with a DoD Enterprise DevSecOps Reference Design compliant approach to define a new perspective on software compliance at scale.

[1:30 - 2:10 p.m. ET/10:30 – 11:10 a.m. PT]
Session 4: How to Get Innovative Ideas off the Ground in Gov


Invited - Kristen Honey, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health; Executive Director of Data Operations, Health and Human Services Department

 Dr. Rebecca Laborde, Master Principal Scientist, Clinical Innovation, Oracle

Statements of intent are often the catalyst for innovation in government. You'll hear from government and industry experts as they explore how government can embrace innovation and turn ideas into reality.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • How agencies can promote, invest in and realize innovative ideas and strategies.
  • How data can be used to spur innovation, create buy-in and coordinate efforts.
  • How cloud technology can enable agencies to roll out new capabilities and functionality quickly.

[2:20 - 3 p.m. ET/11:20 - Noon PT]
Session 5: Ransomware, Telework, Oh My! Breaking Down Gov’s Top Security Threats


Maria Thompson, State Chief Risk Officer, North Carolina

Rufus Coleman, Director and General Manager, US SLED, Infoblox

Daniel Hankins, Cybersecurity Coordinator, State of Texas

How can agencies continue to protect their data, people and systems as remote work becomes the norm and cyberattacks are on the rise? Join government and industry experts as they cover:
  • Where agencies are most vulnerable and how to fill gaps.
  • How agencies are responding to the increase in ransomware attacks.
  • How agencies are training, managing and holding accountable their employees for security best practices.

[3:10 - 3:50 p.m. ET/12:10 - 12:50 p.m. PT]
Session 6: What Gov is Learning from Past Cyber Incidents


Lester Godsey, Chief Information Security Officer, Maricopa County

Tim Brown, CISO & Vice President, Security, SolarWinds

Good cyber hygiene has become paramount from the Chief Security Office all the way down the workforce. How prepared are you, your agency and the government at large to prevent, detected, respond and follow up on cyberattacks?

Join us online to learn from government and industry experts who will share insights and lessons learned from recent government breaches. Specifically, you’ll learn:
  • Best practices for addressing the increase in ransomware attacks.
  • Examples of agencies that are working hard to overcome cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

[4:00-4:20 p.m. ET/1:00 -1:20 p.m. PT]
Government Keynote: More Than Tech: How Management Plays a Role in Modernization


Bill Zielinski, Chief Information Officer, Dallas

In this government keynote, you'll hear from a former Defense Department employee who was a change agent who successfully worked with their employees to manage a modernization effort. You'll hear lessons learned when it comes to optimizing the people part of a major transformation effort.

[4:20 - 4:30 p.m. ET/1:20 - 1:30 p.m. PT]
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