Rank #1: Payman Taei
I'm an avid technologist. I love new trends and try to keep up with the ever-evolving internet. My background in Biology has led me to truly believe in the art of evolution. Everything changes in time. You either follow or create new trends or will be left behind. I Started HindSite Interactive with a mere $170 to pay my way through College and over last 16 years my team and I have worked with over 300 companies large and small from all walks of life. Frustrated with the lack easy-to-use tools to empower non-designers to speak visually, I went on to create Visme, the "Swiss Knife of Visual Content" bootstrapped to profitability within 18 months of launch and now used by over 1.8 million businesses, non-profits and individuals from over 100 countries including NASA, IBM, Manpower, and NBCUniversal helping to improve the way ideas are visualized into engaging Presentations, Infographics and other forms of visual content. Host: Charles Britt
Rank #2: Maria Trujillo, Ph.D
Maria has more than 25 years solving problems at the intersection of knowledge, technology and education. Her main areas of expertise include systems analysis, capacity development, knowledge management, project management, information audits, and curriculum development. And, she knows a thing or two about AI, ML and how it’s applied nationally and globally. Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice of the Technology Management and Systems Engineering Management Master's Programs in the School of Continuing Studies in Georgetown University. And she has taught courses in managing organizations such as “Global Innovation: The Silicon Valley Effect".
Rank #3: Elana Meyers - 3 Time Olympic Medalist
In 2015, Elana became the first woman to make the US National Team as a 4man bobsled pilot and the first woman to win a medal in international competition in the 4man event. She is the only female US bobsled athlete to have won two Olympic medals. Elana is as accomplished in academics as she is in athletics. She has an MBA in finance, a master’s degree in sports management, and a bachelor’s degree in exercisescience. In 2018, at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Elana battled back and forth with Team Germany over the four heat Olympic competition missing the gold medal by just .07. Elana intends to return to the Olympic Games in 2022 and once again fight for gold.
Rank #4: Shannon Turner: Founder of Hear Me Code
Shannon Turner is the founder of Hear Me Code, an organization offering free, beginner-friendly coding classes for 3000 women in DC. Hear Me Code focuses on leadership development, peer mentoring, and turning students into teachers. In 2015, Shannon was named one of Washington’s Tech Titans by the Washingtonian. She currently serves on DC’s Open Government Advisory Board and on the DCFemTech leadership team.
Rank #5: Rae Wynn - Grant: Large Carnivore Ecologist
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate how anthropogenic factors can influence the spatial patterns of carnivore behavior and ecology. In particular, she is currently studying the ecological and social drivers of human-carnivore conflict, and the influence of fine-scale human activity on connectivity of suitable carnivore habitat. Her current field system encompasses part of The Great Plains in northeastern Montana where she is studying potential corridors to facilitate grizzly bear conservation. Her previous research questions surrounded the ecological drivers of human-carnivore conflict with black bears in the Western Great Basin, African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, as well as grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Rank #6: Amy Brandwein: Chef and Owner of CentrolinaDC.
Amy Brandwein is the chef and owner of Centrolina, a combined seasonal Italian restaurant and market that opened in CityCenterDC in spring 2015. Throughout her career, Chef Brandwein has earned many accolades, including recognition in 2017 and 2018 as a James Beard Foundation Award finalist in the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category. In June of 2018, Chef Brandwein won the coveted title of Chef of the Year at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) RAMMY Awards. Chef Brandwein’s prior RAMMY Award nominations include Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year (2018) Chef of the Year (2016, 2017 & 2018), New Restaurant of the Year (2016) and Rising Culinary Star (2007.) In 2017, Chef Brandwein was accepted to the James Beard Foundation's prestigious Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program fellowship, and has earned additional scholarships from the foundation, as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Prior to opening her own restaurant, Chef Brandwein was instrumental in the opening of numerous Italian restaurants throughout Washington D.C. and New York. With a passion for responsible and locally sourced ingredients, Chef Brandwein became an early partner with DC Urban Greens, a nonprofit urban farm located in Ward 7 that provides fresh and affordable produce to the local community. Centrolina is DC Urban Green’s first and currently only wholesale client, and as part of the partnership, Chef Brandwein assists DC Urban Green in growing more fruits and vegetables, and increasing their efficiency process. Chef Brandwein is also an advocate for charities that support healthy eating and ending hunger, including So Others Might Eat, DC Central Kitchen, and Martha's Table. She is a longtime member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. In September 2017, Chef Amy participated in the James Beard Foundation’s 10th Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, a program dedicated to educating and training likeminded chefs to become more effective leaders for the food-system change. Chef Brandwein graduated from L'Academie de Cuisine Culinary School. She lives in her hometown of Arlington, VA with her husband, Jeremy, and their fluffy cat, Bailey.
Rank #7: Dr. Alfredo Quinones - From Illegal Immigrant to Brain Surgeon
Dr. Q, otherwise known as Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Henojosa, is a noted neurosurgeon formerly with Johns Hopkins University and now with the Mayo Clinic. His specialty is Neurology and Oncology. Dr. Q as he is known because of his book, Dr. Q, One Man's Journey, shares the story of his journey from a life of poverty to one of great professional achievement. His story is both different and the same as the story of success and failure of many Americans. One notable difference is the fact that he started his career as an "illegal immigrant". He tried entering this country and was returned three times before he got in as part of President Regan's amnesty program. His undergraduate degree is from Berkeley and medical degree from Harvard.
Rank #8: Tujuanna Williams: Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Fannie Mae
Williams is responsible for leading the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of Fannie Mae’s corporate diversity and inclusion strategy, policies, and programs. She has created initiatives and platforms that encourage courageous conversations in the workplace to address conflicts and barriers to employee authenticity. Williams is committed to bettering the lives of the underserved by providing coaching, counseling and education to increase access for affordable housing. Among her career accomplishments she was Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Freddie Mac. Her previous positions include Director – Diversity and Recruiting Strategies, Verizon Business; Director – Workplace Diversity, MCI; and Director – Diversity and Work Life Programs, US Airways Group. Williams is a certified executive coach with a BA in advertising and public relations from Middle Tennessee State University
Rank #9: Roger Ervin: President of Blumont
Previously he served as Sr. Vice President of Global Markets for LMI. Ervin served as Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue and managed $62 Billion in state finances. In prior years, he worked as a senior executive at the law firm of Foley and Lardner and earlier founded an international consulting firm that advised Fortune 500 businesses on risk management practices in overseas operations. In the early 1990’s, he was appointed US Commercial Envoy to Africa and as a senior diplomat in the U.S. Department of State, Africa Bureau. Roger has also served on a variety of non-profit boards and as an elected member of the local school board. He teaches management courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Business and at the UW Department of Political Science.
Rank #10: Carson McCallum - If At First You Don’t Succeed, Keep Trying
Carson is the founder Imprint Care, a startup that provides automated behavioral health products created by licensed mental health professionals. He is also the co-founder of Broadshot.io, which provides data enrichment, lead generation, and lead qualification for sales and business development representatives. Carson studied finance at Penn Start and is a self-taught developer.
Rank #11: Kirk Borne, Ph.D. - World Famous Data Scientist Talks About His Life
Dr. Kirk Borne is a data scientist and astrophysicist who has used his talents at global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as an Executive Advisor and the firm's Principal Data Scientist since 2015 in the Maryland-Virginia-DC region. In those roles, he focuses on applications of data science, data management, data mining, machine learning, and machine intelligence across a wide variety of disciplines. He also provides leadership and mentoring to multi-disciplinary teams of data scientists. Before coming to Booz Allen, Kirk was professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University (GMU) for 12 years, where he did research and taught students in the GMU undergraduate data science and graduate computational informatics programs. Prior to that, Kirk spent nearly 20 years supporting NASA projects, specifically in the area of space science mission data systems, including a role as NASA's Archive Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.
Rank #12: Taylor Poindexter - Who Said She Couldn’t Do It?
Taylor Poindexter is a proud UVA Alum, the cofounder of Black Code Collective and currently works at Crowdskout as a back end engineer. She was named one of DC's Top Power Women as well as DC's Top Technologist in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, working out, and spending time with her two amazing nephews.
Rank #13: Tiffany Norwood WERA
Tiffany Norwood is a serial entrepreneur, including seven start-ups, two IPOs and a patent. Her ventures have ranged from the first one-strap backpack, to the automation technology behind self-install kits for broadband internet, to a virtual reality gaming platform. In her 20s, she raised $670 million to fund a global digital satellite radio start-up, WorldSpace/XMRadio. Tiffany has an MBA from Harvard and a Bachelor’s in Economics with a concentration in statistics and electrical engineering from Cornell. She has lived, worked and visited nearly 50 countries. Tiffany believes in the power of imagination, the currency of faith and that we are all connected in this world; she then used those beliefs to wield magic---and encourages everyone to dust off their wands, and start practicing.
Rank #14: Technology Sector: Camille Stewart, senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP
Camille Stewart is a senior consultant with Deloitte & Touche LLP’s cyber risk services practice focused on cyber, privacy, and identifying emerging technologies to bring to market. As a cyber, technology, and intellectual property attorney, Camille brings specialized, crosscutting perspective to bear on complex technology, cyber, and national security issues. She served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber Infrastructure & Resilience Policy at the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration. Prior to working at DHS, Camille spent five years as the Senior Manager, Legal Affairs at Cyveillance, Inc. She also founded a legal consultancy and startup incubator, MarqueLaw, PLLC. Camille is an Inaugural Internet Law and Policy Foundry Fellow, a Truman National Security Fellow, a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, and is the Chair of the of Women in Technology's Young Professionals. Camille recently launched the Hustle Over Entitlement Podcast where she and her co-host tell stories of trailblazers and risk takers. Subscribe. Listen & Share. www.HustleOverEntitlement.com. You can find out more about Camille and her current projects at www.CamilleStewart.com or follow her on Twitter @CamilleEsq
Rank #15: A special interview with Phil Rogofsky about Maryland's STEM Festival: November 6, 2017.
Cindy Gurne interviews the Director of the Maryland STEM Festival ,Phil Rogofsky. Rogofsky discusses the upcoming Blue Collar STEM Conference happening November 6, 2017, in Baltimore Maryland. Rogofsky shares information on Blue Collar Jobs and encourages students of all ages to explore all opportunities and avenues.
Rank #16: Michael Housman. Big Data Analytics: Helping Human Capital
Mining for data to help companies better serve their customers is becoming a very well known practice. Less familiar is data collecting to help organizations recruit, select and develop their talent, minimize risk and become more agile. Dr. Michael Housman of Evolv discusses how data is collected and used with Kim Clark-Pakstys, Managing partner Strategic Organizational Solutions.
Rank #17: Young Entrepreneur: Evergrain Bread Company
You can plan to go to medical school, but if your passion is baking bread…go for it.
Rank #18: Jennifer Taylor: CTA
Vice President US Jobs, Policy and Industry Affairs She has a strong commitment to creating an awareness of the importance of consumer electronics as a driver of new jobs. Prior to her current position she has done marketing, business development and strategic planning in such industries as pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, Care Giving, and Technology. She is also going to be a host of The Workforce Show. She's a graduate of University of Michigan and comes from Middletown, Ohio (the home of the author of Hillbilly Elegy, J.D.Vance).
Rank #19: Nicole Smith: Answers Questions About the Workforce
Sponsor: Fairfax City, VA Host: Charles Britt, Your Future in Tech Dr. Nicole Smith is Chief Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands. Since 2008, Dr. Smith and fellow economists have conducted research related to jobs, skills, and equity to better inform students, parents, teachers, and policymakers about the changing relationship between education and careers.
Rank #20: Brett Fraser: Tells Us What We Should Know About Data Processing
Sponsor: Fairfax City Host: Aaron Burciaga, theBrainStem show Brett is the Vice President of Business Development for Artificial Intelligence at NCI Inc., where he applies his expertise to expand the firm’s artificial intelligence offering and strengthens the AI presence within the technology industry and among his commercial, defense and federal government clients. Brett develops and drives technology market strategy, coordinates the day-to-day activities of the AI service offering, and collaborates across the firm to make it easier for clients to experience the benefit of AI solutions. Prior to joining NCI, Brett was the director of automation for Booz Allen Hamilton where he launched their RPA service into the federal market. He successfully developed automation programs for the National Science Foundation and the Veterans Administration and managed pilot efforts for the FDA, Navy and Immigration Service. Before spearheading the automation program at Booz Allen, Brett was the director of sales engineering for the federal program at IPsoft, where he launched several Department of Defense and federal pilots focused on Amelia, the artificial intelligence virtual agent. He also spent three and a half years as the global head of automation, also at IPsoft, where he refined and expanded the automation business and developed automation centers of excellence to allow large enterprise clients like IBM, AT&T, Bank of America, and Cisco to develop their own successful robotic process automation (RPA) programs.