Imagine Nation - ELC 2018

Philadelphia, PA | October 14-17 2018

Join us to collaborate and bring forward new innovations that will drive further advances in IT modernization, design the blueprint for tomorrow’s workforce, create new business models that take advantage of emerging technologies and fortify our nation’s data networks to achieve enterprise resilience.

Three days in Philadelphia will change how government and industry work together.  For the people.  By the people.  IMAGINE NATION - ELC 2018.

Hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC)

Industry Member Registration Fee:  $1,895.00
(no caps on attendees from the same company)

Government Standard Fee:  $695.00 per attendee
Government Group Discount (4 or more):  $495.00 per attendee

(Hotel rooms are available in the room block; details provided after registration.)

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Innovating foR mission delivery

Imagine one place and time where government and industry come together on neutral ground and stand united in the collaborative pursuit of the greater good.

This year, ELC has been truly reimagined featuring a larger and open conference space, with a Partner Pavilion, TechKnow Showcase, and a Center Stage - in addition to traditional Tracks and Sessions.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception for Early Arrivals (Maggiano's, 1201 Filbert St.)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

7:30 am to 2:00 pm

Please join your friends and colleagues for a pre-ELC welcoming golf outing at RiverWinds Golf and Tennis Club.
When registering for the conference, please add the option for GOLF for $80.  Limited to the first 60 players - Format will be individual stroke play.  Registration begins at 7:30; Shotgun start at 9AM

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8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Immersive Training on Technical and Professional Development Topics

Unique courses led by experts in their field.  Receive up to eight (8) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).  Training courses can be added as part of conference registration or separately.

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10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Excursions (Food Tour, Historical Tour, and Scavenger Hunt)
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Located in the Showcase area.

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Welcome Dinner/Keynote

Monday, October 15, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to 10:00 am
Welcome Keynote
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
TechKnow Showcase and Partner Pavilion
10:15 am to 5:15 pm
Center Stage Talks
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch/ Awards/Partner Graduation
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Networking TechCrawl Event

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Government to Government Breakfast

Government employees are invited to a dialogue about important management issues, challenges, and opportunities facing government today. Join this discussion, moderated by NASA CIO Renee Wynn and SBA CIO Maria Roat, to hear what your peers have to say, offer your perspective, and gain valuable insights you can take back and use in your agency.

Attendance is open to any government employee.

8:30 am to 10:00 am
Welcome Keynote/OFPP Awards
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
TechKnow Showcase and Partner Pavilion
10:15 am to 5:15 pm
Center Stage Talks
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Networking Lunch - TechKnow Showcase and Partner Pavilion
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
6:00 pm to 8:15 pm
8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Networking Celebration Event

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to 9:30 am
CXO Roundtable
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Plenary Session
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Government to Government Session



Darren Ash
Assistant CIO, USDA/Farm Production and Conservation mission areas

Since April 2018, Mr. Ash has led and set the IT strategic direction while working in partnership with the three mission agencies and FPAC Business Center leadership, and with other USDA agencies to provide information resources for policy and decision making.  In this position, he is responsible for the overall IT strategic direction.

Session Speaker Track 1:  Modernizing for Mission Success

Kevin R. Cooke, Jr.
Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mr. Cooke is the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer at Housing and Urban Development providing leadership and strategic direction for the daily operations and partnering with the CIO to provide direction, oversight, and management for IT investments that support the diverse portfolio of programs across HUD.

  • He has over 25 years of experience implementing IT solutions and managing IT resources, budgets, contracts, and programs for Federal agencies. Previously he was Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Department of Energy where he coordinated policies and procedures to ensure effective, efficient and economical information management planning in support of agency missions. 

Dominic Delmolino
Chief Technology Officer, Accenture Federal Services

Dominic Delmolino is Accenture Federal Services’ chief technology officer and leads the development of Accenture Federal’s technology strategy. He has been instrumental in establishing Accenture’s Federal activities in the open-source space and has played a key role in the business by fostering and facilitating Federal communities of practice for Cloud, DevOps, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. 

Mariela Melero
Chief, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Mariela Melero became the chief of the Office of Citizenship and Applicant Information Services (CAIS), within the External Affairs Directorate, on May 25, 2018. Under her leadership, CAIS provides information and case assistance to applicants and the public through a wide array of services, including USCIS’ English and Spanish websites, numerous digital self-help tools and telephonic and email support through the USCIS Contact Center.

  • In addition, Melero directs USCIS’ initiatives to welcome immigrants, promote English language learning and education on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and encourage U.S. citizenship.

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Foreign Policy Expert and CEO, New America

Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. A Princeton University foreign policy expert, a former top official at the U.S. State Department, and a Work-Life leader, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership.

As President and CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City.  She also writes a monthly column for The Financial Times.

Somer Smith
Senior IT Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget

Somer Smith is an IT policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.  Her responsibilities at OMB include oversight to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, MGT ACT, IT shared services, IT program management and cloud email and collaboration tools acceleration supporting the IT Modernization report and Presidents Management agenda. 

Michelle Quaid
Founder and President, Sunesis Nexus
  • Michele is Founder and President of Sunesis Nexus. Her career has been at the nexus of National Security, Domestic and Foreign Policy, and Technology. Michele is a gifted communicator, coach, and consultant, who works globally with both the public and private sectors, utilizing her experience and expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, coalition building, technology, innovation, leading change, organizational transformation, and operations.

  • Prior to founding her own company, Michele served as Google’s Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector and Chief Innovation Evangelist working with partners and clients around the world.

  • Post-9/11/2001, she was recruited into public service to lead change, innovation, and organizational transformation, and became one of the youngest people ever sworn in as a senior executive in the US Government. As a government official, Michele led the cultural and technical integration of the national security community, establishing and serving in senior leadership positions to include: Deputy Technical Executive for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Intelligence Community Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Director of National Intelligence (DNI); Chief Technology Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office; and, the DNI’s senior representative to the Secretary of Defense’s Intelligence - Surveillance - Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force leading information sharing and  collaboration initiatives in support of global coalition stability operations. Her perspicacious leadership -- both in industry and government -- has had a lasting positive impact on the US and its Allies, and her support of the troops both at home and abroad earned her the call sign “Warrior Goddess.”

Richard Spires
CEO, Learning Tree International

Richard A. Spires is the CEO of Learning Tree International, a leading provider of IT and management workforce development services.   Mr. Spires served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 2009 till 2013.  Mr. Spires held a number of positions at the IRS from 2004 through 2008, including CIO and Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support.  

Laura Stanton
Assistant Commissioner, GSA

Laura Stanton is the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Enterprise Strategy Management, where she directs Federal Acquisition Service’s strategic business planning, category management, and Acquisition Gateway. Currently, she is leading GSA’s initiative to bring commercial e-commerce providers to the federal government. Laura is a 2015 Fed 100 Award winner. 

Jack Uldrich
Futurist, Speaker, Author

Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning bestsellers.  He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents.

He regularly makes television appearances and is a frequent guest on major media outlets.

Matthew Cornelius
Senior Technology and Cybersecurity Advisor, OMB

Matthew T. Cornelius leads OMB’s Federal IT Modernization Cross Agency Priority Goal, recently published as one of the key pillars of the President’s Management Agenda. He worked with Congress to authorize and appropriate the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act); established the Technology Modernization Board and serves as executive secretary and principle executor of the TMF.

Jay Huie
Director, Secure Cloud Portfolio, U.S. General Services Administration

Jay Huie has spent over 15 years guiding the evolution and adoption of technology within federal and enterprise environments. His expertise includes bringing a multi-discipline approach to help Agencies achieve their missions. He currently serves as the Director for the GSA Technology Transformation Services (TTS) Secure Cloud Portfolio, which includes the FedRAMP program. Most recently, Jay has been tasked to lead GSA’s Cloud Adoption Center of Excellence supporting the White House Office of American Innovation. In this role, he will build specific capabilities to assist efforts by Federal Agencies to leverage modern technology and cloud services.

Jason Knudson
CEO, Vyzva Lab, LLC
  • Jason Knudson, founder and CEO of Vyzva Lab, LLC, cut his teeth building innovation organizations within the world’s largest bureaucracy, the Department of Defense. Over a 20 year naval career, he served in both enlisted and officer ranks working as a Cryptologist, Special Warfare Combatant Crewman, and Submarine Officer.

  • As Design Thinking Lead and Product Manager for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) he has extensive experience with Other Transaction Agreements. He has also been involved in the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell, Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, Naval Innovation Advisory Council, Seventh Fleet Innovation Cell. 

Stephanie Mango
Senior Vice President, CGI Federal
  • As the CGI Federal SAJE business unit manager and senior vice president, Ms. Mango leads the development and execution of the business and solutions strategy for a diverse client portfolio, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Intelligence Community, and also the Legislative and Judicial Branches. 

  • Ms. Mango has worked with federal organizations in the civilian, defense and intelligence communities to improve operations through business and information technology solutions. Her business proficiency encompasses government mission support functions. 
    As a seasoned and well respected leader in the federal financial management market, she is an active participant in the Association of Government Accountants, as well as, works closely with central organizations on policy implementation.  Her focus is on leveraging innovative business models and solutions to drive efficiency, effectiveness, and desired outcomes for her customers.  

  • Ms. Mango is also a thought leader driving transformational Shared Services through participation and leadership in a number of organizations including the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, the Partnership for Public Service Shared Services Roundtable, and the Shared Service Leadership Council.    

  • Ms. Mango holds a Master of Science in management of information systems and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Virginia. She also holds certifications as a Project Management Professional and as a Certified Government Financial Manager.


Center Stage

Compelling presentations throughout the day on forward-leaning topics of wide interest, including:

Cybersecurity - 

  • TIC-TOC: A New Approach to Trusted Internet Connections in the Cloud
  • Moving From the Hunted to the Hunters in Cybersecurity
  • Face-Off: Should IT Contractors Doing Business with the Government Carry Cyber Insurance:  Whose Liability is It?
  • Automated Security Authorizations Can Unclog ATO Backlogs
  • Quantum Computing Will Break Cryptology – and We Won’t Care

Emerging Technology - 

  • Avoiding Bias in AI and Machine Learning: Possibilities/ Bad Actors?
  • Face-Off: Blockchain – Ready for Prime Time in Government?
  • VR and Augmented Reality: Training for USDA Food Safety Inspection Service
  • IOT in Action: DOI Drone Program for Emergency Response

Healthcare - 

  • Using Emerging Technologies to Battle the Opioid Epidemic
  • 100 Years after the 1918 Flu Pandemic: How Technologies Are helping Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Fusing Technology & Business Leadership - 

  • Culture Can Eat Innovation for Lunch:  Creating a Recipe for Success

Digital Government/Modernization - 

  • Intelligent Personal Assistants for Government; Alex, Hal, Emma, Siri: Ready for Voice User Interface in the WorkPlace?

Training Day


Introducing a day of training to kick off Imagine Nation - ELC 2018!  Receive up to eight (8) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).

Sunday morning and afternoon will offer options for immersive training, led by experts in their field.

Separate training fee applies and registration is required.  Space is limited so select your training course early.


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Training courses offered:

Strategic Thinking and Management

  • Next-Generation Customer Experience
  • Managing Up, Down, and Across:  Working Successfully with Managers and Peers
  • Leveraging 'Strategic4Sight' to Assess the Technology Landscape of the Future
  • Design Thinking for Agile Problem-solving: A Hands-on Workshop
  • Change Management - A Rational Approach to Managing the Irrational


Hot Technology Topics

  • Auditable Agility:  How to be Responsive and Regulated
  • Blockchain Training for Government & Business Professionals:  An Overview and Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity Essentials for Government and Industry Leaders
  • Introduction to Cyber Warfare: The application of DOD Cyber Warfare Strategies to the Civilian Marketspace
  • DevOps Simulation – Breaking Down Silos and Getting Work Done


Emerging Trends & Innovative Practices

  • Strengths-Based Winning in Federal Contracting
  • A Deep Dive into NASA SEWP's Acquisition Tips, Tools, and Innovation

Partner Pavilion

Travel, Hotel, Networking & Excursions

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