2019 TechTrends Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  The Honorable Thomas B. Modly
Under Secretary, U.S. Navy
Honorable Thomas B. Modly of Ohio was sworn in as the 33rd Under Secretary of the Navy Dec. 4, 2017, and serves as Chief Management Officer and Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Navy. Throughout his tenure, Secretary Modly has focused on increasing agility and accountability throughout the Department’s workforce and in vital business operations, including information management, that support warfighting wholeness for Sailors and Marines. Read more.

  The Honorable Margaret Weichert
Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget

Margaret Weichert is currently serving as both Acting Director at the Office of Personnel Management and Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. Ms. Weichert is a seasoned business executive who has served as a Principal at Ernst & Young, LLP since 2013. In her 25 year professional career, Ms. Weichert has also held executive leadership positions at Market Platform Dynamics, First Data Corporation, Bank of America, and Andersen Consulting focused on strategy, innovation, and business process improvement in banking and payments technology. Read more.
 The Honorable Michael Wooten
Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy

Featured Speakers

  Jose Arrieta
Chief Information Officer, HHS Office of the Secretary
As the CIO, Arrieta provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s $6.3B IT portfolio in support of the Department’s expansive mission to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services. He leads the development of HHS-wide IT strategy with an immediate focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and emerging technology. In addition, Arrieta provides advice and counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on how to advance the Department’s mission through the use of transformative information technology approaches. Click here to read more.
  Surafeal Asgedom
Chief Officer / Executive Director for Modernization, Office of Enterprise Integration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Surafeal Asgedom was appointed Chief Officer for Modernization in April 2017.  In this role, he is leading efforts to modernize the Department’s capabilities to deliver timely care and quality services to America’s Veterans by helping to transform VA into a modern, high performing organization. The Modernization Office is charged with simplifying operations and improving customer experience by: creating efficiencies, optimizing VA organizational structures, enhancing corporate services to enable mission delivery, streamlining and integrating disparate initiatives, enabling cross-government agency collaboration, and rapidly executing leadership strategic priorities with the end goal of improving the value of services provided to Veterans. Click here to read more.
  Lee Becker
Chief of Staff, Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
Lee Becker currently serves as the Chief of Staff, Veterans Experience Office, enabling the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve the customer experience for Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivors.  Lee previously served as a Division Chief, at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, providing leadership and development of the VA appeals modernization efforts to reduce the backlog of Veterans’ appeals. Click here to read more. 
  Joseph Klimavicz
Chief Information Officer, Department of Justice
Mr. Joseph F. Klimavicz joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership team as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in May 2014.  In this position, he provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s information and technology programs.  He also serves as the DOJ Chief Data Officer, Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI), and Executive responsible for radio frequency spectrum use within DOJ. Click here to read more.
  Kris Rowley
Chief Data Officer, General Services Administration
  David Shive
Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration
Shive oversees GSA IT - formerly known as the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) - and information technology operations and budget, ensuring its alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities. Shive joined the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of the Chief Information Officer in November 2012. Prior to being named CIO, he was the Director of the Office of Enterprise Infrastructure, responsible for the enterprise information technology infrastructure platforms and capability that support the GSA business enterprise. He was also the Acting Director of HR and FM Systems for the GSA CFO and CPO offices. Click here to read more.
  Robert M. Stein
Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, NetApp
Rob Stein joined NetApp in December 2007. Mr. Stein has more than 30 years of experience supporting U.S. Public Sector customers, all focused on high technology solutions. He has held various positions including statistician, Program Manager, Business Development Manager, Sales Representative, and Senior Regional Director. Click here to read more.
  Anil Tilbe
Director of Enterprise Measurement and Design, Veterans Experience Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
Over the course of his last 8 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Anil has served in leadership and delivery oversight roles to lead operational and enforcement programs. Currently, Anil Tilbe has been leading as the Director of VEO’s Enterprise Measurement and Design (EMD) program with the mission to deploy advanced analytics (AA), data science, and design thinking implementations for a wide range of VA objectives to help inform for opportunities in program improvements and service recovery. Click here to read more.
  Eileen Vidrine
Chief Data Officer, U.S. Air Force
Eileen M. Vidrine is the Air Force Chief Data Officer, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. She develops and implements strategies for enterprise data management, analytics, and digital transformation to optimize performance and drive out innovation in and across all missions and operations. Click here to read more.