Speakers

Editorial Speaker

Charlotte A. Burrows

Chair

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Editorial Speaker

Charlotte A. Burrows

Chair

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Charlotte A. Burrows was designated by President Biden as Chair of the EEOC on Jan. 20, 2021.  She was initially nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2014 and then re-nominated in 2019.  The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her to a second term ending in 2023. 

Chair Burrows has advocated for strong civil rights protections and robust cooperation between the Commission, employers, and employees to advance equal opportunity in the workplace.  She seeks to enhance the Commission's enforcement of all laws within its jurisdiction, focusing in particular on initiatives to combat harassment, foster pay equity, and advance diversity and inclusion.  While at the Commission, she has worked to increase the agency's outreach to Native Americans, vulnerable immigrant and migrant communities, and other traditionally underserved populations.  In addition, Chair Burrows is particularly interested in the impact of technology and big data on civil rights and employee privacy.

Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Chair Burrows served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where she worked on a broad range of civil and criminal matters, including employment litigation, voting rights, combatting racial profiling, and implementing the Violence Against Women Act, among others.

Chair Burrows previously served as General Counsel for Civil and Constitutional Rights to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee and later on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.  During her time on Capitol Hill, she worked on a variety of legislative initiatives, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.

Before working on the Hill, Chair Burrows held several roles in the Civil Rights Division's Employment Litigation Section at DOJ, including Deputy Chief of the Section.  There, she represented the United States in all phases of civil litigation, including trial, to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Earlier in her career, she served as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.

Chair Burrows received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Editorial Speaker

Pamela Isom

Director, Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office

U.S. Department of Energy

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Editorial Speaker

Pamela Isom

Director, Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office

U.S. Department of Energy

Pamela K. Isom serves as Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office (AITO) for the United States Department of Energy (DOE), and previously served as the DOE Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Architecture, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation (AET&I). 

Ms. Isom is a leader in ideation with extensive knowledge and experience in using emerging technology to drive digital innovation solutions, enabling DOE to fulfill its strategic goals and objectives. She is a recipient of the 2021 Federal 100 Awards for her exceptional contributions in the way information technology is used to advance vital government missions. Ms. Isom is also a two-time recipient of the federal Gears of Government Award for her exceptional advancements in artificial intelligence and geospatial data science at DOE, and a recipient of the InnovateIT: Modernization Innovation Leader Award for excellence in federal government IT modernization leadership.

As a principal corporate officer, she inspires others to leverage automation and analytics to secure, optimize, and rationalize systems and insights for high-impact outcomes. She brings over 25 years of business IT transformation and modernization expertise to the agency. With a natural talent for blending business with IT, Isom advances the OCIO’s vision to match customer needs with OCIO product and service offerings, including the implementation of the Innovation Community Center. She has made great strides in the implementation of cybersecurity controls and data stewardship and as the Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI), and is a strong Chief Data Officers (CDO) partner.

In 2015, Ms. Isom joined the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from the private sector and served as the Director of the Office of Application Engineering and Development, where she led design, development, and implementation of high quality patent, trademark, and corporate systems in support of federal IT modernization efforts.

During her time at USPTO, the Department of Commerce honored Isom as a part of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Women of Innovation exhibition, and selected her as a panelist for their “Hidden Figures” event honoring trailblazing women in labor and business.

Prior to joining the federal workforce, Ms. Isom led business and IT transformation programs and operated as Principal Executive Consultant, Executive Enterprise Architect, and Software Engineer for various large organizations, with a specialization in cloud, data center transformation, and secured information management. She has published a book and multiple publications, including the peer-reviewed article “IT Modernization in the Energy Sector to Mitigate Cyber Threats of our Critical Infrastructure.” She has been awarded numerous patents and brings a wealth of private industry knowledge and applied experiences to the federal government.

Ms. Isom holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. In her spare time, she likes to work out, garden, spend time with family, and be a positive role model.

Editorial Speaker

Colonel Joseph M. O'Callaghan, Jr.

Lead, Artificial Intelligence Enabled Targeting

XVIII Airborne Corps

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Editorial Speaker

Colonel Joseph M. O'Callaghan, Jr.

Lead, Artificial Intelligence Enabled Targeting

XVIII Airborne Corps

Colonel Joseph M. O’Callaghan Jr is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and was commissioned in the Field Artillery from the University of Memphis ROTC program in 1994. He served in Mechanized, Airborne, and Joint Special Operations units in combat, peacekeeping and operational deployments. He has commanded at Battery (M198 155mm Towed Airborne) and Battalion (M142 HIMARS) and served in Fire Support Coordination positions from Battalion through Combined Joint Task Force. He participated in Operation Joint Guard (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Joint Forge (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq). He is a qualified Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Master Parachutist, graduate of the Army Space Cadre Program and multiple Army and Joint educational courses. His current assignment is as the XVIII Airborne Corps Fire Support Coordinator and lead for Artificial Intelligence Enabled Targeting. 

COL O’Callaghan has a B.A. in History from Christian Brother University, Memphis, TN; and a M.S. in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

Editorial Speaker

Avital Percher

Assistant to the Chief Data Officer for Analytics and Strategy

National Science Foundation

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Avital Percher

Assistant to the Chief Data Officer for Analytics and Strategy

National Science Foundation

Avital is the Assistant to the Chief Data Officer for Analytics and Strategy. A AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow from 2018-2020, he received his PhD from Rockefeller University. 

Underwriter Speaker

Alexander Titus

Strategic Business Executive

Google Cloud

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Underwriter Speaker

Alexander Titus

Strategic Business Executive

Google Cloud

Alexander Titus is a strategic business executive at Google Cloud where he leads healthcare and life sciences strategy for the global public sector, as well as AI/ML applications for public sector missions. Prior to Google, Titus was the inaugural Assistant Director for Biotechnology within the Office of the Under Secretary for Defense (Research & Engineering), where he led the team developing the DoD’s roadmap towards biotechnology modernization.

Titus’ career has woven between the private sector, public sector, and academia. Previously, he has served as an AI/ML Research Fellow on the Amazon Alexa AI team as well as in the B.Next group at the strategic investment firm In-Q-Tel, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Georgetown University and Biotechnology at the University of New Hampshire.

Titus holds a PhD in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences from Dartmouth College, as well as a BS and BA in Biochemistry and Biology, respectively, from the University of Puget Sound.

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Editorial Moderator

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor

Nextgov

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Editorial Moderator

Aaron Boyd

Senior Editor

Nextgov

Aaron Boyd is an award-winning journalist currently serving as senior editor for technology and events at Nextgov. He primarily covers federal government IT contracting and cybersecurity issues affecting both civilian and defense agencies. As a lifelong nerd and policy wonk, he feels right at home covering the intersection of technology and policy in the nation's capital.

Editorial Moderator

James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

Nextgov

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James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

Nextgov

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Editorial Moderator

Caitlin Kenney

Staff Reporter

Defense One

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Editorial Moderator

Caitlin Kenney

Staff Reporter

Defense One

Caitlin M. Kenney is staff reporter at Defense One, where she writes about the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. She has covered the U.S. military for several years across the country, previously as a Pentagon reporter for Stars and Stripes. She’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Editorial Moderator

George Jackson

Director, Events

GovExec

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Editorial Moderator

George Jackson

Director, Events

GovExec

George Jackson is the director of events at GovExec Media – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GovExec in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.