"The 13th Annual Illinois Digital Government Summit will be a unique opportunity for IT leaders to engage colleagues, thought leaders and top vendors on a vast range of timely subjects. Governments at the State and local level are adapting dramatically to meet the needs of a 21st Century society, making Information Technology critically important to the leadership of every state or local government. The centrality of Information Technology to every aspect of government operations makes participating in forums such as this essential."
- Sean Vinck, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois "For IT managers and CIOs working in Illinois public sector, this is the one conference all year that you can't afford to miss. The Illinois Digital Government Summit is a great place to learn about innovative new technologies and strategies, to network with your peers, and to be inspired by great guest speakers."
- Greg Wass, Chief Information Officer, Cook County, Illinois
Jefferson "Beak" Howell
Adjunct Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, and Former Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center
Before joining the LBJ School faculty, Lieutenant General Howell served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until 2005. In that post he was responsible for planning and directing all of the center's programs, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also held specific responsibility for such areas as spacecraft engineering and design, flight crew training, space and life sciences research, and mission operations. Prior to this, Howell served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he flew more than 300 combat missions, eventually becoming Commander U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, responsible for over 80,000 personnel. He has held various staff positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon and NATO. Howell is the recipient of numerous military decorations and awards, including the Department of Navy's Distinguished Service Medal. In 1980 he received the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League of the United States. Howell has a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas.