Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. The Mississippi Digital Government Summit is designed to do just that. The summit has an advisory board that gathers public- and private-sector leaders to create an agenda designed to make that passion relevant and actionable to the state and local government organizations attending the summit. Participants tell us they use the inspirational keynotes, leadership discussions, networking breaks, and the timely topics discussed in the numerous breakout sessions to help advance the goals of their organizations.
If you influence or participate in technology decisions or implementations at any level, you will want to attend. Don't miss this opportunity to see the latest in digital government solutions, keep abreast of current policy issues, and network with key government executives, technologists and industry specialists.
This year's Topics include:
From Analyst to Hero: How Big Data Led to Bin Laden
Cynthia Storer, Former CIA Senior Analyst
Cindy was part of a team of CIA intelligence analysts – dubbed "The Sisterhood" – who discovered obscure data patterns signaling that Al-Qaeda was a coordinated and highly dangerous threat. Though the team raised the alarm, few people listened. Then 9/11 changed the world. Cindy became a key strategic analyst, helping the nation’s policymakers frame their understanding of terrorism and Al-Qaeda. Her pioneering work helped lay the foundation for the efforts of the analysts and targeting officers who eventually found Bin Laden’s hideout, as depicted in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. In this riveting keynote address, Cindy tells the inside story of how Big Data helped lead to the identification and capture of Al-Qaeda leaders, including the most wanted man in history. Her inspirational messages include: believe in what you do, take responsibility, trust your instincts, and think outside the box.
Lessons in Leadership
Jefferson “Beak” Howell, Former Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center; Adjunct Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
The Johnson Space Center is NASA’s center for spaceflight training, research and mission control. Its workforce of 15,000 includes a hundred astronauts, hundreds of scientists and thousands of engineers. It is perhaps the most exhilarating organization in the world – and at times the most daunting. Lieutenant General “Beak” Howell was the Director of the Space Center when the worst imaginable thing happened: the Columbia shuttle explosion in 2003. It was a demanding test of leadership, but one that Beak was uniquely qualified to meet after a career of profound – and often astounding – experiences. In this fascinating session, he shares the challenges and lessons learned that led to his legendary “Beak’s Rules of Leadership”.
Open to Public Sector only.
Registration - Free
If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in attending the Event, please contact Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager (916) 932-1435.
For registration and general assistance contact:
Lee Vang, Registration Coordinator
Phone: (916) 932-1407
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:
Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Phone: (916) 932-1435