PAST EVENT

Dec 3 - 4, 2013

"IT leadership skills are evolving by necessity as we are faced with entirely new sets of tools, rapidly changing social media, high demand for mobility, opportunities in the cloud, and a new wave of security concerns. Breadth of knowledge is essential to today's IT manager. It requires us to step back once in a while and move outside the box to consider new and innovative ways to get things done. The Forum is the perfect place to do it. Whether you are currently a manager or plan to become one, I encourage you to join us at this year's Executive Leadership Forum."

-Tony Encinias, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Executive Leadership Forum 2013 Overview

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Keynote Speakers

International explorer, photographer, author, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 1,000,000 miles by train, plane, bus, bike and camel to over 65 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery.

Josh has traced the Ark of the Covenant from the caverns of Jerusalem to the mountains of Ethiopia, searched for the Holy Grail in the bowels of Nazi Germany, and communed with tribal chiefs in the darkest jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. He has ventured deep underground with NASA scientists to explore the origins of life on Earth and has hunted with alleged cannibals by moonlight in the forests of Papua New Guinea--all in a quest to uncover some of the most fascinating mysteries of our planet.

Josh's television career began when he debuted as the host of a new adventure-archaeology series called Digging for the Truth on The History Channel. The series quickly became the highest-rated original series in the network's history. Later, Josh moved to Discovery Channel, where he served as host and executive producer of Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein. Josh is currently developing a number of new projects.

In addition to his work on television, Josh is also the president and CEO of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, the oldest and largest wilderness survival school in the world. Josh is a fellow of The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society and a patron of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Bill Bott uses a team approach to tackle organizational challenges, such as strategic planning, process improvement, project management, customer satisfaction, and problem solving. He uses the same tools developed by leading private sector companies to facilitate change from within the organization. Bill's specialty is in helping to make elements of square pegs fit into the round holes that make up the work we do.

Bill is best known for his role in consolidating the IT functions and staff in the state of Missouri, which saved the state over half a billion dollars in real costs in less than 10 years. For this, Bill was named a GOVERNING Public Official of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 he was recognized as one of Government Technology's Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. He also received accolades from the American Business Awards for his innovative approach to IT management and was chosen to represent the United States as a young leader by the American Council on Germany.

Bill joined the Change and Innovation Agency in 2009 and now works with public servants across the country. A regular speaker on Project Management, his message of true process improvement before automation is a frequent theme in his writings and in his workshops.

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Sessions

Wednesday Dec. 4 11:15AM

General Session - A Public CIO's Perspective

Today's public sector environment is dominated by two trends: limited resources and surging technologies. Together they are driving some unexpected synergies, and IT leaders are... more

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Sessions

Wednesday Dec. 4 11:15AM

General Session - A Public CIO's Perspective

Today's public sector environment is dominated by two trends: limited resources and surging technologies. Together they are driving some unexpected synergies, and IT leaders are... more

Kristy Fifelski is recognized as a national leader in government social media and digital strategy.

Kristy works closely with e.Republic Inc., the parent company behind popular industry publications such as Government Technology and GOVERNING magazines. She is also the creator and host of GovGirl, a unique online video show focused on government innovation. What started off as a small blog about her experiences during her 10-year career in government turned into a popular video series followed by government employees all over the country.

She served on the board of directors of the National Association of Government Web Professionals, and her government career included being the web manager for the City of Reno, NV, public relations coordinator for the City of Wheaton, IL and deputy clerk for the Town of Cortland, IL.

Kristy holds a Master's Degree in Communication from Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with honors.

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Reporting to the Mayor of Pittsburgh since August 2007, as City Innovation & Performance Manager, Chuck is responsible for implementing a transparent Management Accountability Performance System (PittMAPS) to improve day-to-day operational performance management of departments supporting the stakeholders of Pittsburgh. In mid-2011 Chuck began to manage the City's new Financial Management System (JDE ERP) project with Allegheny County. He also co-leads with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Mayor's Innovation Economy initiative to accelerate entrepreneurial and small business growth in the City. Chuck identifies sustainable day-to-day operational processes to streamline the delivery of city services. Approximately 40% of his time is spent working directly within individual departments, and the other 60% is focused on implementing City-wide improvements to support data-driven decision-making by Mayor Ravenstahl and his Super Directors.
Prior to joining the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Chuck was a business process transformation consultant on projects with large and mid-size firms such as Caterpillar, Bethlehem Steel, Cemex, British Aerospace, General Electric, and Alcoa. He delivered factory automation, construction management, facilities & equipment maintenance, supply chain, and performance measurement solutions by analyzing business processes, documenting work flow management, achieving measurable cost reductions, and increasing the delivery of services to customers.
Chuck also has been a technology manager, administrator, and teacher of woodworking and mathematics at high schools. Chuck has a Masters of Administration and Supervision from Antioch College and Bachelors from Lehigh University where his major was Social Psychology with a minor in Metallurgical Engineering.

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Sessions

Wednesday Dec. 4 11:15AM

General Session - A Public CIO's Perspective

Today's public sector environment is dominated by two trends: limited resources and surging technologies. Together they are driving some unexpected synergies, and IT leaders are... more

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