WashingtonExec News & Insights for the DC Area Executive 2016-07-26T17:55:31Z http://www.washingtonexec.com/feed/atom/ Shash Sudhish <![CDATA[WashingtonExec Federal Business Council Hosts Earl Warrington and Steve Krauss of GSA on the Topic of Category Management]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70608 2016-07-26T02:50:22Z 2016-07-26T01:08:31Z Raza 1

Jessica Price (NuAxis), Steve Krauss (GSA), Earl Warrington (GSA), Raza Latif (NuAxis) and Lindsey Tepp (NuAxis)

Last month the WashingtonExec Federal Business Council hosted a morning roundtable on the topic of Category Management with keynote speakers Steve Krauss, Director of FAS Category Management Strategic Execution, and Earl Warrington, Director and Category Manager of the Office of IT Shared Services within the Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS).

Category management was founded in 2014 with the mission of helping federal agencies build better and deeper relationships with supplier markets. The top three govcon industries that utilize category management are facilities and building management, professional services, and information technology services. Issues discussed included Category Management’s impact on acquisitions of services and the need for increased transparency within federal agencies and with government and industry leaders.

Both Krauss and Warrington highlighted that Category Management is a critical element of GSA’s strategy to streamline government-wide procurement.

“Category Management is going to drastically improve how government interacts with industry by eliminating much of the redundancy and duplication that currently clutters the market and drives up industry’s cost for doing business with the government,” said Warrington. “Category management will ensure that industry understands the government’s needs and government buyers will understand industry’s capabilities, resulting in better requirements and better outcomes for everyone.”

Raza Latif, who is the Chief Operating Officer at NuAxis Innovations, added, “We at NuAxis Innovations are encouraged to see such active engagement from GSA executives on this important topic. WashingtonExec has once again delivered a great opportunity to learn about another emerging change in our Industry.”

The large roundtable was sponsored by NuAxis Innovations, a solution-driven IT infrastructure support contractor for the federal government.

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Shash Sudhish <![CDATA[Kristin Cuadros of Attain Speaks on Behalf of the WashingtonExec EA Committee at Annual Congressional Country Club Event]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70613 2016-07-26T02:51:36Z 2016-07-26T01:02:14Z unspecified

Kristin Cuadros (Attain) at WashingtonExec’s Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event

On June 2, 2016, WashingtonExec hosted its annual appreciation event at Congressional Country Club and celebrated its five years of business. Attendees included past speakers and long-time supporters of the digital magazine and events organization. JD Kathuria, CEO, recognized and thanked first customers and advisors for their contributions to the success of WashingtonExec’s professional networking programs. Kristin Cuadros of Attain gave a memorable speech on behalf of the Executive Assistant Committee, a program that was started the first year of WashingtonExec’s operation.

The WashingtonExec Executive Assistant Committee is the only group in the D.C. metro area that is specially designed for the professional development of Executive Assistants in the government and government contracting sectors. The formal network for C-Suite EAs in the government contracting community, the Committee touts more than 100 EAs who convene to enhance the profession, share best practices and engage in professional development. Topics for the group have included honest dialogue, building a network, crisis communications, financial statements, and technology adaptation.

“Kristin has been a vital member to WashingtonExec these past five years, and we are delighted to have her as a part of this community. She did a splendid job of speaking on behalf of the EA Committee; the audience could gauge from her speech what EAs do and what the Committee is all about,” said JD Kathuria, CEO and Founder of WashingtonExec.

WashingtonExec's Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event

WashingtonExec’s Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event

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Sarah Wallen <![CDATA[STEM NEWS: Q&A with Emilia Cabrera High School Senior and Founder of I.T. Girls Club]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70733 2016-07-26T17:55:31Z 2016-07-26T01:00:24Z Headshot_1

Emilia Cabrera, High School Senior and Founder of I.T. Girls Club

As a rising high school senior, Emilia Cabrera’s curiosity led her to discovering her love for solving problems through Computer Science. Throughout her AP course, she began to notice how many girls did not consider Computer Science as a plausible career path. Though many programming techniques through video games are geared toward the interest of boys, she knew that diversity would benefit the future workforce. Emilia founded I.T. Girls to encourage girls to look into Computer Science and to negate any drawbacks of being a girl in the Computer Science field.

We recently conducted a Q&A with Emilia Cabrera about her interest in Computer Science, why she founded I.T. Girls, and her thoughts on confidence and future careers.

WashingtonExec: How did you become interested in computer science?

Emilia Cabrera: My interest in computer science began last year, as a sophomore in high school. Throughout elementary and middle school I was more interested in English, because it tapped my creative side. Once I got into more advanced math and science courses in high school, however, I realized I that solving problems can be just as creative and fun. Even then though, computer science was not yet on my radar.

It was my older brother who was the technology geek in our house. He had always been interested in computers and video games, and had taught himself to code from a young age. In high school, after taking AP Computer Science, he recommended that I take it, knowing my very analytical thought process and interest in STEM. I had little idea of what computer science was, and did not believe it would be something of interest, but with an available slot in my schedule and the curiosity to try new things, I decided to take it.

As it turned out, my brother was right and I ended up loving AP Computer Science I found my passion in using the analytical, algorithmic logic of math with more creative freedom than I ever got in any English class to create real solutions to real problems through code. It was a gateway to what I hope will be my future.

WashingtonExec: Why did you found I.T. Girls, the club for girls in technology at your high school?

Emilia Cabrera: I was fortunate to have an older brother who encouraged me to try computer science. But once I did, I realized not many girls have that influence and there were very few girls in my class. It was not a question of rigor – in my advanced math and science classes there are at least 50% girls, if not a majority. So it had to be a question of interest, and I realized that most girls never even consider computer science, because they never have the opportunity to be exposed to it and develop an interest.

Lots of boys find their way into the technology field through video games. It is a wonderful avenue for technological interest as boys go from playing the games, to wondering how they’re made, to creating their own mods for certain games and falling into this huge world of computer science and technology. However, our culture has no such avenue for girls. Yes, there are video games for girls, but most are heavily targeted to boys. Once kids get into high school and start exploring more subjects, STEM students realize that math and problem solving is for them, but often girls believe it is too late for them to learn computer science. Unlike the foundation of math and science that all students have from elementary school, computer science is often brand new. How are girls supposed to keep up with boys who have been programming since they were twelve?

I know I had that experience when in my very first computer science class I was seated next to a guy who told me stories of all his minecraft mods and his previous computer experience. It was intimidating, but by the end of the year, I found that I could program just as well as any of the boys in my class, despite having less experience.

My club, I.T. Girls, was created to foster the interest of girls in C.S. and to do away with any worries of inadequacy. Our membership is composed mainly of people who have never taken a computer science course, but are thinking about it. Through workshops we teach some basic computer science skills that give girls the confidence to take technology courses later on, either in high school or in college. Not only do we deal with the technical aspect, but we also deal with some of the psychological and social barriers to getting into technology as a woman. Giving girls the opportunity to interact with professional women in technology through panels reduces the negative stigma surrounding the industry, and club discussions get girls to think about all the potential that a career in technology offers.

WashingtonExec: Why do more girls need to get involved in computer science and technology?

Emilia Cabrera: With smart phones always in hand, our world is growing more and more dependent on technology. To shape a diverse, brighter future, we need diversity among the people creating the technology that will be our future. Innovation stems from a diversity of ideas, and those only arise when groups with diverse backgrounds come together. If women keep shying away from technology, we are gathering half as many ideas as we could be. Widening the pool of possible solutions will accelerate and improve innovations.

More women in computer science would also provide better knowledge of the audience when creating new technology. Though product developers believe they are targeting broad audiences, they often end up making programs and devices for people with needs and problems similar to their own. Getting women into the technology industry will allow for innovations targeted to our particular problems and needs. If we want to see better portrayals of females in video games, guess what? We need women in video game development.

There is also the question of pay inequality. Though technology has showered us with incredible benefits, it does come with a down side – a widening skills gap and, along with it, mounting inequality. Technology is now integral in every industry from fashion, to business, to agriculture. People with no understanding of it can get cut off from advancing in their career paths before they even get a chance to prove their other skills. This is a problem with all minorities, but the fact that almost 50% of our population is being left behind due to a lack of technical skills is especially detrimental. We need to teach everyone at least basic technology skills so that they will be more competitive in an increasingly technology driven job market.

Most of the pay inequality between men and women has to do with industries. Industries that are predominately female have lower salaries on average in comparison to those that are predominantly male. With computer science being one of the most lucrative careers possible, why wouldn’t we want more women to get a slice of those profits?

WashingtonExec: What have you learned from participating in hack-a-thons?

Emilia Cabrera: The two hackathons I have participated in have given me real experience that I could never get inside a classroom setting. In the spring of my sophomore year, I attended HackTJ on a whim with little idea of what a hackathon was. Upon arrival, I was given my instructions: code something in 24 hours. People immediately started talking about their apps or websites, and I soon realized that the text-based java programs that I had been learning in my AP Computer Science class were not going to cut it for this event.

The number one thing I learned was to ask questions. To get started, I went to an android development workshop where I met Michael Evans, an android developer at Living Social and a mentor at the hackathon. Throughout the course of the night I talked through every big road bump in my program and finished the event off with a fully functioning application. The app was simple, but my partner and I were proud that we created something functional with no previous android experience.

To our surprise, we actually won the Best Beginner Hack Award. Though our idea was simple, we were some of the only beginners to successfully create an application, and it was primarily due to the fact that we had no qualms about asking the mentors around us questions and learning from their experiences.

Another thing I learned at the hackathons is the power of self-confidence. In the opening of the hackathon we were told to find teams. My friend and I were rather inexperienced, but some friends of ours came up to ask us about our level of computer science. All I could think about was what if I told them I could do something and halfway through the night they figured out that I didn’t really know what I was doing and I was dragging the team down. Not wanting to disappoint them, I sold myself short, telling them that I had very limited knowledge of java. They promptly went searching for other partners.

Though I did end up having a great experience, I know that if I had been more confident in my abilities, I could have learned a lot by working alongside more experienced students. Modesty is considered a virtue, however, it can hurt girls, especially those pursuing competitive careers. Confidence is the true virtue.

WashingtonExec: Do you see yourself pursuing a career in computer science?

Emilia Cabrera: I know I want to pursue an education in computer science, mainly because I don’t know yet which career path I will be interested in, and computer science allows me flexibility in the future. Technology is part of every industry and this trend will continue to grow. No matter what I do, a knowledge of computers will help me find my path, perhaps in bioinformatics or computational mathematics. My future career may not even exist at this point given how quickly the technology sector is growing, and that’s the exciting part. My love of learning will always be satisfied as new languages and applications of computer science appear every day. So who knows what I’ll end up doing!

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Serco Wins $18.9M Contract to Support Navy’s SPAWAR]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70714 2016-07-25T22:24:37Z 2016-07-25T22:24:37Z Dan Allen, Serco Inc.

Dan Allen, Serco Inc.

Serco Inc. announced July 20 that the U.S. Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) has awarded the company a new contract to deliver a full range of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) installation services onboard the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN. The 10 month contract is valued at $18.9 million.

“This was an important win for our Defense Sector and the Ship Modernization market and has secured our position in supporting the U.S. Navy Fleet with world-class installation services,” Serco Inc. Chairman and CEO Dan Allen said. “I am proud of the services our team delivers each and every day in support of the Navy’s afloat and shore-based systems.”

Serco will provide installation support services of the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) system, which combines numerous shipboard networks into one consolidated network system. The company will also deliver Satellite Communications and supporting C4ISR system upgrades. The work will continue to be performed on the East and West coasts, and additional locations worldwide.

During the first five-and-a-half years of the contract, Serco has been awarded approximately 275 task orders, valued at more than $400 million.

RelatedSerco Inc. Wins $12M Contract for Command and Control Facility at Offutt AFB

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[STG Group Achieves ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Management System Certificate]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70710 2016-07-25T22:21:18Z 2016-07-25T22:21:18Z Paul Fernandes, STG

Paul Fernandes, STG Group, Inc.

STG Group Inc. (STGG) announced July 19 that the company has been awarded an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Management System certificate for STG’s Integrated Managed Operations, Solutions, and Intelligent Collaboration (MOSaIC) and Information Security and Service Management Systems (ISSMS). The certificate applies to the management and control of the provision of Information Security (IS), Infrastructure and Operations, and IT Services to Global Enterprise business activities.

“STG reached a new benchmark by achieving the ISO 27001 certification and its full integration with our existing ISO certificates,” STG President Paul Fernandes said. “Continuously strengthening our security program with robust security controls, quality processes, and risk management demonstrates our commitment to STG’s and our customer’s mission-critical operations and protecting the integrity of the systems we support.”

The International Standards Organization (ISO) 27001:2013 is a process-based standard which mandates specific management steps that must be in place to control risks to information systems. Certification recognizes organizations that can link business objectives with operating effectiveness. Companies that achieve management system certification to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 have demonstrated effective implementation of documentation and records management, top management’s commitment to their customers, establishment of clear policy, good planning and implementation, good resource security and management, and efficient process control, measurement and analysis.

STG satisfied all requirements for certification of an integrated management system (IMS) with ISO 9001:2015, ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011, and ISO/IEC 27001:2013, successfully demonstrating integration of each respective management system standard and the IMS program in totality.

STG’s proprietary quality framework, MOSaIC provides a holistic approach for managing strategic decisions and information security. It elevates STG’s overall security posture and builds cultural sensitivity to confidentiality, integrity, availability, and privacy of all information within its systems.

Related: STG Group President Paul Fernandes to Retire

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Shash Sudhish <![CDATA[Ravi Dankanikote Named Chairperson of the Federal Acquisition Council for BD Professionals]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70604 2016-07-25T02:44:40Z 2016-07-25T14:39:31Z Ravi Dankanikote, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Services at CACI International

Ravi Dankanikote, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Services at CACI International

This June WashingtonExec celebrated five years in business at its Congressional Country Club Annual Member and Speaker Appreciation Event. Attendees included past speakers and long-time supporters of the digital magazine and events organization. JD Kathuria, CEO, recognized and thanked first customers and advisors for their contributions to the success of WashingtonExec’s professional networking programs. At this years event one of the highlights was WashingtonExec’s announcement of Ravi Dankanikote as Chairperson of the Federal Acquisition Council for BD Professionals Council.

Ravi Dankanikote is the Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Solutions and Services Business Group at CACI International. In this role, Dankanikote leads a team of senior executives in new business growth, mergers and acquisitions, client engagement, and capture and proposal strategy across the DoD, Intel, and Federal Civilian markets.  With over 20 years of govcon experience, Dankanikote has captured multi-million dollar strategic bids, and has guided deployments of several market-disrupting IT solutions.  As a leader in the Federal technology evolution, Ravi is a trusted advisor to his clients and Industry peers. He sees each new business pursuit as an opportunity not only to broker strategic growth for CACI, but also as a means of increasing Government efficiencies to best serve its constituents.

The Federal Acquisition Council includes members who are VPs of BD of emerging and large organizations and nominated senior staff identified as “critical talent” to the future of the organization. The group also works closely with local academia leaders to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of the govcon business. Federal acquisition speakers lead a wide variety of agencies and tackle issues such as government and industry partnership and mentorship, pre-RFP solicitation, LPTA bids, protests and teaming restrictions.

“Ravi was a natural choice to take over the Federal Acquisition Council. His experience and expertise reflect the Council’s key pillars and we look forward to the group expanding with Ravi at the helm,” said JD Kathuria, CEO and Founder of WashingtonExec.

James Scampavia, VP of Business Development at AMERICAN SYSTEMS, served as Founding Chairperson of the Council for over two years.

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Shash Sudhish <![CDATA[Lisa Shea Mundt named Chairperson of the WashingtonExec Rising Stars of GovCon Committee]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70497 2016-07-25T02:03:50Z 2016-07-25T02:03:50Z Lisa Shea Mundt

Lisa Shea Mundt of AOC Key Solutions Inc. and WashingtonExec Rising Stars of GovCon Committee Chairperson

WashingtonExec celebrated five years of business at its annual appreciation event at Congressional Country Club on June 2, 2016. The attendance of over 80 executives included council members, past speakers, and longtime supporters of the digital organization. One of the highlight from this year’s program was the announcement of Lisa Shea Mundt taking over as Chairperson of the Rising Stars of GovCon Committee.

The Rising Stars of GovCon Committee is a one-of-a-kind group for young professionals between the ages of 22 and 37. This group is for those who work in the government or government contracting industry in the Washington, DC area and who have one or both parents who also work in the business. Since its founding in 2015, the Committee has grown to more than 50 active members and provides the industry’s future leaders with a unique perspective of all aspects of the GovCon Business, including contracts, finance, marketing, and business development. Committee discussion topics have included developing a proper elevator pitch, how to grow as not only a strong manager but as a future leader of the industry, career management and emotional intelligence.

“I am extremely grateful to be named the next Chairperson of the Rising Stars group, which in my humble opinion is a professional collective that has no equal in the marketplace today. As a Millennial in the Government Contracting industry, I’m thrilled that a space like this exists to provide a forum for young professionals to learn and grow. As members, we are so fortunate to be privy to this unique mixture of industry-leader speaking engagements as well as less formal meet-and-greets. Through this unprecedented educational and social combination I feel like I’ve not only learned about the members’ professional aspirations, but also the many facets of their humanity. The Rising Stars provides a sense of camaraderie in an otherwise competitive domain. Although you can feel the collective hunger and drive humming at the events, it’s really the generosity and the willingness to further the careers of others that makes this group truly special.” Said Lisa Shea Mundt, Senior Marketing and Proposal Specialist, AOC Key Solutions Inc.

“The Rising Stars of GovCon Committee is a key success story of the Washingtonxec Career Bridge and helps us foster deeper relationships within the community. We at WashingtonExec are honored to have Lisa as our newest Chairperson and are excited to watch her elevate and expand the Committee going forward,” said JD Kathuria, CEO and Founder of WashingtonExec.

WashingtonExec Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event

WashingtonExec Annual Member, Speaker and Supporter Appreciation Event

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[NVTC Announces Board of Directors, Election of New and Returning Board Members]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70525 2016-07-25T01:03:46Z 2016-07-25T01:03:46Z Todd Stottlemyer, Inova Health System's Center for Personalized Health

Todd Stottlemyer, Inova Health System’s Center for Personalized Health

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced July 12 the FY2016-2017 the Board of Directors officers and the election of 29 new and returning Board members.

The Officers of the Board of Directors are:

  • Chair: Todd Stottlemyer, Inova Center for Personalized Health
  • President and CEO: Bobbie Kilberg, NVTC
  • Vice Chairman: Richard Montoni, MAXIMUS
  • Vice Chairman: Marilyn Crouther, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Secretary: Marta Wilson, Transformation Systems, Inc.
  • Treasurer: Oscar Osorio, Grant Thornton
  • General Counsel: Craig E. Chason, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Public Relations Advisor: Alisa Valudes Whyte, Merritt Group

In addition, Todd Stottlemyer, Chairman of the NVTC Board, presented eight appointments to the Board. They are as follows:

  • Evan Burfield, 1776 Global (renewal)
  • Chris Eldredge, DuPont Fabros (renewal)
  • Anup Ghosh, Invincea
  • John Hagan, Raymond James (renewal)
  • Joel Kallett, Clearsight Advisors (renewal)
  • Carolyn Parent, LiveSafe
  • Sean Stone, Silicon Valley Bank (renewal)
  • Matt Strottman, In-Q-Tel (renewal)

The NVTC membership also selected 14 three-year-term members to the NVTC Board of Directors, a number of whom are present board members who will be serving new terms. The 14 individuals are:

  • Dan Allen, Serco
  • Angel Cabrera, George Mason University
  • Teresa Carlson, Amazon Web Services
  • Carl D’Alessandro, Harris Corporation
  • Kathryn Falk, Cox Communications
  • Scott Hommer, Venable
  • Dan Johnson, General Dynamics IT
  • Michael Maiorana, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
  • Terri McClements, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Tony Moraco, SAIC
  • Rob Quartel, NTELX
  • Scott Ralls, Northern Virginia Community College
  • David Schaefer, AHT Insurance
  • Marta Wilson, Transformation Systems Inc. (TSI)

Finally, the NVTC Board has approved adding the following Board members to replacement seats:

  • Mark Ellenbogen, BDO
  • Enrico Della Corna, PNC Bank
  • Yap Lin Kiat, Micron Technology
  • Dan O’Neill, SunTrust Bank
  • Shailesh Prakash, The Washington Post
  • Larry Prior, CRSA
  • Peter Smith, AMERICAN SYSTEMS

Related: NVTC Announces Winners of 20th Annual Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards

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Lauren Budik <![CDATA[Leidos Wins Prime Contract to Support Dept. of Veterans Affairs]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70576 2016-07-25T00:59:33Z 2016-07-25T00:59:33Z Jonathan Scholl, Leidos

Jonathan Scholl, Leidos

Health, national security and infrastructure solutions company Leidos announced July 19 that the company has been awarded a prime contract by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide technical solutions under the VA Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation (T4NG) program. Leidos is one of 24 contractors eligible to compete for work under the contract.

“Leidos has had the privilege of providing information technology solutions to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the last five years under the T4 contract,” Leidos Health and Infrastructure Group President Jon Scholl said, “and we are proud to continue that service under the T4NG program.”

The multiple-award IDIQ contract has a five-year base period of performance, one five-year option period and a total contract value of approximately $22 billion for all awardees, if the option is exercised.

Leidos will provide information technology services, project management, strategy/planning, systems/software engineering, enterprise network engineering, cybersecurity and other IT- and health-IT related technical support.

Related: Immunovaccine Inc., Leidos to Collaborate on Zika Vaccine

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Karli Gillespie <![CDATA[WashingtonExec College and High School Leadership Committee Talks Security Clearances and Elevator Pitches]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=70599 2016-07-22T01:49:37Z 2016-07-22T01:49:37Z Dennis Kelly (IOMAXIS), Claire Morse (Salient CRGT), and Steve Radloff (ManTech International).

Dennis Kelly (IOMAXIS), Claire Morse (Salient CRGT), and Steve Radloff (ManTech International).

They may all be on summer vacation – but that doesn’t stop the members of the WashingtonExec College and High School Leadership Committee from learning more about personal branding and their future professional careers.

On July 13th, the committee met at Attain Headquarters in Tysons Corner for its annual summer meeting, which was sponsored by Dennis Kelly, CEO of IOMAXIS.

Unlike previous meetings, the event was held in a TED Talk-style format – one room for high school students and another for college students – and they listened to two different sessions led by keynote speakers Steve Radloff, of ManTech International, and Claire Morse, SPHR, JD, of Salient CRGT.

Keynote speaker Steve Radloff (ManTech International) spoke to college students on how to best navigate the security clearance process.

Steve Radloff (ManTech International) spoke to college students on how to best navigate the security clearance process.

Steve Radloff, Executive Director of Security at ManTech, spoke to the two breakout groups on the dos and don’ts of the security clearance process and SF-86 Forms.

Radloff explained to students how one’s eligibility for a clearance is based on you as a whole person – not just one mistake you made when you were 15 years old, or strictly a polygraph test.

He also discussed the new “continuous monitoring” method that has been adopted by the government – a practice that routinely checks on the eligibility and suitability of those with security clearances.

Morse, Director of Human Resources at Salient CRGT, gave the group tips on how to develop your own professional elevator pitch. When it comes to mastering it? Morse says, “the earlier, the better.”

She describes the ideal elevator pitch to be “versatile, universal, diligent,” and between 30 to 60 seconds long.

Keynote speaker Claire Morse (Salient CRGT) spoke to the high school student break-out group on how to develop their own elevator pitch as they prepare for college.

Claire Morse (Salient CRGT) spoke to the high school student break-out group on how to develop the perfect elevator pitch.

According to Morse, there are four components to developing the perfect pitch. First, you must introduce yourself. Second, explain what you do – are you a member of any organizations? Do you have a leadership role in that organization? Third, develop your statement of impact – your passions, strengths, what you would bring to the company. Lastly, give your call to action – what next opportunity are you looking for?

“This event was time well spent for any young business person. The WashingtonExec College/High School Leadership event provided students with a great networking opportunity,” says Kalista Majoros, rising freshman at the University of Florida. “Students gained advice from experienced speakers regarding one’s personal brand and how to navigate the security clearance process. Not only did I make rewarding connections, but I learned key tips in becoming a better business woman.”  

Although not their second time meeting as a group, the event was the second time parents of the students were invited to come and participate in the Q&A discussion with speakers at the end of the night.

“The WashingtonExec Events are a great way to network and interact with other young adults in the government space,” says Jake Singer, a rising senior at James Madison University. “I was able to meet several new people and also reconnect with people who I had grown up with but lost contact with since going away to college.”

The WashingtonExec College and High School Leadership Committee is set to meet again this December.

Related Articles: The WashingtonExec College Leadership Committee Holds Event on “Interviewing: What They Don’t Cover at the College Career Center”

Event sponsor Dennis Kelly (IOMAXIS) and his son Kevin Kelly.

Event sponsor Dennis Kelly (IOMAXIS) and his son Kevin Kelly.

Rick Sullivan (HPE) and his son Grant Sullivan.

Rick Sullivan (HPE) and his son Grant Sullivan.

Ralph Wade (Booz Allen Hamilton) and his son Mac Wade.

Ralph Wade (Booz Allen Hamilton) and his son Mac Wade.

Andrew Lieber (Management Concepts Inc.) and his daughter Annie

Andrew Lieber (Management Concepts Inc.) and his daughter Annie.

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