NCMA DC is proud to announce that the first dinner meeting of our 2017-2018 program year, entitled The Future of Contracting - People, Processes, and Tools, will be held on Wednesday, September 20th at the Holiday Inn Capitol. We are honored to welcome the following panelists to lead the discussion on this critical issue:
Gregory Giddens, Veterans Affairs (VA), Principal Executive Director, Office of VA Modernization [Moderator] - Greg Giddens joined the Veterans Affairs Office of Policy and Planning in October 2010. Before joining the VA, Mr. Giddens held senior positions in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2000 and has received several awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive in 2005. Mr. Giddens holds a MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, an MBA from Georgia College, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chris Hamm, General Services Administration, Director of FEDSIM - Chris Hamm is the Director of FEDSIM. Chris leverages 17 years of experience in managing complex acquisitions and project delivery to provide innovative solutions for FEDSIM clients. Chris also serves as GSA’s Acquisition Innovation Advocate, and was recognized as one of the “FED100” by Federal Computer Week. Chris received his Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to his time in acquisition management, Chris was selected into the Presidential Management Internship Program.
Kimberly McCabe (Invited), Deloitte Consulting LLP, Technology Principal - Kymm McCabe is a technology principal focused in Deloitte Digital, the world’s first creative digital consultancy, which helps governments deliver their missions real-time, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. She is dedicated to addressing some of the government’s most complex issues, including big ‘A’ acquisition and delivering innovation. Kymm has also held senior-level positions with the US Army, ASI Government, and ICF International. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Public Policy from UC Santa Barbara and her MPA from USC.
Lauren Schmidt, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), Senior Director - In her position as Senior Director, Lauren Schmidt developed a first-of-its-kind rapid acquisition mechanism called the Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), which leverages Other Transaction authorities to execute fast, flexible, and collaborative deals with top-tier technology companies. Ms. Schmidt sets and manages the innovative acquisition strategy for DIUx, which aims to fundamentally change the way the DOD does business by scouting, connecting and supporting the innovation of disruptive technology. Ms. Schmidt holds an MA in Commerce and a BA from UVA.
We hope you can join us for this evening with some of the most innovative acquisition professionals around!