September Dinner Meeting: The Future of Contracting - People, Processes, and Tools


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, Executive Director of the Enterprise Program Management Office - 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.

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.

Stan Soloway, Celero Strategies LLC, President and CEO [Moderator]- Stan Soloway is President of Celero Strategies, a strategic consultancy focused on the federal market. Celero Strategies is Soloway’s latest step in a career during which he has become regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts on the federal market, the factors and dynamics that drive it, and how to translate that expertise into meaningful strategies and action. Prior to founding Celero Strategies, Stan served for 15 years as President and CEO of the Professional Services Council, the largest and most influential national association of government technology and professional services firms.

We hope you can join us for this evening with some of the most innovative acquisition professionals around! Early bird pricing extends through September 10th, so register early to save $5.00 on your ticket.

Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Date: September 20, 2017

Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol
550 C St SW
Washington, D.C.
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