Washington Technology Power Breakfast
Human Capital Strategies for 2020 and Beyond

Human Capital Strategies for
2020 and Beyond

It’s an established fact that competition for human capital is intense and there is no relief in sight. In fact, things are heating up. At this Washington Technology Power Breakfast you’ll hear from leading executives about how they are fighting to hire and retain people.

The competition isn’t just among government contractors but increasingly companies focused on the commercial markets are vying for the same types of talent. Another complicating factor is the demographics of the market and an aging workforce. We’ll also explore how companies are finding creative ways to fill their open positions.

Several positive developments in the overall market are increasing growth prospects for government contractors such as the new two-year budget agreement, the emergence of new technologies such as AI and machine learning, and agencies desire to modernize their IT systems.

While these trends will drive growth, they also put pressure on companies to hire and retain the right people. So what should the workforce of the future look like? We’ll discuss this and more.

Speakers

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Donna Diederich

Chief Human Resources Officer

LMI

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Donna Diederich

Chief Human Resources Officer

LMI

Donna Diederich serves as LMI’s chief human resources officer, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s human resources and talent acquisition efforts as well as its diversity and inclusion programs. She joins LMI from Abt Associates, where she also served as its chief human resources officer, focused on building a global talent strategy. She has more than 20 years of experience in senior human resources positions and leadership roles, including as senior vice president of CACI International’s human resources department and as vice president of human resources for the National Public Sector and the Americas Region of DXC Technology (formerly CSC).

In addition to her extensive human resources background, Donna has developed and executed organizational change communications and strategy. She has designed and implemented numerous training programs affiliated with change management and has vast experience with assisting organizations with cross-departmental transitions.

Donna received her bachelor’s from Missouri State University and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. She has taken executive programs in business development and selling from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, human resources at Cornell and the University of Michigan, and strategic talent management at UCLA.

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Sarah Roberts

Vice President of Talent Development and Inclusion

Leidos

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Sarah Roberts

Vice President of Talent Development and Inclusion

Leidos

Sarah Roberts is the Vice President of Talent Development and Inclusion at Leidos. In this capacity, she leads the teams responsible for creating and delivering strategies for the enterprise in key areas of talent management, learning and development, leadership development and organization effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, and change management. Sarah joined Leidos via the merger with Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business where Sarah was leading the Talent Acquisition team for IS&GS.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Sarah held a variety of roles within Human Resources functions including leading Recruiting, Organizational Effectiveness, Benefits, and Payroll. Sarah’s corporate experience includes working for OpenText, GXS, and GE Information Services. She graduated from Virginia Tech with Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Family and Child Development and also holds a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

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Kelly Demaitre

Chief Human Resources Officer

Dovel Technologies

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Kelly Demaitre

Chief Human Resources Officer

Dovel Technologies

Kelly Demaitre provides executive leadership in the planning and implementation of quality-based, integrated HR programs for Dovel Technologies and its subsidiaries. In addition to overseeing and driving recruiting and benefits, she is also responsible for developing and implementing people and culture strategies across the company that attract and retain employees that thrive on solving the most complex customer challenges. Demaitre brings a long track record of designing employee programs for professional services organizations including CACI, EXELIS, and Booz Allen Hamilton. In these roles, she has routinely been recognized for her ability to proactively partner with business leaders to meet workforce challenges by driving the organizational effectiveness of HR programs. Demaitre holds a Bachelor of Science, Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM); an executive advisory board member for George Mason University, Professional Writing & Communications; and a speaker for HR Alliance programs.

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Margaret Meiers

Chief People Officer

Brillient Corporation

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Margaret Meiers

Chief People Officer

Brillient Corporation

Margaret Meiers serves as the Chief People Officer for Brillient Corporation. In this role, Margaret leads the company’s HR strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent. In addition, she oversees the team responsible for the direct delivery of HR support to Brillient’s employees. Margaret is a highly accomplished, versatile leader with more than 25 years of experience in developing strategic human capital programs in support of business goals. Margaret has provided HR leadership as the Chief Human Resources Officer of GTT, PAE, and QBE. She also held HR leadership positions at Freddie Mac, Nextel, and Aetna. As an Associate Partner at Accenture, Margaret provided consulting and outsourcing services to Fortune 100 clients. Margaret has also served as Vice President of the Freddie Mac Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s investments to achieve optimal impact for both the community and for return to the corporation. Margaret graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics. She received a certificate from the Oxford University Business Economics Programme in 2000, and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Greater Washington Graduate. In her personal time, Margaret is dedicated to supporting non-profits in the local area. She has served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity D.C., Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, The Women’s Center, and Alternative House.

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Charles Onstott

Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

CALIBRE

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Charles Onstott

Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

CALIBRE

Charles Onstott is CALIBRE’s Vice President, Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this role, Charles fosters innovation and grows the company through the development and application of new and existing enterprise IT solutions. He works closely with CALIBRE’s Growth Team and Operations Divisions to identify opportunities and mitigate risks for delivering the company’s IT services, including identification of competitive services, opportunities for innovation, and assessment of marketplace trends, obstacles, and technical hurdles to the success of the employee-owned business. Additionally, he serves as a key leader in CALIBRE’s Corporate and Executive Leadership Teams.

Prior to CALIBRE, Charles spent 27 years at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he served in several capacities. He built and led IT service organizations in IT managed services, cybersecurity, cloud computing, data science, and IT business transformation for major public and private sector clients. In so doing, he has enabled numerous customers to modernize their IT and leverage emerging technologies to achieve outstanding business and mission outcomes. As CTO, he led SAIC’s long-term technology strategy which emphasized fostering a culture of innovation, developing and enhancing innovation capabilities, partnerships, and research and development. Charles is well-recognized in industry, as evident in his WashingtonExec Public Company CTO of the Year award in 2020.

Charles Onstott is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Oklahoma State University. He completed executive education at The Wharton School in strategic alliances.

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Thomas Jones

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Military & Diversity

Perspecta

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Major General Gary S. Patton [U.S. Army, Retired]

Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs

CACI

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Major General Gary S. Patton [U.S. Army, Retired]

Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs

CACI

Gary S. Patton retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Major General in September 2014 following a 35-year military career. He joined CACI International Inc. in August 2016 where he currently serves as Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs, leading the company’s veterans recruiting and community outreach programs.

Immediately following his transition from the military, he held the position of Executive Vice President of Wave Systems Corp., responsible for directing day-to-day operations for a publicly traded, microcap, software security company.

Prior to his Army retirement, he served in two key senior executive positions on the staff of the Secretary of Defense. As Director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), he served as the DoD’s single point of accountability and oversight for sexual assault policy and programs. As Principal Director for Military Personnel Policy, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of DoD’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as the development and implementation of DoD policy on recruiting, compensation, training, diversity, and employee relations for two million active duty service members.

Notably, Major General Patton’s military career included command at multiple levels and 45 months of combat duty in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF), highlighted by the following command and senior-level staff assignments: Deputy Commanding General for the NATO Training Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, with responsibility for training, manning, and equipping the Afghan National Army during a critical growth period of OEF; Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Wash. D.C., with responsibility as the J1, Director for Manpower and Personnel for global force management responsive to the nation’s war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea, and later in Ramadi, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his brigade played a key role in the Battle of Fallujah and the first Iraqi democratic elections in 2004-2005; Chief of Staff, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI, and later in Tikrit, Iraq, where the division task force played a key role in the 2006-2007 U.S. troop surge of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he also holds a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart and Afghanistan’s National Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal. He has been married for over 33 years to the former Chong Suk Lim. Together they have raised three children and reside in Fairfax, VA.

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Ericka Shirley

Chief Human Resources Officer

Incadence Corp.

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Ericka Shirley

Chief Human Resources Officer

Incadence Corp.

Ericka has over 20 years in Human Resources with 14 years specific to DoD Government Contracting. She is a certified Human Resources Specialist and has been instrumental in leading Recruiting, Benefits & Compensation, HRIS implementation, Marketing, Communications, Corporate Development, Compliance, Culture initiatives, and has Merger & Acquisition experience. Ericka has led and garnered several awards for InCadence to include,GOVCON Contractor of the Year, #1 Best Places to Work, INC 5000, Washingtonian and SECAF Contractor of the Year, CARE Award Winner and more.

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Alex Cooley

Labor Market Research Manager

Northern Virginia Community College

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Alex Cooley

Labor Market Research Manager

Northern Virginia Community College

Alex Cooley is Labor Market Research Manager at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Skilled at bridging the gap between data and implementation, Alex excels at providing College leadership and community partners with relevant information to inform daily decision-making and guide strategic planning efforts, and conducts economic research and detailed analysis of the labor market to support the workforce needs of regional employers. Alex also provides his knowledge and expertise in labor market information to the northern Virginia community by developing publications, reports, and presentations for various workforce and economic development partners. Alex brings extensive experience in data analysis and workforce development to his position at NOVA. Prior to his current role, Alex worked as a research manager for a workforce development board in North Carolina. Alex currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER). He earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Tom Flynn

Director of Business Development

Prince William County, Va.

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Tom Flynn

Director of Business Development

Prince William County, Va.

Tom is a Certified Economic Developer with over 30 years of experience in economic development, public management and public policy. He currently serves as Director of Business Development for Prince William County, Virginia where he directs and provides strategic leadership in business development and marketing activities to attract investment and jobs to Virginia’s second largest county. This work focuses on the targeted sectors of: Information Technology, Biotechnology/Life Sciences, Corporate Headquarters, Federal Facilities and Contractors, and Advanced Logistics.

Prior to his position with Prince William County, he worked in economic development positions in Loudoun County, Virginia and Charlotte, N.C. During his career he has successfully attracted investments and jobs from major corporations, including: Siemens, IKEA, Raytheon, Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, FedEx and General Dynamics. His career also includes work on over $1 billion of public/private partnerships.

Tom is a past Board Member of the International Economic Development Council and currently serves on that organization’s Accredited Economic Development Organization Committee. He is an active member of NAIOP, CoreNet and ULI, and has served on several ULI Advisory Panels.

He earned his BA from Kalamazoo College and his MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. He holds a CEcD (Certified Economic Developer) certificate from the International Economic Development Council.

Agenda

7:30 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:05 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Fireside Chat: The Lay of the Land

Alex Cooley, Labor Market Research Manager, Northern Virginia Community College

Tom Flynn, Director of Business Development, Prince William County, Va.

Description

An analysis of the data and trends driving the human capital market.

8:45 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Panel Session I: Building the Workforce of Tomorrow

Kelly Demaitre, Chief Human Resources Officer, Dovel Technologies

Margaret Meiers, Chief People Officer, Brillient Corporation

Charles Onstott, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, CALIBRE

9:30 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Networking Break

10:00 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Panel Session II: The Value of Veterans

Thomas Jones, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Military & Diversity, Perspecta

Major General Gary S. Patton [U.S. Army, Retired], Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs, CACI

Ericka Shirley, Chief Human Resources Officer, Incadence Corp.

10:30 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Panel Session III: The Power of Diversity

Donna Diederich, Chief Human Resources Officer, LMI

Sarah Roberts, Vice President of Talent Development and Inclusion, Leidos

11:00 AM

Friday, September 27, 2019

Closing Remarks

Underwriters

Pluralsight