The Evolving Opportunities and Challenges for Small Business Contractors

In the early days of the new Biden Administration there was a lot of talk around the importance of small businesses and the need to remove barriers of entry to the market for minorities and other underserved communities.

But how has the rhetoric and policy statements translated into actions that impact government contracts? That’s the topic we’ll explore in this Washington Technology Power Breakfast.

We’ll feature government officials running small business programs at major agencies who will share their initiatives to bolster small business participation.

Industry executives will also be on hand to discuss the opportunities they are seeing and how the competitive landscape is evolving.


Speakers

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Amber Hart

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

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Amber Hart

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

A skilled Federal Business Developer, Ms. Amber Hart has over a decade of experience in all aspects of selling to the Federal Government. She brings critical knowledge and experience in navigating congressional and federal procurement data and sources, from legislation to appropriations and historical federal obligations. Her honesty and desire to invoke federal procurement change makes her a breath of fresh air in a convoluted and cumbersome industry. Ms. Hart received her Bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution & Global Affairs from George Mason University (GMU) and is currently an active Board Member of Women in Technology (WIT) and GMU’s Center for Government Contracting (CGC) Advisory Board in the School of Business.

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Lisa Shea Mundt

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

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Lisa Shea Mundt

Co-Founder

The Pulse of GovCon

Ms. Lisa Shea Mundt received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication (WRTC) from James Madison University (JMU). As a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and CF APMP, she is a coveted Proposal Consultant who applies her ten years of federal procurement experience in the formulation of strategic, comprehensive, and compelling proposals for a wide array of Government Contractors. Ms. Mundt uses her experience to help manage the strategic direction of The Pulse. She is passionate about all methods of communications, and frequently leads industry-specific training, facilitates events, and engages in public speaking.

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Carissa Christensen

Chief Executive Officer

BryceTech

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Carissa Christensen

Chief Executive Officer

BryceTech

Carissa Christensen is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of BryceTech. She previously co-founded defense company The Tauri Group, acquired by LMI in 2019, and quantum computing software company QxBranch, acquired by Rigetti Computing in 2019. She is an active investor who serves on several early-stage boards.

Ms. Christensen is an internationally recognized expert on R&D processes, technology forecasting, and the space economy. She has served on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council since 2018. She is a Senior Advisor to the annual US Space Force Schriever Wargame and a member of the Advisory Council of Aerospace Corporation's Center for Space Policy and Strategy. She has previously served on the Defense Innovation Board Space Committee and the National Research Council Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable, which advises NASA.

Ms. Christensen guest lectures at universities internationally, including Harvard Business School, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, and the Australian Defence Force Academy at University of New South Wales. She has testified before Congress and the UK Parliament on space markets and is an expert witness on launch and satellite, including on behalf of the US Air Force. She publishes extensively, is often cited in media including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, and the Economist, and has appeared in space documentaries by the Financial Times and Bloomberg.

Ms. Christensen is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, where she specialized in science and technology policy—where she was classmates with Bryce CFO Mark Herzing and COO Ian Dickinson. She attended the London School of Economics and was a Douglass Scholar at Rutgers University. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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James Kraemer

CEO and Founder

Data Intelligence Technologies, Inc.

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James Kraemer

CEO and Founder

Data Intelligence Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Kraemer holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University. He is the CEO and Founder of Data Intelligence Technologies, Inc., an "All Things Big Data" shop specializing in Data Engineering, Data Clouds, Data Science, Data Security, Data Visualizations, Data Analytics, and Data Search & Discovery with a forward leaning focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

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Exodie C. Roe

Associate Administrator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

General Services Administration

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Exodie C. Roe

Associate Administrator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

General Services Administration

Exodie C. Roe, III serves as Associate Administrator for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. General Services Administration.

As head of OSDBU, Exodie has nationwide responsibility for GSA small business programs and is the chief advocate for small and disadvantaged businesses. OSDBU promotes increased access to GSA nationwide procurement opportunities, and engages in activities that make it possible for the small business community to meet key contracting experts and receive counseling on the federal procurement process.

Prior to joining GSA, Exodie was the Director of Policy and External Affairs for the Congressional Black Caucus. For the past 14 years, he dedicated his career to public service in various staff positions in the U.S. Congress. In 2007, he started his government service with Congressman Jerry McNerney of California, rising to become his senior policy advisor. From 2019 to 2021, he served as the Director of Policy and External Affairs for the Congressional Black Caucus under Chairwoman Karen Bass in the 116th Congress.

During his congressional service, Roe worked with congressional leadership and congressional members on political strategy, strategic communications, regulatory issues, advocacy, and a broad range of public policy initiatives, including small business legislation to strengthen minority and disadvantaged businesses. In 2019, he was honored by his alma mater as a “40 under 40” inductee for his public service achievements.

A native of Stockton, California, Exodie Roe is a graduate of Dillard University with honors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Agenda

8:15 AM

Friday, September 17, 2021

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:20 AM

Friday, September 17, 2021

Opening Keynote: How the Push for Equity and Inclusion Will Impact Government Contractors

Exodie C. Roe, Associate Administrator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) , General Services Administration

Description

 

A government official will explain the goals of Biden executive orders on diversity, equity and inclusion and the role government contractors will play. This session will explore compliance expectations, documentation and how contractors can play a leading role.

8:45 AM

Friday, September 17, 2021

Panel: Lessons from the 2021 Fast 50

Carissa Christensen, Chief Executive Officer, BryceTech

James Kraemer, CEO and Founder, Data Intelligence Technologies, Inc.

Description

 

A panel of executives from 2021 Washington Technology Fast 50 companies will share their strategies and challenges. These leaders will explore how the role of small business has changed and what they see fueling their growth opportunities going forward.

9:15 AM

Friday, September 17, 2021

Panel: Small Business by the Numbers

Amber Hart, Co-Founder, The Pulse of GovCon

Lisa Shea Mundt, Co-Founder, The Pulse of GovCon

Description

 

A leading market analyst will explore how the budget and spending priorities are evolving and what that means for small businesses. Where are the dollars growing? Where are they shrinking? What are agencies asking of their small business contractors?

9:45 AM

Friday, September 17, 2021

Closing Remarks

Underwriters

Pluralsight