Keynote Program Information
Keynote presentations are featured throughout the program. On Monday, May 2, join us for John Berry. Tuesday features Dr. Karen Stephenson. And, the conference concludes with a luncheon featuring Dr. David Bray. View the keynote session descriptions for more information.
Keynote Speaker Biographies
John Berry is the Federal Government’s Chief People Person. As the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management, he is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and setting benefits policies for 1.9 million Federal civilian employees. Calling this a new day for the civil service, he is reinvigorating the Federal workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
John is working closely with partners both inside and outside of government to fulfill President Obama’s charge to "make government cool again" by developing flexible, results-oriented HR policies and working to change how Americans view their public servants. His goal: build a workforce of dynamic innovators who put serving the American people at the heart of everything they do.
With over twenty years of experience in the Federal government, Berry is a passionate and aggressive advocate for public service and Federal workers. He first developed expertise in Federal employee and retirement issues during ten years as Legislative Director for Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, now the Majority Leader.
During the Clinton Administration, Berry served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the Department of the Treasury, where he had direct-line authority over 40% of the Federal law enforcement community, including the Secret Service and the ATF. He then served as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior.
From 2001 to 2008, Berry pursued his interest in conservation as Director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and then as Director of the National Zoo where John the Lion is named after him.
Dr. David Bray
Dr. David A. Bray joined the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) in October 2010. The PM-ISE has government-wide authority to plan, oversee the build-out, and manage use of the ISE. Dr. Bray’s work focuses on empowering the ISE partnerships of five communities – Defense, Intelligence, Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, and Law Enforcement – in support of whole-of-government solutions to information sharing.
Prior to joining ISE, he served at the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Science and Technology Policy Institute. Dr. Bray also served as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the technology aspects of the bioterrorism program’s response to 9/11, anthrax in 2001, SARS, and other outbreaks.
He started working for the government in 1993, providing strategy on crisis response, collaboration, cybersecurity, national intelligence, information sharing, and innovation. He has worked as a senior developer and project manager for the government and private sector.
In 2009, Dr. Bray deployed to Afghanistan as a Special Advisor to STRATEGIC EFFECTS for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, with the task of helping to “think differently” on critical strategic efforts.
Dr. Bray holds a PhD in information systems, a MSPH in public health informatics, and a BSCI in computer science and biology, alongside two post-doctoral associateships with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Collective Intelligence and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Leadership for a Networked World Program. He also serves as a Visiting Associate with the National Defense University.
Dr. Karen Stephenson
Dr. Karen Stephenson believes that an organization’s intellectual capital – its collective knowledge and experience – is its most valuable and invisible asset. This means that locating and retaining knowledge workers is the single most important challenge for any company competing in the changing environment. Why? Knowledge capital is often untapped capital because it resides entirely within the people of the organization who are connected in invisible “informal” networks.
She is an expert in helping organizations visualize and diagnose the informal networks within there organization and thereby leveraging the human knowledge capital embedded in those networks for a variety of strategic initiatives. Hailed in Business 2.0 as “The Organization Woman”, Dr. Stephenson is a corporate anthropologist and lauded as a pioneer and "leader in the growing field of social-network business consultants." She has been recoginized in Random House’s Guide to the Management Gurus and was awarded the first Houghton Hepburn Fellow at Bryn Mawr College for her groundbreaking contributions to civic engagement. Her prominence catapulted when she was featured in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, regarding the social dynamics of office spaces. Even before these accolades, Stephenson had earned praises for innovatively solving a variety of complex problems which have been featured in The Economist, Forbes, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Wired.
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