NS2 NOW is a free, virtual, and interactive experience where you will hear how organizations are creating automated and data-driven businesses with next-gen solutions. This year’s program offers input from leaders in both the public and private sectors who are tackling data sovereignty, private and managed clouds, supply chain security, and embracing government security compliance to protect their data.
Erica is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty-five years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, author, and professional dot-connector. She helps top-of-the-class businesses, organizations, and individuals improve their performance by honoring relationships in every context.
Featured Guest Speaker
Innovation | Blending Commercial Technology for National Security
Innovation | Blending Commercial Technology for National Security
Innovation | Blending Commercial Technology for National Security
Moderator | The Spaghetti Project with Erica Keswin
Moderator | Keynote Speaker, Malcolm Gladwell
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Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.
He explored how ideas spread in The Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, and the roots of success in Outliers. In his newest book, The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Malcolm weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.
Malcolm is also the host of a 10-part podcast, Revisionist History, now in its sixth season. In the podcast, Malcolm re-examines overlooked or misunderstood past events.
He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the Ameri-can Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.
Malcolm has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
Erica Keswin is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, writer, podcast host and professional dot-connector. Her first book Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in its first week, serves as a powerful guide to a workplace revolution that honors relationships and puts people first.
Erica’s next book, Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic (McGraw-Hill 2021) is the authoritative guide to workplace rituals and how they can transform any organization. With workplaces around the world moving to digital platforms in the midst of a global threat, rituals have never been more important to keep individuals and teams feeling psychologically safe and connected to their purpose.
Mark Testoni serves as chief executive of SAP National Security Services, with responsibility for management, sales, consulting, product support, cloud-delivered applications and infrastructure, and go-to-market strategy for SAP’s most security conscious customers and partners.
In 2013, Testoni founded NS2 Serves, an organization that provides technology training and employment assistance for veterans. To date, 350 veterans have graduated from the program and been placed in high-tech careers.
As a sought after thought leader on cybersecurity and national security issues, he has provided the keynote address at the 2018 World Cyber Congress in London, England. Testoni has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED and Forbes, and is a recurring guest on CNBC’s Power Lunch, Squawk Box, and Bloomberg TV.
Testoni serves on the board of directors for Haven Cyber Technologies and Best Buddies National Capital Region.
Andrew Taylor is a systems engineer in NS2 Mission’s USG line of business who specializes in data management, analytics, and data exploitation. He is a “Double Hoo” graduate of the University of Virginia.
Cassandra is the Enterprise Program Manager for the Michigan Department of Treasury, leading the conversion and modernization of legacy systems for Individual Income Tax Processing, Collections, Garnishments and Levies to SAP S/4.
With over 20 years’ experience as an IT consultant responsible for implementing several ERP and large-scale government systems, Cassandra joined the State of Michigan in 2015 to lead the SAP Tax Revenue portfolio for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. During her tenure, she has been passionate about driving change across the organization to maximize the State’s technology investments.
Dean is the Cloud Director for the National Security Group at SAP NS2. He has over 25 years of experience with the design, development, and delivery of solutions for both public and private sectors. Breaking down information stovepipes and improving both customer and employee experiences have been a central theme across solutions for the Public sector.
Dean brings extensive subject matter expertise (Talent Development, Knowledge Management, Collaboration and eLearning technology) to his current work with the Dept. of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Federal Civilian market.
His career spans a broad spectrum of use cases: Marine Corps logistics; Commercial Game Development; Military Training & Simulation; Anti-Money Laundering; Collaboration and eLearning – architecting, training, and consulting globally; Experience Driven Learning; and now, a focus on the Secure, Intelligent Enterprise.
Dean holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from George Mason and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Doug is Vice President, Cloud Engineering and Operations at NS2 and is responsible for setting application security standards, defining security best practices for managing cloud applications, and evaluating tooling to help enhance NS2’s secure cloud offerings. Previously, he was the Director, Security and Compliance for the Government, Education, and Healthcare sector at VMware, Inc. He provided strategic guidance to define corporate and business unit priorities for VMware product offerings and services to achieve and maintain cybersecurity and compliance requirements across regulated markets. He is a retired Marine officer with an extensive background in IT management, cybersecurity, network/security operations, governance, and compliance
Hunter is the Go-To-Market Cloud Vice President for the Secure Cloud portfolio. He has been with SAP for over 12 years and has extensive experience with different solutions including ERP, Business Intelligence, HANA and cloud architecture. His role focuses on helping Federal and Aerospace & Defense customers understand the process and benefits of moving into the cloud. He also has deep knowledge of different cloud hyperscalers including Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.
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Jason leads Deloitte Government & Public Services ERP portfolio and has 30+ years’ experience with large scale digital transformation programs. He has advised 150+ organizations, including many who partner with SAP NS2. He is also faculty in the MBA program at Florida Atlantic University, a former SAP VP of public sector solutions, and an Army veteran.
Jay is the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Harrisburg University.
He leads the effort to position HU to have a greater impact – economic & social – by bringing innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs together to collaborate on ideas and build ventures. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University School of Business and Member of Board of Directors at Nova Labs. Jay is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded RollStream, JobNavs and Synteras; raised tens of millions in venture capital and won numerous accolades including ‘Top Supply Chain Vendor, Washington Technology Fast 50 firm. Jay Holds an M.S in Management from George Mason University and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.
Jin Choi is the Director of Product Management where he manages the portfolio of NS2 products. He partners with teams across NS2 to build, deliver and launch new products. Jin brings two decades of expertise in the areas of tech and business leadership.
Joe is the General Counsel of SAP National Security Services.
Prior to joining NS2, he was a Global Litigation partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in the firm’s New York and Washington DC offices. Joe has more than twenty years of experience advising clients in the defense, technology, cybersecurity and financial services sectors on complex litigation, regulatory and compliance matters.
He is an internationally recognized practitioner and has frequently appeared on BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other networks to comment on national security and law enforcement topics.
Kyle is SAP NS2’s Chief Technology Officer. IN this role, he focuses on helping Defense and Intelligence Community customers apply commercial approaches and products to their mission. He oversees NS2 Labs, which is part of SAP’s innovation organization — focused on creating new capabilities to support secure defense customers.
Prior to his time with SAP NS2, Kyle spent 20 years in technical leadership positions throughout the U.S. defense and intelligence community. He specialized in designing and delivering large scale data management and analysis systems to help the government address tactical and strategic mission problem sets.
Lisa Beaman serves as Director of the NS2 Marketplace Sales & Operations for SAP National Security Services.
Lisa joined NS2 in April 2018 as Director of Strategic Partners and promoted to manage the NS2 Marketplace in January of 2021. The NS2 Marketplace is the one-stop destination for its partners and customers to provide and access the most secure Cloud hosted products, applications, and data available.
Lou is Director, Software Solutions Strategy at SAP National Security Services.
Lou joined NS2 after his service as an expeditionary Data Steward and Analyst in Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Africa during 2004-2016. He is a firm believer that timely and accurate analysis of data assets is an important part of mission success. While not pursuing cutting-edge data solutions for clients, Lou can be found on the soccer pitch, coaching his 5-year-old twins, or leading yoga practice in North Carolina.
Mark Ryland is the Director of the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) at Amazon Web Service (AWS). Ryland reports to Steve Schmidt, the CISO for AWS, and leads a global team of Security Architects who help customers to understand more deeply how AWS builds and operates its highly secure cloud platform, and how they can best leverage that modern platform to enhance their own IT security. In addition, the OCISO works as a key channel for incoming customer requirements, making sure customer needs in the area of security and compliance are understood and prioritized across AWS engineering and service teams. The OCISO also supports a number mechanisms for deeper customer engagement in the security space, including the bi-annual meetings of CISO Advisory Council, and other regional events and groups. Ryland has more than 27 years of experience in the technology industry across a wide range of leadership roles in cybersecurity, software engineering, distributed systems, technical standardization, and public policy. Most recently he was the Director of Solutions Architecture and Professional Services for the AWS Worldwide Public Sector team, founding the team and growing it to a large global organization from 2011 through early 2018. Prior to AWS, Ryland worked for Microsoft for 13 years in two different stints (1991-2000 and 2008-2011) in multiple roles including Director and founder, Standards Strategy Group. In between stints at Microsoft, he was co-founder and CTO of two start-ups, and served as vice-president of a public policy think tank.
Pria is a Product Manager at SAP NS2, working with CloudMIXR – a cloud security posture management platform. She has 8 years of experience working in the B2B SaaS space. Prior to joining NS2, Pria worked at SAP America on the SuccessFactors team.
She’s a technology enthusiast with a passion for building products that simplify, optimize and secure complex processes.
Ron is the Managing Director of SafePass, a company dedicated to keeping global facilities secure with automated visitor management and tracking solutions. In this role, Ron leads the teams responsible for developing innovative products, delivering world-class service and earning investor support.
Ron holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. When not working to make the world a safer place, Ron enjoys playing golf, spending time with family/friends and mentoring others.
Admiral Ron Lloyd retired in 2019 after a 38 year career in the Royal Canadian Navy. During his last six years in the RCN, he led the organization’s digital transformation efforts.
He attributes embracing a “People First, Mission Always” culture as being instrumental in the RCN being recognized by Forbes in 2019 as one of Canada’s Best Employers in the Public Sector, the first time ever for the RCN and the only organization in Defence to be so recognized.
Since retirement, Ron continues to try and “make a difference” by providing strategic advice to organizations that are dedicated to bettering the lives of Canadians, whether in Defence and Security or in the public sector.
Ms. Martin has been named the “Government Transformation Queen” by Federal Computer Week. She is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of leadership and technology experience across multiple market sectors. She is an expert in government practices, to include the areas of digital strategies, strategic planning, public policy, portfolio and performance management, acquisition planning, and program / project management with a keen understanding of how to leverage technology planning, cyber security, risk management and security operations and implementation methods to deploy business solutions and ensure measurable outcomes.
Kevin is Director of Business Development at SAP NS2. Before joining the private sector, Dr. Quinlan worked in foreign affairs and national security for the federal government. Most recently, as Northeast Regional Director, he launched the Boston office of the National Security Innovation Network, part of the the Defense Innovation Unit at the Department of Defense, while also serving as a Mission Innovation Fellow at MIT’s Innovation Initiative. Previously, he was an international affairs advisor and intelligence analyst at the Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Intelligence, focused mainly on Asian energy, trade, and technology issues. He is the author of numerous classified publications, including Presidential Daily Briefs, as well as a book on the history of British intelligence. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a PhD in History from Cambridge University, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Joining NS2 in June 2019, Angela Hughes works as the director of the CEO office.
In this role, she’s responsible for streamlining strategic initiatives, overseeing program management, and communicating objectives between departments. Throughout her career, Angela’s played an active role in business management, with a special focus on executive-level advising, marketing and interdepartmental collaboration.
Greg’s background spans more than 30 years leading in business, senior government management, and the military. He has experience as a public affairs director, strategic communications manager, web developer, social media advisor, business executive, media division president, information tech consultant, magazine publisher, market analyst, editor, U.S. Marine, and helicopter pilot.
Greg has helped to motivate audiences, smooth media relations, convince policy makers, and show senior leaders the way toward marketing and digital strategy success. He continues to lead the charge to improve communications, user experiences, digital innovation, and creative media production.
Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business and an M.B.A. in Technology Management. He is also a graduate of the Defense Information School and Stanford University design thinking academy.
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