Professional Development for Women and Minorities
HBCUs, HSIs & TSUs: How Do We Partner for Greater Research Opportunities?

HBCUs, HSIs & TSUs: How Do We Partner for Greater Research Opportunities?

May 26, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

HBCUs, HSIs & TSUs: How Do We Partner for Greater Research Opportunities?

 

Bertha Haro - Director - Great Minds in STEM

Dr. Juan Rivera - Great Minds in STEM

Bryan Stevens - Chief, Workforce Strategy & Data Intelligence - U.S. Air Force

Dr. Talitha Washington - Program Director - National Science Foundation

Alexandra Liang - Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow - Office of Senator Jacky Rosen

 

There are over 700 institutions in the United States which are designated as ‘minority serving institutions’ which serve a broad demographic across the nation.  According to recent reports, they graduate more undergraduates in the STEM disciplines than majority institutions.  For example, HBCUs comprise only 3% of the engineering departments across the country, but gradate 30% of the nation’s Black engineers at the undergraduate level. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are increasing growing as the Latino population continues to grow.  Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are seeking to empower their students with the skills that will serve their communities to decrease both economic and health disparities.  There are programs at the Federal level which fund research as it relates to these MSIs.

But what if we were to broaden the dialogue and start to work together? Could we forge alliances among are various institutions to create greater synergies in sponsored research, leading to outcomes that enrich our communities and unite us as a nation?

The U.S. Space Force & Hypersonics: The Role for HBCUs

The U.S. Space Force & Hypersonics: The Role for HBCUs

May 21, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

The U.S. Space Force & Hypersonics: The Role for HBCUs

 

John Hicks - Program Area Manager - Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Patrick Hill - Program Manager, Space Exploration Sector - Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Kenny Newsome - Electrical Systems Engineer - Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Roy Nicholson - Project Manager - Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

 

Learning Objective/Take Away: Participants will get an early look into vision from panelists as to the composition, impact and role for HBCUs of the proposed United States Space Force as well as deepening their relationships with the Department of Defense.

Each day brings us a step closer to the reality of a United States Space Force becoming the 6th branch of the U.S. Military. What steps are being taken to add a new branch to the military? What is the Space Force? What is its mission? How will it function/defend? What role can HBCUs play and how can they get in on the ground floor with new research and contract opportunities? What will be the acquisition environment?

Federal Research Funding Opportunities for HBCUs for GFY2020

Federal Research Funding Opportunities for HBCUs for GFY2020

May 19, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

Federal Research Funding Opportunities for HBCUs for GFY2020

 

Dr. Anika Bissahoyo - Assistant Vice-President for Research - Bowie State University

Edward Lee - Program Coordinator - Air Force Office to Scientific Research

Annette Owens-Scarboro - Small Business Program Manager - National Institutes of Health

Dr. Claudia Rankins - Program Officer in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources - National Science Foundation

Anthony Smith - Director - Department of Navy's HBCU/MI Program

 

Learning Objective/Take Away: Participants will understand agency-specific opportunities in the FY20 R&D Federal Budget.

This session will feature program managers/officers from Federal agencies to share upcoming funding opportunities. A select panel of program managers/officers from both civilian and defense agencies will discuss these opportunities. This seminar will also include a discussion of the Government Fiscal Year 2020 (GFY20) Federal Research & Development (R&D) Budget and targets of opportunity for HBCUs.

Developing Philanthropic Support for HBCU Research

Developing Philanthropic Support for HBCU Research

May 14, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

Developing Philanthropic Support for HBCU Research

 

Rodney Trapp - Vice President for Institutional Advancement - University of the District of Columbia

Wayne Gersi - Director of Diversity - Penn State Applied Research Lab

Donna Howard - Vice President of Institutional Advancement - Morgan State University

Yuna Perry - Senior Advisor - EnterGain

Monique Akassi - Founding President - National Coalition of 100 Black Women

 

Many HBCUs rely solely on Federal and state sources of funding to fuel their research efforts. However, private sources of funding are playing and increasing role in funding research efforts, endowed research chairs, and technology commercialization of research outcomes and assets. Come listen to a panel of experts who will share their experiences to assist you in developing strategies for research funding from non-traditional sources.

Dev from Above - Applying Speed and Agility for Cyber Technical Solutions (Presented by The MITRE Corporation)

Dev from Above - Applying Speed and Agility for Cyber Technical Solutions (Presented by The MITRE Corporation)

May 12, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

Dev from Above - Applying Speed and Agility for Cyber Technical Solutions (Presented by The MITRE Corporation)

 

Bobby Blount - Engineer

 

We have heard that drones and the digital age are rapidly changing our concepts of flight and connectivity. Have we considered all the possibilities of how these technologies can work together or what to do when they threaten us? This session will show how novel technical solutions were developed to allow the government to effectively utilize miniaturized advanced drones and unmanned aircraft systems in hostile cyber environments. The session will help you understand why addressing cybersecurity threats require diverse approaches that leverage engineering, science and other expertise. The session will also discuss how engineering solutions must account for unknown problems presented by rapidly developed technologies that can produce thousands of products practically overnight.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. comprehend how a variety of a skill and abilities are needed to address cyber threats,
  2. understand innovation and agility and their role in cybersecurity,
  3. understand the role of continuous integration and development, and
  4. examine an example expedited technology infusion for cybersecurity.
Leadership in the Age of Hip Hop (Presented by The Raytheon Company)

Leadership in the Age of Hip Hop (Presented by The Raytheon Company)

May 7, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

Leadership in the Age of Hip Hop (Presented by The Raytheon Company)

 

Rodney Bailey - Mission Assurance Director

Olu Bolden - Director

Trevor Dunwell - Program Manager Director

LaKindra Francis-Jones - Mission Assurance and Quality Engineering Director

Carol Wooden - Program Management Director

 

With a rich history of innovation spanning more than 100 years, Raytheon is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security, and other government markets.  Raytheon’s success can be attributed to creating a diverse work environment where respect is a core value.  The black employee population at Raytheon is comprised mostly of generation X, Y, millennials and soon generation Z. One commonality between these generations that separates them from the baby boomers that preceded them is that they have been heavily influenced by the hip hop music culture. The hip hop culture is about embracing who you are and where you come from.  Long gone are the days of assimilating and losing your cultural identity while pursuing your career in a technical industry. This workshop will explore the journey of men and women who are navigating their career at Raytheon and how hip hop has influenced the directions they have taken in maintaining their authenticity and successfully growing in an environment that is also changing and adapting to different cultures.

Come hear how these leaders have brought the tenants of leadership forward tightly coupled with the influence of hip hop, the desire to go against the grain, and the acceptance of being uniquely different.  These Raytheon leaders are using their differences to stand out to blaze new trails and expand possibilities all while being an authentic leader and a valued mentor. 

These leaders lead a little differently and this makes all the difference at Raytheon. 

Harnessing the Power of the Collective: The Importance of Diverse Teams to Solve Future Defense Challenges (Presented by the CCDC)

Harnessing the Power of the Collective: The Importance of Diverse Teams to Solve Future Defense Challenges (Presented by the CCDC)

May 5, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

Harnessing the Power of the Collective: The Importance of Diverse Teams to Solve Future Defense Challenges (Presented by the CCDC)

 

Dr. Eric Moore - Director

Pat O'Neil - Director, C5ISR Center

Stephanie Easter - (FMR) Acting Assistant Secretary, Acquisition, Logistics & Technology

Adrienne Somerville - National Industrial Business Operations Manager - U.S. Navy

Dr. Jared Riddick - Director of the Vehicled Technology Directorate

 

Learning Objective: Examine leveraging diverse and integrated teams to build future technologies and capabilities 

The saying, “two heads are better than one,” applies to the future defense environment. Tomorrow’s defense environment will be filled with converged challenges. From cyberwarfare to undermining political systems, the Armed Services need to be prepared to create solutions to problems that have been unseen in the past. It is clear that any individual organization cannot solve these issues on their own. To combat future challenges, the Defense Community must take a new approach to problem solving, and leverage individuals with new skillsets whom they may not have traditionally partnered with in the past.  It takes more than just bringing different voices to the table, the individuals need to integrate as a team in order to fully leverage the power of the collective and solve these complex challenges. Join Subject Matter Experts from the Army, Navy and Industry to discuss the challenges and rewards of effectively building diverse teams. 

At the end of the session participants will:

  1. Explore the importance of a diverse collective to solve complex defense challenges.
  2. Learn various techniques to unify a diverse team.
  3. Understand how to identify and capitalize on other’s strengths.

 

Slideshare Presentation: Harnessing the Power of the Collective

Turning Disruptors Into Enablers (Presented by The Boeing Company) [Part 2]

Turning Disruptors Into Enablers (Presented by The Boeing Company) [Part 2]

April 30, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

Turning Disruptors Into Enablers (Presented by The Boeing Company) [Part 2]

 

Michael Cox - Vice-President, Global Head of Talent

Denise Russell-Fleming - Vice President of Information Technology

Kristin Robertson - Vice President and General Manager

David Canada - IT & Data Analytics

Raenaurd Turpin - Chief Engineer & CTO

 

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. Real or imagined needs have always inspired a search for new and better ways to meet those needs. Along that journey, challenges present themselves requiring changes in course. Some of these changes are incremental steps while others are paradigm shifts. All can lead to accelerated progress if the obstacles are perceived as opportunities for positive change.

In our constantly evolving and interconnected world, the need for change arises quickly and often, enabling innovation and success. However, when unprepared or unwilling to change, this can disrupt and even halt growth. Do we welcome new trends by ignoring them, adapting to them, or are we the ones introducing them? What realities must be faced to make meaningful impact both globally and locally? Are we taking risk by trying different things and trying things differently to get better rates of return on our efforts? As individuals, communities, and companies, we must re-think, re-invent, and re-invest to reach our full potential.

The Boeing Company is a global leader in the aerospace and defense industry and has been for over a century. Come discuss with Boeing Leadership about how to embrace diversity and inclusion. How to convert disruptors in technology, business, and your personal development into enablers for achievement.

Turning Disruptors Into Enablers (Presented by The Boeing Company) [Part 1]

Turning Disruptors Into Enablers (Presented by The Boeing Company) [Part 1]

April 28, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

Turning Disruptors Into Enablers (Presented by The Boeing Company) [Part 1]

 

Michael Cox - Vice-President, Global Head of Talent

Denise Russell-Fleming - Vice President go Information Technology

Kristin Robertson - Vice President and General Manager

David Canada - IT & Data Analytics

Raenaurd Turpin - Chief Engineer & CTO

 

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. Real or imagined needs have always inspired a search for new and better ways to meet those needs. Along that journey, challenges present themselves requiring changes in course. Some of these changes are incremental steps while others are paradigm shifts. All can lead to accelerated progress if the obstacles are perceived as opportunities for positive change.

In our constantly evolving and interconnected world, the need for change arises quickly and often, enabling innovation and success. However, when unprepared or unwilling to change, this can disrupt and even halt growth. Do we welcome new trends by ignoring them, adapting to them, or are we the ones introducing them? What realities must be faced to make meaningful impact both globally and locally? Are we taking risk by trying different things and trying things differently to get better rates of return on our efforts? As individuals, communities, and companies, we must re-think, re-invent, and re-invest to reach our full potential.

The Boeing Company is a global leader in the aerospace and defense industry and has been for over a century. Come discuss with Boeing Leadership about how to embrace diversity and inclusion. How to convert disruptors in technology, business, and your personal development into enablers for achievement.

The Importance of Upskilling: Stay Current in the Evolving Technology World (Presented by NetApp)

The Importance of Upskilling: Stay Current in the Evolving Technology World (Presented by NetApp)

April 23, 2020

BEYA 2020

 

The Importance of Upskilling: Stay Current in the Evolving Technology World (Presented by NetApp)

 

Logan Carrington - Product Marketing Manager

Brandon Johnson - A.I. Solutions Manager

Justin Tomlin - HR Program Manager

Mekka Williams - Sr. Software Engineer

Greg Williams - Vice President of Engineering

 

This seminar focuses on the importance of upskilling to stay competitive in the world of technology. You will learn about some of the latest tech trends as well as strategies to keep up with the rapid evolution of new technologies. Becoming a successful technologist is not just about technical aptitude. We will discuss the importance of soft skills, sometimes referred to as employability skills, and how to combine technical acumen with these soft skills to create a personal brand that can facilitate a successful and fulfilling career in technology.

Topics covered include:

  • Technology trends: How have they transformed the way we do business? 
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Cloud Computing 
  • Containers 
  • What’s next? 
  • Technical upskill strategies: How can I stay current? How can I get ahead? 
  • Importance of soft skills and emotional intelligence in technical fields
  • From interview candidates to established professionals, why are these skills important?
  • How can I improve these skills?
  • Personal brand
  • Tips for building and promoting a personal brand in a technical field. 

At the end of this seminar participants will be able to:

 

  1. Describe current technology trends. 
  2. Define a strategy for keeping their technical skillset current.  
  3. Explore ways to combine soft skills with technical currency to become a more successful technologist

 

Slideshare Presentation: The Importance of Upskilling (Presented by NetApp)