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AFFIRM April After Hours: Mentoring Women IT Leaders for 2025

The City Club of Washington, DC 555 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (map)

This After Hours event is primarily networking-focused event facilitating one-on-one conversations. In addition, there will be a brief 15-20 minute program in the middle of the event (around 7 pm) that will provide our featured guest with seven to ten minutes to share some of their success stories and advice to the next generation of IT professionals and change agents and answer questions. This event is targeted for people developing their IT government or contractor careers in public service, as well as experienced professionals with experience that they are willing to share.  We believe that Federal public service is supported by Federal employees and their supporting contractors.
This is a widely attended gathering.  There will be a cash bar at this event.

This event is part of an annual series of AFFIRM After Hours Networking events, offering our members and guests the chance to connect after working hours. CIOs and other IT professionals from many Federal agencies will be in attendance, along with partners from the IT industry with whom to network and interact.



Elizabeth A. Cappello, Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement


There is no cost to register. A cash bar will be available at the City Club.  Registration is strongly requested, but not required.

CFO/CIO Summit 2019

Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001 (map)


Join AGA and AFFIRM in Washington for this free* educational event and listen to an insightful dialogue on the intersection of policies and management issues that impact CFOs and CIOs and how they are working together to improve efficiency and transparency, reduce risk and strengthen their workforce.

*Free registration for individuals who work for government. Private-sector participation is available via sponsorship. Are you a small business? Contact AGA for special sponsorship pricing.


Walter E. Washington Convention Center

  • 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest

  • Washington, DC, 20001

  • United States


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

7:30 – 8:10 a.m.
Registration & Continental breakfast

8:10 – 8:20 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks (Ann Ebberts /Adrian Gardner)

8:20 – 9:10 a.m. 
Panel I: OMB Priorities and the President’s Management Agenda

  • Margie Graves, Acting Chief Information Officer of the United States, Office of Management and Budget

  • Tim Soltis, Deputy Controller of the United States, Office of Management and Budget

M: George DelPrete, Principal, Grant Thornton LLP

9:10 – 10 a.m.
Panel II: Customer Experience: with a Focus on IT Modernization

  • Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Information and Technology, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

10:00 – 10:35 a.m.
Coffee break in the exhibit hall

10:35 – 11:25 a.m.
Panel III: Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) Awardees:  Learn information from past awardees including, the process to obtain funding, lessons learned from the application process, related governance and mechanics, and strategies for repayment

  • Bryan Long, Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Maria Roat, Chief Information Officer, Small Business Administration

M: Robin Gardner, Director, Consulting, CGI Federal

11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel IV: Perspectives from the C-Suites: These leaders will share priorities, challenges, opportunities and collaborative efforts across their enterprises.

  • Irv Dennis, CFO and David Chow, CIO, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

  • Trey Treadwell, CFO and John Sherman, CIO, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

  • Jon Rychalski, CFO and James Gfrerer, CIO, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

M: Michael Huffman, Vice President, cBEYONData

12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Government employees:         Complimentary

Private-sector:  via sponsorship only

Contact meetings@agacgfm.org

AFFIRM 2019 Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

The St. Regis Hotel 923 16th and K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (map)

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2019 AFFIRM Leadership Awards Celebration

Celebrating 40 years of government community excellence.

AFFIRM’s 40th Annual Leadership Awards recognizes exemplary performance in government and industry for both individuals and teams.  This year, the awards will be presented at a gala celebration at the lovely St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington.

Sponsorships are now available.

Support AFFIRM’s leadership awards and scholarship program while showcasing your pride in being part of this august community of leaders. Spend time engaging with awardees and hearing their story at the awards gala. VIP sponsors earn a coveted place at the VIP reception that precedes the Awards event from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Registration is now open.

Celebrate with AFFIRM and our awardees as they are recognized during this, the 40th Annual Leadership Awards gala from 6 pm to 9 pm at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC.


The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

923 16th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20006

Date & Time:

Thursday May 23

5:00 - 9:00 PM


  • VIP Invite Only Reception: 5 pm- 6 pm

  • General Admission: 6 pm

Guest of Honor


Haley Friedman, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget