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  • Clyde's of Gallery Place (map)
  • 707 7th Street Northwest
  • Washington, DC, 20001
  • United States


"Diversity of experience and perspective in government adds richly to serving the American People, particularly at this critical time of preparation for the transition in the Administration. Women in the public sector have played pivotal roles in moving toward a more open, innovative, and responsive government."How do we recruit, retain and engage women in IT roles in government?

This panel will discuss the path to successfully maintain a workforce that reflects gender-diversity and the attributes that make both men and women successful in information technology fields in the Federal workforce today.

Registration: 11:30am
Luncheon: 11:50am
Program: 12:15pm

Registrants must be logged in to receive any discounted government or Sustaining Partner rates. Please contact the AFFIRM office if you require assistance logging in.

Government Attendees
Government or Academia Member Pre-Registered (before 1/25, 12pm) - $0; log in to register and reserve your seat
Government Non-member Pre-Registered (before 1/25, 12pm) Government Member Walk-in - $0
Government Non-member Walk-in - $15

Industry Attendees
Sustaining Partner Member Pre-Registered (before 1/25, 12pm) - $70
Industry Non-member Pre-Registered (before 1/25, 12pm) - $110
Sustaining Partner Member Walk-in - $80
Industry Non-member Walk-in - $120



Kay Ely



Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category

GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

Kay T. Ely is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions.

Joyce Hunter


Deputy CIO, Policy and Planning

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Joyce Hunter serves as Deputy CIO for Policy and Planning. Ms. Hunter has over 30 years of experience in the information technology industry. She has demonstrated a strong ability to build and sustain relationships with public/private stakeholders to lead innovative projects and inter-agency initiatives. Ms. Hunter previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Vulcan Enterprises, an IT strategic planning consulting organization, where she provided executive advisory services, industry intelligence, policy evaluation and analysis, business development support, business IT alignment and strategic business consulting.

Maria Roat


Chief Information Officer

Small Business Administration

Maria A. Roat became the U.S. Small Business Administration Chief Information Officer in October 2016 after two years as the Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation, bringing 30 years of professional experience in information technology, including operations and intelligence. She is responsible for establishing and leading DOTs technical vision and strategic direction.

Ms. Roat served 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joining in June 2004, in a number of capacities including Federal Risk Management and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Director, FEMA Deputy CIO, Chief of Staff for the DHS CIO, USCIS Chief Information Security Officer and CIO Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director, Technology Development, for TSA’s Secure Flight Program.

Veronica Villalobos


Principal Deputy Associate Director

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Veronica Villalobos is Principal Deputy Associate Director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Employee Services division. She has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since October 2010.

Ms. Villalobos' responsibilities include formulating and implementing human capital management strategies and policies to support Federal agencies in meeting their missions. She also oversees the division's performance on key strategic goals.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Villalobos served as the first Director of OPM's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Managing OPM's Government-wide diversity effort, she helped develop, drive, and monitor strategies and initiatives designed to create a more diverse and inclusive Federal workforce.

Camille Tuutti, Moderator


Executive Editor


Camille Tuutti is the executive editor at Nextgov, a division of Atlantic Media. She previously served as editorial director at FedScoop, and prior to that, was a staff writer and "People" section editor at Federal Computer Week. Before that, Camille worked as a news editor and reporter, covering government contracting and IT. Her current tech obsessions include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and emerging technology. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Camille lives in NE D.C.