Technology Innovations Committee Event

June 10, 2015

Carl De Groote
Senior Director
U.S. Public Sector Architectures and Client Application Organization

Carl De Groote is senior director of Cisco's U.S. Public Sector Architectures and Client Application Organization. In this role he leads a team of 240 professionals who collaborate with Public Sector customers and partners to bring significant and sustainable impact in the form of better citizen services, higher government productivity, better student outcomes in education at local and national levels and the enhancement of our national defense capability both in the physical and cyber domains. Integrating Cisco's capabilities in the areas of data center, security, mobility and collaboration, De Groote and his teams take a holistic approach to bring value to customers both engineering and applying solutions that converge customer processes, sensors, data and analytics that provide for better mission and business outcomes. De Groote is also responsible for the execution of Cisco's software and cloud strategy in the Public Sector aligning resources to accelerate growth of Cisco's software and IT consumption offerings.

De Groote brings 22 years of technology and leadership experience in the Public Sector. De Groote has been with Cisco for more than 13 years, during which time he has served as a manager in a number of capacities, most recently as Civilian Agency Operations director in Cisco's Federal Organization, where he worked closely with work a variety of federal agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Treasury, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration and the U.S. Postal Service. DeGroote has also played an integral role in U.S. Public Sector health care strategy - "Connect to Care" - a collaborative architecture and engagement with researchers across Public Sector to develop innovative technology solutions advancing research in human health issues - such as bioinformatics, data analysis, imaging, and visualization. Prior to working at Cisco, De Groote held a number of positions in the technology industry at Oracle and Westinghouse. Outside of his responsibilities at Cisco, De Groote is a fellow of the American Council for Technology, Industry Advisory Council and has been an active member and served on the Board of The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM).

De Groote holds a BA in business administration with a specialty in marketing from Loyola University in Maryland.

Ashish Jaiman
Director, Tech and Civic Enablement

Ashish Jaiman is the director of startup business with Microsoft. In his role, Jaiman enables startups, activates them on business, technology, go to market strategy and accelerates the adoption of new technologies and tools.

Jaiman has more than 16 years of experience designing, developing and selling software. Jaiman is very passionate technologist and a developer by heart who take pride in competing and delivering value on and of Microsoft platform.

Jaiman's team of technical and business evangelists focus on helping software startups in their lifecycle of ideation to exit. They bring a lot of industry, technical and business expertise to help startups to succeed on Microsoft platform. The team helps entrepreneurs to understand, learn and adopt Windows 8, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone and offer them programs like BizSpark to build their software business on Microsoft platform.

Jaiman is very passionate about communities and software startups. Before joining Microsoft, Jaiman helped to create and successfully exit two startups. Ashish can be found online on www.ashishjaiman.com or @ashishjaiman.

Dr. Jane Snowdon
Chief Innovation Officer
IBM Federal

Dr. Jane L. Snowdon is the chief innovation officer of IBM Federal. She is responsible for defining and driving strategy, and designing new solutions that address defense, civilian and healthcare client mission requirements through innovation and technology adoption. In addition, Snowdon is the director of the IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C. She co-chairs the Cyber Security Education and Workforce Development Working Group with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security. She is also a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Council on Technology and Innovation, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Georgia Tech and the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University.

Prior to her current position at IBM, Snowdon was a senior manager and research staff member in the Department of Strategy and Worldwide Technical Operations at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. She was responsible for jointly leading the direction of IBM's overall research strategy across twelve global labs and the 2013 Global Technology Outlook. Snowdon has 33 years of research, engineering, and management experience in the government, industrial, energy, travel and transportation, and small and medium business sectors.

Snowdon received her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. degree with distinction in industrial and management systems engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a senior member of Institute of Industrial Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council, The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, The New York Academy of Sciences, Philosophical Society of Washington, Women in Technology and Women in Technology International.

In addition, Snowdon has published more than sixty articles in mathematics, computer science and engineering literature. She is a recognized thought leader who frequently speaks on the future of information technology at conferences and universities. Snowdon is a past co-chair for the IBM Watson Women's Network (WWN) and past WWN representative to the Watson Diversity Council. Snowdon was honored by Girls Inc. Westchester in 2012 as a prominent professional and role model for the next generation of women leaders.