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What is WTCI’s

AGILE Innovation Series?

AGILE is where executives from top international firms, university leaders, and government officials meet four times a year to learn about and discuss breakthrough global innovation with top thought leaders and peers across industry sectors.  The series highlights the extensive innovations happening in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond and addresses significant global social and environmental issues that are impacting business, society, governments, and education.

At each session, 3-4 thought leaders and industry experts discuss inspiring innovations in a TedTalk styled presentation followed by a moderated panel, Q&A, and networking reception. These sessions provoke thought, inspire, educate, and connect global leaders. Lessons learned and ideas focus on approaches to innovation, which are applicable to any organization. The AGILE Series is held at the historic Parkway Theater in Baltimore.

The best way to get involved is to subscribe to the series. Each subscription includes four tickets for your co-workers or clients and more. Contact Susan@wtci.org for more information.

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January 2022

Changing Consumer Behavior: Innovating the Consumer Landscape

The COVID-19 pandemic yielded the greatest consumer behavior shift in modern history. Many businesses were forced to rapidly pivot their product and service delivery strategies from brick-and-mortar stores to online, curbside, delivery, and contactless modalities. Most of these options were available prior to the pandemic but gained necessity and popularity almost overnight. At this session, we will learn about what this means for the future of business and what strategies companies use to market, engage, and thrive in the new consumer landscape.

January 2022 – 11am

November 17th, 2021

Rethinking Data: Asset or Liability?

Transformative technology and big data have resulted in exposed threats to organizations and consumers. In this session, we will discuss the impact of strengthening government regulations, layering in new frameworks, new data privacy boundaries, and global privacy laws. We will hear from experts from the tech and cyber industries and from company executives on the frontline on how to assess data risk and a roadmap for balancing the desire for data and protecting against liability.

Brad Pollard, chief information officer (CIO), manages Tenable’s global information technology organization, overseeing critical technology systems that support the company’s worldwide sales, marketing and service efforts, as well as enterprise systems and applications for all corporate processes. With more than 23 years of information technology experience, Brad has led organizational transformation through strategic adoption and management of IT solutions, and navigated and resolved enterprise-level governance issues. Brad has more than 15 years of security experience, with previous management positions at Cisco and Sourcefire. He has a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Maryland University College.

Brad Pollard

Greg has over seven years of consulting experience assisting organizations in identifying their privacy obligations, and designing, building, implementing, running and auditing privacy programs. He has an additional 10 years of industry experience before attending law school and working in a consulting capacity. Greg has previously worked in retail and entertainment industries for a financial services organization and for a midsize commercial printing company.

Greg’s clients have included some of the leading entities in the financial services, insurance, technology, pharmaceutical, consumer services and consumer products industries. He has led multiple engagements related to privacy program management, including assessments, compliance requirements mapping, governance design, strategy and capabilities assessments, and the evaluation of organization-wide business processes and supporting IT assets. He has led global remediation programs across several industries to implement various privacy program components and functions, as well as design and operationalize privacy controls across IT and business processes.

Greg Repala

With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Nancy Novak brings extensive expertise in oversight and responsibility for Profit and Loss. In her current role as Chief Innovation Officer for Compass Datacenters, her focus is cutting edge technology, lean practices, and innovative culture through diversity of thought to add value, improve return on investment, and disrupt the construction industry. Prior to joining Compass Datacenter’s Nancy was National Vice President of Operations for Balfour Beatty Construction. At Balfour Beatty, Novak was a key resource in assessing and strengthening the company’s ability to scale knowledge and bring national consistency to strong, existing operating standards. Previously, her 20 year career as an Operations Executive with Hensel Phelps Construction Company gave her the expertise needed to build complex projects efficiently. She is heavily involved in organizations that lead the way for technology advancement in the construction industry, and she is an advocate for women’s leadership. Nancy currently serves as the Board of Director Vice Chair on the National Institute of Building Sciences BIM Council, as well as Executive Sponsor for the Digital Divide on the iMasons Advisory Board. Her passion for advancing women in business also occurs through organizations like Women for Women International, The National Woman’s Party in Washington DC, Women in Government Relations (WGR), Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE), Fortune Media Most Powerful Women, and Above Glass Ceilings LLC. She is also the host of the ”Breaking Glass” podcast, which features Nancy’s dynamic conversations with prominent women in the technology industry – a forum where these accomplished women offer insights, advice and inspiration that listeners can apply to their own professional lives. “Breaking Glass” is available here and on a number of other podcast platforms.

Nancy Novak

Tim Kulp
Tim Kulp is the Chief Innovation Officer at Mind Over Machines. He’s trying to change the world. His mission: Stop the automation apocalypse by empowering humans. With years on the front lines of automation, Tim leads workers and business leaders to realize the potential of a human + machine future instead of the human v. machine future.

Kulp’s publications range from technical (MSDN Magazine, 2600 Magazine) to business strategy (Forbes, SHRM.org). Along with writing, he is a frequent presenter in the Mid-Atlantic region. Tim has lectured on how AI is changing the workforce and the world at world-leading institutions (Johns Hopkins University), national conferences (ASAE, MTFoundations), and government economic policy institutions (US Federal Reserve).

Kulp holds a BA in Religious Studies from McDaniel College, an M.S. in Applied Information Technology from Towson University, and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Security, also from Towson. He is a member of the Forbes Tech Council.

Tim Kulp

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