Invited Speakers

 

Beth Robertson has over 25 years of consulting experience with program and project management for a wide variety of government and defense clients. As Liberty’s President, Beth’s primary responsibilities are business development and strategic direction; she also provides direct program management oversight for several client projects. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University and has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2004. She is a member of, and has held leadership positions with, several professional organizations, including PMI Charleston Chapter, Charleston Defense Contractors Association, Palmetto Women in Defense and Lowcountry AFCEA.

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Adrianne George is the CEO and President of MyCyberExec. She spent 15 years in federal service in a variety of analytical, liaison, and managerial roles. She was most recently the Acting Deputy Cyber Executive for Analytic Integration at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and previously served as the Director of Analysis for the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center. Adrianne’s other career highlights included serving as Director for Counterterrorism for the National Security Council, deploying to Afghanistan, and multiple joint duty assignments with other federal agencies. Adrianne has an MA in Contemporary Transatlantic Studies from the University of Bath, UK and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Tristan Manley is the SVP Product Leader for Deposits and Next Generation Credit at Live Oak Bank, the #1 Small Business Lender in the country. At Live Oak, we are on a mission to be America’s small business bank; building software that enables our small business owners with the tools they need to start, grow, expand, and operate their business. Tristan is passionate about building products that solve customer problems in new and innovative ways. Previously, Tristan worked as the Strategic Planning Manager for Deposits and Consumer Payments at Ally Bank. Tristan is a UNCW alum, who graduated from the Cameron School of Business and the Communications Studies department.

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Ashley Patrick Lomboy, a member of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe, is the Global Information Security Manager at Corning Optical Fiber and Cable, leader of the Corning Native American Council and US Army Veteran serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has over 20 years of experience in the Information Security and Information Technology career field, working for General Dynamics and Boeing in previous roles. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Certificate in Project Management, Network Security & Design and many other technical certifications. She is on the Board of Directors for the Lower Cape Fear YWCA, with the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism and the Board of Trustees for The Rockwell Museum of New York. She was a finalist is the 2021 WILMA Women to Watch Awards and lends her voice in multiple panels and committed across the east coast. Ashley also started the Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio to provide STEM opportunities to Waccamaw Siouan Youth. She is married with two rambunctious boys, Jaren and Logan, and her daughter Mercedes.

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Dr. Fatma Mili joined UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) as its Dean in August 2017 after serving as Department Head of Computer Information Technology, Associate Dean for Educational Research and Development, and then Executive Director of the TransSTEM Center at Purdue University.  Mili holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France. Her research focus is in the areas of decision-making, formal methods in computing, and complex and self-organizing systems. The role Higher Education plays as an agent of social change has been an underlying theme in her work. She advocates for a STEM education embedded in ethics, for curricular design and pedagogy where inclusivity and equity are key ingredients rather than afterthought add-ons, and for a research agenda grounded in the most pressing challenges and focused on long-term impact.

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Susan Booth has served the North Carolina Community College system in various capacities beginning in 2002 as a student and employee.  She has participated in curriculum and course development at the state level as part of the Information Technology Curriculum Improvement Project (ITCIP), both online and traditional course development at the state and community college level, and full time instruction since 2007.

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Dr. Mingxian Jin is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Fayetteville State University. She joined Fayetteville State University in 2004 as an assistant professor. Dr. Jin’s research areas include parallel algorithm design and model evaluation, high-performance computing, software engineering, simulations of mathematical modeling in biomedical dynamics, and computer science education. She has published a number of papers in international journals and conference proceedings in the above fields. In recent years, Dr. Jin has been actively involved in promoting women’s participation in computing. She is the faculty representative of National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance. She led a team of faculty that was selected to be a cohort of NCWIT Extension Services (ES) Learning Circles in 2019-2020 aiming to promote recruitment and retention of women and other under-represented groups in computer science at Fayetteville State University.

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Leslie Chaney.  Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Leslie found her was to the eastern part of the state when she attended East Carolina for an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science. Her first opportunity to use her computer science skills came with a position at Franklin County Schools where she assisted with the automation of the system’s libraries card catalogs and the computerization of the student accounting system. A chance encounter with an old college friend led her to a position as the first “computer person” for Johnston County government where she went from a staff of one to the leader of the county’s first MIS department. When the opportunity arose to move to the larger New Hanover County as IT Director, she accepted the challenge and worked with that county, first as IT Director and later as CIO for 17 years before partially retiring in October of last year.

In her 30 years with local government, she has had the opportunity to work with all aspects of technology from building PCs, architecting networks, implementing systems, leading change, and even some coding.

In retirement, Leslie is still working part time for New Hanover County as it transitions the primary county operations to a new, state-of-the-art government center this year.

Leslie now lives in Glade Valley, North Carolina with her husband, George. She is mother to four grown kids, three of whom are UNCW graduates with one App State graduate in the mix.