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Patience Marime-Ball – Managing Director, Mwanasa, LLC

Patience is a co-founder of Emerging Sun. She is currently the Managing Director of Mwanasa, LLC, a firm focused on seed and early stage investment activities. Previously she was a Principal Investment Officer and Head of the Banking on Women Program (“BoW”) at the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), designed to invest part of IFC’s multi-billion dollar investment program to women-owned businesses in emerging markets. She structured and launched the BoW program in November of 2010 to address the needs of women entrepreneurs who represent one of the largest and...

George Walker – Founder and CEO, Opportunity Systems Inc. (Retired)

George is an executive with more than fifty years of experience in management and information processing systems. George was Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Systems Incorporated (OSI), A Washington DC based corporation that commenced operations in 1969. OSI offered a broad range of services including systems design, survey research, data processing, technical and operational support and facilities management. OSI was liquidated at the end of calendar 2012 and the assets of OSI were put in the Walker Family Limited Partnership (WFLP). The partnership is made up...

Peter High – President, Metis Strategy, LLC

Peter High founded Metis Strategy in 2001. He is an expert in business and information technology strategy, and he has been a trusted advisor to a wide array of business and tech executives ranging across Fortune 500 companies in various industries. Peter has developed several strategic methodologies that he and his firm have taught clients to use on their own in order to develop and update strategic plans, choose and manage the right portfolio of projects, and to ensure that team performance is on the path to world class...

Chris McGoff – Founder and CEO, The Clearing

Chris is a best-selling author, teacher, speaker, business builder and trusted adviser. He has 30 years of experience in large system transformation, technology innovation adoption, and complex problem solving. Statistics show that 9 out of 10 change management and corporate transformation efforts fail. Chris’ client companies routinely beat these odds, driving intended outcomes on time and in budget. Chris is the founder and CEO of The Clearing, Inc. Leaders rely on the professional services provided by The Clearing to identify and manage the implementation of their most strategic initiatives....

Rick Abbott – President, 360DegreeView, LLC

Rick Abbott has over 24 years of information management and technology experience, including private and public sector work. He has industry experience in the Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical, and Financial Services industries. He has over 8 years of “Big 5” experience, including an associate partnership position with Deloitte Consulting. He spent several years as a Sr. Director, IT Transformation practice for The Hackett Group. Rick has deep functional knowledge in large-scale enterprise-wide transformational technology initiatives.His experience includes working with business users to identify the solution, defining the technical architecture and infrastructure,...

Eric Thomas – Partner, Vergys, LLC

Eric Thomas is the founder and the managing partner at Vergys LLC, which provides strategic management consulting services to federal, public and private sector organizations. He has trained and consulted on the business of IT for over 15 years on topics including portfolio management, capital planning, project management and strategic planning. He is a certified project manager (PMP), certified management consultant (CMC), and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Learn more about Vergys LLC...

Eric Williams – Managing Director, Obscidion Group

Eric is the Managing Director of the Obscidion Group, a management consultancy located in Washington, DC, advises government agencies and private sector organizations on their most critical management, organizational, financial and technical challenges. Obscidion’s services and methodologies leverage a collaborative, fact-based approach towards problem solving. Eric has over 15 years of management and technology consulting experience, with particular emphasis on supporting projects with the federal government. He recently conducted a study of Inspector General functions across 13 Navy regions for comparative analysis of human resource performance, metrics, and output....