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November 2021

565th Meeting Featuring Cybersecurity Summit at AC Marriott

November 3, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AC Marriott Hotel

cybersecurityAn Evening With Some of the Best and Brightest in the World of Cybersecurity

As ever-changing as the topic itself can be, we are proud to announce the details on what will surely be a topical and engaging event. With the help of Nichols College and their Graduate Studies Department, we proudly present an evening like none other, featuring:

Stephanie Helm, Director of MassCyberCenter at MassTech: Ms. Helm directs the efforts of the MassCyberCenter at Mass Tech Collaborative which promotes cybersecurity ecosystem and workforce development efforts and assists with cyber resiliency planning across the Commonwealth. Previously, as a Captain in Restricted Line (Information Warfare), Ms. Helm held positions in Information Operations, Cryptology and Intelligence throughout her impressive career. Spanning 29 Years as an active duty Naval officer, Ms. Helm’s assignments included Navy staff OPNAV N3/N5, CENTCOM, Second Fleet, National Security Administration, and several special Naval Security Groups. Additional direct experience includes a stint in NETSIMCO at the Naval War College War Gaming Department, where she integrated cyberspace operations into war game events.

Paul RosenzweigPrincipal at Red Branch Consulting, a firm specializing in homeland security and data privacy consulting. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Rosenzweig is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University and a Senior Fellow with the Tech, Law & Security Program at American University. He is also the author of Cyber Warfare: How Conflicts in Cyberspace are Challenging America and Changing the World and of three video lecture series from The Great Courses, Thinking About Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare; The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You; and a new release Investigating American Presidents.

Tiffany O. Kleemann, Clients & Markets Leader, Cyber & Strategic Risk at Deloitte: A 20-year information technology executive with experience at the White House, U.S. Military, and both large and startup technology companies, Ms. Kleemann brings a proven track record of elevating cybersecurity brands and maximizing revenue through sustainable, scalable growth strategies, lean operational processes, and remarkable business transformations. Formerly responsible for developing cyber strategy, policies/messages as Deputy Chief of Staff of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection at The White House, Ms. Kleemann is also the former CEO of Distil Networks, an application security company, and President & COO of NS8, an online fraud prevention company.

This decorated panel of industry experts will be moderated by newly appointed President of Nichols College, Glenn Sulmasy. Mr. Sulmasy is the former Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Bryant College and a lecturer at the UCONN School of Law and University of California Berkeley. A Harvard Kennedy School National Security and Human Rights Fellow, Mr. Sulmasy is also a visiting fellow at the National Security Law Institute at Scalia Law School (GMU).

We are very excited to see you in person! The AC Marriott in downtown Worcester will host us for this inaugural event of the season. With that said, we are also offering a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person. We cannot be sure about the specific mask requirement for the evening until we get closer to the event, but at this time, masks are required indoors in the City of Worcester unless eating or drinking.

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February 2022

WEC 566th Meeting Featuring Bobby Jindal

February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Beechwood Hotel

Bobby Jindal
, Former Governor, 
LouisianaBobby Jindal began his career in public service when, in 1996, he was appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In 1999, at age 28, he was appointed as the youngest president in the history of the University of Louisiana System. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the second Indian American in Congress, and was re-elected in 2006. Jindal ran for governor in 2007 and won, making him, at 36 years old, the second youngest governor of Louisiana after Huey P. Long. Jindal was re-elected in 2011 in a landslide, winning more than 65% of the vote. He was the first Indian American governor in the country. Jindal ran for President of the U.S. in 2016.

Jindal used his two terms as Governor of Louisiana to rebuild and diversify the state’s economy and financial footing in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His agenda included top-to-bottom reformation and privatization of the state-run charity hospital and the state’s healthcare payer systems. Fiscally, Jindal reduced the state budget by 26%, reduced the state employee headcount by 30,000, and implemented the largest income tax reduction in state history. With a bipartisan consensus, Jindal implemented statewide school choice programs and moved the state from the bottom five in ethics laws to the top five, according to independent analysts.

Jindal’s dramatic rework of Louisiana’s policy structure paid measurable dividends in the form of eight credit upgrades, $60 billion in private capital investment and a ranking in the top ten in the nation for job creation and the highest ever per-capita income ranking in state history.

The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated with honors in Biology and Public Policy from Brown University and also holds an M. Litt degree in Politics with an emphasis in Health Policy from the University of Oxford. Jindal currently resides in Louisiana with his wife, Supriya, and their three children.

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March 2022

567th Meeting Featuring Dr. Jennifer Golbeck at AC Marriott

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
AC Marriott Hotel

dr jennifer golbeckDatashock: Artificial Intelligence, Connectedness, and Readying for the Big Data Future

The future is going to be driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Huge power lies in smart algorithms combined with the vast amount of big data generated by sensors, Internet of Things devices, and human behavior – from financial transactions to social interactions to increasingly trackable behavior. How will AI help people make better decisions? How will it affect or even potentially replace some human tasks altogether? How could it alter long-standing practices in your industry? Where do business opportunities lie in leveraging new technological capabilities, and how can organizations prepare for these changes? The key, according to Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, is to focus on the strategic impact of these technologies.

As Director of the Social Intelligence Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Golbeck not only studies the most cutting edge developments in Artificial Intelligence up close, but she and her team create the types of algorithms that are making those types of advancements possible in the first place. In this talk, we will learn how to recognize disruptive AI, assess its potential, and prepare for a data- and algorithm-driven future.

For a more in-depth preview, please check out Dr. Golbeck’s TED Talk on how “Your Social Media ‘likes’ expose more than you think”.

NOTE: We will be working with the AC Marriott to provide us with ample space for the cocktail hour. They also accept credit cards at the bar!

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April 2022

568th Meeting Featuring Todd Buchholz

April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Beechwood Hotel

As a frequent commentator on the state of the markets, Todd Buchholz brings his experience as a former White House director of economic policy, a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund, and a Harvard economics teacher to the cutting edge of economics, fiscal politics, finance, and business strategy.  Buchholz is a frequent guest on ABC News, PBS, and CBS, and he recently hosted his own special on CNBC.

Before joining Tiger, Buchholz was President of the G7 Group, Inc, an international consulting firm whose clientele included many of the top securities firms, investment banks and money managers in New York, London, and Tokyo, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. His commentaries were closely read by officials at the Federal Reserve, Bundesbank and Bank of England. Buchholz won the Allyn Young Teaching Prize at Harvard and holds advanced degrees in economics and law from Cambridge and Harvard.

Todd has been featured alongside such luminaries as Colin Powell, Michael Porter, and Jeff Bezos. He has been invited to guide corporate and political leaders around the world, from the UK and New Zealand parliaments, to the Mexican and Abu Dhabi stock exchanges, to tech and entertainment firms in Seoul.

As a special bonus, all attendees will receive a signed copy of Todd’s bestselling book New Ideas from Dead Economists

June 2022

569th and Annual Meeting Featuring Jason Robins

June 22 @ 5:30 pm
AC Marriott Hotel

jason robinsJason Robins
Founder & CEO, DraftKings

Jason Robins is the founder and CEO of DraftKings, one of the leading sports betting and daily fantasy sports platforms in the United States. He will be speaking at the WEC Annual Meeting on June 22 about his company’s success and plans for the future. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, so don’t miss out!

Register now to reserve your spot– space is limited and this event is expected to sell out!


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