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Tuesday, March 1
 

8:00am PST

Virtual Welcome Breakfast & Defense Industry Outlook
Come join us on Tuesday, March 1st at 8am PST as we kick off Defense Week 2022

Grab a coffee, tea or orange juice and listen to Defense Week's founders describe their vision and what inspired them to develop the program. During the kickoff we are joined by San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) Regional Director Danny Fitzgerald who will share insight on the defense industry.

Please see below agenda
8:00am: Welcome 
8:10am: Opening Remarks w/ Defense Week Founders
8:25am: Danny Fitzgerald Defense Outlook 
8:35am: Hopin Controls Review 
8:40am: Code of Conduct
8:45am: Breakfast Concludes

Speakers
avatar for Jayton Harps

Jayton Harps

Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Jayton Harps is the President & Chair of the NSBE Professionals - San Diego Chapter. In his role, he oversees activities related to providing services, programs, mentorship, funding, and goals for the Professionals Chapter. Jayton helps establish multiple workshops, sessions, and... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Cotton

Elizabeth Cotton

Executive Director, Black Tech Link
Elizabeth Cotton is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Tech Link, A California based 501(c)(3) community organization dedicated to advancing Black and underrepresented communities through technical education, workforce solutions, and networking opportunities.Elizabeth focuses... Read More →
avatar for Danny Fitzgerald

Danny Fitzgerald

Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network
I am a highly experienced business and economic development professional. I manage multiple federal, state, and local grants, develop programming, and manage multiple partner agreements. I have extensive skills and experience in government and public affairs, development of marketing... Read More →



Tuesday March 1, 2022 8:00am - 8:45am PST
Hopin - Stage

9:00am PST

Debunking What Makes A Great Leader
When you ask people to think of what makes a great leader, they tend to choose words like boldness, power, and fearlessness. But when you ask them to name traits of the leaders they would like to emulate or follow; you get a different list. In fact, from my research, bold, powerful, and fearless don’t break anywhere near the top of the list. So, you have to ask yourself, are you adopting the traits you think will make you a great leader, or do you want to cultivate the qualities of the leader people want to follow?

Based on years of research across many demographics, I’ve compiled a list of qualities professionals look for in leaders. My message is that because you already possess the traits to be a great leader, you can unleash the power to do great things. This past few years have presented the world with many challenges that I believe we can overcome with strong, genuine leadership. Revolutions and significant changes always start with one individual. We all have a role to play, and becoming a genuine leader is where we begin.

Learning Objectives

1) Understand: Who You are as a Leader
2) Apply: My 3 Keys to Earning Your Teams Trust
3) Create: Develop Motivated, Dedicated and Loyal Teams

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Donahue

Jenn Donahue

President & Owner, JL Donahue Engineering
Jenn Donahue PhD is a retired US Navy Captain and civil engineer who works on large scale, high profile geotechnical projects. Over her 27-year military career, Jenn has built a bridge across the Euphrates River in the midst of the Iraq war, commanded an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan... Read More →


Tuesday March 1, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Hopin - Session

10:15am PST

BioHackers: The Invisible Threat
Biohackers exist and walk among us. Most security professionals would not allow users into their environment with offensive security tools. How do you address individuals who have surgically implanted such devices into their bodies.

I have multiple sub-dermal implants that range from NFC, HID/Prox and RFiD devices. This allows me to become the attack vector. In this talk, I provide a brief overview of the types of bio-implants on the market and share various case studies on the potential damage malicious biohackers can inflict.

I also demonstrate how I am able to quickly compromise loosely connected devices and open a reverse TCP Shell to a CnC server through my attack L3pr@cy in under three minutes.

Finally, I show how I steal HID Proximity Card Data and write that back to the implant. This avoids any physical evidence of a breach. This also allows me to gain access to data as well as physical access to secured locations.

As security professionals, we must anticipate the unknown. These include any individuals that enter our facilities or are simply around us in public. These types of attacks are becoming more common. A majority of security community are not aware they exist. Discussions on what was once thought to be science-fiction are now science fact.

Through continuing education on phishing and social engineering attacks, tightening MDM restrictions, endpoint management, behavioral analytics, least privilege and privileged access, we can take preventive measures around the threats we can’t see.

Speakers
avatar for Len Noe

Len Noe

Technical Evangelist & Whitehat, CyberArk
Len Noe is a White Hat Hacker and Global Enablement Engineer for CyberArk Software. Together with the CyberArk Global Enablement Engineering team, they are responsible for enabling internal staff and the starting point for escalation for all SEs in the field. They are responsible... Read More →



Tuesday March 1, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Hopin - Session

1:00pm PST

Recognizing PTSD Behavior
Veterans who experience PTSD can be overwhelmed by negative feelings. A veteran may also feel difficulty establishing trust, experience feelings of guilt, shame, remorse, disinterest in previously enjoyable activities, or genuinely find it hard to feel happy.

Dr. Elton Harps will share tips on how to recognize signs of PTSD and ways veterans can cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Elton Harps

Dr. Elton Harps

Border Protection Officer, Homeland Security
What should people talk to me about but no limited as follows:*What does PTSD do to a person* Is PTSD a permanent disability*How does PTSD cause personality changes*How long can PTSD last if untreatedAbout DR. Elton HarpsMy story is very interesting. After I graduated from my high... Read More →



Tuesday March 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST

6:00pm PST

Virtual Fireside Chat with Lt Julius Wiseman + Speed Networking
On Tuesday March 1st,  San Diego National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) President, Jayton Harps, will host a virtual fireside chat with US Navy Officer Recruiter & UCSD Lecturer, Lt. Julius Wiseman. Lt. Wiseman will share how he embarked up on military service at a young age and how it opened up many career pathways to success.

Afterwards NSBE will host a Virtual Speed Networking Session where attendees will have the opportunity to network with business owners, students, recruiters, and professionals.

Moderators
avatar for Jayton Harps

Jayton Harps

Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Jayton Harps is the President & Chair of the NSBE Professionals - San Diego Chapter. In his role, he oversees activities related to providing services, programs, mentorship, funding, and goals for the Professionals Chapter. Jayton helps establish multiple workshops, sessions, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julius Wiseman

Julius Wiseman

Southern California Regional Medical Officer Programs Recruiter/Professor, US Navy Medical Programs/UCSD
Julius Wiseman was born and raised in Southeast San Diego (Skyline). He  joined the Navy under the delayed entry program on April 27, 2001 in San Diego, CA. His Father, and Grandfather served in the U.S. Navy both as enlisted Sailors. He is the oldest of six children and the first... Read More →


Tuesday March 1, 2022 6:00pm - 9:00pm PST
Hopin - Networking
 
Wednesday, March 2
 

9:00am PST

Business Entrepreneurship Basics
US Navy Veteran & Attorney, Maresa Talbert, will host an informative discussion regarding key basics you need to know in business entity formation. If you are new to starting a business this workshop is for you. Learn the differences between a sole proprietorship, an LLC, a partnership, a Corporation, and a nonprofit.

Speakers
avatar for Maresa Talbert

Maresa Talbert

Founding Attorney & CEO, Talbert Law Office, APC
I own and operate Talbert Law Office, a business and intellectual property law practice that provides representation and general counsel services to help businesses, nonprofits, and individuals protect their brands and creative assets through entity formation, governance and compliance... Read More →


Wednesday March 2, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Hopin - Session

10:00am PST

Strip off your Camouflage and Reveal your Inner Badass: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Most of my career I’ve typically been the only woman in the room. There was such a small percentage of women in engineering, and an even smaller percentage of women in engineering that joined the military. People of color were even more scarce. It was so easy for us to develop imposter syndrome and tokenism.

So many of us pretend to be something we are not just to fit in and not be ostracized because of our differences. And yet the thought that you achieved your position because of a quota that needed filling feels horrible. No competent woman I know ever wants to feel like the “token female.” And Imposter Syndrome is real (Clance and Imes, 1978) when you doubt your abilities and question whether you deserve to be in a position. It applies to both women and men. As a result, when you couple Imposter Syndrome with “tokenism,” many will tend to start less secure in their positions than their counterparts.

I needed to reframe my thinking. I concentrated on my values, my strengths and what I brought to the fight. That’s when I realized that I was actually in that position because I was a badass, not a token, and it has changed my world.

People need to hear that it is ok to have imposter syndrome; 94% of everyone in the world has had it at least once in their lives. The question is, how do you overcome it? Here’s where I can help by giving them actionable takeaways to apply immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Donahue

Jenn Donahue

President & Owner, JL Donahue Engineering
Jenn Donahue PhD is a retired US Navy Captain and civil engineer who works on large scale, high profile geotechnical projects. Over her 27-year military career, Jenn has built a bridge across the Euphrates River in the midst of the Iraq war, commanded an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan... Read More →


Wednesday March 2, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Hopin - Session

12:00pm PST

Obtaining Security Clearance as a Civilian
Have you ever wanted to work for a defense company that required a security clearance but don’t have the military background? Have no fear! Join Jayton Harps, Software Engineer @northropgrumman as he shares tips and trips on how to gain security clearance.

Tune on Wednesday March 2nd at 12pm PT to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Jayton Harps

Jayton Harps

Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Jayton Harps is the President & Chair of the NSBE Professionals - San Diego Chapter. In his role, he oversees activities related to providing services, programs, mentorship, funding, and goals for the Professionals Chapter. Jayton helps establish multiple workshops, sessions, and... Read More →


Wednesday March 2, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm PST
Hopin - Session

4:00pm PST

Evening Keynote Summit: Cocktails & Conversation

Wednesday March 2, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Nolen Rooftop Bar & Lounge 453 Sixth Ave #7007, San Diego, CA 92101

5:00pm PST

Evening Keynote Summit: Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Julius Wiseman

Julius Wiseman

Southern California Regional Medical Officer Programs Recruiter/Professor, US Navy Medical Programs/UCSD
Julius Wiseman was born and raised in Southeast San Diego (Skyline). He  joined the Navy under the delayed entry program on April 27, 2001 in San Diego, CA. His Father, and Grandfather served in the U.S. Navy both as enlisted Sailors. He is the oldest of six children and the first... Read More →



Wednesday March 2, 2022 5:00pm - 5:15pm PST
Nolen Rooftop Bar & Lounge 453 Sixth Ave #7007, San Diego, CA 92101

5:30pm PST

Evening Keynote Summit: Keynote Fireside Chat
Defense Week is excited to announce a special In-person Keynote Evening Summit taking place on Wednesday March 2nd at the Nolen Rooftop Bar and Lounge at the Courtyard Marriott in San Diego, California. Please join Defense Week as we present 2 very special keynote speakers whom are successful Military Veteran Entrepreneurs paving the way for other veteran entrepreneurs.

Our 1st keynote speaker Valerie Lavin will be joining us all the way from #centralflorida. Valerie a retired Army First Sergeant and the CEO of her own company Luminary Global. Recently, Valerie was named Bunker Labs Director of Ecosystem Development supporting the 19 communities located to the East of the Mississippi. Valerie is known for her devotion to helping veterans and their families start their own businesses.

Our 2nd keynote speaker, Geoff Cole, is a former Navy Veteran who has leveraged his military experience to become a business mogul with an impressive portfolio of ventures to include a Downtown San Diego Restaurant & Bar Owner, Clothing Manufacturer and Retailer, and DOD Government Contractor providing Food, Facilities Maintenance, and IT Services. In addition to his growing success he also mentors military veterans who are aspiring entrepreneurs.

Opening Remarks & Fireside Chat Moderation will be provided by University of California, San Diego - Rady School of Management Professor and Navy Officer Recruiter LT Julius C. Wiseman III, MSC, USN, ACHE.

Event starts at 4pm with all night complimentary tray pass and open bar. Tickets are only $50. For more information, please visit
Defenseweek.eventbrite.com

Moderators
avatar for Julius Wiseman

Julius Wiseman

Southern California Regional Medical Officer Programs Recruiter/Professor, US Navy Medical Programs/UCSD
Julius Wiseman was born and raised in Southeast San Diego (Skyline). He  joined the Navy under the delayed entry program on April 27, 2001 in San Diego, CA. His Father, and Grandfather served in the U.S. Navy both as enlisted Sailors. He is the oldest of six children and the first... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Ellis

Valerie Ellis

CEO, Luminary Global
Valerie Lavin is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant and CEO of Luminary Global. Luminary Global a healthcare staffing company providing both locum tenens and permanent hires as well as medical products to government and commercial clients.Valerie is best known for is her devotion to helping Veterans and their families start their own businesses. A passion she... Read More →


Wednesday March 2, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm PST
Nolen Rooftop Bar & Lounge 453 Sixth Ave #7007, San Diego, CA 92101

6:30pm PST

Evening Keynote: Fireside Chat w/ Chef Geoff Cole
Defense Week is excited to announce a special in-person Keynote Evening Summit taking place on Wednesday March 2nd at the Nolen Rooftop Bar and Lounge at the Courtyard Marriott in San Diego, California. Please join Defense Week as we present 2 very special keynote speakers whom are successful Military Veteran Entrepreneurs paving the way for other veteran entrepreneurs.

Our 1st keynote speaker Valerie Lavin will be joining us all the way from #centralflorida. Valerie a retired Army First Sergeant and the CEO of her own company Luminary Global. Recently, Valerie was named Bunker Labs Director of Ecosystem Development supporting the 19 communities located to the East of the Mississippi. Valerie is known for her devotion to helping veterans and their families start their own businesses.

Our 2nd keynote speaker, Geoff Cole, is a former Navy Veteran who has leveraged his military experience to become a business mogul with an impressive portfolio of ventures to include a Downtown San Diego Restaurant & Bar Owner, Clothing Manufacturer and Retailer, and DOD Government Contractor providing Food, Facilities Maintenance, and IT Services. In addition to his growing success he also mentors military veterans who are aspiring entrepreneurs.

Opening Remarks & Fireside Chat Moderation will be provided by University of California, San Diego - Rady School of Management Professor and Navy Officer Recruiter LT Julius C. Wiseman III, MSC, USN, ACHE.

Event starts at 4pm with all night complimentary tray pass and open bar. Tickets are only $50. For more information, please visit
Defenseweek.eventbrite.com

Speakers
avatar for Julius Wiseman

Julius Wiseman

Southern California Regional Medical Officer Programs Recruiter/Professor, US Navy Medical Programs/UCSD
Julius Wiseman was born and raised in Southeast San Diego (Skyline). He  joined the Navy under the delayed entry program on April 27, 2001 in San Diego, CA. His Father, and Grandfather served in the U.S. Navy both as enlisted Sailors. He is the oldest of six children and the first... Read More →
avatar for Chef Geoff Cole

Chef Geoff Cole

CEO, Admirals Experience
Born in Miami, Chef Geoff Cole is no stranger to making magic in the kitchen. With a keen knack for creating dishes many love and crave, Cole has been cooking since he was a child. In 2002, Cole joined the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Belleau Wood where he was able to cultivate his skills as a professional chef and... Read More →


Wednesday March 2, 2022 6:30pm - 7:15pm PST
Nolen Rooftop Bar & Lounge 453 Sixth Ave #7007, San Diego, CA 92101
 
Thursday, March 3
 

10:00am PST

Tapping into the Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is a Department of Defense-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Through Yellow Ribbon events, Service members and loved ones connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments. Reintegration during post-deployment is a critical time for members of the National Guard and Reserve, as they often live far from military installations and other members of their units. Commanders and leaders play a critical role in assuring that Reserve Service members and their families attend Yellow Ribbon events where they can access information on health care, education and training opportunities, financial, and legal benefits.

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

UCSD Lecturer will share insight on how service members and their families can take advantage of the Yellow Ribbon Program and not miss the opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Julius Wiseman

Julius Wiseman

Southern California Regional Medical Officer Programs Recruiter/Professor, US Navy Medical Programs/UCSD
Julius Wiseman was born and raised in Southeast San Diego (Skyline). He  joined the Navy under the delayed entry program on April 27, 2001 in San Diego, CA. His Father, and Grandfather served in the U.S. Navy both as enlisted Sailors. He is the oldest of six children and the first... Read More →


Thursday March 3, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am PST
Hopin - Session

11:00am PST

Grow Your Southern California Business through the RAMP Up Program
Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Business Council recently launched the Regional Alliance Marketplace for Procurement (RAMP), a portal that centralizes both public and private procurement opportunities. RAMP will address procurement reform and equitable access to contracting opportunities

“Making it easier for small and diverse businesses to have access to more procurement opportunities has always been a core priority to further expand equity in our city,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “RAMP has come together with the support of the business community and local organizations, and we are excited for the new opportunities that will be available to all types of small businesses across the region.”

RAMP is a unique solicitation portal designed to provide the small business community with a centralized hub for contracting opportunities with the City of Los Angeles, as well as other public and private entities. RAMP expects to make available more than $10 billion in procurement opportunities in its first year.

Guest Speaker Jack Ochoa will share more details on the benefits of using the platform and how to gain access.

Speakers
avatar for Jack Ochoa

Jack Ochoa

Outreach & Education Manager, City of Los Angeles
Mr. Jack Ochoa has been a Business and Community leader dedicated to supplier diversity and inclusion for more than 25 years. Mr. Ochoa has held various positions with top tier Corporate and Small Business Associations, Minority Business Groups and Education Outreach organizations across Southern C... Read More →



Thursday March 3, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Hopin - Session

11:00am PST

Virtual Resource Fair
Thursday March 3, 2022 11:00am - 4:00pm PST
Hopin - Expo

12:00pm PST

How I made my first million in government contracting
Frank Rowe is a navy veteran and the CEO of a San Diego based startup Rowe Solutions. Frank will share how government contracting propelled his company which provides facilities management solutions  During this talk he will share his career pathway into becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Moderators
avatar for Jayton Harps

Jayton Harps

Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Jayton Harps is the President & Chair of the NSBE Professionals - San Diego Chapter. In his role, he oversees activities related to providing services, programs, mentorship, funding, and goals for the Professionals Chapter. Jayton helps establish multiple workshops, sessions, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Frank Rowe

Frank Rowe

CEO, Rowe Solutions
Francis Rowe is a hands-on Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rowe Solutions, with experience and expertise in government contracting. With any interests/inquires about services, we would love to connect with you. You can reach us at Frank@therowesolution.com



Thursday March 3, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm PST
Hopin - Session

1:00pm PST

Accounting Essentials Lightning Talk to win more contracts
Audrey Bradley will host a lightning talk to share effective accounting tips needed to advance your business. If you are thinking about government contracting, pursuing grants, or receiving investments a strong financial record is needed to build trust with funders. Audrey will walk you through necessary steps to make your business finances easier.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Bradley

Audrey Bradley

Bookkeeper, ABradley Bookkeeping
Small business bookkeeping to free up your time and grow your business.My clients are across the US in different industries but the same need: to provide a service their community needs. However large or small the business, it doesn't matter. I am here to help with your finances (something... Read More →


Thursday March 3, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm PST
Hopin - Session

2:00pm PST

Finding Your Professional Identity as a Military Spouse
As a military spouse it may be difficult to navigate your own career with constant relocation and providing support for your significant other. Please join Military Spouse Allyson Lawson as she shares insight on how she has navigated her own career and ways you can establish your identity as a professional or an entrepreneur.

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Lawson

Allyson Lawson

Marketing Communications Associate, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network
Aly has BA in mass communication, emphasizing journalism and public relations. She also has a minor in English and a MBA in marketing. She has worked as a reporter and marketer in various industries and overseas. As the marketing communications associate in the Center for Business... Read More →



Thursday March 3, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST

3:00pm PST

Utilizing Public Diplomacy to Advance Global STEM Education
During this talk Executive Director of Black Tech Link, Elizabeth Cotton, will discuss how she utilizes Public Diplomacy grant opportunities provided by the federal government to advance STEM and business education and resources worldwide.
If you have ever wanted to make an impact on other countries by sharing your own career and business skills, this talk is for you.

Elizabeth will go over the following
1. Review of Public Diplomacy
2. Navigating Grants.gov and reviewing key agencies
3. Examples of Public Diplomacy Projects

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Cotton

Elizabeth Cotton

Executive Director, Black Tech Link
Elizabeth Cotton is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Tech Link, A California based 501(c)(3) community organization dedicated to advancing Black and underrepresented communities through technical education, workforce solutions, and networking opportunities.Elizabeth focuses... Read More →


Thursday March 3, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
 
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