Scaling innovation is vital for our national security. Scaling innovation with our NATO allies and partners is crucial during this era of great power competition. Join this episode of Innovate to Win moderated by Lolita Horne to learn how the Department of Defense and FFRDCs are collaborating with our partners and allies through knowledge-sharing, pooling resources, and fostering closer relationships to develop scalable solutions that can be deployed on a larger scale and enhance our national security ecosystem.
TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 (9:30-11:00 Pacific)
Event Series Moderator: Lolita Horne
Lolita Horne co-leads DAU's Innovate to Win initiative which inspires and empowers the workforce to deepen their innovation skills and improve innovation readiness to address global opportunities, vulnerabilities, and threats. Over the last 20 years, Mrs. Horne has worked across industry, nonprofits, and now government where she is a proven Learning Systems Program Manager, dedicated DEI&A Counsel member, and innovation leader driving transformation, modernization, diversity, and excellence within government initiatives. Mrs. Horne is a PMP and holds a Master's in Information Technology from Johns Hopkins University.Image
Guest Speaker: Laurie Giandomenico
Laurie Giandomenico is Senior Vice President and Chief Acceleration Officer. In this role, she positions MITRE to collaborate and engage with the private sector, government, and academia to advance our whole-of-nation approach to solving national problems. She invests and incubates new short- and long-term opportunities, while also developing new business models to scale impact through MITRE Engenuity™, a tech foundation for public good. She has led MITRE Engenuity since its inception in 2019.
Ms. Giandomenico also nurtures innovation and capabilities through the Accelerator in collaboration with MITRE Labs and leads our corporate development efforts, working with MITRE leadership to cultivate and execute business strategy. She has pioneered new pathways for MITRE to engage with the private sector, including research and investment collaborations; her teams lead the Open Generation 5G Consortium, the Semiconductor Alliance, and MITRE’s public-private partnership programs in cybersecurity, including the Center for Threat-Informed Defense, MITRE ATT&CK Defender™, and MITRE ATT&CK® Evaluations.
Ms. Giandomenico joined MITRE in 1991 as a member of the technical staff, and after graduate school joined McKinsey & Company in 2000. Since 2002, she has held multiple executive-level positions in publicly traded enterprise software firms, including Pegasystems (BPM/CRM software) and EnerNOC (now Enel energy company). She most recently managed her own strategy and marketing consulting firm, Rocket Strategy, to work with senior leadership to develop and implement business, brand, and marketing strategy at the corporate and product levels.
Ms. Giandomenico sits on the board of the Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical/biomedical engineering from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from Cornell University, where she also earned a doctorate focused on nutritional health and organizational development, from the School of Human Ecology.Image
Guest Speaker: Gene R. Keselman
Gene R. Keselman is currently a Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, the Executive Director of MIT Mission Innovation Experimental (MIx) and Managing Director of MIT’s venture studio, Proto Ventures. He is formerly the Executive Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative. Mr. Keselman has held leadership positions in a range of start-ups: he is the co-Founder of ServDAO and formerly co-Founder of Esports One and the Foundation for Innovation and Discovery (FINND), where he is now a Board Director. He supports numerous startups as a board advisor and has also been a space and defense industry consultant.
As a military officer in the Air Force Reserves, Lt. Colonel Keselman works as the senior reservist for the Vice Chief of Staff’s innovation team Morpheus. He has formerly been the IMA to the Director of the DAF-MIT A.I. Accelerator and Chief, Technology Development in USD R&E amongst many other positions. His career has spanned military fields including nuclear operations, space operations and acquisition and he has founded and run numerous operational and R&D programs in the Intelligence Community. He is published in Space journals, is Government CIO certified and fluent in Russian.