Opening Keynote: Public Policy in a Changing World—How Will It Impact the ICT Professional?
Tuesday, 11 February 2020 - 8:45 - 9:30am
Join us for the Opening General Session as Charles Wilson and a panel of industry-leading experts discuss key topics facing the ICT professional, including:
O*NET Industry Classifications and Code Assignments
Public Work Development Initiatives
Other Critical ICT Topics
The year 2019 saw an alarming uptick in proposed legislation to address the changing ICT industry and 2020 is promising to have even more activity. Technology, safety and the human element are often at odds with each other. Rapidly advancing technology continues to change the ways we work and live. This panel will discuss the landscape and some of the challenges and opportunities, as well as the importance in implementing new strategies and defending competency-based programs for the design, installation and integration of ICT fields.
Before being named executive director of The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), a not-for-profit association representing the connected technologies industry, Charles served on the organization’s Board of Directors as a practicing systems integrator. He currently sits on numerous industry boards and councils and often speaks on emerging technologies, innovation, codes and standards, and regulatory issues, as well as legislative and industry advocacy concerns.
Senior Manager, State and Local Government Affairs
In his role involving government affairs for Cisco Systems, Joseph covers the entire country and monitors state legislation that ranges from cloud computing, Power over Ethernet, cybersecurity and procurement. Before Cisco, he was a Manager of State Government Affairs at RELX (LexisNexis and Elsevier). Joseph has worked in state government public policy for 13 years, including a stint at a major international trade association, the State of Georgia’s Technology Authority.
Pat McMurray’s exposure to low-voltage cabling began on the Engineering Lab bench at 3Com Corporation in the early ‘80s when 3Com developed the first PC LAN Ethernet card which operated on Thick Ethernet, 10Base-5. He joined T&R Communications, Inc. in 1985 and was made a partner shortly after, managing the technical portion of the business. Today Pat is President of T&R Communications and serves as the BICSI Western Region Director. He is also active with Northern California IBEW-NECA.
Ron Tellas, BSEE, MSEE, MBA
Technology and Applications Manager, Enterprise Networks
Ron joined Belden in 2016 to help define the roadmap of technology and applications in the enterprise. Prior to this, he developed cables and connectivity for Panduit and Andrew Corporation. Ron Tellas is a subject-matter expert in RF design and Electromagnetic Propagation. He represents Belden in the ISO WG3 committee, TIA TR42 Premises Cabling Standards and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group. Ron is the inventor of 16 US patents. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration from Purdue University.
Closing Keynote Speaker: “The Three Biggest Mistakes We Can Make to Sabotage Our Future”
Many businesses and industries are getting disrupted in this VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) economy. Against this backdrop, there are three kinds of companies and professionals:
1. Those who are leading the disruption
2. Those who are copying the leaders and playing catch-up
3. Those who become irrelevant and redundant during this process
Naturally, no company wants to be in the third category, but many will find themselves ending up here. Inspirational speaker, Eugene Seah had more than his fair share of facing disruptions and for the past five years has been leading the disruption. Eugene
will share three powerful steps to help you become future-ready in this VUCA environment. Guaranteed to be humorous, insightful and inspirational, this talk will open your mind to new possibilities.
Eugene Seah is the Founder and Chief Coach at Trainium Academy and author of the upcoming book “Superbrand Me.” He is often interviewed by media and is well known as one of Singapore’s most entertaining, engaging and inspirational speakers in the area of growth mindset and future-readiness. Effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin, Eugene has spoken in many countries including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Maldives and others. Eugene’s wealth of experience is acquired through more than 15 years’ experience in regional sales and leadership in the financial industry. He has been invited by corporate leaders across a spectrum of industries to coach them and transform their teams. Companies include Sony, PwC, KPMG, GlaxoSmithKline, Western Digital, DBS Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, ANZ Bank, GIC, Star Cruises and many other major brands. As an Executive Committee Member in the Asia Professional Speakers Singapore, Eugene also volunteers as the Head of Membership in the nation-building movement SG100 Foundation.