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Government Innovation
New York


Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

Location to be Confirmed

Event Overview

New York State is promoting best practices and inspiring technological innovation throughout the public sector. This is significant in the changing landscape and diversity across New York State – manifested through initiatives driving transparency & digital inclusion. Technology should have a positive impact for all. This will be achieved by enabling digital equity initiatives throughout the state.

For departments, agencies, and localities around the State of New York it is important to drive a culture of transparency & digital inclusion. Government leaders need technology tools that allow them to move expediently and collaboratively as their mission-focused agendas require. Solutions should be implemented to realize long-term benefits and capture the full potential of technological innovations.

The Public Sector Network invites you to join the conversation at Government Innovation New York. This one-day, in-person event will provide the ideal meeting place to learn, collaborate and discuss current trends and innovations being leveraged across New York State. With a focus on People, Process, Data, and Technology this event offers attendees a valuable opportunity to hear from public sector leaders and learn about innovative solutions for the challenges governments around the state face in an increasingly digital world. We will spotlight public sector thought leaders and their initiatives, explore the future of innovation, and reengage with each other.

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2022 Video Reel

Benefits of Attending

Hear about current Information Technology initiatives underway. These include: New York State’s Excelsior Pass Blueprint, District Instructional Technology Plans (ITPs), and Digital Inclusion

This in-person event will illustrate innovation in New York State and feature four streams: People, Process, Data, and Technology

Gather insight from public sector thought leaders that will help you understand their processes and lessons learned on topics such as: Workforce & HR Strategy, AI & Data, Driving Innovation, and Digital Solutions.

2022 Featured Speakers

Rajiv Rao, Chief Technology Officer, New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Rajiv Rao
Chief Technology Officer
New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Tina Kim, Deputy Comptroller for State Government Accountability, Office of the New York State Comptroller

Tina Kim
Deputy Comptroller for State Government Accountability
Office of the New York State Comptroller

Dr. Kitty Kay Chan, Professor of Practice in Applied Analytics; Program Director, M.S. in Applied Analytics, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Dr. Kitty Kay Chan
Professor of Practice in Applied Analytics; Program Director, M.S. in Applied Analytics,
Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Michael Washington, Deputy Commissioner for Diversity, Inclusion and Merit System Operations, New York State Department of Civil Service

Michael Washington
Deputy Commissioner for Diversity, Inclusion and Merit System Operations
New York State Department of Civil Service

Tayyab Walker, Director of Enterprise Data Solutions, Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, City of New York

Tayyab Walker
Director of Enterprise Data Solutions, Mayor’s Office for
Economic Opportunity
City of New York

Maria C. Herman, MBA, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Maria C. Herman
MBA, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Kate May, Chief Performance Officer, City of Rochester

Kate May
Chief Performance Officer,
City of Rochester

Jacob Morrison, Deputy Commissioner, Dutchess County Office of Central and Information Services

Jacob Morrison
Deputy Commissioner
Dutchess County Office of Central and Information Services

Nicolas Diaz, Chief Innovation & Data Officer, City of Syracuse

Nicolas Diaz
Chief Innovation & Data Officer,
City of Syracuse

Meghan E. Cook, MPA, MS, Program Director, CTG Albany, University at Albany, SUNY & Advisor, New York State Local Government Information Technology Directors Association

Meghan E. Cook, MPA, MS
Program Director,
CTG UAlbany, University at Albany, SUNY & Advisor, New York State Local Government Information
Technology Directors Association


Dr. Mila Gasco Hernandez, MBA, Research Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, SUNY (CTG UAlbany) & Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY

Dr. Mila Gasco Hernandez, MBA
Research Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, SUNY (CTG Albany) & Associate
Professor, Department of
Public Administration and
Policy, Rockefeller College
of Public Affairs and Policy,
University at Albany, SUNY

OSWALDO MESTRE JR. Chief Service Officer & Director of Citizen Services City of Buffalo - Division of Citizen Services

Oswaldo Mestre Jr.
Chief Service Officer & Director of Citizen Services
City of Buffalo – Division of Citizen Services

TERRANCE STROUD Deputy Comissioner New York City Department of Social Services

Terrance Stroud
Deputy Commissioner New York City
Department of Social
Services

LAUREN MOORE Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian New York State Education Department

Lauren Moore
Assistant Commissioner
for Libraries and State
Librarian
New York State
Education Department

MARGARET K UFER President The STEM Alliance

Margaret Käufer
President
The STEM Alliance

ROBERT CACACE Commissioner of Information Technology City of Yonkers

Robert Cacace
Commissioner of
Information Technology
City of Yonkers

JOHN COLUCCIO Signal Superintendent and Smart City Direcor City of Schenectady, NY

John Coluccio
Signal Superintendent and Smart City Director
City of Schenectady, NY

Christopher Marney -Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Schenectady

Christopher Marney
Assistant Corporation Counsel
City of Schenectady, NY

Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor, City of Schenectady, NY

Gary R. McCarthy
Mayor
City of Schenectady, NY

Mark Jones ED. d. Deputy District Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer BOCES

Mark Jones Ed.D.
Deputy District
Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer
BOCES

Rob Chuck, Program Director: People Strategy & Delivery - UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Rob Chuck
Program Director: People Strategy & Delivery
UK
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Natalie Helbig, PhD, Deputy Director, Center for Health Data Innovation Office of Quality and Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health

Natalie Helbig, PhD
Deputy Director, Center for Health Data Innovation Office of Quality and Patient Safety
New York State Department of Health

Regina Zimmerman PhD, MPH -Director, Data Governance and Informatics, Bureau of Epi Services The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Regina Zimmerman
PhD, MPH -Director, Data Governance and Informatics, Bureau of Epi Services
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

Joseph Kardash, Superintendent-Rensselaer City School District

Joseph Kardash
Superintendent
Rensselaer City School District

Olivia Bumgardner, Deputy Superintendent, Research and Innovation, NYS Department of Financial Services

Olivia Bumgardner
Deputy Superintendent, Research and Innovation
NYS Department of Financial Services

Frank Winters, Geographic Information Officer, NSGIC Past President, New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Frank Winters
Geographic Information Officer, NSGIC Past President
New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Rebecca Kirchheimer, Executive Director, Office of Business Process Innovation, NYC Human Resources Administration

Rebecca Kirchheimer
Executive Director, Office of Business Process Innovation
NYC Human Resources Administration

Florence Hudson, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University, Data Science Institute

Florence Hudson
Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub
Columbia University, Data Science Institute

Dr. Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University at Albany, SUNY

Dr. Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas
Vice President for Research and Economic Development
University at Albany, SUNY

LINDA MISEGADIS Public Sector Business Consulting Director UKG

Linda Misegadis
Senior Government Strategist
UKG

David Cumbow, Solutions Architect, Palo Alto Networks

David Cumbow
Solutions Architect
Palo Alto Networks

Lawrese Brown, CEO and Founder, C-Track Training

Lawrese Brown
CEO and Founder
C-Track Training

Dan Dabrowski, VP Public Sector, Prove Identity

Dan Dabrowski
VP Public Sector
Prove Identity

Justin Moran, East Sales Director, Opti9

Justin Moran
East Sales Director
Opti9

Bob Liebowitz, Lead -State/Local/Education-East, Confluent

Bob Liebowitz
Lead -State/Local/Education-East
Confluent

Chris Weber, Public Sector Area Sales Manager - SLED, GitLab

Chris Weber
Public Sector Area Sales Manager
GitLab

Michele V. Handzel-Jones, Esq.
Data Protection Officer Capital Region BOCES; Deputy Director of Risk Mitigation and Compliance
NERIC

Bob Benstead, VP Strategic Planning, Infor

Bob Benstead
VP Strategic Planning
Infor

Jill Symonds, Business Analyst at City of Rochester

Jill Symonds
Business Analyst
City of Rochester

2022 Key Sessions

The Government Innovation Series features the latest initiatives throughout New York State; sharing insights via keynote presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and fireside chats. To provide additional perspective – concurrent tracks will address more specific topics and challenges in the worlds of technology, people, data & process faced by public sector leaders today.

Main StagePanel DiscussionTechnology TrackPeople TrackData TrackDigital & CX Track

Morning Government Keynote

New York State’s Digital Future

Rajiv Rao
Chief Technology Officer, New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Afternoon Government Keynote

Leadership’s (or The Executive’s) Role in Driving Digital Inclusion

Tayyab Walker
Director of Enterprise Data Solutions, Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, City of New York

Government Keynote Fireside Chat

Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Tina Kim
Deputy Comptroller for State Government Accountability, Office of the New York State Comptroller

Kitty Kay Chan
Professor of Practice in Applied Analytics; Program Director, M.S. in Applied Analytics, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Thought Leadership Partner

Government Innovation in Crisis: Lessons Learned and Maintaining Momentum

Meghan E. Cook, MPA, MS
Program Director, CTG Albany, University at Albany, SUNY & Advisor, New York State Local Government Information Technology Directors Association

Dr. Mila Gasco Hernandez, MBA
Research Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany, SUNY (CTG UAlbany) & Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY

Ensuring the Public Sector Workforce Meets the Needs of a Digitally Forward Government

Moderator:
Linda Misegadis
Senior Government Strategist, UKG

Rob Chuck
Program Director: People Strategy & Delivery, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Olivia Bumgardner
Deputy Superintendent, Research and Innovation, NYS Department of Financial Services

Rebecca Kirchheimer
Executive Director, Office of Business Process Innovation, NYC Human Resources Administration

Technology Planning: New York State Public School Districts

Moderator:
Mark Jones, Ed.D.
Deputy District Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer, BOCES

Joseph Kardash
Superintendent, Rensselaer City School District

Michele V. Handzel-Jones, Esq.
Data Protection Officer Capital Region BOCES; Deputy Director of Risk Mitigation and Compliance, NERIC

Keynote Session

Adaptive Leadership and Innovation in Technology

Margaret Käufer
President, The STEM Alliance

Robert Cacace
Commissioner of Information Technology, City of Yonkers

Panel Discussion

Tools, Strategies, and Innovations Driving Transformation

Tayyab Walker
Director of Enterprise Data Solutions, Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, City of New York

Jacob Morrison
Deputy Commissioner, Dutchess County Office of Central and Information Services

Florence Hudson
Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Columbia University, Data Science Institute

Moderator:
Dan Dabrowski
VP Public Sector, Prove Identity

Keynote Session

How Human Resources Manages and Builds a Technology Workforce

Rob Chuck
Program Director: People Strategy & Delivery, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Panel Discussion

Developing a Diverse Workforce for Today and Tomorrow

Maria C. Herman
MBA, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Oswaldo Mestre Jr.
Chief Service Officer & Director of Citizen Services, City of Buffalo – Division of Citizen Services

Olivia Bumgardner
Deputy Superintendent, Research and Innovation, NYS Department of Financial Services

Moderator:
Lawrese Brown
CEO and Founder, C-Track Training

Keynote Session

Public GIS Data Drives a Segment of our Economy

Frank Winters
Geographic Information Officer, NSGIC Past President, New York State Office of Information Technology Services

Panel Discussion

Realizing the Benefits of our Data Resources for Improved Outcomes for Citizens

Kate May
Chief Performance Officer, City of Rochester

Regina Zimmerman
PhD, MPH – Director, Data Governance and Informatics, Bureau of Epi Services, The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 

Nicolas Diaz
Chief Innovation & Data Officer, City of Syracuse

Natalie Helbig
PhD, Deputy Director, Center for Health Data Innovation Office of Quality and Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health

Moderator:
Bob Liebowitz
Lead -State/Local/Education-East, Confluent

Keynote Fireside Chat Session

Exploring Innovative Public Services through Transparency and Accountability

John Coluccio
Signal Superintendent and Smart City Director, City of Schenectady, NY

Christopher Marney
Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Schenectady

Gary R. McCarthy
Mayor, City of Schenectady, NY

Panel Discussion

How New York can Harness Technology for Better Outcomes

Michael Washington
Deputy Commissioner for Diversity, Inclusion and Merit System Operations, New York State Department of Civil Service

Lauren Moore
Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, New York State Education Department

Terrance Stroud
Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Social Services

Justin Moran
East Sales Director, Opti9

Moderator:
Bob Benstead
VP Strategic Planning, Infor

Your Registration

Virtual Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and explore how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives

Interactivity

An opportunity to engage with the inspiring speaker panel and peers in the live Q&A and polling to discover answers to shared challenges

Leading Technology Solutions

Hear  from leading solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services

What Your Peers Had to Say

“Great lineup of speakers and panelists! It’s always great to hear about what others in the Industry are doing and positively impacting others.”
 U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

“The presenters were exceptional on all topics and discussions. The tools and resources shared were very helpful.”
 California State Controller’s Office

“It is so inspirational to hear people who are walking the their talk in the [government] workplace.”
California Department of Housing & Community Development

2022 Event Partners

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C-Track Training



For partnership opportunities, contact Andrew Jensen for more information.