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GovConWire Hosting BD Trends Forum TODAY; Featuring GSA’s Stephanie Shutt as Keynote Speaker

GovConWire Events will host its 2020 Business Development (BD) Trends Forum, featuring Stephanie Shutt with the General Services Administration (GSA), as the keynote speaker on Thursday, August 27th. Click here to register for the 2020 BD Trends Forum on Aug. 27th.

GovConWire’s 2020 BD Trends Forum will also host an expert panel, moderated by Ravi Dankanikote, senior vice president of BD with CACI International. Lesley Field, deputy administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with the Executive Office of the President, will serve as a panelist during the event.

The panel will feature Frank Kelley, vice president of Defense Acquisition University (DAU), and Dr. Donna Peebles, associate administrator of  8(a) Business Development (BD) and Senior Executive (SES) with Small Business Administration (SBA).

The speakers will dive into current BD trends, tips for securing contracts and Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 federal budget projections. Do not miss out on this must see forum!

Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Shutt, GSA

Stephanie Shutt Director-MAS PMO GSA
Stephanie Shutt Director-MAS PMO GSA

Shutt has supported GSA’s MAS program for over 15 years. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the agency’s $30 billion MAS program offering almost every commercial product and service available to agencies government-wide.

As PMO Director, Shutt has ensured that GSA’s Schedule program continually addresses current market forces and provides the federal government with a streamlined, value-based contracting solution that continues to save time and money well into the future.

Shutt recently discussed her goals to consolidate GSA scheduling. She stated that the main goal of the project is to help the entire program become more consistent. After receiving feedback from industry, customer agencies and GSA’s workforce, she recognized that groups that ended up being siloed due to the amount of schedules.

“The other thing we found when we were talking to everyone was that not only was there a consistency issue, but they became a duplication issue because everyone was building on their own, not as an enterprise… we realized the only way we’re going to be able to do that is to go one to so that that guessing game was eliminated.”

Moderator: Ravi Dankanikote, CACI

Ravi Dankanikote
Ravi Dankanikote

Dankanikote is responsible for growth strategies and new enterprise business development. He focuses his business development efforts on large IT transformations, department-wide Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations, and enterprise architecture development across the federal government.

He also executes company growth strategies including pursuing and winning large, complex contracts that deliver long-term growth. CACI has developed and implemented systems that process approximately $200 billion in federal procurements annually.

The company’s expertise and technology in the areas of financial management, human capital management, asset and materials management, acquisition, and administrative management help customers improve their efficiency.

Panelist: Lesley Field, OMB

Lesley Field OMB
Lesley Field of OMB

Field’s office is responsible for developing and implementing government wide policies to support over $550 billion in federal contracting each year. Prior to joining OMB, Field served as a contracting officer with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT).

She is a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and was recognized by FCW with their President’s Award in 2017. Field received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia, her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Panelist: Frank Kelley, DAU

Frank Kelley VP DAU
Frank Kelley, VP of DAU

In his position with DAU, Kelley is responsible for aligning the university’s strategic plans to the goals of both the secretary of Defense and under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, while continuing to build the outstanding reputation of DAU as the Department of Defense (DoD) primary learning institution for acquisition.

He also supervises the development and expansion of acquisition curriculum and learning opportunities and the delivery of those learning assets throughout the five DAU regional campuses, the Defense Systems Management College and the College of Contract Management.

Prior to his assignment with DAU, Kelley served as the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy Unmanned Systems from Oct. 2015 to June 2018. In this capacity, he was the principal advisor to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition on matters relating to unmanned systems across land, sea and air.

Kelley recently discussed how contractors can earn work with the federal government. During his discussion, he analyzed how to produce new technology that the military can use for training.

“Games and simulations have evolved in their usage in military settings,” Kelley said. “Today the government looks to young tech start-ups, funding them to offer new ideas and uses of technology for military training.”

2020 BD Trends Forum

During GovConWire’s 2020 BD Trends Forum on Thursday, Aug. 27th, the speakers will further explain the goals within the private and public sector, how to modernize scheduling and procurement, as well as dive into current Business Development (BD) trends, tips for securing contracts and Fiscal Year 2021 federal budget projections. Do not miss out on this must see forum!

Click here to register for the 2020 BD Trends Forum on Aug. 27th.

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