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SVTC Luncheon: WTF is Strategy and Why Should You Care? (10/24)
Valley Women in Tech Lunch (10/29)
Regional Data Town Hall Invitation from Carlos Rivero, Commonwealth's Chief Data Officer
DIGITAL: Dukes Inspiring Girls Into Technology (10/19)
VIP Reception & Cybersecurity Day Invitation from National Cyber Security Alliance (RSVP by 10/21)
Robots that Need to Mislead: Biologically-inspired Machine Deception (10/21)
Disruption: Challenging Leadership at Every Turn | VMI Leadership & Ethics Conference (10/28-10/29)
Innovate | Shenandoah: Strategic Doing Day (10/30)
Cyber Security Conference & Expo | Theme: Women Leaders in Cyber | Washington, DC (11/14)
Shenandoah Valley Open Tech Jobs
Rocktown Tech Slack Channel Link
October 24, 2019 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

This presentation will focus on understanding the 3 different types of strategic disciplines.  What are their differences and how businesses often gravitate to one not realizing the others are blind spots?  How to build a strategy that leverages all 3 and how to do that to build a better organization.  An ideal topic for business leaders looking to take their business to the next level or understand how to pivot from stagnate/declining revenue.

About the Speaker
David Deaton, founder of Deaton Group, LLC, has over two decades of experience transforming organizations through strategic planning, market research, and effective execution.  David has partnered with organizations worldwide ranging from startups and nonprofits to global businesses to improve growth, manage change and transformation, and develop strong strategic foundations to build and sustain their success.  As the former Director of Strategy and Market Research for the CFA Institute Asia Pacific region, David has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative market analysis. He then went on to become Global Strategic Planning Director where he developed organizational strategy and departmental alignment, guided new teams and projects through effective launches, helped teams plan for implementation, and provided group facilitation for departmental strategic planning.  We know that organizations can overcome their toughest obstacles and reach new levels of success through sound strategy. We're here to make that happen.

Register for October 24, 2019 SVTC Luncheon

Thank you luncheon sponsors!

October 29, 2019 | 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg
Gathering all who are interested in supporting women "in tech" from around the Valley for an informal meeting to connect, network, and share ideas. This is a first meeting to get acquainted. From students to professionals, we welcome all. We're building our Women in Technology village and we want you to be engaged. For our first networking event, we'll gather insights into what you want out of our WoTech community.

Take a look at an organization in Charlottesville, Charlottesville Women in Tech (, we are keeping them in mind as we start a conversation among women who are in tech, in the Valley. As always, that's anywhere on the range from tech user to tech creator. Elaine Cheng, Chief Information Officer, Shentel and Nicky Swayne, CEO, Shen. Valley Technology Council will facilitate the meeting.

Please pre-register to attend so that we can bring pre-printed nametags for attendees.

Regional Data Town Hall Invitation from Carlos Rivero, Commonwealth's Chief Data Officer

Carlos and team have been diligently working on a data culture initiative establishing awareness, facilitating engagement, providing inspiration, and promoting empowerment throughout state government. He would like to expand the initiative to include localities and communities throughout the Commonwealth. He would like to hear directly from stakeholders some of the issues they are facing with regards to data governance, sharing, analytics, and deriving intelligence from their data assets to support actionable decision-making within their jurisdictions.

Carlos would also like to discuss the FAACT Initiative (Framework for Addiction Analysis and Community Transformation) which started in Winchester and has now expanded to Roanoke. FAACT provides community leaders with the data and decision support tools they need to address the opioid substance abuse epidemic with a wider focus on substance use and addiction analysis. The CDO would like to learn more about the local issues communities are facing and hear directly from community stakeholders how the state can help them fight the epidemic. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to talk about data and the benefits derived from its use!
Registration links and dates for each region:

Virginia Beach 

DIGITAL: Dukes Inspiring Girls Into Technology (10/19)  

October 19, 2019 |  9:00 am - 3:30 pm
ISAT/CS Building, JMU, Harrisonburg

New this year!! Special High school sessions, seperate lunch for Middle and High School students with individual panels and a parent talk with Dr. Dee. Weikle!

Come celebrate CS Education Week at DIGITAL with JMU Women in Technology (WIT). Learn Python programming, program Finch and Hummingbird Robots, create art with Chibitronics, get a chance to fly a drone and then form a team to design and implement your own project with what you learned. DIGITAL is an event open to middle school and high school girls interested in technology. College students from JMU Women in Technology (JMU WIT) lead girls through hands-on activities to help them engage with new technologies. JMU WIT strives to support and celebrate girls and women interested in STEM fields from the classroom to the workforce.

Schedule for the Day:
  • 9:00-9:30: Check In and Breakfast
  • 9:30-9:45: Introduction from JMU Computer Science Dept. Head, Dr. Sharon Simmons
  • 9:45-10:00: Break into Station Groups
  • 10:00-11:00: Station 1
  • 11:00-12:00: Station 2
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch and Seperate Middle and High School panels
  • *Middle "Next Steps: What Do I want to do in high school"
  • *High "The Future: What opportunities Do I have in College"
  • 1:00-2:00: Station 3
  • 2:00-3:00: Project Time
  • 3:00-3:30: Closing
  • 3:30: Depart
  • *9:45-10:15: Parent Talk with Dr. Dee Weikle
For more information on WIT and DIGITAL, visit the JMU Women in Tech website 

Registration is  FREE. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Questions? Contact Melissa Heatwole at or 540-568-4226

Register for October 19, 2019 DIGITAL event

VIP Reception & Cybersecurity Day Invitation
from National Cyber Security Alliance 
(RSVP by 10/21)

We'd like to invite you to a couple of events coming up in Martinsville at the New College Institute (NCI). The events are being held in celebration of National Cyber Awareness Month and in partnership with its parent organization, the National Cyber Security Alliance. Both events are a great opportunity to network with Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance who will be in town for both events.  

The events are "free" however registration is required.  Please RSVP to Karen Jackson by October 21st at

October 24
Cybersecurity Day: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

Where: New College Institute, Martin-Lacy Lecture Hall

To celebrate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, the community is invited to Cybersecurity Day on October 24. Come hear from local businesses, experts and federal government on the current state of cybersecurity, emerging threat landscape and how to #BeCyberSmart
Come and stay for part or all of the day.

  • 9:30am: Registration
  • 10:00am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 10:10am: Keynote - The State of Cybersecurity & Emerging Technology
  • 11:00am: DHS and FBI Fireside Chat 
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 12:30pm: 5G and the Implications for Martinsville
  • 1:15pm: Develop a Cyber Action Plan: Tips for Entrepreneurs and SMBs 
  • 1:55 closing remarks
  • 2:00 adjourn 
October 21, 2019 | 5:00 pm
Stackhouse Theater, Lexington

October 28 - 29, 2019
Marshall Hall, VMI, Lexington 

Rapidly changing ideological differences, technological innovations, and social norms are disrupting the nation, established institutions, businesses, and cultures around the globe. Our conference will focus on critical thinking, creative problem solving and leading in a disruptive environment. We will offer a balance of top-notch speakers on key areas of disruption (cultural, individual, technological, and business) with hands-on, active learning sessions.

About the Annual VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference
Begun in 2010, the VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference is a hallmark of the Center for Leadership and Ethic's programming. It is a top-tier conference that addresses a significant issue of ethical leadership development, including living an honorable lifestyle in contemporary America.

The conference is open to all interested adults and attracts the attention of faculty and students of a diverse array of military and civilian colleges, members of the public and private sectors, military leaders, and non-profit audiences. Through the participation of these attendees and our speakers, VMI leads national conversations on diverse themes of leadership and ethics in modern society.

Students and faculty of other colleges, the general public, VMI cadets, staff, faculty are encouraged to attend.

Of interest for tech community might be this speaker:

Dr. Crum is the Caroline Dawn Wortham '12 Leadership Speaker
for this year's Leadership and Ethics Conference

Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

Poppy serves as the chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an adjunct professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.

Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies - and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.

At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as augmented and virtual reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

Poppy is a U.S. representative and vice-chair to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and a member of the Stanford Research Institute Technical Council. Prior to joining Dolby Laboratories, Poppy was a research faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where her neurophysiological research focused on understanding the neural correlates of how we hear in a complex acoustic environment and the functional circuitry of the auditory cortex.

Poppy is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. She is a 2018 recipient of the Advanced Imaging Society's Distinguished Leadership Award, a 2017 recipient of the Consumer Technology Association's Technology and Standards Achievement Award for work towards the introduction of over-the-counter hearing-aid devices, and has been named to Billboard Magazine's 100 most influential female executives in the music industry. Prior to academic study as a neuroscientist and work in industry, Poppy was a performing violinist.

She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the intersection of human experience, artificial intelligence, sensory data-science, and immersive technologies

Teams meet October 30, 2019 | 9am - 5pm
Innovate | Shenandoah in an initiative sponsored by SCCF and the VA Department of Housing and Community Development. They are hosting a Strategic Doing Day. What is Strategic Doing? Strategic Doing is a framework developed by Purdue University that helps loosely connected groups, collaborate quickly and effectively. Communities within the Shenandoah Valley are invited to build teams that will work through the Strategic Doing Process to develop projects that highlight entrepreneurship and economic vibrancy in your community. 

More information about Strategic Doing:

Want to be a part of a team from your area? Complete the form in the link below and you will get you connected to the appropriate organizer within your region. Please note, some teams may already be full.

Register for the October 30, 2019 Strategic Doing Day
and you will be connected within your region

November 14, 2019 | 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC
Digital Government Institute is privileged to work with some of the best and brightest government leaders.  We are especially excited about the upcoming 12th annual Cyber Security Conference - scheduled for November 14 - an event to highlight women in Cybersecurity.  These Cyber Leaders will share their capabilities, experiences, lessons learned and accomplishments, to include how they are advancing both their agencys' missions and their own careers.   DGI is finalizing the agenda and plans to have top-level cybersecurity leaders from organizations such as USPS, FBI, HHS, DHS, Montgomery County, WMATA and ZeroFox on the program. 

The complete conference schedule will be announced soon.  Plan to attend and get inspired!  Learn more

  • Virginia Eagle Distributing, Verona (Digital Sales Administrator)
  • Sproutly, New Market (UX Designer)
  • Ryzing Technologies, Staunton (Engineering Technician)
  • Vision Technology Group, Harrisonburg (Tier III Network Engineer)
  • Budget Referee, Harrisonburg (Full Stack Developer with front end web development focus)
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