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Free Cyber Conference

Jan. 31, 2012

      Learn new strategies to grow your business or career while networking with professionals in cyber-related business, industry, government agencies, public and private organizations at a free cyber conference on Friday, Feb. 10, at Anne Arundel Community College.

      “Cyber and Beyond” offers workshops led by business owners, cyber experts, bankers, government representatives and executives from Fortune 100 companies. Focus on opportunities for business and employment in cybersecurity. The 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. conference in the AACC Center for Applied Learning and Technology (CALT) Room 100 is hosted by the college Business Management Department, Entrepreneurial Studies Institute, CyberCenter and Computer Technologies department.

      Delivering the keynote address is David S. Dobbs of AECOM, who has more than 30 years of information systems experience in the private sector, with government agencies and the military. His international project management experience includes work with the Pentagon, Motorola, Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, the White House Communications Agency, CIA and FBI. He is currently the AECOM representative to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force, responsible for the growth and operations of the Information Technology Center.

      Breakout sessions include:

  • Cyber 2.0 - Accelerate your new venture’s growth through innovation to succeed in the commercial marketplace.
  • Funding Options – Infuse your start-up enterprise with funds through private and\or public financing.
  • Health Care and Beyond – Boost your business or career in health care information systems and related fields.
  • Leverage Your Government – Navigate the maze of rules involving local and federal contracts. Find out if a minority business classification will benefit your company.
  • Opportunities Abound – Focus on future local and regional opportunities for entrepreneurial ventures and careers in cyber and beyond. Explore new strategies for building human capital, which many companies deem a top asset.

      Those presenting the breakout sessions include Brenda Dilts, small business program manager for ARINC Defense Systems Engineering and Support; Kathryn Freeland, president and CEO of A-TEK Inc.; Kelly Hugo, AACC Health Information Technology program coordinator and former software company vice president; Joanne Jackson, minority/small business enterprise coordinator for Anne Arundel County; Valorie King, AACC CyberCenter instructional specialist with more than 30 years of information technology and project management experience; Kelly Koermer, J.D., dean of the AACC School of Business, Computing and Technical Studies; Hart Rossman, vice president and chief technology officer for SAIC Cyber Security Services and Solutions; Greg Smith, vice president and relationship manager at Chesapeake Business Banking; and Danielle Strand, AACC Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) engaged learning coordinator with 15 years of experience in STEM programs for higher education.

      Participants receive a continental breakfast and networking lunch. Online registration is required. For information, a program agenda, speaker bios and to register, visit the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute website at The AACC Arnold campus is at 101 College Parkway. For information, call 410-777-1227 or email