#NSGSCon 2019: Accessible and Aspirational

December 11-12, 2019
Wardman Park Hotel, WDC

In addition to the planned panels, keynotes, and breakout sessions, #NSGSCon will include exhibition space for employers, academic institutions, and like-minded partners; a lifestyle lounge featuring a pop-up MM LaFleur showroom with stylists; and dedicated networking space to facilitate career coach drop-in sessions and meeting with recruiters in addition to attendee connections.

#NSGSCon is a child-welcoming space. Young children are welcome to attend with their parent, and childcare is available.


As always, the #NatSecGirlSquad Code of Conduct applies to #NSGSCon attendees, sponsors, partners, speakers, vendors, and all other related parties.

Day One Wednesday, December 11

0830 Check-In/Coffee
0900 Opening Remarks Maggie Feldman-Piltch, #NSGS Founder
0920 Keynote

1045 Breakout Session One

1a. Design Thinking/Problem Solving with MITRE Innovation Toolkit Team
1b. Personal Branding for Silent Professionals
1c. How to Brief Well

1200 Lunch and Bombshell Live Recording
Loren DeJonge Schulman
Dr. Erin Simpson
Dr. Radha Iyengar Plumb

1300 Panel One – Communicating National Security

Hannah Allam, NPR(i)
Elmira Bayrasli, Interrupted
Vera Bergengruen, TIME
Jenna McLaughlin, Yahoo News
Moderator: Val Insinna, Defense News

1420 Coffee Break

1440 Breakout Session Two

2a. Facilitating Decisions in Bureaucracy
2b.Publishing: Dos, Don’ts, Hows
2c. Navigating the SF-86 and Friends

1600 Panel Two – Interagency Toolbox

1720 Closing Remarks

1735 Yoga/Reception

Day Two Thursday, December 12

0830 Check-In/Coffee
0900 Opening Remarks: TBA (intro: Maggie Feldman-Piltch, #NSGS Founder)
0920 Panel Three – Technology, Partnerships, and Innovation

Dante Disparte, Head of Communication and Policy at Libra Association
Mariya Filipova, Chief Innovation Officer at Anthem
Dr. Rudra Kapila, Earth Scientist and Co-Chair, WCAPS Climate Security Working Group
Moderator: Carrie Drake, OG Systems

1035 Breakout Session Three

            3a. True Life: I’m a Government Consultant with Guidehouse
3b. Salary Negotiation and Career Planning
3c. “You Interrupted Me” and More Things to Say with Confidence with Kate Bell, NFLPA

1200 Lunch and Lawfare Podcast Live Recording

Ben Wittes and Guests

1300 Breakout Session Four

            4a. Managing People and Projects
4b. Personal Style and Professional Life with MM LaFleur and Xavier Clark, DHS
4c. Industry Hopping and Other Unplanned Adventures with Emily Horne, VP of Communications at Brookings

1420 Coffee Break

1440 Panel Four/Keynote TBA
1600 Closing: Maggie Feldman-Piltch, #NSGS Founder
1630 Reception

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Recruiting Participants