Public Speaking

Below is a fairly complete list of lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and other public engagements in reverse chronological order dating back to 1997, with links where possible.

Highlights include: Triple-heading Social Media for Non-profits conferences in Washington DC, Austin, and San Francisco; executive producing and hosting Geek 2 Chic charitable fashion shows for Microsoft in San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles; moderating a discussion/debate between Peter Shankman and Andrew Keen at the National Press Club; speaking about nascent social media tools in 2009 on a panel at the Army’s global public affairs conference; and curating the program and co-hosting O’Reilly Media’s Government 2.0 Expo at the Washington Convention Center.


Opening the Aperture: Driving Innovation in Big Companies 2014 Wharton DC Innovation Summit (Washington, DC, April 29, 2014) (panel)

Geek 2 Chic: San Francisco Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s (San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2013) (executive producer and host)

Young AFCEA Spring Fling (Washington, DC, May 2, 2013) (Industry Host Committee)

Engaging your stakeholders United Way Employee Engagement Forum (Alexandria, VA, May 2, 2013) (panel)

Unreasonable @ State (Washington, DC, May 2, 2013) (Microsoft dinner co-host)

Keynote remarks: Being remarkable BlogaTECH Summit (Washington, DC, April 18, 2013) (15 min. keynote talk)

Public Policy & Social Innovation Social Media Week NY (New York, NY, February 22, 2013) (panel)

Not Your Parent’s Capitol: How Digital Is Changing the Culture of Washington, DC Social Media Week DC (Washington, DC, February 20, 2013) (panel)

IamDTech Youth Entrepreneurship Day (Chevy Chase, MD, December 15, 2012) (host)

SBA Innovation Tweetup (Portland, OR, November 13, 2012) (co-host and opening remarks) launch Reboot America Summit (Washington, DC, November 9, 2012) (5 min. talk)

Chris Anderson book event (Washington, DC, October 25, 2012) (host and opening speaker)

Entreprelooza! Geek 2 Chic Afterparty Startup DC and Microsoft (Washington, DC, October 24, 2012) (co-producer and co-host)

Geek 2 Chic: DC Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase, MD, October 24, 2012) (executive producer and host)

Social Media For Fun and Nonprofit Social Media For Nonprofits Austin (Austin, TX, October 23, 2012) (kickoff talk)

Social Media For Fun and Nonprofit Social Media For Nonprofits SF (San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2012) (kickoff talk)

Social Media For Fun and Nonprofit Social Media For Nonprofits DC (Chevy Chase, MD, October 5, 2012) (kickoff talk)

Entreprelooza! for America Startup DC (Washington, DC, September 27, 2012) (co-producer and co-host)

DC Tech Breakfast (Chevy Chase, MD, September 19, 2012) (sponsor + host)

Welcoming the new AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows The Sphinx Grand Ballroom and Conference Center (Washington, DC September 12, 2012) (panel)

Panel on social media and education Microsoft Partners In Learning (PiL) Forum (Redmond, WA, July 30, 2012) (panel moderator)

[Social media and personal technology in the intelligence community] Intelligence and National Security Alliance (Tyson’s Corner, VA, July 25, 2012) (panel)

Yale in Washington Dinner P.J. Clarke’s Sidecar (Washington, DC, July 19, 2012) (dinner talk + discussion)

Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel’s Summer 2012 RX Party Guest of a Guest DC (May 24, 2012) (event honored guest)

Between rain and cocktails… Hollywood on the Potomac (May 24, 2012) (event honored guest)

Geek 2 Chic: LA Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s (Santa Monica, CA, May 10, 2012) (executive producer + host)

Geek 2 Chic: DC Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase, MD, November 8, 2011) (executive producer + host)

Geek 2 Chic: Chicago Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s (Chicago, IL, November 2, 2011) (executive producer + host)

How new digital tools are (or are not) impacting communications in and around government City Hall News Digital Communications series (New York, NY, October 14, 2011) (panel)

[Increasing the efficiency of tech marketing in the public sector] Tech Breakfast Club – Chicago (Chicago, IL, September 16, 2011) (panel)

Five Cultural Shifts Facing Entrepreneurs Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology Conference (Chicago, IL, May 11, 2011) (20 min talk)

Citizen 2.0 Government 2.0 session, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Summer Conference (Big Sky, MT, July 18, 2011) (45 min. keynote talk + panel)

Geek 2 Chic: DC Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase, MD, October 13, 2010) (executive producer + host)

Social Media is not that important The Foundation Center (Washington, DC, July 13, 2010) (talk)

Transparency, Public Participation, Collaboration – How to Craft Your Agency’s Open Government Plan Open Government Directive Seminar (Adobe and 1105 Media) (Washington, DC, February 18, 2010) (panel)

Innovation and Corporate Public Diplomacy BIBA: Big Ideas, Big Action (Washington, DC, February 2, 2010) (talk)

Proactively Filling the External Information Space PRSA Social Media Bootcamp (Washington, DC, January 29, 2010) (seminar)

Government 2.0: Past, Present, and Future Young Government Leaders – Bethesda (Bethesda, MD, January 27, 2010) (talk)

Offensive Social Media: Proactively Filling the External Information Space IDGA 2nd Annual Social Media for Government and Defense Conference (Washington, DC, January 22, 2010) (30 min talk)

Social Media Identity Management and Cybersecurity Conference (Arlington, VA, December 16, 2009) (panel)

Gov 2.0 Online Conference O’Reilly Media (Washington, DC, December 10, 2009) (program co-chair)

Social Networking For B2G Government Market Master (Vienna, VA, December 7, 2009) (speaker)

Government as an Open Platform: The Innovative Citizen 2.0 Social Media Club Orange County (Orange, CA, December 3, 2009) (keynote speaker & panelist)

Social Networking For Fun and Profit Bay Area CIO & IT Executives Meetup Group (Mountain View, CA, December 1, 2009) (featured speaker)

The Right Idea, Episode 36: Government 2.0 The Winston Group (Washington, DC, December 1, 2009) (video podcast guest)

The Right Idea, Episode 35: The Future of Communication The Winston Group (Washington, DC, November 24, 2009) (video podcast guest)

Social Networking: The Two Dirtiest Words in Government 2.0 Sweets and Tweets Talk (Washington, DC, November 17, 2009) (featured speaker)

Social Media Risk Mitigation 1105 Media 10th Annual Security Conference (Washington, DC, November 13, 2009) (panel moderator)

Government 2.0 – The Next Wave of Open Government? International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) DC Forum Luncheon (Washington, DC, November 4, 2009) (panel)

Executive Leadership Conference 2009: A New Era of Innovation ACT/IAC (Williamsburg, VA, October 25-27, 2009) (Technical Innovation Planning Committee, CXO Breakfast Table host)

Policy Issues For 2025: Mark Drapeau Interview Policy Bloggers Network (October 23, 2009) (interview)

ExecutiveBiz Marketing Executive Happy Hour ExecutiveBiz at the Tower Club (McLean, VA, October 15, 2009) (30 min talk and Q ‘n’ A)

Showcasing Innovators For Government Gov 2.0 Summit (Washington, DC, September 9, 2009) (session moderator)

Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase O’Reilly Media and TechWeb (Washington, DC, September 8, 2009) (co-chair/host of event)

Social Media Tools and Connecting Them To Mission Potomac Forum: Government 2.0 Leadership, Collaboration, and Public Engagement Symposium (August 27, 2009) (30 min talk)

Experts: Agencies should monitor crosstalk on social media Federal Computer Week (August 26, 2009) (news article)

Leveraging Web 2.0 Applications for Increased Efficiency, The 5th Annual National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo (Las Vegas, NV, July 23, 2009) (panel)

Social Software and National Security, Open Government & Innovations Conference (Washington, DC, July 21, 2009) (panel moderator)

Social Networks and Societal Revolution: What Happened / Is Happening In Iran? World Tech Summit (New York, NY, July 15, 2009) (panel)

Breakfast Brainstorm: How to use and leverage viral media for your business Network of Entrepreneurial Women (Washington, DC, July 15, 2009) (2 hour talk/workshop leader)

What Security Issues are Raised by Government 2.0? Cybersecurity and Web 2.0 for the DHS Gov 2.0 Best Practices Workshop (Washington, DC, June 22, 2009) (panel)

How Does Government 2.0 Impact Communications ACT/IAC Management of Change Conference (Norfolk, VA, June 1, 2009) (panel)

Emerging Trends and Technologies Affecting Information Sharing AFCEA Solutions Series: Inter-agency, Allied, and Coalition Information Sharing (Landsdowne, VA, May 20, 2009) (panel)

Crossing the Divide: Services in an e-World 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) (Denver, CO, May 18, 2009) (panel)

Big Brands, Big Plans Online Marketing Summit (Washington, DC, May 14, 2009) (keynote panel)

Print vs. Post: A Discussion With Andrew Keen and Peter Shankman National Press Club (Washington, DC , May 13, 2009) (moderator)

Changing How We Communicate Army Worldwide Public Affairs Symposium (Crystal City, VA, May 5, 2009) (panel)

Government 2.0 Breakfast & Schmooze Bisnow Technology (Washington, DC, April 27, 2009) (panel)

New Media: A Graduate Seminar Interagency Resources Management Conference (IRMCO 2009) (Cambridge, MD, April 20, 2009) (panel)

How to use Web 2.0 tools for writing and more George Washington University Semester in Washington Journalism Program (April 3, 2009) (20 min talk + Q /A)

Government 2.0 Camp Inaugural event of Government 2.0 Club (Washington, DC, March 27-28, 2009) (co-organizer)

The Future of Global Engagement Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Annual Conference (Washington, DC, March 2009) (keynote panelist)

Web 2.0 ‘Rock Stars’ Panel IAC/ACT Executive Session at FOSE 2009 (Washington, DC, March 2009) (panel)

Citizens are Conversations: Government with the People Best Practices for Making Government 2.0 Work Now event by BearingPoint/InformationWeek (Washington, DC, March 2009) (30 min keynote talk)

Social Software and Security Brown Bag lunch talk, National Defense University (Washington, DC, March 2009) (1 hr presentation)

Twitter: People are Conversations Project on National Security Reform (Arlington, VA, March 2009) (2 hr presentation)

Web 2.0 and the New Administration Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same: How to Market to a Government in Transition, GovMark Council (Washington, DC, Feb 2009) (30 min talk)

Government & Technology Presidential Inauguration Conference (Washington, DC, Jan 2009) (panel)

Government 2.0, Part II Social Media Club DC (Washington, DC, Jan 2009) (panel)

Utility of Web 2.0 WIRe/ICES Enterprise 2.0 Conference (Laurel, MD, Sept 2008) (panel)

Committee on Improving Processes and Policies for the Acquisition and Test of Information Technologies in the Department of Defense National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC, Sept 2008) (testimony)

Innovation: A Scientist’s Perspective The 44th Annual Golf Tournament for the Los Angeles Council of the American Electronics Associate (AeA) (Calabasas, CA, July 2008) (20 min dinner keynote talk)

Applications of Biological Models and Metaphors in National Security Insitute for Defense Analyses’ (IDA) Symposium on Biologically-Inspired Innovation (Alexandria, VA, 2008) (panel)

Ecological Models and Counterinsurgency Operations International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering (Las Vegas, NV, July 2008) (20 min talk)

Life Sciences and National Security Institute for Defense Analyses’ Science and Technology Policy Institute (IDA-STPI) (Washington, DC, May 2008) (1 hr talk)

How Ecological Models May Aid Counterinsurgency Operations NECSI International Conference on Complex Systems (Quincy, MA, Oct 2007) (20 min talk)

Bio-inspired Defense Research The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) Symposium on Autonomy (Adelphi, MD, Oct 2007) (30 min talk)

Adaptation and Counterinsurency Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (Chicago, IL, Oct 2007) (panel)

Continuing the Fight: Military Operations and Pandemic Influenza The U.S. Army 807th MEDCOM Medical Workshop (San Antonio, TX, June 2007) (30 min talk)

Continuing the Fight: Military Operations and Pandemic Influenza US CENTCOM Theatre Security Cooperation Symposium (Tampa, FL, May 2007) (30 min talk)

The Case Against Biodefense MITRE Corporation Project Looking Glass (PLG) Exercise (McLean, VA, Apr 2007) (45 min talk)

Biological Metaphors and Models for Net-Centric Operations U.S. Military Academy / Army Research Institute Network Science Workshop (West Point, NY, Apr 2007) (15 min talk)

The ‘New’ Biological Warfare RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, CA, Apr 2007) (1 hr talk)

Genomics of Drosophila circadian neurons New York Clocks Club at Rockefeller University (New York, NY, 2006) (20 min talk)

Expression of yellow in the central nervous system and its role in the development of Drosophila male sexual behavior Cold Spring Harbor Conference on the Neurobiology of Drosophila (Cold Spring Harbor, NY, Oct 2003) (poster)

A gene necessary for normal male courtship, yellow, acts downstream of fruitless in the Drosophila melanogaster larval brain The 44th Annual Drosophila Research Conference (Chicago, IL, March 2003) (poster)

The role of the yellow gene in Drosophila sexual differentiation Department of Biology, New York University (New York, NY, 2002) (1 hr talk)

The role of the yellow gene in Drosophila sexual differentiation Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California – Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, 2002) (1 hr talk)

The role of the yellow gene in Drosophila sexual differentiation Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA, 2002) (1 hr talk)

The yellow gene and the genetics of male sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster Seymour Benzer’s lunchroom, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA, 2002) (2 hr talk)

The yellow gene and the genetics of male sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster Department of Zoology, University of Toronto (Mississagua, Ontario, Canada, 2002) (1 hr talk)

The yellow gene and the genetics of male courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster The Neurosciences Institute (La Jolla, CA, 2002) (1 hr talk)

The genetics of male courtship behavior in Drosophila melanogaster and its sibling species ‘Lunch Bunch’ at the Department of Biology, University of California – Riverside (Riverside, CA, 2002) (1 hr talk)

Is central nervous system function of ‘behavior genes’ necessary for behavior? Neurobrunch at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California – Irvine (Irvine, CA, 2002) (1 hr talk)

The development of behavior: A genetic analysis of sexual behavior in Drosophila melanogaster The 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology (Seattle, WA, July 2001) (poster)

Fine-scale genetic dissection of the role of the yellow gene in Drosophila melanogaster mating success The 38th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society (Corvallis, OR, July 2001) (20 min talk)

Genetic and sensory dissection of yellow’s role in Drosophila melanogaster male courtship song and mating success The 42nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference (Washington, DC, March 2001) (poster)

Sex, flies, and videotape: The effects of mutations in the Drosophila melanogaster yellow gene on courtship song singing rate and male mating success Neurobrunch at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California – Irvine (Irvine, CA, 2001) (1 hr talk)

Genetic analysis of the role of yellow in male courtship and mating behavior The 41st Annual Drosophila Research Conference (Pittsburgh, PA, March 2000) (15 min talk)

Differences in mating behavior and sex ratio in three species of Nasonia
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL, Feb 1997) (1 hr talk)

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