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Overview

The Digital Government Summit brings together technology focused public-sector professionals with leading industry partners to connect on innovative approaches, get inspired and discover new technologies. Join us and let’s improve the future of government together!

A message from our Keynote Speaker

Join us in North Dakota to explore the exciting advancements in state IT and discover how we are revolutionizing citizen experiences through seamless digital services. Engage with our community of forward-thinking experts to explore cutting-edge advancements, exchange insights, and forge collaborative partnerships that will shape the landscape of digital governance nationwide. Be inspired, be empowered, and together, let's chart a course towards a brighter, more connected future.

- Greg Hoffman, Interim Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department, State of North Dakota

Speakers

Mary Kelly, PhD

Mary Kelly, PhD LinkedIn

Former Commander, US Navy

Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over twenty years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. She has master’s degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics. Mary has more than twenty years combined teaching experience at the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University. She has extensive experience in business coaching, management, economics, government, organizational leadership, communication, organizational growth, teamwork, strategic planning, human resources, customer service, time management, and project development. Mary has written thirteen books on leadership, productivity, business planning, and personal finance to help people and organizations at all levels. Mary Kelly has published more than 500 articles and is a frequent guest on media programs. She was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Sean McSpaden

Sean McSpaden

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Sean McSpaden is an executive level information technology professional with over 30 years of experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. His background includes the start-up and management of several small businesses and he has served on the Board of Directors or in Executive Director positions for several 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Sean’s public service experience includes progressively responsible positions as an IT analyst, and in statewide coordination, management and leadership positions within the Executive and Legislative branches of Oregon state government. From June 2008 to September 2013, served as the state of Oregon’s Deputy State Chief Information Officer.
Throughout his 25-year tenure in Oregon state government, Sean and the teams he has led have received several state, regional and national recognitions and awards. In addition, Sean has represented the state of Oregon on numerous state, regional and national project steering committees, task forces, governing boards, committees, commissions and associations, and has presented on various topics at local, state, regional, national, and international meetings and conferences.
Sean earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and Certificate of Public Management from the Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Sean is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and holds a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Sean also holds a Secret level clearance granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Shila Blend, PhD, RN-BC

Shila Blend, PhD, RN-BC

Health Information Technology Director, State of North Dakota

Shila Blend, PhD, MSN, is the Health Information Technology Director, who is responsible for overseeing the North Dakota Health Information Network, the health information exchange for North Dakota. She is currently a member of the federal Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.  She is a board-certified cardiac vascular registered nurse and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing with a Health Systems focus from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary.  Shila brings more than a decade of experience leading people and projects in the health information technology space, including patient care and implementation of software and statewide programs.  Her leadership experience includes significant stakeholder engagement with state, local and tribal partners as well as health care associations, emergency management and legislative members.  Shila is a systems thinker passionate about improving our rural health care systems.  

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Greg Hoffman

Greg Hoffman

Interim Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department, State of North Dakota

Greg has been a part of the organization since 2005 and has led the division since 2014.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration as well as a Master’s of Business Administration in Business Management.  He is also a certified Technology Business Manager.  Greg has served several roles within NDIT’s administration division, most recently as the Deputy CIO since 2022 before being named Interim CIO in June 2024.  He has had the pleasure of building strong administrative and leadership teams to support the needs of the agency. Greg spends spare time with family and friends being as active as possible.  Fishing, hunting, and playing softball are among his primary passions with cooking, listening to music and playing cards filling in any time left. 

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Ryan Jockers

Ryan Jockers

Assistant Director, Reporting and Analytics, North Dakota University System

With over ten years of experience in leading data and analytics projects in various sectors, I am currently the Assistant Director of Reporting and Analytics at the North Dakota University System (NDUS), where I collaborate with other departments to identify and generate potential data initiatives and provide strategic and tactical leadership to ensure that data and analytic needs relevant to NDUS are met.
As a passionate advocate for leadership development, I have a Master of Science in Applied Economics, a Master of Business Administration, and a certificate in Leadership Principles from Harvard Business School Online. I have also completed several nano degrees in AI programming and deep learning and have won multiple awards for my innovative use of AI and data in public service and education. I thrive in environments that employ a strategic vision to leverage resources and maximize potential. Every challenge is an opportunity to engage, empower, and positively impact everyone I am privileged to work with.

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Madhavi Marasinghe

Madhavi Marasinghe

Chief Information Officer, University of North Dakota

Madhavi Marasinghe, chief information officer (CIO), assumed the position of UND CIO in early spring of 2017. She comes to UND from NDUS CTS where she served as the director of enterprise services.
With over 20 years of experience in higher education, her experience includes strategic planning, successfully leading multiple large IT initiatives, system integration and consolidation, and collaborating with various entities to find the most cost effective solutions for technology needs.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in management (information) systems from Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) and a Master of Science in (higher) education leadership from UND.

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Jason Mattheis

Jason Mattheis

EduTech Manager of Professional Learning & Outreach, Information Technology Department, State of North Dakota

Jason Mattheis is the Manager of Professional Learning & Outreach for NDIT-EduTech.  His Team works with teachers from around North Dakota on ways they can incorporate technology into their classrooms. The Team also provides professional development to help teachers earn a credential so they can teach Computer Science and Cybersecurity in their classrooms.  He has been with EduTech for six years and was previously an Information Technology Specialist on the Training and Outreach Team.  Prior to joining EduTech, Jason was a junior high and high school social studies and business education teacher for 16 years.  He also spent three of those years as a school district technology coordinator.

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Kimberly Weis, MPH

Kimberly Weis, MPH

Chief Data Officer, State of North Dakota

Kimberly Weis became the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) in January 2024. In this role, she is responsible for shaping how NDIT and State Agencies leverage data to drive innovation, enhance efficiency, and achieve better outcomes for stakeholders.
Weis was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. She earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology in Minnesota before returning to ND in 2004. At that time, she started her career in public service, working at the North Dakota Department of Health as an epidemiologist. She later transitioned to Human Services, serving as the Assistant Director of the data analytics team. In 2019, Weis moved to the Data Division of NDIT, and in 2020, Weis became the Data and Analytics Director within NDIT.
Weis has a passion for all things data and is committed to using data to help enhance the health and well-being of the people of North Dakota. Outside of work, Weis values time spent with her family. A favorite pastime is weekend day trips to hidden gems throughout North Dakota.

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Agenda

Tuesday, June 25

8:00 am Central

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Foyer

9:00 am Central

Opening Remarks

Galleria Ballroom

Greg Hoffman, Interim Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Department, State of North Dakota

9:15 am Central

Keynote – Charting Your Course: A Global Perspective on Team Development and Leadership

Galleria Ballroom

In today’s dynamic landscape, leaders must remain attuned to emerging trends and stay ahead of new developments to effectively guide their teams through times of transformation. What valuable insights can we glean from how governments and organizations worldwide approach challenges? And how does this impact our work in the public sector? This session explores pressing topics such as change management, the role of Artificial Intelligence in our daily lives, and strategies for upskilling your teams. In her timely keynote address, Dr. Mary Kelly offers actionable takeaways, helping you assess your current position on the ever-evolving tech roadmap and how to empower your team with necessary tools for progress.

Mary Kelly, PhD, Former Commander, US Navy

10:15 am Central

Bits and Bytes – Tech for Everyone in ND

Galleria Ballroom

NDIT-EduTech provides information technology services and education technology professional development to K-12 educators in North Dakota. We also partner with Industry to bring computer science and cybersecurity training, and immersive technologies to educators, students and ND citizens. Be ready to get motivated to jump into ND Citizens for All Initiative, VR Career Experiences, Immersive Reality, AI and more!

Jason Mattheis, EduTech Manager of Professional Learning & Outreach, Information Technology Department, State of North Dakota

10:35 am Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Foyer

11:00 am Central

Concurrent Sessions

Bolster Your Defenses with Secure AI

Renoir/Russell

Cybersecurity and AI go hand in hand. If you are implementing AI, you must be aware of the risks and have a plan to mitigate them. Understanding the policies and legal requirements in place before you begin your AI journey is paramount. On the other hand, the confluence of AI and Cyber is reshaping traditional security paradigms, allowing us to anticipate threats and respond decisively. Join us in this session to uncover cybersecurity considerations you need to know when implementing AI.

Ryan Jockers, Assistant Director, Reporting and Analytics, North Dakota University System

The Next Generation Customer Experience

Van Gogh/Remington

People are accustomed to a certain level of ease and convenience when it comes to buying goods and services – typically through a click of a button on their smartphones. In this fast-changing and diverse world, with soaring pressures to be customer-centric, how can government keep up and still manage to deliver with velocity and efficiency? This session deep dives the need to manage evolving expectations that will affect the future of government services, and what it takes to deliver these services to ensure all members of the community thrive into the future.

Shila Blend, PhD, RN-BC, Health Information Technology Director, State of North Dakota

Tandra Kraft, IT-GIS Manager, City of Bismarck

The Future of Work

Wyeth/Rockwell

It has been said, “change is the only constant in life.” After years of tremendous change with no end in sight, how can government successfully approach the future of work? Are there new, innovative methods to recruit and retain? Can your leadership style and communication level up to lead a diversifying workforce more effectively? Are skills-based hiring, apprenticeships, qualification adjustments, and team culture on your radar? This session will delve into the many ways the Future of Work is evolving and how you can keep up!

12:00 pm Central

Lunch

Galleria Ballroom

12:45 pm Central

Bits and Bytes - Demystifying AI: Use Cases to Inspire Your Journey

Galleria Ballroom

Adopting AI technologies to enhance operational efficiency is quickly becoming the norm. Streamlining processes, optimizing resource allocation, and delivering better services to the community are no longer a “nice to have”, but a “must have”. In this session we will examine use cases and strategies for leading AI programs that drive innovation, improve decision-making, and ultimately transform public service delivery for the better.

Madhavi Marasinghe, Chief Information Officer, University of North Dakota

1:05 pm Central

Short Break

Please proceed to the concurrent sessions.

1:15 pm Central

Concurrent Sessions

Data and AI Governance to Promote Transparency and Trust

Renoir/Russell

The proliferation of AI systems and the data that drives them are increasingly shaping our daily lives. Having guardrails and an effective governance process in place is more vital than ever and is essential to ensuring public trust. How should we approach the ethical and regulatory considerations that now must be taken into account? What are key principles and best practices for navigating the complex landscape of data and AI governance? This session offers actionable insights to promote transparency, accountability, and ethical use of data and AI technologies to foster trust in their deployment within government organizations.

Women Lead the Way

Van Gogh/Remington

Women leaders are revolutionizing the public sector technology space. This session shines a spotlight on their pivotal role in driving innovation, aligning technology with business goals, and fostering high-performing teams. Join an esteemed panel of female trailblazers as they share their insights and strategies for success in the evolving world of technology. Gain inspiration from their journeys and learn key takeaways for empowering the next generation of women in tech.

Madhavi Marasinghe, Chief Information Officer, University of North Dakota

Kimberly Weis, MPH, Chief Data Officer, State of North Dakota

It’s Not What You Say, It’s What They Hear

Wyeth/Rockwell

IT is front and center in virtually everything that government does. Success – and survival – depends on being adept at winning friends and influencing people. Not just your immediate colleagues, but upper leadership, budget directors, legislators and service providers. It’s all for naught if you can’t convey things in the right way. This session dives into the vital subject of communication and why it must be the cornerstone of your role as an IT leader.

Exclusive Briefing for Industry Partners

Galleria Ballroom

2:15 pm Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Foyer

2:35 pm Central

General Session – The State of AI in GovTech: Exploring the Future

Galleria Ballroom

Presented by the Center for Public Sector AI, this keynote presentation delves into the present status of Artificial Intelligence in the GovTech sector, offering a detailed examination of AI's applications within state and local governments. We will explore AI's potential future paths in GovTech, highlighting emerging trends and discussing how technology and policy leaders can prepare for AI's impact on service delivery. We will address starting points for AI implementation, stressing the importance of collaboration, ethical considerations, and equitable technology access. This forward-looking talk will equip attendees with a thorough understanding of AI's trajectory in GovTech, providing practical insights to effectively leverage AI for public sector innovation and advancement.

Sean McSpaden, Senior Fellow, The Centers for Digital Government and Public Sector AI

3:45 pm Central

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Foyer

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event exhibitors.

4:15 pm Central

End of Conference

Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.

Radisson

605 E Broadway Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 712-6475

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Evonne Amundson
Chief Business Application Officer
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Tony Aukland
Technology Outreach Manager
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Shila Blend
Director, Health Information Technology
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Jason Blowers
IT Director
Ward County

Alisa Cook
Strategic Communications Director
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Justin Data
PMO Director
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Craig Felchle
Chief Technology Officer
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Michael Gregg
Chief Information Security Officer
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Ron Gronneberg
Chief Information Officer
Information Services Department
City of Fargo

Greg Hoffman
Deputy Chief Information Officer/Chief Operating Officer
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Chris Hoke
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology
University of Jamestown

Adam Jonasson
IT Director
City of Grand Forks

Darin King
Vice Chancellor for IT/Chief Information Officer
Core Technology Services
North Dakota University System

Tandra Kraft
Information Technology Director
City of Bismarck

Nick Lindhag
Chief Information Security Officer
City of Fargo

Cody Malloy
IT Manager
Information Technology
Legislative Council

Madhavi Marasinghe
Chief Information Officer
University of North Dakota

Shelly Miller
Chief of Staff
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Brian Newby
Broadband Program Director
State of North Dakota

Jessica Newby
GRC Lead
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Kevin Nosbusch
Director, Applications
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Ryan Stepan
IT Director
Information Technology
Williams County

Kim Weis
Chief Data Officer
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: June 25, 2024

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Heather Earney.

Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:

Brittany Roberts
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1388
E-mail: broberts@erepublic.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1339
E-mail: heather.earney@erepublic.com

Venue

Radisson

605 E Broadway Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 712-6475

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Parking

The Radisson will validate for parking in the city owned ramps attached to the Radisson and the Parkade ramp on 6th street. Please advise attendees to bring parking tickets in with them to be stamped at the registration desk.
Radisson Hotel Bismarck

Accommodations

Government Technology has a group block established at the Radisson:
Rate: $109.00 single/double
Cut-off Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
To receive the group rate, please reference ‘North Dakota Digital Government Summit’ when making your room reservations to receive our group rate over the phone or click on the Group Reservation Link.