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We have lived in an unprecedented time of 'relative congeniality" for the past 30 years with the fall of the Soviet Union, détente, and a less aggressive China. Yet, we in the US typically develop plans as if all nations buy into the western culture. We must contemplate the increasing reality of shared, and in some critical cases imbalance not in our favor, business power with cultures far different from ours. Ones that may not want to be collaborative over time, or as with Russia, that we no longer wish to collaborate with. China controls 90% of most rare earth minerals, and Russia holds 54% of the gas, 46% of the coal, 14% of the uranium, and 13% of the oil of the world. 

Where is the sustainability for the US if reliant on just-in-time production or access of resources controlled by increasingly uncertain relationships. Join us in a discussion with Janice Giannini who’s career with NYSE listed companies includes General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Arbitron and who has been a senior leader of a 3B, 10- year defense mapping program with General Electric. At the podium and in the boardroom, Janice weighs in on the unique challenges and opportunities of today's digital business environment. As a trusted consultant and guest lecturer, she provides key insights around emerging issues and navigating new realities in how to integrate technology into company strategy.


Janice Giannini Independent Director

For the past 20 years as a Board Member, Janice provided leadership navigating through the evolving technology, geo-political landscape, and competitive environment. Notably, in her current role as Vice Chair of Ben Franklin Technology Partners SE PA, the company successfully transitioned to a new CEO and senior leadership team.

Currently at Paradigm Associates LLC, Giannini is an Executive Partner in this privately held management consulting firm. Previously, Giannini served as EVP & CIO for Arbitron, a $400 million international information media company. She was an integral member of the team that secured investment for a reverse spin creating ARB listed on the NYSE. Prior to Arbitron, she was the CIO of Lockheed Martin’s multi-billion-dollar Management & Data Systems Division.


Coco Brown CEO

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.

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The Board’s Role Incorporating National Security as a Strategic and Operational Risk

Tue, Jul 12 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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