Lunch With Leaders

2018-2019 Program Year
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Lunch with Leaders is a mentorship opportunity designed for new and/or young professionals to meet with leaders in a small conversational setting. A different leader is selected each lunch to provide their perspectives on what it means to be successful, and different approaches on how to become successful. Hear personal stories on how the leader succeeded and challenges they faced and career advice they want to share.

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Date and Time: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11:30AM – 1:00PM. Lunch provided starting at 11:30AM.

Location: Accelera Solutions, 12150 Monument Drive, Suite 800, Fairfax, VA 22033
Parking garage is behind the building.

Featured Leader: Steve Weiss, President/Chief Operating Officer, Accelera Solutions

Steve Weiss brings more than 35 years of experience supporting Intelligence, Technology and Systems Integration programs across the public, international and private sectors.  Steve places great value in developing & empowering his team as well as leading Accelera’s ethics-based culture.

As President and COO, Steve is accountable for the management and growth of all facets of Accelera’ s business operations. With his proven expertise in facilitating business growth, Steve is transforming Accelera into an enterprise-driven company focusing on IT transformation, cyber security, data analytics and cloud engineering.

Prior to joining Accelera Solutions, Mr. Weiss served as the Executive Vice President for Government Business Operations at CACI International, helping drive growth from $1.6B to more than $4.4B during his 10 years.  At CACI Steve was an active member of the M&A Team and served as CACI’s Corporate Ombudsman.  In that role, Steve was a champion of ethical business practices serving as a neutral third-party and available to all employees for problem resolution.

Prior to joining CACI, Mr. Weiss spent 18 years at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), as a Senior VP for Administration.  His primary focus was on contract management and execution, helping drive growth from $800M to more than $8B.

Mr. Weiss began his career as an Air Force Contracting Officer and spent a combined 22 years on active duty and in the Air Force Reserves.  He holds a BS Degree in Business Management from the University of Florida and an MS Degree in Public Administration from Troy University.  He serves on the Board of Directors of AFSEA, the University of Florida Foundation and Linden Resources, a non-profit corporation providing meaningful employment for people with varying abilities and Veterans.

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 11:30AM – 1:00PM. Lunch provided starting at 11:30AM.

Location: CACI, 14370 Newbrook Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151
Bring a government issued photo ID, i.e. driver’s license or passport

Featured Leader: Amanda H. Christian, Senior Vice President, Subcontracts and Procurement, CACI

Amanda Christian is the Senior Vice President of Subcontracts and Procurement at CACI International Inc., a professional services and IT solutions company with $4.5B in revenue. In this role, Ms. Christian leads an organization that purchases goods and services with an approximate spend of $1.8B per year. Ms. Christian is responsible for setting direction, policy and procedures based upon corporate level strategy, and ensure the procurement and subcontracts personnel provide value and contribute to the overall success of the company. As a key position on the Executive Leadership Team, Ms. Christian delivers on strategic initiatives, implements industry best practices, while maintaining a DCMA Approved Purchasing System.

Ms. Christian has over 20 years in Procurement experience. Prior to joining CACI in2008, she was with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Ms. Christian holds an MBA from Marymount University and a BSBA specializing in Supply Chain Management from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). In addition to serving on the Ivalua Executive Advisory Council, the BGSU Department of Management Advisory Council and the BGSU Alumni Board, Ms. Christian is longtime member of the National Contracts Management Association where she serves on the Board of Directors.

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:30AM – 1:00PM. Lunch provided starting at 11:30AM.

Location:Engility, 4803 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151

Featured Leader: Debra Scheider, Senior Vice President of Contracts and Supplier Management, Engility

Debra Scheider serves as the senior vice president of Contracts and Management for Engility, a leading provider of highly-technical, integrated solutions and services to the U.S. government, with customers spanning the defense, intelligence, space and federal civilian communities. With revenues of approximately $2 billion and more than 8,000 employees serving customers around the world, Engility is headquartered in Chantilly, Va. Scheider oversees contracts, subcontracts, security and supplier management.

Scheider has over 35 years of experience in federal contracting.  Previously, she founded and led Guidestar Acquisition to provide consulting services to companies and government officials related to all aspects of acquisition with a focus on the intelligence community and Department of Defense contracting. Scheider retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2015 with 33 years of experience in all facets of acquisition, including cutting-edge, highly classified programs. Scheider also served as director of contracts, senior procurement executive, and deputy portfolio manager for services at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for over 10 years, where she was responsible for cradle-to-grave implementation and execution of all NRO programs.

Scheider is on the board of directors for the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which is recognized as the premier organization for connecting, educating and certifying 18,000+ contract management professionals. In 2015, she was appointed a director for the Procurement Roundtable (PRT), whose mission is to advise and assist the government in making improvements in federal acquisition.

Scheider served as an executive mentor for The Brookings Institute, and the NRO Federal Women’s Program. In 2015, she was awarded the CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the NRO Gold Medal of Distinguished Performance.

Scheider has a bachelor’s degree from American University, a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in public sector finance and acquisition from the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM), and holds Level III Contract Officer, Program Manager and Contracting Officer Representative certifications.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 11:30AM – 1:00PM. Lunch provided starting at 11:30AM.

Location: AECOM, 4800 Westfields Boulevard, Chantilly, VA  20151

Featured Leader: Terry Raley, Senior Vice President of Contracts and Procurement, AECOM Federal Business

Terry is the Senior Vice President of Contracts & Procurement for AECOM’s $4.2B Federal Business. In this role, Terry leads the Contracts and Procurement Departments and is responsible for resource determination & allocation, policy development/implementation, and all other responsibilities required for the general management and performance of these organizations. Prior to this position, Terry led the Contracts and Procurement Departments for AECOM Management Services Group. Terry joined AECOM in September 2011.

Prior to AECOM, Terry has held numerous leadership positions responsible for Contracts, Procurement, Pricing and Operations for various Government Contractors spanning the past 32 years.His prior positions include being the Vice President of Contracts at DynCorp Systems & Solutions, a $1B IT company, Vice President of Contracts at CSC Federal Sector, a $6B IT company, and Director of Operations for numerous IT, State & Local Business and Healthcare Divisions within CSC.

In addition to his general business experience, Terry has extensive experience in Organizational Development, Business Process Development, Acquisition Due-Diligence, and Business Systems Compliance.

Terry earned a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from James Madison University.

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