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Colonel Nicole Malachowski

Wednesday Luncheon Keynote

Colonel Nicole Malachowski
Retired United States Air Force

Colonel Nicole Malachowski is a rock star in military aviation. She is the first woman fighter pilot for the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron - flying 400 MPH 300 feet off the ground and 36" apart. Her 21-year career in USAF included combat missions in Kosovo and Iraq. She's been inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame Museum. And then, her biggest challenge was learning to walk and talk again after an undiagnosed tick-borne illness ended her military career. She just retired on December 31st.

On the ground, Nicole was a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, where she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. She has served two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon - one in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD P&R) as well as the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International Affairs (SAF/IA). She also served as the Executive Director of the White House's national 'Joining Forces' initiative where she directly advised former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families to include employment, education, mental health, veterans' homelessness and more.

Nicole earned a Master of Arts, with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second Master of Arts, with highest distinction, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. While there, she earned the Admiral Stephen B. Luce Award as the class honor graduate, the first Air Force officer in the history of the Naval War College to do so.

Nicole's talk will focus on harnessing the headwinds of change, leadership, creating a high performance culture, and overcoming obstacles to success.

Jay Bryson

Thursday Luncheon Keynote

Jay Bryson
Managing Director & Global Economist
Wells Fargo Securities

Jay Bryson is a Managing Director and Global Economist at Wells Fargo Securities, where he provides analysis on macroeconomic developments in the major economies of the world. He is based in Charlotte, N.C.

Before joining the company in 1998, Jay was an Economist in the Division of International Finance at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. From 1989 to 1992 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Alabama. Jay has also lectured on international economics and macroeconomics at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at Georgetown University.

Jay has published in academic and popular economic journals, and his comments on the economy regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today. He also makes frequent appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Jay is a member of the American Economic Association and the Charlotte Economics Club. He is also a member of the National Association for Business Economics and served on its board of directors from 2010 to 2013.

Jay received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Larry Zelvin

General Session Speaker

Larry Zelvin
Managing Director,
Global Head of Cyber Security -
Citi Cyber Security Fusion Center

Larry Zelvin is a Managing Director and Citi's Global Head for Cyber Security. In this capacity, he oversees a variety of Citi global teams that focus on Cyber Intelligence, Security Incident Management, Advanced Adversary "Hunting," Big Data Analysis, and Cyber Exercises. He also leads Citi's Cyber Security Fusion Centers (CSFC) located in Warren, NJ; Budapest, Hungary; and in Singapore. Collectively, these groups ensure that Citi is best able to manage, respond, and be prepared for cyber-threats through the fusion of intelligence, incident management, and crisis coordination.

Prior to joining Citi, he was the Director of the National Cyber and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he led a 24x7 operations team responsible for the coordination of national responses to cyber and communications incidents as well as the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT), the Industrial Control System- CERT (ICS-CERT), and the National Communication Coordination (NCC) team.

Larry is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and Naval Aviator with 26 years of active service. He has commanded a U.S. Navy squadron and earned subspecialties in undersea warfare, strategic intelligence, and national security. He has served as a politico-military planner in the Joint Chief of Staff's Homeland Security Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) during the 9/11 attacks and as a Principal Director within the Office of the Secretary of Defense following Hurricane Katrina.

Larry's last Naval assignment was at the White House National Security Council Staff where he was a senior crisis manager during major events such as the 2010 Haitian earthquake; the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear incident. He was also the White House lead for National Level Exercise 2012 which was the first to explore cyber incident response with the President and the Cabinet.

He has received a Bachelor's Degree from Boston University and Master's Degrees from the Defense Intelligence College and the U.S. Naval War College.

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