Public Service Recognition Week - Story Jam

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Public Service Recognition Week
Story Jam
May 6, 2021 4:30-6:00pm. (EST)

We will provide a link to live captioning for this event. If you require additional accommodations, please email StoryJam@wheelhousegroup.com.

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Story Jam, a Stories of Change Showcase Event

You won’t want to miss this story showcase featuring change-makers who have stepped up and persevered in the face of unprecedented challenges—and a magician who will dazzle us with slight-of-hand and his own personal story of change.

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, we will spotlight insights and practical tips that can help leaders in the public and private sector get better at managing—and thriving—through change. You’ll walk away feeling inspired and energized. To register, complete the registration form on the left to attend on May 6, 2021 4:30-6:00pm. (EST)

HOST

Joiwind Ronen

Joiwind Ronen

Joiwind Ronen is a partner at Wheelhouse Group and has spent the past 20 years pursuing her passion to help mission-driven organizations better serve the needs of the American public. She uses her skills as a strategist, change agent, and facilitator to engage stakeholders and increase their impact. At Wheelhouse Group, she leads company strategy, builds partner relationships and oversees a portfolio of client engagements.

STORYTELLERS

Amy Fong

Amy Fong

Amy Fong is a statistician at the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. Amy is interested in the relationships between transportation access, the built environment, and health and socioeconomic status, particularly for people with disabilities. Before joining DOL in 2021, Amy was a program analyst at the Federal Transit Administration, managing financial and technical assistance programs that support tribal transit, aging and disability transportation, and human services transportation. Amy moved to Washington, DC from Austin, Texas and she loves doing things on wheels, including biking, roller-skating, and pottery.

Anne Shepherd

Anne Shepherd

Anne Shepherd, Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) for User and Network Services, is an accomplished executive leader with experience in information technology and technical management. Anne is responsible for leading an organization with over 1300 employees and providing infrastructure support for one of the world’s largest call centers, managing the enterprise network and unified communications, and directing end user service desk and desktop computing services. Her responsibility also includes technology integration programs, managed services contracts, resource management, and overseeing a budget exceeding $550M.

Dennis Watkins 

Dennis Watkins

Dennis Watkins is an award- winning 3rd generation magician and mentalist. He creates world-class magical entertainment for companies, organizations and private clients looking to make their most important events absolutely unforgettable. Dennis’ critically-acclaimed one-man-show, The Magic Parlour, has been running at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago for nearly ten years.

Judith Zawatsky

Judith Zawatsky

Judith Zawatsky serves as Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Systems Management within GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). She leads efforts to simplify and modernize FAS systems and to oversee operation of government-wide federal award systems. In addition to multiple GSA Administrator’s and Commissioner’s Awards for operational excellence and process improvement. Judith received a 2016 Fed100 Award for her work as the IAE Director of Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and served on the Blue Ribbon Multiple Award Schedule Advisory Federal Advisory Committee Act FACA Panel.

Larry Goldberg

Larry Goldberg

Larry Goldberg is Head of Accessibility at Verizon Media and a nationally recognized expert in accessibility solutions for people with disabilities. He is a founding member of the Teach Access initiative to equip students with essential knowledge and skills in accessible design and development as they enter the workforce, as well as XR Access, a stakeholder community committed to making virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (XR) accessible to people with disabilities. Larry founded the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media and was a pioneer in the development of the emerging captioning system for digital television in the U.S.

Richard Crespin

Richard Crespin

Richard Crespin serves as CEO of CollaborateUp and as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He advises businesses, governments, and nonprofits on how to work together to solve big problems. At CollaborateUp, he co-creates potential solutions to shared problems. For CSIS, he works as part of its Project on Prosperity and Development, conducting research and hosting multisector dialogues on how to improve lives in emerging economies while addressing U.S. foreign policy goals. Richard has worked across the private, public, and civil sectors, including with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the American Red Cross, and the Inter-American Development Bank.