Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Founder and Thought Leader
Last Word Productions, Inc.
Dr. Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Julianne Malveaux has been described by Dr. Cornel West as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st century America.
Dr. Malveaux's popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and the Progressive. Her weekly columns appeared for more than a decade (1990-2003) in newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Examiner. She has hosted television and radio programs, and appeared widely as a commentator on networks, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux has been a contributor to academic life since receiving her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1980. She has been on the faculty or visiting faculty of the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California (Berkeley), College of Notre Dame (San Mateo, California), Michigan State University and Howard University. She holds honorary degrees from Sojourner Douglas College (Baltimore, Maryland), Marygrove College (Detroit, Michigan), University of the District of Columbia, and Benedict College (Columbia, South Carolina). She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics at Boston College.
During her time as the15th President of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Julianne Malveaux was the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America's oldest historically black college for women. Under her leadership, the administration identified four key focus areas: women's leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness. In the five short years of her presidency, Bennett College successfully received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, markedly improved existing facilities, embarked on a $21 million capital improvements program – which marked the first major campus construction in more than 25 years – and in fall 2009 enjoyed an historic enrollment high.
Currently, Dr. Malveaux is the Honorary Co-Chair of the Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute as well as The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC. A native San Franciscan, she is the Founder and Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Chief Information Officer
Triad Isotopes Incorporated
Douglas Ash has over 30 years of experience in information technology, P&L, business management, and executive leadership in the commercial and federal government markets. He is experienced in developing IT strategies, improving infrastructure operations, leveraging technology as competitive discriminators, and enabling business growth. He is currently the CIO for Triad Isotopes, a nuclear pharmacy company. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and implementing the Information Technology strategy, architecture, and solutions required to improve the Triad business.
He was recently the CIO for Global Training and Logistics (GTL) a $3.0B operating company within the Lockheed Martin Corporation. His duties included providing leadership for the computing infrastructure operations, cyber security, and service delivery. He successfully lead ERP/MRP, mobile computing, virtualization, cloud computing, and collaboration initiatives across the business enterprise.
Previously Mr. Ash was Vice-President, Health and Civil Programs for the Lockheed Martin Washington D.C. Operations. In that role, he was responsible for marketing LM health capabilities to senior government Executive Branch officials and industry executives to grow the LM health business. He also served as Vice President, Health Solutions and managed a $200M annual P&L with 2,000 direct employees providing support services to federal government agencies, including FOH, FDA, NIH, CMS, and DoD.
He served as Lockheed Martin VP IT Solutions from August 2000 to April 2007. He was responsible for providing enterprise IT services to 130K LM employees and five operating companies. He managed the products and services portfolio, led large infrastructure consolidations, and established the LM enterprise network operations center located in Orlando, FL and Denver, CO. He pro-actively partnered with operating company executives to define IT solutions that improved business value, cost, and agility.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Ash served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions at the IBM Corporation. His roles included Global Desktop & Network Solution Manager leading teams in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Canada. He joined IBM in 1985 and held various assignments consisting of solution development, technical sales, project management operations, defining market strategies, and systems management.
Mr. Ash graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology and has completed executive development courses at Georgia Institute of Technology and Lockheed Martin Center for Leadership Excellence.
He is the recipient of several industry awards including a 2012 Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award. He actively supports professional, academic, and civic organizations. He is Chairperson for the Information Technology Senior Management Forum and is a board member for Howard University Board of Visitors.
Marc Di Francisco
Premier Event Management
Marc Di Francisco is currently the President of Premier Event Management, the company which produces the CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit. The CIO Forum produces regional IT conferences sponsored by the Society of Information Management (SIM). The CIO Forum & Executive IT Summit was launched at the insistence of CIO's and Senior IT Executives who desired comprehensive, technology-focused conferences in their regions. The CIO Forum is the largest producer of Regional CIO Conferences in North America, which includes 16 cities.
Prior to establishing the CIO Forum, Marc co-founded Prestige Limousines, the largest Limo service in the Pacific NW. He then served in the 82nd Airborne based out of Fort Bragg, NC in the mid 80's. He also worked as National Director at ITEC (Information Technology Exhibition Conference), largest producers of regional computer trade shows in the 1990's which included 62 cities.
Marc is a member of SIM (Society of Information Management) and a graduated RLF member (Regional Leadership Forum) which is a yearlong extensive course preparing IT leaders for the future. Marc is also on the board of the non-profit organization Darkhorse, which assists returning and disabled veterans obtain IT positions throughout America. Marc is a partner with GMIS (Government Management Information Science), the largest group of government CIO's in the country, of Global Executive Women, the largest organization of women CIO's, CFO's and CEO's in America and ITSMF, the largest group of African American CIO's and Senior IT Executives in the US. For the last 10 years, Marc has been a proud member of the BDPA, where he has been an Honorary Chair at the National BDPA Conference for four years. Marc is also part of the LDR (Leadership Development Roundtable).
When Marc is not working and traveling he is enjoying the company of his children Anthony (29) and Nina (27). He also takes pleasure spending time with his grandson Dominic (6), and his granddaughter, Isabella (4) pictured below. Sports are another enjoyment of Marcs; he was Captain of his football and wrestling teams in high school, and college. Marc also loves to bask in the warmth of the Caribbean sun.
Roland S. Martin
Author & Journalist
Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and is senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily.
He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.
Martin is chief political editor for TV One Cable Network and host and managing editor of "Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show.
In his career, Martin has been showered with more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election.
He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner; and has been named by Ebony Magazine on three occasions as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.
Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN, appearing on numerous shows and earning accolades near and far for his no-holds honesty, conviction and perspective on various issues. In 2009, CNN was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage, of which Martin was a member of the Best Political Team on Television.
He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation's most historic Black newspaper. He is the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine under the team of New York-based Vanguarde Media, and the former founding editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com.
He previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper. He also has worked as managing editor of the Houston Defender and the Dallas Weekly, which he led to a number of local, state and national journalism awards. Mr. Martin has worked as morning drive reporter for KRLD/1080 AM; news director and morning anchor at KKDA-AM in Dallas; city hall reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; and county government and neighbors reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. He has also written pieces for Ebony and Essence magazines.
He is a 1987 graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications, and a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor's of science degree in journalism. In May 2008, Martin received a master's degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University.
He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University, University of Maryland-University College and Lemoyne-Owen College.
He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living. They reside in Washington, D.C.