Women in Tech Lunch Panel: Our Journey to Ignite Government Innovation

Azure Gov Team

Monday, February 4, 2019

A recent announcement from the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighted a study naming the District of Columbia as the best city in the country for women in technology1. Women currently make up 38.5% of the tech workforce in the district, well over the nation’s average of 25.9%. We’re interested in learning more and exploring how this diversity is fueling innovation in government.

To this end, we’re bringing together a panel of accomplished technology leaders for a lunch session at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour – Government on Monday, February 4. Register today and join us to learn from their ongoing work to ignite government innovation.

In this insightful discussion, our panelists will share their journey and industry experiences, and then we’ll open the floor for Q&A. All attendees of Microsoft Ignite |The Tour – Government are welcome to join the lunch panel.


Karen Britton

Vice President of Digital Services, LMI and former White House CIO

Karen Britton, former White House CIO and Special Assistant to President Obama, led the delivery of enterprise-wide IT solutions including cloud computing, agile software development, and open-source strategies. She is currently Vice President of Digital Services at LMI where she advises federal clients on developing strategic IT roadmaps, innovative services and develops digital solutions.


Meagan Metzger

CEO, Dcode

Meagan Metzger is the CEO of Dcode, an IT accelerator with the mission of breaking down barriers between non-traditional technologies and government. For her work at Dcode, Meagan was recognized as one of FCW’s Federal 100 winners and one of 2018’s Top Women in Tech by Fedscoop. Prior to Dcode, Meagan served as Chief Operating Officer of a fast growing government-focused mobile and cloud company and she served as Chief Strategy Officer for a government-facing IT consultancy, helping establish it on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 as one of the fastest growing small businesses for three years in a row.


Shannon Sartin,

Executive Director, US Digital Service at Department of Health and Human Services

Shannon Sartin is the Executive Director of the Digital Service at Health and Human Services. As the lead for the team at HHS, Shannon oversees the work of the U.S. Digital Service in the healthcare space. Prior to coming to USDS, she served in several leadership positions including as a co-founder of Scraps on Scraps– a food waste and composting startup in Tucson, AZ. Shannon has a deep personal passion for healthcare in the US and has worked on projects in multiple federal agencies, including the Indian Health Service and Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.


Susie Adams

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal

Susie Adams is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft’s Federal Government business and brings with her over 30 years of IT experience. Susie joined Microsoft in 1999 and has held several leadership positions in Microsoft including the Director of the Microsoft Reston Virginia Technology Center and most recently the CTO of the Federal Civilian Business. Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent 16 years in the consulting arena working with customers in both the commercial and government sectors. She held a variety of management and leadership roles including practice manager, systems analyst and software developer.   Susie was named as a Fed100 award winner in 2011 and has authored several books on the topics of software integration and web development. Susie is a graduate of George Mason University where she received a BS in Information Systems.


Karina Homme

Senior Director, Azure Government, Microsoft (moderator)

As Senior Director for Microsoft Azure Government, Karina is the federal market lead & liaison between the US Federal Ecosystem & Microsoft Azure Engineering. She works closely with a wide range of executive stakeholders to understand U.S. Government needs, remove cloud adoption blockers & ensure Microsoft’s Government Cloud roadmap meets agency missions. As an advocate for government, Karina supports cloud adoption in Federal Civilian agencies



Register today to join us for the Women in Technology panel at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour – Government. You will find details about the panel and the speakers in the session catalogue under session type “panel”.


1Source: https://mayor.dc.gov/release/washington-dc-ranks-nations-best-city-women-tech-4th-consecutive-year


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