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Leaders Building Leaders 2022

The 4-day Leaders Building Leaders 2023 event provided the 4th Estate Acquisition Workforce with an opportunity to build skills, develop interpersonal leadership, and gain insight from senior leaders in defense acquisition, industry, and academia while they networked with employees from other defense agencies.

This year the event focused on gaining a better understanding of innovative thinking, analytics, and technology to drive individual/team performance and improve acquisition outcomes. Throughout the course of LBL, participants engaged with selected keynote speakers who shared both their leadership experience and best practices from their fields.

2022 Speakers

Uyen DinhUyen Dinh, Esq.
Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy, BlackSky Global, LLC

Uyen (pronounced “Win”) Dinh serves as the Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy at BlackSky Global, LLC, a provider of real-time geospatial intelligence. 

Previously, Uyen served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. With over two decades of experience in national security and intelligence community programs and policies, the Congressional legislative process, and the executive branch planning and decision making process, Uyen’s unique skill set leverages her federal government experience with private sector insights.

Ryan JenkinsRyan Jenkins, CSP

Ryan Jenkins, CSP is a Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, an internationally-recognized keynote speaker and virtual trainer. His latest book is Connectable: How Leaders Can Move Teams From Isolated to All In. 

For a decade, he has helped organizations optimize generational dynamics, lessen worker loneliness, and prepare for the future of work. Ryan’s top-ranked insights have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, and CNBC. 

He is also co-founder of, the #1 resource for reducing worker isolation and strengthening team connections.

Dr. Parimal KopardekarDr. Parimal Kopardekar (PK)

Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). In this capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends, research areas, collaborations, and partnerships relevant to aeronautics enterprise. Recently, he co-led a comprehensive needs assessment study for wildfire mitigations. In the past, he served as NASA's senior technologist for Air Transportation Systems. He invented Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) to safely enable large-scale drone operations at lower altitudes, which is now being globally adopted. He also chairs International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s unmanned aircraft system advisory group.

Jorge ManresaJorge L. Manresa
VP Federal & Defense Ventures, Capital Factory

Jorge is an accomplished 21-year mission-focused business leader having served as a U.S. Air Force - Contracting Officer. While serving under the leadership of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, he led foundational AFWERX business strategies and realized the USAF Chief of Staff’s call for innovation by influencing the revitalization of the U.S. Air Force - Small Business Innovation Research Program, leading the contract operations strategy for COVID-19 Task Force, and founder of Rapid Acquisition & Procurement Division (RAPIDx), a decentralized network of collaborative Air Force contracting cells to bolster business agility across the DoD & economic spectrum. Jorge now optimizes Capital Factory programs to help investors, academia, commercial partners, and entrepreneurs organize, collaborate, and deliver industrial capacity to local, state, federal & defense partners.

Richard MasseyRichard (Rich) Massey (CISSP)

Rich is a Boeing Senior Tech Fellow. He is responsible for Product Security Engineering Technical Excellence across the Boeing enterprise. Rich’s primary focus and vision is to ensure the security and resiliency of our products and services to the aerospace community. Rich serves as the Chairman for the DoD Cyber Industry Technical Advisory Working Group. He supports the NDIA System Security Engineering Committee and Open Management Systems Security Working Groups. Rich has over 30 years’ experience with avionics developments for USAF, USN and Army Aviation. Rich has been responsible for the development and integration of avionics architectures, avionics and support equipment. He’s background includes mission processing, displays, recorders, sensors and both traditional networking and avionics busses. Rich has successfully integrated security into advanced systems architectures and avionics. Rich has a MSEE from Washington University St Louis, and a BSEE from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Dr. Jagadeesh PamulapatiDr. Jagadeesh Pamulapati
Acting Deputy Director for Research, Technology and Laboratories Director, Laboratories and Personnel Office

Dr. Jagadeesh Pamulapati is the Acting Deputy Director for Research, Technology and Laboratories (RT&L) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) at the Pentagon. He is responsible for championing the Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology (S&T) Enterprise, establishing and implementing the S&T strategic vision and DoD imperatives by identifying strategic investment areas and influencing the DoD-wide S&T Strategy and Planning Guidance across the Department’s laboratories. 

In addition to his Acting role as the Deputy Director for RT&L, Dr. Pamulapati is the Director, Laboratories and Personnel Office in the OUSD(R&E). Dr. Pamulapati is responsible for all matters associated with the DoD research and development (R&D) enterprise consisting of the Defense Laboratories, the Departments ten Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and the fourteen University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs).

Dr. Alicia SanchezDr. Alicia Sanchez
Director of Innovation, DAUx at Defense Acquisition University 

Dr. Alicia Sanchez has spent over 15 years at DAU focusing on creating memorable learning experiences for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. As a leader with UXD, Alicia's focus is on supporting the creation of high quality, intuitive assets; supporting DAU's ongoing transformation; and implementing learning strategies that could help shape the future of the acquisition.

Tracy SheppardTracy Sheppard
Chief, Weapons Sciences Division Competency Lead, Weapons Sciences Weapons and Materials Research Directorate 

Mr. Sheppard has over 34 years of service and experience with the research, development, test, analysis, and evaluation of military systems with focus on lethality and survivability testing and evaluation of major defense acquisition programs. Most recently, Mr. Sheppard leads the Weapons Sciences Division at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory. He leads the Laboratory’s foundational research in the military disciplines of energetic materials research; gun and rocket propulsion; aerodynamics and control systems for projectiles, missiles, and aerial systems; and, guidance and navigation of weapons systems.

Lt. Gen. Robert J. SkinnerLt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner
Director, Defense Information Systems Agency Commander, Joint Force Headquarters - DODIN  

As Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Lt. Gen. Skinner manages a global network and leads nearly 19,000 service members, civilians and contractors who plan, develop, deliver and operate joint, interoperable command and control capabilities and defend an enterprise infrastructure in more than 42 countries. This mission directly supports the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders, U.S. Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the spectrum of, competition, combat and combat support operations.

As Commander of Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network, he is charged with leading unified action across DoD to secure, operate and defend the DoDIN. He leads the establishment of DoDIN priorities and directs threat-informed actions through formal planning and future operational initiatives, as well as the command and control of daily unified network operations, cyber security actions and defensive operations on the DoDIN.

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