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Meet Your Keynoters: Who’s Who of the 2022 NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit

Meet Your Keynoters: Who’s Who of the 2022 NextGen Government Training Virtual Summit

From career coaches and authors to government thought leaders (including the nation’s youngest mayor!), we are thrilled to introduce to you your keynote speakers for the May 11, 2022 NextGen Virtual Summit! Without further ado…


2022 Keynote Speakers:

Adam C. Bricker, Executive Director, Carolina Cyber Center

Adam began his career as an aerospace engineer working on cruise missiles, space vehicles, and hypersonic missiles and went on to roles in humanitarian aid, high tech startups, and various CIO and CISO stints. He’s lived and worked in over 60 countries.

In 2019 Adam co-founded the Carolina Cyber Center (C3) with a vision to build a national demonstration resource for developing regional cyber awareness, cybersecurity professionals of character, and hardening regional resources. Since then, C3 and the cyber program at Montreat College have been awarded over $45 mm in contracts and grants for training and information security services. They are now running a series of focused, intense cybersecurity training academies, including a three-year program with the City of Refuge in Atlanta.

Mel Kepler, Coach & Facilitator, LMI

Mel Kepler leads the talent development and engagement practice, helping LMI clients and internal teams with a wide range of workforce initiatives. Her specialties include leadership development, employee engagement, training development and execution, cultural assessment and strategy, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility principles.

Prior to joining the private sector in 2018, Mel spent more than a decade with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in a variety of roles. She was a staff officer, intelligence analyst, tradecraft specialist, and human resources professional. She founded the NGA Parents Network, an employee-driven organization to support working parents by offering information and services, building community, and advocating for parent needs to leadership. In her first contractor role, she supported external communications for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Mel is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach and a certified culture facilitator through Veritas Culture. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Nicholas Kittle, Author, Sustainovation: Building Sustainable Innovation in Government, One Wildly Creative Idea at a Time

Nick is the author of the #1 best-selling innovation book Sustainovation and spent 15 years in local government, most recently as a Chief Innovation Officer. Nick won three national innovation awards and founded one of the first five local government innovation offices in the country. During his government career, Nick directed 17 different divisions and developed over 65 unique or first-of-its-kind pilot projects, while directly generating $7.8 M in savings and pioneering the concept of Innovation Value. Since launching in 2017, the principles of Sustainovation, and the lessons of Team Us, have inspired and empowered communities across the world.   

Nick founded innovation offices in a variety of political climates and geographies across the US and consulted with cities such as Kansas City, Austin, Scottsdale and San Jose on government innovation. He has written and spoken extensively as a government thought leader and motivator, including pieces for the Harvard Government Innovators Network, Alliance for Innovation, Exago, and Governing Magazine, as well as podcasts with StrongTowns, National Research Center, and ELGL. 

Nick now keynotes and trains across the country on building SustainovationTM in government and visited 50 different communities in 2019 to help them transform their mindset. Nick is a dynamic TEDx speaker (Life 2.0), national keynote and government performance and innovation coach from Colorado, delivering a powerful message—and in his main time, he is a father, husband, photographer, BBQ champ and avid disc golfer.

Mayor Adrian Perkins 

Adrian Perkins is the Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana. He was born in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport, attending Arthur Circle, Youree Drive Middle School, and Captain Shreve High School.

In the wake of 9/11, Adrian Perkins accepted a nomination to the United States Military Academy.  There, he was the captain of the track team and the first African-American graduate elected Class President in West Point’s history. Perkins deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan after graduating from West Point.  He achieved the rank of Captain and Company Commander in the United States Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.  After three tours of duty, the Tillman Foundation accepted Perkins into their Tillman Scholar Program, enabling him to attend Harvard Law School, where he was again elected Student Body President.

On April 26, 2018, he announced his candidacy for Mayor of Shreveport, and on December 29th, 2018, Adrian Perkins was installed as the 56th Mayor of Shreveport.

Ty Smith, Director of Partnership, Common Mission Project

Tyrome ‘Ty’ Smith, has over 25 years of consulting and leading executives and their teams by helping them understand human and organizational dynamics. Currently, he is the Director of Partnership for the Common Mission Project, whose mission is to create an international network of entrepreneurs driven to solve the critical challenges of our time. Prior to that, he was a senior consultant to the Defense Department (DoD). As a trusted advisor and coach to senior leaders and teams, he has conducted many senior-level engagements with the expressed intention of eliciting a strategic focus on revolutionizing how value is both conceptualized and executed.

As part of his work, He developed an innovative education program for the DoD; including coaching and mentoring product development teams engaged in an internal incubator. He is a much sought-after workshop presenter for topics ranging from unconscious bias to business model innovation. Much of his early insight into the dynamics of the human system came from serving as a police officer very early in his professional career, as well as working with adolescents in therapeutic settings.

Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D., Author, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose

Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D. is the former Chief Information Officer of the state of Colorado, technology entrepreneur, corporate director, and C-level executive who is open to new opportunities. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®), she helps public and private sector organizations oversee IT and cybersecurity, build customer delight, set strategic direction, manage projects, and scale through innovation and digital transformation. Her newest book, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose (Wiley), is an Amazon Bestseller that uplifts spirit and productivity in life. Her latest company, Radish Systems, is helping organizations communicate more effectively with mobile devices and computer users using ‘voice and visuals.’ She started her career as a Member of Technical Staff for Bell Laboratories and held management positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T. She volunteers with the non-profit U.S. Digital Response to support the critical needs of the public.

Alex Tremble, Podcast Host, The Executive Appeal

Alex D. Tremble is an award-winning speaker, author, and leadership expert who has over a decade of experience coaching and advising some of our nation’s most senior-level government leaders. He is also the host of The Executive Appeal podcast, which is focused on providing ambitious leaders with the leadership and career advancement skills required to excel as senior and executive leaders.

Alex began his career managing three government-wide senior leadership development programs, and quickly went on to establish the Tremble Influence Academy, while publishing two bestselling books (“Reaching Senior Leadership: 10 Growth Strategies Every Government Leader Should Know” and “The GPS Guide to Success”) geared towards helping leaders gain influence and attain career success. Alex is a Leadership Center for Excellence 40 under 40 honoree and is passionate and committed to helping our leaders across the world reach their highest potential; personally, and professionally. In addition to his speaking, he serves as the Chief Culture Officer for America’s second-largest national conservation corps; American Conservation Experience. Alex received his Bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from William Penn University and his Master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Baltimore. Please visit AlexTremble.com to gain the tools and strategies you need to reach your leadership and career goals.