Technology and Diplomacy Panel Series
April 11th, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT
In-Person Panel Discussion and Networking Event
Explore how current events have disrupted global supply chains in this compelling one-hour panel discussion, which will be followed by a networking event. Experts from academia, government, and industry will discuss how recent supply chain disruptions have impacted the State Department’s vital diplomatic mission.
Join us on Tuesday, April 11 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT to hear from:
Lunch and refreshments will be provided during this time.
The Supply Chain Across Borders event is part of the Technology and Diplomacy series hosted by GDIT and The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. The series brings together industry, academia, and government to discuss important transnational issues that impact our national security and the vital diplomatic interest of the United States. Please note: this event is only open to registrants from the Federal government, The George Washington University, and GDIT.
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Tamika Abbott is the Director for the Office of Security Technology. She manages technical security countermeasures that stabilize and protect government staff, property, and information, at Department of State facilities, domestic and abroad.
Mrs. Abbott previously held the role of Security Technology Operations Director, where she oversaw technical security and life safety programs for 200+ U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the globe. As the Regional Director of Security Engineering in the European region, she directly managed 25 offices and provided technical solutions in over 50 countries. Throughout her 23 years with the Department, Mrs. Abbott has also served as the Senior Engineer on missions in Afghanistan, Thailand, Egypt, and Nigeria, as well as several domestic missions.
In 2017, Mrs. Abbott was presented with the Diplomatic Security (DS) Employee of the Year award and was acknowledged for her work in Afghanistan, where she modified programs that saved lives and enhanced global security.
Mrs. Abbott holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from Virginia State University. She is married to C. Monte’ Abbott, and they jointly support the DS mission. Along with their three children, they love to travel and explore new places and cultures.
Laura D'Antonio is a teaching assistant professor of International Business at the George Washington University School of Business. She previously held a teaching faculty position at George Mason University.
Dr. D’Antonio is currently teaching courses in management in developing countries. Her teaching, both at GMU and now at GWU focus on understanding international business context, global business and international strategy. Her courses include a strong emphasis on global environmental and social issues. At GMU she developed and taught several online courses and she continues her online work at GWU collaborating in the online development of the global strategies course.
Dr. D’Antonio incorporates experiential learning into her courses including simulations and global trips. She recently co-led an embedded trip to Italy and the UK focusing on a compare and contrast of two business environments. Her next trip will take students to Brazil to work on consulting project to a solar power startup addressing issues of energy and poverty in Rio’s favelas. Dr. D’Antonio’s passion for and commitment to excellent teaching has resulted in numerous teaching awards, including the 2018 Outstanding Contributions to Teaching award at GMU where she was also a Dean’s Faculty Fellow. Dr. D’Antonio has also made several pedagogical conference presentations focusing on active learning in both the online and face-to-face environments.
Prior to her time in academe, Dr. D’Antonio enjoyed a successful Banking career with a focus on Commercial Banking, Private Banking and Mortgage and Construction Lending eventually reaching regional vice president levels at Wells Fargo and Citigroup.
Dr. D’Antonio earned her BA from Yale University, her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and her Doctor of Management degree from University of Maryland University College. Her doctoral research focused on trust development in virtual teams.
Flor Aguilar Kim is a capture senior director for the Intelligence & Homeland Security division at General Dynamics Information Technology, where she leads growth enterprise activities for the Homeland Security and Telecommunications sector.
Flor is a senior transformational leader with over 30 years of experience driving change and innovation in Aerospace and Defense Industry. She has a track-record leading large scale DoD multimillion-dollar programs, supply chain strategy, program/subcontract management, engineering design, and manufacturing operations.
Flor led the supply chain strategy and capture team at General Dynamics Mission Systems encompassing Small Business Program, Strategic Engagements/Partnerships, Innovation Sourcing Network (ISN), Design-to-Cost, Enterprise Captures, Bidding and Estimating and Strategic Communications. Flor drove the company’s supply chain transformation from tactical procurement organization to a strategic and integrated supply chain thru a 5-year journey.
Flor received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She also has a master’s in project management from George Washington University. Flor holds an active Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Flor is actively involved in her community; she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Child Crisis Arizona, and volunteers in several community non-profits.
Alex McGuire serves as GDIT’s VP, Chief Supply Chain Officer, leading all aspects of strategic sourcing, procurement, category management, and supply chain risk management. In this role, Alex collaborates with strategic partners and suppliers as GDIT delivers on its commitments to customer missions.
Alex’s career in supply chain management spans more than 17 years, during which time he has held senior supply chain leadership roles in the consulting services and healthcare industries.
Alex is the executive sponsor of the AbilityFirst Employee Resource Group at GDIT.
Alex earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Boston University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.