David Smith, CEO of HBMG, Inc.
Topic: Vision on Technology and Future Jobs
David Smith is a futurist and technologist with over 30 years of experience in digital convergence, strategic planning, and emerging technologies. He is currently the CEO of HBMG, Inc. in Austin, TX, where he leads global strategic planning, product development, and business execution. Mr. Smith has assisted in creating and implementing plans for large and emerging companies, universities, and government agencies, including Bank of America, Boeing, CIA, Lockheed Martin, National Security Agency, Sun Microsystems, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He played an integral role leading two successful consortia, SEMATECH and MCC; designing IN-Q-TEL for the United States intelligence agencies, the intelligence community’s R&D venture capital solution; and working on the Coordination Committee and the Steering and Implementation Committees for the highly respected Semiconductor Industry Association National Technology Roadmap.
Tommy Chiodo, M. Ed., LPC., Career Counselor
Topic: Defining Career Success – Beyond Skills and Experience
Biography: After a successful, yet unfulfilling, 13-year career in high-tech sales, Tommy ended up pursuing his passion for helping others. He obtained his Master degree in Educational Psychology in 1995, specializing in career counseling, and has spent the last 18 years as a career counselor in private practice and consulting. Acting as counselor and coach, Tommy has directly worked with well over 1000 clients going through career transition. Focusing on career management, which is a process helping people discover their true-selves and how that works finding a fulfilling career. The goal is to empower clients to take control of their career lives by helping them determine what brings fulfillment to their lives, their personal definition of success, and then designing and implementing a corresponding job search strategy. His areas of expertise are in self-identity, the psychology of sales as it applies to job search / the job market, and networking technique.
Maura Thomas, President, RegainYourTime.com
Topic: Empowered Productivity: Winning the War Against Information Overload
Biography: Maura founded RegainYourTime.com in 2003, and has worked for almost 20 years in the productivity training industry. During that time she developed a workflow management process for getting things done called the Empowered ProductivityTM System. Her success with this System led one of the largest publishers in the world, John Wiley & Sons, to invite Maura to literally write the book on personal productivity. As a result, Personal Productivity Secrets is now available through all major booksellers. She’s also been featured on nationally syndicated radio outlets, and in both regional and national press such as the Austin American Statesman, Entrepreneur.com, FoxBusiness, and Fast Company.
David Hughen, Principal, AustinHR.com
Topic: Build Your Brand
Biography: David Hughen is a Co-Founder and Principal of Austin HR. He brings over 20 years experience driving creative human resource strategies and solutions. His emphasis is on optimizing employee commitment and productivity—linked to the organization’s strategic business goals. AustinHR also addresses the new work dynamic in post-recession times. Work is fleeting. Smart companies are approaching the relationship of work and people differently than in the past. David is a speaker and consultant to this new work environment—helping business think differently about its structure, its leadership, it’s very definition of work. He holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. In addition, Hughen is chairman of Communities in Schools’ Leadership Circle (Advisory Council) and is a board member of Workforce Solutions.
Marc Miller, Career Designer
Topic: Repurpose Your Career – 5 Steps to Your Next Career Pivot
Biography: Marc Miller’s career journey includes 22 years at IBM, several thriving tech startups, a painful stint as a high school teacher, a gig raising funds for the Jewish Community Association of Austin, and a near fatal bicycle accident that changed his perspective forever. Thirty years of wandering the proverbial career desert, often repeating the same mistakes over and over, taught him his most crucial lesson: Most people don’t really know what makes them happy at their core, what fulfills them. They pursue money, status, a skill set, all of which provide some level of satisfaction, but not contentment. They wind up feeling frustrated and trapped. Others have figured out what they need, but don’t know how to chart a course to get there. An active member of the Launch Pad Job Club, Marc found himself counseling friends and associates on their career journeys and finally realized he’d found his vocation. He would use his extensive training experience to help others—especially Baby Boomers—find careers that they could grow into for the decades that lie ahead. Marc is passionate about his work and the clients he serves. He’s taught in more than 35 countries and helped clients from many industries.