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Biomedical Research & Organogenesis: Building Organs One Gene, One Cell at a Time science

Dr. Cleaver describes her pioneering journey in discovering how to create new organs. In collaboration with other scientists at her biomedical research lab, Dr. Cleaver has discovered how organs and blood vessels are made -- from the building blocks of the genetic code all the way up to the complexity of developing embryos -- and shares her knowledge about the ground-breaking, fascinating field of organogenesis and vasculogenesis.


SpeakerOndine Cleaver, PhD

  • Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, for the last 17 years
  • Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University
  • BS, Molecular Biology - The University of Texas at Austin

Professor UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dogs in Vests science

We're going to demonstrate, through innovative training protocols, the extent to which dogs can learn and communicate.


SpeakerMiriam Richard

Miriam Richard earned a bachelors degree in kinesiology with a minor in psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. She went on to receive master’s degree in physical therapy from the Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She was then awarded a health coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

She has been happily married for twenty-eight years. Miriam is the mother of three kids and three wonderful dogs. She resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to her work and ongoing holistic research, she writes educational and therapeutic songs to pass her knowledge on to others. She enjoys taking on projects wholeheartedly and is falloff passion for helping others. She enjoys taking on projects wholeheartedly and is full of passion for helping others. She recently finished a “Dogumentary” for Dogs in Vests and it is available to watch on YouTube.

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Cyber Attack Simulation - Test your defenses before the bad guys do technology

What is cyber security? Brief history of the evolution of cyber attacks from a single person hacking for bragging rights in the late '90's to nation-state attacks being declared the 4 battle ground, beyond land, sea and air.

The future of cyber - automated attacks.

How Cymulate helps companies be better prepared (brief demo of technology).

Shortage of talent in the cyber industry, 2million + workers needed in cybersecurity.


SpeakerBrian Stone

An accomplished technology entrepreneur, Brian has over 25 years experience investing in, building and leading high-growth, go-to-market teams. His strategies and leadership resulted in value creation of over $2B in four successful technology and cybersecurity companies, with one IPO and two successful exits. He is Currently Chief Revenue Officer with Cymulate, a disruptive, hyper-growth cyber security platform that tests the effectiveness of companies' cyber defenses by simulating every known cyber attack.

Chief Revenue Officer Cymulate

From Academia to the Military to Business to Energy Technology: Cultivating Leadership Skills in Various Forms and Forums other

In this presentation, Mr. Jordan will provide a detailed look into the various contexts and professional pathways through which one can cultivate leadership skills – in the military, in a small-business environment, and at a Fortune 500 corporation. Mr. Jordan relays the many different facets of strong leadership, and illustrates how such skills are critical in a rapidly changing world.


SpeakerWilliam Jordan

Graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2005 with a Major in Political Science. Air Force Civilian Institute Fellow at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy 2005-2007. Established wine importing and distribution company in New York and New Jersey in 2008. Logistics Officer in the United States Air Force Reserves in 2010. Started career with Oncor Electric in 2015 as Project Manager and resources consultant. Currently managing Distribution Design team focused on providing interconnections to Oncor's electrical grid, while serving as the senior hospital administrator for the Air Force Reserve's largest clinic.

Design Supervisor

From Top Secrets to Top Startups: Career Adaptation in the Tech Revolution technology

As a 40-year veteran of the technology sector, Mr. Jaime Romero shares his wit and wisdom about how he has managed to continuously adapt and augment his professional skills to stay relevant during the rapidly evolving age of digital technology. Join the discussion to gain critical insight, tips, and tricks about how to apply this growth-mindset to your own career path!

Mr. Romero is currently with his third startup company, DataSkrive, which is now entering the "hyper growth" stage. DataSkrive facilitates data-automation in the sports space, and counts among its customers many well-known corporations, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, AP, and FuboTV.


SpeakerJaime Romero

  • Bachelors in Electrical Engineering 1984, Masters in Telecommunications and Computers 1997
  • Worked as a Hardware Engineer for the National Security Agency (NSA) for almost 16 years, Jan 1985 - Dec 2000
  • Transitioned to Software Engineer at the end of my time at the NSA.
  • Worked in Tech Startups in New York City starting in Dec 2000, first startup failed, second startup succeeded - Optimost - and was acquired.
  • Currently work at DataSkrive, a startup that does data Automation in the Sports space - customers include Sports Illustrated, ESPN, AP, FuboTV

Director Web Development Data Skrive

How Marketing Can Make or Break Your Company technology

Think that a great idea is all you need to create a successful company? Think again! We will discuss how your marketing and sales strategy–specifically related to branding, partnerships, growth hacking and more–drives success.


SpeakerHillary Sinclair

Hillary New Sinclair is passionate about advising and working with women-led startups. With a background in multi-channel marketing, corporate direction and operational scalability, Hillary has created strategies that drive revenue, engage users and accelerate company growth. Hillary is currently advising The Flourish Fund and Onthemuv. Previously, Hillary was Executive Director of Founders Network, a successful entrepreneur and marketing consultant. She has developed B2C marketing solutions for F500 companies including Avon, Yahoo!, eBay, Kraft Foods, Charles Schwab, DirecTV and Visa. Hillary is on the Steering Committee for the Changing Tides Movement, the Women's Leadership Committee of Founders Network and was a 2018 Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year with the Women in IT Awards. Hillary is also an HPHS grad; Go Scots!

Life is an Adventure - Be Ready For It technology

Technology will be front and center for the rest of your life. Find what you are good at. Push yourself. Evolve throughout your career.

In this energizing presentation, Mr. Taulbee offers tips about honing cutting-edge technology acumen and remaining tech-savvy throughout your career. From the perspective of one who bears primary responsibility within AT&T for crafting the software vision, setting strategic direction, and developing overall design for the company’s business systems, Mr. Taulbee reveals what approach he has taken to drive software automation, software-controlled ordering, and revenue acceleration.


SpeakerScott Taulbee

  • Responsible for AT&T platform architecture in the Global Operation and Services organization
  • Personal mission is to bridge organizations within AT&T and drive value for our customers
  • BS Electrical Engineering (Va Tech)
  • MMath in Computer Science (University of Waterloo)
  • Executive MBA (Emory University)

Director - Technology AT&T

Monitoring Earth from Satellite Radar science

Professor Zhong Lu provides a basic overview of how radar (radio detection and ranging) works and how satellite radar can be used to monitor Earth's hazards and changing attributes, including glaciers, coastal subsidence, and changes attributable to human activity.


SpeakerZhong Lu, PhD

  • Zhong Lu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 1989 and 1992, and the Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska in 1996, and is now Shuler-Foscue endowed chair professor at Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA (
  • His research interests include technique developments of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) processing and their applications to the study of volcano, landslide, and human-induced geohazards.
  • He has produced more than 230 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focused on InSAR techniques and applications, and a book on “InSAR Imaging of Aleutian Volcanoes: Monitoring a Volcanic Arc from Space” with co-author Dan Dzurisin.
  • He is a member of NASA-ISRO satellite radar (NISAR) Science Team (2012 - ).

Earth Science Professor Southern Methodist University

No Bones About It: Mechanical Engineering & Biomorphic Propulsion engineering

Join Dr. Paul Krueger as he explores the intriguing question of how the swimming mechanics of live squid inform the discipline of mechanical engineering.


SpeakerPaul Krueger, PhD

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1997) from the University of California at Berkeley
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics (1998 and 2001, respectively), both from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) in 2002; is currently a Professor and department chair
  • Recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (2004), and the Ford Senior Research Fellowship from SMU (2012)
  • Research interests include unsteady hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, vortex dynamics, bio-fluid mechanics, bio-morphic propulsion, fluid-boundary and fluid-particle interactions, and fluid processes in additive manufacturing

Mechanical Engineering Professor and Chair SMU

Taking the "open" out of open heart surgery medicine

Dr. Vivian Dimas will discuss the field of Pediatric Interventional Cardiology and how the latest advancements are helping children (and adults) avoid further open heart surgeries.


SpeakerVivian Dimas, MD

*Undergraduate at Southern Methodist University *Medical School at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center *Pediatric Residency, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center *Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital - Advanced Training in Pediatric Interventional Cardiology - Advanced Training in Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplantation *Associate Professor of Medicine, UTSW Medical Center Dallas (2006-2020) *Director of Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization, Medical City Children's Hospital (2020 - present) *Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Medical City Heart and Spine/Medical City Children's Hospital (2020 - present)

Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization; Medical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Physician Service Group

The Rise of Customer Success in Tech - What is it? technology

“Customer Success” is a rapidly growing profession in the field of “as-a-Service” technologies. Spencer Knapp explores what this field is, how it is transforming the way technology companies interact with their customers, and what sorts of innovative technologies are driving this change in the world today.

In recounting his decade-long journey in helping everyone from Fortune 10 companies to SMBs understand how, why, and when to adopt cloud services, Mr. Knapp shares his personal experience leading a team of Customer Success Managers (CSMs) working with Microsoft customers in their ongoing digital transformation journey. Mr. Knapp describes how his team works with multiple groups to ensure that their customers are successful with Microsoft and details how Public Cloud, once considered a niche offering, has become one of the primary methods for infrastructure and application service hosting.

As the holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Mr. Knapp particularly enjoys encouraging students who wish to leverage an undergraduate liberal arts education to move into the field of technology!


SpeakerSpencer Knapp

  • Spencer leads a team of Customer Success Managers (CSMs) that work with Microsoft customers in their ongoing digital transformation journey
  • For more than 10 years, he has helped everyone from Fortune 10 companies to SMBs understand how, why, and when to adopt cloud services. His team works with multiple groups to ensure that their customers are successful with Microsoft.
  • Public Cloud, once thought as a niche offering, is now one of the primary methods for infrastructure and service hosting for applications
  • Spencer holds a BA in Biology from Luther College. He would be happy to discuss how he used his liberal arts education to move into tech

Azure Customer Success Leader Microsoft

There is no such thing as a poison? Fundamentals of toxicology in our everyday lives science

What is riskier: drinking out of a plastic bottle made with bisphenol A or sweeping your front porch? The answer might surprise you! Come learn more about the complex and increasingly critical field of environmental toxicology.


SpeakerRay Brown, PhD

  • Environmental toxicologist specializing in childhood exposure to lead (Pb)
  • Research includes studies in Lubbock, New Orleans, Memphis and West Dallas
  • Taught students at five universities including Texas Tech, University of Richmond (UK), Xavier University of Louisiana and Baylor *Prior to teaching worked for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Tetra Tech EMI (San Francisco)

Teacher Highland Park ISD

Uterus transplantation: from concept idea to reality medicine

Thousands of women cannot carry their own pregnancy because they are born without a uterus or have lost it to disease. Until 6 years ago, the only options for these women were adoptions and surrogacy. Now the combination of transplant and infertility medicine gives these women the possibility of having their own children.


SpeakerGiuliano Testa, MD, MBA

Dr. Giuliano Testa is a graduate of the University of Padova Medical School in Italy. He completed General Surgery Residencies both at the University of Padova and at the University of Chicago and then a fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In 1998 Dr. Testa moved to Germany to the University of Essen where he significantly contributed to start the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplant Program. In 2001, he was recruited with the title of Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Liver Transplant Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2005, he moved to the University of Chicago as Director of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery and rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery. In 2008, Dr. Testa completed the Fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics of the University of Chicago and joined the Faculty to become the Associate Director of the Surgical Ethics Program. In 2011 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dr. Testa was recruited by Baylor University Medical Center in July 2011 to lead the Living Donor Liver Program. In 2017 he was promoted to Division Chief and in 2019 Chairman of the Simmons Transplant Institute. Dr. Testa is actively involved in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, where he currently is a member of the Living Donation Committee, in the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) where is currently serving on the Ethics Committee as well as on the Ethics Committee at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr Testa is Board Member of the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation and Founding Member of the International Society of Uterus Transplantation and the United States Uterus Transplant Consortium. Dr. Testa is author or co-author of more than 170 manuscripts and several book chapters. He is a recognized authority in the field of Living Donor Liver Transplantation, Living Donor Intestinal Transplantation and Uterus Transplantation.

Chief of Abdominal Transplant at Baylor University Medical Center Baylor University Medical Center