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2019 SOS Wrap Up

Opening Keynote - Building the Future of Work – One Byte At a Time

Benjamin Pring, Vice President, Director, Center for the Future of Work, Cognizant

Ben Pring co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. He is a co-author of the best-selling books, What To Do When Machines Do Everything and Code Halos. Ben sits on the advisory board of the Labor and Work Life program at Harvard Law School. In 2018 Ben was a Bilderberg Meeting participant. He joined Cognizant in 2011, from Gartner, where he spent 15 years researching and advising on areas such as Cloud Computing. Based in Boston since 2000, Ben graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University in the UK where he grew up.

TASSCC Tech Talk 1- State of the Workforce and Labor Market

Bryan Daniel - Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission

Bryan Daniel is the Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Governor Greg Abbott appointed him to the three-member Commission on July 29, 2019.

Chairman Daniel serves as the representative for the public, promoting and supporting the growth of Texas’ world-class employers and talented workforce. In this capacity, his office advances innovative workforce and economic development strategies in collaboration with TWC’s education partners, local leaders, and industry to preserve Texas’ competitive edge as the best place to work in the world.

Prior to his appointment, Chairman Daniel served as the Executive Director of the Office of the Governor Economic Development Division. He previously served as Vice President for Business Development at Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company and as the Texas State Director of Rural Development in President George W. Bush’s administration.

Chairman Daniel is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and a Master of Science in Agricultural Education.

Ransomware 2019: A Texas Response


Nancy Rainosek - Texas Chief Information Security Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources

Nancy Rainosek is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Texas at the Department of Information Resources. She has over 35 years of IT experience in Texas state government and private sector consulting. Prior to joining DIR, she served as the deputy Chief Information Security Officer and the Enterprise Security Operations Manager for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She was an IT Audit Manager and Information Resource Manager at the Texas State Auditor’s Office.


Chris Winnek - Deputy CIO-J6, Cyber Operations Chief, Texas Military Department

Lieutenant Colonel Winnek is the Deputy CIO-J6, Cyber Operations Chief of the Texas Military Department (TMD) and CIO/G6 of the 36th Infantry Division. He serves as Texas Military Department’s representative on the Texas Cyber Security Council, State Information Security Advisory Committee and the Texas Cyber Incident Response Working Group. He previously served on the staff of the Adjutant General of Texas as Director of Strategic Initiatives and in communications management positions on combat tours to Iraq in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2012. Winnek has a master’s degree in Information Technology Management and his military education includes the Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course, Army Cyber Operations Planners Course, Advanced Operations Course, and the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course.

Danny Miller - System CISO, Texas A&M University System

Chief Information Security Officer for the Texas A&M University System which consists of 11 universities and 8 State of Texas agencies. Also CISO for the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM).

Andy Bennett - Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Texas Department of Information Resources

Bio Coming Soon.

Matthew Brinkley - Chief Information Officer, Texas Department of Emergency Management

Bio Coming Soon.

From Intern to CEO in Six Weeks -- The City of Austin High School Start-up Program

Charles Purma - IT Manager, City of Austin

Charles Purma has been with the Communications and Technology Department with the City of Austin for nearly fifteen years working with various teams from training to project management to open data. Most recently, his focus is spanning the boundaries between the public, private, and community sectors to deliver upon the promises of open data, AI, and smart city programs. He also manages an amazing team called Collaboration Services that enables others to accomplish their goals by leveraging user-centered design, agile project management, and tech consultation.

Tech Talk 2 TWC Update- Recruiting System

Jerry White - HR Director, Texas Workforce Commission

Jerry White is Director of Human Resources at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the state agency that helps connect Texans to jobs. Jerry came to TWC in 2014 after a nine-year stint in communications and HR at the Lower Colorado River Authority. Before LCRA, Jerry worked for 25 years as an Austin journalist. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing from St. Edward’s University and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from Texas State University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society of Human Resource Management.

State Demographer

Angelos Angelou - Principal Executive Officer, Angelou Economics

Bio Coming Soon

State of the State: Where We Are and Where We're Going

Patrick Svitek - Primary Political Correspondent, The Texas Tribune

Patrick Svitek is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune, and editor of The Blast, the Tribune's subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Patrick logged countless miles on the 2016 campaign trail, covering the many Texas angles of the momentous presidential race. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Ross Ramsey - Executive Editor, The Texas Tribune

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

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