About the Conference
Central Virginia’s premier technology conference, rvatech/Drive is back LIVE + in-person on Friday, October 29th at the Science Museum of Virginia!
2021 rvatech/Drive is a technical conference for all technologists + business professionals, curated and presented by our rvatech/Women in Technology committee. Aimed at bringing together professionals on a wide range of relevant topics to learn, engage, and collaborate, this event will feature a robust panel of keynote speakers, fascinating breakout sessions, and ample opportunities for networking.
The Science Museum of Virginia – Dewey Gottwald Center
2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
Dewey Gottwald Center parking is located behind the museum. Parking lot entrance located off of West Leigh Street – view detailed instructions.
GPS Address: 2301 W Leigh St Richmond, Va 23220
For student ticket pricing contact Lindsay Money at Lindsay@rvatech.com
The 2021 MLM Awards
The Margaret Lyn McDermid Awards recognize women technologists in the greater Richmond area. The awards program is named after Margaret Lyn McDermid who has had a direct impact on Central Virginia’s tech economy, Virginia’s image across the country, opportunities for women and young people in technology, and most especially our continued growth as an organization at RVATECH.Apply / Nominate Today
8:30 AM | Registration + Morning Cocktail Hour
Welcome to 2021 rvatech/Drive! Grab a mimosa and/or a bloody morning at our morning brunch
bar + reconnect with Richmond’s technology community!
Take time to engage with the #rvatech community + our conference sponsors by visiting the
exhibition booths with a cocktail in hand – Cheers!
9:05 AM | Keynote - "What Rocket Science & Banking Have in Common"
Melanie Frank | Managing Vice President – Cyber Engineering at Capital One
What Rocket Science & Banking Have in Common
When you think of Rocket Science and Banking you probably don’t think of them as interchangeable careers, but they actually have a lot more in common than you might imagine. Join Melanie Frank as she talks about how her dream to become an astronaut led her down the unanticipated path to software engineer.
9:35 - 10:10 AM | How Data Analytics Was Used to Address the ‘Twindemic’: COVID-19 and the Opioid Epidemic
Track Category | DRIVE to SECURE
Lyd Paull-Flores Sr. Director at Qlarion
The impact of COVID-19 on the opioid epidemic has been well established. Called the “twindemic” among public health service professionals, people with addiction and mental health needs were deeply impacted by enforced social isolation. While this has led to increased challenges for health and safety professionals, the silver lining is that it has accelerated the adoption of technology, data exchanges, predictive analytics, and programs that center around social determinants/informants of health to formulate a response that supports individuals battling both addiction and the pandemic. For instance, the Affordable Care Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act resulted in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and the collection of data that shines a light on prescribers whose practices contributed to addiction.
In this session, Lyd Paull-Flores, Senior Director of Healthcare at Qlarion, will highlight:
• How states, localities and healthcare organizations have leveraged data analytics to combat the “twindemic”: COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic
• Combining data exchanges with social determinants/informants of health
• How predictive analytics can change provider behavior Additionally, she will cover key trends that have proven effective for health and safety professionals looking to improve the quality of life for patients needing addiction support in the age of COVID-19.
• Housing as a vector of healthcare
• Healthcare infrastructure modernization
• Non-punitive collaborative social support programs
10:10 - 10:45 AM | Building for Reliability Panel
Track Category | DRIVE to BUILD
Nicole Carry | Principal Infrastructure/Operations Engineer – ADP
Briana Augenreich | Sr Software Engineer – HubSpot
Join the conversation as Nicole Carry and Bri Augenreich talk us through building reliable products, both from the hardware and software engineering perspectives. They’ll discuss change management, resilient architecture, and some of the key lessons learned over their careers so far. Moderated by Dana Haddon.
11 - 11:35 AM | Cyber Roles w/ Kristi Horton
Track Category | DRIVE to SECURE
Kristi Horton | Founder | Horton Innovations
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players;” – William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”
Shakespeare wrote of a different set of roles, but the diverse needs in cyber security and related disciplines might surprise you!
Learn about the different functions in cyber security and related fields and the skills valued in each.
Everyone has something to contribute. Discover how to identify the positions that suit your abilities and interests, how to spot candidates with unconventional talents, and how to connect the two.
11:40 AM | Break for Sponsor Booths/Networking Table Cards
Break time – 11:40 AM – 12:25 PM
Lunch will be served at 11:45 PM in the sponsor exhibition room.
12:25 - 1 PM | The Cloud: It’s Not just Someone Else’s Computer Anymore
Track Category | DRIVE to BUILD
Speaker: Allison Boulais | VP – Architecture Strategy & Governance at Capital One
1-1:35 PM | Drive to Innovate Panel
Track Category | DRIVE to INNOVATE
Rashonda Adkins | Director, Project Delivery & Quality Assurance at Ferguson
Jamie Sanderson Reid | Director, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance at The AES Corporation
1:40 - 2:55 PM | Cyber Carnival
To celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) and the critical role of Cyber Gaming in building a strong workforce, Katzcy Cyber Games has assembled a virtual festival filled with games of skill and chance, scheduled thrilling performances, and lined up activities and drawings that bring home the sights, smells, and tastes of the carnival!
After our final session, enjoy some time in the exhibition hall to play games, win prizes and strengthen your cyber skills!
3 PM | Closing Remarks
Meet the Keynote -
As a Managing Vice President in Technology at Capital One, Melanie Frank leads Cyber Engineering for the enterprise. Her teams innovate boldly to secure the enterprise. Her team obsesses over excellence. Melanie has been with Capital One for over 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility within Technology. She also proudly serves as the accountable executive for CapitalOne’s Women in Technology business resource group.
Previously, Melanie led Associate Experience Technology and held leadership positions in Card Technology where she led Customer servicing, Fraud & Disputes, and Payments for Capital One. Before that, in Retail Bank Tech she supported teller and servicing solutions for retail branches as well as integration of two large acquisitions. Melanie was also a leader in Digital Software Engineering, where she drove platform, portfolio management and development. She also spent eight years in Capital One’s Quality Services organization.
Melanie is passionate about encouraging women to pursue their interest in STEM. Through Capital One’s Women in Technology initiative, she serves as a role model for women across the company, fostering a diverse and inclusive environment across her teams. In addition, Melanie speaks to diversity organizations on college campuses across the country, and participates in programs like Techsters, a Richmond-based initiative designed to get young girls involved in STEM.
Prior to joining Capital One in 2000, Melanie worked at Honeywell on a government contract at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center where she tested software that conducted the scheduling, command, and control for Space Network communications satellites.
She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and has a Masters in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park.
s as the Board Chair for Full Circle Grief Center, putting in countless hours and supporting families who have lost children, parents, and loved ones. Melanie is also a member of the Westhampton Woman’s Club where she helps support a wide range of charities. She finds at least one charity each month where she can do something to help and make a difference.
Managing Vice President – Cyber Engineering
Senior Director of Healthcare
Director, Project Delivery & Quality Assurance
Principal Infrastructure Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
VP – Architecture Strategy & Governance
Horton Innovations, LLC
Jamie Sanderson Reid
Director, Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance
The AES Corporation