Teresa H. Carlson:
Federal Business Productivity Manager
As Microsoft’s federal business productivity manager, Ms. Carlson directs teams of experts dedicated to developing and delivering optimum business intelligence solutions for government agencies and organizations. With five years of innovative and visionary senior executive management experience, she has a solid track record as a top-producing business development and marketing executive who has successfully launched new companies, and built sales and marketing teams.
As vice president of business development, marketing services, and product marketing at Lexign, Inc., a software provider of end-to-end trusted transaction management, Ms. Carlson provided key direction in creating and implementing the corporate vision, and had primary responsibility for strategic and tactical product planning. In one quarter, she successfully named, branded and launched a new company formed from three acquisitions.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Carlson held several positions on increasing executive responsibility at Polaris Group (Novocare/Integrated Health Services), where she was recognized with several awards, including Novocare Chairman’s Award; Top Sales Person, Non-traditional Sales; and Employee of the Year 1998 for consistently exceeding targeted corporate objectives.
Ms. Carlson began her career in the Department of the Army as director of speech language pathology, where she developed a standing operating procedure for speech and language services; dramatically reduced a waiting list backlog; and developed and presented a continuing education program for physicians.
Ms. Carlson holds a bachelor of science and master of science in speech language pathology from Western Kentucky University, and holds a certificate of clinical competency in speech language pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Teresa is a member of the Women in Technology Association, and the Health Information Management System Society (HIMSS). Her executive experience makes her a popular speaker at industry conferences, most recently the TEPR Conference and the HIPAA Forum.
President and Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21
Kelly Carnes is an entrepreneur, and nationally recognized technology policy expert and thought leader. She has served the high tech industry for over 16 years, holding leadership positions in technology business, law and government.
Before founding Tech Vision 21, Ms. Carnes served eight years at the highest levels of the federal government, first as an aide to the First Lady, and later, as a trusted technology policy advisor to four Secretaries of Commerce. Most recently, Ms. Carnes served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, a position requiring nomination by the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. In this role, Ms. Carnes served as chief executive of the Office of Technology Policy, the federal government’s principal advocate for technological innovation. She frequently represented the Administration before Congress, and served as a liaison to and advocate for the technology business community.
Ms. Carnes served as a key point person on numerous high profile issues affecting technology businesses, including regulation of E-commerce, H-1(b) visas, the R&D tax credit, securities litigation reform, financial accounting standards, and the high tech work force shortage. She also helped lead the Administration's efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the nation's technology work force.
Ms. Carnes directed several Presidential-level technology programs and initiatives, including the National Medal of Technology, America's highest award for technological innovation. She also created GetTech, an award-winning national public awareness and information campaign to encourage teens to pursue technology careers. GetTech features celebrity endorsements, radio and television public service announcements, and an interactive web site. GetTech ads have been broadcast more than 45,000 times, and have reached students in 14,000 public middle schools.
Ms. Carnes previously enjoyed a highly successful technology business career. As an attorney at a top national law firm, Ms. Carnes structured and negotiated more than $1 billion in technology business transactions. These included joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital transactions, technology development, licensing and marketing agreements, systems integration projects, and large-scale computer outsourcing transactions.
Ms. Carnes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Topics Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.
Angela M. Champness:
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Proxim
Angela Champness is Senior Vice President & General Manager of Proxim's LAN Division. The division is responsible for the design, development and marketing of wireless LAN products for enterprises, small business and public areas. The division produces the award-winning ORiNOCO wireless LAN products, currently used in thousands of enterprises world-wide. The division produces Access Points, Broadband Gateways, Network Management systems and client products in 3 development locations across the world.