Edwin K. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services which produces this educational program, Because You Need To Know. It is part of our mission to educate and bring awareness around knowledge management and nonprofit concerns.
Integration, Network, Grass Roots, Infrastructure, Retention: The #CKO View of Ved Prakash
Ved Prakash is a well-recognized senior industry professional with a global experience of 29 years in a variety of leadership roles with strategic, business and operational responsibilities, including large transformation programs. He is considered a thought leader in Knowledge Management with core expertise in enterprise KM strategy, governance, knowledge and social architecture, process, technology enablement, focus on content/collaboration, culture building and change management.
He is currently Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) at Trianz, a silicon valley based management and technology consulting firm helping Fortune 1000 organizations transition to a digital enterprise. He is also an independent Digital and Knowledge Transformation Consultant to other organizations, and mentors startups on various aspects right from strategy to operations.
Prior to this, he spearheaded Knowledge Management at Montreal-headquartered CGI Inc. He led a large transformation program at CGI across Asia Pacific covering Sales & Marketing, Operations, HR, Finance and Delivery. In addition, he served as a member of the Global Application Services Council at CGI.
Content, Customer Engagement, CRM and KCS with Sara Feldman
Sara Feldman is the Director of Member Engagement for the Consortium for Service Innovation, where she connects Members with resources to support their success and enhance their customer experience. She is a KCS v6 Certified Trainer and experienced with customer-centric functions in the software industry. With a foundation in Technical Writing and Knowledge Management, her previous roles have focused on professional development programs, customer self-service, Customer Success Enablement, and cross-functional Technical Content Strategy.
Philanthropy, Nuremberg, Justice, Volunteerism, and Jamestown NY: The focus of Kristan McMahon
Kristan McMahon has served as President of the Robert H. Jackson Center since April 2019. McMahon is a former principal with Vetted Solutions, an executive search firm specializing in association and nonprofit recruiting and consulting in Washington, D.C. where she helped guide a transformational process for the company’s executive searches. Previously, McMahon was corporate counsel for Verizon in Arlington, VA where she advised all business entities on a variety of antitrust issues, including deal analysis and compliance with antitrust/competition laws. Before joining Verizon, McMahon served as a Staff Attorney for Howrey LLP, where she was part of the antitrust team leading government investigations and litigations for numerous global Fortune 500 companies.
McMahon received a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication and Political Science from St. Bonaventure University, a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, as well as a Certificate from its Communications Law Institute.
She serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee for St. Bonaventure University. She also serves on the boards of Youth For Understanding, an international student exchange organization, and Sitar Arts Center, a youth arts education center in Washington, D.C.
Science Fiction, Apartheid, Hindenburg, Healthy Skepticism, and Nsaka: The world of Chris Mottes
Chris Mottes is the CEO & Partner, Hindenburg Systems.
Chris has 30+ years of experience in media production, entrepreneurship, management and business development in London, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
Chris’s first interest was journalism and human rights, growing up in South Africa under apartheid in the 80’s will do that to you. Bachelor in draft dodging and revolution from University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has worked as a producer, sound technician and editor on countless radio, TV, film and games productions since 1990.
Before joining the Hindenburg in 2010 as CEO, Chris co-founded and/or managed several media production companies including Deadline Film and TV, Deadline Games and Vision Park Entertainment.
Reflections from Edwin K. Morris
People, Process, Content, Culture, and Technology: KM delivery with Zach Wahl
Zach Wahl is CEO and co-founder of Enterprise Knowledge (EK), the world's largest dedicated Knowledge, Data, and Information Management Consultancy. Based in Washington, DC but operating globally, EK has worked with hundreds of commercial, government, and non-profit organizations to deliver KM/IM strategy, design, and implementation services. EK has been listed on the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies in the United States for the last two years and has won Best Places to Work awards from Washington Business Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and Inc. Magazine.
In his role as CEO, Zach is responsible both for the strategic growth of the organization as well as the organizational development and culture. Under his leadership, EK has grown every year since it was founded, being recognized on the Inc. 5000, Virginia Fantastic 50, and Arlington Fast Four for the organization's noteworthy rate of growth. At the same time, EK has been consistently recognized as a great place to work and as a philanthropic leader in the community.
Zach is also a globally recognized thought leader in Information Management, Knowledge Management, and Taxonomy Design, having provided business, management, and IT solutions to a global range of clients for over 20 years. He has worked with over 200 public and private organizations to define strategy, road map, implement, and evolve knowledge bases, intranets, content management, document management, taxonomy management, websites (eCommerce and informational), and other information management systems. In support of these activities, he has run over 250 taxonomy design workshops based on his own business taxonomy design methodology.