Free Virtual Event

AI Revolutionizing Proposal Management

Welcome to Optimize24 AI, the premier virtual event where the future of proposal management meets the power of artificial intelligence. As the fourth installment in the acclaimed Optimize series, this event promises to be a groundbreaking convergence of industry leaders and AI pioneers. With previous events reaching over 3000 proposal management attendees, Optimize24 AI is set to be an unmissable event for anyone looking to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving world of AI.

Date & Time

February 29th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (ET)

About this Event

Optimize24 AI, brought to you by VisibleThread – a name trusted by 11 of the Top 15 US government contractors – is a unique platform dedicated to innovate the role of AI in proposal management.

This event will feature a lineup of esteemed leaders and innovators in AI, offering their insights and perspectives on how artificial intelligence is reshaping our industry.

Our aim is to demystify AI, providing clear, industry-leading viewpoints on its application and potential. Attendees will also get an exclusive look at VisibleThread’s AI roadmap and the upcoming releases poised to revolutionize your processes and enhance your output.

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Don't miss out on your FREE ticket:

  1. Exclusive Insights from AI Leaders:
    Hear from top AI experts and thought leaders about the latest trends, innovations, and applications in proposal management.

  2. Networking Opportunities:
    Connect with over 3000 professionals from the proposal management community, fostering valuable relationships and collaborations.

  3. Demystifying AI in Proposal Management:
    Gain a clear understanding of how AI is transforming the industry, with practical insights and applications you can implement.

  4. First Look at Cutting-Edge Tools:
    Be among the first to discover VisibleThread’s upcoming AI-driven tools and features, designed to optimize your processes and outputs.

  5. Enhance Your Professional Skills:
    Learn how to leverage AI in your work, staying ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving industry, and enhancing your professional value.

Meet our incredible speakers

Fergal McGovern

CEO and Founder

VisibleThread

Fergal McGovern

CEO and Founder

VisibleThread

Fergal is the CEO of VisibleThread, which he founded over 15 years ago. Fergal has a strong background in software product innovation & entrepreneurship. He has a track record of delivering commercially successful product software to market. He is brilliant at establishing routes to market & commercial execution strategies.

Noelle Russell

Chief AI Officer & Microsoft MVP in AI

AI Leadership Institute

Noelle Russell

Chief AI Officer & Microsoft MVP in AI

AI Leadership Institute

Noelle Russell is a multi-award-winning technologist with an entrepreneurial spirit who specializes in helping companies with data, cloud, conversational AI, Generative AI, and LLMs. She has led teams at NPR, Microsoft, IBM, AWS and Amazon Alexa, and is a consistent champion for Data and AI literacy.

Marty Humm

VP of Innovation

Shipley Associates

Marty Humm

VP of Innovation

Shipley Associates

Neil McDonnell

President | Founder

GovCon Chamber of Commerce

Neil McDonnell

President | Founder

GovCon Chamber of Commerce

As the Founder and President of the GovCon Chamber of Commerce, Neil brings 20+ years of government contracting experience and has personally won and supported government contracts for the Army, Navy, Air Force, HHS, VA, Transportation, Interior, Energy and the Executive Office of the White House. Neil’s vision is to ensure American small businesses have the knowledge and ability to earn their share of the federal government contract dollars

Elif Acar-Chiasson

Executive Vice President, Talent & Innovation

CSRS

Elif Acar-Chiasson

Executive Vice President, Talent & Innovation

CSRS

With experience in corporate strategy, management, and operations, Elif is a skilled and versatile executive leader who is passionate about developing talent, driving digital transformation, and taking on complex challenges to foster growth. Elif believes in cultivating a culture of innovation and continuous learning, encouraging employees at all levels to seek and create knowledge for enhanced effectiveness and competitive advantage.

Micheál McGrath

VP of Marketing and Business Development

VisibleThread

Micheál McGrath

VP of Marketing and Business Development

VisibleThread

Head of Marketing at VisibleThread, Micheál is a seasoned professional known for producing thought leadership communication events with organizations like Capital One, HSBC, Deloitte, McDonald’s, and IKEA. His frequent appearances at IABC events and as a Marketing Lecturer at MTU Cork demonstrate his dedication to inspiring and educating fellow marketers.

Kyle Peterson

Vice President of Customer Success

VisibleThread

Kyle Peterson

Vice President of Customer Success

VisibleThread

Kyle is the VP of Customer Success at VisibleThread for over 2 years. He is a solutions-driven professional with a focus on deep understanding of customer needs, pain points, and commercial challenges. He works closely with customers to help improve the efficiency, clarity, and compliance of RFPs, contracts, and mission-critical business writing with quantifiable metrics.

Uniqueka Walcott

Proposal Manager and Writer

AECOM

Uniqueka Walcott

Proposal Manager and Writer

AECOM

With a decade of expertise in proposal management and writing, Uniqueka leads regional marketing and business development initiatives at AECOM, a renowned global firm specializing in engineering, design, and consulting services. Holding a CPSM certification, along with credentials in digital marketing and AI foundations, she showcases proficiency and knowledge in the realms of marketing and business development. Uniqueka is also passionate about writing, speaking, and moderating on AI, personal branding, and workplace culture.

Steve Skeldon

Capture and Proposal Industry Leader | APMP International Board Director

Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.

Steve Skeldon

Capture and Proposal Industry Leader | APMP International Board Director

Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc.

Steve, currently serving as the Capture Manager at Chickasaw Nation Industries, embodies the qualities of an energetic and dedicated business development professional. With a remarkable ability to quickly grasp new concepts and a relentless pursuit of knowledge, he has successfully led virtual proposal teams operating across diverse international locations, ranging from South West Asia to Korea, as well as multiple CONUS teams situated across various time zones. Notably, Steve has recently assumed a prestigious role as a Member of the Board of Directors at APMP, showcasing his commitment to professional growth and leadership within the industry.

Eoin Wren

VP of Engineering

VisibleThread

Eoin Wren

VP of Engineering

VisibleThread

Eoin has been with VisibleThread for more than 11 years. He is responsible for the engineering and support functions in VisibleThread. This includes product architecture, user interaction design, release planning and coordination, customer implementation, and delivery. VisibleThread provides document and web content analysis solutions. Our solutions allow users to slice through documents and web content and highlight content issues such as quality issues, and complex or risky language.

Erin Reddick

Founder

ChatBlackGPT

Erin Reddick

Founder

ChatBlackGPT

Erin is a passionate AI professional and is the founder of ChatBlackGPT, a platform representing a responsible and inclusive AI development. ChatBlackGPT addresses underrepresentation and biases in AI, serving as a catalyst for inclusive solutions, education, and workshops. Erin is committed to shaping a future where AI is a catalyst for positive change, ensuring technological advancements are ethically grounded and beneficial for all communities.

Amy McGeady

Senior Vice President, Strategic Services

Shipley Associates

Amy McGeady

Senior Vice President, Strategic Services

Shipley Associates

As the Senior Vice President, Strategic Services at Shipley Associates, Amy helps clients win business and build strong teams. She has 15+ years of experience in business development, organizational strategy, market positioning, and proposal management across various industries and sectors. She is also a certified APMP Professional, demonstrating knowledge and skills in bid and proposal best practices.

Anatalia Macik

Director of Proposal Operations

Excella

Anatalia Macik

Director of Proposal Operations

Excella

Anatalia is the Director of Proposals Operations at Excella. She is an award-winning Certified Practitioner, with a 20-year successful career in writing/editing, fortified by 14 years in business development and a decade in management. Anatalia was honored as a member of APMP’s ’40 Under 40’ Class of 2020 and recognized as a ‘Technology Rising Star’ by STEM Women of Color in 2022, reflecting on her exceptional skills in process development, interdepartmental coordination, and communication.

Lisa Stanley

Project Manager

Aptive Resources

Lisa Stanley

Project Manager

Aptive Resources

Lisa is a project manager at Aptive Resources in digital transformation consultancy where her team provides technical support and project management services for the Veteran’s Affairs Office of Information Technology. With over four years of experience in various technical roles, Lisa has acquired a comprehensive skill set and multiple certifications in agile, cybersecurity, cloud computing, data analysis, and service management, enabling her to deliver innovative and impactful solutions for complex challenges.

Amanda Haven

Founder

Illuminate Marketing Collective

Amanda Haven

Founder

Illuminate Marketing Collective

Amanda, founder of Illuminate Marketing Collective, is a proposal management expert in full-lifecycle proposal support including strategic planning, proposal management, proposal writing, presentation development, and graphic design. She has spoken at numerous events including APMP, SPMJ and PSMJ Resources.

Jocelynn Hartwig

Lead Consultant, Associate Solutions Architect

Excella

Jocelynn Hartwig

Lead Consultant, Associate Solutions Architect

Excella

At Excella, Jocelynn leads generative AI experimentation and technical strategy within the firm, and creates rapid prototypes leveraging Azure AI resources. She is also the President & Co-Founder of Marginal Entropy, a non-profit organization aimed to lower the barrier to technical education for marginalized communities.

Karthik Koutharapu

Bid Management Leader & CTO Ambassador

Core42.ai & APMP HQ Board of Director

Karthik Koutharapu

Bid Management Leader & CTO Ambassador

Core42.ai & APMP HQ Board of Director

Karthik Koutharapu, Bid Management Leader and CTO Ambassador at Core42.ai, integrates cognitive computing and AI into proposals, earning accolades like the APMP Legacy Award. As a triple certified APMP Professional and global speaker, Karthik shares expertise on leveraging AI for impactful proposals. Serving as an APMP Australia award judge and Board of Director at APMP HQ, Karthik ensures insightful evaluations.

Sarah Miranda

Business Development and Capture Member

ACT1 Federal & APMP International Board Director

Sarah Miranda

Business Development and Capture Member

ACT1 Federal & APMP International Board Director

Sarah Miranda, Business Development and Capture Manager at ACT1 Federal, manages the proposal development lifecycle. As a member of the International Board Directors at APMP, Sarah is responsible for developing, maintaining, and implementing the strategic long-range plan of APMP. Additionally, she was named APMP’s 40 under 40 in 2023.

Chloe Norwood

Field Marketing Specialist

VisibleThread

Chloe Norwood

Field Marketing Specialist

VisibleThread

As a dedicated and results-oriented Field Marketing Specialist with a passion for orchestrating impactful events, Chloe has skillfully managed a diverse range of events. Her approach involves meticulous planning, precise coordination of logistics, and a keen eye for creating an immersive event atmosphere for attendees. Chloe’s commitment to end-to-end management ensures that every detail, from collaborating with industry professionals to on-site operations ensures a seamless experience. 

Agenda: Eastern Time (ET)

9:00 AM

Demystifying AI – Understanding how it impacts Capture and Proposal Development

“Generative AI is not a replacement for human creativity, but rather a tool that can augment and enhance it” – Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI

Join us for an engaging discussion on AI & how it fits into Government Contracting. We’ll outline where AI applies in the Capture and Proposal development process & show how products (including VisibleThread) will evolve to automate many of these tasks using GenAI. We’ll cover the right and wrong use cases for GenAI, security & hallucinations, and what you need to know to use it well. This will be a practical, no-nonsense session, with lots of useful takeaways.

Fergal McGovern, CEO and Founder, VisibleThread

Steve Skelton, Capture and Proposal Industry Leader, Chickasaw Nation

10:00 AM

How to Build Responsible Generative AI Solutions at Scale

In an era where generative AI is not just a buzzword but a transformative force, the keynote “How to Build Responsible Generative AI Solutions at Scale” aims to illuminate the path forward for leaders and innovators in technology. AI Executive and Microsoft MVP, Noelle Russell, drawing from extensive experience at Microsoft, IBM, AWS, and beyond, unfolds a visionary yet pragmatic approach to responsible AI development.

Noelle Russell, Chief AI Officer and Microsoft MVP in AI

11:00 AM

VisibleThread’s Secure AI Launch

This talk is your exclusive opportunity to get a first look at the cutting-edge AI feature set integrated into our products.

Our team is committed to pushing the boundaries of what AI can do while prioritizing your security. During this event, we will not only showcase the new AI capabilities but also provide insights into our upcoming roadmap for even more enhancements in both VT Writer and VT Docs.

At VisibleThread, we understand that harnessing the power of AI should never come at the expense of security. Therefore, we will share our rigorous approach to incorporating GenAI into our products, ensuring that your data remains protected and your information confidential.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness the future of AI-powered content analysis and creation, all within a secure and trusted environment.

Fergal McGovern, CEO and Founder, VisibleThread

11:50 AM

Unlocking AI Opportunities: Small Businesses Thriving in Government Contracting


Join us as we delve into the world of government contracting with Neil McDonnell, the visionary Founder and President of the GovCon Chamber of Commerce, who boasts over two decades of expertise in this field. Neil has successfully secured government contracts from various agencies, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, HHS, VA, Transportation, Interior, Energy, and the Executive Office of the White House.

In this captivating talk, Neil will unveil the tremendous potential of artificial intelligence (AI) for small businesses navigating the intricate landscape of government contracting. With AI rapidly transforming business operations and interactions with government agencies, Neil will share invaluable insights into how small enterprises can harness AI-driven solutions to not only survive but thrive in this highly competitive arena.

Discover a wealth of strategies and best practices that can empower your small business to fully embrace AI while ensuring compliance and success in government contracting. Neil McDonnell’s extensive expertise and track record make this session a must-attend for small business owners and professionals eager to unlock new opportunities and maintain a competitive edge in the industry.

Neil McDonnell, Founder and CEO, GovCon Chamber of Commerce

12:40 PM

Incorporating AI into your Shipley Process

Join us for a game-changing session featuring two dynamic experts in business development and proposal management: Amy McGeady, Senior VP of Strategic Services, and Marty Humm, VP of Innovation, both from Shipley Associates. They will guide you through the transformative journey of integrating AI into your Shipley Process.

Amy McGeady, with over 15 years of experience in business development, strategy, market positioning, and proposal management, brings valuable insights to the table. Her expertise is certified as an APMP Professional, and she’ll show you practical ways AI can enhance your Shipley Process for better business outcomes.

Marty Humm is revolutionizing proposal development by exploring innovative techniques and approaches, including virtual proposal centers and generative AI. Join him on this thrilling journey into the future of proposal management.

Discover how AI can optimize your business development and proposal management efforts, propelling your organization into the new era of contract success. This session promises to be an eye-opener for professionals eager to stay ahead in the industry’s evolution.

VisibleThread is committed to pushing AI boundaries while ensuring security. We’ll showcase new AI capabilities and provide insights into our roadmap for further enhancements in VT Writer and VT Docs. Rest assured, our approach to incorporating GenAI into our products prioritizes data protection and confidentiality.

Don’t miss out on witnessing the future of AI-powered content analysis and creation within a secure and trusted environment.

Amy McGeady, SVP of Strategic Services, Shipley Associates
Marty Humm, VP of Innovation, Shipley Associates

1:30 PM

Making a Business Case for AI Technology

Join us for an enlightening session led by Elif Acar-Chiasson, an esteemed executive with a deep passion for innovation, talent development, and fostering growth through technology. As the Executive Vice President of Talent & Innovation at CSRS, Elif brings a wealth of experience in corporate strategy, management, and operations to the table.

Elif is committed to driving digital transformation and tackling complex challenges head-on, all while nurturing a culture of innovation and continuous learning within her organization. She understands the pivotal role that AI technology plays in today’s business landscape and believes in empowering employees at all levels to seek and create knowledge for enhanced effectiveness and competitive advantage.

In this engaging talk, Elif will share invaluable insights on how to make a compelling business case for AI technology adoption. Discover the strategies and approaches that can help your organization harness the transformative potential of AI, whether it’s in improving operational efficiency, enhancing customer experiences, or staying ahead of industry trends.

Drawing from her expertise and previous keynote presentations, Elif Acar-Chiasson will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to navigate the evolving landscape of AI technology and make informed decisions that drive your business forward. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a seasoned executive and take your organization’s technology strategy to new heights. Join us for “Making a Business Case for AI Technology.”

Elif Acar-Chiasson, Executive VP, Talent and Innovation, CSRS

2:20 PM

Women in Tech: Connecting, Innovating, and Empowering with AI

Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion hosted by a Women Networking with Women board member, an organization dedicated to achieving the highest standards for women-based professional groups and providing exceptional resources and global networking opportunities for professional women.

In this inspiring session, we bring together top professionals who have excelled in the fields of proposal management and government contracting. These women have not only broken through the barriers in the tech industry but have also harnessed the power of AI to drive innovation, foster connections, and empower others.

Explore their experiences, challenges, and triumphs as they share their unique journeys in the tech world, emphasizing the role of AI in their careers. Discover how these women have utilized AI to make significant impacts in proposal management and government contracting, whether it’s in streamlining processes, enhancing decision-making, or fostering collaboration.

This roundtable discussion is a platform for meaningful conversations about the intersection of technology, gender diversity, and empowerment. Join us for “Women in Tech: Connecting, Innovating, and Empowering with AI” and be inspired by the stories and insights of these exceptional women who are making a difference in the world of tech..

Anatalia Macik, Director of Proposal Operations, Excella
Erin Reddick, Founder, ChatBlackGPT
Lisa Stanley, Project Manager, Aptive Resources
Jocelynn Hartwig, Lead Consultant, Excella

3:10 PM

Level Up by Leveraging AI

Join us for an insightful session hosted by Uniqueka Walcott, a seasoned communication professional with a passion for storytelling and a track record of successfully leading proposals ranging from tens of thousands to billions of dollars for federal, state, international, and municipal clients. Uniqueka’s diverse experience and extensive involvement in AI-related discussions make her the ideal guide in exploring the critical topic of gaining buy-in for AI.

Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we engage with clients, manage employees, and drive innovation. In this session, Uniqueka will draw from her rich background as a member of AECOM’s AI Task Force and her extensive experience as a moderator and speaker in various AI-related forums. Her insights will provide you with practical strategies and techniques to navigate the adoption of AI within your organization, all while ensuring that your job remains secure.

Explore the evolving landscape of AI, learn how to communicate its benefits effectively, and gain the confidence to champion AI initiatives within your workplace. Uniqueka’s curiosity about the future of work, as demonstrated through her Career Conversations podcast, where she interviewed experts across diverse professions, including AI and machine learning, positions her as an authority on the subject.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Uniqueka Walcott and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully advocate for AI. “Level Up by Leveraging AI” is a must-attend session for professionals looking to harness the potential of AI while securing their place in the workforce of tomorrow.

Uniqueka Walcott, Proposal Manager and Writer, AECOM

3:45 PM

Empowering Leadership with AI: An Expert Roundtable Discussion

Following an enlightening session with Uniqueka Walcott on “Level Up by Leveraging AI” we invite you to join a thought-provoking roundtable discussion featuring Uniqueka herself and Amanda Haven, Founder of Illuminate Marketing Collective. This is a unique opportunity to engage with two industry experts and gain valuable insights into the world of AI adoption in your career.

Amanda Haven, with her extensive expertise in proposal management, strategic planning, proposal writing, and presentation development, has made a significant impact in her field. Her speaking engagements at prestigious events, including APMP, SPMJ, and PSMJ Resources, reflect her deep knowledge and experience in the industry.

During this roundtable discussion, you’ll have the chance to ask questions, share experiences, and delve deeper into the challenges and opportunities that come with integrating AI into your professional journey. Uniqueka and Amanda will provide guidance on navigating the ever-evolving landscape of AI, offer practical advice on incorporating AI into your work, and address any concerns you may have about the impact on your career.

Whether you are a seasoned professional looking to adapt to the AI-driven future or a newcomer eager to explore AI’s potential, this roundtable is the perfect forum to exchange ideas and gain valuable insights. Join us for an interactive and informative session that promises to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to embrace AI while advancing your career.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with two experts who have successfully integrated AI into their respective fields. Register now for the “Roundtable Discussion: Navigating AI Adoption in Your Career” and be part of this insightful conversation shaping the future of work.

Uniqueka Walcott, Proposal Manager and Writer, AECOM
Amanda Haven, Founder, Illuminate Marketing Collective

4:30 PM

AI Roundtable: APMP Leaders sharing Insight into Key Considerations

Concluding our eventful day, join us for an engaging and insightful AI Roundtable discussion featuring esteemed leaders from various APMP chapters. This session offers a remarkable opportunity to engage with experienced professionals and gain valuable insights into the key considerations surrounding Artificial Intelligence in the field of proposal management.

Our panel of APMP leaders brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse perspectives to the table, ensuring a well-rounded discussion that covers a broad spectrum of AI-related topics. Whether you are a seasoned APMP member or new to the field, this roundtable provides a platform to ask questions, share experiences, and deepen your understanding of how AI is transforming proposal management.

Expect to hear about the latest trends, best practices, and real-world challenges faced by professionals across different APMP chapters. The collective wisdom of these leaders will provide you with valuable takeaways and actionable advice to navigate the evolving landscape of AI in the context of proposal management.

Whether you have questions about AI tools, data security, ethical considerations, or simply want to explore how AI can enhance your proposal management efforts, this roundtable is the ideal forum for open and informative discussions.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with APMP leaders, gain insights, and be part of a dynamic conversation that is shaping the future of proposal management. Join us for the “AI Roundtable: APMP Leaders Sharing Insights into Key Considerations” and wrap up the day with valuable knowledge and networking opportunities.

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