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Rick Gordon

Rick Gordon is the Managing Partner at Mach37, based in Herndon, VA.  Mach37 is a market-centric cybersecurity accelerator. The Accelerator is designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cybersecurity product companies. MACH37's unique program design places heavy emphasis on the validation of product ideas and the development of relationships that produce an initial customer base and investment capital. MACH37 is located at the Center for Innovative Technology. The Accelerator is operated by the MACH37 partners.

Prior to his appointment at MACH37™, Rick served as Vice President of product management at KEYW Corporation in Hanover, Maryland. There he led product management strategy for the startup division of a systems integrator that targeted growth in the commercial cybersecurity products market. He has also held numerous high-ranking positions in the cybersecurity field, including COO of Baltimore’s Looking Glass Cyber Solutions. and Managing Director of the Civitas Group in Washington, D.C.


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Aaron Brantly

Dr. Aaron F. Brantly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point and the Army Cyber Institute. He has ten years of experience working in international development with a focus on information communications technologies (ICT) innovation and security as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and subsequently with the International Republican Institute for Advancing Democracy Worldwide and a Senior Program Officer with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He has technical experience in multiple coding languages and systems. His regional expertise/experience includes Eurasia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2011 he served as conference coordinator for Track-II talks on Peace-Building and Reintegration of the Korean Peninsula with representatives from the DPRK, ROK, and USA. He has published articles in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Intelligence and National Security, Democracy and Security, John's Hopkins SAIS Review of International Affairs and has a newly published book "The Decision to Attack: Military and Intelligence Cyber Decision-making" published through the University of Georgia Press. 

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Teresa Carlson

Teresa Carlson leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs, and non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and acts as an advisor to Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues. Since starting AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has driven the business’ growth, which today accounts for 2,000 government, 4,500 education, and 17,500 nonprofit customers, and a vast partner ecosystem across all geographies.

Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as Vice President of Microsoft Federal Government, where she was responsible for defining the strategy for the company’s US Federal Government business. Before moving into technology, Carlson worked in health care, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development.

Carlson dedicates much of her time to philanthropic and leadership roles to support her global community. This includes service as the Board Chairman of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, Board member of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the USO of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors, the Veteran Administration (VA) Advisory Committee, Princeton University’s Infrastructure Board, among others. Carlson has received many honors over the years, including being named as one of Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing, and listed as one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women and 100 Top Tech Leaders.

Carlson earned her undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.