Telework Exchange, HP, and VMware hosted the “Staying Connected: Coordinating Telework and Business Continuity” Webcast that focused on successful strategies to leverage telework to maintain and enhance business efficiency. Panelists addressed how mobility, connectivity, and accessibility support a remote workforce during normal operations and crisis situations. They also identified cost-effective, secure, and seamless solutions for improving business operations agency-wide.
Josh Sawislak, AICP, is a senior fellow of the Telework Exchange, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a strategic management consultant to government and corporate organizations. He has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate and government project manager and executive. He has broad experience with multi-billion dollar acquisitions in construction, real estate development, international trade, telecommunications, and information technology and has negotiated and managed projects from inception to completion as both a public and private sector leader.
Throughout his career, Sawislak has worked extensively on transportation and management issues such as telework policy, travel demand management, public transit planning and development, and environmental policy. Most recently, he was part of an effort to change the culture of GSA to embrace telework as an effective tool for effective management, continuity planning, travel demand management, and recruitment and retention of key staff. He was also a member of several White House interagency policy committees (IPCs) addressing issues such as pandemic influenza, continuity of government, and disaster response and recovery.
Danette Campbell is the Senior Advisor for Telework at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive telework and hoteling programs for agency employees in order to address productivity, employee retention, and space management issues.
Prior to starting at USPTO in January 2006, Campbell was employed at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) where she was responsible for the oversight of public and private sector telework in the Washington metropolitan region. During her tenure at MWCOG, Campbell was instrumental in the design, development, and promotion of such programs as Telework Virginia and the Telework Partnership with Employers. She has held the position of Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Telework Advisory Council and played a major role in the annual Washington Area Conferences on Telework from 2002 through 2004, and the Senior Executives’ Telework Event in 2005.
On July 18, 2006, Campbell testified before the Congressional Committee on Government Reform's Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce and Agency Organization on the USPTO's teleworking program. During her testimony, she provided information to the Committee about the Trademark Work at Home program and the Patents Hoteling Program.
Campbell has spoken about telework to representatives of Rospatent (the Russian Patent Office), the Indian Patent Examiners, the European Patent Office, the Japan Unisys Users Association, the Canadian Intellectual Property Organization, the Federal Real Property Advisory Committee, and has been a featured speaker at the Boston Collaboration Summit, as well as at the Future of Continuity of Operations and Telework Training Conference in 2008. She has also been a panelist and moderator at numerous Telework Exchange Town Hall events. In 2010 she was a panelist at the Gov 2.0 Expo, the 2010 IRMCO Conference, and the Senior Executives Association's annual leadership conference. In August 2010, Campbell traveled to Mexico where she spoke about USPTO telework programs and provided telework guidance to the Mexican Patent and Trademark officials.
Campbell was an appointed member of the OPM Telework Advisory Group where she represented the United States Patent and Trademark Office and provided telework guidance to the Advisory Group. In March 2010, she was invited to join the President, First Lady and their policy teams at the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility.
In June 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office was awarded the 2010 Tele-Vision Award from the Telework Exchange for Innovative Application of Technology to Support Telework and Campbell was awarded the Telework Exchange’s 2010 Federal Telework Driver Award.
Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College and Certified Public Manager certification from George Washington University’s Institute for Regional Excellence.
Andrew Jenson, SPHR, currently serves as the Employee and Labor Relations Manager for the U.S. Peace Corps, an independent executive branch agency. In this role he and his team prepare telework policies and procedures, educate staff about telework, work with the local Union, and track telework usage throughout the agency.
Prior to Peace Corps, Jenson worked in progressively more responsible human resources positions with the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Brigham Young University and is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional with the HR Certification Institute.
Sean Rooney is a senior consultant for the HP Client Virtualization Solutions Team, Managing the Federal Region. With HP for about three years, Rooney has helped a number of Federal clients successfully address their virtualization requirements, and through that experience, has developed a deep understanding of the challenges faced by their environment, contributing to the success of both HP’s and HP customer growth. Prior to joining HP, Rooney was at Lefthand Networks(acquired by HP in 2008) where he spent time honing his skills helping customer meet their server virtualization requirements.
Miguel Sian brings more than 13 years of experience in Information Technology, with experience comprised of hands-on systems architecture, implementation and administration both in the public and private sectors. In the last six years, Sian has focused on solutions consulting around IT infrastructure to provide relevant IT solutions such as server/storage consolidation, backup and recovery, and business continuity to the Federal marketplace. Currently at VMware, Sian is an End-User Computing Specialist focused on desktop technologies and is tasked with helping clients gain efficiencies and reduce costs through the use of virtualization. Prior to joining VMware, Sian worked at GTSI as a Sr. Solutions Consultant and was considered a thought-leader around server and desktop virtualization. He has spoken at various industry events, Webinars, and has written articles and whitepapers on topics such as desktop virtualization and migrations. Prior to GTSI, Sian led a team of systems engineers that supported the largest-ever launch of new low-fare service in the history of the airline business. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland University College, holds several architect-level technical certifications and is ITIL v3 Foundations certified.