Overview

March 25
10AM PT, 1PM ET

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The Center for Digital Government’s (CDG) Government Experience Awards are designed to recognize innovative projects and overall experiences for government agencies across the country. The events of 2020 accelerated the need for government agencies to rapidly modernize, and this year it will be even more important for us to capture and recognize the most innovative experiences from which others can learn.

On this webcast, e.Republic’s Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler, along with CDG Co-Directors Teri Takai and Phil Bertolini, will explore the latest government experience trends – and walk you through the 2021 Government Experience Awards program and submission process.


Specifically, we will cover:


• The objectives and intent of the program
• How to navigate the submissions platform
• Tips for success and timing for contest submissions
• Any questions the audience has and how to use the FAQs

We encourage you to invite anyone in your organization who will be involved in entering a nomination to attend this live event. We look forward to your participation in the 2021 Government Experience Awards!

Speakers

Teri Takai

Teri Takai

Co-Executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Teri Takai is the Co-Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.

Teri has won numerous awards including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Phil Bertolini

Phil Bertolini

Co-Executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Phil Bertolini is the Co-Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Previously, he served as deputy county executive and CIO for Oakland County, Michigan.

During his 31-year tenure, Phil built a world-class IT organization in the second-largest county in Michigan, just north of Detroit. As Oakland County CIO, he oversaw more than 150 employees serving over 1.2 million residents. In 2005, he was also promoted to deputy county executive, holding dual positions until his retirement.

Phil’s efforts earned the county national attention, winning numerous awards for technology innovation and excellence. He was named one of Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year and Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers. He was also honored by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change for 2012.

Janet Grenslitt

Janet Grenslitt

Surveys and Awards Director, Center for Digital Government

Janet Grenslitt is the Center for Digital Government’s director of Surveys and Awards. She manages the Center’s flagship surveys and awards programs for state and local government. Working with subject matter experts, she created the Digital Cities and Digital Counties surveys more than 15 years ago.

Prior to joining e.Republic, Janet managed programs for state and local government in Florida, North Carolina and California. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, with a certificate in Social Administration from Hull University in England, and her Master’s degree from University of California at Berkeley.

Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler — Moderator

Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic - the nation's leading state and local government media and research company - and the parent company of Government Technology, Governing, and the Center for Digital Government. Dustin also serves as an Eisenhower Fellow (2019 Zhi-Xing Program) and Program Faculty for the Certified Public Management Program (CPM) at Texas State University.

As the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Assistant City Manager for the City of Manor, Texas, a city outside Austin, Dustin quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. Dustin pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector – including Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing, and gamification. Named as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver for government technology and was recently recognized as a 2021 Business Transformation 150 Leader by Constellation Research.