The Henry, Dearborn, MI  |  May 17-18, 2017
Introducing Merit’s Signature Event! Previously two separate events, this year’s MMC and MCRCon will take place together from May 17-18 at the Henry in Dearborn, MI.
The 21st century organization is changing rapidly. Economics, business trends, technological evolution, workplace preferences and the growing sophistication of cyber threats are all factors contributing to an adapting organizational climate. Educators, governments, nonprofits, libraries, security professionals and businesses face challenges like connecting global workspaces, security in the age of BYOD, policy management in an “always on” culture, cloud networking, the changing landscape of digital collaboration and more.
The Merit Member Conference will address many of these topics while providing attendees the opportunity to network with industry experts, merit community members and professional peers.
May 17th is Members Only day, and not open for Non-Member attendance. Topics will cover all things networking, technology, collaboration and talent related.
May 18th combines both Member Security Day AND the Michigan Cyber Range Conference, inviting Members and the general public to take a deep-dive into cybersecurity.
The day’s agenda also features a Capture the Flag event with participants competing for over $600 in prizes. When registering for the conference, check the box denoting your intent to participate in CTF to reserve your spot.
May 19th is open to all audiences and comprised of special-topic multi-hour workshops available at an additional cost.
Marcel Gagne
Marcel Gagné
Writer and Free Thinker
Linux Journal
Marcel Gagné is the author of the “Moving to Linux” series of books, a regular columnist for several tech magazines, a public speaker, radio and television personality, and a well known voice in the Linux and open source universe.
Fredricka Joyner
Fredricka Joyner
Senior Leadership & Organization
Development Consultant
The 21st Century Workplace: Navigating in the Midst of a Perfect Storm

We are living and working in unprecedented times as elements in the external environment come together to create a perfect storm. This talk will unpack and consider the impact of these elements and suggest a set of navigational strategies.

Fredricka Joyner is a senior leadership and organizational development consultant at ADVISA. Her resume includes more than 15 years in academia in the Indiana University system where she held a tenured faculty position; three decades in business consulting for companies in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors; and published works in journals such as the American Journal of Business Education, Journal of Applied Business Research and the American Journal of Engineering Education.
Kristin Judge
Kristin Judge
Director of Special Projects
& Government Relations
National Cyber Security Alliance
Kristin Judge is the director of special projects and government relations for the National Cyber Security Alliance.
Clint Longenecker
Clint Longenecker
Stranahan Professor of Leadership
& Organizational Excellence
University of Toledo
Clint Longenecker is an award winning educator, is one of “America’s leaders in the area of rapid performance improvement” and is a distinguished university professor and the director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo. He is the author of The Two-Minute Drill: Lessons for Rapid Organizational Improvement from America’s Greatest Game.
Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts
Chief Security Architect
Acalvio Technologies
Chris Roberts is the chief security architect for Acalvio Technologies, helping to drive technology innovation and product leadership. Roberts directs a portfolio of services within Acalvio designed to improve the physical and digital security posture of both enterprise, industrial and government clients. In addition, Roberts works to shape the next generation of deception platforms and helps companies with their maturity modeling and overall security solutions.
P.W. Singer
P.W. Singer
Strategist & Contributing Editor
New America Foundation & Popular Science
P. W. Singer is an American political scientist, an international relations scholar and a preeminent specialist on 21st century warfare. He is currently strategist for the New America Foundation and a contributing editor for Popular Science. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare and has written for many of the world’s major media and journals, including the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and many others.
Security on a Shoestring
Jason Brown
Chief Information Security Officer
Merit Network
With the cost of security products and services skyrocketing, how can organizations afford to protect themselves?

While larger organizations are able to purchase the necessary equipment and hire security staff, small and medium sized businesses have difficulty keeping up. Hackers are very aware of this trend and are now targeting these smaller organizations with gaps in their security plan in the hopes of pulling off a successful breach.

Gartner is predicting that prices will continue to rise for security protection and firewall services. The industry could see as much as $170 billion in growth over the next four years.

What steps can organizations with budgetary restrictions take to protect themselves?

Learn how to implement free and low-cost effective solutions within your organization such as:
• Security Frameworks
• Implementation of Risk Management
• Use of Open Source Security Tools
• Information Sharing and Threat Intelligence

Turning Up the Volume on Engagement
Fredricka Joyner
Senior Leadership & Organization Development Consultant
Turning Up the Volume on Engagement

The world of work is becoming increasingly complex and competitive due to ever-changing technology, globalization, environmental concerns, resource constraints, and a host of other issues. At the same time, the labor force is shrinking as a result of shifting generational patterns and a widening skills gap. This combination of variables has created an unprecedented set of dynamics – a perfect storm – in almost every business environment. In the face of the dynamic tension caused by these factors, attracting and retaining top talent is of critical importance. This workshop will explore how companies can respond strategically by turning up the volume on engagement.

Through participation in this interactive session, participants will be able to:

  • connect business and personal strategic challenges to the need to focus on engagement
  • describe the elements of the current business environment that are coming together to create the strategic imperative for engagement
  • describe the role of the manager in creating and supporting a high-engagement work culture
  • take specific action to strengthen elements of engagement in their sphere of influence
  • identify aspects of the organization’s culture that can be strengthened or enhanced to turn up the volume on engagement
  • identify opportunities for personal development related to turning up the volume on engagement.

Participants will leave the session armed with an understanding of the strategic backdrop, a useful conceptual model, a set of sample strategies and a handful of specific actions for turning up the volume on engagement in the arenas where they work.

Navigating cybersecurity certifications can be a test in itself. Experts will outline their necessity and benefits.
Networking & Infrastructure
Navigating cybersecurity certifications can be a test in itself. Experts will outline their necessity and benefits.
Management & Talent Retention
Merit Community Supporter organizations will present on innovative resources and solutions that are available to Merit Members.
Sponsors & Community Supporters
Merit Community Supporter organizations will present on innovative resources and solutions that are available to Merit Members.
Check back soon for the complete agenda and daily schedule details






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