CITES Spotlights the Chenega Conference Team

The Chenega IT Enterprise Services (CITES) Strategic Planning and Outreach Team recently planned and executed a successful workshop for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Joint Science and Technology Office (JSTO).  The Research Investigations and Scientific Engagement (RISE-24) Workshop was a comprehensive three-day event that brought together nearly 200 registered attendees and over 40 presenters from DTRA JSTO and government laboratories. Maya Williams and her colleagues Erin Furnia, Carla King, and Katrina Finney from the Chenega Conference Team played a pivotal role in coordinating the RISE-24 Workshop. The event required meticulous planning and execution. The CITES team provided logistical support in abstract collection and registration management, presenter coordination, and technical support for the event. Maya’s leadership was instrumental in ensuring its success.

Maya Williams, Meeting Planner.

Maya demonstrated exemplary leadership in orchestrating the logistical aspects of the workshop, overseeing tasks such as pre-planning calls, managing abstract and registration platforms, overseeing the collection of abstracts and presentations, and conducting presenter tests, all while maintaining effective communication with stakeholders. Her attention to detail and proactive approach ensured that all necessary arrangements were made for a successful event. Additionally, Maya played a crucial role in coordinating the participation of partner organizations, fostering collaboration and engagement across stakeholders.

Throughout the workshop, Erin, Carla, and Katrina provided invaluable support, assisting with participant vetting, technical support, and various other tasks. Their contributions contributed to the seamless operation of the virtual event and enhanced the experience for all involved.

The dedication and professionalism exhibited by Maya and her colleagues did not go unnoticed. Charles Hong, the Acting CBA Division Chief, took note of their contributions during a Senior Team Lead meeting, praising their commitment to excellence in organizing and executing the workshop.

Overall, Maya’s leadership, coupled with the invaluable support from Erin, Carla, Katrina, and the conference team, was instrumental in achieving the workshop’s objectives and leaving a lasting impact. Their collective efforts exemplified a commitment to excellence in event organization and execution, reflecting positively on the entire team.

CITES would like to thank Maya and the entire Chenega Conference Team for all of their hard work and dedication. It’s because of you that RISE-24 was such a success!