Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 3 

  • 4:30–5:30 p.m.: Vanderbilt Tour for In-Person Attendees and Speakers (CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m.: Welcome to Nashville Happy Hour – Yee-Haw Brewing Company: (423 Sixth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203) 

Wednesday, May 4 

Summit Moderator: David Owens, Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry, professor for the practice of management and innovation, Vanderbilt University 

  • 8–9 a.m.: Registration and welcome breakfast – Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room 
  • 9:30–9:35 a.m.: Welcome
  • 9:35–9:45 a.m.: Opening remarks from Daniel Diermeier, chancellor of Vanderbilt University
  • 9:45–10:30 a.m.: Keynote address from Gen. Paul Nakasone, U.S. Army, commander, United States Cyber Command, director, National Security Agency/chief, Central Security Service
  • 10:30–11 a.m.: Break
  • 11 a.m.-noon: Panel – Complexities of Cyber Attribution
    • Session Chair: Niloofar Razi Howe, senior operating partner, Energy Impact Partners
    • Panelist: Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Sydney Stein Professor and deputy dean, Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago
    • Panelist: Rob Joyce, director, National Security Agency, Cybersecurity Directorate
    • Panelist: Kevin Mandia, CEO and director, Mandiant
    • Panelist: Jules White, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1–1:15 p.m.: Break
  • 1:15–1:45 p.m.: Keynote Address – Preparing for the Inevitable Surprise: C. Cybele Raver, Vanderbilt University provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs
  • 1:45–2:45 p.m.: Panel – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern Conflict
    • Session Chair: Gillian Tett, chair of the Editorial Board and editor-at-large, US Financial Times
    • Panelist: Daniel Diermeier, chancellor of Vanderbilt University
    • Panelist: Joyce Corell, deputy national cyber director, technology and ecosystem security, Office of the National Cyber Director, Executive Office of the President
    • Panelist: Xenofon Koutsoukos, chair, Department of Computer Science, Vanderbilt University
    • Panelist: Michael Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History, Vanderbilt University 
  • 2:45–3:15 p.m.: Video Address – Perspectives from the Deputy National Security Advisor, Cyber and Emerging Tech: Anne Neuberger, deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology
  • 3:15–3:45 p.m.: Break
  • 3:45–4:30 p.m.: Closing Keynote Address with Q&A – Perspectives from the Cyber Front Line: A Keynote from the Commander of the US’s Premier Cyber Force: Maj. Gen. William J. Hartman, commander, Cyber National Mission Force
  • 5–7 p.m.: Evening reception for in-person attendees and their guests

Thursday, May 5

Summit Moderator: Jennifer Larson, associate professor of political science, Vanderbilt University 

  • 8–9 a.m.: Registration
  • 9:30–9:45 a.m.: Opening remarks from Daniel Diermeier, chancellor of Vanderbilt University
  • 9:45–10:30 a.m.: Fireside Chat
    • Kersti Kaljulaid, former president of Estonia
    • Session Chair: Brett Benson, associate professor of political science and Asian studies at Vanderbilt University
  • 10:30–11:30 a.m.: Panel – Entering the Gray Zone: The Changing Face of Conflict
    • Session Chair: Douglas Schmidt, co-director of the Vanderbilt Data Science Institute
    • Panelist: Sean McFate, professor at National Defense University and author of The New Rules of War: How America Can Win—Against Russia, China, and Other Threats
    • Panelist: Katherine Blue Carroll, associate director of public policy studies, Vanderbilt University
    • Panelist: Andrew Coe, assistant professor of political science, Vanderbilt University
    • Panelist: Peter Schram, assistant professor of political science, Vanderbilt University 
  • 11:30 a.m.–noon: Break
  • Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch and Media Panel – Complexities of Coverage in Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats
    • Session Chair: Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs, Vanderbilt University
    • Panelist: Rana Foroohar, global business analyst, CNN, and associate editor, Financial Times
    • Panelist: Dina Temple-Raston, senior correspondent, The Record, and host/executive producer, Click Here podcast
    • Panelist: Suzanne Smalley, reporter at CyberScoop
  • 1–1:15 p.m.: Break
  • 1:15–2 p.m.: Keynote Address – Epidemic Acceleration: Why It’s Happening and What We Can Do About It from Dr. James Crowe, director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center and Ann Scott Carell Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • 2–3 p.m.: Panel – Leveraging AI and Bio Surveillance to Prevent the Next Pandemic
    • Session Chair: Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research and professor of computer science, Vanderbilt University
    • Panelist: Janos Sztipanovits, director, Vanderbilt Institute for Software Integrated Systems
    • Panelist: Ethan Jackson, senior director and principal researcher at Microsoft Healthcare
    • Panelist: Niels Olson, U.S. Navy, chief medical officer, Defense Innovation Unit
    • Panelist: Lt. Col. John Williams II, Army futures command field assistance science and technology director for USINDOPACOM; Vanderbilt Ph.D. in interdisciplinary materials science  
  • 3–3:45 p.m.: Closing Keynote Address – Fragility vs. Innovation: A Constant Tension from Brett Goldstein, special adviser to Vanderbilt’s chancellor