Fast Breakouts

Mary Dunaway - Assistant Professor, Program Director of Applied Data Analytics

Mary Dunaway is an assistant professor and program director of applied data analytics. In 2014, she was recognized as one of only 49 female, African-American, information systems business school professors in the U.S. As a rising scholar, Dunaway has successfully published several journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. She is a dynamic STEM academic who is a sought-out speaker and panelist for numerous conferences/workshops, sharing her expertise in information systems and data science.  She is also a member of the STEM Institute Advisory Board. Her research in Text Analytics will be released in 2017 in the edited book, Analytics and Data Science: Advances in Research and Pedagogy. Prior to her academic career, Dunaway spent over 25 years in various leadership roles in corporate project and information systems management. She is leading the effort within SCPS to develop and launch an online graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analytics.

Mary is leading the Fast Breakout Sessions on the Citizen Data Scientist


Theran Fisher - Senior Organization Development Consultant

Theran Fisher is a Senior Organization Development Consultant here at UVA, where he helps individuals and teams work more effectively and collaboratively. An experienced facilitator with higher education experience, Theran is passionate about personality styles, dealing with change, and creating unique learning experiences designed to help individuals develop personally and professionally regardless of role or responsibility. Theran completed his undergraduate degree at James Madison University, obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, and earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Theran is leading the Fast Breakout Sessions on Speed Networking


Leslie Hubbard - Program Director for Student Learning and Initiatives for Contemplative Sciences Center

Leslie's primary focus is to design, manage, co-lead, and lead various co-curricular and academic programs that include workshops, retreats, trainings, and weekly programs for students, faculty, and staff.  In her role, Leslie also works with the College and Professional Schools to offer teaching support to faculty and students such as syllabus redesign, conceptualizing, and implementing integration of contemplative pedagogy and experiential learning activities. Leslie holds a MDiv. in East Asian Religions from Harvard Divinity School and a BA in Dance and Choreography from Hogeschool voor Muziek en Dans in Rotterdam.  Prior to joining the CSC team, Leslie worked at Harvard College, Harvard Business School, Boston College, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital designing and teaching a variety of customized contemplative programs including instructions in meditation, mindfulness, leadership, and yoga. Prior to her time at Harvard, Leslie lived and worked with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for eight years in his centers in France, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and New York.  She is one of the founding members of Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York where she served as the Director of Programming for Thich Nhat Hanh’s international teaching tours and the Wake Up movement for young adults. companies in the US and abroad.

Leslie is leading the Fast Breakout Mystery Session!


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Marcus Hamilton - Senior Performance Management Consultant, UVA Human Resources

Marcus joined the UVA Human Resources team almost 3 years ago, first serving the School of Medicine before assisting in the design and launch of the new HR Solution Center, including its Salesforce expansion initiative, as part of the Ufirst project team. In his current role, Marcus facilitates the management of individual and team performance for increased productivity and engagement, including through supporting the annual performance appraisal process.

Marcus is leading the Fast Breakout Session on Salesforce


Rebecca Pompano - Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering

Rebecca Pompano is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biomedical Engineering and part of an interdisciplanary group of researchers at the Pompano Lab, which seeks to create innovative and analytical tools for immunology.


Rebecca is leading the Fast Breakout Session on A Glimpse into the Chemistry of the Immune System


Dana Schroeder - Outreach and Engagement Specialist, UVA Office for Sustainability

Dana Schroeder works in UVA’s Office for Sustainability, coordinating the Green Workplace Program, hosting events including lunch & learns for faculty and staff, and collaborating with anyone in our community interested in sustainable solutions that range from composting to active transportation & everything in between. Dana has a background in environmental economics and public affairs, with a strong interest in behavioral psychology as it relates to the adoption of Earth-friendly behaviors.

Dana is leading the Fast Breakout Session on Sustaining Excellence: How to Go Green at Work


Molly Schwartzburg - Curator, Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Molly builds collections, curates exhibitions, works with researchers, and teaches classes at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. She purchases and accepts gifts of books, manuscripts, and artifacts that will enrich existing strengths and build new collection areas to serve the University of Virginia community and our global audience of visiting and remote researchers.  She received her A.B. in English Literature from Harvard (1991), her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford (2004) and was previously Cline Curator of Literature at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

Molly is leading the Fast Breakout Session on 100 Objects


Sue Simpkins - HR Specialist, Workday and Technical Training

Sue began her career with University Human Resources in 1987. Since 2002 she has been responsible for Oracle HR applications training, leading classroom training for sixteen years, as well as designing and developing online courses for HR. She developed and coordinated new employee orientation for six years and participated in the design and rollout of the online "Grounds for Success" orientation program in 2013. Her training includes certifications from AchieveGlobal, and an LSA (Local Support Associate) from the University’s local technical support network. Currently, Sue is a member of the Ufirst Project's Change, Communications, and  Training Team where she is responsible for training and developing instructional materials to support the University's HR process redesign and Workday implementation.

Sue is leading the Fast Breakout Session on Workday


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Erica Wheat - Manager, Benefits, Leave and Payroll, UVA Human Resources

Erica has worked in Human Resources at UVA for over thirteen years.  She launched and managed the original Academic Service Center and most recently has worked with the Ufirst project team leading the design and launch of the new HR Solution Center.  In her current role, Erica leads the Solution Center’s Benefits, Leave and Payroll team in providing customer-focused benefit and leave related services to UVA faculty, staff and team members in the Academic Division and Health System.

Erica is leading the Fast Breakout Session on Salesforce

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