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Clearance Job

Connect 2022

Oct 5 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, VA (Directions)


ClearanceJobs Connect brings together leading recruiters in the national security space for a jam-packed day of networking, learning, and connecting with other professionals working to fill the jobs that safeguard our nation.



What is ClearanceJobs Connect?

ClearanceJobs Connect is a full day of in-person strategic and innovative sessions by leaders in the national security community and defense industry. Expand your cleared recruiting skills, create meaningful connections, learn from experts, and have fun!

Who Should Attend?

Talent acquisition professionals hiring for the national security community with a focus on recruiting cleared professionals.

Why Should You Attend?

ClearanceJobs Connect is the ONLY event focused on security cleared recruiting, and features government speakers from DOHA and DCSA. You will learn the latest security clearance policies, the most innovative cleared recruiting ideas, and an opportunity to network with fellow secret squirrel recruiters.

ClearanceJobs Connect 2022 will help you toward SHRM recertification! ClearanceJobs Connect is worth 7 PDCs.



Heather Green

Director of the Vetting Risk Operations Center (VROC), DCSA


Perry Russell-Hunter

Director of Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA)


Mark Frownfelter

Assistant Director for the Special Security Directorate, National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC)


Matthew Scott

Senior Vice President, Avantus Federal


Eric Eversole

VP, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of Hiring Our Heroes


Evan Lesser

President and Founder, ClearanceJobs - DHI Group Inc.


Sean Bigley

Attorney and Managing Partner of Bigley Ranish, LLP


Nicole Gibson

Partner, Guidehouse - National Security Segment


Quiana Gainey

CEO, SecureTech 360


Tommy Weinert

Founder, Mount Indie


Brian Dunbar

Director, CACI International


Charlie Sowell

CEO, SE&M Solutions


Kirk McClain

Chief Security Officer, Accenture Federal Services


Lisa Reidy

VP of Security, GDIT


Michelle Lambiasi

Chief Security Officer, SAIC


Zachary Tyson Brown

Intelligence Researcher


JD Williams

Director of Talent Acquisition, GDIT


Mel Kepler

Senior Consultant, LMI


Vince Virga

Co-Founder/Chairman, Skillstorm


Sina Beaghley

Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND


Lauren Bacon Smith

Chief People Officer, Enabled Intelligence


8:30 - 9:00

Registration + Coffee + Breakfast
Location: Regency Ballroom

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and Overview - Lindy Kyzer, Director of Content, ClearanceJobs

9:15 - 9:45

Keynote Speaker - State of Industry: Why the Cleared Workforce Is Ready for Its 'Wild Bill' Moment - Matthew Scott, SVP Avantus Federal

9:45 - 10:15

Spark Sessions on the Future of Work
Life in and out of the SCIF - Zachary Tyson Brown
Casting a Vision for the Future of Cleared Work - Mel Kepler, LMI
How to Hire a Neurodiverse Worker - Lauren Bacon Smith, Enabled Intelligence

10:15 - 10:45

An Update on Security Clearance Vetting - Heather Green, Director of the Vetting Risk Operations Center, DCSA

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 11:45

Recruitment Marketing - Evan Lesser, Founder and President, ClearanceJobs

11:45 - 12:15

Creating a Hiring Culture Across Your Organization - Tommy Weinert, Founder, Mount Indie

12:15 - 1:00

Networking Lunch


Security Clearance (SC) | Recruitment (R)

1:00 - 1:30 (SC)

Trust & Transformation – The Future of The Cleared Workforce – Mark Frownfelter, Assistant Director for the Special Security Directorate, NCSC

1:00 - 1:30 (R)

Addressing Problems and Implementing Solutions in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Nicole Gibson, Guidehouse
Sina Beaghley, RAND

1:30 - 2:00 (SC)

Clearance Vetting, Adjudication, & Appeals – Perry Russell-Hunter, DOHA

1:30 - 2:00 (R)

Veteran Hiring – Eric Eversole, President of Hiring Our Heroes

2:00 - 2:30 (SC)

Navigating Security Clearance Hot Topics – Sean Bigley, Security Clearance Attorney

2:00 - 2:30 (R)

How to Create New Tech Talent in the Federal Space - Vince Virga, Skillstorm

2:30 - 3:00


3:00 - 4:00 (SC)

Panel: Security as a Hiring Growth Engine
Charlie Sowell, SE&M Solutions (moderator)
Brian Dunbar, CACI
Michelle Lambiasi, SAIC
Lisa Reidy, GDIT
Kirk McClain, Accenture

3:00 - 4:00 (R)

Panel: Survival Tips for Today's Cleared Recruiter
Quiana Gainey, SecureTech360
JD Williams, GDIT

4:00 - 5:00

ClearanceJobs + Cocktails
Sponsored by Xcelerate Solutions


Over 100 fellow secret squirrel recruiters have RSVP'ed already. Join them!
Please fill out the form below or click here.

Our sponsors


Registration is currently limited to the first 150 responses and priority will be given to current ClearanceJobs customers and invited guests.

Want to become a customer? Request a Demo

We’re launching our second ClearanceJobs Connect conference. This year the cost is $100 to attend.


Uh, of course – and cocktails! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all included with your registration. And a special networking happy hour from 4-5 you won’t want to miss!

Due to limited registration, we’re asking those who RSVP to commit to the full day where possible. Life happens, but this is a day of networking you won’t want to miss.

We will not be offering a virtual option, in order to maximize participation and engagement on site. But highlights of sessions will be made available on-demand after the event, so if you can't attend in-person, stay tuned to see select sessions.

If you find you are unable to attend, please email editor@clearancejobs.com. Cancellations closer than 48 hours to the event that aren't due to illness may bar the attendee from future ClearanceJobs Connect events.

There are two parking garages that we suggest using. 

1) Park directly at the Hyatt Regency

2) Park at the nearby Reston Town Center

Casual/Business Casual - wear what you feel comfortable in for a day of learning and networking. Pants required; Zoom shirt optional. :)

Regardless of the COVID-19 community level, masking and social distancing may still be used for personal risk mitigation. The CDC recommends that individuals at high risk of complications from COVID-19 consider taking additional precautions. Those with symptoms or exposure should still get tested.

Additionally, people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and those who were exposed are encouraged to wear a mask for a full 10 days.

We are looking forward to seeing you at ClearanceJobs Connect 2022. We are taking steps to make certain this year’s event is safe and healthy.  Proof of vaccination is not required. 

Below are pdf versions of the presentations that were shared during ClearanceJobs Connect 2022. 


Recruitment Track

Security Clearance Track


The week following ClearanceJobs Connect, we sent out a form to those who attended to ask who required a SHRM Certificate for proof.  If you are still in need of a Certificate please reach out to us.  


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