Converge 2021 Speakers

January 27-28, 2021

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 1.28.58 PMDr. Jonathon Stock

Dr. Jonathan Stock founded and runs the USGS National Innovation Center (NIC). The Center’s goal is to identify national scientific challenges, and to pursue them with technology partners using scarce federal dollars to best serve the public. 

NIC partners with industry, non-governmental organizations, other Federal Agencies and academia to improve the Nation’s ability to map, monitor and forecast its resources and hazards. Stock holds degrees from University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Washington, and University of California, Berkeley. The Center is located at the U.S. Geological Survey in Moffett Field, California, USA.

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Dao Jensen is a self-made entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in the tech industry. Brought up by parents who immigrated from Vietnam and preceded to own and grow three restaurants, entrepreneurship is in her blood and her accolades prove it. This year, she was named the 2020 Winner of the International Women’s Entrepreneur Challenge nominated by Microsoft.

Dao is the proud founder and CEO of Kaizen Technology Partners, LLC (KTP), the first 100% female minority-owned company born in the Cloud. KTP is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping Fortune 500 Enterprise clients strategize and optimize cloud platforms and solutions. Under Dao’s leadership since 2013, KTP has earned several awards from the technology community - including WPO 2019 and 2020 Fast 50. In less than seven years, she has grown the company to over $15M in sales by hiring specialists in the industry and leveraging a specialized network of partners.

Previous to launching Kaizen, Dao ran sales nationally and internationally at large corporations such as Symantec and Oracle.

Dao is also a community activist, and mother of four. She loves reading, traveling, cooking food, and sharing a good meal with friends and family. She loves helping others achieve their dreams, promote living every day as if it was our last, and foster an environment where anyone can become an entrepreneur.

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Jon rejects the idea of government as a technology dinosaur and strives to utilize the newest technology to solve problems outside of the traditional government approach. His vision is to leverage County technology solutions into regional platforms that serve not only County employees, but also residents, businesses, and other agencies. 

Closing the Digital Divide to create digital equity and improving regional cyber security through shared solutions are two of his key initiatives. Jon is also a public-school board trustee, loves to spend time at the ocean with his sons, and racing cars.