10Feb Challenges and Opportunities of Black Women Within the Intelligence Community

Challenges and Opportunities of Black Women Within the Intelligence Community

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Join INSF and WCAPS on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET, for a virtual keynote and panel discussion focused on Challenges and Opportunities of Black Women Within the Intelligence Community. Our keynote and panelists will discuss their career trajectories, obstacles to advancement, as well as steps needed to foster greater inclusion, equity, and sense of belonging for minority women in the IC and national security workforce. There will also be ample time for audience Q&A!

Program Agenda

Welcome and Keynote: 11:00 - 11:45 AM

Keynote Speaker:
Debra Smith, Former Deputy Assistant Director, FBI

Panel Discussion: 11:45 AM - 12:25 PM

Sandra Auchter, Director, NGA-Denver
Likia Hawkins, President & CEO, Steel Point Solutions, LLC
Kristi Scott, Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, CIA

Moderator: Alex McCargo, President and CEO, Precision Collective

Closing Remarks: 12:25 - 12:30 PM


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About the Keynote Speaker

Debra Smith began her career with the FBI in May 1984 as a professional staff employee. In 1989, she attended the Foreign Service Institute in Rosslyn, VA, where she studied the Russian language, later transferring to the Los Angeles Field Office, where she worked Russian foreign counterintelligence and Russian organized crime. In 1996, she transferred to the Washington Field Office, continuing her work in Russian foreign counterintelligence investigations. Most notably, she supervised the investigation of former FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen. In 2002, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence for her work on the Hanssen investigation, and the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction.  After retirement, Ms. Smith returned to the FBI and completed her career as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager from 2016 to 2019.

About the Panelists

Ms. Sandra Auchter serves as the Director, NGA-Denver (NGA-D) at the Aerospace Data Facility – Colorado (ADF-C). She leads a diverse team of over 500 personnel. As NGA’s only senior executive at the ADF-C, she represents the interests of NGA-D as a member of the ADF-C’s Denver Leadership Team (DLT), which includes the ADF-C site commander, NRO’s senior representative, the Director, NSA Colorado (NSAC) and their deputy directors. As a DLT member, she concentrates on a range of issues that focus on exploring and improving how the three agencies integrate and collaborate across mission areas and across each agency’s distinct personnel skill-sets. 


Likia Hawkins, President and CEO of Steel Point Solutions, LLC has over twenty years’ experience with Systems Engineering, Information Assurance and Program Management supporting Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Clients as a civilian and contractor. A 2017 recipient of the 10th Annual Top 100 MBE Awards, she presented at the 2017 NSA Information Assurance Symposium (IAS) where she spoke on “Sustaining a Cyber Workforce”. Her features include the Karen Hunter show and the Journal of National Association of Female Executives (NASFE).


Kristi Scott is a member of the Senior Intelligence Service serving as the Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. In this role, Ms. Scott serves as an independent, primary advisor to the CIA Director and other senior Agency officials to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are integrated into the day-to-day conduct of the Agency’s mission. In this capacity, Ms. Scott oversees the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties which is charged with the oversight of protecting U.S. person information at CIA. Ms. Scott prepares privacy related reporting to the President, Congressional Oversight, and the American public. 


About the Moderator

Alexandra (Alex) McCargo is the President and CEO of the Precision Collective, a management consulting company headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia focused on bridging the gap between our government and the provision of our nation’s top talent. Through education, consulting and industry partnerships, she works to provide the next generation of talent to tackle our nation’s toughest missions. Ms. McCargo’s career includes holding various positions supporting Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction threat focused customers throughout her career.


Feb 10, 2022 11:00
Feb 10, 2022 12:30



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