2022 Knowledge ∞ Continuum

May 13, 2022

The 2022 Knowledge ∞ Continuum is a hybrid educational engagement that spans the entire calendar year and includes three virtual programs along with the return of our traditional daylong event at the McIntire School of Commerce on Grounds at UVA in Charlottesville on Friday, May 13, 2022. Patrons (participants) were able to register for the virtual cohort, the in-person cohort, or the “full” cohort of all events.

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Friday, March 11, 2022

What’s in Your Digital Wallet? Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) and Verifiable Credentials: A Conversation with Mary Lacity, Blockchain COE, University of Arkansas

During our first virtual program of 2022, Mary Lacity, Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas, spoke to Patrons about self-sovereign identity (SSI), or “self-sovereign verifiable credentials” more accurately, an emerging decentralized model to allow automated identity verification. An interactive poll early in the session showed that the great majority of the audience was “ready to start learning about SSI.” After giving a primer on SSI principles and the evolution of identity verification and credentialing online, Lacity provided a deeper dive into the process through which verifiable data is managed through the blockchain by sharing a whitepaper on the development and implementation of a staff passport for the UK National Health Service (NHK). From a well-timed pilot in 2019 through the COVID-19 pandemic starting in 2020, the NHS partnered with a number of technology providers to build a digital verifier and passport process through which all employees can securely onboard, share identity documentation, connect with HR, and move through their large and complex staffing system without an overlay of accounts and passwords, or additional online authentication and verification requirements.  After her presentation, Patrons joined a breakout room for 20 minutes of networking and discussion moderated by McIntire faculty, with one room taking a more technical “look under the hood” of SSI and the other exploring business use cases for SSI.

Friday, May 13, 2022

The McIntire School was thrilled to welcome approximately 50 Patrons back to UVA’s Grounds on Friday, May 13, for the return of our traditional daylong executive residency in Rouss & Robertson Halls. At the start of the day, Professor Ryan Nelson presented CMIT’s annual IT Leadership Award to Stephanie Mango (McIntire ’94, M.S. in MIS ’95), President of CGI Federal, and the Emerging Leader in IT Award to Emily Kruse (McIntire ’22), incoming MPhil of Development Studies candidate at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. After the award presentations, the daylong program began with a keynote talk from Peter High, Founder and President of Metis Strategies and author of Getting to Nimble: How to Transform Your Company into a Digital Leader. After his overview on digital transformation, High moderated a panel discussion featuring three C-suite executives from companies spotlighted in his book, including Maureen Jules-Perez, Managing Vice President & Divisional CIO, People Tech, Capital One; Shamim Mohammad, EVP & Chief Information & Chief Technology Officer, CarMax; and Shailesh Prakash, EVP & Chief Information Officer, The Washington Post. After lunch, the audience received an updated cybersecurity briefing from Mike Higgins, the CISO of Amazon Healthcare. The day’s program concluded with an incredible presentation from Professor Stefano Grazioli titled “Unlocking the Metaverse,” in which he shared several powerful videos and concepts previewing future developments and directions for the use of AI, virtual and augmented reality, the metaverse, and Maxine.

During the day, Nelson was surprised when a large number of McIntire faculty and staff entered Room 123 for the presentation of the 16th Annual Faculty Recognition Award from The Order of the Claw & Dagger. Associate Dean Ryan Wright presented the award and read aloud from a letter The Order provided.

Check out the 2022 Knowledge Continuum agenda for the May 13 program. Photo highlights from the day are featured below:


Students coordinated and ran live VR demos for Patrons using Oculus Quest 2 headsets throughout the day.

The 2022 CMIT IT Leadership Award was presented to Stephanie Mango (McIntire ’94, M.S. in MIS ’95), President of CGI Federal, by Center Director Ryan Nelson.

Professor Nelson congratulated graduating fourth-year Emily Kruse for earning the 2022 CMIT Emerging Leader in IT Award.

Peter High, Founder of Metis Strategies and author of Getting to Nimble, moderated a panel with leaders from three companies featured in his book, Capital One, CarMax, and The Washington Post.

Panelists discuss their company’s respective digital transformations and share lessons learned with the audience. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of product teams.

Professor Ryan Nelson was surprised to receive the annual faculty award from The Order of the Claw & Dagger during the Knowledge Continuum. Associate Dean Ryan Wright made the presentation.

Many Patrons are alumni of the McIntire School and enjoy returning to Room 123 in Rouss & Robertson Halls each year.

Speakers, faculty, alumni, and students interact during networking breaks and lunch.



Friday, Aug. 19, 2022

We’ll update this recap again after our next Knowledge Continuum event, a virtual session taking place at noon ET on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. The focus of the event will be the return to work and navigating work-life balances post-COVID.