IEEE Dallas Consultants Network

April 26th, 2017

Plan on attending our next CN meeting on May 8. It should be an interesting and career relevant program. Evan Sanchez will be presenting:

Business Transformation – Companies ready for change often don’t know what that change should look like. Evan has developed a toolbox of modalities to become a true change agents for businesses that recognize their time is now.

Here’s his bio:

With a proven track record as an entrepreneur, superior sales management skills and the heart of a coach, Evan Sanchez is often called upon to help small and large businesses reach higher levels of performance by harnessing the skills and assets they have already within their organizations. His Intuitive FLOW coaching psychology also inspires companies to make the culture changes and organizational adjustments necessary to thrive and grow, and encourage their employees to become part of their successes.

By championing leadership, communication, sales performance, critical thinking and work/life balance, Sanchez and his fellow Springboard Consulting associates, develop customized plans for each client and provide workshops, consultations and team-building programs to ensure success. Small and medium size businesses often report revenue increases of 20-30 percent, improved capabilities, and decreases in conflicts and improvements in employee morale.

With more than 15 years as a personal trainer, coach and as a former member of semi-professional Albuquerque Gunners soccer team, Sanchez knows all about setting goals and the champion mindset that makes one achieve new levels of success. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Texas, he’s been the owner or co-owner of three businesses, Director of sales and marketing at Kepner-Tregoe, sales manager at LandAmerica American Title, and a sales director at Dallas Business Journal, where he was named Employee of the Year in 2003.

See you at the meeting!

Maura Schreier-Fleming

CN Chairperson


March 15th, 2017

Do you want to know what is cutting edge in technology and medicine? Come to the CN April Meeting on April 10 and hear Dr. Dane Grasse of UTD discuss his work on RFID technology and the nervous system.  Should be fascinating and hope you can join us!

Maura Schreier-Fleming

Chair: IEEE Dallas Consultants Network

February 17th, 2017

The LinkedIn presentation by Terry Sullivan was such a success, the program committee decided to help with another job seeking program.  Elizabeth Lions will be our presenter on Monday evening March 13. She will present Successful Job Seekers Tip and Tricks for 2017.

This is a must attend program if you are a job seeker or you think at some point you will be a job seeker.

Hope to see you at our meeting!

Maura Schreier-Fleming

Consultants Network Chair

January 19th, 2017

Our February 13 meeting promises to be very interesting and useful for your business and career.  Come here LinkedIn expert, Terry Sullivan show us new ideas on using Advanced LinkedIn strategies to promote our businesses and ourselves.

Here’s more info:

Program Description:Why should you use LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is the proven #1 ranked online business-networking tool that gives business
professionals and companies the ability to connect, demonstrate their skills, services and products, and
develop meaningful business relationships and sales. With more than 414 million users worldwide,
LinkedIn provides unlimited networking and business-building opportunities.

Widely considered to be a Guru of LinkedIn, Terry has trained more than 6,200 business leaders
and owners across the nation on how to create their very own unique online brand that gets
results. His inspiring LinkedIn training programs focus on branding, keyword optimization and Social
Selling strategies that help his customers tap into the world of Social Media to get more prospects, leads
and clients. In his presentation, Terry will show you how use LinkedIn to take advantage of the immense
opportunities this powerful platform offers as a personal branding and marketing tool to achieve your
business goals.

In Terry’s presentation, you will learn how to…
✓ Connect With The Right People – Quickly and easily connect with the decision makers in the
companies you want to work with.
✓ Build Better Leads Faster – Create your own personal lead list of people who will automatically
trust you.
✓ Manage Your Contacts – Use LinkedIn as a contact relationship management (CRM) tool to easily keep
track of your key contacts, correspondence, phone conversations and more.
✓ Build a Great Reputation – Have professional on LinkedIn eager to receive your marketing messages,
connect with you and ask you for your products and services.


BIO:  Terry Sullivan is the founder of BUZZPRO, a nationally recognized Integrated Marketing and Social Media training company that helps companies and professionals get better results with LinkedIn. Terry shows his clients how to fill their sales funnels with better leads, schedule more appointments and close more sales using advanced LinkedIn branding and Social Selling strategies.

Widely considered to be a Guru of LinkedIn, Terry has trained more than 6,200 business leaders, owners and individuals across the nation on how to create a unique online brand that gets results. His inspiring training programs focus on keyword optimization, branding, and Social Selling strategies that help his clients tap into the unlimited world of Social Media to get more prospects, leads and clients.

Hope you can join us!


December 13th, 2016

Thanks to all who attended our holiday party especially Merry Christmas and her husband Santa Claus! (Thanks to Joe Miller for this!)  They looked an awful lot like Marvin and Cristina Malme!  Thanks Marvin and Cristina for coming to our meeting!

We all had a great time sharing stories about our year and planning for next year.

Thanks to David Stephens and David Daniels for all their volunteer work to make the CN chapter run so well.

January’s program should be very interesting. David arranged the presentation:
Organizational Culture: Pathway or Roadblock?


Presenter:  David Catlett is President and Founder of Trafero Solutions, Inc., an organizational culture assessment and transformation group based in Dallas, Texas. Trafero Solutions specializes in using science-based approaches and tools to measure, analyze and enhance workplace culture as a pathway to transforming organizational performance. Key to their success is facilitating leaders in understanding, designing, and implementing cultural enhancements on both the small and grand scales.

Happy New Year!

Maura Schreier-Fleming

CN Chair

December 2nd, 2016

Hope you’re planning on celebrating another succesful year with Consultants Network. Plan on coming to the Holiday Party at:

Texas Land & Cattle:   812 S. Central Expressway / RICHARDSON, TX 7508

US-75 & Spring Valley, next to Service King
Ph: 972 / 705-9700

Time:  Social/Networking 6.15PM

Dinner 6:30 pm 

Cover:  Includes  dinner buffet and drink

$10 for IEEE CN Members, additional guest of CN member: $10 if you RSVP by the Friday before the meeting
$15 for IEEE Members
$20 NON IEEE Member

CN Membership:  $30

November 8th, 2016

Our NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) presenter, Mark Fox, will share with us a very informative program.  Do you have questions about the weather? Do you wonder how they forecast? Come to Monday’s meeting and learn more about the weather and how NOAA works to help keep us safe and informed.

July 14th, 2016

The recent severe storms and damage to many of our members’ homes and property was the driver for scheduling our August meeting.  There is a lot you can do now so you are prepared for a disaster. Don’t wait till something happens and suffer the consequences! Cassandra Wallace will show us what we can do so we are at least ready to face a disaster and hopefully come out with the least amount of damage.

May 23rd, 2016

June’s meeting promises to be informative and interesting especiallly if you think you’ll be a purchaser of an electric vehicle. Stanton Zeff, IEEE member and owner of an electric vehicle, decided to take the plunge. His extensive research and experience is the foundation of this program.  Come learn what he did to make a great purchase.

We meet at Texas Land and Cattle this month.

Hope you can join us!

Maura Schreier-Fleming

April 15th, 2016

The May 9 meeting of Consultants Network should be a very interesting presentation.

Join a friendly group of engineers for Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, and Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research Institute, at UTD.  She has a fascinating bio and a wealth of expertise in this area.

Here’s what Dr. Thraisingham says:

I have a unique 35 year career first as a visiting faculty, then in the commercial computer industry, followed by federally funded research and development center experience and then as program director in the government before joining academia full time as a tenured professor in 2004. I joined The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) as a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cyber Security Research Center. Since 2010 I have been the Louis Beecherl Jr. Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the Executive Director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute (CSI) at UTD. I am also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Informatics at Kings College University of London, England 2015-2018.

Prior to joining UTD, I spent 24 years in the commercial industry (HoneywellControl Data Corporation), and at MITRE Corporation and the National Science Foundation as IPA. During this time I also worked as visiting faculty and/or adjunct faculty at the New Mexico Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Minnesota and Boston University.

Between 1980 and 1983, while at the New Mexico Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota, my research was focused on theory of computation where I studied decision problems for systems functions which are essentially inference functions. This work was published in journals such as the Journal of Computer and Systems Sciences, Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic and the Journal of Mathematical Logic. I also conducted research in Algorithmic Information Theory during this time.

From 1983 to 1986, while working in computer network development at Control Data Corporation, my research focused on distributed systems and this work was published in journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and the IEEE Network.

I began my research in data and applications security in 1985 and continued for the next 30 years while at Honeywell, MITRE, NSF and at UTD. My early work between 1985 and 1995 focused on secure relational, object and distributed and deductive data management systems. I also proved that the inference problem was unsolvable and this work was cited as the most significant work in database security by the National Security Agency in 1990. Numerous papers were published in several prestigious journals and conferences on this research including in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE ICDE, ACSAC, IEEE Computer Security Foundations Workshop, and ACM OOPSLA.

Between 1993 and 2001, I conducted research in real-time systems and subsequently contributed to integrating secure systems and real-time systems. This work was published in journals and conferences such as IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Real-Time Systems Journal and the VLDB Conference. During this time I also worked in data mining and led the Massive Digital Data Systems project for the Intelligence Community.

Between 2001 and 2004, I established the Data and Applications Security special competition at NSF and was a member of the Cyber Trust theme. During this time I worked tirelessly to promote Data and Applications Security as well as Data Mining for Counter-terrorism and gave talks at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the United Nations.

Since October 2004, together with my students and colleagues at UTD, I have made significant contributions in the areas of policy-based information sharing as well as ontology alignment, data mining for malware detection and secure cloud computing. This work has appeared in premier journals and conferences including IEEE Transactions in Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transctions on Reliability, ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, the VLDB Journal, the Journal of Web Semantics, ACM KDD, ACM CODASPY, ACM SACMAT, ACSAC, and IEEE ICDM. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has also done a press release of my work on secure cloud computing.

I teach courses in Data and Applications Security, Digital Forensics, Trustworthy Web Services and Semantic Web, Biometrics, Secure Cloud Computing, Analyzing and Securing Social Media, and Information Systems Security. I have mentored junior faculty as well as women and minority students and have given featured addresses at conferences and events organized by SWE, WITI, CRA-W and the BCS/UCL London Hopper. I co-chaired the Women in Cyber Security Conference (WiCyS) in Dallas in 2016 at which over 800 people including around 700 women participated and will continue promoting Women in Cyber Security by establishing a Center as part of CSI. I have been a consultant to the NSA in data security between 1991-1997, the CIA in data analytics between 1993-1999 and the IRS on software research credit since 1999. I am also involved in transferring the university technologies to commercial products.

I have held team leadership and management positions for the past 27 years at MITRE, NSF and UTD. These include leading multiple team efforts in cyber security and data analytics at MITRE between 1989 and 1995, managing a Department between 1995 and 1999 where I grew the department from 8 to 28 staff, working as chief technologist between 1999 and 2001, managing programs at NSF between 2001 and 2004 and directing the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute since 2004 whose memebrs have generated over $30M in research and over $7M in education funding including 100% success rate with NSF CAREER (4 out of 4) and multiple AFOSR YIPs, and DoD MURI among others.

My work has not only resulted in several publications including over 120+ journals, 250+ conferences, 130+ keynote/featured addresses (e.g., at ACM SACMAT, EDBT, ICMLA, PAKDD, ARES, ASIACCS), and 100+ panel presentations, I have also obtained five patents, authored 14 books, edited several more, served (serving) as program and/or general chair of prestigious conferences (e.g., ACM SACMAT, IEEE ICDE, ACM CCS, IEEE ICDM, IFIP 11.3) and have received prestigious awards from IEEE and ACM. My short bio can be found here.  My CV can be found here.  More details about my work can be found here.

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