Speakers


Maria Konnikova
Award-Winning Author, Professional Poker Player, Writer for the New Yorker  https://www.mariakonnikova.com/about/speaking/

Maria Konnikova is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Biggest Bluff. Her prior books were The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist, both New York Times bestsellers. She is a regularly contributing writer for The New Yorker whose writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. While researching The Biggest Bluff, Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament earnings—and inadvertently turned into a professional poker player. Maria’s writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing and has been translated into over twenty languages. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin, and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism. Her podcasting work earned her a National Magazine Award nomination in 2019. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.






Joe Shonk
Systems Engineer | Thin Client | @joeshonk
Citrix CTP

Joe Shonk is a veteran consultant in virtualization and server based computing. By day he works on advanced system deployments and by night can be found roaming the forums and on his blog. Joe has presented at numerous venues and conferences such as BriForum and Citrix's GeekSpeak. In 2008, Joe was awarded Microsoft MVP and has also won the BriForum 2008 GeekOut game show. 

 



Brook Handler
Enterprise Architect - Customer Success | Citrix 

Brook Handler is the Customer Success Enterprise Architect covering the US Commercial & SMB space at Citrix. She spent the last four years with Citrix Consulting, working with a variety of customers on large and complex engagements. In her current role, Brook assists with advanced technical solution development for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environments, especially in helping customers execute on their journey to the cloud!

 

Conveniently, she covers the US Commercial space from middle America – specifically Denver, Colorado. In her spare time, Brook is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys running, skiing, hiking, and cycling in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. 






 

Rich Faulkner
Solutions Architect | Conversant Group 
Citrix CTP

When I was posing for a picture at the North Pole in a Hawaiian shirt, I never thought life would bring me to this point.


As the second oldest of six kids, I knew a lot about responsibility and personal achievement. When I graduated High School, I was unsure how I would prepare for a career, since I had no money for college. Uncle Sam was kind enough to offer me a quality education as a Naval Nuclear Machinist Mate and I jumped at it. My intention was to put in my 20 and advance as far as I could. Life changed that plan too.

While I was in the service, I started working with computers and found I really enjoyed that type of work. When I left active duty, I decided to re-career myself and work in the IT field. I have worked deploying many different environments for everyone from a 2 person accounting firm to Fortune 500 companies. I have a passion for Virtualization, Windows AD and Exchange, and storage. I know enough about networking to understand what I need to support the environments I configure.

I am currently working as a Solutions Architect at Conversant Group.






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