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Joan Myers

Joan Myers is a globally engaged, politically astute leader who has a deep passion for innovation, a strong sense of patriotism and commitment to U.S. competitiveness. Currently she serves as CEO of Persistent Partners, LLC a consultancy focused in the national security realm. Former positions include Director, Special Projects for the Partnership for Defense Innovation/Defense Security Technology Accelerator, Director, US. Policy for SAS and she served as President and CEO of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA.)

Ms. Myer’s strengths in developing collaborations and entrepreneurial business models has spanned across her experience in business, government and the not for profit sector. Actively engaged in the global Eisenhower Fellowship program, Ms. Myers studied Cyber Security and Cyber Terrorism and led the effort to create the NC Defense and Security Technology Accelerator. In 2010 she was the chief architect of a Cyber Test Bed project for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that engaged a holistic security model of threat, training and policy constructs targeted to small and mid-sized businesses. Ms. Myers deep workbench of skill sets provide a unique combination of depth in the cyber arts, experience in the policy domain and the ability to build successful integration models across cultural constituencies, digital domains and collaborative teams.

Ms. Myers team-building history and collaborative nature has given her a proven track record of performance, deep respect in her peer group and state and national recognition. Joan was also appointed by President George W. Bush in 2004 to serve on the Presidential Rank Review Board. In 1993 she finished an appointment as the Assistant Secretary for Administration for the North Carolina Department of Transportation where she was responsible for a budget of over $1.2 billion. Ms. Myers has had a collaborative relationship with the FBI in both the cyber and counterintelligence area that has spanned over a decade.

Joan is a Board Member of the RTP Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a Board Member of the Wake Tech Community College Foundation. Other positions held include Past Chairman, Council of Regional Information Technology Associations (CRITA,) a former Board Member of Innovate-Educate, a national STEM and Skill Education business organization, a former member of the College of Computing and Information Technology Advisory Board at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, a former Advisory Board member of the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program at North Carolina State University, a former Board member of the North Carolina Information Resource Management Commission and a former Board member of the Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service.

In January 2013 Joan was conferred The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor for her work in technology, innovation, STEM education and national security. Joan is the winner of the 2007 Women of Achievement Award, 2003 Business Leader Magazine Woman Extraordinaire and was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Triangle Business Journal in 2001. In addition, she has been honored by the FBI for her support of the InfraGard Program (2003). Joan presently serves as the president of the North Carolina International Leadership Initiative of the Eisenhower Fellowships organization and is a member of the International Counterterrorism Association, NACD, the OSS Society and the Triangle Tea Society.