Kelly began her career in two important and demanding professions: teaching and nursing and today serves as the CEO of CSSI, a high performing technical aviation company.
Drawing on her diverse background encompassing various professions and industries, Kelly will share valuable perspectives on key leadership skills that have shaped her for the role of an executive leader. She will also provide valuable insights into how she overcame challenges and lessons learned along the way.
Kelly joined CSSI in 2011 as Director of Human Resources and earned promotions to Vice President of Corporate Services, Executive Vice President and President. Previously, Kelly served as Vice President of Corporate Services at ITA International, she also served in two roles at the Department of Energy National Laboratory Systems: as the Deputy to the Director at Argonne National Laboratory and Associate Director of Administration at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility; and as a Human Resources Manager at Gateway, Inc.
“Wherever you are in your career, own it and be the best that you can be,” Kelly says, “and don’t be afraid to change your trajectory.”
Katie Cook, a third-generation military aviator and former U.S. Navy pilot who made history in 2015 as the first female Navy Blue Angels pilot, representing the Navy and Marine Corps through aerial demonstrations and community outreach events nationwide.
Cook has spent the past four years as senior director of sales strategy for health and life sciences for Salesforce, adding to her experience as an accomplished, goal-oriented professional with a comprehensive management background and demonstrated leadership abilities in spearheading operations within dynamic environments. ATCA is thrilled that she will share with our conference attendees her keys for success in leadership, which she has said includes motivation that’s bigger than yourself, attention to detail, and learning from mistakes.
“Part of being a leader is to cultivate leadership aspects in other people,” Cook said in a podcast interview in 2021. “When someone can make decisions on their own and handle a situation without elevating it to you, that’s when you know they’re on their own, and you’re doing your job as a leader.”
Cook is a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. She was one of very few female Marine aviators to fly combat missions in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. That was followed by a deployment to Uganda with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response in support of contingency operations. It was during this deployment that Cook received an invitation to apply for the Blue Angels. She served as the Aviation Safety Officer followed by the Officer in Charge of the C-130, affectionately nicknamed Fat Albert.
Cook totaled more than 1,400 flight hours, including 400 in combat. In addition to Afghanistan and Uganda, she has flown missions in Bahrain, Canada, Djibouti, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, South Sudan, and Spain. Most notably, she assisted in the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan in January 2014. Her decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, five Air Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.
Amy D. Grubb, Ph. D.
Dr. Amy Grubb, an industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who is also the founder and CEO of Organizational Insights, LLC. Dr. Grubb specializes in the people side of high stakes roles. Her lively and down-to-earth presentations are built with her 20 years of experience in human-behavior decoding, including change management, culture, and leadership.
Dr. Grubb believes people are both the greatest asset and greatest liability when it comes to organizational and team success. "No matter the industry or business model, most organizations are quite good at their tradecraft, or the 'stuff stuff,'" she says. "My experience is that most organizations are not as great at the 'people stuff.'" She focuses her keynote addresses on solid, practical advice based on the latest scientific research in the areas of psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and management in an entertaining and relatable way.
At the FBI, Dr. Grubb has implemented numerous change initiatives. She served as a leader on the post-9/11 enterprise-wide culture and process transformation. Additionally, she implemented human resources systems and processes at all levels. Her current focus is on the culture and leadership mindset changes necessary for the digital transformation of the Bureau. She has worked extensively with nearly all types of employees, including special agents, pilots, hostage rescue team members, intelligence analysts, IT professionals, financial experts, and both mid-level and executive leaders. She has focused on building the FBI's "people" capability.