Dr. John Hillen to Speak at Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. John Hillen

Dr. John Hillen

Dr. John Hillen, an executive in residence and professor of practice at George Mason University’s School of Management, will speak at the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series on March 31, covering “Leaving the Teenage Years and Growing Up: The Future of the Northern Virginia Government and Technology Contracting Sector.”

The event will be held at The Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel in Fairfax from 6 to 8 p.m. The hotel is located at 4352 Mason Pond Drive, and parking is free.

The evening will include registration and networking at 6 p.m.; a kickoff to the program at 7 p.m. with a welcome from GMU’s Acting Dean Sarah Nutter; an introduction of Dr. Hillen from Bill Strachan, executive vice president of Brown and Brown Insurance; and Dr. Hillen’s keynote speech.

Tickets to the event cost $5 per person. Get tickets here.

Dr. Hillen, who lives in Oakton with his wife and three children, is a former Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. president and CEO, remains on Sotera’s advisory board. Prior to that, Dr. Hillen served as an assistant secretary of state for Political-Military Affairs. He was the senior state department official responsible for coordinating America’s diplomatic strategy with its military operations.

Dr. Hillen also served as the first president of Fairfax-based CGI Federal Inc., and was the head of American Management Systems Inc., later sold to CACI International. Dr. Hillen was also the chief operating officer of Island ECN, Inc., a financial services firm in New York City.

Dr. Hillen is an operating partner at the private equity firm LLR Partners, chairs the advisory board for SOS International and is a director of Software AG Government Services. He is a former chairman of the Professional Services Council and a widely recognized industry leader in the government contracting field.

Prior to his business career, Dr. Hillen worked as a military policy expert and also served for 12 years as a U.S. Army officer. He is the author or editor of several books on international security and has been published in dozens of leading journals and newspapers.

Dr. Hillen graduated from Duke University, holds a master’s degree from King’s College London, a doctorate from Oxford and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell.


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