Keynote Speaker

Gwendolyn Sykes

Adjunct Professor, American University
CFO, United States Secret Service

Ms. Sykes is an Adjunct Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs Department.  She holds a B.A. in accounting from Catholic University and an M.P.A. from American University.  She previously served as Yale University’s Chief Financial Officer, the first in that university’s 306-year history and Chief Financial Officer for Morehouse College.  Ms. Sykes’ love for academia stems from her personal philosophy, “Education can help you realize your hopes and dreams. A college education is the foundation to becoming successful.”

Ms. Sykes is the Chief Financial Officer for the United States Secret Service (USSS).  She is responsible for the execution, development and stewardship of the United States Secret Services’ financial operations.  Ms. Sykes began working with the USSS in May of 2012 bringing with her a wealth of financial management skills and talent for organizational transformation and enhancement.

Nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate as the Chief Financial Officer for NASA, she was responsible for the financial management and health of this $16 billion Agency.  Ms. Sykes led over 500 finance professionals, located across ten geographically dispersed locations across the United States, in the development and execution of financial policies, processes and procedures.

Her government career also includes experience in the Department of Defense and the Congressional Offices of Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska.  Black Enterprise, Newsweek, the Today Show, Association of Government Accountants and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators have recognized her for her achievements.