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Professor J. William “Bill” DeMarco, Colonel, USAF (ret), serves as the Chief of Innovation Development for Air University (AUiX). AUiX connects AU students, faculty, and staff with partners in DoD, academia, and industry identifying opportunities for collaboration, and for developing new capabilities, strategies, and technologies. AUiX’s vision is to increase Air University’s contributions to national security, strategic competition, and the profession of arms by taking ideas and concepts—“One Step Beyond.” Bill is the founder and former Chair for the Leadership Department and is an Assistant Professor at the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Bill is a five-time commander with experiences commanding at the squadron, group, and region level, as well as serving as ACSC’s 44th Commandant. Bill is an adjunct professor with Auburn University in Leadership. He served as a National Security Affairs Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and is a fellow at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University, England, a guest lecturer at Ross Business School, Michigan University, and at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, as well as a master coach with GiANT Worldwide leadership consulting. He has contributed as a leadership consultant for the National WWII Museum’s Corporate Leadership Academy in New Orleans, LA.

A command pilot having qualified in five different weapons systems (C-23A, C-12F, C-141B, KC-10A, and the KC-135R), he holds three masters degrees and is a graduate of the USAF’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and a doctoral student at the Middlesex University, London.

Jodi Womack, MA, serves as the Deputy Chief of Innovation Development for Air University (AUiX). She founded an executive coaching and professional training firm, Womack Company, in 2007 and served clients in 25 countries. Womack co-authored the book, Get Momentum (Wiley, 2016), used in leadership courses in academia and leadership development courses in the industry. In addition, she co-founded the Get Momentum Leadership Academy in 2012, which provided virtual training in essential leadership skills and hosted in-person leadership retreats.

Believing in the power of the local community, she organized and produced TEDx events for three years. Jodi also created a movement of women entrepreneurs through the monthly Women’s Business Social from 2008-2012 to uplevel the entrepreneurial impact of local businesses. In addition, her Master’s in Psychology comes in handy when coaching people with difficult situations at work and with the overwhelm of life. Finally, Jodi has continued to support women’s educational and professional development by volunteering with since 2014.

Major Timothy Jay (T.J.) Ablay is an Air University Fellow and Instructor in the Department of Airpower at the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). He enlisted in the USAF as an In-Flight Air Refueling Specialist where he flew on the KC-135R Stratotanker as an Evaluator/Instructor Boom Operator from 2002-2008. As an Acquisitions Officer, he has held several assignments at the branch, group, division, and headquarters levels. Prior to his current position, Major Ablay was the Chief of Strategic Engagements, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington DC. Major Ablay holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Master of Arts, Business Administration and Management from American Military University, and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University.