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Opening Keynote
August 7 | 8:45 am - 9:30 am
Making Campuses Safer - TOGETHER: Addressing the Complexity of School and University Threats Now and in the Future
Sponsored by: Transact

James "Jimmy" A. Gagliano

Ret. Supervisory Special Agent (SSA)

James A. Gagliano is a retired Supervisory Special Agent (SA) for the FBI. During the 25 years he worked for the FBI, he has earned a variety of awards, recognitions and memorable experiences. Some of his accomplishments includes...

  • 2002 -Senior Team Leader (STL) of the 45-man FBI New York Office SWAT Team and served as an attachment to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) U.S. military units in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on three separate deployments.
  • 2005 -Head the Crisis Management and Operations Center Programs in New York SWAT Program, USERT (Dive Search), ERT (Crime Scene), Operational Medicine, Rapid Deployment, the Special Agent Bomb Technicians (SABTs), and the Hazardous Materials Response Team (HMRT). He was also awarded the Medal for Bravery, the FBI’s second highest award for valor, for actions in June of 1993 while serving on the SWAT Team.
  • 2010 -“Top Gang Unit” award by the New York Gang Investigator’s Association (NYGIA) and "True American Hero” award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation (FDAF)
  • 2012 -Selected as the Deputy Legal Attaché (DLAT), the Acting Legal Attaché (a Senior Executive Service position), the senior F.B.I. law enforcement official and the Director’s personal representative to the Mexican government, while overseeing federal law enforcement operations that included kidnappings, white-collar crime, foreign espionage, crimes against children, cyber matters, narco-trafficking, and fugitive apprehension (including the capture of two FBI “Top Ten” fugitives).
  • 2014 -Appointed Chief of Staff, Special Assistant to the Assistant-Director-in-Charge in January of 2015 for the FBI’s largest field office in New York, which includes 2,400 employees and encompasses all FBI operations within the five boroughs of New York City, eight upstate counties, as well as the La Guardia, John F. Kennedy International, and Stewart International airports.
He currently serves as a full-time Law Enforcement Analyst on CNN. He is a sought after speaker in academic and motivational settings on Leadership. He has published Op-Eds at CNN Opinion, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, and Fortune Magazine. He has been featured in several scholarly books such as “In Extremis Leadership”, and “Leadership Lessons from West Point”, in the New York Times, New York Newsday, on NPR, and in Hudson Valley Magazine for his anti-gang efforts and years of volunteer work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He was featured in an episode of the tv series ‘American Chopper’, related to his efforts in Newburgh, New York. NBC New York also featured him in a televised story highlighting his coaching and crime-fighting efforts within the inner-cities of upstate New York; FBI Agent Helping to “Save” Children of Newburgh. He was also the subject of a September 2011 issue of New York Magazine, “Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York: Can FBI Agent James Gagliano Make Newburgh Safe?”

He was born in Fort Ord, California and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a concentration in Military History from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army, serving as a Light Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 10th Mountain Division, while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Drum, New York. His awards include the Airborne, Air Assault and Jungle Expert badges, Ranger tab, and Expert Infantryman’s badge. Mr. Gagliano is married to his wife Tiffany, the Chief Assistant County Attorney for Family Law & Juvenile Justice in Orange County, New York. They have five children between them, sharing custody of one sweet rescued PitBull Terrier, JAXON.

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Day 2 Keynote
August 8 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Saving Sycamore: The School Shooting that Never Happened

Molly Bradley Hudgens
School Counselor, Sycamore Middle School
Owner, Molly B. Hudgens Communications

Molly Bradley Hudgens is in her twentieth year as an educator in the Cheatham County School System where she works as a school counselor at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee. In addition to her counseling role, Mrs. Hudgens is also a member of SMS’s Crisis Management and Response Team and the Cheatham County School System’s Safety Team. She has also served as a trainer for the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department.

After a personal experience in college, her interest in violence prevention and safety sparked a desire to educate others who work with intervening in the lives of potentially violent teenagers. Her in-depth study on school shootings and the teenagers who commit these acts, “Recognizing Red Flags,” has been utilized to train professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement, juvenile probation, and juvenile court. The training focuses on understanding the three types of school shooters and how to use threat assessment tools as an intervention to prevent violent acts in a school and community setting.

Mrs. Hudgens put her training to use on September 28, 2016, when she talked a student with a loaded handgun out of committing a mass shooting at Sycamore Middle School. The 2004-2005 and 2016-2017 Sycamore Middle School and Cheatham County Middle School Teacher of the Year, became a Congressional Medal of Honor Citizens Honor recipient for a Single Act of Heroism from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in March of 2017. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Tennessee School Counseling Association’s Phoebe White Award for Excellence in School Counseling. She is the owner of Molly B. Hudgens Communications and is a motivational speaker as well as a violence prevention specialist. Molly resides in Ashland City, Tennessee, with her husband Jason, and two sons, Bradley and Henry.

The Conference was very informative and had practical roundtable sessions. I recommend this conference to any Head of Security. Its a great way to network with fellow professionals.

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