Speaker Bios

David Brackus
David Brackus is an Information Specialist at Jefferies LLC, a New York-based global financial services firm, where he primarily supports investment bankers in the Energy Group in the firm’s Houston office.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Information Studies and has been in Houston since 2004.  David is past president of the SLA Texas Chapter as well as the chair of the Petroleum and Energy Resources Division and he currently serves as the SLA Engineering Division archivist.

Barbara Fullerton
Barbara Fullerton, Supervisor of Research Services at Dentons law firm, has been an information professional for over 20 years with management experience in corporate, data content providers and law libraries. Her expertise includes performing in-depth research, creating and developing training modules, and coordinating content management. She has a master's in library and information science from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS and also has a bachelor's in mass communications and a paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited college. Over the past decade she has been involved in professional associations and has been an active member in many different organizations. Her speaking/writing topics include computer software, gadgets, mobile apps, privacy issues, data mining, cybertheft, Internet research, and the Gumshoe Librarian. Barbara was a 2015 candidate for the SLA Board of Directors, and created the "Cycling for Libraries" events for TXLA. For several years she has also served on the Advisory Board of the UNT's College of Information, and has served as her neighborhood's association in a variety of different leadership roles.

She has completed serving as the Chair for the SLA Membership Advisory Council, and Treasurer of the Library Marketing & Communications, a non-profit organization. Currently she is serving on the education committee of the Private Law Librarians for the American Association of Law Libraries.

Emily Kan
Emily Kan is an Information Services Manager at Bain & Company, a top global management consulting firm.  She leads the North America Shared Services team within Global IS, and is also a senior researcher affiliated with the Technology, Media, and Telecom industry practice.  Prior to joining Bain in 2018, she was a senior research analyst within R&D at Frito Lay and PepsiCo for over 10 years. Emily started in corporate libraries as an intern at Frito Lay, while studying library and information science at University of North Texas.  She can be reached at Emily.Kan@bain.com.

Jack Plunkett
Jack Plunkett is CEO and founder of Plunkett Research, Ltd., a Houston-based provider of business market research, technology analysis and industry analysis since 1985.  Plunkett’s client list includes 10,000 leading corporations, universities and government agencies worldwide.  Industries constantly analyzed by Plunkett and his team include retailing, financial services, health care/pharma, manufacturing/heavy industry, technology/telecom, energy, aerospace and transportation.  Plunkett’s data is distributed electronically through subscriptions to its website and around the globe by major booksellers and news distributors.  He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including the gold medal-winning The Next Boom.  Plunkett is frequently interviewed as an expert source by publications such as Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Investors Business Daily, media outlets such as NPRs Marketplace, and ABC News.  He was a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards sponsored by Ernst & Young.  Locally, he has been on the board of directors at the Houston Symphony, the United Way of Galveston County and many other organizations.

Elizabeth Turner
Elizabeth Turner, M.I.S., M.L.S.
Senior Manager, Technology, TPG Global
Elizabeth Turner is a senior technology manager at TPG Global in Fort Worth, Texas and joined the firm in 2015. She employs a three-tier approach of program management and process consulting, product/service management, and the power of human connection to bridge technology and business. In 2020 she is responsible for coordination and management of firmwide tracking and knowledge management (KM) capabilities for COVID-19 related business process changes. She also serves as Firm Services’ technology liaison, communicating major changes and promoting business continuity in a remote landscape. Elizabeth was appointed co-chair of TPG’s LGBTQ+ Employee Affinity Group in 2020 after successfully organizing its first-ever marching contingent in San Francisco’s 2019 Pride.

Elizabeth has a strong commitment to library service and volunteers as the Smithsonian Libraries’ 2015-2022 appointee to the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Knowledge Management (KM) Section Standing Committee, chairing its 2017 Open Session in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2019 she co-presented an AI software demonstration for libraries at the IFLA KM Satellite Meeting at the Ionian University of Corfu, Greece. She is a 2021 co-chair for the KM Satellite meeting in the first-ever virtual World Library and Information Congress and currently serves as Information Coordinator to the Section. Recognized in 2018 as speaker of the year by the DFW Knowledge Management Community of Practice, she has given KM-focused presentations around the US and internationally to audiences of hundreds, including KMWorld, The World Library and Information Congress, BTOES, and ServiceNow User Groups.

She is also a classically trained ballet dancer and performed 2011-2018 in contemporary works by the nonprofit Momentum Dance Company based in Irving, Texas. Elizabeth continues her ballet training at home in Arlington, Texas, where she and her husband keep a kitchen garden and their three adopted cats.