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Welcome to the newest virtual program hosted by MORS! Designed to keep the MORS community connected and engaged, bi-weekly MORS-Talks cover relevant issues, professional, technical and career development topics.

  • Online every other Friday, 12 noon eastern time, 45-60 minutes
  • One-on-one interview format
  • Audience participation encouraged
  • Recorded and made available to members on the MORS-Talk community page
  • Not a MORS member? Join here

If you have a suggestion for an interview candidate or are interested in being interviewed yourself, please contact Shelbie Jenkins at or 703-933-9072.


Featured Speakers

5 November - Dr. Alana Nicastro

Dr. Alana Nicastro

Organizational Ethnographer

As a civilian analyst to the United States Marine Corps, long-time educator in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, and national-level education consultant, Dr. Alana Nicastro brings together teams across departments, institutions, and workplace segments to help them achieve a deeper understanding of their work. Through facilitating conversations and innovations with change agents at all levels, her work positively impacts performance to help organizations become more humane and empowering.

5 November - Dr. Shelly Valdez

Dr. Shelly Valdez

Civilian Analyst

Dr. Shelly Valdez is now retired from a decades-long career in education, organization consulting, and coaching teams through change. Her multi-faceted background includes developing and supporting collaborative change structures, conducting original research, teaching at the post-secondary level, as well as authoring and public speaking on a variety of subjects—most recently, on women’s wellness and dynamic aging: rethinking aging from a time of decline to one of transition and vitality.

19 November - Dr. Katherine McGrady

Dr. Katherine McGrady

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Katherine A. McGrady is President and Chief Executive Officer, CNA, which operates the Institute for Public Research and the Center for Naval Analyses, a federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC) that pioneered the field of operations analysis in support of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Read More

3 December - Ms. Lucia Darrow

Ms. Lucia Darrow

Data Visualization Expert / Industrial Engineer

Ms. Lucia is a data visualization expert with experience implementing analytical models in a variety of environments, including healthcare, manufacturing, defense, and finance. An industrial engineer by training, Lucia also has extensive experience with Lean and modeling complex systems. She was introduced to the MORS community in her four years as an Operations Research Analyst with CANA Advisors. She holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dickinson College. Lucia is currently a Content Marketing Data Analyst with RepRisk AG, an environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) data science company based in Zurich, Switzerland.

3 December - Mr. Walt DeGrange

Mr. Walt DeGrange

Director of Analytics Capabilities at CANA Advisors

An Operations Research Professional with experience in Government, Industry and Academia. He is the Chair of the MORS Continuing Education Committee and the INFORMS SpORts Section as well as a MORS Board of Directors member. He is also on faculty and teaches at the University of Arkansas and serves as an Executive Practicum Advisor at the NC State Poole School of Management. In his role as a Principal Operations Research Analyst at CANA Advisors, he leads the sports analytics research area.