SoTeC has built a reputation over the past seventeen years for providing an environment for knowledgeable and interesting speakers to share their ideas and experience. The SoTeC 2017 Speaker Committee is dedicated to finding speakers who can cover a variety of technical, personal and leadership topics in an interactive and entertaining manner. Below you will find more information on the speakers and topics already confirmed for this year. Check back often as the speaker slate continues to grow!

Keynote Speakers

SoTeC 2017 Presentation Tracks & Panelist

Project Management/Business Analysis Track

Quality Assurance/ITIL Track

Emerging Technology Track

Professional Development Track

Alliance Partners Case Studies Track

Getting to Heaven: Migrating to the Cloud Panel

Chad Garner
Senior Manager EPMO

“Developing COE Capabilities Through Standardization “

Developing COE capabilities in a modern, global, and matrixed PMO is tough and complicated. This presentation will take you through the steps that Experian’s innovative Enterprise PMO took to develop, implement, leverage and mature the organization’s COE capabilities. Topics will include developing an approved standardized project management framework, creating integrated and agile tools that work for you, and how to measure quality in a way that drives continuous improvement and new opportunities.

Chad Garner is a Senior Manager leading Experian’s EPMO Operational Excellence team.  His team is responsible for developing and delivering global project management standards, methodologies, and tools for Agile and traditional projects at Experian.  Previously, Chad worked as a systems engineer in Experian’s Global Product Development capability.  Chad attended Chapman University where he earned his Business Administration degree with Emphasis on Entrepreneurship, is a certified Scrum Master, Product Owner as well as a certified SAFE practitioner.    

Vish Nath
Director, Projects (EPMO)
Molina Healthcare

“Managing the Chaos – Best Practices for Business Transformation Projects”

Most business transformation projects take longer than expected; cost exceeds the budget and there is a lower benefit realization.

One of the main reasons for this is a lack of sound project management. There are some best practices which, if followed sincerely, can definitely help us get a better value out of our overall Business transformation implementation and make it worth all the pain.

Vish Nath is a passionate business transformation practitioner with proven subject matter expertise. He has led and executed many Healthcare, ERP, CRM, and Business transformational initiatives and projects. He enjoys working in a challenging environment.

Vish applies project and portfolio management skills to drive operational efficiency for multi-million dollar initiatives and portfolio of projects. He has over 19 years of experience, including in many “Fortune 500” companies. He has honed his insights and expertise on leadership, consulting, business, IT and project management principles.

In his current position as Projects Director at Molina Healthcare Inc., Vish leads a strong team of program and project managers to manage a multi-million dollar portfolio of mission-critical programs/projects.

He has an MBA in Finance and Marketing. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and has a Certification in ITIL V3.

Kymberlee Page
Director of Product Management
Entertainment Partners

“The Evolution of Agile and How to keep your Career Evolving with It”

Organizations are aggressively adopting agile principles to maximize profits and minimize the delivery times for projects. These new goals have significantly impacted the project team and have changed everyone’s roles and responsibilities. During this session we will talk about applying your current skills to these new agile practices at every level. We will discuss how to manage projects at the sprint level, and not the project level. Discuss how Business Analysts/Product Owners can create user stories for smaller features, instead of complete requirement documents. Discuss how Developers can write and deploy code at the component level, instead of the end to end solution. Discuss how QA can utilize user stories and smaller more frequent releases, to effectively test at multiple levels. Lastly, we will talk about how each of these new roles supports each other and cross lines in this new world.

Kymberlee is the Director of Product Management at Entertainment Partners. She has over 18 years of experience working in every aspect of the IT life cycle. She has worked in a variety of industries like Education, Financial Services and Health Care. Kymberlee also has experience working in small start companies as well as top Fortune 500 companies with over 100,000 employees.
Kymberlee holds a B.S.B.A in Business Management, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is a certified Project Manager, Scrum Master, and Product Manager.

Mark Penserini
VP, Partner Services

“Trending Topics in Project Management”

Find out what’s trending in project management right now.  We will look at the five most talked about subjects as well as the five factors for project failure.  Please don’t kill the messenger!

Mark Penserini is the Vice President of Partner Services for Inworks Servicing, LLC and has managed their PMO for the past eighteen months. Prior to Inworks, Mark was a Director and Program Manager at Molina Healthcare focusing on their health insurance exchange.

Mark has over 27 years of operational and technical experience specializing in Project Management across Healthcare, Finance and IT operations. He also served as Deputy Program Manager for the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange for over three years with a $200 million budget.

As a key executive, he directed all facets of operations, A/R infrastructure, and automation for a provider of medical billing, practice management (1000+ physician network), and hospital staffing throughout an 8-state region.

Mark understands the issues of project management, budgeting, and the need to continually look for process improvement. Strategic planning, generating ideas for enhancing revenue streams as well as ensuring that the financial and regulatory needs are being met.

Susan Ryan
Director, Digital Program Management
The Irvine Company

“Putting Successful Teams Together”

Building a staff or a project team can seem like a daunting task. If you’re lucky enough to start from the ground up, you may have an advantage of cherry picking the perfect employees, but that can be a daunting task. How much time do you have to hit the ground running? How do you pick the right person to fit the required skill set and the culture? Will you make mistakes? The answer to that last question is a resounding Yes. You will make mistakes and you may have already.

The problem of building and motivating a project team can be compounded by the fact that we don’t always get to pick our staff and, as project managers, we are not always in the position of authority to take action when there are performance issues. How do we get our teams to perform when they don’t report directly to us?

In this breakout session, we will cover topics like:
o Hiring and vetting tactics
o Discovering/Utilizing our teams’ strengths
o Influencing/Leadership without authority
o Dealing with performance issues

Graduating from Temple University with a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Asian Studies, Susan was fortunate to be hired as a project coordinator solely on the premise that she had a liberal arts background and could read and write. The rest is history. With passion and strength for organization, problem solving and project delivery, Susan has amassed a wealth of professional experience in project, program and portfolio management at both startups and large organizations in diverse industries. She has since earned her MBA from University of Redlands and is currently Director of Digital Project Management at Irvine Company, responsible for delivery of digital projects for Apartments Marketing.

Arlene Semwezi
Senior Manager – Program Manager III
Farmers Insurance

“Agile Transformation: How will this Impact Me?”

Attend this session to hear about the impacts of Agile to the Business Analyst, Project Manager and PMO. Agile not only changes how we deliver our projects, but how we function as a company. Come hear about an in-progress Agile transformation and how the roles of real life BA’s, PM’s and PMO’s are changing.

Arlene Semwezi is a senior Manager at Farmers Insurance in the IT PMO department.  She has over 16 years of Information Technology experience during which she has worked in a number of various roles ranging from Business Analyst, Requirements Manager, Project Manager and PMO Consultant.  Currently she heads up Delivery Assurance within Farmers IT PMO.  Her areas of expertise include requirements gathering and analysis, governance and software development frameworks, specializing in the Rational Unified Process (RUP), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and company specific Software Development Frameworks.

David Yeung
Vice President, Enterprise Program Management Office
Capital Group

“How Project Management Evolves and can be more Relevant than Ever”

As the IT world evolved from waterfall to Rational Unified Process to Agile to Pivot/Multi-speed IT/more, evolving your program/project management skills and your PMO team is more critical than ever. David will share the success stories and lessons learned from Capital Group’s IT transformation and how CG’s PMO and its program/project management methodology evolved along with the changes. He will also share his vision of what the “PM skills of the future” will look like.

David has 20+ years of IT and project/program management experience in the Financial Services industry, last 15 years with Capital Group. He oversees Capital Group’s Marketing, Sales, and Digital portfolio of programs and projects. Prior to CG, David was at Arthur Andersen and Janus Funds. He holds a BA degree in Business Economics with a Computer Science minor as well as a Finance minor from UCLA.

Michael Cramer
Director, Information Technology
Morley Builders

“Chasing the Dragon’s Tail: How to Foster Quality Out of Instability”

Arriving at a crossroads within an organization’s Information Technology department, how does one tackle disjointed teams, lack of vision, unclear identity and strategic focus? This is the story of the processes, ideas, collaborative engagement and sheer willpower to transform a legacy MIS team into self-identified IT professionals through a companywide excellence initiative.

Michael Cramer directs the technology teams at Morley Builders, a half-a-billion dollar Southern California company specializing in landmark construction projects such as the Getty Villa, the new LA Laker’s clubhouse and the forthcoming LA Rams stadium project. Having lead technology teams in banking, entertainment and manufacturing sectors, Michael’s background has been to specialize in fostering collaboration, facilitate development and promote team members’ identity as true technology leaders.

Anna D’Elia
PRINCIPAL-BUSINESS MGMT – Entertainment Software Quality Engineering

“Metrics: Running the Business of Software Quality Engineering”

A Software Quality Engineering organization holds an incredible asset: Quality Data and more specifically defect data. Why is this such a valuable asset? Well it can help you answer some of your most plaguing questions and guide you to focus on improvements in areas that will be most impactful. High integrity defect data can give you insights to increase your speed and quality while helping you focus your improvement initiatives. During this session, I will share our path to implementing a Defect Analytics program that produced actionable insights and contributed to achieving our defect containment goals. I will also share how we framed our scope, transformed our data quality and collection methods to harness the power of Quality Data.

Anna draws from a diverse professional background and leverages these unique experiences to frame her approach to the profession of software quality engineering. Her career started in logistics for an international chemical company. However, seven years later she found herself in IT consulting at Deloitte. This transition from the business to IT was driven by her attraction to the complexity of challenges found in software development. Over the past decade her experiences include managing software development projects as a PM, leading a quality assurance team, building a project and release governance department and establishing an analytics and process function for Quality Engineering.  

Jessica DeVita
Sr. Program Manager – Visual Studio Team Services
Chef / Microsoft

“QA and Dev Ops at Microsoft”

Moving from building packaged physical software to delivering software as a service meant that everything had to change about how we build, manage and ship software. In the past, we had three distinct roles on what we call “feature teams”: program managers, developers, and testers. We wanted to reduce delays in handoffs between developers and testers and focus on quality for all software created, so we combined the traditional developer and tester roles into one discipline: software engineers. Software engineers are now responsible for every aspect of making their features come to life and performing well in production. Come learn how the QA role evolved in the age of DevOps at Microsoft.

Jessica DeVita, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, has 20+ years of professional experience beginning in the PICU of Minneapolis Children’s hospital, to sysadmin at St. Jude Medical, founder at @ubergeekgirl, then Evangelist at Microsoft and Chef. Jessica helps your organization build better software, delight customers, attract and retain their most important asset: people.

Siva Gorintla
Sr. Test Automation Engineer
Rooftop Digital

“Continuous Integration: A Tale of Transformation”

Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development methodology that requires Developers to check-in and compile their code several times a day. Implementation of CI has great potential to save money and time. However, to implement these processes, tech teams need to configure a controlled environment and follow specific rules and guidelines. The intent of this presentation is sharing the experience of an offshore/onshore technology team discussing the intent, journey, challenges they faced and rewards of implementation of Continuous Integration.  As a SoTeC first, the presenters will present from the US and India thru an online conferencing tool at the same time.

Siva Gorintla is a hardcore test automation engineer with 5+ years of experience with Selenium. Siva lives in Hyderabad, India.

Abraham Gutsioglou
Ingram Micro

“Think Differently: Tips and Tricks to Increase User Adoption”

The tips, tricks, and strategies that worked in one location hardly seem to work in other locations. At least, this is the case when trying to expand a project and assume scalability. Join this session to learn how a company with 2000 plus end users has been able to take CRM user adoption rate from 3% to 90% in a years’ time. In this session we will discuss what worked well, where we found struggles, and most importantly what we would do differently if we could do it all over again.

Dr. Abraham Gutsioglou is a business transformational professional experienced working with C-Suites to develop, deploy, and transform practices. Dr. Gutsioglou is viewed as a trusted advisor as he has helped organizations bring the best out of employees by leveraging his skills to identify gaps and find opportunities to advance the performance of the enterprise.

Jon Ifould
IT Senior Manager (Quality Management)
Capital Group

“Test Driven Solution Delivery (TDSD)”

Stuck in the land of ambiguity? Head spinning due to solution complexity? Got a delivery strategy but trying to figure out your integrated project plan for a large program solution delivery? Not sure where to get started? Find out how your QA team can help you see the wood for the trees and chart a course to success. Your QA team’s inherent ability to classify your solution into logical groups of functionality, as well as their ability to prioritize and sequence the order in which the solution needs to be tested may have benefits beyond just the testing domain. Two quality assurance professionals will talk about their experience developing a Test Inventory that helped one large program create the program level delivery plan and remain agile while adapting to the twists and turns that every project experiences.

Jon Ifould is an IT Senior Manager at Capital Group with over 17 years of experience. Over the course of his career in Quality Assurance, System Integration and large program delivery he has worked across the Financial Services, Capital Markets and pay TV (satellite/cable) sectors.  He started his career in the UK then relocated to southern California in 2008.  He holds professional certifications from ASTQB, PMP and AAT (UK).

Aromal Mohan
Principal Consultant

“Test Driven Solution Delivery (TDSD)”

Stuck in the land of ambiguity? Head spinning due to solution complexity? Got a delivery strategy but trying to figure out your integrated project plan for a large program solution delivery? Not sure where to get started? Find out how your QA team can help you see the wood for the trees and chart a course to success. Your QA team’s inherent ability to classify your solution into logical groups of functionality, as well as their ability to prioritize and sequence the order in which the solution needs to be tested may have benefits beyond just the testing domain. Two quality assurance professionals will talk about their experience developing a Test Inventory that helped one large program create the program level delivery plan and remain agile while adapting to the twists and turns that every project experiences.

Aromal V Mohan is a Principal Consultant with Infosys and has over 13 years of experience. His area of specialization is QA consulting and large QA program management and has extensive experience in capital markets domain testing. He has been involved in Test Center of Excellence assessment and implementations for various clients. He owns a US patent (US 8589199 B2 ) for Method and system for determining testing maturity of an organization.  He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Information Systems.

Suren Nandam
Application Development Manager
Rooftop Digital

“Continuous Integration: A Tale of Transformation”

Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development methodology that requires Developers to check-in and compile their code several times a day. Implementation of CI has great potential to save money and time. However, to implement these processes, tech teams need to configure a controlled environment and follow specific rules and guidelines. The intent of this presentation is sharing the experience of an offshore/onshore technology team discussing the intent, journey, challenges they faced and rewards of implementation of Continuous Integration.  As a SoTeC first, the presenters will present from the US and India thru an online conferencing tool at the same time.

Suren Nandam is a technology veteran who has been managing offshore teams for more than a decade. Suren has extensive experience working with big and small size companies. Suren lives in Hyderabad, India.

Kristine Noble
Sr. Director

“QA in DevOps”

As your organization moves to DevOps, QA continues to be a key enabler in delivering business value and is part of the DevOps pipeline every step of the way. The result is that QA is more involved and engaged throughout all phases of the pipeline than ever before and you must drive automation into the process. What does this mean for QA teams? Learn how we have helped organizations evolve their teams as well as their focus – from finding defects to preventing defects from reaching production. 

Kristine Noble has spent over twenty years building and managing complex applications for both enterprise and mid-size companies. As a Group Director at a global consulting firm, Kristine leads a team dedicated to building clients’ digital platforms with a focus on finding client solutions. She is responsible for a team of technology experts, dedicated to digital enablement blending trending technologies while balancing business constraints with a tireless focus on value, quality, and client satisfaction. 

Kidra Shadroo
VP of Technology
Rooftop Digital

“Continuous Integration: A Tale of Transformation”

Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development methodology that requires Developers to check-in and compile their code several times a day. Implementation of CI has a great potential to save money and time. However, to implement these processes, tech teams need to configure a controlled environment and follow specific rules and guidelines. The intent of this presentation is sharing the experience of an offshore/onshore technology team discussing the intent, journey, challenges they faced and rewards of implementation of Continuous Integration.  As a SoTeC first, the presenters will present from the US and India thru an online conferencing tool at the same time.

VP of technology at Rooftop Digital. He’s passionate about creating scalable and quality technology solutions. His specialty is tailoring the processes and procedures that fit people and environment, maximizing efficiency and productivity.

Chuck Chekuri
Systems Director
St. Joseph’s Health

“Business Intelligence Disruption – Excellence with Machine Learning “

Expect machine learning to disrupt existing business intelligence capabilities in every small and large organization in the coming years. This presentation discusses how big data technologies are complicating life for business intelligence and analytics departments.

It is common practice to have hundreds of ETL processes to meet the data integration, quality, governance and security needs of the organization. The analytics teams then produce organization wide reports using data from the enterprise data warehouses and marts.

With increased adoption of SaaS application like Salesforce, Office365, Concur, ADP, Concord and GHX, traditional ETL processes cannot meet the business intelligence requirements of various decision makers within the enterprise. With increased customer engagement, the need to add social network and demographic dimensions further breaks down the current business intelligence capabilities.

Learn how advanced analytic processes, techniques and tools like Alteryx, Tableau and Qlik enable organizations to leverage the advances in machine learning using languages like R and Python. With these tools it is possible to deliver data products that provide quick return on investment.

Chuck has over 25 years industry experience in developing analytics driven business applications, methodologies and strategies to improve the bottom line. He has a vision for developing predictive data products, and hands-on experience in statistical inference, predictive modeling and machine learning.

As Director of Data Science at St. Joseph Health, he implemented the data science program in collaboration with senior business leaders by delivering projects with a quick return on investment. He was able to identify $40M in supply chain savings by analyzing unstructured spend of $1.2B using data science techniques. Chuck has hands on experience using R, Alteryx, Tableau, Python, RStudio, SQL/Hive, Weka, NLP, machine learning and Amazon AWS. He developed data products on data warehouses and cloud platforms using the latest data mining and analysis tools.

He holds 2 master degrees in Engineering and Mathematics/Computer Science. He is a certified Data Scientist from Johns Hopkins University.

Nemi George
Senior Director, Information Security & IT Governance
Pacific Dental

“Digital Disruption: Introducing New Technology without Disrupting Your Business”

Over the last 3 years the phrase ‘digital disruption’ has been repeated several thousand times by C – Level executives, directors and VPs across the IT industry. Most people either do not fully understand the concept of digital disruption or go about implementing it so haphazardly that it ‘adversely disrupts’ the organization and ultimately fails to deliver on its initial promise. This presentation seeks to provide a set of logical steps when thinking about digital disruption. This will ensure that business needs remain relevant and central to all planned changes. Ultimately, it will successfully guarantee that changes are readily adopted across the organization.

Nemi is a top Enterprise Mobility & Information Security professional with 20 years of experience working with large global multinational enterprise and telecommunications organizations, such as Vodafone Group Enterprise, where he was responsible for Vodafone’s Global Managed Mobility; Compliance, Security & Risk (CSR) practice. Nemi’s focus is building security organizations and implementing security programs and best practices. Nemi has a very proactive, enterprise ‘value added’ approach to security as a business enabler rather than a bump in the road for innovation and business agility. Nemi is currently Senior Director of Information Security & IT Governance at Pacific Dental Services based in Irvine, California. A leading Dental Support Organization (DSO) providing Enterprise IT (Application, Core IT Infrastructure, Information Security, Business and Administrative services such as Billing, Payroll, Data Management) to almost 600 dental practices across the USA. These services allow dentists to focus on patient care and industry leading dentistry.

Galen Gruman
Adjunct Analyst, IDC, Executive Editor, InfoWorld, Editorial CTO, IDG US Media

“Mobile 2.0: What to do Now”

We’re now in year 11 of the modern mobile era. The first wave brought difficult changes like BYOD and new development paradigms that IT spent years wrestling with. Just as things seem to have settled, the second wave is upon us, and it should cause IT to rethink again what mobile means to its strategy, operations, and development efforts.

Galen Gruman is an adjunct analyst focused on mobility at IDC’s IT Executive Program. He is also the executive editor of InfoWorld, which focuses on cutting-edge IT, and the editorial CTO for IDG US Media, InfoWorld’s parent company.

Helen Norris
Chief Information Officer
Chapman University

“What the CIO of Today Needs to be Ready for Tomorrow”

VR/AR and the Internet of Things are here, and will be in use in our classrooms and our workplaces in the near future. Students of tomorrow will get hands-on experience in a mixed reality world, taking advantage of things like Microsoft HoloLens and Google VR apps. How can today’s CIOs position themselves to be a leader in this revolution? Ms. Norris will discuss how these emerging technologies will fit into the CIO’s portfolio and what we need to do to prepare for them from an infrastructure, staffing and cultural perspective.

Helen Norris is the Chief Information Officer at Chapman University. She has almost 30 years’ experience working in IT leadership roles. Originally from Ireland, Helen has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and a Master’s degree in Computer Resource Management and Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis. Helen holds a project management certification (PMP) from Project Management International (pmi.org) and is a fellow of the Educause Leading Change Institute. She serves as a board member of the Southern California Society of Information Management (scsim.org) and a trustee of the National Endowment for Financial Education (nefe.org). Helen also previously served as the Director of the Sacramento Women in Technology International network (witi.com).

Justin Simonds
Master Technologist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

“Overview of Analytics, 2017”

Analytics is one of the 4 nexus forces defined by Gartner (along with Cloud, Social, and Mobile), which are disrupting business and society. Although some of the techniques have been around for decades, what has changed is the volume and diversity of data along with the software and techniques of finding insights in that data and finding it faster.

This presentation will overview the data warehouse, the data lake, machine learning and edge computing. As a BA it would be valuable to know the state of the art in analytics.

Justin Simonds is a Master Technologist for the Americans Enterprise Solutions and Architecture group (ESA) under the business critical division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. His focus is on real-time, event-driven architectures, business intelligence for major accounts and strategic business development. He is involved with HPE Labs on several pilot projects.

Justin has worked on Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives and integration architectures for improving the reliability of IoT offerings. He has written articles and whitepapers for internal publication on Helion cloud, TCO/ROI, availability, business intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain and Converged Infrastructure.

Justin has been published in Connection magazine. He is a featured speaker at HPE’s Technology Forum and at HPE’s Executive Briefing Center and at industry conferences such as the XLDB Conference at Stanford, IIBA and the Metropolitan Solutions Conference. Engage Orange

Lenka Vanek
Senior Director, Software Engineering
Quest Software

“DevOps: New Approach to Development in the Age of Cloud”

Leaders use Agile methodologies and DevOps approaches to modernize their application development, to reduce risk, to improve speed through automation, and to drive innovation. Cloud offers automated provisioning and scaling. In other words, DevOps and Cloud are joined at the hip. The problem is that best practices are not yet well understood. This is especially true when database is added to the mix of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery processes.This session covers our lessons learned and the points to consider when leading organizations through DevOps journey.

Lenka Vanek is Senior Director, Software Engineering at Quest Software. She is leading multiple software engineering teams building trendsetting and strategic software products for data and database professionals (Toad and SharePlex product lines) while achieving Net Promoter Score above 80%.

Rosalyn Kahn
Owner of Coaching and Professional Speaking, College Professor of Speech Communication

“Tricks and Tips of Public Speaking”

One of people’s greatest fears is standing up to give a talk. In this workshop we will learn to understand the cause of fear, how to master and speak with elegance. In addition, we will cover the essentials of preparing the speech, determining the support with visual imagery, and special tips to help you on your speech delivery. You will walk away with five great strategies to improve your next presentation.

Rosalyn Kahn is a College Speech Instructor at Los Angeles City College. She is also an Author, International Motivational Speaker and Speech Coach.

Ms. Kahn has been teaching Public Speaking, ESL in colleges and high schools throughout Southern CA. Her business, Coaching and Professional Speaking, began three years ago. Rosalyn has trained over thousands of students and worked with a wide variety of business executives to achieve success by speaking with their authentic voice.

Rosalyn has given three TedX talks since 2013 and coached numerous TEDx speakers. Ms. Kahn has spoken internationally in Belgium for a Labor Conference. She held a book signing in Italy for her 1st book, “Random Acts of Kindness are Changing the World”. She has just released the 2nd book, “Dogs and Roses” available on Kindle. Currently, she’s honored to be helping women get their messages to the UN.

Laurie Lavelle
Sr. Director, Marketing
Schneider Electric

“Leadership for the Greater Good: Creating and Empowering an Equitable Work Environment -it Starts with YOU!”

Leadership matters. YOUR leadership matters! As our workforce is growing more diverse and scarce, we must look within ourselves as leaders and ask some tough questions. Are we connected to our businesses at the depth we need to be? Are we looking at new and untraditional avenues to find and retain talent? Are we being effective, equitable leaders and “change creators?”

This session looks at current trends in the new-world-workforce through the lens of leadership, with a goal to help you as leader create work environments that serve the greater good of your organizations, yourself, and all around you. Gain a better understanding of where we stand today in the areas of diversity, cross-generational workforce and the emergence of the millennials, and equality challenges.

Attendees will leave with the following:
1.     A deeper understanding of today’s diversity, cross-generational workforce, and equality challenges
2.     How to step-up your leadership to create a more equitable and empowered work environment
3.     A better understanding of the power you have as a leader to create and lead critical change

Dr. Laurie Addison-Lavelle is a Senior Director of Marketing for a large, multi-national technology business, Schneider Electric Software, with responsibility for global and regional marketing strategy and execution. This includes overseeing staff members in Asia-Pacific, India, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Laurie earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, with focus subjects of millennial women in leadership, cross-generational workforce, and senior leadership development. Her dissertation studies focused on Millennial Women in Leadership-A New Generation of Women Still Facing Gender Inequality in Business Leadership.

Laurie resides in Southern California, is a life-long learner with deep passion for educating and motivating men and women on topics to help better understand and create awareness, and lead themselves and their teams toward a healthier, more engaged, and equal work environment.

Zach Loeb
Intuitive Coach
Lee Hecht Harrison

“Intuition and Your Career”

Trust your gut. In this session, we will discuss the role intuition plays in making career decisions. We will explore how we receive intuitive information, share exercises for building intuitive muscle, identify opportunities to use intuition to help reach personal goals, as well as examine the blocks that prevent us from trusting intuition.

You will leave with new tools for making purposeful career decisions and greater trust in your innate ability to steel yourself to the right people, places, experiences and opportunities.

Zach Loeb is a career coach and facilitator of workshops on intuitive development, helping people to listen, see, hear, and feel in new ways. He advises on all areas of career, including: career decision making, job search, interviewing, negotiations and more.

Drawing from his business experience and using his intuition, he provides insights that help clients see the missing pieces that have been holding them back, so that their purpose becomes clear and path forward is one they can confidently put into action. After sessions with Zach, clients report feelings of ease, empowerment, inspiration and relief.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Career Development from JFK University. His style is relaxed and informal; he tends to focus on the key issues and get quickly to the point, approaching the process with creativity, compassion, and techniques that get results.

Vandana Mangal
Executive Director, Easton Technology Management Center
Co-Director, Business & Information Technologies

UCLA, Anderson School of Management

“Managing 360”

Management is a term that has been around for decades. Most of us think of managing reports or a team when we hear the term.  However, organizational structures have changed; globalization has brought in varying cultures and the millennial entering the workforce are different.  Adding Technology in, how we communicate has changed.  I have coined the term ‘Managing 360’ to discuss the style of management which I believe is relevant for success in today’s organizations, small to large global ones. 

Dr. Vandana Mangal is founding Executive Director for the Easton Technology Management Center and Co-Director for BIT at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She has been instrumental in launching the Easton Center and growing it to over 650 students and nearly $15 million funding. She has taught Big Data at UCLA Anderson and is on several boards including IS Associates, UCLA Extension’s Technical Management Program and Women’s Initiative Network. She frequently speaks about STEM Careers, from leadership as well as technology perspectives, with the latter focusing on the Big Data ecosystem.

As the Co-Director of BIT, she has published 4 books and given talks at conferences and panels. Before joining UCLA, she worked at Intel and AE Business Solutions Consulting and, taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s School of Business. Her PhD is from Carnegie Mellon University; her undergraduate degree is in Electrical Engineering from PEC University of Technology.

Cappi Pidwell
Renowned Expert in Human Behavior, NLP & Hypnotherapy

“Stress Free -No More Stress for Me”

This dynamic presentation will empower the audience to begin to understand that you can live at the cause of life, and no longer the effect of it. Most people live in the effect of “circumstances and situations” and they don’t realize that they themselves can actually live at the cause of their lives and change the way they experience things. Stress affects so much of our daily lives. It affects our health, our job performance, our outlook and ultimately our results. We cannot control situations and circumstances, but we can control how we react and respond to them.

Cappi Pidwell is a Master of NLP & Hypnotherapy and is sought-after personal and professional development speaker on “Mind Mastery”. For over 23 years, Cappi Pidwell has given her audiences and clients the mindset makeovers they need to achieve the change they have wanted for years. Cappi frees her clients from the subconscious limitations they’ve unknowingly imposed on themselves, so they become an Inner Winner!  The changes she teaches are fast, powerful and permanent.  Her presentation is packed with value and insight, and her audiences leave aware, empowered and very inspired! 

Joan Samuels
Program Manager, Open Tech Initiative
MCS, Inc.

“Transitioning, Training and Career Growth: How to make it Happen”

Gain the knowledge, insight and the tools to access thousands of dollars in “No Cost” Certification Training through Local, State and Federal Government Grants. Transitioning Tech individuals will learn how to access this funding to improve their marketable skills. During this workshop you will uncover unadvertised training funds, paid Internship and job placement assistance opportunities. Business owners will learn how to access subsidized Interns and how to be reimbursed up to 50% of the wage for hiring entry level talent.

Joan Samuels moved to the United States from London England in 2003 to work for MCS. She studied Business Management at Loughton College in Essex.

She entered the employment field through a 2-year Branch Management Apprenticeship after college. She became a branch manager in a record 6 months.

Passionate about travel she takes on average 21 trips a year, which includes only 5-7 for work. Most of her travel is for pleasure and includes regular trips to the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico.

Currently, she heads MCS’s new initiative called Open Tech (www.Opentech.la). It is funded to create 300 Apprenticeships in Biotechnology, Health Information Technology and Information Technology.

Michael Woore
VP, Technology
Loan Depot

“Conducting Your Career Search with Passion and Purpose”

Are you overwhelmed (or underwhelmed) by the task of finding a job? Do you find it difficult to discern what to do next or even where to start? Then perhaps you need to reconnect with your passion and purpose. In this interactive conversation, Michael Woore will share the secrets of:
·        How to tap into what makes you marketable to a future employer
·        How to network for results, not business cards
·        The three steps to landing the job of your dreams

With 25 years of leadership experience in technology and business operations, Michael Woore is an IT Executive with passion and purpose. He currently serves as the Vice President of Technology at loanDepot, a rapidly-growing consumer lender named a “Top Workplace” by the Orange County Register. Michael holds an MBA from USC and a BBA from USD, as well as numerous technical certifications. In 1999 Michael climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. More recently, Michael was voted “Best Daddy” by his four young sons.

Edward Andros
Senior Solutions Architect

“Next Generation Networkingfor the Cloud Era”

The virtualization of networking has far-reaching implications for transforming the design, operation, and performance of networks. As cloud computing places ever-increasing demands on enterprise networks, CIOs are seeking greater flexibility, agility, bandwidth efficiency, and business policy control to manage and optimize applications that are critical to their business needs. In this session, Edward Andros, Senior Solutions Architect at GTT, will discuss software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) as an emerging use case for SDN that CIOs are carefully evaluating to optimize performance in a distributed enterprise environment for cloud-based applications. Edward will elaborate on how SD-WAN’s enhanced intelligent networking capabilities, including more dynamic traffic routing to fit application requirements, drive more efficient network resource utilization and reduces the total cost of ownership.

Specializing in large distributed global enterprise networks. A telecom industry veteran with over twenty years of experience, Edward works closely with enterprise CIO organizations to identify IT challenges and recommends network and security solutions to address them. Edward’s background also includes senior roles in Network Engineering, Operations Management, and Sales Engineering. He currently based at GTT’s Southern California office in Costa Mesa.

Mark Calkins
Vice President, Fidelis
Optiv / Fidelis

“A New Level of Excellence for Security Operations and Incident Response”

Fidelis Cybersecurity will walk you through the current state of automated incident response technology – how it can transform your ability to prevent modern intrusions and increase the efficiency of your security team by a factor of 10-20X. Performing manual investigations is time-consuming and typically requires the use of multiple point solutions. Teams are understaffed and burned out due to the relentless day-to-day investigations. Effectively automating your incident response process reduces or even eliminates the monotony of incident response and the security posture of the team is dramatically improved.

For nearly 20 years Mark has worked with many of the largest security organizations to improve and modernize their security capabilities. Bringing both business acumen and subject expertise to solving the most relevant security challenges of the day have led to a long and successful career in Security Leadership. Mark holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Casey Farley
Sales Consultant

“API Management and Program/Project Management: Adding Efficiency Without Adding Overhead”

Presentation will cover the role of APIs in modern network architecture, how they have become ubiquitous in every aspect of your personal and professional life, and how they are being used to improve efficiency across all types of interactions. We will examine API management best practices and explore ways that organizations of all sizes can exploit APIs to their advantage.

I am a Sales Consultant for CA, supporting the API management suite of products. I am based in Southern California and when not evangelizing about the value of APIs to my customers I spend my free time working to remove inefficiency from my pedal stroke on the local bike paths. You can find me on linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/case-farley-1194a75/

Magdy Hanna
Chief Architect

“Gaining Control of Products Releases with Integrated ALM”

Whether you are adopting agile methodologies or not, program managers, product and project managers need to be able to maintain, all product releases, iterations, features, timelines, and all other aspects of a product lifecycle in one tool. Many tool vendors claim that ALM tools are able to address this challenge. There have been also some misconceptions about what ALM tools can and cannot do. This presentation sheds some light on Integrated ALM as an architect and a tool that provides every member of a product team with the tools they need to gain control of their part of the product lifecycle. Dr. Hanna will show how Rommana ALM provides this unique capability. What is unique about Rommana ALM is that it can be configured for agile or non-agile

The Rommana ALM tool and methodology has been built around the teachings and principles of the software engineering authored by Dr. Magdy Hanna, which he has taught to more than 50,000 professionals over the last 30 years. Many of these principles and methodologies were implemented in the early version of SQEngineer the early 1990’s. Dr. Hanna continues to act the Rommana Chief Architect.

James Jack

“human-I-T: Recycling with a Purpose”

As technology continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, there is an ever-growing amount of physical technology that is simply no longer in use. While recyclers do help keep items out of our landfills, many functioning items are destroyed regardless of their value. We will discuss the major differences between recycling and repurposing, give a background of human-I-T’s contribution towards retaining value, and explore the process that human-I-T uses to accomplish that goal.

James is a social entrepreneur with the keen ability to see how innovations in technology can come together to create social impact. He co-founded human-I-T as a platform for putting unwanted technology back into the hands of low-income households. Since human-I-T’s inception in 2012, it has grown from a two-man operation to a national organization with multiple locations.

Ricardo Salazar
Solutions Consultant
Service Now

“How ITOM Can Help Your IT Systems Work Better”

IT leaders are confronting a sea of change in the expectations placed on their organizations in terms of velocity, innovation and automation. The old way of performing Operations Management is changing with SaaS applications, and public cloud providers that have turned the IT applications and infrastructure world on its head. ServiceNow IT Operations Mgmt is changing the market with the rise of the SaaS model to view the world via “service” model approach. This model is critical for doing business that promotes user experience, user enablement, the breaking down of siloes and cross-functional collaboration. Our community continues to drive change and innovation for customers via a Service Centric ITOM approach.

Ricardo is a Solutions Consultant with ServiceNow’s Enterprise Accounts Southern California team. He has been in IT for over 15 years in a variety of different capacities. Over this time, Ricardo has spent several years in the ITSM space with 6 plus years as a ServiceNow platform owner. Prior to his role at ServiceNow, Ricardo has also been an active participant in SoCal SNUGs having spoken at multiple events on ServiceNow’s behalf. When not working or chasing the boys, he is a gearhead who enjoys food, wine, and dancing. Ricardo and his wife are very much foodies (despite her being celiac) and like trying new foods and places.

Steve West
Project Insight

“Project Management—As You Know It—is DEAD!”

Project Insight® CEO Steve West discusses how artificial intelligence is transforming Project Management using teaming applications and messaging. See first-hand how PI’s VirtualPM™ for Slack helps project managers gather information… while letting people work where they’re at, and rolling up key information for stakeholders.

Steve West has been developing software for over 20+ years and leads PI’s overall vision, strategy, and execution of the company. He is considered an expert in Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery and solutions, and is frequently asked to speak on these topics. Steve is a multi-year All American swimmer and holds a BS in Economics and Communications from University of Michigan. In 2012, Steve was the oldest man to qualify for the Olympic Trials at age 40 (breaststroke), and was named Swimming World Magazine’s World Master Swimmer of the Year in 2014.

Raymond Ybarra
Account Executive

“Logicalis and Service Management”

This presentation is an introduction to the audience about Logicalis and our Service Management offerings. We will discuss how Logicalis has embraced Service management internally. Through our best practices we have created a full practice providing consultation and services to our customers worldwide. We review case studies and discuss what we did and where they are today. The Presenter will look ahead at some of the next gen operations on the horizon.

Ray Ybarra has over 30 years of experience in Operations & Technology in both the large publicly held corporate environment as well as in small-medium privately held organizations. As a technologist, Ray’s role is to provide customers and partners with world class services and recommendations. Ray has helped many companies optimize their IT investments by successfully architecting, implementing and managing business-critical comput- ing environments. Ray is a board member and the current President for itSMF LA LIG. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker for many organizations and societies within the Western United States.

Charles Cole
Executive Director, Digital Media Group
Sony Pictures

With over 15 years of studio & technology experience, Charles has worked to continually modernize and streamline content-focused infrastructure and software development practices, while partnering closely with studio and line-of-business executives to help identify and eliminate inefficiencies in business processes, leading to increased productivity and throughput across the enterprise and around the world. Recently, Charles has completed a long running project to overhaul DevOps for Sony Pictures’ Digital Media Group, enabling the consolidation and retirement of several legacy in-house digital asset management platforms. By migrating infrastructure and deployment operations into Amazon Web Services, the group has reduced application development release cycles from 4 months to just under two weeks, resulting in happier customers and a more engaged workforce. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business with a concentration in Entertainment, Media, and Technology.

Reggie Collier
Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations
Cast & Crew

Reggie Collier is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience leading infrastructure teams and projects, with companies ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500. Reggie currently serves as Director of IT Infrastructure & Operations Cast & Crew Entertainment. Prior to joining Cast & Crew, Reggie held infrastructure and systems administration-related roles in IT for a variety of companies, including Crystal Cruises, Lucky Brand, Evolve Media, CCH, and ABC Television Network.  Reggie lives in Santa Clarita with his wife of 15 years and their two sons.

Terry Dear
VP, Software Development
Bankruptcy Mgt. Solutions

Terry Dear has more than 20+ years of ‘high-energy’, ‘hands-on’ executive skills in large complex organizations and small companies. – Key Skills Set in “KISSing” IT – Keep It Simple and Strategic in all aspects of IT – Talent Management, Vendor Management, Services Delivery, Risk & Compliance, Governance, Budgets – Diverse Skills Set in all operational aspects of IT (Product Management, Application Development, Enterprise/Business/Data Architecture, Infrastructure & Operations).

Kelly Stackpoole
Executive Director of IT
20th Century Fox

Kelly Stackpoole is Executive Director of IT at Fox Entertainment Group where she leads her technology team to build, implement, and support a diverse portfolio of cloud and on-prem applications for her corporate clients across the 21st Century Fox enterprise.  With over 20 years of experience in entertainment and consulting, Kelly collaborates with her clients to enable the ongoing evolution of their businesses through innovative software solutions culled from the rapidly shifting technology landscape.