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2021 HMG Live! San Diego Technology Executive Leadership Summit - IN-PERSON

San Diego

Courageous Leadership and Fearless Reinvention: Focusing a Fresh Lens on the Future of the Organization


Engage with world-class technology leaders, openly sharing business-technology strategies and innovation, reshaping the customer experience. Hear from industry leaders thinking differently, demonstrating courageous leadership and fearless reinvention. These top-tier executives will offer stories of successes and share advice on leaning in and leading into the C-suite and line of business, driving disruption and innovations that reshape and reinvent their go-to-market, while fostering a culture of trust and compassionate guidance for their teams.

“If I were to choose one group to collaborate with, one conference that I could go to in a year, it would be an HMG Strategy Executive Leadership Summit. The content is rich, the insights are useful, and the connections are amazing.” 

Cynthia Stoddard, SVP & CIO, Adobe

COVID Policy: For those that are vaccinated, masks are optional. If you are not vaccinated, we recommend that you wear a mask.

  • Darren Bennett
    City of San Diego

  • Sandra Bissember
    Senior Project Manager, IT
    Baker Electric

  • Mark Butler
    Advisory CISO

  • Christopher Ceppi
    Chief Technology Officer
    Science 37

    Christopher Ceppi is an executive and technologist with more than 20 years of experience building and leading teams dedicated to innovation. He is a recognized thought leader in how best to apply technology to advance the conduct of clinical research in ways that benefit both patients and scientists. As chief product officer at Science 37, Christopher leads the technology organization at Science 37 and drives the design and development of the groundbreaking Science 37 platform. He oversees the teams responsible for software engineering, product management, and data science.

  • Bryan Clayton
    SVP, Strategic Solutions

    Bryan Clayton is a Vice President of Strategic Solutions who works with pharma executives, clinical operations & supplies teams, and other key personnel to define, plan, and execute their eClinical implementation roadmap.

    Bryan believes that a balanced mixture of established and emerging technology has the potential to change our daily lives. From daily management of tasks to complete our jobs, to the daily management of data that impacts our health, technology should always improve our experience, not complicate it.

    Bryan has supported the implementation of all-inclusive IRT partnerships to manage patient randomization and clinical trial supply at 4 top 10 pharma organizations. In addition, he has lead efforts to define new technology solutions to collect electronic Clinical Outcomes Assessments at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Lastly, Bryan has lead countless integrations between eClinical systems, third party data sources, and various types of devices.

    Bryan lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with his wife and three children and holds a Master’s of Science in Music Technology from Indiana University.

  • Tony Costa
    VP, Global Enterprise & Engineering Solutions
    Callaway Golf


  • Doug Cyphers
    Vice President, SIM San Diego
    VP IT, WD-40 Company

    Doug Cyphers leads IT Strategy and Leadership for WD-40’s Americas and APAC locations. Having over 30 years of experience in IT, Doug is a former CIO that has held Executive or Senior Level positions with organizations in a variety of industries that have ranged in size from “Startup” to Fortune 50.  Notable accomplishments include being a major contributor to one company gaining “Inc500 Hall of Fame” status, working for one of the largest event and license registration companies in the US, implementing cutting edge End-to-End Encryption solutions with the nation’s top credit card processors, and winner of San Diego’s 2014 “Top Tech Exec” award.  He continues to work with nonprofit organizations in a variety of roles and currently serves as Secretary for SIM San Diego.

  • Bradley H. Feldmann
    Chairman, President and CEO

    Bradley H. Feldmann has served as president and chief executive officer of Cubic Corporation since July 2014.

    Overseeing the operations of Cubic’s two business divisions, Cubic Transportation Systems and Cubic Mission & Performance Solutions, Feldmann implements management and operation processes as well as overall strategic vision for the corporation. He was appointed to the board of directors in May 2014 and was elected as chairman of the board in February 2018.

    As president and CEO, Feldmann managed the 2021 sale and transition of Cubic from a publicly traded company to private ownership. Throughout his tenure, he has led several transformational initiatives, such as the creation of the Cubic Innovation Social System – a framework that enables Cubic individuals and teams to rapidly transform ideas into differentiated, user-centric products and services that solve Cubic customers’ most difficult problems. Under Feldmann’s leadership, Cubic took important steps to transform the company’s global IT infrastructure into a scalable, efficient and effective system through the rollout of the Global Enterprise Management (GEM) initiative. Cubic’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative seeks to increase Cubic’s diverse employee population and supplier base to positively drive innovation, recruiting, talent development and corporate responsibility priorities that benefit employees, customers and the communities which Cubic serves.

    Feldmann is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Institute and holds a Master of Business Administration with honors from San Diego State University. He is also a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a top graduate of the USAF Squadron Officer School.

    Feldmann is NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Directorship Certified™. He is an active member of the National Defense Industrial Association, serving as a board member, executive committee member and the finance committee chair. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves on the board of UrbanLife as finance committee chair.  Feldmann also serves on the Aerospace Industries Associations Board of Governors and was on the executive committee from 2017-2019.

    Feldmann was recently honored as a San Diego Business Journal CEO of the Year (2021) and listed as one of their Most Influential People in 2021. In 2020, he was recognized as one of Wall Street Journal CEO Council's World's Most Influential Business Leaders. Feldmann earned the CERT certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from the NACD and was honored by the Corporate Directors Forum as Director of the Year for Corporate Governance in 2018. In 2017, he was recognized as Most Admired CEO by the San Diego Business Journal for his exceptional organizational leadership and was awarded with the Bronze Stevie® Award in the Executive of the Year category by the American Business Awards. In 2016, Feldmann also received the Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Award for Technology by CONNECT for his contributions in elevating San Diego as a global innovation economy.

  • Karen Gibson
    SVP, Digital Health

    Karen Gibson joined Quidel in April, 2015 as the VP of Information Services.   Quidel creates rapid diagnostic tools for the clinical setting.   In this role,  she is focused on streamlining operations and using information and technology to enable new market opportunities.  

    A recognized industry leader,  Karen is passionate about using information technology to improve healthcare and has had roles throughout the life sciences space.    

    Formerly the CIO for McKesson’s Specialty Health division,  Karen’s team provided all IT services for an integrated network of over 500 community-based oncology clinics, specialty pharmacies, and diagnostic laboratories.   Prior to McKesson,  Karen was the first CIO for Life Technologies,  a global life sciences company providing scientific tools for research and drug discovery.   During her tenure, her team successfully implemented a global transformation strategy that included an industry recognized e-commerce system that “consumerized” the purchase of scientific research products.     Before Life Technologies, Karen was the CIO and e-business leader of GE Medical Systems IT – a business that delivered hardware and software solutions to healthcare providers around the world. She ran the IT organization,  as well as a services team providing cloud-based radiology image storage.     Karen has also held leadership roles within other GE divisions and Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a Johnson & Johnson company).

    Karen holds a B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue University, as well as an M.B.A. from Ohio University.

  • Maija Goyarts
    Director, Enterprise Applications

  • Erica Hausheer
    SVP, CIO
    Teradata Corporation

    Erica Hausheer is the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Teradata, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer.  

    In this role, Erica leads the Information Technology, Analytics, and Security (ITAS) organization.  She is accountable for IT systems that enable secure Teradata business operations, enabling improved business insights and decision making through trusted enterprise-wide data, and enhancing the security of Teradata products and corporation.

    Erica is a veteran technology executive with extensive expertise in all strategic aspects of the Information Technology function with demonstrated ability to apply technology to transform business operations, lower costs, and accelerate global alignment while building a collaborative and high-performance culture.  Prior to Teradata, Erica served as Senior Vice President & CIO of 3D Systems from 2016 to 2020.  In 2019, she added global sourcing & procurement to her responsibilities at 3D Systems, leading this critical function in the early stages of the COVID supply chain disruptions.  Prior to 3D Systems, Erica spent 20 years at Hewlett Packard / Hewlett Packard Enterprise in various roles of increasing responsibility, including the role of VP of Global IT Architecture for the newly formed HPE company.  Prior to HP, Erica proudly served as a US Naval Officer for six years.

    Erica holds an MBA from Oregon State University and a BS in Science from Pennsylvania State University.  

    Erica lives in San Diego and has three children.  In her free-time, Erica pursues outdoor activities with family and friends. 

  • Jeff Lindeman
    VP, Global Organizational Development
    WD-40 Company

  • Philippe Marchand
    Chief Operations Officer
    Biosplice Therapeutics

    Philippe Marchand is COO for Biosplice Therapeutics, a San Diego therapeutics startup dedicated to the development of small molecule Wnt pathway modulators, for oncology, degenerative diseases, and regenerative medicine. Until March 2015, he was Global Head of Information Technology for Novartis Molecular Diagnostics and CIO of Genoptix Medical Laboratory (a Novartis Company), since the 2011 acquisition of Genoptix by Novartis. At Genoptix, Dr. Marchand successfully led the IT organization through the creation of the Diagnostics Laboratory, the subsequent IPO, and the acquisition by Novartis. Prior to rejoining Genoptix in June 2007 as Chief Information Officer, he was founder and CTO of Celula, a spin-off company of Genoptix dedicated to the development and commercialization of microfluidics based instruments. Before that, starting in 2001, Dr. Marchand directed the research and technology development efforts at Genoptix. The projects yielded the first ever implementation of a microfluidic instrument capable of sorting mammalian cells. Prior to joining Genoptix, Dr. Marchand was Advanced Projects Director at Optical Micro Machines, Inc. from 1999 until 2001 and he was a Research Faculty at the University of California, San Diego from 1991 to 1999. He was also the co-founder of Parallel Solutions Inc., a startup specializing in advanced optoelectronic design and prototyping for various DOD applications. Dr. Marchand received a M.S. (Hons.), a Ph.D., and the Research Habilitation in Electrical Engineering from the Université de Haute Alsace, France where he also was a Lavoisier post-doctoral fellow.

  • Drew Martin
    Silicon Beach Advisors

    Drew Martin has been Vice President and Chief Information Officer since November 2016. He was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lytx Inc. (formerly DriveCam) from October 2011 to December 2014. He previously held IT leadership positions with Sony Electronics and PepsiCo, and from January 2015 until November 2016, was owner and a principal in Silicon Beach Advisors, a technology strategy consulting firm. Drew has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and serves on several advisory boards, including the Information Technology Advisory Board for Sharp Healthcare and the Classroom of the Future Foundation. He has over 25 years of experience in corporate IT and innovation.

  • Steve McMahon
    CIO & VP Operations

  • Aviva McPherron

  • Howard Miller
    UCLA Anderson School of Management

    Howard Miller is currently the Chief Information Officer at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

    Howard was most recently the Acting Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer for Columbia Business School at Columbia University.

    Howard is an accomplished executive and senior IT leader with expertise in the design, development, and deployment of technical strategy and policy. Before his most recent career endeavors in higher education, Howard was an IT Director of Security and Compliance for Life Technologies Corporation from January 2006 to May 2012 and served as the Senior Manager, PMO and Corporate Financial Systems for Applied Biosystems, Inc. from September 2001 to January 2006. 

    He earned his BS in Computer Science and his Masters in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Howard also has his PMP, CISM and CRISC certifications. He is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Science in Technology Management at Columbia University.

  • Hunter Muller
    President and CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations ecosystems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMG Next Ventures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • Barb Munro
    Co-Founder and Membership Chair, SIM San Diego
    Co-Founder, Partner, The Carrera Agency

    Barb Munro, Co-founder and Partner at The Carrera Agency, a Talent Management Agency for IT professionals, has over 25 years experience in the Information Technology industry, holding leadership positions in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 firms to start-up software and consulting companies. She carries a wide breadth of industry knowledge including experience in software development and data base design, product management, quality assurance, customer relationship management, and sales and marketing. She is also the Co-founder and Membership Chair of SIM San Diego.

  • Steve Phillpott
    President, SIM San Diego




  • James Rinaldi
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Yasmin Shah
    Chief Executive Officer

    Yasmin Shah is a seasoned IT executive and an entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience in launching, transforming and growing companies. Yasmin Shah worked for IBM’s global services where she was a Principal and worked with companies such as Farmers Insurance, Lockheed Martin, American Express, Phillips and US Mint in the transformation of their IT departments. She also worked as a CIO (Chief Information Officer) with QLogic, where she transformed their IT department to meet the needs of the rapidly growing business. She then worked in a senior IT leadership role for Southern California Edison on a re-org and business case for a transformational project. She owned, operated and sold for profit 6 franchise retail locations, where she was able to achieve employee retention unheard of in the industry. As President of the co-op, she took leadership in launching on-line marketing for the Franchisor. As a member of Tech Coast Angels and Entrepreneur-In-Residence with Connect, Yasmin was an advisor to many San Diego based startup companies. Yasmin has helped launch 2 non-profits in San Diego, and is the President of the board for both of them.

  • James Shira
    U.S. Chief Information & Technology Officer

    James Shira is PwC’s Network & US Chief Information & Technology Officer, responsible for leading and driving PwC’s goal to technology enable the Network of Firms. In addition, James is PWC Network & US Chief Information Security Officer. He joined PwC in 2015 as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) where he built and continues to lead our US and global information security function, driving the evolution of PwC’s cyber posture. Over the course of 19 years, James has led various security and technology transformation and modernization programs in large organizations. James is known primarily for his information security experience having won the prestigious RSA Excellence in the Field of Information Security award in 2014. Furthermore, he is known for his approaches to people management and aggressive use of emerging technologies to enable business strategies. James was one of the inaugural students in Columbia's Executive Technology Management program and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Baylor University with concentration in Management Information Systems. He, his wife and 2 children reside in Southern California.

  • Vimal Subramanian
    Head of Information Security and Privacy
    Cue Health, Inc.

  • Pat Sullivan
    Founding CCOE Board Member
    Past Executive, US Navy's Naval Warfare Systems Command

  • Adam Wolfberg
    Chief Medical Officer
    Current Health

    Adam Wolfberg, MD, MPH, is the chief medical officer at Current Health, where he also leads implementation and account management. Previously, he worked in medical affairs at Ovia Health, athenaHealth and Ariosa Diagnostics. Adam trained in OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and practices at Cambridge Hospital. Before going to medical school he was a print journalist. He blogs at, and has written for magazines and websites including the Boston Globe Magazine,, Huffington Post, and His first book, Fragile Beginnings, was published by Beacon Press in 2012.

  • John Zavada
    Chief Administrative Officer
    PETCO Animal Supplies

    John is responsible for leading Petco’s information technology strategies, teams and projects, including the company’s business process optimization and enterprise program management office. Before joining Petco, John served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Restoration Hardware. Previously, he filled chief information officer roles at Guitar Center, Big Lots, Limited Inc., Victoria's Secret Stores, and others. John holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from California State Polytechnic University.


October 27, 2021 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PT


8:00 – 9:00 AM            

Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:20 AM             

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Steve Phillpott, President, SIM San Diego & CIO, Chief Data Officer, SK hynix


9:20 – 9:30 AM              

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  The New Leadership Paradigm: Why Tech Executives Must Shift from a ‘Command-and-Control’ Model to ‘Inspire and Trust’ to Win the Global War for Talent and in the Marketplace

Stephen M. R. Covey, best-selling author interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

The world has changed dramatically since March 2020 and so, too, have organizational cultures. The shift to a work-from-home environment has empowered employees who want to dictate how, when and where they work. Moreover, in a flat screen meeting environment where all participants are viewed as equals, employees don’t want to follow orders – they want to be part of the brain-trust that helps to solve critical business and customer challenges and to influence the strategic trajectory of the company.

In this compelling Executive Interview with HMG Strategy President and CEO Hunter Muller, Stephen M.R. Covey, best-selling author of The Speed of Trust and his forthcoming book Inspire and Trust, shares why a ‘Command-and-Control’ leadership style no longer works and how an ‘Inspire and Trust’ leadership approach can encourage employees to be more collaborative and creative and to maximize their potential. Covey, who is the Co-Founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust practice, also frames “the two epic imperatives of our time” to help guide leaders on creating a thriving culture that can help attract, grow, retain, engage and inspire the best people in the global war for talent and to successfully collaborate and innovate in order for companies to win in the marketplace.

9:30 – 10:10 AM             

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Inspiring the Next-Generation of Business Technology Leaders

Sandra Bissember, Senior Project Manager, Information Technology, Baker Electric

Doug Cyphers, VP IT, WD-40 Company

Maija Goyarts, Director Enterprise Applications, Breg

Karen Gibson, SVP, Digital Health, Quidel

Moderator: Tony Costa, SVP, CIO, Bumble Bee Foods

As companies transition into the next phase of digital transformation, they'll be relying more than ever on up-and-coming business technology leaders to help navigate the course and to help identify and execute on opportunities for moving the business forward. In this executive panel discussion, next-generation business technology executives will share the opportunities they see for guiding the enterprise into the new economy along with the challenges they have faced - and overcome - in their career ascent.

10:10 – 10:35 AM             

Coffee Break, Networking, Meet our Partners!
10:35 – 11:00 AM             

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Steve Phillpott, CIO & Chief Data Officer, SK hynix: The New CDO/CIO Fostering Culture and Digital Invention - Leading Passionately and Winning in a Globally-Connected World

 The global pandemic forced companies to make the digital pivot, creating a once-in a lifetime opportunity to drive massive innovation and change across the enterprise.  CEOs, CDOs and CIOs who leaned in and developed a compelling vision for their companies were incredibly successful. Consider Tesla and how it has redefined multiple industries through software, data, digital platforms, chips, engineering, and global supply chains through the genius leadership of CEO Elon Musk.

In this Executive Interview, Steve Phillpott, CIO and Chief Data Officer at SK hynix America Inc., will share his vision for the future state enterprise and what it’s going to take to lead and win in the C-suite, at the Board-level and with customers. In this enlightening discussion, Steve will also explore the role of business technology leaders in evaluating core, parallel, and new markets for the business as well as the role of the CDO/CIO in fostering a connected culture across the enterprise and reimagining the business for a brighter future.

11:00 – 11:40 AM           

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Perspectives on Board Roles for Technology Leaders

Brad Feldmann, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Cubic

Matt Posard, Board Chair - DermTech, Nautilus Biotech

Mark Foletta, Board Member, AMN Healthcare, Regulus Therapeutics, Dexcom

Moderator: Drew Martin, Principal, Silicon Beach Advisors

A growing number of company boards are actively seeking executives with enterprise technology experience to help their organizations successfully navigate the digital pivot. But what skill sets are needed to successfully land a board position and what are the steps that CIOs and senior technology executives should take now to effectively prepare for a board role? In this highly informative panel discussion, world-class technology and search executives will share their insights on what's needed to become boardroom-ready - along with the impact that diversity, equity and inclusion criteria are having on board searches.

11:40 – 12:05 PM         

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Establishing a Bridge Strategy to Get to Zero Trust

James Shira, Principal, Global and US CIO & Technology Officer PwC

Moderator: Hunter Muller, CEO and Founder, HMG Strategy

The term ‘Zero Trust’ is frequently used in cybersecurity circles these days but it’s not always clear what path CISOs and security teams should take to create an effective Zero Trust Model. In this Executive Interview, James Shira, Global & U.S. Chief Information & Technology Officer at PwC, will share his recommendations for creating an effective bridge strategy to get to ‘Zero Trust.’ Shira will also discuss the current model for CISOs in the boardroom along with tips for harmonizing a cyber toolkit with automation along with the use of analytics to strengthen cybersecurity strategies.

12:05 – 12:45 PM            

Networking Lunch and Presentation of the HMG Strategy Global Leadership Institute Awards


Past winners include:

Doug Cyphers, Vice President, SIM San Diego and VP IT, WD-40 Company

Barb Munro, Co-Founder and Membership Chair, SIM San Diego and Co-Founder, Partner, The Carrera Agency

Steve Phillpott, President, SIM San Diego and CIO, Chief Data Officer, SK hynix

12:45 - 1:25 PM

SIM San Diego News

Presentation of the SIM San Diego Scholarship Awards

Barb Munro, Co-Founder, Partner, The Carrera Agency and Co-Founder and Membership Chair, SIM San Diego

Maria Zack, Professor and Chair of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences at Point Loma Nazarene University; SIM San Diego Academic Liaison for SIM San Diego News and Scholarship Awards


1:25 – 2:05 PM           

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Applying Security Innovation to Tackle the Evolving Threat Landscape

Mark Butler, Advisory CISO, Trace3

Steve McMahon, CIO & VP Operations, CrowdStrike

Pat Sullivan, Founding CCOE Board Member and Past Executive Director of the U.S. Navy's Naval Warfare Systems Command

Moderator: Darren Bennett, CISO, City of San Diego

Cyber attacks on service providers and the supply chain are forcing CISOs and technology leaders to think differently about how they approach third-party risk and supply chain vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, the evolving threat landscape, including the dramatic rise in ransomware and nation-state attacks, is prompting tech leaders to reassess the skill sets they're going to need on a go-forward basis.

In this panel discussion, top-tier CIOs, CISOs and other technology leaders share opportunities for applying a fresh lens to information security, along with emerging technologies that can help confront the latest risks facing enterprises.

2:05 - 2:30 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Building a Technology Strategy for the Long-Term

Howard Miller, Chief Information Officer, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Moderator: Hunter Muller, CEO and Founder, HMG Strategy

The impact of the COVID pandemic created exponential demands on the IT organization.  IT leaders were hyper-focused on enabling the business and a remote workforce, deploying tools at a rapid pace. However, organizations must also focus on the long-term to win in this competitive environment.  In this Executive Interview, Howard Miller, the Chief Information Officer, UCLA Anderson School of Management, will share insights on managing in the short term but also planning for the long-term including security, managing data, finding the right tech talent and new technologies.


2:30 - 2:55 PM             

Coffee Break, Networking, Meet our Partners!
2:55 - 3:35 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Talent in Today's World

John Zavada, Chief Administrative Officer, Petco

Erica Hausheer, SVP, CIO, Teradata

Aviva McPherron, CIO, NuVasive

Jeff Lindeman, VP, Global Organizational Development, WD-40

Moderator: Barb Munro, Co-founder and Membership Chair, SIM San Diego and Co-founder and Partner, The Carrera Agency

Changes relative to the workforce have come hard and fast.  Many new challenges have developed due to the impact from COVID-19 in the Talent Acquisition, Management and Retention space.   Many employees can theoretically work from almost anywhere.  There are more openings than qualified workers. Some still haven’t mastered balance with the new flexibility they’ve been given. Join us for a discussion on how to attract good people, help them to be successful and ultimately retain a productive workforce.  


3:35 - 4:00 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: The Future of Technology: Insights from the Jet Propulsion Lab

James Rinaldi, Chief Information Technology Advisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Moderator: Hunter Muller, CEO and Founder, HMG Strategy

The Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) is a research and development lab federally funded by NASA and managed by Caltech.  In this Executive Interview, Jim Rinaldi, Chief Information Technology Advisor at JPL, will share his insights on future technologies and how to be a CIO of the Future.

4:00 - 4:40 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Leveraging Technology to Enable Patient Centric Clinical Trials and Home Care

A whole sector of the healthcare industry is now dedicated to develop and deploy technology and processes, to support direct patient solutions both in clinical trial and patient bedside settings, at home or on the move. We will be discussing hardware and software solutions, data aggregation and management touching on compliance, security, rapid deployment, patient access and support.

Bryan Clayton, Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions, YPrime

Chris Ceppi, Chief Technology Officer, Science 37

Vimal Subramanian, Head of Information Security and Privacy, Cue Health

Adam Wolfberg, Chief Medical Officer, Current Health

Moderator: Philippe Marchand, COO, Biosplice Therapeutics


4:40 - 5:00 PM

CLOSING REMARKS: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Yasmin Shah, CEO SeenADriver, Co-Founder and Marketing Chair SIM San Diego


Platinum Partners

  • CrowdStrike

    CrowdStrike has redefined security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform that protects and enables the people, processes and technologies that drive modern enterprise. CrowdStrike secures the most critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity, and data – to keep customers ahead of today’s adversaries and stop breaches. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the CrowdStrike Falcon Platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence on evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities – all through a single, lightweight agent. With CrowdStrike, customers benefit from superior protection, better performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value.
  • Trace|3

    Trace3 is the premier provider of IT solutions. We integrate IT products and services with insightful consultation in order to provide total transformation for both executives and organizations. Our elite engineers implement tomorrow’s systems and hardware to solve today’s most pressing IT problems, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients to protect and serve their interests. We pride ourselves on our boutique-style approach to customer service. Our consultants, engineers, and executive team immerse themselves in each client's unique culture in order to better understand their individual needs. From big data intelligence and cloud services to organizational health, we create customized solutions to address all aspects of a client's infrastructure. Through elite engineering, dynamic leadership, and unparalleled VC connections, Trace3 stays on the leading edge of the innovation curve to empower our clients with the most advanced technologies and solutions in the industry. We pride ourselves on our boutique-style approach to customer service. Our consultants, engineers, and executive team immerse themselves in each client's unique culture in order to better understand their individual needs. From big data intelligence and cloud services to organizational health, we create customized solutions to address all aspects of a client's infrastructure. As part of our mission of organizational empowerment, we seek to inspire CIOs and other executives through our VC briefings: We expose a select group to the technologies of the future, which we have exclusive access to through our Silicon Valley connections. These executives can then return to their organizations with the tools they need to become leaders and innovators for their industries.

Gold Partners

  • SnapLogic

    SnapLogic provides the #1 Intelligent Integration Platform. The company’s AI-powered workflows and self-service integration capabilities make it fast and easy for organizations to manage all their application integration, data integration, API management, B2B integration, and data engineering projects on a single, scalable platform. Hundreds of Global 2000 customers — including Adobe, AstraZeneca, Box, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Emirates, Magellan Health, Schneider Electric, and Wendy’s — rely on SnapLogic to automate business processes, accelerate analytics, and drive digital transformation. Learn more at
  • Slalom

    Slalom is a global consulting firm focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation. In 40 markets around the world, Slalom's teams have autonomy to move fast and do what's right. They are backed by regional innovation hubs, a global culture of collaboration, and partnerships with the world's top technology providers. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle, Slalom has organically grown to over 9,500 employees. Slalom has been named one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For six years running and is regularly recognized by employees as a best place to work.
  • Cox

    Cox Business is the business-to-business division of Cox Communications, Inc., the third largest cable provider in the nation and seventh largest telephone company with more than six million customers. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of advanced voice, data, video and cloud products and services to more than 250,000 business customers in industries ranging from healthcare and hospitality to government and education. The backbone of our capability as a communications provider is our self-owned and self-maintained nationwide IP network. Thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable make up the Cox system, designed with self-healing, fault-tolerant SONET architecture for enhanced dependability. And with our state-of-the-art Network Operations Centers monitoring the Cox network on a 24/7 basis, you’re assured of consistent, reliable voice, data and video services for your business when you need them most.

Supporting Partners

  • CGI

    Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. We are insights-driven and outcomes-based to help accelerate returns on your investments. Across 21 industry sectors in 400 locations worldwide, our 77,000 professionals provide comprehensive, scalable and sustainable IT and business consulting services that are informed globally and delivered locally.
  • Teradata Corporation

    Teradata empowers companies to achieve high-impact business outcomes. Our focus on business solutions for analytics, coupled with our industry leading technology and architecture expertise, can unleash the potential of great companies.

Marketplace Partners

  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.
  • Forescout

    Forescout Technologies is the leader in Enterprise of Things security, offering a holistic platform that continuously identifies, segments and enforces compliance of every connected thing across any heterogeneous network. The Forescout platform is the most widely deployed, scalable, enterprise-class solution for agentless device visibility and control. It deploys quickly on your existing infrastructure – without requiring agents, upgrades or 802.1X authentication. Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations trust Forescout to reduce the risk of business disruption from security incidents or breaches, ensure and demonstrate security compliance and increase security operations productivity. Don’t just see it. Secure it. Visit us to learn how Forescout provides active defense for the Enterprise of Things.
  • PagerDuty

    PagerDuty empowers the right action, when seconds matter. For teams who build and run the digital systems that power our always-changing, always-on world, PagerDuty is the best way to handle urgent, unpredictable, and unstructured work. 19,000 organizations place PagerDuty at the center of their digital infrastructure to manage unplanned tasks, events, and opportunities. With 1,000 employees around the world, PagerDuty is on a mission to revolutionize operations in the modern enterprise.
  • Globant

    We are a digitally native company that helps organizations reinvent themselves to create a way forward and unleash their potential. We are the place where innovation, design and engineering meet scale. • We have more than 20,000 employees and we are present in 18 countries working for companies like Google, Rockwell Automation, Electronic Arts and Santander, among others. • We were named a Worldwide Leader in CX Improvement Services by IDC MarketScape report. • We were also featured as a business case study at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. • We are a member of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord.
  • Sonatype

    The Sonatype journey started 10 years ago, just as the concept of “open source” software development was gaining steam. From our humble beginning as core contributors to Apache Maven, to supporting the world’s largest repository of open source components (Central), to distributing the world's most popular repository manager (Nexus), we’ve played a meaningful role in helping the world embrace the power of open innovation. Over time, we witnessed the staggering volume and variety of open source libraries that began flowing into every development environment in the world. We understood that when open source components are properly managed, they provide tremendous energy for accelerating innovation. Conversely, when unmanaged, open-source "gone wild" can lead directly to security vulnerabilities, licensing risks, enormous rework, and waste. Our vision today is simple. We are laser-focused on helping organizations continuously harness all of the good that open source has to offer, without any of the risks.

    While Snehal Antani and Anthony Pillitiere were working to transform their cyber security posture, Red Team operations became a critical part of their strategy, but hiring consultants or maintaining a dedicated Red Team was expensive and could only cover a narrow slice of their enterprise. They started and fused military cyber attackers with artificial intelligence experts and automation engineers, to deliver continuous, automated, 100% coverage Red Teaming as a service. No consultants. No professional services. Delivered as a true SaaS offering.

  • Ivanti

    Ivanti unifies IT and Security Operations to better manage and secure the digital workplace. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI and the data center, we discover IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improve IT service delivery, and reduce risk with insights and automation. We also help you leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve delivery without modifying backend systems. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit and follow us at @GoIvanti.
  • SafeGuard Cyber

    SafeGuard Cyber protects the human connections businesses need to thrive in a digital world. Our award-winning platform utilizes a unique mix of direct API integration, Natural Language Understanding, advanced policy engines, and deep relationships with cloud-based digital platforms to give you unmatched, real-time monitoring and mitigation on over 50 cloud communication channels. With SafeGuard installed your team can use whatever tools they wish to do what they do best: create value and drive growth.
  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™,  the company's video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.
  • Auth0

    Auth0 provides a platform to authenticate, authorize, and secure access for applications, devices, and users. Security and development teams rely on Auth0's simplicity, extensibility, and expertise to make identity work for everyone. Safeguarding billions of login transactions each month, Auth0 secures identities so innovators can innovate, and empowers global enterprises to deliver trusted, superior digital experiences to their customers around the world. For more information, visit or follow @auth0 on Twitter.
  • Zscaler

    Zscaler, the only zero trust platform that securely connects any user, any device, and any app over any network. Back in the day when your users were all on the network and your applications resided in your physical data center, it made sense to establish a secure perimeter around your network. But those days are over, the perimeter is gone, and network security is all but irrelevant. Instead, you need to put your defenses and controls where the connections occur— the internet — so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications reside. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. With our 100% cloud built secure platform, Zscaler can help you make the move to the cloud, securely.
  • Illumio

    Illumio enables organizations to realize a future without high-profile breaches by preventing the lateral movement of attackers across any organization. Founded on the principle of least privilege in 2013, Illumio provides visibility and segmentation for endpoints, data centers or clouds. The world’s leading organizations, including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Salesforce, and Oracle NetSuite, trust Illumio to reduce cyber risk.
  • Akamai

    Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multicloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps, and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics, and 24/7/365 monitoring.
  • Skybox

    Over 500 of the largest and most security-conscious enterprises in the world rely on Skybox for the insights and assurance required to stay ahead of dynamically changing attack surfaces. At Skybox, we don’t just serve up data and information. We provide the intelligence and context to make informed decisions, taking the guesswork out of securely enabling enterprises at scale and speed. Our unified security posture management platform delivers complete visibility, analytics and automation to quickly map, prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities across your organization. The vendor-agnostic platform intelligently optimizes security policies, actions and change process across all corporate networks and cloud environments. With Skybox, security teams can now focus on the most strategic business initiatives while ensuring enterprises remain protected. We are Skybox. Secure more, limit less.

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.
  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.
  • Spencer Stuart

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.

Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.
  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.
  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Menlo Ventures

    Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that strives to have a positive impact on everything we do. That’s why we support businesses including Betterment, Carta, Roku, Poshmark, Uber, and Warby Parker that are reimagining life and work for the better. Over 43 years, we’ve grown a portfolio that includes more than 70 public companies, over 100 mergers and acquisitions, and $5.5 billion under management. We invest at every stage and in every sector, with expertise in Consumer, Enterprise, and Healthcare. From developing market strategies to creating communities, we provide real impact where entrepreneurs need it most. When we’re in, we’re all in.
  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).

Association Partners

  • SIM San Diego

    SIM San Diego is an association of the technology community at large, including senior technology executives, prominent academicians, and other technology thought leaders, who share and enhance their industry knowledge for the benefits of its members and their organizations, who build industry brand awareness and contribute to the growth of the technology community to attract and retain top talent in San Diego.


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