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2023 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit


Resilient Leadership: Dreaming Big and Delivering a Secure Digital Agenda

Inflationary pressures and other macro-economic challenges are creating headwinds for technology executives and fellow members of the C-suite to execute on and achieve strategic goals through 2023. The fast-changing socio-economic landscape is prompting technology executives to become more creative than ever and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams.

Here are the four prevailing leadership and technology trends that HMG Strategy will be focusing on throughout its 2023 Executive Leadership Summit Series:

  • Innovation & Invention to Spur Revenue Growth
  • Fostering World-Class Collaboration and Teaming
  • Harnessing Advanced Technology to Drive Cost Reduction
  • Securing a Global Digital Agenda

Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times.

    • Ed Albanese

    • Saqib Awan
      Founder & Managing Director
      GTM Capital

      Saqib E. Awan is the Founder & Managing Director of GTM Capital, an innovative venture capital fund focused on Enterprise IT. Prior to launching GTM Capital, Saqib spent 7 years as a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, one of the world’s leading Venture Capital firms. At Lightspeed, Saqib was responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, business development, and helping close key deals for the firm. He led the firm’s Business Development activities and built the best-in-class Executive network in Venture Capital with over 1,200 CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and IT Executives from around the world in Global 2000 companies.

      Saqib received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Saqib is a first-generation immigrant, has nine siblings, and has lived in three countries. He currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife and two daughters: Aleesa, 5, and Emilia 14 months.

    • Susan Barlow
      VP & CIO
      Clearway Energy Group

      Susan Barlow is the VP & CIO at Clearway Energy Group, where her primary responsibilities including developing and delivering the strategic direction of the company’s overall IT organization. Including assets held through its affiliates, Clearway owns and operates over 8 GW in generation assets across 26 states, including one of the nation’s largest renewable energy fleets with over 6.9 GW in operating solar, wind, and energy storage. Clearway is also one of the country’s largest developers of clean energy projects, and today is advancing a nationwide pipeline of 30 GW. Susan provides oversight of the combined OT/IT team, enterprise architecture, technology supplier management, system and data security, applications, and infrastructure for Clearway’s wind, solar, and storage development business.

      Susan is an IT executive with 20 years of experience driving leading IT organizations and driving business process and digital transformation programs. Prior to joining Clearway, she held senior roles within IT at Honeywell. She was critical to developing and executing the SAP deployment roadmap, ultimately creating the single largest instance of SAP worldwide. The process standardization the ERP system enabled along with having a single data repository provided a significant competitive advantage. She held roles spanning all facets of the IT organization, and held rotational assignments in finance, HR, legal, customer and product support, and supply chain. Her passion and success was driven by providing standardized solutions, automating processes, and collecting and connecting data to provide insights to both optimize and monetize the findings.

      Susan earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Arizona State University. 

    • Stacy Black
      VP of IT
      Benchmark Electronics

      Stacy is currently the Vice President of Information Technology for Benchmark Electronics, Inc. Currently her focus is modernizing the IT infrastructure globally and buying down the technology debt that has accrued over time. She is also working to streamline the IT operations creating a collaborative culture and breaking away from the chains of work culture silos.

    • Stefanie Causey
      OCM Leader, Enterprise Operations & Services Quote-to-Cash Transformation
      IBM Global Business Services

      At her best at the intersection of business strategy development, operational execution, and technology transformation, she has spent two decades helping business leaders envision the art of the possible with technology strategy and driving cultural change with highly technical resources that struggle to understand the language, let alone user stories and requirements.  She has a knack for bringing focus and drive to chaos and just simply building organizations that get s**t done and done right.

      She has held leadership positions in a variety of industries from financial services to software organizations and played a variety of roles from being the fixer to most recently building a multi-national organization that drove a technology and culture transformation that replaced a burning enterprise on premise platform with an integrated suite of best-of-breed cloud enterprise applications in less than seven months.  She joined the cloud journey early by taking a practice lead role at an early system implementer adopter and had never looked back.  Her years of experience driving solution architecture in back office solutions across all sizes of organizations has led to her being a highly sought-after leader and speaker, and she relishes the opportunity to share her story as a way to help others avoid the learning opportunities she faced as an early entrant to the cloud space.

      Stefanie joined IBM as an Associate Partner in their Salesforce Innovation Unit, focused on the Financial Services Sector in 2020, to be a part of IBM’s platinum partnership with Salesforce.  She is bringing her strategic business mind to the largest banks in North America, helping drive Digital Customer and Employee Experience transformation without ever losing sight of the humanness perspective that is innate in any journey embarked upon by people that interact with technology.  And man is she having FUN while she’s doing it with some incredibly smart thought-leaders and crazy bleeding edge technology too!

    • Max Chan

      Max Chan is a skilled, visionary technology executive serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Avnet. With a deep understanding of the latest digital trends and technologies, he leads all aspects of information technology (IT), including cybersecurity, digital strategy and transformations that position Avnet as a digital-first organization.

      Chan oversees the resources and capabilities of the global IT team and ensures that the organization maintains a robust and optimized IT environment. He also leads the digital system integration business, which delivers digital services and solutions to internal and external customers.

      Chan joined Avnet in 2013 as vice president of IT for Avnet Technology Solutions in Asia Pacific. He led critical system implementations and enhancements, helped build Avnet’s Global Development Centers and drove process improvement initiatives in the region. In 2016, he transferred to the Phoenix corporate headquarters to take on the global application and business relationship management role. Avnet named him CIO in 2019.

      Before joining Avnet, Chan held several IT leadership roles, including CIO, Asia, at VF Corporation, and vice president, IT global supply chain, building efficiency, at Johnson Controls.

      Chan earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Malayan University, Malaysia, and a Master of Business Administration in strategy from University of Birmingham, U.K.

    • Greg Fancher
      EVP & Chief Information Technology Officer

      Greg Fancher joined PetSmart as Executive Vice President of IT and Chief Information Technology Officer in January 2023 with more than 25 years of international experience in restaurant and retail industries.

      Prior to PetSmart, he served as Chief Technology Officer of EXPRESS Inc. where he led the company’s IT strategy in support of business growth and digital innovation. Previously, Greg served as Chief Information Officer at Taco Bell where he enhanced the customer experience and transformed the IT function. Greg held various IT leadership roles at other companies including lululemon and Gap Inc.

      He earned his Bachelor of Arts focusing on economics from Colgate University and his Master of Science in Information Systems from San Francisco State University.

    • Frank Grimmelmann
      Founder, President & CEO/Intelligence Liaison Officer
      Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance

      Mr. Frank J. Grimmelmann serves as President & CEO for the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA), a non-profit entity that was developed collaboratively with the Arizona InfraGard Program, the FBI, USDHS and law enforcement, and independently launched in 2013 to enable its private/public sector member organizations across all critical sectors to enable themselves to respond to the escalating national cybersecurity threat. Mr. Grimmelmann Co-Chairs Governor Ducey’s AZ Cybersecurity Team (‘ACT’) and is a Founding Member of President Obama’s National ISAO Standards Group Leadership Team at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). As ACTRA’s leader, Mr. Grimmelmann was the first private sector representative in the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) appointed to its Executive Board. He has held C-level positions in Finance, healthcare and government, now focusing on cybersecurity in response to 9/11. He holds an MBA in Finance/International Business from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Operations with a Business Law minor from the University of South Florida.


    • Patty Hatter
      Tech Investor/Advisory, Public Company Board Member, former Chief Customer Officer

      Patty Hatter has more than 20 years of experience leading operations and technology organizations at several Fortune 500 companies. Patty is a strategic adviser, working on product and go-to-market strategies for technology startups ranging from cybersecurity to IT service management to blockchain applications. From 2015 to 2017, Patty was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Services for Intel/McAfee, where she spearheaded the transformation of McAfee's support for enterprise customers. From 2015 to 2016, she was General Manager of Security and Software IT and Chief Information Officer at Intel Security Group, and from 2010 to 2015, she served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Information Officer at McAfee, Inc. Prior to her employment with McAfee, Patty held executive positions with Cisco and AT&T.

      Patty was chosen by the National Diversity Council as a "Most Powerful and Influential Woman" in 2015, and was named both "Women of Influence" and "Power Executive" by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2016. Patty earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

      Patty is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Information Security & Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) and a Board member of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.


    • Laura Hemenway
      Founder & Principal
      Treasurer, SIM Arizona
      Paradigm Solutions LLC

    • Scott Hicar
      Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
      Benchmark Electronics

      Scott Hicar is Vice President of Business Process and CIO for Benchmark Electronics.  In this role, he has global responsibility for ensuring consistent processes, systems and infrastructure efficiently support our business and our customers globally.

      Mr. Hicar has more than 25 years of Technology Leadership experience in transformational roles. Prior to Benchmark Scott was CIO for TwentyEighty, a corporate training company focused on sales enablement, leadership, program execution and credit performance. He has served as Senior Vice President and CIO for DigitalGlobe, Senior Vice President and CIO at Solectron Corporation, and Chief Information Officer and Vice-President of Worldwide IT at Maxtor. He has held management positions in the Supply Chain/ERP practice at Price Waterhouse, as well as serving as an internal consultant within ICI Americas.

      Mr. Hicar received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in business administration from Ohio University.

    • David Jarvis
      Professor of Practice
      Arizona State University

      David Jarvis is the Former Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Honeywell’s $12B Aerospace business. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of Aerospace information technology from strategic planning to managing the technology investment portfolio to running daily computer operations. David also is a member the Aerospace Business Leadership Team and the Honeywell Corporate IT Council. David brings over 25 years of multi-industry, multi-continent global experience to Honeywell.  Prior to Honeywell, he was Chief Information Officer of Caremark’s $43B pharmacy benefits management business (now part of CVS corporation) based in Chicago, Illinois.  David also spent 5 years as the Chief Information Officer of Motorola’s $23B Mobile Devices business in Chicago.  While with Motorola, his team contributed to the launch of the RAZR mobile phone, the fastest consumer electronics product to reach 1 million units sold at the time.  For 3 years prior to this role, David was Chief Information Officer for General Motors Sales, Service and Marketing organization.  He supported $143B of sales and his team helped launch the successful Cadillac Escalade line of SUVs. 

      David spent the first 13 years of his career in the consumer electronics industry beginning with RCA, General Electric and Thomson’s Consumer Electronics businesses.  During this time, he lived for 2 years in Paris, France and over 3 years in Singapore launching a startup joint venture with Thomson and Toshiba. David holds an Executive MBA in Finance and Management from the University of Indianapolis and an undergraduate degree in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University.  He is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

    • Hariharan Kolam
      Co-founder & CEO

    • Bianca Lochner
      City of Scottsdale

    • Fred Mapp
      President & CEO
      Quality Service Solutions LLC

      Mr. Mapp has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of information technology systems, applications, infrastructure support, customer support and consulting services. During that time he has held senior executive-level positions with companies such as IBM, InfoSpan and American Express as well as the position of Chief Information Officer for Honeywell and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). In addition, Mr. Mapp served as CEO and President of the World Congress on Information Technology, a forum that is held every two years under the direction of the World Information Technology Services Alliance. He currently operates his own consulting company, Quality Service Solutions, providing various business and information technology services and assisting companies with their IT strategy.

      Fred has extensive experience developing and defining IT objectives and strategic plans and in the implementation of technology to support business requirements. He also has a strong background in outsourcing, data center efficiency, project and process management, six sigma and quality deployment. 
      Mr. Mapp has expertise in aligning business processes and requirements with technology. As a result of experiences he has accumulated working and consulting with a variety of Fortune 500 companies, he has developed a seven-step process that maps information technology to business goals. He explains this process in-depth in his book, Mapping Information Technology to Your Business.

    • Mark Morawski
      Managing Director - CTO
      JPMorgan Chase & Co.

      Mark Morawski is currently a Managing Director - CTO for JP Chase Morgan where he is focused on the consumer and home lending space. 

      Over the last 20 years Mark has held a number of senior global technology leadership roles Most recently he was the Chief Technology Officer at a high growth fintech company in Vietnam called ZaloPay where he focused on financial inclusion and innovative payment solutions across SE Asia and helped to bring them to IPO. 

      Before ZaloPay, Mark was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Ticketmaster where he led the company’s transformation to digital ticketing, new business models, and scaled talent management across a large global team. He also held multiple leadership roles at American Express including Vice President and Chief Architect.

    • Hunter Muller
      Founder & 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 Founder 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 eco-systems 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 HMGNextVentures, 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 TheStreet.com.

      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.

    • Steve Phillips
      Board Director
      Wick Communications

      Steve Phillips is Board Director of Wick Communications and has an 18 year career as a C-suite CIO in large, complex, technology-enabled B2B and B2C enterprises across diverse industries including BPO, distribution, manufacturing, and consumer electronics.

      From 2018 to 2021 Steve served as CIO of Alorica, where he was responsible for setting and delivering IT strategy.

      Between 2005 and 2017 he served as CIO at Avnet. Between 2004 and 2005 he was CIO at Memec, a global electronic components distributor acquired by Avnet.

      Prior to joining Memec, Mr. Phillips was CIO for Gateway Inc. He was previously the IT leader for Diageo’s European foods business and early in his career he served in a number of engineering and operations leadership roles at Thorn EMI.

      Since 2012, he has served as chairman of the board of Wick Communications, a US-based news media business.

      In 2015, Mr. Phillips was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement that honors IT executives and visionaries whose leadership has significantly impacted the field of IT.

      Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Essex University and a post-graduate diploma in management studies from the University of West London. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

    • Gail Ricketts
      IT Compliance Manager

      Gail joined Axon in June of 2021 and currently serves as Corporate IT’s IT Compliance Manager at Axon.  In this role, she is responsible for the global functional areas of governance and compliance for the Corporate IT organization. Gail is experienced in developing, documenting, and evaluating IT policies and procedures; demonstrates success in SOX audit compliance, IT process improvement and risk reduction; and provides services including audit, compliance, and governance.

      Gail has more than two decades of senior level IT experience. Prior to joining Axon, she was a senior IT Manager at ON Semiconductor, as well as senior IT assurance manager at Sunera where she simultaneously managed full information system audits, including national and international internal IT audits, information systems projects, and systems implementations. Gail holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from University of Phoenix, and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. Gail is a certified information systems auditor (CISA), is certified in risk and information systems control (CRISC), and a certified data privacy solutions Engineer. She is also an accredited ISACA professional instructor for each of the certifications she holds. She is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and the FAIR Institute. 

    • Malcolm Ross
      SVP Product Strategy

      Malcolm Ross is the Sr. Vice President of Product Strategy at Appian. Malcolm has been directly involved in the management and implementation of enterprise software solutions for over 25 years. Malcolm is a frequent speaker and writer covering the application of process automation and low-code technology to solve real-world business challenges. Malcolm received his BS degree in Computer Science with a minor in Actuarial Mathematics from Florida State University.

    • Dan Saltich
      Shamrock Foods Company

      As Chief Information Officer for Shamrock Foods Company, Dan Saltich provides strategic oversight for all information technology solutions and ensures alignment with business initiatives.

      Dan has over 20 years of experience in the information technology sector. Before joining Shamrock Foods Company in 2016, Dan was the Director of IT for PulteGroup Inc where he was responsible for the application portfolio and strategic roadmap for all information technology disciplines and a team of over 100 associates. He implemented a full financial system upgrade, a custom purchasing application and a dynamic CRM program all while keeping an eye on profitability and cost management.

      Since joining Shamrock, Dan has demonstrated his visionary thinking by spearheading key initiatives that will improve the profitability of the foodservice sales division and enhance customer loyalty. Current strategic priorities for Shamrock include digital transformation of Shamrock’s core systems in a service based architecture, implementation of a cloud BI and analytics platform, as well as migration of core infrastructure to a hybrid cloud platform.

      Because of Dan’s proven track record and extensive IT experience, he is an accomplished speaker and presenter within the industry.

    • Bhavin Shah
      Founder and CEO

      Bhavin Shah is the CEO of Moveworks. He is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience taking companies from inception to scale. Prior to Moveworks, he was CEO of Refresh.io, which LinkedIn acquired in 2015. Bhavin began his career in educational toys at Leapfrog Enterprises. 

      In 2016, Bhavin co-founded Moveworks, a conversational AI platform that automatically resolves employee support requests across all internal domains such as IT, HR, Finance, etc in 100+ languages. Moveworks currently serves more than 200 large enterprise customers, including Novartis, Honeywell, NYSE, Hearst, Chubb Insurance, LinkedIn, DocuSign, Mass General, and Toyota North America, to name a few. Through Moveworks, companies can keep employees productive and engaged with instant AI-mediated support while lifting this workload off the shoulders of their IT, HR, Finance and Facilities teams to focus on other high priority projects.

      Moveworks has more than 550 employees and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and has raised over $300M from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, ICONIQ, Alkeon Capital Management, and Tiger Global. Moveworks has been named to the Forbes AI 50 list four years running and was named #24 on Newsweek's Most Loved Places to Work in America in 2022.

      Bhavin has a Master's degree in Education, Technology, and Business from Stanford University and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

    • Simon Taylor
      President, SIM Arizona
      EVP, PacketWatch

      Simon Taylor has worked in Information Technology and Cyber Security for over three decades, with extensive experience across product innovation, business development, business transformation, and IT operations management.  He has held executive positions at leading technology and financial services companies across Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America; including over fifteen years at HSBC, where he was latterly Executive Vice President and Head of IT Operations for the Americas.  More recently, Simon served as Vice President of Product and Consultant to the Board of Glasswall Solutions Ltd, the award-winning UK cyber-security innovator.  Simon is currently an Executive Vice President at WGM Associates, where he is responsible for driving Business Development, Marketing, Business Strategy and Product Management.  Simon also serves as President of the Arizona chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM). Simon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Microelectronics from Newcastle University in the UK.

      LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/simontaylor33

    • Mark Taylor
      Society for Information Management

    • Mark Tonnesen

    • Paul Valente
      Co-founder & CEO
      VISO Trust

    • Rebekah Wilke
      Director, Information Security Operations
      ON Semiconductor

    • Rebecca Wynn
      Global Chief Security Strategist & CISO | Soulful CXO Podcast Host
      Click Solutions Group

      Brief Overview:

      Named 2017 Cybersecurity Professional of the Year - Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) SC Magazine, Global Privacy and Security by Design (GPSbyDesign) International Council Member, and Women in Technology Business Role Model of the Year 2018 - Dr. Rebecca Wynn is lauded as a “game-changer who is ten steps ahead in developing and enforcing cybersecurity and privacy best practices and policies." She is a “big picture” thinker who brings nearly 20 years of experience in Information Security, Assurance & Technology. Recently she led the information security, privacy, and compliance pre-acquisition, acquisition and post-acquisition of LearnVest, Inc. to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – a Fortune 100 company. She is well known for being a gifted polymath, having deep understanding of current cyber security challenges and privacy issues. She has a proven track record of taking companies to the next level of excellence in many sectors including government, financial services, fintech, healthcare, information technology, legal, semiconductors, and retail. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccawynncissp/


    2023 Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit

    March 24, 2023

    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM MT

    8:00 - 9:00 AM 

    Registration, Breakfast and Networking

    9:00 - 9:15 AM                                                                            

    Welcome and Introduction

    Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and co-host Max Chan, CIO, Avnet

    9:15 - 9:35 AM                                                                                                

    EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  How Leaders are Harnessing AI to Deliver a Seamless Digital Experience

    Max Chan, CIO, Avnet, will join a discussion with Bhavin Shah, Founder and CEO, Moveworks

    Join Bhavin Shah, CEO and Co-Founder of Moveworks, and Max Chan, CIO of Avnet, as they discuss the role of technology in enabling seamless hybrid work environments. Explore the journey of implementing AI solutions to address workplace challenges, the vision for an ideal workplace, and the future of generative AI in the enterprise.

    9:35 – 9:40 AM 

    HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentations to - Max Chan, CIO, Avnet and Bhavin Shah, Founder and CEO, Moveworks

    9:40 - 10:10 AM

    Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

    10:10 - 10:45 AM                                                                                          

    EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Resilient Leadership: Dreaming Big and Delivering a Secure Digital Agenda

    Moderator:  Laura Hemenway, Founder and Principal, Paradigm Solutions LLC and Treasurer, SIM Arizona 

    Susan Barlow, VP & CIO, Clearway Energy Group

    David Jarvis, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

    Mark Morawski, Managing Director - CTO, JP Morgan Chase

    Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, and cloud platforms to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times. At the same time, tech leaders are dealing with legacy systems that hinder their ability to be forward-facing resilient leaders.

    In this powerful Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and technology executives will share the steps they’ve taken to cultivate a collaborative culture and embrace innovative approaches to position their companies to succeed in a challenging environment while securing the hybrid workplace.

    10:45 - 11:20 AM                                                                               

    EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Tapping Innovative Technologies and Partnerships to Drive Cost Containment and Power Business Growth

    Moderator:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

    Stefanie Causey, OCM Leader, Enterprise Operations & Services Quote-to-Cash Transformation, IBM Global Business Services

    Bipin Jayaraj, SVP & CIO, Rogers Corporation

    Malcolm Ross, SVP Product Strategy, Appian

    Dan Saltich, CIO, Shamrock Foods Company

    Many technology executives find themselves between a rock and a hard place. CEOs and CFOs are leaning on CIOs and technology leaders to find ways to reduce costs in a tight economy. On the other hand, technology executives are being counted upon to utilize hot technologies that can spark new business innovation and to support digital business models.

    This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies and partnerships that can lower costs and drive new business value.

    11:20 - 11:40 AM                                                                              

    Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

    11:40 - 12:00 NOON                                                                             

    INNOVATION ACCELERATOR PANEL:  VC Viewpoint:  Three Top Technology Startups

    Ed Albanese, COO, Vectara

    Hari Kolam, Co-founder and CEO, Findem

    Paul Valente, Co-founder & CEO, VISO Trust

    Saqib E. Awan, Founder & Managing Director of GTM Capital, invites three CEOs of top innovative technology companies to share the challenges they solve for clients, the innovation they deliver to companies, and how their solutions are differentiated in the market. They will also provide insights into the current state of the startup landscape, and how CIOs can leverage startups to accelerate their businesses’ success. The panelists will be available to answer questions and provide feedback on how their respective solutions can help CIOs succeed.

    12:00 - 1:00 PM                                                                            

    Lunch and Networking

    SIM Arizona News:  Simon Taylor, President, SIM Arizona and EVP, PacketWatch and Mark Taylor, CEO, Society for Information Management

    HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation - 

    AWARDS CHAIR:  Laura Hemenway, Founder and Principal, Paradigm Solutions LLC and Treasurer, SIM Arizona 

    Stefanie Causey, Associate Partner, Cross Market, IBM Global Business Services

    Bipin Jayaraj, SVP & CIO, Rogers Corporation

    Fred Mapp, President & CEO, Quality Service Solutions LLC

    Dan Saltich, CIO, Shamrock Foods Company

    Presented by:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and August Pelliccio, Managing Editor - Digital, HMG Strategy

    TECH INVESTOR NEWS:  Patty Hatter, Tech Investor/Advisory, Public Company Board Member, former Chief Customer Officer

    1:00 - 1:15 PM

    EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Leadership and Success in The Modern Enterprise

    Greg Fancher, EVP & Chief Information Technology Officer, PetSmart interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

    Today’s business technology leader must possess a passion for the business and an understanding of current and future market opportunities. PetSmart, the nation’s leading pets retailer, embraces a people-first culture where each employee treats one another with respect and an openness for new ideas. In this Fireside Chat between HMG Strategy Founder and CEO Hunter Muller with Greg Fancher, EVP & Chief Information Technology Officer at PetSmart, Greg will share how accelerating a digital agenda is key to the retailer’s success, the role he plays in fostering a culture of unconditional love for pets, enabling pets to live their healthiest and happiest lives and serving the needs of ‘pet parents.’ 

    1:15 - 1:50 PM

    EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining Cybersecurity to Safeguard the Enterprise

    Moderator:  Frank Grimmelmann, Founder, President & CEO/Intelligence Liaison Officer, Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance

    Bianca Lochner, CIO, City of Scottsdale

    Daniel Mayo, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), Phoenix FBI Field Office 

    Rebekah Wilke, Director, Information Security Operations, ON Semiconductor

    Ransomware, supply-chain and other types of cyber-attacks continue to escalate. Ransomware attacks alone have increased by 13% year-over-year, according to the Verizon 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report. As these and other malicious attacks continue to become more prevalent and dangerous, it’s clear that CISOs and security leaders need to take a fresh approach to their cybersecurity strategies.

    In this timely and compelling executive panel discussion, CISOs and security leaders will share the steps they’re taking to reimagine their cybersecurity game plans to better safeguard the organization both now and into the future.

    1:50 - 1:55 PM

    HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation - Scott Hicar, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Benchmark Electronics and Bianca Lochner, CIO, City of Scottsdale

    1:55 – 2:20 PM                                                                                    

    Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

    2:20 – 2:55 PM                                                                                    

    EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Addressing the Aging Leadership Cycle – Developing the Next-Generation of Tech Chiefs

    Moderator:  Gail Ricketts, IT Compliance Manager, Axon

    Stacy Black, VP of IT, Benchmark Electronics

    Scott Hicar, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Benchmark Electronics

    Steve Phillips, Board Director, Wick Communications

    Rebecca Wynn, Global Chief Security Strategist & CISO, Click Solutions Group

    The average age for CIOs across industries in the U.S. is 55, according to Korn Ferry. And while that’s hardly considered elderly, the average age of CIOs in the 1,000 largest companies jumped significantly jumped significantly over the past several years. While there are multiple factors that are contributing to this trend, including the increased experience that’s needed in the role, this also calls into question whether organizations have adequate mentoring and leadership development programs in place for up-and-coming technology executives.

    In this Executive Panel discussion, global technology leaders and industry experts with a mix of experience will share their insights on where they see leadership development headed along with the gaps that need to be addressed. 

    2:55 - 3:00 PM  

    Closing Remarks & Raffle Prize


    Presenting Partners

    • Moveworks

      Moveworks is a cloud-based AI platform, purpose-built for large enterprises, that solves one, big, frustrating problem: Resolving employees’ IT support issues. Instead of tracking issues, Moveworks uses advanced AI to solve them, instantly and automatically - with no human intervention. Moveworks is pre-trained to understand IT support issues, so it delivers right away and continues to get smarter with every interaction. Moveworks enables IT teams at companies like Broadcom, Autodesk, Nutanix, Medallia and Western Digital to deliver a radically better employee experience using machine learning and AI.


    Platinum Partners

    • Appian

      Appian is a software company that automates business processes. The Appian Platform includes everything you need to design, automate, and optimize even the most complex processes, from start to finish. The world's most innovative organizations trust Appian to improve their workflows, unify data, and optimize operations—resulting in better growth and superior customer experiences. For more information, visit www.appian.com. [Nasdaq: APPN]


    Gold Partners

    • Aryaka

      Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN company, brings agility, simplicity and a great experience to consuming the WAN-as-a-service. An optimized global network and innovative technology stack delivers the industry’s #1 managed SD-WAN service and sets the gold standard for application performance. Aryaka’s SmartServices platform offers connectivity, application acceleration, security, cloud networking and insights leveraging global orchestration and provisioning. The company’s customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.

    • OutSystems

      OutSystems is a global leader in high-performance application development. We partner with visionaries to turn their big ideas into software that moves business, people, and the world forward. The OutSystems high-performance low-code platform gives technology leaders and developers the tools they need to rapidly build, deploy and manage their own business-critical applications. The company’s network spans more than 600,000 community members, 400+ partners, and active customers in 87 countries across 22 industries. OutSystems is “The #1 Low-Code Platform®” and a recognized leader by analysts, IT executives, business leaders, and developers around the world.


    Supporting Partners

    • SHE Informationtechnologie AG

      30 years ago, a German entrepreneur realized how important the IT sector will become in the future and founded SHE Informationtechnologie AG, a company focused on developing and operating IT applications, infrastructures and services for company digitalization. 25 years and 150 employees later, he learned about the great potential Romania has in software development and founded SHE Information Technology Romania in partnership with Marius Cimpean, an accomplished software architect from Cluj-Napoca. 10 years on, SHE Information Technology Romania is a trusted player in the IT Romanian sector that relies on over 100 talented and dedicated software developers to produce software solutions that can make the difference for its clients. Knowing that customers want to see how their money is spent and efficiency gaging in software development is notoriously difficult, the company adopted a cost transparency model, which fueled its rapid organic growth and led to long lasting relationships with all its customers. She Information Technology, the only company in Romania to offer a 100% cost transparent outsourcing model, is best known for its focus on quality and transparency. With capabilities in areas such as IoT, Security, Healthcare, Business Intelligence and Web Development, SHE is being trusted by clients like BASF, ZF Friedrichshafen , Solarlux, Your Prevention and many others.

    • Aisera

      Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service. Aisera's next-generation AI Service Desk works with existing service desk solutions to deliver an end-to-end AI Service Experience for employees and customers. The AI Service Desk automates and resolves more than 50 percent of tasks, requests, and workflows to deliver self-service to users.

    • GTM Capital

      GTM Capital is singularly focused on helping our portfolio companies gain a massive competitive advantage by rapidly accelerating customer traction.

    • Intuitive Cloud

      Intuitive is one of the fastest-growing companies in the Americas (recognized by CRN & INC 5000) focused on IT solutions, and services supporting 100+ Fortune 1000 & ISV customers on a global scale. With the reputation of being a Tiger Team & a Trusted Partner, Intuitive’s solution-centric SMEs across its core Superpowers (Public/Private/Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure, Cyber Security, AppDev, AppSecOps/DevSecOps, SRE, Data, AI/ML, Network and Digital Workspace) help solve most complex challenges and initiatives for Enterprises. Intuitive is also one of the very few recognized ProServe partners AWS (ProServe), Azure (ECIF), GCP (PSF), VMware (PSO/PCT), PANW, and Zscaler delivering engineering excellence.

    • Vectara

      Vectara is an LLM-powered Answer as a Service. The platform provides a #chatgpt like service which enables you to have a conversation with your own data. Our 100% neural natural language understanding (NLU) technology provides radical increases in semantic relevance. Instead of a list of results ala legacy keyword-based systems, we provide a direct answer to the user's input prompt. Vectara’s complete neural pipeline is available as a service through an API-first platform that allows developers to easily add semantic answer serving within their applications.

    • Findem

      Findem turbocharges talent acquisition with AI from search to hire. We help companies source from 750+ million enriched profiles, engage without limits, and close the most interested, exceptional candidates. Talent leaders from Fortune 100 companies to startups are using Findem to massively increase their talent pipeline, raise candidate quality and diversity, and shrink their time to hire by 80%. Search like never before and make amazing hires with Findem. Learn more: findem.ai

    • VISO Trust

      A rationalized vendor security due diligence platform. VISO Trust puts reliable, comprehensive, actionable vendor security information directly in the hands of decisionmakers who need to make informed risk assessments.

    • Expedient

      Expedient helps companies transform their IT operations through award-winning multi-cloud solutions and managed services including disaster recovery, security and compliance, and more. The company’s Cloud Different™️ approach provides an on-ramp to the cloud, supporting the optimization and delivery of all applications (both core essential and cloud native). Named VMware’s Americas Cloud Partner of the Year and acknowledged in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service, Expedient eases a customer’s transition to the cloud by providing curated and bundled best of breed solutions backed by “white glove” services and support. Expedient data centers are compliant with a variety of regulatory mandates, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Service Organization Control (SOC) reports are completed and audited annually for all locations and infrastructure platforms.


    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.

    • 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 25,500 employees and we are present in 21 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • BetterCloud

      BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. With an expanding ecosystem of SaaS integrations, thousands of forward thinking organizations like Zoom, Walmart, and Square now rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio. A pioneer of the SaaSOps movement, BetterCloud has built a community of more than 45K IT professionals who are embracing the new role of SaaSOps within IT organizations. The company launched the first-ever annual SaasOps-focused conference, Altitude, and publishes annually the definitive market research report, State of SaaSOps, on the market and category. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. The company's total amount raised to date is $187 million. Investors include Warburg Pincus, Accel, Bain Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Greycroft Partners.

    • Nutanix

      As a global leader in cloud software, Nutanix transforms the way organizations do business. We offer a single platform to run all your apps and data across on-premises, public clouds, hybrid environments, and at the edge, while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Our hybrid multicloud platform unifies management with one-click, applies intelligent AI-driven automation, and helps ensure always-on availability. Building on our legacy as the pioneer of hyperconverged infrastructure, we’ve earned a reputation for customer satisfaction, powering hybrid multicloud environments consistently and cost effectively. This enables companies to remain focused on achieving successful business outcomes and new innovations.

    • Palo Alto Networks

      Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

    • Strata

      Strata is pioneering the concept of Identity Orchestration for distributed, multi-cloud identity. Strata’s Maverics Platform enables enterprises to seamlessly unify on-premises and cloud-based authentication and access systems for consistent identity management in multi-cloud environments. Strata’s distributed approach to identity enables organizations to break decades-old vendor lock-in, preventing a broader transition of enterprise workloads to the public cloud. The company’s founders co-authored the SAML open standard for identity interoperability, created the first cloud identity services, delivered the first open-source identity products, and are now building the first distributed identity platform. For more information, visit us on the Web and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

    • Upwork

      Upwork is the world’s largest work marketplace that connects businesses with independent talent from across the globe. We serve everyone from one-person startups to large, Fortune 100 enterprises with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.8 billion on Upwork in 2022 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations.

    • Zoom

      Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.

    • Tonkean

      Tonkean is the OS for Business Operations, empowering operations teams to rapidly improve efficiency with an enterprise-grade, composable automation platform. By allowing ops teams to automate, monitor, and manage mission-critical business processes with no-code, while still maintaining compliance and security, Tonkean enables enterprises to accelerate operational velocity at scale. The Tonkean platform makes automating complex business processes simple and accessible to non-developers, such as business operations teams and process owners, by abstracting the high technical barrier and coding expertise needed to deliver robust, enterprise-grade process solutions via composability. Ops teams compose custom process solutions using building blocks called “enterprise components” or ECs. ECs are modular, interchangeable, and reusable capabilities that perform actions or complete steps in a business process. ECs are fully governed and curated, typically by IT. They can be adopted from vendors or custom built, or they can simply be extensions of existing tools and systems. This allows ops and process experts to rapidly build holistic process solutions that can work with different systems, easily adapt to changing needs, and measure cross-functional KPIs–all with no-code and no change management. Enterprises like Google, EVERSANA, Instacart, Grubhub, Crypto.com, and more rely on Tonkean to optimize and align their operations across functions—including sales, marketing, customer support, legal, finance, and more. With Tonkean, enterprises can expand the pie of who can deliver software to make a world of Makers.

    • Fortinet

      Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

    • Box

      Box (NYSE:BOX) is the leading Content Cloud, a single platform that empowers organizations to manage the entire content lifecycle, work securely from anywhere, and integrate across best-of-breed apps. Founded in 2005, Box simplifies work for leading global organizations, including AstraZeneca, JLL, and Nationwide. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit box.com to learn more. And visit box.org to learn more about how Box empowers nonprofits to fulfill their missions.

    • SAP

      As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run better by redefining ERP and creating networks of intelligent enterprises that provide transparency, resiliency, and sustainability across supply chains. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables our customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference worldwide.

    • Netskope

      Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. Fast and easy to use, the Netskope platform provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements. Learn how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey.

    • 8x8, Inc.

      8x8 is transforming the future of business communications with XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™). 8x8 XCaaS is the only integrated platform for contact center, voice, video meetings, team chat, and CPaaS embeddable APIs. Unlike multi-vendor environments, 8x8 XCaaS provides platform-wide reliability, lowers costs, boosts employee productivity and customer engagement, and delivers intelligence through AI-powered experiences and insights. More than 2.5 million people around the world rely on 8x8 to collaborate quicker, work smarter, and serve customers better with real-time analytics across every interaction. For organizations relying on Microsoft Teams for collaboration, 8x8 offers its 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams direct routing solution and 8x8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams which is certified by Microsoft. 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams provides advanced telephony and contact center capabilities to further empower Microsoft Teams users. Today, more than 150,000 users rely on 8x8 for advanced communications for Teams. 8x8 is a ten-time Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide and seven-time Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).

    • Delphix

      Delphix is the industry leader for DevOps test data management. Businesses need to transform application delivery but struggle to balance speed with data security and compliance. Our DevOps Data Platform automates data security, while rapidly deploying test data to accelerate application releases. With Delphix, customers modernize applications, adopt multi-cloud, achieve CI/CD, and recover from downtime events such as ransomware up to 2x faster. Leading companies, including Choice Hotels, and Fannie Mae, use Delphix to accelerate digital transformation and enable zero trust data management. Visit us at www.delphix.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

    • LastPass

      • LastPass is an award-winning password manager which helps more than 33 million registered users organize and protect their online lives. For more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes, LastPass provides password and identity management solutions that are convenient, easy to manage, and effortless to use. From enterprise password management and single sign-on to adaptive multi-factor authentication, LastPass for Business gives superior control to IT and frictionless access to users.

    • Ping Identity

      Ping Identity provides secure and seamless digital experiences for your employees, partners and customers. We do it by securely connecting users to cloud, mobile, and on-premises applications and APIs while managing identity and profile data at scale.


    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.

    • 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 Arizona

      The Arizona Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) is a by-invitation federation of senior officers experienced in information and general management. A not-for profit corporation, the chapter assists members in managing information technology. The Chapter strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and pubic organizations. Chapter activities include: • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real world experiences which address enterprise information needs. • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems. • Challenging our comfort levels by exchanging ideas with peers and business counterparts. Awarding scholarships to institutions for Information Systems students with specific needs. For more information please visit www.simnet.org.


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