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2023 Dallas CIO Executive Leadership Summit

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT

Visionary 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 in a cost-conscious environment and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams. Meanwhile, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.
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.

  • Srini Alagarsamy
    Senior Vice President, Digital Technology
    GM Financial

    Srini Alagarsamy is an accomplished technology executive with a highly successful career spanning more than two decades. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Digital Technology at General Motors Financial. His remarkable track record includes working in Fortune 500 financial services companies, driving large-scale digital transformation initiatives, and leading global teams.

    His educational background includes a Master of Business Administration degree from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from India.

    Over the years, Srini has actively developed strategies that leverage digital technology, transforming various organizations. His ability to lead by example, guide his team members toward a shared goal, and keep them motivated have resulted in many successful initiatives. Srini is a strong proponent of open communication, fostering collaboration between team members and allowing them to work constructively together.

    During his free time, Srini spends time volunteering for his sons’ Boy Scouts Troop or writing for his blog, where he shares his viewpoints on technology and leadership topics. https://www.alagarsamy.net

  • Mike Anderson
    Chief Digital and Information Officer


    Mike Anderson serves as Chief Digital and Information Officer for Netskope. Over the past 25 years, he has built and led high-performing teams across a wide range of disciplines, including sales, operations, business development, and information technology. He joined Netskope from Schneider Electric, a global fortune 500 company, where he served as SVP, CIO and Digital Leader for North America.


    In 2020, Constellation Research named him a member of the Business Transformation 150, an elite list that recognizes the top global executives leading business transformation efforts in their organizations. The National Diversity Council also recognized him as a Top 50 CIO for diversity and inclusion in 2020 and 2021.


    Before Schneider Electric, Mike served as CIO for CROSSMARK, where he digitally transformed the business capabilities for the 40,000 employee service provider to the retail and consumer goods industry. Also, he has held executive leadership roles at Enterprise Mobile, a Microsoft joint venture that is now part of Honeywell, Insight, Software Spectrum, and InVerge, a web services pioneer that he co-founded in 1999.


    Mike serves on numerous technology and industry advisory boards and volunteers his time working with nonprofits focused on mental health and suicide prevention and those that benefit the development of our future workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • Chris Andrews
    Unleashed Brands

    Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Wesleyan University as well as a Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas Arlington. Chris is currently the CIO for Unleashed Brands. Chris has held similar roles at Smoothie King, Pei Wei Asian Diner and On The Border. Chris has built out high performing IT organizations, implemented best-in-class digital platforms and utilized an all cloud-based approach for the supporting infrastructure and systems.

    Chris started his career with his family’s Dallas based IT outsourcing company before transitioning to consulting at KPMG and Grant Thornton. Chris approaches tough technical and operational situations with a strong analytical and pragmatic approach anchored in his servant leadership style. His approach encompasses a leveraged blend of outsourcers/contractors, cloud services, in-house infrastructure and SaaS.

    Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of verticals and has been exposed to a wide array of technology solutions and architecture. His work experience has included IT effectiveness reviews, security penetration testing, data warehouse design, bankruptcy turn-around and IT governance reviews.

    Chris has presented on Digital Innovation and Tech Strategy at several national conferences including MURTEC, FSTech, Pervasive Software’s IntegratioNEXT 9 and InnoTech Dallas.

    Chris was recognized as an Enterprise Finalist by the 2022 Dallas CIO of the Year ORBIE® Awards for his outstanding leadership, management effectiveness, and business value created through technology innovation as Chief Information Officer of Smoothie King. Chris also holds advisory roles on the Board of Governors for the Restaurant Technology Network, Dallas Chair of the IFBTA and Innovation Advisory Council Member for Vation Ventures.

    In Chris’ spare time he is an avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner\competitor and can be found watching his 15-year-old twins play soccer around the Great State of Texas.

  • Renee Arrington
    President, COO & Director
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    • Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.
    • Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
    • Renee is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.
    • In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves on the board of directors of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with 50 offices in 35 countries (Pearson Partners is a member of IIC Partners). Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, where she serves as chairman of the board. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the board of North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.
    • Renee was honored with the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants’ prestigious Commitment to the Community Award in 2018, recognizing her excellence in executive search and leadership consulting together with her strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes. She has been selected as a 2018 C-Suite Award Winner by the Fort Worth Business Press for her business leadership as well as the civic and social contributions she has made to the community of Fort Worth and its organizations.
    • Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country, and is a prolific business writer, having written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CareerJournal.com, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005). She was honored among the finalists in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category.
    • Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She and her husband, Michael, live in Fort Worth.

  • 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.

  • Patrick Benoit
    Global Chief Information Security Officer

    Patrick was the Global Business Information Security Officer for CBRE currently focused on GWS. He was formerly the Deputy CISO for Cheetah Digital. He is a Security & Privacy Executive, Writer, Speaker, Knowledge Provider and Seeker. He has been an Executive Business Partner at Experian; a Customer Delivery Executive and Service Delivery Leader at Dell; and owned a technology consulting company. He is certified as C/CISO, CISM, CISSP, CRISC, PMP, ITIL Expert, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He studies and teaches Aikido, rides motorcycles, Scuba dives, and his favorite teaching is “From Chaos Comes Greatness,” a loose translation from the “I Ching”.

  • Patrick Blahosky
    RVP of Sales - Americas

    Sales Geek, Performance and Automation Expert, Cutting Edge Leader with 20+ years of carrying a quota, consistent performer in the top 1% of stack rankings. I've never missed quota. Highly accomplished self-motivated sales, IT, management consulting professional with years of experience selling complex solutions including hardware, software, professional and outsourcing services at the C-level.

  • Nellson Burns
    Managing Partner
    Destination IT

    Nellson Burns moved to Dallas in 2007 from Houston to become Holly Corporation’s Vice President of Information Technology.  Holly Corporation is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer producing high-value products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as well as specialty lubricants, oil and waxes.  Holly has major refinery operations New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma that drive revenues above 8 billion dollars per year.  Nellson, a rising star in the Metroplex IT community, was recruited by Holly for this role at the age of 32.  Nellson helped complete the successful implementation of a comprehensive SAP software suite in 2007.  When Holly acquired two significant refineries within seven months in 2009 and doubled its refining capacity, Nellson successfully spearheaded the rapid business and technology integration efforts, including integrating the new refineries into SAP with a 4 week period.  He will get the chance to leverage these integration skills again, as Holly plans to merge with Frontier Oil Corporation in the early 3rdquarter this year.  Prior to joining Holly, Nellson was with Ernst & Young’s, then CapGemini’s, Oil & Gas SAP practice for nine years, were he “refined” his IT leadership skills.  Nellson serves as a member of the SIM DFW Chapter Board, and is the chairman of the global advisory council for SAP’s for Oil & Gas sector.  He is also on the advisory board for the Terry Foundation, the state’s largest private source of full academic scholarships.

  • Richard Cammish
    Former Group CIO
    Essentra PLC


  • Kevin Christ

    Kevin Christ is a partner with Concentre, a boutique consultancy focused on complex digital & IT strategy and business transformation in mid-cap and large-cap enterprises.  Kevin has been in business technology consulting for over 30 years, working with over 100 companies in that span.  He focuses on digital and technology strategy, innovation, complex project management / rescue, quality assurance, leadership coaching, and IT transformation. His four assignments as Acting CIO further cemented his knowledge of IT leadership. He is a frequent speaker at CIO conferences and DFW-area universities and serves on multiple technology advisory boards.

  • Shane Connelly
    Head of Product

    I lead the product management function at Vectara.

    Prior to Vectara, I led the product management team for Kong's API gateway. Prior to Kong, I led the globally-distributed product management team for Elasticsearch at Elastic.

    My passions lie in bringing value, ease of use, and utility to demanding software developers and coaching & enabling product managers on my team to do the same. I believe in being data driven, product-led growth, and making calculated risks that may go against convention. I believe strongly in hiring product managers with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to challenge my own opinions.

  • Mignona Cote
    Chief Security Officer

    Mignona Cote is a proven problem solver with a unique ability to find, assess and fix information security vulnerabilities across a variety of industries. With more than two decades of experience in information security, risk management, compliance and auditing, Mignona helps Fortune 50 companies ensure the security of their data. She has a proven track record of transforming technical operations and building strategic solutions for companies like Aetna, Bank of America, PepsiCo and Verizon. Her expertise spans incident response, vulnerability management, access management, vendor management, risk and compliance, as well as auditing. She has completely reshaped secured solutions throughout large enterprise networks.

  • Jenni Doyle
    Chief Technology Officer

    Labeling Jenni as an IT professional would be telling you only half the story. Her years of technology experience give her the ability to help business stakeholders turn their challenges into opportunities. Focusing on not only the right technology to fit the short-term need but also how the solution fits into the longer term business need, the affordability and adoption needs of the end-user community.

    In a variety of companies and industries, Jenni has helped to develop the technology team poised to support the initiatives of the company. Using her experiences and passion for developing others, she works with teams to find their passions and apply it to the role that best suites their talents & ambitions.

  • Alain Espinosa
    Sr. Business Information Security Officer

    Alain leverages his 20+ years as a cybersecurity and IT professional to systematically reduce risk in organizations by developing and implementing innovative enterprise security programs. His experience spans a range of industries and includes global companies such as Google and Siemens.

    Currently, Alain is the Sr. Business Information Security Officer at Rent-A-Center. In this role, he works with company leaders to assess cyber risk and ensure the security of critical information assets and IT operations across business units.

    Alain is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He is also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's CISO Program and the FBI's CISO Academy.

    Alain is a former Board Director for InfraGard, a national nonprofit organization that partners with the FBI to secure critical national infrastructure. During his tenure, he helped oversee the governance of 77 chapters with over 70,000 members.

    Alain has been featured on NBC News, speaking about security threats and countermeasures. Additionally, he has written for multiple publications on cybersecurity topics and has presented as a keynote speaker at conferences across the country.

  • Edward Gustenhoven

    A transformational Chief Information / Technology Officer and M&A executive who has dealt with technology and value-chain disruptions, providing strategic direction and timely execution at world-class organizations in multiple industries. 30+ years of IT leadership at industry leading organizations with rotations in key aspects of IT (strategy, pre/post-merger integration, ERP/CRM delivery, Enterprise Architecture, Operations, Business Process and Cyber Security).

    Led the delivery of large scale IT solutions for multiple business transformation initiatives leveraging multiple on premise and cloud technologies (SAP, Microsoft AX, JD Edwards, Salesforce and various other SaaS/PaaS platforms) in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Order Fulfillment, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Human Resources and Operations.

    Recognized thought leader in Business Relationship Management and Partnering. Key resource for Due Diligence, M&A activities, IPO Readiness, strategy and delivery.

    Experiencing leading global teams - international hands-on management in Asia, Europe, South American and North America. Managed globally distributed teams with successful turnaround of underperformance to high performing business partners. Experienced with on/offshore outsourcing.

    Recognized as a strong collaborative leader, change agent and transformational leader with a strong focus on partnering with the business and business leaders.

    Demonstrated delivery of digital transformation and business growth innovation through technology

  • Scott Holdt
    IT Executive Director
    Toyota North America

    Scott Holdt, an IT Executive Director at Toyota, believes that people and meaningful relationships enable digital business growth. With over 20 years of experience partnering with individuals and teams to achieve objectives, Scott has a proven track record of inspiring others to reach their fullest potential. He achieves this through accountability, persistence, and making value-added technology decisions.

  • Blake Holman
    Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Information Officer

    Blake has over 20 years of experience leading Information Technology Strategy, Development and Operations for several public and private companies in the Consulting, Telecommunications and Financial Services industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a Strategic IT Management Certificate from the Scandinavian International Management Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. In April 2011, Blake received Ryan’s inaugural Innovatus Award, recognizing the employee that exemplifies the Ryan brand commitment to delivering “Innovative Solutions to Taxing Problems”. Blake consistently demonstrated an innovative approach to improving client efficiency, effectiveness, and results through a suite of technology-based productivity improvement tools and processes leveraged throughout the field for delivering client value and tax savings.

  • Rashmi Jain
    Careington International Corporation

    Rashmi Jain joined Careington International Corporation in 1999 and has served as Chief Information Officer since April 2019. Ms. Jain currently oversees information systems & information technology areas for Careington and affiliate companies, DialCare, Careington Benefit Solutions and Munroe Sutton. As Chief Information Officer, she is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and personally participating in all phases of the development and maintenance of Careington's strategic information systems, which include all hardware, software, security and web initiatives. During her career, Rashmi has transformed the Information Systems department into a true strategic partner with a focus on building scalable information technology systems to address various company objectives as she remains focused on technologically advanced solutions to support Careington’s business, increase efficiencies, minimize risk and contribute to the company’s overall success.

    Rashmi is also an avid advocate for minorities in the workplace and recognizes bringing on a balanced pool of employees to the company, ensuring they have varying educational and ethnic backgrounds as well as experience levels to ensure a diverse and talented staff. Currently, her team consists of 50% women who serve in various IT and operational functional roles. She believes in the re-integration of veterans in the workforce, which aligns with the charities she supports - Families of WWII Veterans and NPower.

    Rashmi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Master of Business Administration in Information Systems and Healthcare from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cyber Security from Southern Methodist University.

    Rashmi is a member of the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women and the CIO Dallas Forum. She was nominated for the 2019 Dallas CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards and a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal 2020 Minority Leadership Awards. Rashmi was recently selected as a finalist for the 2021 Tech Titan Emerging Company CIO/CTO Awards and the 2022 Dallas CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards.

  • Hariharan Kolam
    Co-founder & CEO

  • Keith Landau
    Chief Technology Director, Information Technology Services

    Keith Landau is a Managing Director in Information Technology Services at Deloitte.  As a Chief Technology Director he leads the Relationship Management Group supporting the FSS in the US MF.   

    Prior to joining Deloitte, Keith held senior IT roles with a number of organizations including Waste Management, Monster Worldwide, and Ernst & Young LLP.  Keith has led large, distributed global teams and is passionate about team building, mentoring and leadership. 

    As a community leader, Keith contributes actively to the Boy Scouts of America.  He is the Scoutmaster of Troop 89 and is a founder and assistant scoutmaster of the first Scouts BSA Troop for girls in his town, The Woodlands, TX.  He also holds district level roles and leads events at the Houston Council level. Keith volunteers his free time mentoring youth in leadership and life skills using the outdoors as the classroom.

  • Andy Laudato
    Chief Operating Officer
    The Vitamin Shoppe

    Andrew Laudato started his career as a computer programmer and quickly realized he was as passionate about business as he is about technology. The intersection of business and technology is where innovation happens and where people and companies succeed.

    After spending more than 20 years as a CIO/CTO, Laudato currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Vitamin Shoppe. In this role, he leads operations across digital commerce, information technology, enterprise portfolio management, supply chain, strategic sourcing, and commercialization.

    Laudato is a member of the CNBC technology executive council, the New York City CIO executive council, and a founding member of the George Mason University's Center for Retail Transformation. In addition, he serves on the board of Lideranca, a private company focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Mr. Laudato shares decades of experience, wisdom, and lessons learned in his recently published book, Fostering Innovation: How to Build an Amazing IT Team, available at local bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and on andrewlaudato.com

  • 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.

  • James Parker

    James Parker is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a member of the Board of Directors for Tangoe, Inc. He is charged with driving customer, employee, and business success through the delivery of innovative, customer-focused solutions.

    With more than two decades of leadership experience in enterprise software, cloud and telecommunications, Parker works closely with his hand-picked executive leadership and Tangoe’s Board to accelerate growth and expand the company’s hold as the leading Technology Expense Management (TEM) provider.

  • Ajay Patel
    Vice President, Business & Technology Services
    Mary Kay, Inc.

    I have been at Mary Kay Inc. since 1999 and currently serving in the role of Director of Data & Infrastructure Services. Focused on developing and transforming the organization over the last couple of years with a high focus on automation, cloud, and revolutionizing infrastructure in the data center. In my current role, I am responsible for Database Systems, Data Centers, Data Protection, Operations, Platforms, Storage, Private Cloud and Public Cloud Strategy with a key focus around transforming each of these areas to keep up with the business needs and industry changes.

  • Ilan Peleg
    Co-Founder adn CEO

  • August Pelliccio
    Associate Editor
    HMG Strategy


  • Jonathan Pride
    Executive Director
    NPower Texas

    Jonathan has served as Executive Director of NPower Texas since March 2021.  He joins NPower from Mobile Mini Solutions, a global storage solutions company, where he has served as Regional Director for the past six years. He is a former Army Military Intelligence Officer. He served seven and a half years on active duty and one year in the Virginia National Guard.

    Jonathan has many passions in life, but his biggest passion is motivating and inspiring people. His greatest professional accomplishment was helping to promote several individuals into roles with greater responsibility. As such, he recently authored his first book titled, Caterpillars Don’t Fly, which encourages people to unlock their inner potential and live life to the fullest.

    Jonathan has a Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Management from Webster University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English from Norwich University, and a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management and Six Sigma-Black Belt from Villanova University.

    Jonathan was born and raised in New York City. He is married to his wife of 10+ years with three wonderful children, living in Dallas, Texas.

    He can be reached at jonathan.pride@npower.org.

  • Yotam Segev
    Co-Founder & CEO

  • 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.

  • Tanweer Surve
    Control Sr. Officer - Technology CTO (Cloud)
    Wells Fargo

    Strategic and delivery-focused senior technology leader, Tanweer brings deep subject matter expertise in the areas of Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, and Governance, Risks & Compliance management.

    Over 20 years of proven track record in IT & Business, executing various leadership roles and delivering complex Global IT Digital Transformation Programs across various parts of the world with his Technical and Business Management expertise in Enterprise Architecture, Cloud Technologies, and Security.

    He drives alignment of resources, processes and systems to seamlessly support and advance the business strategy through innovation and technology transformation by following Security by Design principles.

    Tanweer holds a MBA in Business Development and a Bachelor’s in Engineering with a major in Fiber Optics Telecommunication.

  • Mark Szkudlarek
    Vice President Information Technology

    Mark is a global who believes in creating a culture where employees are empowered to achieve their full potential.  Mark brings expertise in Enterprise Architecture, IT Operations, Cybersecurity, M&A IT Integration, Hybrid Cloud Hosting and IT Service Management to Aleris.

    Mark is responsible for global IT Infrastructure, Operations, Governance, Information Security and IT China. He implemented a design, build and run organizational model to deliver IT applications and services that align to the Business/IT Strategy. He transformed the global collaboration and communication environment to enable employee productivity and workplace standardization.

    Mark is passionate about transforming organizations and committed his career to maximizing the value IT can deliver through Lean Six Sigma principles, a metrics-focused culture, relevant technologies, global IT processes and standards.  He empowers a learning organization with the end goal of creating IT solutions to increase revenue, maximize profit and capture the market. 

    Aleris is a privately held, global leader in aluminum rolled products serving diverse industries including aerospace, automotive, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial manufacturing.  Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Aleris operates production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.aleris.com

  • Mark Taylor
    Society for Information Management

  • John Tierney
    Field CTO
    Legit Security

    A security minded business executive who demonstrates an aggressive record of accomplishment in developing cybersecurity solutions that enable businesses with a competitive advantage. Proven ability to execute unique risk reduction strategies and motivate teams to ensure success. Track record for understanding business needs and problems then consistently delivering effective, winning security solutions.

  • Paul Valente
    Co-founder & CEO
    VISO Trust

  • Gertrude Van Horn
    SVP & CIO
    NCH Corporation

    I've spent my entire career driving business transformation across multiple industries and verticals …

    • automating journal entry processes in insurance claims processing systems at AON insurance in Pennsylvania,
    • relocating Money Transfer technology and teams from Wall Street to a secure Data Center for JP Morgan in Delaware,
    • driving the first Corporate Card Reporting Data Warehouse at American Express in Arizona.

    Here in Texas, I've deployed apparel ERP technology for Haggar Clothing Company, who are - incidentally - the makers of the NFL Hall of Fame “Gold Jackets”.

    Now at NCH Corporation, I've invested ten exciting years to drive strategy to modernize critical Core Services across 40 countries, streamline and digitize sales and marketing tools for NCH's global, 4000 person salesforce, and to dramatically improve NCH’s enterprise technology network and security.

    I am a strategic partner, focused on building and delivering IT strategies and solutions aligned to elevate businesses and achieve their business goals. I have an impressive track record for complex global project success, solution delivery and cost effective IT operations. I sit on many advisory boards and have been recognized for my contributions -
    current Finalist for the Tech Titans CIO of the Year Award, the 2021 Winner of the Dallas Orbie CIO of the Year Award , the 2020 Winner of the DFW IT Luminary Award, the 2014 Winner of the Innotech CIO of the Year Award.

  • Angela Venuk
    Chief Information Officer

  • Wade Wallen
    Vice President, IST Supply Chain Systems
    Mary Kay, Inc.

  • Hermen Wegayehu
    Business Information Security Officer
    Bank of America

    Hermen (Hermain) Wegayehu is a Business Information Security Officer (BISO) within Bank of America supporting the Global Risk, Chief Finance Office and Enterprise Risk and Finance Technology (ERFT) organizations. In this role, she drives overall cyber security control program communication and awareness, supporting security reviews and control attestations in support of dispositioning security risks. Hermen was most recently the COO, Risk, and Process Management lead for the Global Banking, Markets and Enterprise Risk and Finance BISO organization.

    Previously, Hermen led the Technology, Operations and 3rd Party Incident Response for the Consumer, Small Business and Wealth Management Operations (CSWO) Business Continuity program. Within her 19 year financial services career, Hermen has held a diverse set of horizontal execution and control program management and oversight roles with experiences in Global Recovery and Resolution Planning, Interaffiliate Services and Operations Leadership in various Global Treasury Operations including Cash Vault, Wholesale Lockbox, Technical Help Desk and Transaction Services.  Hermen is passionate about DE&I and volunteerism in the investment of our youth and helping women develop leadership skills to optimize performance in their careers. She is founding member of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Employee Council at Bank of America, enabling employees with Ethiopian and Eritrean heritage to foster individual and collective growth through networking, professional development community engagement and mentorship. Hermen is a Bank of America 2020 Global Diversity and Inclusion Award recipient, served as a Co-Lead for the Addison, TX 2020 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program and a Cherie Blair Foundation Women in Business Program Mentor and Better Money Habits Champion.

    Hermen currently serves on the Advisory Board for the North Texas chapter of Women and Technology and Operations (WIT&O) Affinity group within Bank of America with a mission to attract, develop and retain female talent in Tech and Ops after having led the chapter for two years of record breaking growth and expansion. She is also an incoming regional advisory board member for NPower Texas. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Hermen currently resides in Plano, Texas with her husband Danny of 11 years and 3 children – 2 daughters and a son.

  • Denis Zerr
    Radiology Partners

    Denis Zerr serves as Chief Information Officer for Radiology Partners. Previously, Denis held the role of Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Catholic Health Initiatives and served as Vice President of Information and Business Services for Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company. He has a strong track record of developing and leading IT programs in healthcare and life sciences organizations.

    Denis earned a master’s degree in information systems from Telecom Ecole de Management in Paris and an additional master’s degree in business and management from Universite Paris Dauphine.


April 6, 2023, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT

8:00 - 9:00 AM 

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 - 9:20 AM                                                                            

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Angela Venuk, Chief Information Officer, DATASCAN

9:20 - 9:40 AM

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

Scott Holdt, Executive Director of Platform Engineering, Toyota, will join a discussion with Bhavin Shah, Founder, and CEO, of Moveworks

Join Bhavin Shah, CEO and Co-Founder of Moveworks, and Scott Holdt, Executive Director of Platform Engineering, Toyota, 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.

9:40 – 10:10 AM                                                                                          

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

MODERATOR: Angela Venuk, Chief Information Officer, DATASCAN

Srini Alagarsamy, Senior Vice President, Digital Technology, GM Financial

Ed Gustenhoven, CIO, Dal-Tile Corporation

Mark Szkudlarek, VP, IT Operations, SanMar

Wade Wallen, Vice President, IST Supply Chain Systems, Mary Kay

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. At the same time, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.

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.

10:10 - 10:15 AM
HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation

Chris Andrews, Chief Information Officer, Unleashed Brands

10:15 – 10:35 AM                                                                              

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:35 – 11:05 AM                                                                               

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

MODERATOR: Kevin Christ, Interim Chief Information & Digital Leader, Stream Realty Partners

James Parker, CEO, Tangoe

Gertrude Van Horn, SVP & CIO, NCH Corporation

Keith LandauChief Technology Director, Information Technology Services, Deloitte

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.

11:05 - 11:30 AM                                                                                 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM                                                                                 

INNOVATION ACCELERATOR PANEL:  VC Viewpoint:  Three Top Technology Startups

MODERATOR: Saqib E. Awan, Founder & Managing Director, GTM Capital

John Tierney, Field CTO, Legit Security

Patrick Blahosky, RVP, Lightrun

Shane Connelly, Head of Product, Vectara

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  - 1:10 PM                                                                            

Lunch and Networking

SIM Dallas Update

SIM National Update

Mark Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Information Management

NPower Update

Jonathan Pride, Executive Director for Texas, NPower

Hermen Wegayehu, Business Information Security Officer, Bank of Amercia

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation and Photo

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

Mike Anderson, CDO & CIO, Netskope

Patrick Benoit, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Brink's Inc.

Nellson Burns, Managing Partner, Destination IT, LLC

Denis Zerr, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Radiology Partners

1:10 – 1:30 PM 

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Fostering Innovation – How to Build an Amazing IT Team

Andy Laudato, Chief Operating Officer, The Vitamin Shoppe interviewed by Renee Arrington, President & COO, Pearson Partners International

As great leaders know, transformational change is not about technology and processes – it’s about people. In this thought-provoking Fireside Chat with Renee Arrington, President, COO & Director at Pearson Partners International, Inc., Andy Laudato, COO at The Vitamin Shoppe and the author of Fostering Innovation: How to Build an Amazing IT Team, shares his recommendations for cultivating innovation, the ‘Aha’ moment he experienced early in his career, as well as why it’s important for leaders to ‘be a diode.’

1:30 - 1:55 PM     


Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners     

1:55 - 2:20 PM


EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining Cybersecurity to Safeguard the Enterprise

MODERATOR: Blake Holman, Chief Administrative Officer / Chief Information Officer, BBG Real Estate

Mike Anderson, CDO & CIO, Netskope

Patrick BenoitGlobal Chief Information Security Officer, Brink's Inc.

MIgnona Cote, Chief Security Officer, NetApp

Alain Espinosa, Sr. Business Information Security Officer, Rent-A-Center

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.

2:20 - 2:25

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation

MIgnona Cote, Chief Security Officer, NetApp

2:25 - 2:40  PM                                                

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:40 – 3:10 PM                                                                                   


BREAKTHROUGH INSIGHTS PANEL:  Optimizing the Customer-Centric AI-Driven Enterprise

MODERATOR: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Chris Andrews, Chief Information Officer, Unleashed Brands

Richard Cammish, Group CIO, Essentra PLC

Tanweer Surve, Technology CTO (Cloud), Wells Fargo

Jenni Doyle, CTO, Smile Doctors

A looming recession and softening business conditions have prompted many senior leadership teams to focus on cost cutting. Nevertheless, business technology leaders are still being counted upon to help drive innovation and to create new revenue opportunities. One way to do that is by leveraging artificial intelligence tools to unearth fresh insights into customer preferences and shifting behaviors that can then spur new business opportunities ahead of the market. 

In this executive panel discussion, world-class CIOs, technology leaders and industry executives share their recommendations for utilizing customer data and AI to mine new business opportunities and to monetize data more effectively.

3:10 – 3:40 PM                                                                                    


EXECUTIVE PANEL: Leading as The CEO of Technology – Preparing for What’s Next

MODERATOR:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Nellson Burns, Co-Owner, Destination IT, LLC

Denis Zerr, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Radiology Partners

Andy Laudato, Chief Operating Officer, The Vitamin Shoppe

Rashmi Jain, CIO, Careington International Corporation

The world and the business community has experienced more turbulence in the past 3 years than we’ve seen in a century – a global pandemic, massive supply-chain disruptions, the War in Ukraine, an international recession and other geo-political shockwaves. As the CEO of Technology, CIOs need the ability to peer around the corner and to anticipate what might be coming next to enable the business to succeed. In this compelling Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and industry experts share the type of leadership acumen that’s needed to succeed in today’s uncertain environment, to lead through the C-suite and the Board and to guide employees to a brighter future.

3::40 PM                                                                                   


Closing Remarks & Raffle Prizes

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

  • Tangoe

    Tangoe is the leading technology expense and asset management solution. Tangoe seamlessly integrates with hundreds of providers globally to deliver the reporting and insights needed by enterprises of all sizes and scales. Fueled by an innovative automation framework and unified customer experience, Tangoe optimizes spend and resources across telecom, mobile, cloud, and IoT. For more information on the power of Tangoe and how it can transform your business, visit www.tangoe.com or connect with the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Gold Partners

  • Aptum

    Aptum is a hybrid multi-cloud managed service provider delivering complex and high-performance cloud solutions with an integrated secure network. Using its Data As Infrastructure™ approach, Aptum solves complex technology challenges with total solutions and tailored options that drive tangible business outcomes and maximize the value of its clients’ technology investments. Aptum’s cloud and global network solutions, underpinned with expert managed and professional services, offer genuine choice and adaptability with international reach spanning North America, Latin America, Europe and the United Kingdom.

  • 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.

  • Tanium

    Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), protects every team, endpoint, and workflow from cyber threats by integrating IT, Compliance, Security, and Risk into a single platform that delivers comprehensive visibility across devices, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy for a single shared purpose: to protect critical information and infrastructure at scale. State and local governments, educational institutions, federal civilian agencies and the U.S. armed forces trust Tanium to protect people; defend data; secure systems; and see and control every endpoint, team, and workflow everywhere. That’s the power of certainty.

  • 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.


Supporting Partners

  • Apptio

    Apptio is the leading software to fuel digital transformation. We help technology and finance leaders make smart decisions as they plan, analyze, and optimize technology investments in pursuit of digital transformation.  Apptio’s software uses machine learning to translate technology costs and utilization across on-premises systems, vendors, projects, agile and cloud systems into a holistic, business-centric view. With Apptio, IT leaders make smarter digital transformation investments.

  • 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.

  • Nexthink

    Nexthink is the leader in digital employee experience management software. The company gives IT leaders unprecedented insight into employees’ daily experiences of technology at the device level – freeing IT to progress from reactive problem solving to proactive optimization. Nexthink enables its more than 1,000 customers to provide better digital experiences to more than 13 million employees. Dual headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and Boston, Massachusetts, Nexthink has 9 offices worldwide.

  • Meriplex

    Meriplex is a managed technology solutions provider that enables transformation by combining secure, innovative technology with advanced expertise. As a trusted partner, we deliver business-driven solutions that provide the scalability and support needed to power growth for organizations. To learn more, visit www.meriplex.com or follow us on LinkedIn.


Trailblazer Partners

  • Cyera

    Cyera is the data security company that gives businesses context and control over their most valuable asset: data. As a pioneer in Data Security Posture Management, Cyera instantly provides companies visibility over all of their sensitive data, context over the risk it represents and their security exposure, and automated remediation to reduce the attack surface and ensure operational resilience. We are redefining the way companies secure their data.

  • Legit Security

    Legit Security is a cyber security company offering a SaaS-based solution that secures an organization’s software supply chain to prevent sensitive data leaks and insecure software releases. Legit provides enterprise security leaders with the visibility and contextual information they need to minimize risk, and provides software development and DevOps leaders with tools to ensure their teams and build processes adhere to best practices. With Legit Security, your business can stay secure while releasing software fast. Software supply chain attacks and security incidents involving the SDLC are growing rapidly, and can result in devastating damage including an unfortunate multiplier effect on downstream software consumers all with one attack. The team at Legit Security is on a mission to protect companies from this rapidly growing threat with a SaaS solution that supports both cloud and on-prem resources and is very easy to implement. Contact us to learn more about our solution and career opportunities at Legit.

  • Lightrun

    Founded in 2019, Lightrun is the first complete continuous debugging and observability platform. Lightrun allows developers to easily and securely add logs, performance metrics and traces to production and staging environments in real-time and on-demand. By enabling developers to gather data from the app in real-time, developers and I&O leaders gain 100% code-level observability and faster resolution of production issues. Lightrun replaces the iterative, non-agile process required today for debugging applications.

  • Procyon

    Procyon’s Privilege Access Management solution, built from the ground up for multi-cloud and API based infrastructure, makes it easy for enterprises to manage privileges and access to critical resources. The Procyon solution leverages next generation networking, passwordless, and self-service capabilities to provide a seamless and secure solution.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.

  • 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.


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 Dallas

    Founded in 1983, the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Chapter of SIM is the regional organization for top information executives in North Texas. Its membership includes senior information technology executives from more than 140 local private and public industry organizations, government agencies, and universities. Members gather monthly to engage in conversations with top practitioners, industry leaders, and nationally recognized experts in information systems and management practices. Our social hour and dinner-meeting format provide ample opportunity to discuss important managerial and technical issues and to network with their peers from industry and government. Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month (except July) with a traditional year-end Holiday Banquet and Awards ceremony held in December. Members also enjoy a vendor-sponsored Golf Tournament each May. For more information please contact membership@sim-dfw.org.

  • NPower

    NPower is a high-performing leader in providing pathways to successful tech careers for young adults from underserved communities and veterans across the US and Canada. NPower’s award winning training programs use curriculum informed by senior industry leaders and labor market trends. On average, NPower graduates 80% of enrolled students, places 100% of graduates in paid internships and has over an 80% rate of success for employment or continued education within 6 months of graduation. We address many of the primary barriers that our veteran community confront. Beyond free technical classes, our career training programs provide in-demand certifications within weeks, paid internships, professional networking and mentorship with business leaders, soft skills coaching, connection to social services, job placement assistance, transit assistance and an opportunity for graduates to give back to the program via our professional volunteer network. We provide ongoing career coaching, advanced certifications, and leadership development for our alumni, ensuring that we are developing true pathways for long-term success for our students.


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