2016 Agenda

Thursday, April 21, 2016

7:15am – 8:00am Check-in/Registration & Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am

Welcome Address

Tracy-Ann Palmer
Founder, MTL; President & Co-Founder, WE Build Character
8:15am – 8:45am Opening Keynote
The Digital Business Scenario: From Transformation to Learning Curve

Presented by:
Jorge Lopez
VP & Distinguished Analyst, Gartner

Discussion: The rapid growth of Digital Business has placed it at the top of agendas for Board Directors who are concerned their business will become irrelevant.  In this presentation, you will learn what a Digital Business is, some examples of a Digital Business, and what you can do to move your own business forward.

8:50am – 9:30am Fireside Chat

Jan Bertsch
SVP & CFO, Owens-Illinois

Interviewed by:
Jane Sydlowski
President & CEO, AMI Strategies

Discussion: Through a fire side chat, Jan Bertsch will share her leadership and culture ideals as well as the importance of technology to a CFO. Jan is current the CFO of Owens Illinois. Former roles included;  Executive Vice President and CFO of Sigma Aldrich, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer at Borg Warner and CIO at Chrysler.

9:30am – 9:45am Connected Disruption – Understanding the Trend Before it is Too Late

Presented by:
Gregg Garrett
CEO, CGS Advisors, LLC

Discussion: A fast paced “talk” that will explore the far-reaching effects of the connected world, inclusive of connected products (IoT), and will discuss how this massive change is so disruptive, it changes the paradigm across industries. Garrett will help participants consider if they are the type of leaders who will charge forward into this new world, or sit back and be affected by it.

9:45am – 10:15am Networking Break – Partner Showcase
10:15am – 10:50am Young IT Leaders

Moderated by:
Rod Davenport
CTO, The State of Michigan

Jon Nobis
COO, Two Men and a Truck

Andrea Siudara
Global IT Director, Data & Analytics, Ford Motor Company

Dug Song
CEO & Co-Founder, Duo Security

Kevin O’Hara
CTO, LevelEleven

Eric Knipp
Director of Systems Engineering, Cisco Systems

Discussion: The leaders in technology have broken the mold in the past decade. There is no specific type you can look for. Even the titles have changed.
During our panel you will here from these great IT leaders that are changing the way business is done right here in Michigan. Some have moved on from the traditional IT role to become COOs, CEOs and Founders of their own companies. The panelist will discuss their insight on their roles within their organization and what they have done to be successful.

Moderated by Rod Davenport, CTO fro the State of Michigan, this panel will showcase the next generation of leaders in Michigan.

10:50am – 11:30am Agile Development to Drive Innovation

Moderated by:
Teri Takai
Senior Advisor, Center for Digital Government

Mark Duhaime
Former CIO, Optium

Chris Beale
CTO, LeadingAgile

Pat Petersen
CTO, Ally Financial


11:30am – 11:45am MEDC Technology Showcase

In partnership with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan Technology Leaders is pleased to present a showcase of Michigan up and coming technology driven companies.

11:45am – 12:15am We Build Character

Presented by:
Tracy-Ann Palmer
President, We Build Character


12:15pm – 1:15pm Luncheon Keynote

1:15pm – 1:55pm
Breakout Session 1Sponsored by:

Everything As A Service

Presented by:
Jake Burman
Regional CTO – Architect, ServiceNow

Discussion: Everything can now be rendered as-a-service. We clearly have the technology, it’s really up to us and the fortitude to apply it. It’s been happening all around us for years on the consumer side, and we don’t give it a second thought. It’s how we live now, really. We use services like Uber, OpenTable and AirBnB as if they have always been there. There is really no new technology there, just very good application of technology we’ve had for some time.

Treat IT as a Business and transform the service experience. This session will provide examples of IT Transformation, and a real world use-case.

1:15pm – 1:55pm
Breakout Session 2Sponsored by:

Brilliant Factories

Presented by:
Paul Boris
CIO Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, General Electric

Discussion: The benefits of “Brilliant Factories” and an advanced manufacturing strategy.

2:00pm – 2:30pm First 365

Moderated by:
Jason Lambiris
CEO, Apex Digital Solutions

Sue Kampe
CIO, Cooperstandard

Karla Thomas
Director IT Global Security, Tower International

Richard Hook
SVP & CIO, Penske

Raj Singh
SVP & CIO, Ford Direct

Discussion: Everyone knows the first 30,60,90 days on the job are extremely important at any level. Figuring out what is what and who is who, your team, measurable and expectations need to be defined. Goals forecasts and strategies need to be planned out and followed.

Next you are in your first six months, how have you done so far?  Have you met the company’s expectations? What about your team? Are they behind you and have the same vision as you?

A great benchmark is your one-year anniversary. What happened in those 365 days? How have you survived? How have your grown and what have you learned? This is what our distinguished panel will be discussing. We will be going through their first 30,60,90 all the way to their 365th day on the job.

2:30pm – 3:15pm Cyber Security

Presented by:
Mark Weatherford
Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, vArmour

Discussion: As an expert in security, Mark will discuss the modern world of cyber warfare. This evolving threat continues to plague major enterprises today with new levels of sophistication that requires a completely different approach to security. Mark will share his perspective on how organizations can fight against cybercrime.

3:15pm – 3:30pm Bravery & Other Ingredients for Successful Corporate Innovation

Presented by:
Gregg Garrett
CEO, CGS Advisors, LLC

Discussion: A second  fast paced “talk” that will explore that during a discontinuity improvement is not enough, and that strategic innovation is needed. New capabilities are necessary to compete in the connected world  and Garrett will stress the importance of for leaders to be brave have success in this new era.

3:30pm – 3:50pm Networking Break – Partner Showcase
3:50pm – 4:30pm Ford’s Connected Digital Business

Presented by:
Rich Strader
Director Enterprise & Emerging IT, Ford

Discussion: Rich will share how Ford has been racing toward the IoT and is leading the pack to deliver new experiences to its customers. Rich will discuss how the landscape is rapidly changing where IT is becoming integral to the business to deliver a connected digital business and how Ford is shifting its business model from being a car company to being a car company and a mobility company with the goal of making peoples’ lives better. This new model with Fords core business, along with emerging opportunities will allow Ford to build an even stronger future.

4:30pm – 5:10pm Closing Keynote

Build a Workplace People Love – Just Add Joy

Presented by:
Richard Sheridan
CEO, Menlo Innovations

Create an intentional team culture focused on the business value of joy and unleash the human energy and the results you always knew were possible.

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5:10pm – 5:30pm Prize Awards and Best of Tech Companies
5:30pm – 8:00pm Executive Networking Reception

Welcome to the Midwest Technology Leaders exclusive networking reception! This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting. We will kick off the evening with music while specialty beers and wine await you. Please stay and network with your peers and some of the prominent speakers from the program agenda. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.