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Tech Industry Lunch

The Tech Industry Series is an interactive monthly program focused on technology applications and trends in the high-tech industry. Luncheons are held one Friday a month - typically the third Friday - and feature presentations by industry experts.

2021 Tech Industry Series Speakers


January 22 - Mike Bafan, Chairman of Toyota Mexico Manufacturing Operations and Group Vice President of Toyota North America's Manufacturing Project Innovation Center

February 19 - Jose R Favilla, Jr, Global Industry 4.0 Leader, IBM Corporation

March 26 - Teresa Mackintosh, CEO, Trintech (2020 Tech Titans Emerging Company CEO Award winner)

April 16 - DevOps Panel: Kevin O'Dell, State Farm; Kodwo Panford, Zix; Courtney Kissler, Zulily; John Willis, Botchagalupe Technologies; and Bryan Finster, DevOps Mentor

May 21 - Joe D'Cruz, Catalyze Dallas and Roger Raley, Alpine Advanced Materials

June 18 - Blair Bardwell and Pari Pandya, AT&T

July 16 - Grant Ecker, VP Global Enterprise Architecture, Walgreens Boots Alliance and E.G. Nadhan, Chief Architect and Strategist, Red Hat

August 20 - Skip Howard, CEO, Spacee

September 17 - Malcom Ross, CTO, Appian

October 15 - Innovators Luncheon

November 19 - Trude VanHorn, CIO, NCH Corporation

2020 Tech Industry Series Speakers


January 17 - Pamela Arora, CIO, Children's Medical Center

March 6 - Dr. Stephanie Adams Dean of Engineering, UT Dallas

April 17 - Steve Roemerman, CEO, Lone Star Analysis

May 15 - Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business

June 19 - Kaushal Amin, CTO, KMS Technology

July 17 - James Klein, President of Infrastructure and Defense Products, Qorvo

August 14 - Dean Jones, Microsoft

September 18 - David Wagner, CEO, Zix Corp

October 16 - Annual Innovators Luncheon

November 15 - Lucas Rodriguez, CEO, CerSci Therapeutics

Tech Industry Luncheon Series - Hybrid Presentation

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Check-in/Networking 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presentation 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hexa Coworking
2100 N Greenville Ave. Richardson 75082

*Virtual attendees will receive link prior to event.

What have you done for me lately? The changing landscape of the CIO role

Featuring Gertrude Van Horn, CIO, NCH Corporation

Does this sound familiar?

Yes, you've helped us respond to COVID, equip a remote workforce in a matter of weeks, turn on a dime to support collaboration, drive changes to support a new sales dynamic and transform processes and operations.

But, what have you done for me lately?

Over the past 18 months, CIOs and IT executives have been in the eye of the storm, driving and navigating an incredible amount of change, responding to the rapid transformation of businesses, an up-tick in global security threats, and ever-increasing demand.

IT teams have delivered incredible accomplishments and at a remarkably fast pace. Yet, while they are struggling to catch their breath, many businesses want even more from their IT teams and technology investments. The pace often seems frighteningly unsustainable.

The role of the CIO is undergoing a significant evolution, requiring business intimacy, the ability to leverage rapid technology changes and vendor advancements, and responsiveness to threats and scrutiny of internal costs, all the while meeting accelerating time-to-market expectations.

Successful CIOs will need to rise to these increasing challenges, The best of them will demonstrate tremendous leadership, courage, stamina, expert partnership and collaboration skills, coupled with the ability to inspire incredible talent and foster a culture of innovation, commitment & dedication.

Your registration data may be provided to sponsors of this event.

***To ensure the safety of our guests, masks will be REQUIRED at all times unless you are seated and eating.  Temperature checks will also be taken upon arrival and social distancing will be observed.


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