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Join Us At The Seattle Technology Leadership Summit

May 18, 2016

At The Washington State Convention Center

Hosted by SIM Seattle

Our Mission: SIM brings together IT leaders to share, network and give back to their communities through the collaboration of local chapters.

More than 4,900 peers have already begun deriving value from SIM - including CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other IT leaders. Learn more about SIM and what it can do for your professional development.

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Honorary Advisory Committee

Click here to view the hard working people responsible for making this event happen.

Chris VanLiew

Weyerhauser Company

Guy DeFlorio

Mutual Materials Company

Lowell Millard

Reliable Parts

Paul Farrall

VP Operations

Benjamin Beberness

Snohomish County PUD

Dirk Mahling

Seattle City Light

Les Johnson

North Coast Electric Co

CJ Venkataraman

Chief Digital Officer
Vera Whole Health

Linda Hermanson

IS Manager
City of Redmond

Kelli Trosvig

VP for UW IT & CIO
University of Washington

Eric Arnold


Kyle Welsh

VP Technology Services
Boeing Employees Credit Union

Marcia Tufarolo

Sr Tech Manager
University of Washington

Susan Goss

Past President

Paul Scott

CEO & Sr Partner
Ascension Technology

Dick Shay

Ret Chief of Research
PEMCO Insurance Co

Jeffrey Barnes

CompelEvent Solutions

Carol Thompson

Director IT Operations
Sound Transit

David Haam

VP of IT
Magnitude Software

Beth Galliher-Ponce

Sr Dir, IT Frontline

Pauly Comtois

VP of Operations
Hearst Business Media

Brad Schick

CTO & VP of Engineering

Gene Kim

Author, Founder & Former CTO

Shamaprasad Bangalore

Director of IT
Crane Aerospace & Electronics

Deborah Lester, PhD

Director of IT
UW Medicine IT Services

Craig Susen


Julie Averill


Matt McIlwain

Managing Director
Madrona Venture Group

Theo Beack


Sue Kozik

Group Health Headquarters

Skyler Shaw

Director of IT
First Savings Bank Northwest

Vinad Nair

CIO & VP of IT
Milgard Windows & Doors

John Keane

VP of Technology

Wayson Vannatta

VP of IT

Gunawan Herri

G2 Web Services

Scott Ehnert

VP of Technical Operations

Cameron Etezadi

Deputy CIO

Chris Staats

VP of IT Operations

Steve White

Director of Security & Compliance
CenturyLink Cloud

Sudha Sudharsanan

Head, Nintendo Technology Dev

Haresh Sangani

Join Us At The Seattle Technology Leadership Summit

May 18, 2016

At The Washington State Convention Center


7:30am - | Attendee Check-In: Rainier Breakfast Buffet Served

Season Fruit Salad, House-Made Pastries and Muffins, Scrambled Eggs, Pepper Bacon, Pork Sausage Links, Yukon Gold Potatoes

8:20am - Ballroom 6C | Welcome Message

Paul Farrall

VP Operations
8:30am - Ballroom 6C | Extreme & Exponential in the Digitization Age

Howard Charney

SVP, Office of the Chairman & CEO

Globally, we seem to have entered a period of extremes:  extreme weather, extreme humanitarian issues, extreme business challenges and industry disruption.

At the same time, the information technology (IT) revolution has entered a surprising, new, and exponential phase. Can IT help us solve some of our most pressing problems, in Nevada and around the world? In this eye-opening talk, Cisco Senior Vice President Howard Charney discusses our changing landscape; how Big Data and analytics, sensor technologies, smart machines, artificial intelligence and more are rapidly transforming our world; and how organizations in Nevada can benefit from the new challenges and opportunities.

Cisco Senior Vice President Howard Charney is an engineer, a serial entrepreneur, and a long-time veteran of Silicon Valley. As the founder of Grand Junction Networks and then a leader at Cisco, he has overseen the development of technologies that led directly to the global build-out of the Internet and to profound changes in the ways we work, live, play, and learn – worldwide.

9:15am - | Networking Break

Take this time to connect with your peers and visit with our partner sponsors to learn how they can be a true partner to your business.

9:45am - | Breakout Sessions
9:45am - 608 | How Can We Trust Machine Learning? Exploration, Evaluation & Explanation for ML Models

Carlos Guestrin


Machine learning technologies are at the core of a new generation of intelligent applications that differentiate disruptive businesses from established players. Today, business tasks like product recommendation, image tagging, sentiment analysis, churn prediction, fraud detection and lead scoring can only be achieved using machine learning (ML). To build these applications at scale, companies are fast adopting tools such as Dato’s GraphLab Create and Predictive Services, enabling developers to accelerate the innovation cycle, and quickly take their ideas from inspiration to production.

Industry practitioners understand that in order to secure adoption of intelligent applications, they must build trust in their models and predictions - that is, gain confidence that their models are achieving their desired outcomes and a good understanding of how predictions are made. In this talk, I'll describe both: a) Recent research done at the University of Washington to provide a formal framework that explains why a machine learning model makes a particular prediction, and how even non-experts can use these explanations to improve the performance of a model. b) New tools introduced by Dato to help industry practitioners build trust and confidence in machine learning by making it easy to evaluate, explore, and explain models and predictions.

With these techniques, companies can start to have the means to gain trust and confidence in the models and predictions behind their core business applications.

9:45am - 609 | Accelerating Transformation... With Data
sponsored by Info~Tech

Matt Mandich

Director, Innovation & Strategy

Despite a global IT spend of over $4 Trillion, 67% of CEOs & CIOs are misaligned on how IT should be enabling the business*.. With the dramatic increase in digital technology & the business’s appetite to understand and enable their own innovations through technology, CIOs are challenged with the need to rapidly understand business inputs, stakeholder satisfaction, and assess their own teams internal capabilities. Info-Tech has found too often this is done through ad-hoc and informal processes, making improvement hard to measure, and success impossible to define. A new model is needed to enable the CIO to rapidly make decisions, prove success & analyze challenges with DATA.

In this session Info-Tech will present how CIOs can overcome these challenges, and forge a new data driven approach to rapidly accelerate decision making, as well as measure the benefits of IT with DATA. Info-Tech will share insights from Info-Tech’s 3 year Stakeholder Satisfaction Study & how IT can enable transformation at unparalleled rates. 
By the Numbers:

  1. 66% of CEOs don’t understand how to use IT to transform the business.
  2. 84% of IT Organizations score below 80% on IT satisfaction
  3. 43% of CIOs overestimate the size of their next budget.
  4. 78% of CEOs/CIOs are aligned on what IT issues impede innovation BUT are Highly Misaligned on the Business Barriers that Impede Innovation
  5. 72% of business leaders misjudge which services really matter to them

* Info-Techs CEO/CIO Alignment study

9:45am - 611 | Latest Trends in Security
sponsored by SIM Seattle

Steve White

Director, Security & Compliance for Platform

Peter Chiou

Azure Federal Network Services

David Rice

Law Firm - Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn

John Sheehy

VP of Strategy & Strategic Services

Join us as we discuss the latest trends in security. This session will cover:

  • Federal security requirements
  • Legal trends in data security
  • Best practices for protection
  • Effective integration of security programs in a changing threat landscape
  • Metrics used for continuous improvement in a security program

And more!

9:45am - 612 | A Day In the Life Of... (Connecting Agencies with IoT)
sponsored by Presidio

Greg Wilburn

Director of Education Solutions - Internet of Things

HISD, a real world example of how IoT technologies are used to enrich the lives of students, parents, school district and the community, by unlocking the unlimited potential of a completely connected world.

The presentation discusses a Day in the life of: Bus Driver, Bus Rider, Dispatcher, First Responder, and Management. How do multiple technologies from multiple vendors come together to support Mass Transit and First Responders and the associated divisions within each vertical; fleet management, dispatch, administration, end users and citizen experience. Understanding that while these things can be complicated, Presidio has developed a reference architecture to lay out a phased approach for implementing mobile routers, mobile computers, mobile video, body worn video, mobileVPN and the software to provide role based analytics and management platforms.

9:45am - 613 | Trends in Virtualization & Storage: How the Game Has Changed
sponsored by Tintri

Matthew Geddes

Sr Architect

In this breakout we’ll  highlight how the industry-wide uptake in virtualization has caused traditional storage to become the cost bottleneck in Enterprise and Cloud. Scale, Agility and Cost become the pain points. Out of this new problem domain a new storage category has emerged.

10:30am - | Networking Break

Take this time to connect with your peers and visit with our partner sponsors to learn how they can be a true partner to your business.

11:00am - | Breakout Sessions
11:00am - 608 | The Inevitable Age of Immersive Computing

Bob Berry

Co-Founder & CEO
Envelop VR

As computing technology has evolved, it has become more personal and more intimate. From large computers held behind locked doors, to computers that co-occupied personal space, to computers that one could hold, and now wear, each of these transitions has not only changed the physical relationship between people and computers, but also the cognitive relationship. This presentation will explore this evolution and discuss how computing technology is leading to the inevitable age of immersive computing, a world in which the physical barriers between human and computer fade, and we enter the world of data as data — our brains connected via touch and sight and sound in ways that we become part of the computing landscape. Immersive computing will force software developers to reimagine themselves as the walls between human and computer become ever more permeable, and the immersive compute experience ever more familiar—and it will force all of us to rethink how we think.

11:00am - 609 | How Will You Take Advantage of Innovations That Happen Only Once Every Decade?
sponsored by Oracle

David Nicholson

VP & Corporate Technologist, Converged Cloud Infrastructure

While the Cloud revolution is in progress, gaining a clear competitive advantage that provides your organization and customers significant business value with minimum risk will continue to be a strategic goal.  What are your deployment choices?  Which one will allow you to move workload seamlessly and securely from on-premise to the public cloud?  How can you ensure that your business transformation yields a secure information fortress?  This presentation will share how to transform your business addressing these challenges all while achieving significant cost savings and assuring deeply integrated security.

11:00am - 611 | Creating a Diverse Workplace: A Discussion for All Tech Leaders
sponsored by Box & Ada Developers Academy

Cynthia Tee

Executive Director
Ada Developers Academy

Jill Domanico

VP of Talent

Zina Fatemi

Global Program Manager

Kalpana Narayanaswamy

VP of Engineering

Well-known software companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft are clearly taking steps to diversify their technical workforces, focusing on gender and ethnicity among other factors. New non-traditional training programs, such as Seattle's Ada Developers Academy ( are bringing increased opportunities for women that want to break into the traditionally male-dominated software development field. For IT leaders who want to take action now to diversify their technical teams, this panel is an opportunity to learn from software companies that are having success, from engineering leaders that are establishing the right organizational culture and from the emerging generation of female software developers from programs like Ada Developers Academy.

11:00am - 612 |Evolution in the Cloud Ecosystem: A Simple Path to Stronger Connections
sponsored by Equinix

Joshua Breeds

Managing Director

Thoroughly defined and often hard to describe: Cloud computing is a powerful means to deliver IT, what's missing are the right tools and services to maximize immediate benefits. Business priorities are always shifting, this time real-time. It will always be a careful balance: accelerate growth in going digital, ensure your people have the resources to optimize spend, gain customer insight through data, and maintain reliability at your locations to reduce risk.  But what is the correct balance?

This session offers useful examples of how companies are thriving in today's evolving business landscape.  Walk away with ways to get more of out of the technology you use today through interconnection and cloud strategies that are quantified and easily emulated.

11:00am - 613 | Cloud Agreement Do's, Don'ts and Cautions

Nate Steed

Sr Associate
Warner, Norcross & Judd

Kelly Hollingsworth

Warner, Norcross & Judd

As more companies move to the cloud for critical services, it’s important for you to understand the potential business and legal risks. In this session we’ll look at areas of common disagreement between business and service provider, provide examples of language that will help you close the deal, and negotiating strategies to make sure your business is protected.

11:45am - Hot Lunch Buffet Served

Multigrain Rolls, Artisan Lettuce Salad, Caramelized Filberts, Shallot Vinaigrette, Golden Beet – Granny Smith Apple Salad, Honey Dressing, House Smoked Salmon, Apple Cider Sauce, Grilled Chicken, Pearl Onion Ragout, Roasted Potato Gnocchi, Beecher’s Cream Sauce, Nanaimo Bars, Berry Shortbreads

12:40pm - Ballroom 6C | Keynote Introduction

Beth Galliher-Ponce

Sr Dir, IT Frontline
12:45pm - Ballroom 6C | Get-Real Leadership

Harry Campbell

'Get-Real Leadership'

Reflecting back to time spent with one of his professional role models, Sam Walton, Harry S. Campbell takes the tenants of servant leadership and infuses them with his own business philosophies developed while working at Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Sprint, as well as smaller private companies. What results is an empowering and fresh approach to managing people and business that Campbell calls Get-Real Leadership.

1:30pm - | Networking Break

Take this time to connect with your peers and visit with our partner sponsors to learn how they can be a true partner to your business.

2:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
2:00pm - 608 | Information, The Currency of the 21st Century

Kiran Bhageshpur

Founder & CEO
Igneous Systems

The 19th century was the century of ‘industrial’ scale extraction and processing of natural resources.  The economic highlight of this era was the discovery of gold, silver and other precious minerals in the western US and the accompanying westward railroad expansion that followed. The 20th century saw the conversation of raw materials into finished goods and it was the likes of Bethlehem Steel, IBM & GE that went from ‘startups’ to behemoths 

We are still in the early stages of a world in which the most enduring asset that a business possesses is Information.  Google and Facebook are two companies valued almost entirely for their unique ‘information monopoly’. What starts with a few outliers soon tends to become the new normal. How will the need to transform into an “Information” company change your business and with it, the demands on “IT”.  What does “IT” look like in this still emerging age? 

2:00pm - 609 | How To Help Your Teams Handle More Than They Can Handle
sponsored by SIM Seattle

Mike Arcuri

Product Leader at Facebook
Freelance Product Consultant & Advisor

In this session we’ll discuss techniques for dealing with the messy reality of multiple competing priorities, look at the pros and cons of each approach, and try to reach agreement on the success criteria for these situations. Then we’ll examine some case studies of tricky prioritization situations and discuss credible plans for improvement.  Given time, we can break into sub-groups and help each other with real-world situations in our work.

2:00pm - 611 | Enabling A DevOps Culture Shift Through Transparency
sponsored by ExtraHop

Daniel Spurling

Current Entrepreneur

Many leaders are looking to drive a DevOps culture within their organization, and are working through the process and cultural change adoption phases.  This change takes time, but are there other tools that can speed up adoption and acceptance?   In this interactive session, Dan Spurling will describe how shared tools can help drive transparency in order to further your DevOps transformation.

2:00pm - 612 | Driving Unified Communications to the Cloud: Perspectives from Martin Ievers of Interstate Distributor
sponsored by Fuze

Martin Ievers

IT Operations Manager
Interstate Distributor

In this session we will explore how one of the leading trucking and distribution companies in America, founded in 1933, made the move from outdated on premise systems to a modern UCaaS platform.  Their journey is providing greater consistency, visibility, and flexibility across the organization and is enabling greater employee engagement and a stronger sense of company connection between its various locations and drivers.

2:45pm - | Networking Break

Take this time to connect with your peers and visit with our partner sponsors to learn how they can be a true partner to your business.

3:00pm - | Breakout Sessions
3:00pm - 608 | App Delivery In a Microservices World
sponsored by Seattle SIM

Manish Sahasrabudhe

Co-founder and VP, Product Management

Breaking traditional monolithic application architectures into micro services is all the rage, yet frequently misunderstood by IT leaders. In this talk Shippable CMO Manisha introduces you to the world of micro services, provides a look at how traditional N-tier applications can migrate to a service-oriented architecture, and what changes a software team needs to make to successfully make the transition to delivering applications in a microservices world.

3:00pm - 609 | Biometrics & Privacy: How to Engage With your Lawmakers to Stay Ahead of Regulation
sponsored by Seattle SIM

Mark Harmsworth

State Representative
44th District (R-Mill Creek)

In today’s world of complex regulations around data collection and privacy requirements, how should you engage with local, state and federal lawmakers to help keep innovation alive? Balancing the privacy needs, data protection and retention requirements while still building your business and customer satisfaction is not easy. With developing technologies, it’s not just account numbers and passwords, now collection and protection of our most sensitive biometric information has to be handled carefully.

This breakout session will focus on how you should think about engaging with lawmakers and review recent efforts at the state level to improve both privacy and use of customer biometric information.

3:00pm - 611 | Security in the New Business World: The Challenges of Today's CIO/CISO
sponsored by Info~Tech

Matt Mandich

Director, Innovation & Strategy

The tidal forces of the IT industry and how new security threats are affecting CIOs and CISOs in their missions of protection and moving forward. The role of the CIO and CISO is rapidly converging, where the CIO needs to be security savvy and the CISO needs to be a strong business-minded partner. During this session we will discuss:

  • The “tidal forces” that are affecting every business moving forward from a business and operational perspective.
  • How the “classic security models” are evolving – and how security technology and resource allocation need to evolve with the new models.
  • How the inherent nature of data protection is evolving along with the unavoidable “tidal forces” affecting business operations today.
  • How to start thinking about how to tackle these issues, plan for them, and evolve your security strategy to meet and exceed your 
3:00pm - 612 | IT Transformation From Siloed To Shared Infrastructure
sponsored by Kovarus

Gabriel Chapman

Principal Architect

Enterprise I.T. is in the midst of a global transformation. Public cloud has changed the game. Next generation data centers must be scaleable, agile, automated, and predictable. Storage architectures have not kept pace with this rapid transformation.

3:00pm - 613 | The Modern CIO: Moving Beyond Traditional DR
sponsored by Zerto

Karl Kurrle

Executive Consultant
Consulo, LLC

Quit blindly backing-up your storage arrays, chances are you will not be able to recover your systems in a timely manner. Scheduled replication and waiting for virtual machines to rehydrate is not a viable solution. IT really needs to take the time to learn the business s continuity requirements. Then, looking at the right way to deliver disaster recovery – is it as a service with certain departments getting different levels? Is it consistent across all applications?
In this sessions we will cover:
* Building and delivering an effective DR strategy
* A framework to build and implement an effective BCP program.
* Technologies used to deliver the best service levels

3:45pm - | Networking Break

Take this time to connect with your peers and visit with our partner sponsors to learn how they can be a true partner to your business.

3:55pm - Ballroom 6C | Keynote Introduction

Sen Reuven Carlyle (36th District-Seattle)

4:00pm - Ballroom 6C | A Fireside Chat: Discussing Software Development in 2016 and Beyond

S. "Soma" Somasegar

Venture Partner
Madrona Venture Group

Please join us for an intimate discussion as we take a tour of the key technology trends that drive both the “what” and the “how” of software development through the whole application lifecycle starting from ideation to deployment and monitoring.  Technology trends include microservices and containers, Machine Learning, Big Data, IoT, new device form factors including AR/VR, Natural Language Interface, DevOps and the like, while behavioral trends include the migration to the cloud, agile development, data-driven cultures, customer focus, and the pursuit of top engineering talent.  Soma Somasegar, Venture Partner at Madrona Venture Group and former CVP of the Developer Division at Microsoft will share his perspective on the trends that are reshaping how companies think about the future of software development.

4:45pm - Ballroom 6C | Closing Remarks

Lowell Millard

Reliable Parts
4:50pm - Networking Reception

Enjoy this complimentary cocktail reception featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and conversation. Make this an important element of your attendance to the Summit. The ability to network and collaborate with your peers in an open and no-hype environment will prove to provide long lasting value to your key business initiatives moving forward.


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Seattle SIM is the premier networking group for IT leaders. This group delivers this type of high level content on a monthly basis and culminates with this annual event.

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The Seattle Technology Leadership Summit is a great example of the power of bringing people together to share and explore new ideas. The conversation generated from the talks not only provides value to the attendees but the relationships fostered by the event provided dividends for years to come.

Pauly Comtois VP of Operations
Hearst Business Media

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