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Spending Your Time Where It Counts

  Presented by Kelli Burns • Chief Information Security Officer & Associate Vice President, Symetra

“As leaders, our job is to help build a foundation.” Join Kelli Burns, Chief Information Security Officer & Associate Vice President at Symetra- an insurance, benefits and retirement company, as she discusses why culture is the foundation for innovation. From Cybersecurity risks to regulatory compliance and day to day operations, learn how to factor the time to build a culture of engagement from one of Seattle’s best.

Kelli is a Graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. She holds her Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Systems Auditor certifications and held the ISO 27001 Implementer and Auditor certification in the past. Kelli has 10+ years of experience in IT Consulting and Security with the last four being focused on building an Information Security program at Symetra. Kelli oversees the Identity and Access Management, Incident Response, IT Risk Management, Disaster Recovery, Privacy and Vendor Information Security Oversight Programs. She leads a team of security professionals at Symetra, responsible for developing, maintaining, overseeing, and operating security tools, processes, and policies. Kelli oversees the protection of information assets via security event management, risk assessments, technology reviews and incident response. Kelli sits on the University of Montana Advisory Board to help build our next generation of security professionals.

To Reboot and Disrupt: Reframing the Role of Information Technology and Reinventing Yourself

  Presented by Dr. Christine Miller • Vice President for Information Technology and CIO (Interim), California State University, Sacramento

Information Technology (IT) continues to play an essential role in both the public and private sectors. At the same time, IT is often relegated to a literal or virtual basement. During the past five decades, IT roles have transitioned from reactive, to proactive, to strategic partner; and yet, IT often continues to struggle for a legitimate place at the decision-making table.

Sometimes considered merely a utility or cost center, IT can be an asset for any organization with the right formula. Dynamic, stereotype-debunking leadership, a commitment to specialized communication, and ‘metric marketing’ are tools for changing perceptions, and IT leaders and practitioners often need to cross-train, take on new roles, and/or develop new competencies to demonstrate value to their organization. Developing new competencies can also create new professional opportunities that lend themselves to reducing burnout, increasing job satisfaction, and finding or rekindling your passion for a career in IT.

Dr. Christine Miller will share insights from her 25-year career and facilitate discussion on these topics.

Dr. Christine E. Miller joined California State University, Sacramento, in September 2014 as the Associate Chief Information Officer. She currently serves as Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Previously, Dr. Miller served as Assistant Dean and IT Executive Director for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. Dr. Miller has 25 years of experience working in information technology, academic technology, and higher education.

Under her leadership at the University of Georgia, she participated in shared governance and partnered with other divisions to achieve campus-wide goals, as well as implementing an eAdvising platform, virtualizing server infrastructure, supporting accreditation, developing paperless workflows for academic and administrative processes, initiating site licenses for campus software, participating in the launch of the office of online learning, and identifying resources to make core services sustainable.

Dr. Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s in Instructional Technology, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, all from the University of Georgia. Dr. Miller’s doctoral studies were completed in concert with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, where she honed her passion for using data and technology intentionally and collaboratively to achieve campus goals. In her current role, she serves as the technical sponsor for Smart Planner, Platinum Analytics, and other student and academic success projects.

Women Leaders in Technology and Why We Need More of Them

  Presented by Donna Hale • Former CIO, Evans Hotels

A myriad of research illustrates enhanced business outcomes such as increased sales revenue, more customers, greater market share and greater relative profits, when women and other underrepresented groups hold substantial and innovative leadership positions in tech. And yet, companies continue to miss out on highly qualified candidates, vital contributions and increased productivity and profit, as the numbers in tech’s diversity percentages plummet.

Come listen to Donna Hale share her story about what it’s like to be a woman in tech and what advice she has for those considering career options. She will explain how she has navigated the challenges as a women she faced when starting her career in Technology; her presentation will highlight the adversities/obstacles she has encountered over her career, but will also share her many positive experiences of female advocacy, especially meaningful and impactful exchanges and support from male colleagues. This presentation is a unique and necessary opportunity to ask questions and learn promising practices for addressing the barriers to women’s participation in tech, along with ways to support your organization’s efforts toward change and multifold advancement.

Let’s Work Together!

  Presented by Mark J. Simon • Senior Vice President/System Chief Information Officer, Benefis Health System

How can we as technology leaders find new ways to work together to achieve our goals and objectives? During this presentation, we will unpack this topic and look at a number of different ways we can collectively work together across Montana to better ourselves and our organizations.

A mission driven executive known for leading complex business and technology initiatives in acute, ambulatory and ancillary settings including strategic planning, new service lines, major system selection and implementation, data center migrations and upgrades, IS consolidations, mergers, and closings. A high visibility results oriented collaborator during periods of growth and change.

Leading in a Time of Transformation

  Presented by Ed Toner • CIO, State of Nebraska

Technology has reached the point where it can support just about anything that anyone wants to do, but the toughest challenge for IT leaders of an organization is convincing other stakeholders to embrace change. The State of Nebraska is reinventing its culture with a brand new IT infrastructure model. A little over a year ago, State CIO Ed Toner launched a statewide “hybrid” IT model that many said could never be done. He’s proving them wrong. The transformation is proceeding at a record pace and with remarkably tremendous support. Lessons he took from his career in the private sector can be applied to Nebraska’s successes. In this session, Ed shares his personal insights into how and why leadership is the key for each of us to successfully transform the enterprise.

Ed Toner was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts as Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska on June 9th, 2015. He has spent the last 20+ years in the Information Technology field, and has held IT leadership positions at both First Data and TD Ameritrade in Omaha, NE. A Nebraska transplant (native of Texas), Ed has significant international experience, having managed IT teams in both the UK and Argentina. His background also includes Industrial Engineering positions in Manufacturing prior to moving into the Information Technology field.

Since taking over as Nebraska’s chief information officer, Ed Toner has consolidated key information technology systems, resources and services which has positioned the state to provide quality support at lower costs earning him the StateScoop 2016 National “Up and Comer Award” and the 2017 “State Executive of the Year.” Ed earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Get Off The Island: How to Achieve Success Where Others Have Failed

  Presented by Wayne Crowder • Head of Information Security, Shamrock Trading Corporation

Technical work is challenging. Employees outside of IT cannot comprehend the amount of time invested and energy spent to work in our industry. We can be quite proud of our achievements, but may struggle to gain acceptance or buy-in from the business. The fear of losing what we have can occasionally lead to burnout and dead ends. Technology professionals can find themselves working longer hours but achieving less. You may also work in a culture with a perception of IT that can be isolating. The business wants things fixed without investing for the future or understanding the issues IT is continually facing. You are on an island.

How can IT initiatives be perceived as an essential need instead of a losing cost center? Learning to adapt and keeping confidence with a current employer is a lost art. It has become the norm to find a new job in hopes that the grass is greener, only to repeat the same cycle of seclusion and fatigue. How can islanders break out of this cycle? Attendees will learn how to avoid the pitfalls of knowledge hoarding and end user apathy. Techniques, training and culture ideas will be shared. Those who can think outside the box and use their non-IT talents can achieve more through some basic thinking and simple approaches to working with those in their environment.

Wayne Crowder is an accomplished security professional, speaker, and advisor. He is an expert in the fields of threat intelligence and investigations. He consults with security strategists, business owners, and managers, to develop security programs, minimize risk, and implement best in class security solutions. He is a passionate Information Security leader and currently serves as the Kansas City (ISC)2 Chapter Vice President. Wayne is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst, and GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst.

Be the Pig! Intentionally Changing Culture in an IT Organization

  Presented by Chris Gill • CITO, Drake University

Is your IT culture holding you back or driving you forward? Culture is an organization’s basic personality, the essence of how its people behave, interact, and work. Changing culture is a daunting task but, for IT to be effective, IT leaders must align their cultures to the organization’s mission and goals. Join Drake CITO, Chris Gill, on a journey through his experiences shaping culture at two higher education institutions and learn about his ten steps to changing culture in IT.

Chris Gill currently serves as Drake University’s Chief Information Technology Officer. Prior to assuming the CITO role at Drake, Mr. Gill was the Chief Information Officer at Gonzaga University for more than 10 years and a member of the Gonzaga University information technology team for more than 24 years. Beginning in 1990 as a video producer for the Gonzaga’s distance education program, he has held a variety of positions in Media Services and Information Technology Services, including Video Producer/Director, Video Operations Manager, Director of Desktop Support Services, and Director of IT Project Management and Planning.

Mr. Gill is a 2005 graduate of the EDUCAUSE Frye Leadership Institute. He served on the 2007 EDUCAUSE national conference program committee and on the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Committee. He also served as a member representative to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) IT Managers’ organization, and the member council of the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium (NWACC). He holds a Bachelors degree from Gonzaga University and a Masters Degree in Technology Management from Washington State University.

Three Keys to Increase Your Influence as a Geek Leader

  Presented by Tom Cooper • Principal Geek, Helping Geeks Communicate

Would you like to have more influence at work? Happier clients and higher ups? Less friction in the workplace? More cooperation? Join us as we talk about the three “laws” of leadership and keys to influencing others.

  1. The Law of the Lid: Leadership ability determines a person’s effectiveness
  2. The Law of Influence: The true measure of leadership is influence-nothing more, nothing less
  3. The Law of Process: Leadership develops daily, not in a day.

You’ll walk away from this session with at least three actionable steps to help strengthen your leadership and develop a better team.

Finding himself a complete failure at influencing other people, Tom Cooper made it his mission to understand how to connect with and influence others. As a husband, father, software developer, organizational leader and project manager, Tom eventually discovered how to get the help he needed from others. With that knowledge, Tom ascended the corporate ranks to deliver projects on time and on budget, working with teams who didn’t directly report to him. Now he helps others learn how to do that too.

New Collar Work: The Next Generation of Employment for Alaska

  Presented by Shawn O. Brume Sc.D. • Senior Vice President, Information Management Governance at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Long dependent on the Oil and fishing industries, Alaska natives, “born”, and transplants have traditionally left Alaska for good paying jobs in other fields. Technology is rapidly changing where how and when people work. It is the responsibility of the technical leaders in Alaska to emphasize to the next generation, that Alaska is as connected as anywhere in the world. Even more important: demonstrating that Alaska companies are leading in technology development and deployment. Technology jobs are not out of reach of those that have better soft skills and are not “techies”. Promoting technical vocations with both technical and soft skills is going to drive a new career for the next generation of Alaskans.

Business leaders have the opportunity to influence this path now. Less than 30% of the University of Alaska education system students currently stay in Alaska, we must retain talent at every level and not just from Math Science and technology fields.

Presented by Julia Wise

  Presented by Julia Wise • Manager of the Office of Science and Technology, New Mexico Economic Development Department

Technology-based economic development strives to create an environment where innovative and technology based firms thrive. With three federal research labs, three research universities, and several private research organizations, New Mexico has the basic framework to have a robust science and technology sector. This talk will discuss what New Mexico is doing to create this environment, what we still need to do so, the challenges faced, and what comes next.

Julia Wise is a scientist with experience in education, health care, and technology transfer who now works in technology based economic and community development. As the Manager of the Office of Science and Technology she works to create, support, and lead programs that allow New Mexico’s science and technology based economy to grow and thrive. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Masters and Doctorate in Geology. Prior to moving back to her hometown of Santa Fe she worked for The Science Museum of Minnesota, had a stint as a barista, worked at The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, taught geology, environmental science, and engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, and worked for STC.UNM. Outside of work she volunteers for the Santa Fe Alliance for Science and with Patient Privacy Rights in their health data partnership with the UN. She also spends a lot of time exploring and playing in the mountains of New Mexico.