HITEC D.C. Leadership Summit - The Rise of Hispanic Influence in Technology

HITEC D.C. Leadership Summit - The Rise of Hispanic Influence in Technology

From August 15, 2013 1:00 pm until August 16, 2013 5:00 pm

At Lockheed Martin CLE 6777 ROCKLEDGE DR BETHESDA, MD 20817

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There will be no on-site registration available. If you are planning on attending the HITEC Summit and did not make the registration cut off deadline of August 5th, please email info@305commevents.com. No guarantees can be made to ensure registration but we will do our best to accommodate you.







Carlos Orta


President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility


Carlos Orta was named the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’s (HACR) President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2006, bringing more than fifteen years of political and corporate experience and a reputation as an influential leader and advocate for Hispanic inclusion. Orta also served as the executive producer of an award-winning documentary, Insider Game, which premiered in Oct. 2011.



Ricardo Bartra


SVP, CIO Americas, DHL Global Forwarding


Business-driven executive with MS in IS Management, engineering background, and 20+ year track record of accelerated advance. Extensive experience managing high-performance teams and multi-million IT dollar budgets across multiple business lines, complex IT support models and application systems and infrastructure services in Regional and Global scopes.



Tony Diaz


Managing Director, Accenture


As a Managing Director in Accenture’s Technology Growth Platform (TGP), Tony Diaz has pioneered a broad range of programs, advising multinational organizations to help transform their human resource IT systems and business processes into high performance global operations. For more than 18 years, he has managed implementations of large-scale software applications and currently serves as Capability Lead for Accenture’s North America Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) practice.



Haden Land


VP, Engineering & CTO, Lockheed Martin


Mr. Land has 28 years of professional experience across the public & private sectors which includes 5 years of international experience in executive management across a variety of technical and engineering disciplines. Previous roles include systems programmer, application programmer, database engineer, chief engineer, chief architect & enterprise consultant.



Tom Kellermann


VP of Cyber Security , Trend Micro


Within this role Tom Kellermann is a trusted advisor for Cybersecurity. Tom is responsible for analysis of emerging cybersecurity threats and relevant defensive technologies, strategic partnerships and government affairs. Tom served as a Commissioner on The Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency and serves on the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance http://staysafeonline.org/ , The International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), and the National Board of Information Security Examiners Panel for Penetration Testing. Tom is a Professor at American University's School of International Service and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).



Dan Rizzo


Chief Innovation Officer, Inovalon


Mr. Rizzo serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Inovalon. In this role, Mr. Rizzo holds responsibility for the coordination and oversight of all product development and material product updates and expansions of capability, including design, functionality, development, quality testing processes, and modularized rollouts and operational expansions. Mr. Rizzo is also responsible for all aspects of the Company’s dataset assets, including processes to support and achieve high integrity, reliability, and security; accuracy and efficiency of integration; comprehensive policies and procedures for access and utilization; and ultimate realization of value for the Company, clients, and the healthcare community.



Alberto Yepez


Managing Director, Trident Capital


Alberto Yépez is a Managing Director of Trident Capital and joined the firm in 2008. He is an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur, actively investing in IT Security, Enterprise Software and Mobility. Alberto’s past Directorships include enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Entrust (ENTU - acquired by Thoma Bravo), Third Brigade (acquired by Trend Micro), and Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle).



Mary Ann Gomez


Executive Director, CHLI (Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute)


Mary Ann Gomez joined the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) as its Executive Director in September, 2011. Prior to joining CHLI, she was the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She is a former corporate marketing manager with Coors Brewing Company and McDonald’s Corporation.



Rick Geritz


CIO, LifeJourney and Chairman, CyberMaryland


Rick is a Maryland based technology entrepreneur who creates and builds early stage companies and organizations in high growth markets, including Cyber Security, Social Networking and STEM Education. Rick currently serves on the boards of The John's Hopkin's Howard County Hospital, LifeJourney, The Cyber Incubator, SINET and is the Chairman of CyberMaryland.



Andre Arbelaez


President, HITEC | SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Softtek, Inc.

TOPIC: State of Organization


Andre Arbelaez is the President of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and is the SVP & Chief Strategy Officer for Softtek USA. Andre joined HITEC in its inception in 2007 and as HITEC’s President, he brings a premier group of relationships of CEO’s, CIO’s and both VP’s of IT and Workforce Diversity and Inclusion from Fortune 1000 global companies and is a Leader in the Hispanic and African-American IT community nationally.



Andre Mendes


CIO/CTO, Director, Technology, Services & Innovation Broadcasting Board of Governors, International Broadcasting Bureau


Experienced executive with a proven track record of successful technological deployments and innovation in a variety of industries. Recognized industry leader, able to consistently drive bottom line results through judicious use of nascent technologies. Influential and internationally recognized public speaker. Global experience with both established businesses and new foreign initiatives. Fluency in Portuguese, Spanish and French.



Denise Saiki


Vice President, Enterprise Business Services and CIO, Lockheed Martin


Denise Saiki was selected in April 2013 to be the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of the Enterprise Business Services organization for Lockheed Martin. She is responsible for leading a team of 4,500 professionals located around the globe who manage Lockheed Martin’s Financial Services and Energy, Environment, Safety and Health operations as well as all information technology products and services, including protecting the corporation’s information and infrastructure from cyber threats.



Danny Vargas


President of VARCom Solutions


Award winning marketing, communications and sales leader with deep experience building, managing and motivating geographically dispersed global organizations. Experienced thought-leader who links overall business strategy to integrated marketing and communication solutions and proven ability to drive results.



Diane Sanchez


CEO, Technology Foundation of the Americas


Diane is recognized for her contribution in the Americas region in setting up operations for some of the leading Global Corporations in the ICT industry where she has held key executive positions for some of the world market leaders. She has played a key role in leading their entry into emerging markets, where she has cultivated relationships with key corporate decision makers who are succeeding in implementing global converged solutions in Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Europe, South America and USA for consumers, enterprise and multinational corporations.



Julio Carbonell




Mr. Carbonell is Senior Vice President and CIO of the ASPCA, a U.S.-based, non-profit corporation dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. He is responsible for all technology products and services in support of the organization’s mission of providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and of serving victims of animal cruelty. Previously, Mr. Carbonell was Vice President, Information Technology at the Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner (MLB), where he led the strategic direction and evolution of technology services for MLB’s central offices and teams.

Myrna Soto

SVP & CIISO Comcast

Myrna Soto is SVP & CIISO, (Chief Infrastructure and Information Security Officer) at Comcast. In her role Myrna is responsible for Enterprise Information and Infrastructure Security strategy at Comcast. She oversees the several security teams focusing on the protection of customer data, the security of Comcast’s Enterprise and Delivery infrastructure as well as all technology

Judy Pino

Conservative Strategist, LIBRE Initiative

Pino moved to Washington D.C. after receiving a political appointment during the first term of the George W. Bush Administration to work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Spanishlanguage spokesperson and Hispanic media liaison for the Office of the Administrator. During her tenure at the EPA, Judy won an Aurora Award and a Telly Award for two environmental documentaries produced and directed by her.

Estuardo Rodriguez

Principal, Raben Group

A commentator and consultant on Democratic and Hispanic issues, Estuardo V. Rodriguez, Jr. counsels our clients on media and communications strategies targeted to Hispanic communities. Estuardo has appeared on CNN, CNN en Español, Univision’s Despierta America, national and local Univision and Telemundo. He also serves the U.S. Department of State as an independent political analyst in Latin America, most recently in Colombia and Bolivia.

Dr. Pablo G. Molina

CIO, Southern Connecticut State University

Dr. Pablo Molina is the Chief Information Officer at Southern Connecticut State University. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches graduate courses in ethics and technology management, managing information security and Internet governance. He is the Executive Director of the International Applied Ethics and Technology Association. He was associate vice president for information technology and campus chief information officer from 2000 until 2012 at Georgetown University. Prior to that, he worked as director of information technology for the University of Pennsylvania, lecturer/director of information systems for Washington University in Saint Louis, and senior lecturer for the University of Missouri in Saint Louis. Before his career in academia, he was MIS manager at the Saint Louis Zoo. Previously, he built a technology company in Madrid, where he also served as editor in chief of computer magazines, authored several books on technology, and taught information technology at the Escuela de Hacienda Publica.

Jorge Benitez

Chief Executive, United States and Senior Managing Director, North America, Accenture

Jorge Benitez has primary responsibility for Accenture’s business and operations in North America, including developing and executing the company’s business strategy, delivering client service and driving its growth in the region. Most recently, Mr. Benitez served as the chief operating officer for Products, the largest of Accenture’s five operating groups. In that role, which he held for five years, he led Accenture’s global business across a wide set of consumer-relevant industry groups. He has also served as the relationship lead for several of Accenture’s largest Products clients. Mr. Benitez’s success in business and his contributions to the broader community have been recognized on a number of occasions. Hispanic Business Magazine named him to its “2011 Top 25 Corporate Elite” list and, in 2004, selected him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States. He was also selected to the PODER Top 100 Influential Hispanics in 2011. Mr. Benitez is a member of Business Roundtable, on the Board of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Chief Executive 50. He is also deeply involved in supporting STEM education and training through his service on the Education and Workforce Committee on the Business Roundtable, as a board member of Change the Equation, and as a member of The Business-Higher Education Forum.

Allen Gutierrez

Executive Director, The Latino Coalition

Allen Gutierrez serves as the National Executive Director of The Latino Coalition, a national organization that represents Latino interests with senior executives of many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies both federal and local. He is also the founder of The MCA Group based out of Southern California with emphasis on Federal & private sector procurement, special events management and multicultural marketing. Prior to joining the entrepreneur spirit and starting his own company he was the Chief Operating Officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce a national organization that represents the interest of over 2 million Hispanic Owned Businesses.

Melissa Mortiz

Managing Director, Teach For America

Melissa Moritz is the managing director of Teach For America’s STEM Initiative. After graduating from MIT with a B.S. in Biology, Melissa joined the Teach For America corps as a middle school science teacher at MS 321 in New York City.

Amanda Fernandez

Vice President, Teach For America

As Vice President of Latino Community Partnerships, Amanda Fernandez is responsible for leading Teach For America’s engagement with the Latino community to include outreach as well as recruitment, advancement and development of Latino corps members, staff and alumni. She has increased the partnership opportunities with several Latino serving organizations such as Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Hispanic Heritage Foundation where these efforts have greatly increased the awareness of Teach For America and their work in the Latino community across the country. Ultimately her work seeks to ensure that Teach For America works in partnership with the Latino community to eliminate educational inequality for Latino children in the United States. Since her tenure, Teach For America has increased Latino representation of teachers to the corps to 10%. Teach For America is also one of the nation’s largest single providers of Latino teachers to underserved schools in America.

Jose Jimenez

President and CEO, Carib Group LLC

Mr. Jimenez is President and CEO of Carib Group LLC, a company he founded to provide information technology, security, systems engineering and management consulting services to government and industry clients. He retired as CSC's Chief Diversity Officer on 30 September 2012. As CDO he, reported to the President and CEO and to the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, with responsibilities for advancing the diversity and inclusion program within CSC. He was responsible for working closely with Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders and sponsors and CSC executives globally to develop business initiatives allowing CSC the ability to attract diverse and retain talent in all markets.



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