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The 2018 HITEC Dallas Leadership Summit & HITEC 50 Awards Was A Success!

Thursday, March 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Salina Rivera
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Over 300 technology business executives and senior leaders, comprised of 40% women and 50% first-time HITEC summit attendees, gathered in Dallas, TX on March 14-16, for the HITEC Dallas Leadership Summit themed "Transforming Through Disruption," hosted by AT&T. 
Expert speakers and panelists contributed their knowledge on digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and implementing technology for a greater good. Many speakers shared advice, stories of their personal journey and experiences, aligned with our mission at HITEC of "pushing up and pulling up."

 

HITEC Emerging Executive Program (EEP) Class of 2018 

The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) hosted 52 emerging executives at the AT&T Headquarters in Dallas to launch its 2018 HITEC Emerging Executive Program (EEP), led by Anne-Marie Azzi, Cisco Systems IT Business Operations Manager. As HITEC continues to evolve, it is simultaneously providing personal development and growth to its members.  A critical component of that success is HITEC’s Emerging Executive Program, which is a cornerstone of their core mission: to develop future Hispanic technology and business leaders. The mission will continue with its 2018 EEP cohort, by helping these emerging executives develop the core executive skill set they need to be successful. Read more about the EEP session here

 

Women In Tech Leadership Summit Sponsored by Accenture 

On the morning of March 15, Accenture opened Day #1 of the Leadership Summit with the highly anticipated HITEC Women In Tech Breakfast series. The Women in Tech program offers an open conversation on bridging the gender gap and advancing a career in technology. It's a forum where women bond with shared experiences and advice in a collaborative environment.
The breakfast panel started with a moving story by Sonia Carvalho, in which she talked openly about the adversities she faced growing up in a repressive environment and how her perseverance led to her current position of Managing Director, Products SAP Practice at Accenture.
Rocio Lopez, Global Information Technology Executive for Accenture, key member and lead for the HITEC Women In Tech Breakfast series, moderated the panel which featured: Adriana Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Hospitality Support, Oracle
Dr. Alicia Abella, Vice President, Advanced Technology Realization, AT&T Services Inc.
Karla Parra, Senior Manager, Talent and Organization, Accenture 

"Diversity has so many different faces and we need to embrace the different types: gender, ethnicity. At Accenture, we are encouraging diversity of strengths. The concept is we can only be a strong team when we have diversity of more than just gender or ethnicity, but also what we bring to the table as individuals."-Karla Parra

 

Pablo Salazar, Chief Information Officer and Vice President Compliance, AT&T Mexico, opened Day #1 of the Leadership Summit with a warm and energetic welcome to HITEC Leaders and followed with his presentation titled, Disrupting Mexico Telecom.Pablo shared the challenges AT&T faced entering the monopolized telecommunications market of Mexico and how they increased their footprint by offering innovating products to an under serviced consumer base. Disruption was the choice they made to transform the telecom market in Mexico.

 

Gene Alvarez, HITEC Advisory Board Member and Managing Vice President, Gartner Inc., kicked off the afternoon with an outstanding presentation titled, Winds of Digital Disruption, in which he discussed the difference between digital projects and digital business. Gene also discussed how digital disruption is reshaping industries and how with nearly four years into the digital shift we find ourselves at the peak of inflated expectations. Gene's presentation was framed around 3 network effective technologies: Internet of Things, Application Programming Interfaces and Artificial Intelligence.


 

 A highlight of the afternoon was Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of AT&T Business, who discussed the power of technology and the community's responsibility to use it for the purpose of good. 
"We can't deliver a new future if we can't imagine how to build a better world along the way," said Arroyo.

Next, Thaddeus Arroyo  brought Suman Kanuganti, CEO of Aira, a key collaborator of the AT&T Foundry, to the stage for a memorable AT&T Fireside Chat - Technology for Good, in which they described how the two companies worked collaboratively to bring a life changing product to market for the visually impaired called "smart glasses." These glasses read text to the user and connects them with a live person who can help them navigate their surroundings.


Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, HITEC Board of Directors and Principal, KPMG, led the "Connected Enterprise" focused on how 8 core capabilities and supporting technology enable a connected enterprise. The panel featured:

  • Julio Hernandez, Principal, KPMG 
  • Carlos Caraza, CIO, Monsanto and
    HITEC 50 Award Winner

Marcos Jimenez, CEO, Softtek and Jorge Pederzini, Global Director for Brinker International, shared the stage for a fireside chat focused on Facing the Digital Challenge where they discussed the role technology is playing in marketing and the importance of having a global hub system, proving the ability to share the right content at the right time.


HITEC 50 AWARDS DINNER

On the evening of March 15, HITEC Leaders and guests came together at the 2018 HITEC 50 Awards Dinner to honor the top 50 most influential and notable professionals in the technology industry in Latin America/Ibero-America.

Emcees for the evening were HITEC Board Member Juan Carlos Gutierrez and HITEC Advisory Board Member Patricia Rios.

Thaddeus Arroyo, HITEC Board of Directors and CEO of AT&T Business, gave the introductory speech where he spoke about our responsibility of developing the next generation of technology leaders.

The event included TED Talk style presentations from HITEC 50 Awardees Alonso Yañez, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Walmart Mexico and Centro America, and Naoe Yoshimoto, Chief Information Officer, PwC, Brazil.

Click here for a full list of the 2018 HITEC 50 Award Winners: http://www.hitecglobal.org/page/HITEC502018


   

Three concurrent sessions were offered at the Dallas Summit:

  • KPMG continued their Board Fit series, which prepares C-level executives for national board positions. This session focused on helping attendees understand the interests of investors.
     
  • Technology Track: CEO of Sparkovation Advisors, Thomas Miranda, along with a panel of experts, shared in-depth concerns related to machine learning and artificial intelligence, how they impact our lives today and how industries will be disrupted tomorrow.
     
  • Professional Track: President at Exeqpath, LLC, Fernando Rosario presented, Executive Coaching, Strategic Relationships and Communication, which focused on successful communication strategies, and the most effective skills needed for building and leveraging business relationshipsProfessional development is at the core of the HITEC mission and key to our members success. Insights shared by Fernando Rosario empowered the attendees with new skill sets to refine their executive paths.

 

Emerging Executive Program

The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) hosted 52 emerging executives at the AT&T Headquarters in Dallas to launch its 2018 HITEC Emerging Executive Program (EEP), led by Anne-Marie Azzi, Cisco Systems IT Business Operations Manager.

As HITEC continues to evolve, it is simultaneously providing personal development and growth to its members.  A critical component of that success is HITEC’s Emerging Executive Program, which is a cornerstone of their core mission: to develop future Hispanic technology and business leaders.

The mission will continue with its 2018 EEP cohort, by helping these emerging executives develop the core executive skills set they need to be successful. Read more about the EEP session here

 



 

The afternoon HITEC style TED Talk: Disruption in the New Digital Era featured:

 

  • Roberto Ricossa, Regional Vice President - Latin America, F5 Networks
     
  • Sandra Howard, Vice President of Corporate Brand Marketing, AT&T
     
  • Cindy Healy, Director, Microsoft Business Operations.

"Inclusion is the difference between feeling accepted and feeling that you belong."-Cindy Healy

 

 Alberto Yépez,, HITEC Board Chairman and Managing Director at Trident Capital Cybersecurity, sat down with Hernan Armbruster, Senior Vice President, Americas Region and Hybrid Infrastructure Protection at Trend Micro, to discuss Trend Micro's IT security certification program and introduce three program graduates who provided insight into their experience with the program, the unique skills they obtained and how it has prepared them for a career in technology.

 

Disrupting Through Inclusive Engagement presented by AT&T:

  • Alencia DeAnda-Gregg, Director Technology & Operations Program Office, AT&T 
  • Laura Ramirez, Lead Consultant, Talent Development, AT&T 
  • Adrian Quintanilla, Assistant Vice President of Talent Acquisition, AT&T

"Stop thinking about tech and look at each other in the room. Human capital is #1. That is going to drive technology." -Laura Ramirez

"We can't wait for the perfect plan. We have to be able to respond. Let's deliver our brand promises, but let our corporate reputations be about impacting lives and having positive influences on humanity." -Adrian Quintanilla

AT&T Innovation Showcase

AT&T showcased their latest technology in connectivity providing solutions in the areas of finance, healthcare and city services.

  • Connected Finance: AT&T showcased highly secure solutions that improve customer engagement, enhance productivity, and increase operational efficiency in the financial services industry. Demonstrated was ways to see how to transform bank lobbies and experience facial recognition demonstrations as well as digital signage.
     
  • Connected Healthcare: In the healthcare industry, next generation care starts with highly reliable, high bandwidth networks, connected devices, agile employees and cybersecurity preparedness. AT&T works with companies across the care continuum to bring IoT connectivity into the healthcare space, enabling caregivers to get a better-rounded picture of patient health and make faster medical decisions.
     
 
  • Connected City: IoT technology empowers cities and municipalities to improve daily life and manage city services more efficiently. AT&T is working with FirstNet to build, deploy and maintain the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network for America’s first responders.

 Don't Miss The Next Summit

 

Mark your calendars for the next HITEC Leadership Summit in Seattle!

 

Watch this video from our host sponsor, Microsoft!

Save the Date for our Summer HITEC Seattle Leadership Summit sponsored by Microsoft, July 31 - August 2, 2018! 


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