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2017 HITEC Dallas Summit Highlights, Photos and More!

Thursday, April 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Salina Rivera
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  2017 HITEC Dallas Leadership Summit & HITEC 50 Awards Luncheon.


HITEC 50 | Class of 2017

Nearly 400 IT business executives and senior leaders gathered at the JCPenney headquarters in Plano, TX on April 5-7 for the first of three 2017 HITEC Leadership Summits.

This three-day event, hosted by JCPenney, featured a great lineup of more than 40 top technology trendsetters from across the country. The event closed with an awards luncheon recognizing the top 50 most influential and notable IT professionals in Latin America/Ibero-America, called the HITEC 50.

PRE-SUMMIT Highlights 
Wednesday, April 5 

The 2017 HITEC Emerging Executive Program (EEP) held its first in-person session on the campus of our host sponsor, JCPenney. The session was led by Anne-Marie Olholm-Azzi, EEP Chair & IT Business Operations Manager at Cisco. The following executives shared their invaluable business experiences with the program mentors and mentees:
  • Mark De Mattei, Partner & Producer at Kirkwood Elliot Productions, and CEO at Textsoft
  • Scott Jonasz, Co-Founder & President, Textsoft LLC
  • Miguel Quiñones, Department Chair and O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair in Organizational Behavior at SMU Cox School of Business 
  • Susan Angele & Stephen L. Brown, Senior Advisors, Board Leadership Center
  • Doug Alger, Jacob Dotson, Scott Smith & Bob Wale 
HITEC Leaders attended a sold out  welcome reception hosted by Capital One at the Dallas Cowboy Headquarters. There was standing room only as HITEC President, Andre Arebeláez, welcomed HITEC Leaders to Dallas. The attendees were also greeted by Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions and International, Jose Gutierrez, Technology Director, Capital One and Mike Amend, Executive Vice President, Omnichannel, JCPenney.

DAY #1 - Leadership Summit Highlights
Thursday, April 6 

#BMWUSA Ride and Drive:

HITEC Event Sponsor, BMW USA, offered HITEC Leaders the chance to get behind the wheel of the all-new BMW 7 Series for an extended test drive. With show-stopping performance and state-of-the-art technology, BMW USA demonstrated how it is redefining what it means to be The Ultimate Driving Machine®.
On the morning of April 6, the Leadership Summit kicked off with the HITEC Women’s Breakfast Series sponsored by Accenture and hosted by JCPenney. The 90-minute session focused on Closing the Gender Pay Gap Faster with Digital and what we can do today to start closing that gap in the IT industry. The breakfast was led by Nellie Borrero, Global Inclusion and Diversity Managing Director, Accenture and Rocio Lopez, IT Executive, Accenture.

Featured Speakers:
  • Ivonne Valdes, Sales VP, Cloud & Service Provider, Schneider Electric
  • Lauren Heyndrickx, CISO and Senior Director for JCPenney
  • Nalby Intharaksa, IT Program Manager at Lockheed Martin.
HITEC was pleased to offer its members the opportunity to register for one of three 90 minute concurrent sessions offered for the first time at the 2017 HITEC Dallas Leadership Summit. The sessions were offered in response to the survey feedback given by summit attendees of the 2016 HITEC Silicon Valley Leadership Summit.

Concurrent Sessions:

Miya Maysent Vice President,
Talent Development & Diversity, JCPenney, kicked off Day #1
of the Summit with a warm welcome. 

Next, Oracle executives invited to the stage students of Cristo Rey, who are also scholarship recipients of the HITEC Foundation, to present a donation of $10,000.


Jorge Lopez, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, gave the first keynote of the day titled, “Digital Business Industry Visions: On The Way to a Digital Society,”  

Key Take-Away
“Technology advancements are not some science fiction story off in the future, it’s here today.”


Ileana Rivera, HITEC Board Member and Senior Director of IT, Computing and Client Productivity Services, CISCO moderated the first panel of the day, titled, “Digital Innovation.” 
Key Take-Aways:
  • If you want to stay around as a business, you constantly need to make incremental changes. ~Mike Amend, Executive Vice President, Omnichannel JCPenney
  • If you start talking about change before talking about the “why” and “what you get,” the conversation gets shut down. ~Jennifer Lopez, Senior Director of Product Leadership, Capital One
Fourth Industrial Revolution: Rethinking Innovation and Business:

The second keynote of the day was presented by Steve Hill, Head of Innovation, KPMG. Mr. Hill challenged attendees to reconsider their company’s plan to make the shift from traditional automation software to new cognitive platforms, which make automation tools intelligent and help augment and leverage human knowledge.

Great fireside chat with Myrna Soto, HITEC Board Vice President and Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer, Comcast, and Esther Aguilera, President & CEO of LCDA. Soto  gave attendees insight into the journey to getting elected to a corporate board seat.

Key Take-Aways:
  • On a publicly traded board, your immediate priority is to the shareholder.
  • You may make decisions that aren’t comfortable from a human side. This is why you’re an independent director and not an employee.
  • As a board member, you must remain objective with your recommendations. Your duty is to guide the management team in making decisions

DAY #2 - Leadership Summit Highlights
Friday, April 7 

Engaging panel discussion moderated by Gustavo Garcia, Managing Director, Accenture. Experienced IT executives shared their experience and recommendations for digitally transforming organizations, including personalization initiatives, digital experience platforms, and prioritizing people and investing in culture, process and skills.

  • Carlos Amesquita, Chief Information Officer, The Hershey Company
  • Marcos Jimenez, CEO, Softtek USA
  • Therace Risch, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, JCPenney
  • Michael Garcia, Vice President, Development Services, Fannie Mae

Enlightening presentation on how big data and AI tools can inform diverse candidate Liliana Gil Valletta, Co-Founder and CEO, Cien+ that captivated the audience.

Inspiring keynote presented by Marvin Ellison, Chief Executive Office, JCPenney. Mr. Ellison shared his journey to CEO and gave insights into leadership qualities required to lead during times of change, which included the following Top 5  Leadership Commandments: 
  • Be courageous
  • Have intellectual curiosity
  • Know your business
  • Be the best you!
  • Keep things simple

The final session of the day was a diversity and inclusion panel led by Jesse Cortez, Global Inclusion Effectiveness Lead, Inclusion and Diversity, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Panelist included:
  • Cristina Lopez, Director, Inclusion and Diversity, Supplier Diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility, JCPenney
  • John Redmond, Sr. Advisor - Diversity Talent Attraction & Strategy
  • Shavonne Gordon, Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Capital One

HITEC leaders gathered for a post leadership summit reception sponsored by LinkAmerica CEO, Andrés Ruzo.

Additional photos from this summit may be found on our Facebook page. Please be sure to tag yourself and others you may recognize in the photos and share the photos with your network. 

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