5:30PM - 7:30PM
Pre-Conference Reception

What better way to kick off the State of Technology Conference than with a Cinco de Mayo themed reception! Join us and other professionals for a great evening of networking, food and drinks.

7:30AM - 8:30AM
Registration / Breakfast / Exhibit Showcase

Breakfast Sponsor - Hitachi Data Systems
Registration Sponsor - Dynatrace

Brooks Raiford
President and CEO, NCTA

Timothy Humphrey
VP Cognitive Enterprise, IBM

Kevin Eagan
Chief Digital Experience Officer & GM of Digital Platforms, IBM

Sponsored by IBM

PANEL A: The Digital Talent Shortage – How Can We Bridge The Gap?
Presented by Rural Sourcing Inc.
Emilyanne Atkinson CEO - Wilmington Technology Guild
Odile Ducatez Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Operations - Ahold Delhaize Retail Business Services
Monty Hamilton CEO - Rural Sourcing Inc. (MODERATOR)
Dan McGurrin Director of Executive Education - NC State University
Jeff Zirker Chief Experience Officer – The Select Group

PANEL B: Getting To Market Faster – How To Accelerate Innovation
Presented by DataChambers
Joe Bastante Chief Technology Officer - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Rob Mann VP Innovation & Growth – North Highland
Katherine Manuel SVP, Innovation - Thomson Reuters
Marc Montoro General Manager, DataChambers (MODERATOR)
Patrick Turner CTO - Small Footprint

PANEL C: Modernizing Legacy Systems – How To Transform Existing Systems
Presented by SAS
Keith Collins Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer - SAS (MODERATOR)
Danny Baker AVP, Claims Software Engineering - MetLife
Abhijeet Pradhan Vice President Software Engineering - Optum
Brijesh Solanki Managing Director - Credit Suisse
Keith Werner Carolinas Public Sector Leader - EY

Break Sponsor - Data Network Solutions

Panel A: Digital Transformers – New Type Of Leadership Required?
Presented by Zerto
Greg Boone President - iCiDIGITAL
Todd Olson CEO & Co-Founder - Pendo
John Castillo Account Executive, Eastern NC - Zerto (MODERATOR)
Becky Scott Senior Program Manager - Cisco Systems
Murali Vridhachalam Director and Distinguished Engineer – IBM Chief Analytics Office

Panel B: Digital Transformation – What Are Lessons Learned?
Presented by Earthlink Windstream
Scott Byers President & CEO – EDM Americas
Nolan Combs Practice Leader, Digital Advisory - Skookum
Scott Yelton Director of Product Management - Windstream (MODERATOR)
Prem Ranganath Senior Director, IT Delivery Excellence & Assurance – QuintilesIMS
Rob Simora CTO - Cengage

Panel C: Privacy & Protection – Are You Ready For General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
Presented by Veritas
Patrick Bland Information Governance Strategist - Veritas (MODERATOR)
Elizabeth Johnson Partner, Head of Privacy & Data Security Practice – Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton
Rick Statile Corporate Counsel - Red Hat, Inc.
Lewis Winning Vice President, Global Presales Engineering - Hitachi Data Systems

Lunch Sponsor - AVAILABLE

Josh Stein, NC Attorney General
TOPIC: Leadership Briefing

Jonathan Feldman, CIO, City of Asheville
TOPIC: Digital Transformation: What Your CxO Needs To Know

Dr. Ken Russell, VP of Digital Transformation & CIO, Pfeiffer University
TOPIC: Making Digital Matter – Communities, Collaboration & The Next Generation CIO

Sponsored by Dell Technologies

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