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2024 SIM Women Leadership Online Summit

June 26 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2024 Online Summit Agenda

12:30 – 1:25 PM

Opening Remarks & Keynote | AI: The Hype vs The Reality

Dr. Lisa Palmer

Lisa Palmer, Chief AI Strategist and an AI Doctoral Candidate, will be delivering a captivating and interactive keynote that aligns perfectly with the conference’s theme of “Question Everything!” Her presentation, titled “AI – Questioning the Hype and Reality,” will provide a comprehensive global overview of the state of AI. She will share insights on what it takes to be an AI leader and how this exploding technology impacts industry, business, and individuals. In addition, Lisa will elevate attendees’ awareness of AI issues by examining the legal and regulatory landscape at the global, national, and statewide levels. Lisa’s inside-out approach will start with the individual and expand out to the macro environment, providing a complete and well-rounded picture.
Attendees will have exclusive access to downloadable content on Lisa’s website, www.drlisa.ai. The keynote will also feature live polling, allowing attendees to engage with Lisa and their peers. The audience’s AI knowledge will be gauged, and specific takeaways tailored to each attendee’s role will be provided, ensuring that everyone can upskill themselves. This keynote promises to be both exciting, fun, and informative – it is not to be missed!

1:40 – 2:05 PM

Increasing Visibility in the Workplace

Angela Harris

As women in tech, visibility at work is critical for career advancement. By the end of this session, you will have a clear understanding of how to stand out and get noticed in your industry, build your personal brand, and drive meaningful impact in your organization.

Risk Management

Moderator: Leona Thomas; Panelists: RJ Juliano, Deborah Butler, ESQ, Ariane Schiereck

Every CIO and IT leader needs to focus on balancing Risk and how to govern it. Today with ChatGPT and other AI tools being integrated or launched by the thousands, leaders are feeling overwhelmed; but is it different? Or do leaders take the same approach of understanding the landscape and balancing opportunities against their organization’s Risk appetite?

2:10 – 2:35 PM

Recruiting Top Talent

Moderator: Judy Balaban Panelists: Mel Reyes, Rebecca Mookerjee

A CIO once said, “You get the team you deserve. Hire quickly and compromise, you’ll get the team you deserve. Stay thoughtful and focused, you’ll get the team you deserve.” Incredibly insightful, but this was said twenty years ago.
Whether you are a Fortune 100 or a Fortune 1000, if you’re hiring within tech, you’re competing. The days of “Post & Sort the first 200 applicants” are over – “Post & Hope” isn’t an option today. Even when you have a great story to tell, the spike in compensation packages can keep you from getting the talent you want. How do you prioritize the skills you need? How far should you stretch your “culture add” mentality? How can you make your hybrid workplace policy equitable, yet still attractive?
We’ve gathered technology leaders to share their stories and lessons learned. Heads up: There’s no ONE WAY to be successful, but you can learn new ideas and methodologies to enhance – or in some cases, rework – your recruitment strategy!

Business-Driven Technology Decision-Making

Whynde Kuehn, Women in Architecture

In our digital, connected world, technology not only powers the operations of our organizations, but is also a game changer for strategies and business models. In this session, we will explore fresh techniques for framing key technology decisions and priorities through the business lens, underpinned by a shared business blueprint (business architecture). We will also discuss how these approaches can lead to stronger partnerships between business and technology teams and help achieve a truly business-driven technology landscape and investments.

2:35 – 2:50 PM

Networking Break

2:50 PM – 3:15 PM


Shelina Ramnarine, Director Our Race to Health Equity Community Engagement, Johnson & Johnson

More information coming soon!

Technical Debt – How NOT to be a Case Study

Anjana Harve

We’re all aware of the phrase “good debt” as it relates to our personal fiscal responsibilities, but technical debt is a tightrope leaders walk daily – one slip and you end up in the news and the latest case study in what NOT to do.
Learn from a global leader who will candidly discuss their thoughts on untangling technical debt while balancing innovation and growth initiatives.

3:20 PM – 3:45 PM

The Big Power of Tiny Connections

Jen Nash

How do you create a more connected office culture despite a disconnected/remote workplace? Supporting a connected workplace culture results in greater employee happiness, improved productivity, and a lower attrition rate… which means less stress all around. You’ll leave this session armed with easy-to-implement initiatives that will powerfully support your team’s connection and efficacy.

You Are Worthy of Wellness

Myra Herring

Often as ambitious women, we pour so much of ourselves into others that we do not take the same amount of time or effort to restore ourselves – without guilt or compromise! This transformational experience will give you the insight into what may cause this behavior and tools to radically modify your relationship with wellness and self-care, so that you can continue to excel!

4:00 – 4:40 PM

Navigating Conflicting Priorities

Aine Allen, Divisional VP, Business & Technology Solutions, Abbott
Anjana Harve, Global CIO, Fresenius Medical Care
Moderator, Angela Harris

The original session title was “Balancing Conflicting Priorities” but as you’ll learn from this session, balance is an illusion. We make the best decision with the information we have, and we move forward. The difference between success and failure is in your “True North,” your reasoning, and communication with partners.

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June 26
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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