Dallas IT & Security Leaders Collaborative

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022  •  Renaissance Dallas Addison HotelDallas, TX

The Dallas IT & Security Leaders Collaborative will bring together the top Leaders from the city for a day of interactive sessions. We will address topics that are impactful to our Community and structure the sessions so our Executives can collaborate with one another via roundtables and workshop sessions.

The Dallas IT & Security Leaders Collaborative, the first of its kind, will be geared towards strengthening the IT community across Dallas, while creating beneficial networking opportunities that will contribute to the IT industry’s growth throughout the city.

It is no secret that technology is changing the fabric of business operations and outcomes, and collaboration between IT and the business is more important than ever before. The conversation is no longer about how to align IT with the business, however in many cases technology is still viewed as a commodity rather than an enabler. So what can we do to successfully change this mindset both within our own organizations and across the industry as a whole?

During this session, we will discuss the various challenges IT and digital leaders face when undergoing this cultural shift.

Moderator: Nickoria Johnson, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Credera

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Containers emerged as an alternative to virtual machines that offer better architecture support. They are widely used by organizations to deploy their increasingly diverse workloads derived from modern applications such as big data, IoT, and edge/fog computing in either proprietary clusters or private, public cloud data centers. This session will take a deeper dive into container technology and when & why they are most effective.


Moderator: Karl Forsberg, Senior Director, IT Infrastructure & Operations, North American Partners in Anesthesia



As digital innovations continue to drive the Enterprise transition, keeping cybersecurity at the forefront is now vital.

At this juncture, equipping the organization with the right skillsets and promoting deeper collaboration across companies has become the need of the hour. This open format discussion between attendees culminating in a panel discussing the takeaways from each small batch format dialogue will touch on: 

  • AI and Machine learning
  • Behavioral Analytics
  • Blockchain
  • Zero-Trust Model
  • Hardware authentication

Moderator: Robert Pace, CISO, Invitation Homes


Terry Koenn, Director, Security, Experian

Michael Madero, VP Information Security, Mr. Cooper

Angel Mosley, Deputy CISO- Global Cybersecurity, Brinks

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You’ve just stepped into your new IT leadership role. Your first 90 days in a new IT leadership role should be focused on learning. Investing this time will help you understand the current state, appreciate the culture and inform your strategy. Prioritize these steps to kickstart improvement:

  • Understand your job. Learn the organization and industry you are in
  • Define and revise measurements for success
  • Articulate your vision and strategy
  • Organize people for success
  • Build culture
  • Revise processes for success & delivery, and suitable for the environment and the times
  • Upgrade technologies

Moderator: Michael Anderson, Chief Information Security Officer, Dallas ISD

Panelist: Timothy Appleby, President, FBI- North Texas Infragard

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Moderator: Aamer Charania, Head of AI & Machine Learning, Best Buy

Panelist: Vivek Thakral, Global Head of Data & Analytics, Thermo Fisher Scientific

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