Chicago Higher Education IT Leaders Dinner

April 24th, 2019 • Boka

SINC invites you to the upcoming Higher Education IT Leaders Dinner in Chicago on April 24th, 2019 at Boka located at 1729 N Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614.

The goal of the dinner will be to foster great relationships among new peers in the Chicago IT community, all while enjoying education, open discussion on progressing IT strategy and delicious food and wine.

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Agenda

4:30pm

Arrivals (Refreshments available)

5:30pm

Session Begins

Introduction (10 minutes)
The peer executive will engage the audience for brief introductions and discuss the format and key take aways from the guided interactive conversation and dinner discussion.

Guided Interactive Conversation (35 minutes)

Moderated by Industry Analysts M37 Ventures CEO, Robert Strickland

Topics
Business transformation and today’s CXO

C-suite executives today need to embrace new software-defined business models for the evolving workplace and workforce that combine virtualization, mobility management, networking and SaaS solutions so businesses and people can work better together. We will look at challenges in education, adoption and hiring the right skill sets to support this inevitable change.

Leadership and building a culture of innovation

Big institutions are failing. But smart, inspired leaders can drive the changes needed across an organization to win in today’s digital economy.  What strategies are working?  What companies are providing the partnership, collaboration and tools needed to support the process?

Developing the next generation IT leaders

The workplace has changed. And the millennial generation has expectations on where, when and how they work best….and it isn’t just about money. What do we as leaders need to do to attract, retain and cultivate our own successors?

Join your peers and visionaries from the IT industry for this executive guided interactive conversation to discuss the ingredients of the IT Organization.

Open Forum Discussion (45 minutes)

The discussion will be based on the list of challenges, problems discussed already and will take the format of group brainstorming and open discussion to come up with possible suggestions and solutions to common challenges at the Executive IT level. We will also touch on a variety of other topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Hiring and growing people with the right skill sets
  • New age datacenter technologies and product innovations
  • Modern application life cycle
  • Building a sustainable hybrid cloud strategy
  • Continuing to innovate with flat IT budgets

7:00pm

Dinner Service by Boka

9:00pm

Conclusion

Register to Attend

Robert (Rob) Strickland – CEO and Founder – M37 Ventures

M37 Ventures (dba Strickland Consulting) is a next-generation Management Consulting & Business Solutions Company that helps domestic and international organizations understand and harness the power of technology to propel their business and brand today, and well into the future. Additionally, Strickland provides services to several international companies as well as several large US-based brands. 

Rob Strickland presently is the founder and CEO of M37 Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm. Rob recently served as Chief Technical Officer for Leap Wireless/Cricket, which sold to AT&T in early 2014. Over his career Rob also served as Senior Vice President and CIO at T-Mobile USA from 2006-2010. He also held the position of CIO for Echostar/Dish network, Continental Cablevision and CTO for Landmark Communications (former owner of the Weather Channel).  Early in his career he worked at Apple (5 years), Harvard Business School, Stratus Computers and Honeywell International.  After the sale of Continental to US West, Strickland led several small VC backed start-ups in the mid-Atlantic states.

About Boka:

Over the past 15 years Boka Restaurant has become one of Chicago’s most beloved restaurants. Chef Lee Wolen’s seasonal American food is framed by Simeone Deary’s timeless design located in the heart of Lincoln Park.

Since his time at Boka, Chef/partner Lee Wolen garnered a Michelin Star in 2015, 2016, and 2017, “3 Stars” and “Chef of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune, and “Chef of the Year” and “Restaurant of the Year” at the Jean Banchet Awards.