Houston Higher Education IT Leaders Dinner

November 19, 2019

Steak 48

SINC invites you to the upcoming Higher Education IT Leaders Dinner in Houston on November 19, 2019 at Steak 48, which is located at 4444 Westheimer Road, Suite A100, Houston, Texas  77027.

The goal of the dinner will be to foster great relationships among new peers in the Houston Higher Education IT community, all while enjoying an open discussion on progressing IT strategy, as well as delicious food and wine at Steak 48.



Arrivals (refreshments available)


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: Garrick Vance, President at Enodare Consulting


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 discussed already and will take the format of group brainstorming and open discussion to come up with suggestions and solutions to common challenges at the executive 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


Dinner service by Steak 48



Garrick A. Vance has spent over a decade building, advising, and guiding large-scale companies on technology solutions, visionary strategy, and real-world execution. With a background in law and enterprise technology, Vance joined an early-stage ServiceNow from one of their first highly-regulated customers in 2010. There, he helped build the customer success and service management strategy through hyper-growth phases of the company’s IPO. Over the next several years Garrick looked after the product strategy and advised the largest enterprise executives on strategic road-mapping of their technology investments. Today, he leads strategy for Enodare Consulting, Inc. an Austin-based boutique firm focused on technology guidance, strategy, and delivery of enterprise solutions. Vance holds a BA from Kenyon College and a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University College of Law.

Register to Attend

Steak 48

Since 2016, Steak 48 has been the hottest steakhouse Houston residents flock to for special occasions, a night on the town or the best steaks Houston has to offer. We bring an energetic and contemporary atmosphere to the growing diversity of River Oaks District restaurants. Come enjoy our one-of-a-kind dinner spot in Houston.

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