Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Scottsdale, AZ

West IT & Security Leaders Forum 2024


November 17 – 19, 2024

By bringing together the top 80 Executives in the region, we will discuss the most pressing Technology and Leadership challenges we face in an ever-evolving corporate landscape.

Over the next two and a half days, we will nurture meaningful relationships and tackle the challenges inherent to IT in a smaller, more dynamic setting. You will learn from your peers through various workshops, panels, roundtables and presentations. Our closed-door policy fosters an environment where all discussions are confined within the Forum walls, enabling more genuine and engaged conversations.

Learn about the latest and most innovative technologies that can bridge some of your organizational gaps through qualified one-on-one engagements, scheduled strategically throughout the Forum and selected by you, based on your most pressing needs.

Build new relationships and nurture existing ones, share in your successes and commiserate in the challenges that we all face as IT Leaders.

Join us for the West IT & Security Leaders Forum and leave ready to inspire action within your Organization!


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Forum Agenda

Agenda may be subject to change. Check back regularly for Updates.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM MST

Get familiar with SINC Staff and the event layout. Secure your complimentary Swag Bag and learn how to use the Onsite Application for Peer Engagement and win great prizes!

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM MST

Engage your Peers over canapes and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MST

Open seating buffet meal serving 5-star food and great Peer engagement before Day 1 kick’s off

7:00 AM - 7:55 AM MST

Full breakfast and lots of coffee available!

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM MST

A Thank You from SINC – setting the tone for a great day!

8:05 AM - 8:55 AM MST
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Enabling the Institution for the Digital Economy: Key Future Trends

As the digital economy continues to expand, institutions must adapt to remain competitive and relevant. This session will explore the key trends shaping the future of the digital economy and how institutions can effectively enable their digital transformation. Topics will include advancements in digital infrastructure, the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the importance of data analytics, and the shift towards digital-first business models. Experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by these trends, providing practical insights on how institutions can leverage technology to enhance efficiency, innovation, and customer engagement. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the strategic steps necessary to thrive in the digital economy.

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - Redefining Cloud, Data, and Network Security to Apply Zero Trust Architecture

The overall business transition to the Cloud is happening far faster than many experts predicted. That speed has left most companies reliant on security platforms built for a bygone world dominated by on-premises data centers. The covid pandemic further accelerated and complicated the situation, stressing CISOs and CIOs who are responsible for protecting a work-from-home staff that may not ever fully return to the office. Organizations are rapidly adopting SASE to safeguard data wherever it moves, support digital transformation efforts, and realize better efficiency and ROI from their technology. Come hear how Netskope’s converged SASE platform provides AI-driven zero trust security and simplified, optimized connectivity to any network location or device, including IoT.

Presented by: Netskope

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - Achieving Next-Gen Business Outcomes with IoT & Blockchain

Learn how to harness decentralized technologies to tranform your business. Understand how IoT & Blockchain work together to ensure security, transactional integrity, while reducing total cost of operations to near zero. During this session, you’ll engage in the process of building a Decentralized Autonomous Organization- brining the pieces together to provide a foundation to understand opportunities & risks as your organization drives to Next-Gen business.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - Stop Trying to Boil the Ocean; Making Better Risk Decisions to Prevent Future Cyber Attacks

Discussing traditional approaches to Risk Management and why they are less and less effective as technology gets more complex and attacks get harder to detect. Including:

  • Gaining comprehensive visibility across the modern attack surface
  • Anticipating threats, identifying exposures and prioritizing efforts to prevent attacks
  • Communicating cyber risk up and down the organization to help make better risk decisions

Presented by: Tenable

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - Building The 'True' Software-Defined Data Centers

The software-defined data center (SDDC) is a concept in which all data center infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Control is fully automated through software, allowing hardware configuration to be maintained through automated policies. SDDC advances virtualization and cloud computing by supporting both legacy enterprise applications and new cloud computing services. It thus provides a solid base for using public, private, and hybrid clouds. By abstracting applications from hardware, SDDC allows apps to run anywhere and even move from place to place. It also allows for greater automation within a data center and faster, simple orchestration across centers.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM MST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee or tea and a snack

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM MST

Check back for updates on this session.

Presented by: LMNTRIX

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM MST
Addressing Scalability and Security Challenges in Enterprise Container Management

In this session, we’ll explore best practices for orchestrating, securing, and scaling containerized applications in the enterprise. We’ll discuss the importance of container orchestration, delve into the challenges of security, and examine methods for efficient provisioning. Additionally, we’ll cover the essentials of network and communication strategies, the importance of robust monitoring and logging techniques, and strategies for managing persistent storage. Our goal is to provide actionable insights for implementing a robust container management ecosystem that enhances deployment speed and reliability.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM MST

Check back for updates on this session. 

Submitted by: Vulcan

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - AI in the Enterprise- Identifying Winning Business Cases

Enterprises have hordes of data and many opportunities to integrate other data sources. But readying data for AI experimentation is expensive and requires an iterative approach. This session will focus on finding the best opportunities to experiment with AI and on applying agile practices in machine learning initiatives.

11:55 AM - 12:45 PM MST
ROUNDTABLE + PANEL - Driving The Business Through Technology

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.

12:45 AM - 1:35 PM MST

Open seating, Buffet-style lunch. Serving food for all tastes, pallets and preferences. Vegan, vegetarian, halal options available

1:40 PM - 2:10 PM MST
PRESENTATION - Improving the Digital Employee Experience

Equally important to the customer experience, employee experience has risen to the top of business minds — and such concern is justified. As we navigate hybrid and WFH models, we are still missing the mark: In a recent 1E survey, 67% of participants identified that the digital employee experience was not up to par. So how do we improve

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - Navigating the Evolution of Cybersecurity: AI's Role in Securing Your Infrastructure from Past to Future

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, staying ahead of threats is imperative. As we reflect on the past, embrace the present, and prepare for the future, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into security infrastructure has emerged as a disruptive technology in safeguarding digital assets. Join us at this exclusive event led by Trend Micro as we delve into the dynamic journey of AI’s impact on cybersecurity. From historical insights to current advancements and future projections, discover how AI is reshaping the defense mechanisms against cyber threats, fortifying your infrastructure, and empowering organizations to navigate the digital frontier with confidence.

Presented by: Trend Micro

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - Digital Tapestry: An Interactive Exploration of API & iPaaS Mastery

Embark on a hands-on journey understanding API Management and iPaaS fundamentals. Discover the shift to an API-First mindset and its business advantages. Dive deep into the world of API Gateways, Service Mesh, and the magic behind effective microservices orchestration. Discuss and strategize on blending cloud and on-prem integrations. Experience the democratization of integration with low-code/no-code iPaaS. Engage in real-time analytics, monitor API performances, and troubleshoot potential issues. Let’s co-create and decode the future of seamless digital integrations together!

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - Risk Management in the Era of AI

This session provides a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and opportunities that arise with the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in various industries. We’ll examine the intricacies of managing risks associated with AI technologies, highlighting the potential pitfalls and benefits they bring. By examining real-world examples and case studies, we’ll shed light on the complexities and ethical considerations involved in harnessing AI’s power while mitigating potential risks.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - Hiring and Retaining top IT & Security Talent

While the pool of talented cybersecurity professionals is increasing daily, there is still a shortage of cybersecurity professionals to go around. This sessions will dicuss how your organization can stand out from the crowd and attract the best. The session will cover the following topics: – How being an active CISO and Thought Leader is the best marketing for new talent – Creative ways to compete and assets that are important outside of salary – Increase training and access to non-cybersecurity experts that are already excelling at your company and how to determine that talent you already have in house

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM MST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee and a snack

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - Challenges with Digital Currency: Enabling the Institution for the Digital Economy

The world now depends on the digital economy. IT is central to the organization’s successful response and there are four pillars of strength required: re-coding the institutional DNA, treating security as survival, responding to the new relationship with work, and reducing the bureaucratic burden.

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - Driving Past the Data/Privacy Divide

To ensure relevance and competitiveness in today’s customer centric market, enterprises of all types are investing heavily in customer data capture and customer data analytics capabilities. With data being captured from so many new locations and at a deeper and more personal level than ever before privacy issues become more and more important. Enterprises need to constantly review their data capture and usage to determine value vs. risk and whether the incentive offered to the customer is sufficient to overcome any reticence on their part. This session will address privacy issues, how to balance opt in vs opt out requirements and that Data Privacy certainly isn’t a roadblock to data capture but the customer incentive needs to be sufficient to justify the sharing of personal details.

4:25 PM - 5:15 PM MST
ROUNDTABLE + PANEL - Diving into Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Retention

In most markets, there is an abundance of open IT jobs with fewer people able to fill them – and the positions are getting more expensive. Working remotely is the norm, but not optimal (usually). There is less off-shoring and more resources are focused locally or within the same hemisphere.

Additionally, we are still not recruiting enough woman and minorities in to the rank and file, especially senior IT roles, and we’re losing talent to major tech hubs.

Join us at the roundtable with your peers as we dive into solutions to tackle the following challenges:

  • How do you scale staff / team without losing them to major tech hubs?
  • How do you create more diversity – not only among race and gender – but diversity of thought – Old vs New Thinking?
  • How do we mentor universities to implement actionable steps for supplying more IT talent?

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MST

Engage your Peers over canapés and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MST

Open seating buffet meal serving 5 star food and great Peer engagement

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM MST

Full Breakfast and lots of coffee available!

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM MST
CISO PANEL - The Rapidly Evolving Threat Landscape

Aggressive attacks on Enterprise computer networks are continuing with increased frequency and threatening economic and national security. Actions like vulnerability reduction and passive defenses on their own simply are not cutting it and there needs to be a functional shift in the way we mitigate this substantial threat. Companies can seek to protect their most sensitive data by implementing an environment of actionable intelligence and detection to bring the fight to the adversaries and ensure a proactive approach to securing data. This session will discuss best practices in managing the constant evolution in the security environment.

Moderated by: Cyera

Panelist: Alex Hall, Global CISO, Gensler 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM MST
PRESENTATION - Low Hanging Fruit – Improving AD Security for the Easy Win

Threat actors, Red-Teams, and Ransomware have been abusing Active Directory for years. In fact, attackers have compromised or leveraged AD in 100% of the successful ransomware attacks over the last 3 years. This discussion will discuss new technologies to help you visualize the risk in your AD and add a layer of security around this very important part of enterprise infrastructure.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM MST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee and a snack

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - A Data Driven Journey: Insights and Lessons Learned

Everyone’s journey to being data-driven is unique. It’s like making an apple pie. It’s easy to get the ingredients, but you need to know how to put together the right recipe for a great apple pie. In this interactive discussion I will share insights and lessons learned in leading data modernization initiatives and in sharing the journey with customers. Data literacy, culture, governance, quality, technology stack modernization and architecture are all ingredients in driving towards the right data driven recipe. The discussion will include tips and tricks for reducing friction points and how to build the right recipe for your organization.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - From On-Prem to the Cloud: Protect Your Apps and APIs

The result of digital transformation: It’s easier to do business with your customers and partners. But with new architectures, web apps and APIs now deployed from on-prem servers to the cloud, it is harder than ever to get a holistic view of all of these potentially vulnerable assets – never mind defend them.

What are your biggest challenges today in defending these diverse assets? What are the known gaps in your current defenses? What are you seeking in the future to defend your apps and APIs?

Topics covered will include:

  • How are adversaries preying upon unprotected web apps and APIs?
  • How are traditional web application firewalls deployed, and what are they missing?
  • What does the future look like with unified web app and API security solutions?

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM MST
PRESENTATION - Maximizing Value Vs Minimizing Cost- Building a more Valuable IT Department

To meet the speed and agility demands of digital business, CIOs are transforming their IT departments and shifting a growing share of IT work from projects to products. At the same time, growth in business-led IT has expanded the span of employees across the enterprise who are responsible for technology initiatives.
This session will explore a cost management model and discuss how evolving IT cost management efforts to focus on value over pure cost will reduce (and even eliminate) reactive calls to cut IT costs. This session will provide a model and tactics to elevate the maturity of IT to focus on value over costs, while still meeting the business directives.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Open seating, Buffet-style lunch. Serving food for all tastes, pallets and preferences. Vegan, vegetarian, halal options available. Serving to-go boxes for those in a hurry!

West Executive Advisory Council

Marc Mackey

Director of Global Technology PMO


Shawnna DelHierro


Sportsman Warehouse (Former)

Nadeem Iftikhar



Roger Franke

Vice President of IT


Elena Seiple



Niel Nickolaisen


Sorenson Communications

Paul Duchouquette


FDH Aero

Chris Stoneley


Cathay Bank

Robert Martin


Bridgepay Network Solutions

Vijay Mohnish


Ria Financial

Marcel Spitalnik

Director of Business Transformation


Adip Dsouza

VP of Technology

Merchants Mortgage & Trust Corporation

Sylvia Jessen

Director of IT

University of Utah School of Medicine

Tanweer Surve

Executive Director, Cloud Control Management

Wells Fargo

Forum Speakers