Keynote Speakers

Abeba

Abeba Birhane

Dr. Abeba Birhane

Advisor, AI Accountability
Mozilla Foundation


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Trinity College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Statistics

Abeba Birhane is a cognitive scientist, currently a Senior Advisor in AI Accountability at Mozilla Foundation and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She researches human behavior, social systems, and responsible and ethical AI – work for which she was recently featured in Wired UK and TIME on the TIME100 Most Influential People in AI list.
 
Birhane’s work explores the challenges and pitfalls of automating human behavior through critical examination of existing models and audits of large scale datasets used for training models. She demonstrated patterns of problematic data collection, labelling, and use of large scale image datasets like MIT’s 80 Million Tiny Images, which was taken down as a direct result of one of her audit papers. Her paper showed that these datasets – which were used to develop numerous algorithmic tools – encode racist, misogynist, and otherwise marginalizing labels that cause downstream harms (as models trained on such dataset further exacerbate these problems), especially towards people at the margins of society.
 
Birhane was awarded the 2019 NeurIPS Black in AI Best Paper Award, a 2020 VentureBeat AI Innovations in Computer Vision Award, a 2022 Fairness Accountability and Transparency (FAccT) Distinguished Paper Award, and a 2022 Lego Director’s Prize for her PhD thesis contribution, among many other honors.
Betsy Allen-Manning

Betsy Allen-Manning

BETSY ALLEN-MANNING

Owner & Ceo
Corporate CUlture Training Solutions
Featured on FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC & TEDx, Betsy Allen-Manning is an internationally known leadership speaker, best-selling author, & company culture expert. Her specialty is helping leaders attract, engage and retain the best talent in a hypercompetitive marketplace. Betsy is the owner of Destination Workplace™, one of the top leadership training companies in Dallas, Texas. Through her dedicated research, expertise in human behavior, & experience managing at 5-star hotels, she is honored to have trained over 15,000 leaders & teams for small businesses, franchises & associations, to multi-billion dollar corporations, such as Toshiba, Aflac, Fidelity & the US Department of Defense. Her mission is to help leaders put purpose, accountability & loyalty back into the workplace.
Cordero Barkley

Cordero Barkley

Cordero Barkley

Partner
TitletownTech
TitletownTech Partner Cordero Barkley had a successful career in banking and wealth management before joining TitletownTech. He spent nearly a decade with Associated Bank in various roles, from small business lending to retail banking to corporate financial education, before ending in wealth management, where he assisted high-net-worth individuals, business owners and their families. Earlier in Cordero’s career he worked as a credit analyst and personal banker for Wells Fargo.
 
Cordero is chair of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) council of trustees. Additionally, he serves on several boards, IVO Systems, Midwest Games Co., American National Bank-Fox Cities, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Status Pro (FL) and the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.
 
A former collegiate athlete at UWGB, Cordero wanted to share his love of basketball, so he joined forces with his wife and got involved in coaching; he is now the director of the Wisconsin Purple Aces, a club basketball program in northeast Wisconsin.
 
Cordero is a two-time graduate of UWGB, with a BA in business administration and an MS in management.
Hugh Forest

Hugh Forest

Hugh Forest

Co-President and Chief Programming Officer
SXSW (South by Southwest)
Hugh Forrest serves as Co-President and Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). In this role, he oversees content for the SXSW Conference, as well as the SXSW Music Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, the SXSW Comedy Festival and SXSW EDU.
 
Forrest was named "Austinite of the Year" in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He was awarded a Key to the City in January 2023 by Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
 
He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2018 from Kenyon College, his alma matter. In 2021, he was awarded Diversity Champion of the Year by the Austin Black Business Journal.
 
In addition to his work at SXSW, Forrest has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Austin-based accessibility company Knowbility. Via his decades of work with the Austin Reggae Festival, he has helped to raise more than $1 million in funding for the Central Texas Food Bank. Before joining the SXSW team in the dark ages of 1989, he founded a small monthly alternative publication called The Austin Challenger. Forrest also wrote for several other newspapers and publications, including the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Sports Chronicle, the West Austin News, Willamette Week and the Seattle Weekly. For 2025, SXSW is scheduled March 7-15.
Jonah Turner

Jonah Turner

Jonah Turner

Head of Emerging Technology
Molson Coors
Jonah Turner is a results-oriented, high-energy technology professional with a strong portfolio of project successes that span government, startup, corporate, and nonprofit sectors. He currently leads the Technology Innovation team at Molson Coors, driving the strategy and execution of emerging technologies to create new sources of value for the company while orchestrating a series of tech community initiatives to elevate IT's culture, brand, and talent pipeline. Jonah serves on the Advisory Boards of the MKE Tech Hub Coalition and i.c. stars Milwaukee and as Board President of the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics, and earned a Master's certificate in Information Technology Project Management from The George Washington University.
Missy Hughes

Missy Hughes

Missy Hughes

Secretary and Ceo
WEDC
Melissa “Missy” Hughes is secretary and CEO of WEDC, Wisconsin’s lead economic development organization. She was appointment to the post by Governor Evers in September 2019. Prior to joining WEDC, she was chief counsel and chief mission officer for Organic Valley, a Wisconsin- based, nationwide cooperative of organize dairy farmers. In her role at WEDC, Secretary Hughes oversees efforts to attract businesses to Wisconsin and help existing businesses expand, meet current and future workforce needs, promote global trade and investment, support thriving communities and small businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, address the unique needs of rural residents, and advance the economic well-being of every resident.

Breakout Session Speakers

Aaron Towns

Aaron Towns

Aaron towns

Director of Corporate
BMO

Aaron Towns is Director of BMOs Commercial Bank. Aaron oversees the strategic execution of BMOs Diversified Industry Groups clients who have revenues that range from $30M - $1B and is the Ambassador for BMO's $40B Empower program. An initiative designed to provide financial and community driven investment in communities across the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Aaron joined the bank in 2013 and has more than 20 years of professional service experience.

Prior to his role with BMO, Aaron was an IT Leader a part of GE Aircraft Engines Leadership Development Program, Project Team Member with Kroger Corporate responsible for the creation of the Kroger plus rewards program. He then was recruited to be a part of National City Banks leadership team, where he lead 4 business lines and was responsible for the implementation of six sigma and lean methodology concepts being integrated in banking / finance, as a Best In Class initiative. Aaron, then joined 5/3rd Banks Consumer Banking line of business. With BMO, Aaron has served as a leader of one of BMOs top 5 Flagship locations, a Market President with BMOs Premier Wealth business, a Retail Regional Sales Manager and now takes his previous expertise to help his clients identify holistic solutions to positively impact their employees, leaders, corporate entity and community.

Aaron received his degree in Business Marketing and Information Systems with Xavier University and serves as an advisor and strategist for many local non profit organizations. Furthermore, he serves on the leadership committee for the OCC’s Project Reach initiative, which supports and advocates for small businesses and affordable housing in order to offer equity to underserved communities.

Adam Gruszcynski

Adam Gruszcynski

Adam Gruszcynski

IT Director
Potawatomi Casino Hotel

Information Technology Director, Adam Gruszcynski, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the IT Department for Potawatomi Casino Hotel while ensuring all of the technology needs, whether current or future, of the organization are met.

Adam joined Potawatomi Casino Hotel in 2008. During his time at PCH, Adam has gained an abundance of experience by taking on various roles including IT Security Manager, Senior Cybersecurity Engineer, Lead Network Administrator, Network Administrator, and Application Administrator. Prior to PCH, Adam was Network Engineer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where he began his career as Help Desk Intern. Adam is a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College.

As an engaged leader of the Potawatomi Casino Hotel team, Adam is passionate about inspiring more people to explore career opportunities at PCH – within the Information Technology department and beyond – so they too can experience the great workplace that PCH truly is.

Adam is also a Steering Committee Member of Tribal-ISAC.  Tribal-ISAC is a national organization that brings together Native American owned/operated businesses to share information and experiences to strengthen cybersecurity programs within these organizations.

In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, watching All Elite Wrestling, and reading comic books (DC is better than Marvel).

Andreas Bubenzer-Paim

Andreas Bubenzer-Paim

Andreas Bubenzer-Paim

Managing Director: Head of Technology Banking
BMO

As the Head of Technology Banking, Andreas Bubenzer-Paim oversees the delivery of BMO Commercial Banking’s services to Technology clients nationwide. Bubenzer-Paim has two decades of corporate and investment banking experience, as well as expertise across lending, capital markets, investments and treasury services. Bubenzer-Paim earned his Masters of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business; he also studied Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation at Stanford University. He is an official member of the Forbes Technology Council and contributing author on Forbes.com.

Andrew Hockin

Andrew Hockin

Andrew Hockin

Managing Director
BMO Capital Markets

Andrew Hockin is a Managing Director with BMO Capital Partners which is an evergreen investment fund focused on investing in the North American mid-market through fund commitments and direct investments (minority equity/sub-debt) into companies across various stages of growth.  Andrew has nearly 20 years of mid-market corporate finance experience in M&A advisory, leveraged lending, sponsor coverage and LP and minority equity investments.  Andrew is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Andy Byrne

Andy Byrne

Andy Byrne

Director of EV products and markets
Potawatomi Ventures

Andrew Byrne is currently the Director of EV Products and Markets for Potawatomi Ventures. Andy leads all facets of the PV’s go to market and service delivery functions of their newly launched EV Infrastructure offering. Potawatomi Ventures (PV) was established in 2002 as the economic development and income diversification business of the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, our subsidiary companies and investments provide financial diversification for our shareholders and investment partners. We grow with a clear focus on profitability and sustainable economic development. Prior to the Potawatomi Ventures, Andy led eMobility product development and sales for Lindsay Renewables. Lindsay Renewables designs and manufacturers precast concrete and pre-fabricated steel products for the Solar, EV and BESS industries. Prior to Lindsay Renewables, Andy led the North American Sales and Business Development efforts for Autel Energy. Autel Energy is a global OEM hardware and software developer/manufacturer of EV and Energy Storage products. Andy began his journey in the eMobility industry while working for Harley-Davison Motor Company. In 2018, Andy was assigned to the team dedicated to preparing the organization for their forthcoming EV motorcycle (Livewire). After Harley-Davidson, Andy continued his work in the industry, accepting leadership roles in the eMobility teams at both ABM and The State Group. Andy has been dedicated to energizing the Renewables industry for over 6 years.

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

CIO and VP of Security & Business Continuity
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Angela Johnson is chief information security officer for Children’s Wisconsin. A tireless advocate for the better health and wellness of children, Angela works all levels of information systems to promote policies that support this goal. She has more than 17 years of experience in information systems, supply chain and financial services. Always focused on Children’s belief that kids deserve the best, Angela leads Children’s strategic efforts to improve security and infrastructure processes and securely implement new technology. She works in close partnership with all parts of the system to support innovation and collaboration while ensuring compliance with the strict regulatory environment governing the healthcare industry.
 
In her role as chief information security officer, Angela collaborates with other leaders to ensure infrastructure design and implementation meet security requirements. She also plays a role in planning, maintaining, securing, optimizing, expanding and protecting Children’s growing information technology infrastructure.
 
Angela brings a multi-disciplinary approach to leading and executing a risk-based enterprise information security, physical security, business continuity and infrastructure strategy and program, helping Children’s effectively meet the needs of the kids and families it serves.
 
Angela is a graduate of Marquette University where she earned her undergraduate degree. She also holds a MBA from Walden University. Angela is a member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee board, as well as president of the Midwest Cybersecurity Alliance. Prior to joining Children’s in 2017, Angela served as the director of information security at Robert W. Baird & Co in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Betty Yang

Betty Yang

Betty Yang

Software Development Engineer
American Family Insurance

Hello, my name is Betty Yang. I am a Software Development Engineer at American Family Insurance. As an alumnus of the AWS Re/Start Program through Brooksource, I transitioned into my career into the technology sector with a strong foundation in cloud computing. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Human Development/Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. With a diverse background encompassing 8 years in childcare and customer service. My commitment to continuous learning is evidenced by my self-directed journey into data analysis, culminating in the attainment of two professional certifications. My hobbies include indoor plants, patio gardening, reading and aquatics.

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Chief Innovation and partnership officer
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Brian Thompson is Chief Innovation and Partnership Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is responsible for partnerships with corporations, non-profit organizations, and other groups to enhance and uplift the academic enterprise, research accomplishments, and student experiences at UWM. In this role, he oversees key initiatives that include the Connected Systems Institute (CSI), Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute (NMDSI), Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin (FCW), and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center (LEC). Thompson joined the UWM community in 2006 to help launch the UWM Research Foundation which he led through 2022. He also served as Director of the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center from 2016 to 2023 and is Co-PI on the Milwaukee I-Corps (Innovation Corps) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Bruce Wolf

Bruce Wolf

Bruce Wolf

Senior Manager, Enterprise Digital Risk
American Family Insurance

Bruce manages the Office of the CISO for American Family Insurance, accountable for the strategy, operations, budget, and storytelling for the Enterprise Digital Risk organization. Previously, he worked in Corporate Strategy at Northwestern Mutual, where he managed the $500M enterprise portfolio of projects. Prior to that, he held many technical leadership roles at SC Johnson. A lifelong Wisconsin resident, he earned a B.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from University of Wisconsin – Parkside. He is married to his wife Corrine, and they have four children.

Chad Steighner

Chad Steighner

Chad Steighner

Chief Digital & Information Officer
Clarios

In his role he serves as CDIO with key priorities of operating and securing the IT landscape, enabling strategy and delivering projects as well as leading digital value creation. Chad directs IT investments executed via 290+ internal employees located around the world along with support of contract staff and managed service firms. Starting in 2018 Chad led the strategy and execution of a 30-month carve out from Johnson Controls completing ahead of schedule in July 2021. Since then he has focused on improving the digital customer experience, identifying new business models and most recently smart manufacturing strategy. 

Chad has more than 23 years of experience designing, building and deploying systems around the world in process and discrete manufacturing environments. Sixteen of those years have been in the Clarios organization. 

Prior to his career in IT Chad managed the systems group for a private electrical engineering firm where he designed and deployed industrial automation, batching and traceability solutions worldwide for clients such as Cargill, Agribrands Purina and Mars Pet Food. Chad also has engineering experiences from Kimberly-Clark Corporation infant care division and IBM server manufacturing.

Cherry Ji

Cherry Ji

Cherry Ji

Senior Program Manager
AWS Education Program: AWS Training and Certification

Cherry Ji is a Senior Program Manager of AWS Education programs at Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this role, Cherry owns the vision and execution of learner experiences for AWS Educate, one of AWS Education programs that offers barrier-free, foundational cloud trainings to individual leaners worldwide.

Cherry is passionate about helping learners to build in-demand cloud skills at their own pace, own time, and nurturing the next generation of cloud-ready talent. She is a firm believer in continuous learning, self-improvement, and educational equity. She is focused on closing the IT cloud skills gap by skilling, reskilling, upskilling, and training individuals around the world.

Cherry has been with Amazon for more than 8 years serving in a variety of roles across Amazon business units, including Amazon retail, Alexa Shopping, and AWS Training and Certification. Cherry holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial Design from University of Washington. Cherry lives in Seattle where she spends most her free time exploring local parks and trails with her family.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Sr. Vice President of Sales
Caddi

Chris Brown has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the manufacturing industry over the past two decades. In 2024, he joined CADDi as the Vice President of Sales. Here, he successfully launched and expanded the company's presence in North America, implementing innovative sales strategies that aligned with advanced solutions for manufacturers and fabricators.

Prior to his role at CADDi, Brown was instrumental at Xometry, where he served as Vice President of Marketplace Growth and Vice President of Sales and Business Development. During his tenure, he drove the company's revenue from $8 million to $400 million over five years, building a network of over 5,000 partners and generating $23 million in a single year.

Earlier in his career, Brown began at Proto Labs. His efforts, as a Sales Lead and Senior Account Executive, significantly expanded the client base, solidifying the company's position as a leader in rapid prototyping and on-demand manufacturing services.

Brown's strategic leadership has consistently fostered growth and innovation, making him a key figure in the competitive manufacturing industry.

Chris Luecke

Chris Luecke

Chris Luecke

Podcast Host & Community Builder 

Manufacturing Happy Hour

Chris Luecke is a Podcaster, Marketer, and Content Creator in the manufacturing industry and the host of the top-ranked podcast Manufacturing Happy Hour. Described as "TEDx meets 'How It's Made," Manufacturing Happy Hour goes beyond the buzzwords and dissects real-life applications and success stories through candid interviews with executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. To date, Chris has interviewed over 200 leaders in the industrial sector in an effort to simplify and explore the latest trends and technologies impacting modern manufacturers.

Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong

President 

Viking Masek Robotics & Automation

Craig Armstrong is the President of Viking Masek Robotics & Automation. Over the past +20 years he has held key technical, sales and general management positions in both Public and Private organizations in the manufacturing industry. Combining his technical knowledge as a Chartered Engineer with business strategy and leadership skills, he has successfully lead organizations through organic growth, M&A and turn around transformation phases of their life cycle. Originally from the United Kingdom, he started out his career as a Reliability Engineer, before progressing into Sales and Service leadership roles on a Global level. Over the past 6 years he held the position of President & CEO of a privately held manufacturing organization, based in Milwaukee, and has recently transitioned to lead the growth of Viking Masek Robotics and Automation. Viking Masek Robotics & Automation is a Milwaukee based integrator, providing bespoke automation solutions to the manufacturing industry. Viking Masek has a passion for innovation and a long history of delivering cutting edge automation solutions.

Dan Shelton

Dan Shelton

Dan Shelton

VP CTO in-Residence 

Zscaler

Dan has over 24 years experience in managing large multi-faceted global IT organizations. Prior to joining Zscaler, Dan served as the Senior Director for Global Networks & Telecom at Kelly Services. He was an early adopter of the direct-to-internet branch architecture and leveraged several cloud-based infrastructure and security services to lead a multi-phased Digital Transformation Program across 900 locations in 22 countries.  

Dan also served as a manager at Deloitte Consulting where he focused on helping customers in large-scale Network & Security Transformation Programs and served in multiple global roles at TRW Automotive in the network and data center disciplines.

Dana Guthrie

Dana Guthrie

Dana Guthrie

VP CTO in-Residence 

Zscaler

Dana A. Guthrie is Managing Partner at Gateway Capital, a venture capital firm focused on Wisconsin-based, early-stage startups. Prior to her current role, Guthrie founded and managed Alchemy Angel Investors, an angel investment network. She founded Alchemy while being employed full-time at a Fortune 500 company and managing a multi-million dollar, global product offering.

Guthrie is a two-time patent recipient, holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a M.S. in Energy Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dave Woodward

Dave Woodward

Dave Woodward

Owner 

GranGraeGroup

Dave Woodward is the Founder and Host of Beers with Peers Tap Talks for IT Professionals, Owner of GranGraeGroup, a Sales Agency for IT Consulting, and Co-Owner of Once Upon a Stream, LLC farm

Erik Wilde

Erik Wilde

Erik Wilde

Executive Vice President Industrial, Americas

Generac

Erik Wilde has served as our Executive Vice President Industrial, Americas since July 2016. He also is the executive sponsor of Generac’s Professional Women’s Resource Business Employee Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wilde was Vice President and General Manager of the Mining Division for Komatsu America Corp. Prior to that role, he held additional leadership positions with Komatsu as Vice President of the ICT Business Division and Product Marketing. Mr. Wilde holds a B.B.A. in Management from Boise State University and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Forest Richter

Forest Richter

Forest Richter

Founder

Fresh Coast Labs

Forest Richter is an entrepreneur from Milwaukee, WI with a passion for making the startup ecosystem more accessible and equitable. Forest currently runs Redely, a fintech software and is the founder of Fresh Coast Labs, an innovation focused consulting firm supporting founders and emerging investors. Forest’s first company, Uncrowd, a platform to connect overlooked founders and venture investors, was acquired in 2021. Previously, he led Operations for two CPG startups, Bright Cellars and Moral Code Footwear.

Heather Polen

Heather Polen

Heather Polen

Global VP of Customer Transformation

Sitecore

Heather Polen is the Global Vice President, Customer Transformation at Sitecore where she is responsible for partnering with customers to drive industry inspiration and transformation of digital marketing initiatives.

Prior to joining Sitecore, Heather worked at General Mills where she spent 9+ years building a global digital agency model that served 42 countries. She led a team of 160 marketing and technology professionals as well as an extensive network of partners that represented capabilities in digital strategy, digital development, creative/content production, CRM, loyalty and data and analytics. Heather was also responsible for the development of marketing technology solutions that contributed to multi-million-dollar efficiencies & business growth.

No matter the initiative, Heather is passionate about putting the consumer at the center to deliver remarkable consumer experiences

Jake Krueger

Jake Krueger

Jake Krueger

Partner

Fresh Coast Labs

Jake has thirteen years of experience in sales and business development. He has worked for both Fortune 500 companies and scaled startup businesses into multi-million dollar ventures. During his time in corporate America, he both negotiated and implemented national contracts driving growth from top down and bottom up. As an Account Manager, he consistently grew his territory year over year, increasing revenue and profitability.

Jake Lou

Jake Lou

Jake Lou

Associate Professor of Health Informatics & Administration

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jake Luo is Associate Professor of Health Informatics and Admininstration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interest lies in data-driven predictive analysis using machine learning-based algorithms and technologies, such as data mining, natural language processing and knowledge representation and modelling. He is interested in investigating how these computing technologies can be used to improve health care by providing intelligent decision support for clinicians, medical researchers, patients, and policymakers

James O. Wilson

James O. Wilson

James O. Wilson

Acting Regional Director

United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office

James O. Wilson, Acting Regional Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office, has worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since January 1989. Mr. Wilson has served on the Executive Board of the Patent and Trademark Office Society and continues to be an active member of the organization. As a Primary Patent Examiner, he served as a Chemical Representative in the Patent Office Professional Association. Mr. Wilson became a Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) in Technology Center 1600 in 2002. In 2007, he served as a Managerial Detailee in the Office of the Commissioner for Patents.

During his career, Mr. Wilson has been an instructor for several classes in the Patent Examiner Initial Training Program and has served as a SPE Instructor in the Office of Patent Training. Mr. Wilson also had the distinction of serving as an Acting Director in Technology Center 1600 from November 2013-March 2014 as well as the Acting Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office from October 2018-September 2019.

Mr. Wilson received his B.S. in zoology from Howard University in 1984 and an M.S. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan in 1987.

Jason Achilles

Jason Achilles

Jason Achilles

Former Consultant

Zandef Deksit Inc.; NASA/JPL

Following an early 2022 US tour as keyboardist for Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), JASON ACHILLES now divides his time as a touring multi-instrumentalist / music producer, orchestral composer, and “side gig” as an aerospace entrepreneur, having been featured prominently in WIRED Magazine,  KTLA news and KCRW radio (Los Angeles), as well as internationally with CBC Radio, the BBC, and more. His music and live performance have graced the stages of seedy dive bars and concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Super Bowl.

In 2017 Achilles leveraged his audio expertise into technical consulting with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, ultimately helping bring to Earth the first sounds of the planet Mars as recorded by the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Currently he is developing a touring immersive planetarium show that will inspire the public through an unlikely personal journey from music to space.

When not traveling, Achilles performs a monthly musical residency in Pasadena as part of Caltech's widely popular "Astronomy on Tap" series drawing upwards of 500 visitors at each event… and can be frequently spotted with friends from NASA / JPL and Skywalker Sound capturing high-fidelity audio from the numerous rockets launched at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Southern California (and attempting to not have their microphones incinerated).

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Joe Herington

Joe Herington

Joe Herington

Vice President - Chief Information & Digital Officer

Charter Manufacturing

Joe has held the position of Chief Information & Digital Officer at Charter Manufacturing since August 2023.  In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the Digital Technology function and collaborating with the businesses on Charter’s digital technology strategy and roadmap execution.  Prior to joining Charter, Joe worked for GE Healthcare for almost 20 years, in a variety of IT leadership roles spanning project/ program management, technical product management, data and analytics, MES, predictive maintenance and application support & maintenance. Most recently, Joe was the CIO for GEHC US-Canada and partnered with business and IT leaders to implement technologies to improve customer and employee experiences. Joe holds an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, both from Marquette University.  Outside of work, Joe has been on the i.c.Stars Board since 2023 and a Tech United CIO Advisory Board Member since 2021.

Joe Poeschl

Joe Poeschl

Joe Poeschl

Director of Engagement

MKE Tech Hub Coalition

Joe is on a mission to be a catalyst for inclusive collaboration, strategic innovation, and community connections in Milwaukee. Very fittingly, he’s the Director of Engagement at the MKE Tech Hub Coalition, a non-profit membership organization that fosters a strong, vibrant tech ecosystem in the region

Joseph Hamann

Joseph Hamann

Dr. Joseph Hamann

Executive Director

Connected Systems Insititute, UWM

Dr. Joe Hamann, Executive Director of Connected Systems Institute at UWM, has a career spanning 18 years in engineering, R&D, and leadership.  Joe has focused his career in engineering on continuously improving people and teams through mentorship and experiential learning.  Joe earned his formal engineering degrees (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He started his professional career in 2006 as an R&D engineer with Xtalic Corporation in Marlborough, MA.  In 2010, Joe transitioned into an R&D engineering role with Rexnord Corporation (now Regal Rexnord Corporation), where he found passion for early career engineering talent development.  Joe progressed through various roles in engineering and R&D leadership with Regal Rexnord, leaving the company at a level of Sr. Director of Engineering with responsibility for a global team of 60+ engineering associates.  Throughout his time with Regal Rexnord, Joe built and led structured programs in early career engineering talent development, including University partnership development.  Joe lives in Shorewood, WI with his wife and three sons.

Julie Ragland

Julie Ragland

Julie Ragland

CIO, Senior Vice President

Navistar, Inc.

Julie Ragland is a transformational executive focused on the intersection of technology and business to drive strategic value.  She is differentiated by demonstrating an ability to work in large multi-cultural organizations, a deep understanding of the influence technology has on business strategy, and an ability to oversee large multi-year roadmaps that drive business outcome.  Her passion is to help companies discover the strategic contribution of technology to both top line and bottom-line results.  She is a respected and collaborative leader in highly matrixed organizations.  She brings extensive international experience having conducted business in over 20 countries and having lived overseas eight years as an expat in London, UK and Dubai, UAE. 

Julie has over 30 years’ experience in the Information Technology field.  Most recently, Julie is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Navistar, Inc., the manufacturer of International trucks and IC school buses.  Her key focus is developing a roadmap of IT investments that transform the revenue opportunities and bottom-line improvement of the company.  Key to this transformation is a shift to agile working methods, cloud-based modern architecture and digital products and services.  She is responsible for the delivery of the platform that supports Navistar’s Internet of Things (IOT) solution for intelligent vehicles, On Command Connection.  In this role, she advises the company on technical opportunities to shift the product and service portfolio beyond traditional revenue and profit pools.  This includes the monetization of data from vehicles and the exploitation of this rich data source into unique insights and business decisions.  As CIO, she reports to the company’s board of directors on cybersecurity risks and priorities for both the enterprise and embedded vehicle technologies.

Prior to Navistar, Julie spent nearly 15 years with Johnson Controls and Adient, the spin-off of Johnson Controls’ Tier 1 automotive division.  At Adient, she was a key member of the leadership team that established the company’s first IT organization and orchestrated the IT spin-off of a $16B organization.  Prior to that she spent nearly 15 years with Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini as an IT advisor to large multi-national companies undergoing significant IT transformation.  In this role she was responsible to help companies undertake large, complex organizational changes driven by the introduction of new IT capabilities. 

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.  She was previously licensed by the state of Wisconsin, now inactive, as a Certified Public Accountant.  Julie serves on the Board Governance committee of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and she serves as board advisor to the United Way’s Technology United and i.c.stars – Wisconsin.

Leah Newman

Leah Newman

Dr. Leah Newman

Associate Professor and Program Director for Industrial Engineering

Milwuakee School of Engineering (MSOE)

Leah Newman, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the program director for the Industrial Engineering (IE) program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), where she has worked since the fall of 2007.  Prior to coming to MSOE, Dr. Newman taught for four years at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).  Dr. Newman’s research interests are in the study and design of medium- to large- scale systems, particularly as it relates to the “human factors” needs of the system.  Specifically, she is interested in further exploring the area of social innovation as it relates to issues of culture and organization and job design, to name a few.  During her time at MSOE, Dr. Newman has taught classes in the area of Human Factors/Ergonomics, Applied Statistics, Financial Engineering, Team Facilitation and Leadership, Project Management, Safety and Engineering Socio-technical Systems.  Dr. Newman received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in IE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lorrie Lisek

Lorrie Lisek

Lorrie Lisek

Executive Director

Wisconsin Clean Cities

Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities (WCC): Lorrie Lisek is the president and co-owner of Legacy Environmental Services, Inc., an Indiana Certified Women's Business Enterprise. Lisek has served as Executive Director of Wisconsin Clean Cities since 2011. The coalition works locally in urban, suburban, and rural communities to strengthen our nation’s environment, energy security and economic prosperity through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities and Communities program. WCC builds partnerships to advance affordable, efficient, and clean transportation fuels and technologies. Under Lisek’s leadership, WCC was named a U.S. EPA SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Honoree for the coalition’s role in reducing freight emissions. Lisek has also been instrumental in securing more than $40 million in funding for coalition and member advanced fuel and technology projects. In 2015, Lorrie was inducted into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame. She was also recognized by the late U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar as an Indiana Energy Patriot and is the recipient of the Northwest Indiana One Region Outstanding Achievement Award.

Maribeth Achterberg

Maribeth Achterberg

Maribeth Achterberg

CITO

The Boldt Group

Maribeth Achterberg is Chief Information & Technology Officer and an executive leadership team member at The Boldt Group. In this role, she drives IT solution design, builds, and implements solutions for global, craft, and specialty brands. She leads an organization 200 professional employees.  Her organization includes serves to all entities of The Boldt Group including The Boldt Company, Boldt Holdings, Eprix and Calnin & Goss.. Previously to her role at Boldt, she held positions at Molson Coors, Johnson Controls, Schneider National, Sodexo, Verity Management Solutions, and Knowledge InterSpace. She holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering. She is certified in Private Company Governance; as a Lean Practitioner and a Zachman certified Enterprise Architect. She serves on the state board of Women in Technology Wisconsin and is a steering committee member of Milwaukee Women, Inc, an organization that works to place women on boards; a member of the Society of Information Management Wisconsin, the Professional Directors Association, and is an IT United Way TechforGood program guest CIO. She is also a member of the CDO Magazine Global Editorial Board. Maribeth is a technology published author and public speaker who focuses on the topics ranging from lean agile to the value of data.

Matt Friedel

Matt Friedel

MATT FRIEDEL

Senior Lecturer

UWM School of Information Studies

Matthew specializes in Web 3.0: Blockchain, AI Artificial Intelligence, and ML Machine Learning. He is co-founder of Milwaukee Venture Partners Angel Network, Previous Director of the UWM Business Innovation Incubator, co-founder of UWM’s Disruptive Technologies Lab, and Senior Lecturer at UWM’s Lubar College of Business and the School of Information Studies. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Marquette University. He teaches a graduate level class at UWM: Applied Web 3.0: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. Matt was recently featured in the BizTimes as one of Wisconsin’s 275 Most Influential Business Leaders. He was also named a Notable Leader in Higher Education for the Class of 2023. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from UWM. He earned an M.S. in Engineering and MBA from Marquette with a focus on entrepreneurship and holds a Professional Engineering (PE) License from the State of Wisconsin. 

Nathan Lasnoski

Nathan Lasnoski

Nathan Lasnoski

Chief Technology Officer

Concurrency

Nathan Lasnoski is the Chief Technology Officer of Concurrency, a CIO/CTO advisor, a 14x Microsoft MVP, and a frequent speaker at 100s of events and conferences. I help companies look at the mission of their organization through the lens of transformative technology. I have spent the last 21 years advising enterprise organizations on their technology strategy, challenging them to think boldly and with courage. I work hand-in-hand with business and technology leaders to think about their organization’s mission through the lens of technology acceleration. I am an artificial intelligence, innovation, and cloud ecosystems leader, enabling businesses to take advantage of the benefits to bring about operational savings or revenue production. I am on the short-list of Milwaukee/Midwest leaders in IT and contribute both professionally and community-wide enabling tech throughout organizations that promote everyone having a place to make an impact in tech. Having worked with 100s of companies to build technology strategies, I provide executive, strategic, and practical impact.

Reshad Alam

Reshad Alam

Reshad Alam

Chief information security officer

Regal Rexnord

Reshad Alam serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Regal Rexnord. In this role, Reshad oversees cybersecurity and compliance, notably developing a cybersecurity framework aligned with NIST guidelines and establishing IT General Controls (ITGC) on a global scale.

Prior to Regal, Reshad was at Datasite and accenture where he held positions as Data Services manager and Server Systems manager supporting global business and customer initiatives including IT audit, security, project management and disaster recovery.

Reshad is passionate about creating a secure technical foundation for digital growth and leads the development of a comprehensive, cross-functional chatbot for Regal Rexnord associates, aimed at enhancing multi-application integration.

Richard Scudellari

Richard Scudellari

RICHARD SCUDELLARI

Founder

Penny Jar

Rich Scudellari is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Penny Jar Capital. Before Penny Jar, Rich was the Investment Partner for SC30 Inc, the off-court business of two-time NBA MVP and four-time NBA Champion, Stephen Curry. Previously, Rich founded an SMB software company building infrastructure in the creator economy and spent several years at TPG and Morgan Stanley. Rich has an MBA from Stanford and a degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale where he played football. Rich lives in Milwaukee with his wife and three girls.

Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks

CTO & GM

Data Holdings

As CTO and General Manager of Data Holdings, Ryan oversees strategy, operations, and business development. Data Holdings is a top-tier public data center in Milwaukee that many of the region’s enterprises and organizations entrust with their applications and data. Data Holdings is a subsidiary of Potawatomi Ventures, which is owned by the Forest County Potawatomi tribe.

Ryan has previously worked with large organizations including Time Warner, Kohl’s, UPS, and British Telecom. He specializes in assisting with large scale public-facing applications and networks and is often involved with new product/service development. He enjoys internetworking, hardware and software development and the rapid pace of change in the technology economy. Compliance and security continue to be top priorities.

He's founded or co-founded three startups, two of which resulted in exits.

Scott Schanke

Scott Schanke

SCOTT SCHANKE

Assistant Professor of Information Technology Management

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Director

Center for Technology Innovation

Scott Schanke is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology Management at UWM's Lubar College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research seeks to identify and quantify effective approaches to the design and implementation of the entities that represent firms and brands in customer interactions, e.g., AI-enabled conversational agents and digital brand personalities. To causally identify the merits and detriments of alternative design characteristics, he has employed a combination of controlled laboratory experiments, as well as field experiments in partnership with several U.S.-based firms.

Sean Lightner

Sean Lightner

Sean Lightner

Director of BMO Technology Banking – Growth & Innovation

BMO

With 15+ years of commercial banking experience, Sean brings in-depth knowledge and understanding of the technology sector and clients’ needs. Prior to joining BMO in 2008, Sean started his career with ABN AMRO where he held various roles within commercial banking including credit structuring and relationship management. Sean holds a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University. He has spent the last 5 years exclusively covering the Technology & Innovation sector helping clients with a variety of banking needs.

Shelby Whalen

Shelby Whalen

Shelby Whalen

Elevate Program Coordinator

Brooksource

Shelby Whalen manages Brooksource's workforce transformation program, Elevate, for Wisconsin-based Fortune 500 clients. She collaborates with community organizations, leveraging partnerships to facilitate successful transitions into the IT field.

Sheldon Cuffie

Sheldon Cuffie

Sheldon Cuffie

Vice President & Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

American Family Insurance

Sheldon is a technology thought-leader of 30 years focused on enabling business outcomes through technology and innovation. As Vice President & Enterprise Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at American Family Insurance, he is responsible for cybersecurity engineering, incident response, information risk management, and disaster recovery across the American Family portfolio of companies.

Previously, Sheldon was VP & Chief Information Officer of American Family Insurance, VP & Global CISO of Dell Technologies, and VP & CISO at Northwestern Mutual. Earlier in his career, Sheldon started as an IT analyst, assuming increasing levels of leadership responsibility in engineering and architecture disciplines for Kohl’s, M&I Bank, Harley-Davidson, Abbott Laboratories, and Northwestern Mutual. Sheldon also served nine years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard as an enlisted soldier in telecommunications, signal, and artillery roles.

Sheldon is a proud graduate of Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School (now Bradley Tech) within Milwaukee Public Schools. He earned a BA in Management and Communications from Concordia University Wisconsin and an MS in Organizational Leadership with honors from Quinnipiac University.

Sheldon actively volunteers his time and resources to the Milwaukee community serving as a Board Director of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, the Audit Committee of UW Hospital System / UW Health, and Trustee & Vice-Chairman of Greater Mt. Sinai Church.

Sheldon is married to his wife, Celeste, of 30 years. They have two adult children, Alyssa and Zach.

SriRaj Kantamneni

SriRaj Kantamneni

SriRaj Kantamneni

Chief Information & Digital Officer

Schreiber Foods

Sri brings more than 20 years of leadership in data and digital technologies; supply chain, including sourcing, logistics and transportation; and production experience to Schreiber. He most recently served as Managing Director of Digital Insights at Cargill, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sri has held various global leadership roles at Cargill spanning large technology transformation initiatives, establishing shared service centers and deploying SAP and other ERP programs. He’s led acquisition integrations and stood up new businesses focused on strategic solutions and services

Stephanie Hoskins

Stephanie Hoskins

Stephanie Hoskins

Herbert Kohler Frank Jacobson Chair in Business & Entrepreneurship

Lakeland University

Founder

Debtle

Stephanie Hoskins is the Herbert Kohler Frank Jacobson Chair in Business & Entrepreneurship at Lakeland University, and the founder of Debtle, a software startup that helps people access the financial assistance programs and community resources they are eligible for so they can pay their bills. Prior to launching her startup, Stephanie graduated from Tulane University and LSU and spent 14 years in New Orleans working in healthcare finance and strategy. Prior to academia and startup life, Stephanie worked for Amedisys, Ochsner Health System, and Walgreens. She coaches student entrepreneurs, teaches corporation innovation, runs Jake's, Lakeland's center for entrepreneurship & innovation, and is a Ph.D. candidate in financial economics at LSU.  She currently resides in Kohler with her husband, 3 small children, and dog. 

Stephen Magnuson

Stephen Magnuson

Stephen Magnuson

Vice President of Corporate IT

Regal Rexnord

As Vice President of Corporate IT at Regal Rexnord, Stephen Magnuson spearheads the strategic and operational aspects of global Infrastructure and Applications portfolios. Leading a team that oversees multiple instances of Oracle and SAP, Stephen caters to over 36,000 associates across 220 global locations, contributing to an annual revenue of $7BN.

In this role, Stephen brings over 20 years of experience to executive leadership, change management, and strategic planning. From January 2022 to November 2023, he served as VP of Global IT Infrastructure, playing a pivotal role in defining comprehensive IT infrastructure strategies and aligning business and technology goals. His accomplishments include successfully managing acquisition and deployment processes, assessing associated risks, and ensuring operational excellence in network, desktop, and server infrastructure.

Prior to joining Regal Rexnord, Stephen spent 18 years at 3M, where he progressed from a Manager of U.S. Distributed IT Infrastructure to Senior Director, overseeing IT integration of 3M’s largest acquisition. His experience includes standardizing legacy systems, accelerating systems integration, and implementing Lean Six Sigma practices.

Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University and a Master’s in Organizational Change Leadership from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

Steve McQuin

Steve McQuin

Steve McQuin

Co-Founder & CEO

Farwell

Steve has over 25 years of consulting with a focus on tailoring solutions for transformational changes, often driven by digital acceleration. FarWell is in its 11th year of helping mid-sized and enterprise clients align on, design, and deliver digital transformation, technology modernization, and business growth strategies. Organizational design, upskilling and re-skilling teams, and scaling adoption using organizational change strategies are top of mind for companies considering enterprise implementations of AI.

Tami Garrison

Tami Garrison

Tami Garrison

Senior Director of Social Responsibility

Generac

Tami Garrison is a corporate affairs leader with over 15 years of experience developing, executing and evaluating strategic corporate social responsibility programs that align with community needs and business objectives. In her current role as the Senior Director of Social Responsibility at Generac, she has oversight for the company’s community programs as well as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives. She also serves on the company’s ESG Steering Committee and oversees the reporting of social responsibility metrics and narratives.

Tami is a highly engaged non-profit board director with expertise in board governance, strategic planning and non-profit leadership. She has an extensive history of serving the Milwaukee community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Parks Foundation, VISIT Milwaukee and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

Tere Sackerson

Tere Sackerson

Tere Sackerson

Managing Director: U.S. National TPS Executive Leader

BMO

Tere Sackerson boasts a distinguished 26-year tenure in banking, commencing in 1998 with a specialization in Treasury Management. She champions the industry's technological evolution, ignited by the Check 21 legislation, propelling banking into the digital era. As Managing Director at BMO, she exercises strategic oversight of their TPS U.S. operations within the Financial Institution Group (FIG), Correspondent Banking and Institutional Markets (IM), encompassing key sectors such as Government, Healthcare, Higher Education, and Not-for-Profit. Additionally, Tere is deeply committed to community service, exemplified by her board roles at Penfield Montessori Academy, Milwaukee Marathon, and Betty Brinn. Presently, she channels her passion for community engagement through Discovery World, Penfield Children's Center, and Tempo.

Tim Dickson

Tim Dickson

Tim Dickson

Chief Digital & Information Officer

Regal Rexnord

Tim Dickson has served as Regal Rexnord’s Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) since October 2023. Tim previously served as the first-ever CIO at Generac Power Systems from 2020-2023, the Vice President of Front Office IT at Motorola Solutions from 2015-2018, and additionally served as a divisional CIO leading Emerging Technologies, M&A, and User Experience for Dell, Inc from 2004-2015.

At Regal Rexnord, Tim is responsible for leading the organization’s digital and information technology functions. He’s accountable for the strategy, management, transformation, and execution of Regal Rexnord’s global digital and IT organization. Additionally, Tim is responsible for building an industry-leading digital capability to further enhance decision making across the organization and continually exceed our e-commerce customers’ expectations.

Tim has a passion for leading Digital Transformation efforts, upskilling and investing in Digital Talent, and helping to make the greater Milwaukee area and the state of Wisconsin a popular tech hub. Tim enjoys sharing emerging technology best practices, coaching and mentoring, and volunteering for numerous community service events in the area.

Tina Chang

Tina Chang

Tina Chang

CEO

SysLogic

Tina Chang is the Chairman and CEO of SysLogic, Inc, serving clients for over 28 years in the areas of Technology Strategy & Digital Transformation, Information Management & Business Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and Software Development. Tina has maintained a strong background in business leadership and technology innovation, and she has leveraged SysLogic to launch four technology start-ups (SysSpark, LLC, Cyberspect, LLC, WillBridge, LTD, and Ghostscale, LLC). Prior to SysLogic, Tina worked for Andersen Consulting (Accenture), where she served as a business analyst and consultant to Fortune 500 companies.  

Tina currently serves on the boards of STRATTEC Security Corporation, Weyco Group, and Central States Manufacturing. She has demonstrated a dedication to her community through her leadership and board responsibilities with Alverno College, Children’s Wisconsin, MMAC, Midwest Cyber Security Alliance, Milwaukee Police Department Foundation, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Wisconsin Policy Forum, Teach for America, Waukesha County Business Alliance, and YMCA of Greater Milwaukee. 

Originally from New York, Tina attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she received a BBA degree with an emphasis in Marketing and International Business, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she specialized in environmental accounting and European commerce. 

Todd Kelly

Todd Kelly

Todd Kelly

Sr. VP of Solutions Engineering

Step CG

Todd is responsible for the strategic direction of STEP technology and solution offerings to our clients. Prior to joining STEP, he was the Chief Security Officer at Cradlepoint, and also served as Vice President of Solution Engineering. Prior to Cradlepoint, he held global engineering leadership positions at Starent Networks (Cisco), 3Com, USRobotics, and several startups in the field of intelligent wireless, 4G/5G cellular and wireline networking.

Todd is a seasoned network architect and cyber security leader with over 20 years of experience with enterprise and mobile network infrastructure. He is known for leading technology teams, delivering innovative, yet pragmatic solutions to enterprises as they build secure wired and wireless network infrastructure.

Todd earned a Master of Science in Information Technology from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University, and holds a CISSP® Certification, with several other cyber technology and cyber risk management credentials.

Troy Vosseller

Troy Vosseller

Troy Vosseller

Partner

Gener8or

gener8tor runs accelerators to catalyze community, mentorship, network, conviction and capital to bridge a community’s genius with opportunity. Started in 2012, today gener8tor operates venture capital funds and startup accelerators across 44 cities, 22 states and 3 countries, working with more than 300 startups per year. To date, gener8tor has worked with more than 1,300 startups that have cumulatively gone on to raise more than $2B in follow-on capital and employ more than 10,000 people.

Tyler Muncy

Tyler Muncy

Tyler Muncy

Google Cloud Sales Executive

Google

Tyler Muncy has spent 10 years in the technology services industry, helping more than 50 companies leverage technology solutions to solve business problems. Having spent his entire career at TEKsystems, he began by focusing on helping customers modernize their infrastructure by adopting hybrid and multi-cloud strategies before moving into a full-stack Client Partner role where he has helped build solutions across the Data, Cloud, Security, and other technology landscapes. Today, he runs TEKsystems’ customer strategy for the central US and is fully-dedicated to the company’s Google Cloud business unit focusing on data modernization, AI/ML, and other key areas of customers’ digital transformations.

Zhen Zeng

Zhen Zeng

Dr. Zhen Zeng

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Zhen Zeng is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Zeng’s general research interest lies in effectively securing distributed systems, networks, and cloud environments. She is interested in cloud security, network security, AI for cybersecurity, and the integration of cybersecurity and computer science education. She has served on the federal grant review panel, the technical program committee and the organization committee for conferences and workshops on cloud computing and cybersecurity. She has worked in the high-tech industry focusing on power management and cloud computing services for years and looks forward to interdisciplinary research collaborations.