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Technology Innovation & Digital Leadership Summit


We explore how leading executives are driving growth in their shift to Digital Innovation through:

Technology Innovation

Emerging Technologies

Data Strategies

A/I - Artificial Intelligence.

By the end of the day you'll have a great perspective of how to drive your organization to the next stage of your digital journey through technology innovation, emerging technologies, data strategies and A/I! Join us!

Conference note

We are now booking our keynote sponsors and panels.


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Faculty & Agenda: More to be announced!

Praveen Moturu, VP Digital & Chief Enterprise Architect, Mars

Richard Pless, Director IS Business Partner for Corporate Functions, Astellas Pharma
Kim Gandhi, COO, Food Fire + Knives
Mohammed Owais Nasir, Sr. Director - IT Strategy & Architecture , Aon Corporation
Vinu Ramasamy, Director Software R & D, Siemens Building Technologies
Mark Panthofer, VP of DevOps & Cloud, nvisia
Greg Woodard, Principal, SOLVE100

Shawn Crowley, Head of Customer Success and Pre-Sales Engineering, OpenLegacy



Lessons from the Cloud DevSecOps Journey at Aon 

Mohammed Nasir leads the global cloud DevSecOps program at Aon, delivering cloud native solutions on AWS and Azure platforms for all business units. Mohammed will discuss Aon's Cloud DevSecOps program he helped to launch in August 2019. Starting with an overview of the program's strategy and business objectives, he will cover the program scope, organization roles and the progress along their journey.  In the second part of the presentation, Mark Panthofer, an Aon DevSecOps partner, and VP of DevOps & Cloud at nvisia, will review key lessons learned from the early engagement of business units and the rapid evolution of Aon's DevSecOps capabilities using a crawl, walk, and run approach. Mark will discuss the pillars of Azure DevOps Pipelines, IaC with Terraform, Azure Hub and Spoke Architecture to deliver Kubernetes platformed applications with AKS.  

Mohammed Owais Nasir, Sr. Director - IT Strategy & Architecture , Aon Corporation
Mark Panthofer, VP of DevOps & Cloud, nvisia

Total Economic Impact of Cloud First Application Modernization

There are many roadblocks to innovation.  One of those is the approach to modernizing existing systems that you have relied on for 20+ years.  In this presentation Shawn will review the total economic impact of a cloud first application modernization approach.  You will walk away with an example of this modernization approach you can utilize in evaluating a plan for modernizing your existing systems making them a part of your innovation strategy.  

Shawn Crowley, Head of Customer Success and Pre-Sales Engineering, OpenLegacy

Shawn has a deep background in enterprise technology and integration. Recently he joined the OpenLegacy team where he is responsible for technology engagement, engineering, and customer success across North America.  Before joining OpenLegacy, he was the VP of Business Technology and Customer Success at FreedomPay, Inc. where he was responsible for pre-sales Enterprise Architecture and Customer Success for FreedomPay's Global Commerce Platform.  Prior to FreedomPay, Mr. Crowley was the Executive Director and Enterprise Architect with Oracle. He specialized in go-to-market strategy, executive customer engagement, industry specialization and technology. Shawn also ran Architecture and Business Development for Oracle’s Middleware organization and drove the application of Oracle’s Fusion Middleware products, including J2EE containers, SOA products, Security, B2B Integration, and XML technologies. Prior to Oracle, he was the Director of Engineering at The Gartner Group where he managed teams responsible for the development of J2EE products and software.  Additionally, he has been a member of the Faculty of the University of Buffalo for over 20 years where he's taught technology, engineering, and information system courses.    

Keynote Panel

Praveen Moturu, VP Digital & Chief Enterprise Architect, Mars

Innovative, accomplished business and technology leader, visionary with strategic leadership experience in digital transformation, information technology optimization and enterprise change leadership at global and Fortune 500 multinational corporations. Elite expertise in strategy, planning, digital services, Innovation management and product monetization

Richard Pless, Director IS Business Partner for Corporate Functions, Astellas Pharma
Kim Gandhi, COO, Food Fire + Knives

Vinu Ramasamy, Director Software R & D, Siemens Building Technologies

Vinu leads the Product R&D organization to create building automation product portfolio & solutions. Creating environments to live and work by making buildings smarter and intelligently connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. He is responsible for strategy & vision, driving digital transformation with delivery of our cloud applications & services (new portfolio with digital twin focus along with edge software evolution) and migrating our on-premise solutions to cloud in collaboration with global organizations.

Moderator: Greg Woodard, Principal, SOLVE100

Greg Woodard

  • Principal and co-founder of Solve100
  • Began career at Arthur Anderson and then successfully transitioned to entrepreneurship with a  focus on the middle market and Fortune 1000 companies.
  • First-hand experience in leveraging the power of data through analytics that transform businesses and entire industries. 
  • Spent decades developing advanced data and analytics solutions and is a recognized thought-leader on business-driven data strategies and best practices. 
  • Focused technical specialties include specialties: User Experience, Customer Application Design and Development, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence (Data Mining and Reporting), Predictive Analytics, and Database Design and Development


Holiday Reception - Join US - 4PM to 7 PM
Join us as we connect over three Bocci lanes!



Questions whether you qualify? Please contact Maria Tuthill at (847) 837-3900 x1

Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs
  • Progressive CxOs
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Digital Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Digital Officers
  • VPs & Directors responsible for driving change







SPONSORS AND REGISTRANTS - Please look for us to reach out to you shortly!

Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Get Sponsorship Information:
Call Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 or email.



Questions? Call Maria Tuthill 847-837-3900 x 1

Sponsorship Questions? Contact Alex Jarett at 847-837-3900 x 2 for information

Pre-registration required. Must be Qualified.

Professional business-casual attire required.

Final speakers and topics are subject to change.


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Earn certification credits while you learn!

We will provide each attendee with a certificate toward continuing education.


Event Sponsors
Contact Alex Jarett at 1-847-837-3900 x2.

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest Mettawa
26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Mettawa, IL 60045
(847) 735-8374

Holiday Inn Express-Vernon Hills
975 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 367-8031

Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills
450 N Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 918-1400

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