2019 HITEC Summer Leadership Summit: Highlights & Photos
Monday, August 5, 2019
Posted by: Salina Rivera
David Brickman, CEO of Freddie Mac, welcomed the HITEC community to Freddie Mac. Brickman has been with Freddie Mac for more than 20 years and has been CEO since July 1st.
Frank Nazzaro, CTO and Acting CIO, Freddie Mac, presented to HITEC’s sold-out crowd. Nazzaro said, "By redefining our approach, we’re able to uncover hidden gems, which with the right attention and opportunity can achieve great things."
In partnership with Accenture, HITEC was proud to host more than 200 leaders at the Women in Technology Forum. Annette Rippert, Senior Managing Director for Technology, Accenture, sat down with Nellie Borrero, Senior Global Inclusion & Diversity Managing Director, Accenture, for a compelling conversation about authentic leadership and career success. Rippert shared valuable lessons in leadership and encouraged HITEC leaders to "be the expert, be passionate, and build an authentic network.”
Thank you Freddie Mac for Hosting our sold-out Summer Leadership in McLean, VA.
Marty Rodgers, Managing Director for Metro Washington, D.C. & SE Managing Director for Health & Public Service, Accenture, presented a thought-provoking session in which he provided compelling stories that stirred emotion and demonstrated the importance of controlling the narrative of your brand and not allowing someone else to define it.
"Tell your story so others can more easily see your value by adding content, adding perspective, adding expertise, and making it shareable," said Mariana Cogan, SVP of Digital Marketing/Operations, PTC.
Foundation Board member Jesse Cortez sat down with and had an inspiring conversation with three of this year’s HITEC Scholars - Ximena Balbuena (Class of 2020), George Washington University; Isabel Gallegos (Class of 2022), Stanford University; and Juan Jovel (Class of 2023), Virginia Tech. Scholars shared personal stories and challenges. "As Hispanic leaders, we draw inspiration and support from our families to motivate us to achieve our dreams. The HITEC Foundation can help multiply this effect by harnessing the power of our community of leaders to inspire and support now and for generations to come," said, Jesse Cortez, Global Inclusion Effectiveness Lead, Inclusion and Diversity HPE, HITEC Board and HITEC Foundation Board Member.
During this summit, HITEC raised more than $10,000 for the HITEC Foundation. The HITEC Foundation’s vision is to build a sustainable pipeline for future Latinx leaders in technology. This year the HITEC Foundation is awarding 30 $5,000 scholarships to Hispanic college students studying a technology major. Special thanks to HITEC Chairman Guillermo Diaz for making a $5,000 matching donation to the HITEC Foundation.
Emerging Technology and Cloud Adoption panel of technology experts from Freddie Mac, AWS, and Microsoft advised, "Technology is not a preventative of moving from on prem to cloud, culture is. Don't be transactional, be effective."
The Job of IT panel emphasized the importance of focusing on people and relationships. Panel speakers included - Yenni Hernandez, CIO, Reedy Creek Improvement District, Gloria Candelario Hossri, Director Health Care and Technology Services, Johnson & Johnson, and Monica McManus, Vice President and CIO for Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS), Lockheed Martin. McManus said, "The most underutilized skills in IT are empathy and relationship building."
"If you want to innovate, hire the best builders, the best teams, and let them do what they do... technology empowers, but culture allows us to innovate," said Jaime Valles, Managing Director of Latin America, Amazon Web Services.
Nick Delgado, Founder of Dignitas, shared his wealth of knowledge about how to architect ideas for venture capital and economic consequence, defining what he calls the "sexy metric" and why getting a killer sponsor is imperative to getting the deal done in his session, Hacking the Start-Up Playbook.
"We are more than we believe we are. Having a mentor means having someone you're accountable to, but we need to be accountable to someone that we want to be proud of us," said Carla Ogunrinde, President & Founder of Intend Coaching & Consulting, in her session on the concept of Energy Leadership.
"You build trust in drops. You lose trust in buckets," said Claudio Muruzabal, President of Latin America & Caribbean, SAP, in his presentation on meeting customers' expectations in an experienced driven reality. "Businesses succeed or fail based on the experience that they provide to their customers," said Muruzabal.
Founded to increase Hispanic representation in the diversity-challenged technology industry, HITEC is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and technology-centric world. These global leaders include executives leading Global 1000 corporations while others lead some of the largest Hispanic-owned technology firms across the Americas. HITEC enables business and professional growth for its members and fills the executive pipeline with the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders.