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2019 HITEC Fall Leadership Summit Highlights

Wednesday, October 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jerry Dixon
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Last week more than 300 HITEC leaders gathered at the annual HITEC Fall Leadership Summit hosted by Oracle, at their headquarters in Redwood Shores, CA. The sold-out event featured thought-provoking conversations on the topics of AI, Leadership, Data Management, Cloud Transformation, and Blockchain.


  • HITEC is growing. In the last year, HITEC has added 13 new corporate partners as we work to change the conversation and connect, inspire and grow the number of Hispanic/Latinx technology leaders.
  • This year, more than 1,300 Hispanic technology leaders participated in HITEC's Leadership & Regional Summits.
  • As we continue in our effort to reach gender parity, we're proud to report that 45 percent of this year's HITEC 100 are women and effective January 2020, the HITEC Board of Directors will be 50 percent women, 50 percent men.

We are excited to continue expanding our reach and we look forward to having a greater impact as we grow in 2020.

In partnership with Accenture, HITEC was proud to host more than 200 women and male allies at the Women in Technology Forum. Panelists Markia Archuleta, VP Advanced Customer Services, Global Sales Operations, Oracle, Sylvia Gomez, Managing Director, United Airlines, Luz Esparza, Managing Director West Coast Region, Accenture sat down with Nellie Borrero, Senior Global Inclusion & Diversity Managing Director, Accenture, for a compelling conversation about turning culture authenticity into a powerful asset.

Panelists shared valuable lessons in leadership and encouraged HITEC leaders to never take no for an answer and to have the inner courage to speak up and ask for what they want.

Adriana Torres, HITEC Board Member and Oracle’s Senior Vice President, Global Head of Hospitality and Food & Beverage Support, welcomed the HITEC familia and took a moment to recognize the late Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd.

"In my field, understanding and promoting diversity is key to providing better services to our global and diverse customer base.”

Oracle's Keynote speaker, Clay Magouyrk, Senior VP, Software Development, shared how the power of Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing Autonomous infrastructure.

“The real value of AI is not just in the super flashy stuff, it’s about how do we bring that value to every aspect of the business… what we’re doing at Oracle is bringing AI and machine learning into every layer of our cloud. That’s why we talk about our cloud as an autonomous cloud.”

Using Newton's Three Laws of Motion’ as a backdrop, Bob Rothman, president of Gap International, shared examples of how background mindsets can act as the invisible forces that must be identified and disrupted in order to effectively lead change.

“Technology is about giving people the opportunity to light up, to go beyond what they think is possible and liberating their imaginations to bring about a better world. All of this,” he said, “is accomplished by people. People are the key.”

Over the course of two days, HITEC speakers shared their thoughts on how AI is transforming the enterprise, best practices for building diversity into your culture, and leveraging the intelligent enterprise for data-driven results.

HITEC partnered with LinkedIn and Northwestern Mutual to provide leadership and development sessions that provided HITEC Leaders with an insider’s view into how AI optimizes the LinkedIn experience, and all things Blockchain: how it's currently used, and it’s potential uses beyond payments.

The summit included three 15-minute HITEC talks, exploring use cases for location technologies, from fleet & logistics to #autonomousdriving, a career journey to CIO, and how keeping people at the forefront of everything we do is necessary to achieve success.

2019 HITEC Emerging Executive Program (EEP) graduate, Sarah Adair, was given an opportunity to share her story with the HITEC community in a one-on-one discussion with HITEC EEP Chair, Anne-Marie Azzi. Sarah shared how making a conscious choice at a very young age to control her response to adverse situations continues to give her the strength today to face discomfort in both her personal life and professional life.

“Embrace being different, disregard social constructs or hierarchies that you feel don’t bring value to you in your growth, your network, or the people that you care about.”

HITEC Member Jorge Titinger presented key findings and insights of his newly published book, Differences That Make a Difference. Jorge is a veteran of the technology industry and HITEC, he has received the HITEC 100 award 6 times and in 2017 received the HITEC Estrella Award.

Differences That Make a Difference focuses on the power of inclusion and diversity, and the impact on the performance of companies. The book captures the insights of over 150 leaders, from Fortune 500 CEOs, public service leaders, and academics, by narrating anecdotes from their personal interviews.

Congratulations to the HITEC Emerging Executive Program fellows for their successful completion of HTEC's year-long, cohort-based program that develops emerging and high-potential Hispanic technology leaders looking to become tomorrow’s executive leaders. The work of the Emerging Executive Program continues to be central to HITEC’s core mission – to develop future Hispanic technology and business leaders.

We’d like to thank each of our speakers for their time and their commitment to HITEC’s vision of connecting, inspiring and growing influential Hispanic technology executives while developing the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders. #pushuppullup #hitecleaders #wearehitec

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