AcceleRISE 2022 Agenda 

All Times CDT

July 31, 2022

Time
6:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Start your AcceleRISE experience off right by heading to Upstairs at Caroline for “Drinks With Don”!

August 1, 2022

Time
8:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

Sponsored by: System Surveyor

8:30 am

From the Ground Up: How to Launch a Grassroots DE&I Initiative at Your Company

Sabrina Wilson, Nisha Advani
An executive sponsor and a change agent will share their own experiences, mistakes and learnings through their journey of taking DE&I from a boardroom buzzword to a tangible employee resource within their company.
9:30 am

Break

10:00 am

Why the Metaverse, NFTs and All Things Web3 Mean It’s Your Time to Lead

Lee Odess, Paula Balmori
In this fast-paced presentation on what many believe is the future, you'll learn fundamentals of Web3, the potential and real impact and the opportunities, but all with a twist.
11:15 am

Break

11:30 am

Negotiating: Thinking About Risk

Kasia Moore
Negotiation all comes down to perspective – specifically, how you are thinking about various risks and the ways they interplay on the landscape of the transaction.
12:30 pm

Lunch

Sponsored by: AMAG  

1:30 pm

A Tech Evolution: How the Security Industry Is Shifting From Guards and Gates to Digital Protective Intelligence

Lukas Quanstrom
Hear key strategies the industry should embrace related to people, processes and technology solutions to gain an advantage in their security and protection efforts.
2:30 pm

Break

3:00 pm

No Bullsh**! Employee and Manager Square Up on Authentic Leadership & Excellence

Ernie Ace Velayo, Kami Dukes
Kami Dukes and Ernie Velayo will highlight dynamics of their real-world manager/employee relationship from both viewpoints and the positive and negative aspects of demanding vs. demeaning leadership.
4:00 pm

Announcements

5:30 pm

Networking Reception

Join us at Rustic Tap for a lively networking reception sponsored by Jen and Lee Odess!

August 2, 2022

Time
8:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

Sponsored by: March Networks

8:30 am

Building a Team for Today and Tomorrow: Talent Selection and Succession Planning for Leaders

Anthony Berticelli
In this session we will discuss attributes and skillsets to look for when hiring talent and discuss why diversity is critical to building a successful, dynamic team.
9:30 am

Break

10:00 am

How Buildings Are Born – Navigating Construction Delivery Methods

Ryan Roberts
Learn key pieces of information regarding the different construction delivery methods and hear about identifying your passion for the industry and key career development lessons.
11:15 am

Break

11:30 am

The Industry Is Changing – How Mergers and Acquisitions Affect the Industry

Kelly Bond
The M&A marketplace is changing, and this is your opportunity to learn how to overcome these and, inevitably, other future challenges.
12:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm

Everyone Needs More Dancing Giraffes in Their Life and Less Dry Turkey

Christine Rhinehart
Learn what it means to be user-focused and how it is put into practice to build security products that respect your end users.
2:30 pm

Break

3:00 pm

Let’s Chat: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Eddie Reynolds, Erica Reynolds
This conversation will explore how to create a sense of belonging in the workplace and how gender, generation and ethnicity play a role in an individual’s perception of belonging.
4:00 pm

Announcements

6:00 pm

Networking Reception

Join us for a private line-dancing lesson, dinner, drinks and live music at a true Texas dance hall, the Broken Spoke, courtesy of Salto Systems.

August 3, 2022

Time
8:00 am

Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am

Let’s Debate! Channel vs. Direct Sales

Jon Harris, Kabir Maiga, Taylor May
Should your sales model be more direct with the customer or stick with channel sales? In this lively debate, hear all about the benefits and drawbacks of each model, and weigh in!
9:30 am

Break

9:45 am

How to Accelerate Your Company’s Move to SaaS

Derek Arcuri, Kevin Wilhelm
This session will dive into the technology and business components of the SaaS transformation and discuss how it is impacting the industry.
11:00 am

Break

11:15 am

You’re in the Security Industry. Now What?

Kristin Shockley, Todd Brodrick, Elaine Palome, Allen Mulanax
Although security isn’t the typical career choice, it's an industry with countless opportunities. Learn how to navigate these opportunities from a panel of industry veterans.
12:30 pm

Conference Closing

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