Summit Agenda

The 2024 Summit Agenda is in Development and Updated Weekly

Our Summit tracks are: Exemplify, Empower, and Educate.

Exemplify is for female C-suite leaders, Empower is for those making their way up the ranks, and Educate is for those who wish to learn – either greater technical knowledge or more on mentoring, philanthropy and STEM Outreach. 

At the SIM Women Leadership Summit, we focus on leadership. We have sessions on board pursuit, race relations in tech, DEI & Belonging, personal development & well-being, communications & storytelling, empathy and engagement, global data privacy, security, as well as angel funding for diverse female and LGBTQ+ founders, and how to hire diverse talent. 

We focus on those topics that are relevant to the leaders we need to be today and into tomorrow. 

Monday, May 13

6:00 - 7:00 PM

SIM Women Welcome Reception

7:30 - 10:30 PM

Exclusive Showing of "Show Her The Money"
Alamo Drafthouse Toyota Music Factory

"Show Her The Money" is a documentary about raising awareness of the underfunding of women, and the solutions on the horizon to change this. SIM Women has rented a theater at the Toyota Music Factory (walking distance to the hotel) and will have a showing of the movie on the evening of May 13th. 

Tuesday, May 14


7:30 - 8:30 AM

Mentoring Circles & Breakfast

8:30 - 9:40

Welcome & Opening Keynote

9:40 - 9:50

Transition Break

9:50 - 10:30

Breakouts

EDUCATE | Deep Dive: Enterprise Architecture | Anuradha Ganesh


EMPOWER | Your Brand at Work | Cher Jones

There’s no question about it. We all bring our personal brands to work, whether you’ve worked on yours… or not! Cher Jones is the founder of Socially Active, a corporate training company that specializes in personal branding for the hybrid workplace. With over two decades of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience under her belt, and a long list of international clients, Cher is on a mission to teach professionals how to own their awesome in our hybrid world of work.

EXEMPLIFY | TBD

10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:40

Breakouts

EDUCATE | Deep Dive: Cybersecurity | Gladman Dibi

EMPOWER | Owning Our Voices | Navixha Bagga

Recognizing internal and external barriers is vital for our journey to empowered leadership, as women. Whether rooted in self-doubt or industry impositions, these challenges hinder our growth in roles demanding capable, widely accepted, and unapologetic leadership. Overcoming these obstacles involves dismantling self-imposed limitations and addressing systemic biases. By doing so, we empower ourselves and contribute to a broader narrative of inclusivity and effective leadership.

EXEMPLIFY | Ethics & Risk Management | Dr. Quintin McGrath, D.B.A.

11:40 - 11:50

Transition Break

11:50 - 12:15

Breakouts

EDUCATE | TBD

EMPOWER | Non-Traditional Hiring Practices


EXEMPLIFY | Be Seen: Board Visibility

Whether you are looking to gain visibility with your corporate board or garner visibility to obtain a board seat elsewhere, look where you’re standing, because these goals intersect.

12:15 - 1:15

Luncheon & Keynote

1:15 - 2:15

KEYNOTE: (Un)Common Ground Storytelling Series with ITSMF and HITEC

The social injustice tragedies that took place in 2020 crystalized an existing need within the technology community to empower all leaders to have conversations about race in the workplace. The Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) have partnered on a quarterly webinar series titled (Un)Common Ground bringing together members from our organizations to share their personal narratives surrounding career origins and journeys, leadership development and advancement, and the impact of race, bias, and lack of inclusion. In previous sessions, we focused on Black/White or Black/White/Latinx panelists, but life isn't "either/or." In line with our conference theme, our next session will feature biracial/multi-cultural individuals. This session will be a powerful discussion on identity and intersectionality. 

The intentions behind the (Un)Common Ground series are to:

  • Educate and equip our leaders to lead a multi-cultural organization (closing ignorance gap, empathy) and share strategies, data, and tools
  • Raise awareness of the challenges for Black & Hispanic leaders in technology - both conscious and unconscious
  • Create more sensitivity and openness around the advancement of people of color in tech
  • Encourage leaders to have difficult conversations because the understanding and trust that is gained is priceless

We want the result of the series to be a call to action - not one that is demanded, but one that is offered. We're hopeful that attendees will be inspired and strive to remove obstacles and bias from their hiring and promoting practices, be deliberate in their development and inclusion across their teams and have stronger relationships and engagement with their peers and employees.

2:15 - 2:45

Networking Break

2:45 - 3:15

Breakouts

EXEMPLIFY | TBD


EMPOWER | TBD

EDUCATE | Talent Trends: Data & Insights

The latest stats and solutions ~ With fresh data from a national survey, gain insights into both the challenges and the opportunities created by our current job market!



3:15 - 3:25

Transition Break

3:25 - 4:05

Breakouts

EDUCATE | Deep Dive: AI | Hsing Hsing Li


EMPOWER | TBD


EXEMPLIFY | Women in Venture

Hear from producers and participants of the documentary, “Show Her the Money” on their inspiring journeys and learn how you can gain your piece of the $30 Trillion up for grabs.

4:05 - 4:15

Transition Break

4:15 - 5:10

Closing Keynote & Closing Remarks

5:10 - 6:10 

Networking Cocktail Reception