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Recent Events

(February) SIM Seattle  Panel:  The Rise of AI and Its Effect on the Cyber Threat Landscape on Wednesday, February 28, 2024                     

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The rapid integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies is reshaping the landscape of cyber threats. This session offers a comprehensive overview and examination of the profound impact of AI on cyber attacks and the ensuing challenges and opportunities. The advent of AI-driven cyber attacks calls for an urgent reassessment of cybersecurity strategies, necessitating innovative countermeasures that leverage AI for threat detection, prevention, and response.  AI-powered attack techniques include machine learning-based evasion, adversarial attacks, automated vulnerability exploitation, and context-aware attacks, drastically amplifying the potential damage and stealthiness of cyber assaults. enabling better remote collaboration, and more. You’ll come away with some thought provoking ideas to consider within your own organizations.

Recent Events

(October) SIM Seattle  Panel:  The Rise of AI and Its Effect on the Cyber Threat Landscape on Wednesday, October 18, 2023                    

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While the recent economic climate is affecting all departments of a business, software engineering is particularly stressed in this “do more with less” environment. As Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella recently said, “Doing more with less doesn’t mean working harder or longer. It’s not going to scale. It means applying technology to amplify what you can do, and ultimately, what an organization can achieve amidst today’s constraints.”

But how can engineering leaders do this practically? How can they apply technology to amplify what they do while also managing the costs of their department?

The panel will answered questions on deploying new technologies, achieving greater alignment with business goals, enabling better remote collaboration, and more. 

(May ) Panel: Beyond the hype: AI applications for real-world business
May 24, 2023 @ 4:30pm

Featured Panelists: Jeremy Graham/Starbucks, Vice President Digital Platform Engineering;

Chip Suttles/Seahawks Vice President of Technology;

Bryan Hale/Managing Director Allen Institute for AI

Moderator: Trent Gillespie/CIO for Day One Innovation 

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(Feb. ) Who's Attacking You?
Feb. 15, 2023 @ 4:30pm

featuring Chuck Markarian, CISO, PACCAR
Trey Blalock, CISO, Cognira
Scott Roberts, CISO, Coinbase

Moderator: Jake Milstein, CRO, Critical Insight

Introduction: Michael Hamilton, Founder/CISO, Critical Insight

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(Sept.) A discussion on Leading Distributed Teams
Sept. 21, 2022 @ 4:30pm

featuring Judith Henderson, VP of IT,  WSECU
Kari Escobedo: CIO, Seattle Mariners
Kevin Goldsmith: CIO, Anaconda, Inc.

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(June) Increase Project Success by Using Amazon’s Working Backwards Process
June 15, 2022 @ 4:30pm

featuring Trent Gillespie, Innovation Expert

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(May) Being a Better Ally

May 18, 2022 @ 4:30pm

featuring Cynthia Tee, Senior Vice President Of Engineering at Smartsheet


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(April) SIM Seattle Spring Social and Fundraiser for Year Up
Aril 20, 2022 @ 4:30pm

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(March) Level-Up Your Career with Your Personal Brand
March 16, 2022 @ 4:00pm (Virtual)

featuring Lucas Welch, Vice President, Corporate Marketing


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(Feb) COVID-19: The Drive for Healthcare Digital Transformation in 2022 and Beyond

Feb. 16, 2022 @ 4pm

featuring Rami A. Rafeh, Vice President, Provider Strategy & Collaboration at Premera Blue Cross



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(Jan) Pacific Northwest Technology Executive Leadership Digital Summit
Jan. 26, 2022 @ 11 AM



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(Nov) The Value of Having Range in Your Career and a Unique Perspective on Emerging Technologies in IT
Nov. 17, 2021 @ 4pm

featuring Aseem Datar, Partner at Madrona Venture Group


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(Oct) AI at Scale
Oct. 20, 2021 @ 4pm

featuring Luis Vargas, Technical Advisor to Microsoft CTO

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(Sept) Building The Nordstrom Analytical Platform
Sept. 15, 2021 @ 4pm

featuring John Xiao, Vice President, Data & Analytical Services at Nordstrom


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  • John Xiao, the VP of Data and Analytics at Nordstrom, brings to SIM a discussion on Nordstrom’s journey building their Analytical Platform -- a real-time event streaming based machine learning platform that provides deeper insights and better predictions. Their bleeding edge platform drives revenue in an age where personalization is the best way to drive traffic. He will dig into analytical profiles, prediction engines and the organizational challenges his team faced.

(July) Women in Technology Leadership Panel: Recalibrating and Rebuilding after COVID-19

July 21, 2021 @ 4pm
Panel featuring Laury Miller, CIO, SeaGen; Tanya Hannah, CIO, King County; Tiffany Ash, VP, Corporate Strategy at Tableau Software; Margaret Hopkins, CIO, PSE

Quick Overview:

  • As we grapple with what the post-COVID-19 “new normal” looks like, we must acknowledge that there were (and remain) several populations disproportionately affected, and those discrepancies have long-term implications. As of January 2021, over 2.3 million women had left the workforce in the U.S., setting back years of progress in gender equality and representation. Hear from prominent local Women Technology Leaders how the pandemic affected their careers and teams, and plans to recalibrate.

(June) The Changing Threat Landscape and How Organizations Need to Respond

June 16, 2021 @ 4pm

featuring Trey Blalock, Chief Information Security Officer at Coinstar

Quick Overview:

  • Trey comes to us as a security specialist excited to share his experience and insight on the most significant changes in the threat landscape and how best to respond to them! He will go through real examples of new attack methods and the combating tools and defense strategies to utilize in protecting your organization. This is sure to be thrilling for any security geek and those tasked with protecting their organization from the thousands of cyber threats out there.

(May) Digital Transformation and Driving Adoption 
May 19, 2021 @ 4pm
Panel featuring Chris Borkenhagen former CIO of Docker, Inc.
Dorota Szeremet, VP, Head of Tableau WW Sales Synergy & Programs. Sean O'Mealia Vice President, Digital Transformation Lead at BECU

Quick Overview:

  • In this event you will hear about Digital Transformation initiatives that drive revenue and productivity from leaders who have been successful in both start-up and large enterprises. Our panel will discuss how they focused on digital transformation from a customer standpoint, reducing friction and boosting loyalty. They will deep dive into topics like executive project sponsorship, measuring ROI, including security, and when to use outside help.

(March) Ethics of AI: The Transformation of Technology and When Ethics Can/Should Guide Its Use

March 17th, 2021 @ 4pm
featuring David Totten, Chief Technology Officer, US Partner Ecosystem at Microsoft

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  • In this talk, Microsoft CTO David Totten will take a deep dive into the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI relative to social media tools such as Facebook has been in the spotlight recently, and has raised broad ethical concerns. Could your company's use of new technology put them in the spotlight if ethical use isn't a consideration from the start? A deeper look at enterprise technology trends, most notably around big data and artificial intelligence and how identifying and agreeing to the ethical use of information and systems is more difficult than it seemingly should be.


(February) The Strategy of Influence in the Cybersecurity Program

Feb. 24, 2021 @ 4pm
featuring Kevin Morrison, Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer at Alaska Airlines


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  • In this presentation, Kevin Morrison, Managing Director & CISO at Alaska Air Group will share stories, insights, and recommendations that both Technical Leaders and CISO's can take away for building a strategy of influence and improving their Security program’s success.

Growing Technology Leadership: A Taste of the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF)
on Wednesday, January 20th, at 4:00pm
featuring Christine Putur, REI EVP Technology and Operations, and Tanya Hannah, King County CIO

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  • RLF is rigorous and immersive and this is key to what makes this program unique to leadership development.
  • Personal thoughts and perspectives on RLF and its impact from Seattle CIO's/Technology leaders including: Chris Putur, REI, EVP Technology and Operations Tanya Hannah, King County, CIO Lowell Millard, Lone Wolf Distributors Inc, President Barend Brink, F5, Senior Manager


(DECEMBER) Seattle SIM Members' Virtual Holiday Party
A Virtual event featuring a Mixology Class and Virtual Games
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 PM
featuring mixologist Robert Rowland, runner up for Bartender of the Year by Eater Magazine

Happy holidays

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This year looks a bit different for everyone, but as Seattle SIM Chapter members, we would still like to do something to celebrate the holidays together!

On Wednesday, December 16th at 4:00pm, in lieu of our annual holiday party, we will be hosting a mixology class followed by virtual games! For this event we will be sending you a box of the relevant supplies, for either the mocktail or cocktail -- please identify which you are interested in receiving.

Because we need to send you supplies, we need your RSVP by Monday, December 7th!

This event is free and exclusive for SIM Seattle members! We're excited to come together and just have fun!

We hoped by keeping our usual, before dinner time slot, this wouldn't interfere in your Hanukkah night-- please let us know if it does and we'll find a way to include you in a different way!

Our mixologist Robert Rowland has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years in Seattle. Along the way he has worked at some of the most respected cocktail establishments in the city while creating and running successful bar programs at multiple fine Bars and Restaurants. He was also runner up for Bartender of the Year by Eater Magazine.

(NOVEMBER) SIM Seattle Event: Engineering Lessons Building of teams, culture, and how to operate large scale multi-tenant offerings
featuring Praerit Garg, CTO at Smartsheet

Quick Overview:

  • Praerit will discuss his experience building large scale solutions at Amazon and Smartsheet
  • Praerit's talk will highlight the importance of creating engineering talent, curating a culture, and building high performance teams.

(OCTOBER)  SIM Seattle event: Security Leadership & Risk Management for IT Leaders
The evolving role of security in business enablement

featuring Bill Shinn, Senior Principal with AWS

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  • Bill will discuss how a strong security focus can be the ultimate business enabler
  • He will highlight how high performing organizations focus on security engineering
  • He will share how all IT leaders can help empower the organization to manage risk effectively, without compromising agility


(SEPTEMBER) SIM Seattle event: Insights that apply to all -
Leadership, Technology, Culture, Finance, and People
featuring David Bell, REI Platform Engineering

Quick Overview:

  • David will discuss REI's Cloud journey, and the
    successes and learnings they have experienced 
  • David's talk will highlight how technology
    change is just the tip of the iceberg


(AUGUST) SIM Seattle event featuring

Stephen Heard, King County CTO-

King County

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  • Stephen will discuss why leading through a pandemic 
    requires sound leadership skills and habits
  • Stephen's talk will highlight that being prepared isn't an
    accident and often is based on many past decisions 

(JULY) SIM Seattle Leadership Discussion,

after Ibram X Kendi global event-

Quick Takeaway:

  • Attend the July 20th Global event with award winning and bestselling author
    Ibram X Kendi, as he discuses ‘How to be an Anti-Racist  (Sign-up below)
  • Attend the SeattleSIM discussion, post event, to discuss how Kendi’s theories
    apply to our role as technology leaders (Register Below)

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