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Join us March 29th, 2017
Washington State Convention Center
Check-in starts at 7:30AM 








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Transforming Your Business with Intelligence: The Substance
Behind the AI Hype
Don't be left behind
Date:February 15th 2017
Herbed Ling Cod with Avocado relish, Tomato Cumin Rice, Baby Spinach, Chili Butter and Asparagus
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella
Grilled Vegetable Ravioli- Served with Baby Spinach, Roasted Fennel, Peppers and Herbed Crema

NY Cheesecake with Chocolate, Caramel and Toasted Pecans
Location:Seattle Yacht Club1807 E Hamlin St,Seattle, WA 98112
Members - $39 |Non-Members - $89 |Member & Guest - $108
Artificial Intelligence seems be an almost daily topic of conversation for many businesses. One day it claims to be the answer to all challenges: promising to help you better engage with your customers, achieve operational efficiency and disrupt competitors with insightful new products.
At other times, it seems to only risk multiplying current headaches with additional issues of unpredictability, safety, privacy, and ethics. In this talk,Ms. Bird will shed some light on whatis really behind all the hype around AI and how it might impact your business. Shewill give an overview of the some of the major areas of AI including supervised learning, reinforcement learning and deep learning. We will discuss significant advancements occurring in research, the space of intelligent products, and applications of AI in practice.

Sarah Bird - Speaker Bio
Sarah is artificial intelligence and cloud systems researcher at Microsoft and a Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s Data Group. Her research focuses on designing and deploying intelligent systems, architecting systems for optimization, and safety and ethics in learning systems. She’s one of the researchers behind Microsoft’s Decision Service, the first general-purpose reinforcement-learning style cloud system available today.
As a Technical Advisor, Sarah works with products teams to make Microsoft’s products more intelligent as well as working with customers to apply intelligence to their businesses. Prior to joining Data Group, Sarah spent several years at Microsoft Research NYC. She completed a Ph.D. in computer science at UC Berkeley’s Parallel Computing Laboratory (ParLab) advised by Krste Asanovic and David Patterson at Berkeley and Burton Smith at Microsoft Research. She has B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin.

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A Reality Check on Virtual & Augmented Reality
What your business needs to know to benefit in 2017
Date:January 18th 2017
Grilled Salmon w/ Herb Beurre Blanc & Fruit Salsa
Chicken Piccata w/ Fried Capers & Lemon Beurre Blanc
Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter & Toasted Pine Nuts (VEGETARIAN)
Location:Seattle Yacht Club1807 E Hamlin St,Seattle, WA 98112
Members - $39 |Non-Members - $89 |Member & Guest - $108
Augmented and virtual reality always seems to be on the verge of mainstream success. Many of us forget that the first VR experience was built in the early 1960's. There have been many fits and starts over the years, but we are truly just getting started. There are over four million dedicated VR headsets in homes today, and that’s not including the tens of millions of smartphones that are capable of delivering experiences. Join us to hear about applicable business applications of AR and VR and how your business can benefit from them. There will also be a demo table with several VR solutions for a hands-on experience.

Nelson Rodriguez - Speaker Bio
Nelson Rodriguez has helped launch dozens of games across every platform, including blockbusters like Halo 3, Tekken 5, and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and indie titles like Tweet Defense and A Kingdom for Keflings.


After two years on the Xbox marketingteam, developing social and community strategy, Nelson spent six years creating award-winning digital marketing campaigns for clients like Ubisoft, Microsoft, Sony and Hasbro. Nelson currently heads up Akamai Technologies' games industry marketing strategy.

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November 16, 2016


Go Behind the Scenes of Finding & Growing IT Talent

5:30 - 8:30 PM


Members - $39 |Non-Members - $89 |Member & Guest - $108

Agenda:5:30 - 6:45 PM Networking & Buffet Dinner

6:45 - 8:30 PM Panel Discussion

Panelists share an unedited look at hiring trends, what senior business leaders really seek in IT leaders, the skills you need to climb upward and development tools to keep your current team engaged and happily employed. Meet them below!


October 19, 2016

Technology Leadership Lessons


Tony Bozzuti will share his leadership “Butterfly Collection” - lessons learned & stories from his technology experiences in the financial services, bio-research, and high tech industries. 


Speaker:  Tony Bozzuti


Tony Bozzuti is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at F5 Networks and is responsible for information technology strategy, applications, cybersecurity and infrastructure.  Tony joined F5 in October, 2014, from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he was instrumental in establishing international clinics and research facilities, as well as pioneering genomic data warehousing and personalized medicine initiatives. 
Tony’s other leadership roles included CIO of the Commercial Banking Division at JPMorgan Chase (through its acquisition of Washington Mutual), Vice President of Corporate Technology at GE Capital Insurance, where he obtained a Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Process Improvement from GE’s Quality and Leadership training program, as well as, Vice President and Manager of Financial Management Information Services at Signet Bank in Virginia.


Tony obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management Information Systems from the University of Connecticut, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Finance. 


Outside of F5, Tony serves as Board President for Neighborcare Community Health Center in Seattle.

Thank you to our October Dinner Sponsor:  SoftwareONE

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Battling Against Data Breaches:
Prevent & Survive a Breach without Becoming the Next Headline

  • Erik Rasmussen, Cyber Practice Leader for Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice
  • Timothy Wallach, FBI Supervisory Special Agent who leads the Cyber Task Force in the Seattle Field Office
  • Vanessa Pegueros, VP and CISO for DocuSign
  • Jake Bernstein, attorney at Newman Du Wors
  • Moderator:  Dan Richman, reporter for GeekWire

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
How to Attract and Retain Top Talent
Speaker: David Niu, Founder and CEO of TINYpulse


May 18, 2016
at the Washington State Convention Center


Click here to view the 2016 Agenda





Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Winning in a Technology Retail Landscape:  And Delighting Readers Along the Way
Speakers:  Mike Ward CEO and Prasad Gopalkrishnan CMO of


Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

The Microservices Era Begins!
Speaker:  Matt McIlwain, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group


Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Geek's Guide to Seattle: Sources of Innovation
Speaker:  Todd Bishop, Co-founder and Editor of GeekWire

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Digital Transformation: 
Re-imagining the Enterprise and Role of IT
Speaker:  Chandan Sharma

Wednesday, November 18th

Past The Big Data Hype:  Actually Understanding and Profiting From Big Data 
Speaker:  Michael Kauffman - technology strategist, attorney and founder of Big Nimble 


Wednesday, October 21st

Leading Sustainable Change
Speaker:  Paul Yost, Associate Professor, Seattle Pacific University, and President & Founder, Yost & Associates, Inc.

September 21, 2015

The 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

at The Golf Club at Newcastle

June 17, 2015
Big Data, Machine Learning and Psychology: Reduce Risk of Leaks & Modify Employee Behavior


Olav Opedal, Principal IT Enterprise Architect at Microsoft
5:30--8:30pm, Dinner Event
Seattle Yacht Club


Wednesday, May 20th

2015 Seattle Technology Leadership Summit

The Convention Center at 8th & Pike St in Seattle




Our speakers and panelists included:

Matt McIlwain, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group
Larry Quinlan, Deloitte Global CIO
Jim Noble, The Advisory Council International
Pauly Comtois, VP of Operations, Hearst Business Media
Brad Schick, CTO and VP Engineering at Skytap
Chris Van Liew, Weyerhaeuser CIO Weyerhaeuser
John Hughes, Interim CIO, Leadership Coach and Author
Carl Ray, Sr. Principal Director of Solutions at Oracle
Katie Plowman, VP of Veterinary Systems at Trupanion
Craig Susen, CTO at Trupanion


Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Business Model Innovation in Commerce and Real Estate -

The Hottest Sectors in the Seattle Economy
Speaker: Dr. Kamal Jain, cofounder of Ameripact, and affiliated full professor of Computer Science at University of Washington 


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

StrataCore and Seattle SIM Presented:
Cloud Smack Down 2015 - Video of Presentation


  • Wayson Vannatta (Infospace/Blucora):  Moved from traditional Colo to Public Cloud
  • Paul Farrell (Big Fish Games):  Moved from Public Cloud to Hybrid Hosted Private Cloud
  • Mark Schilemann (Moz):  Moved out of the Public Cloud into Colo

at Big Picture Theater (beneath El Caucho) 2505 1st Ave., Seattle


Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Migrating Applications to The Cloud; Security and Compliance Considerations 
Speaker: Norm Barber

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Public vs Private vs Hybrid Cloud infrastructure –
Which One or None?

Speaker: Jesse Proudman, Founder and CTO, Bluebox


Wednesday, November 19, 2014
If the S
olution is Enterprise Architecture, What is the Problem?
Speaker:  Nick Malik, Enterprise Strategy Architect, Microsoft

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The IT Transformation Journey
Ken Piddington, CIO, MRE Consulting
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 Wednesday, September 17, 2014
An Evening with John Thompson
Speaker:  John Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Microsoft

View presentation slides  

Monday, August 25, 2014
21st Annual Seattle SIM Golf Tournament
Bear Cree
k Country Club

Photos from the Tournament

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Thursday June 12, 2014
Seattle SIM Leadership Workshop
The Diamond Performance® Framework

Master the "How" of High Performance
Museum of Flight



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