About Our Speaker Selection Process
It is very important that the speakers we choose will not only be subject matter experts but engaging speakers as well. Our team reads through print and online publications, attends in-person events and scrolls LinkedIn for potential speakers. Then, we reach out and start a relationship. If we haven't heard them speak, we'll stalk them on Twitter for a while to make sure they're at least entertaining. We do all this to make sure that you, the attendee, the most important person in the room, has a great time.
Owner - Adam the Automator
Adam Bertram is a 20-year veteran of IT and experienced online business professional. He’s an entrepreneur, IT influencer, Microsoft MVP, blogger, trainer, author and content marketing writer for multiple technology companies. Adam is also the founder of the popular IT career development platform TechSnips.
Data Protection & Risk Specialist - McKinsey & Company
Until she’s accepted for a Mars mission, Amber Welch is pursuing the advancement of personal information privacy and security as a Data Protection and Risk Specialist at McKinsey & Company. Amber has previously managed security and privacy governance for a suite of SaaS products and worked in companies creating ERP, CRM, event planning, and biologics manufacturing software.
Head of Technology - LA Clippers LLC
As Head of Technology for the LA Clippers Charles Sims concentrates on eliminating tech debt and reliance on outdated technologies to minimize overall tech risk. His motto is “break it early so we can fix it fast” and thinks on-prem is a dirty word. He led the organization to be the first NBA team completely migrated to Microsoft cloud and now is a trusted advisor to his fellow NBA colleagues who are just starting their own cloud journey. Prior to being personally selected for the Clippers position Charles spent five years in the IT Project management and Managed service space in Los Angeles. He worked with more than 60 clients in a diverse set of industries to round out his background in IT Management.
Director of Operations and Procurement - J2 Global
Mousa Hamad is currently the Director of Operations and Procurement at J2 Global. Prior to his time at J2 Mousa was the Director of IT and Site Operations at Pushpay where he lead the effort to rationalize and manage SaaS spend. Before joining Pushpay, Mousa was the IT Operations Manager at Blueprint Technologies (Washington State's fastest growing privately held company for the two years he was there) where he helped start the IT Department that had previously been outsourced.
Mousa has also held positions at Perkins Coie where he supported legal teams while they were at trial and Vulcan where he was direct IT support to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Learn more about Mousa on LinkedIn
Senior Cloud Training Specialist - Cloudbakers
Olivia Liddell is a Senior Cloud Training Specialist at Cloudbakers. She is a former Chicago Public Schools teacher who now specializes in technology training and change management. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and distance running.
Founder & Director - SOLTaLKS
Solomon (Solly) Hess is a professional development coach, motivational speaker, and facilitator of experiential workshops designed to teach empathy, develop effective communication, and inspire passionate lives.
Incorporating real life experiences, Solomon works with teams and individuals to foster their own strengths while stressing the value of others. Whether through impactful storytelling or his unique, interactive exercises, participants are given tools for growth and empowered to achieve personal and professional success.
Solomon is the Founder & Director of SOLTALKS, professional development services. He received his MBA from Pepperdine University and lives in Long Beach, CA with his wife Sasha and three children, Caleb, Nava, and Judith.
Senior Cloud Advocate - Microsoft
Sonia Cuff connects in person & online with the worldwide IT community, on behalf of Microsoft. As a Cloud Advocate on the Azure engineering team, Sonia's role is to educate, empower and upskill technical communities and capture feedback on how to make Microsoft Azure even better. With over 20 years’ experience in tech, from large enterprises and government to small & medium businesses, Sonia is passionate about improving work & life for people in the IT industry.
Information Security Analyst - NRF
For her day job, InfoSteph serves as a regional information security analyst. Outside of work, however, InfoSteph has filled her life with all kinds of cool activities. She serves as a Lead for WoSEC Houston and a Lead for WISP DEFCON 2019. She has also started speaking at conferences this year. She co-hosts a “happy hour” inspired podcast called Coolest Nerds in the Room, where conversation surrounding the lives of tech people are nurtured. She attends school full time, hoping to obtain her Bachelor’s by the end of the fall. She had the honor of being a delegate for Security Field Day 2. She writes blog posts on her website, StephAndSec.com, which is also her side business. And she is working on a course for LinkedIn Learning on Social Engineering and Security Awareness. Stephanie recognizes those that inspired her or helped her get to where she is today and hopes that everything she does moving forward does the same for others.
IT Manager - Snap Inc.
Todd G. Smith is an IT Manager and Operations Manager at Snap Inc. He and his teams are responsible for deploying global infrastructure and collaborative multimedia solutions, such as video conferencing systems, network equipment, and technical event operations. He has held IT management positions at Facebook and various multimedia production companies. Todd has worked in fast growth startups through the IPO process where he has had to wear many hats in the IT and business finance fields, as well as build global teams from the ground up. His favorite aspect of his career is mentoring leadership talent.
Learn more about Todd on LinkedIn.