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Michigan Technology Leaders Summit

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Making a Difference in Metro Detroit

On behalf of SIM Detroit, the conference steering committee, and the conference advisory board, we invite you to join us at the Michigan Technology Leadership Summit on April 19, 2023 at the amazing One Campus Martius Event Space 16th Floor.

The summit brings together many great IT leaders and thinkers, focusing on key players from the Michigan region to network, discover the latest trends in information technology and share ideas. While there are many technology conferences, the unique and most compelling aspect of this conference is that 100% of the profits will be given back to the community via charitable initiatives by SIM Detroit and our partner, Michigan Council of Women in Technology. These initiatives include scholarships and other programs intended to help the less fortunate and strengthen Metro Detroit’s technology position by educating those who have the desire – but not the means – to pursue a career in a STEM-related field.


Michigan Technology Leaders Summit Keynotes Agenda

Below is our highlighted keynote presentations. Our complete agenda is being finalized.
  • 19 April 2023

Breakfast & Networking

Welcome & Introduction

Keynote Speaker: Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations

Expectations of Technology Leadership from CEOs, CFOs & Boards

Break & Networking

Driving Automotive Innovation: Embracing Digital Transformation & Cybersecurity

Fireside Chat: From CIO to CEO - Securing Privacy in a Public World.

Increase Your M&A Value with a Focus on Technology

Lunch, Presentation of the SIM Detroit Legends award

Keynote Speaker: Former Governor Rick Snyder, CEO & Co-Founder, SensCy

Cyber Security: How to leverage zero trust to protect the enterprise and secure the business

How CIOs/CDOs are Driving Companies to Reduce Time to Market and Create New Revenue Streams

Break & Networking

Fighting for technology budget: other departments, business initiatives, challenging economic environments

Keynote Speaker: Jim Baird, Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Plante Moran Financial Services

Conclusion & Raffles

Cocktail Reception


Keynote Speakers

Some of Michigan’s most recognized leaders have joined us to support this important cause.

Rich Sheridan CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations

Rich Sheridan is a successful entrepreneur and author of two best- selling books—Joy Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love and Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear.

Rick SnyderSensCy, Gateway, Avalon, Ardesta, State of Michigan

Rick Snyder served two terms as Governor of Michigan from 2011- 2018. Snyder previously served as chairman and president of Gateway which was a leading PC company. Rick also founded two $100 million venture capital investment firms—Avalon Investments and Ardesta.

Jim BairdCPA, CFP®, CIMA® ;Partner, Chief Investment Officer; Plante Moran Financial Advisors

Jim is a partner with Plante Moran Financial Advisors and the firm’s chief investment officer. In addition to leading PMFA’s investment research team, he chairs the firm’s Investment Committee and is a member of its Research and Alternative Investments Committees. Jim specializes in providing an unbiased view of the global economy and capital markets and developing investment strategies to help clients manage risk and meet their long-term goals and objectives.

Building a Strong Network through Shared Interests and Values

SIM Detroit provides technology leaders the unique experience of networking with peers via educational, networking, and other special events throughout the year. An active philanthropic effort engages with various local charitable and educational organizations through volunteerism and other support.

Event Venue

Sitting high atop One Campus Martius is Bedrock’s newest event space. With expansive views of downtown Detroit, this 16th floor venue is perfect for events like ours.

Our Official Partners and Sponsors

A special thank you to our partners and sponsors whose generosity makes this event possible.
Diamond Sponsor

HCL Tech

Platinum Sponsor

Centric Consulting

Palo Alto Networks


Reception Sponsor


Executive Co-Sponsor


Pure Storage

CSI Leasing

C3 Technology Advisors

Stefanini Group


Networking Sponsor

Plante Moran

Event Partnership

Apex Digital

The Judge Group


Artic Wolf


AMI Strategies


NWN Carousel

Bluewater Technologies

Converge Technology Solutions

Advertisement Sponsor

Executive Search Partners




Heller Search

Global Telecom Solutions

Big Panda


Succeed Partners

FastTek Global

Please Join us for the SIM Michigan Technology Leaders Summit on April 19th 2023

Please Join us for the SIM Michigan Technology Leaders Summit on April 19th 2023, 8:00am-4:30PM at the One Campus Martius, Event Space 16th floor, Detroit