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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 11th, 2024 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 & Sponsor recognition

Keynote Speaker: Gordie Howe Bridge Project

Heather Grondin; Chief Relations Officer; Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Peibo Zhao; Senior Manager ITS; Commissioning & OMR; Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

Tech Talk

Padma Sundaram; Vice President – Automotive Engineering CoE; HCL Tech

Networking Break

Executive Panel: HR and IT partnering through common issues: WFH policies, AI consent/usage policies

Maria Haight; CIO & CISO; TGI Direct, Inc – Moderator

Diana Verdun; Partner – Human Resources; Plante Moran

David Decker; CIO; Universal Logistics

Susan Boyd;  Managing Director – EIT Performance and Agility Office; Blue Cross

Kristin Holt; President & CEO; Greenpath

Resilient Leadership - Tracy Ann Palmer

Networking Break

Executive Panel - Cyber-Security: Best Practices for Post Hack

Brian Schneble; Director of Cyber Security / Strategic Partnerships; Global Telecom Solutions – Moderator 

Jon Sriro CIPP/US; Partner; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Kelly Knepley; Chief Information Officer; DexKo Global

Aaron Miller; Sr. Director Systems Engineering; Palo Alto Networks

Lunch, Speaker & Award

Keynote Speaker: Chris Rizik, CEO at Renaissance Venture Capital

Executive Panel AI – Actually deployed in practice

James McFarlane; CIO, HoMedics – Moderator

Tiziana Galeazzi; General Manager, Information Technology; Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

Jason Mars; Associate Professor of Computer Science; University of Michigan

Robert Jones II; Exec. Dir Emerging Technologies & Support Services ITS; University of Michigan

Fabio Caversan;  VP Digital Business and Innovation; Stefanini Group

Networking Break

Executive Panel: IoT: Cross industry uses

Sanjay Kumar; Senior Principal; Siemens – Moderator

Mike Homant; CTO & Deputy CIO; City of Detroit

Ashley Gelisse; Director; Office of the CISO at Michigan Medicine

Kurt Dykema; IOT Entrepreneur and Consultant

Executive Briefing

Anand Venkatraman; SVP and Business Head Automotive Vertical; HCL Tech

Grace Hansen; President MCWT Foundation and Vice President, Global Change & Capability; Stellantis

Closing Remarks & Raffles - Jef Fisk

Cocktail Hour


Keynote Speakers

Heather GrondinChief Relations Officer Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

Heather Grondin has 20 years of experience, specializing in strategic planning, communications and engagement. As part of diverse public-sector teams working on high-profile projects and portfolios, Heather’s consistent goal has been to build meaningful relationships based on trust, openness and understanding. Holding the executive position of Chief Relations Officer at Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) since 2015, Heather leads an integrated team of professionals who inform, inspire and interact with others in support of WDBA and the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

Chris RizikFounder and Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Venture Capital

Renaissance works to attract capital to Midwest-based startups, and to strategically connect venture capital funds and start-up companies with major corporations looking for innovation. Chris is also the founder and publisher of SoulTracks.com, America’s most popular soul music online magazine.

Chris’s work has led to several awards, including EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Crain’s Detroit Business Newsmaker of the Year, and the Smart Business Dealmakers Dealmakers Hall of Fame. Prior to Renaissance, Chris was a co-founder and partner in Michigan’s two largest venture capital investors, nanotechnology holding company Ardesta, LLC, and tech fund Avalon Technology Ventures, and received of four consecutive “Deal of the Year” awards by the Michigan Venture Capital Association. 

Chris chairs the Investment Committees of Invest Detroit Ventures and Accelerate Blue, the seed investment fund of the University of Michigan. Chris also serves on the investment committees of Houston’s HX fund of funds and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, as well as the advisory committees of several venture capital funds around the US. 


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.


Parking will be provided in the One Campus Martius Garage.  Final event information, logistics, including details on parking will be provided via email to participants approximately a week before the event.”

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Please Join Us For The SIM Michigan Technology Leaders Summit On April 11th 2024

Please Join us for the SIM Michigan Technology Leaders Summit on April 11th 2024, 8:00am-4:30PM at the One Campus Martius, Event Space 16th floor, Detroit

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