Friday, November 13, 2015 - 9:15am - 10:15am
Room: Confluence Ballroom
Suzy Gutierrez, MBA, Co-founder and community director for TechrIoT an "Internet of Things" (IoT) Collaborative at Innovation Pavilion in Centennial, CO. TechrIoT is a collaborative community of IoT stakeholders working to increase resources and empower the next generation of IoT companies. Gutierrez serves as an entrepreneurial advocate and corporate community builder to enable high impact IoT companies to launch and grow. She is engaged in developing innovative business models for entrepreneurial ecosystems, identifying best practices for corporate innovation, and cultivating connections between entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and public entities. Recently, through a partnership with Arrow Electronics Suzy launched TechrIoTXLR8 , an IoT business accelerator. Gutierrez is driving the charge at TechrIoT aiming to make Colorado a global IoT innovation hub. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, CO. She served on the Executive Board for Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, a local chapter of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program from NIST. Gutierrez is an active Colorado native and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Florence D. Hudson serves as the primary focal point to activate the tremendous innovative capacity of the entire Internet2 community. Hudson has more than 33 years in leadership positions at IBM, including director of Internet of Things Business Development, vice president and director in Corporate Strategy, vice president in the Systems and Technology Group, and vice president and acting chief technology officer of the IBM Global Industrial Sector. During her career, Hudson spent a year as executive-on-loan and IBM vice president of strategic planning for the Society of Women Engineers where she developed new programs to inspire girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics worldwide. Prior to IBM, Hudson worked for Hewlett-Packard, Grumman Corporation and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she worked on projects including solar power satellites, the space shuttle program and future missions around Jupiter. Hudson holds a B.S.E. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and has attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.
Bruce Maas is the chief information officer and vice provost for Information Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served the University of Wisconsin System in a variety of roles over a career of more than 30 years, including budget manager, assistant dean for business affairs, PeopleSoft project manager, deputy CIO, service center transition coordinator, and CIO at two UW institutions. In November 2012, Maas was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. Prior to his appointment, Maas served as director of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute, a faculty member of the institute, and as chair of the Midwest EDUCAUSE conference.
Mike Abbiatti is the Executive Director of WCET and WICHE Vice President for Educational Technologies. Abbiatti assumed the WCET leadership position in January 2015. Previously he was the director of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Educational Technology Cooperative. Abbiatti was formerly associate commissioner for information and learning technology for the Louisiana Board of Regents. He is the founding director of the successful Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Campus, and former director of Distance Education for Louisiana State University. Abbiatti has been recognized by the Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards Program as a Laureate signifying leadership in the design, deployment, and utilization of Information Technology for the benefit of Louisiana's citizens, and is a past member of the EDNET Education Executive Advisory Board. Other national recognitions include the United States Distance Learning Association's Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in K-12 Award, Electronic Learning Magazine's Distinguished Achievement Award through the Educator of the Year Program.