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University Club of Portland

1225 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 12 2018
    SIM-Portland September Meeting: "The State of IT in the State”

    About the event
    Please join us for the SIM Portland September 2018 meeting when a panel of experts from the Office of the State CIO will review what is happening in IT in the State of Oregon, and what new opportunities and challenges are being worked on, and how can public and private IT organizations lead and partner to implement these goals.

    Key topics that will be explored include,
    • Review of current State of Oregon IT planning and initiatives, including,
    • State of Oregon Cybersecurity initiative including Cybersecurity Advisory Council and awareness
    • Statewide Broadband initiative and addressing the Digital Divide with OregonFIBER
    • What does this all mean to IT leadership? How can we partner and collaborate? What should we be planning for?

    The Distinguished Panelists
    • Melody Riley Ralphs, Chief Technology Officer, Oregon’s State Chief Information Office
    • Dave McMorries, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, State of Oregon
    • Jordan Masanga (Panel Chair), CIO, Oregon PERS

    5:30 PM Social
    6:30 PM Dinner
    6:50 PM Meeting Start
    7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
    8:15 PM Close

  • Wednesday
    May 9 2018
    SIM-Portland May Meeting: "What is so smart about SD-WAN?"

    Over the past 20 years, advances in Information technologies have continuously remade the business world. Think– the Internet, virtualization, cloud, the smartphone to name a few. That has however been one exception – the wide area network (WAN), that is … until now. One of the hottest topics in IT Infrastructure is Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN or SDWAN). It is a specific application of software-defined networking (SDN) technology applied to WAN connections. WAN links are used to connect enterprise networks – including branch offices and data centers – over large geographic distances. SDWAN technologies promise the moon; lower costs, faster performance, business agility to name a few. So, what is real and what is pure marketing?

    Come hear from someone who has been an Oregon pioneer in SD-WAN. John Spiegel from Columbia Sportswear will provide an overview of SD-WAN, relate his first-hand experiences implementing this new technology, the results he has seen and how it has changed John’s approach to the ever-evolving landscape of IT infrastructure (both good and bad).

    John Spiegel is the Sr Manager of Infrastructure at Columbia Sportswear Company. He is a leader with 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Networking. Forward-leading, big thinker with a passion for transformative and cutting-edge technologies such as SD-WAN and Cloud. Believer in the power of sharing and collaborating with other like-minded individuals to evolve the industry. Outside of work, focus and energy is on family, brewing beer, Duck and Packer football and currently planning a trip to Africa with his family.

    5:30 PM Social
    6:30 PM Dinner
    6:50 PM Meeting Start
    7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
    8:15 PM Close

  • Thursday
    Apr 26 2018
    Luncheon Speaker Series: Strategies and Trends in the Digital Cloud

    Women in Technology Leadership Speaker Series
    "Strategies and Trends in the Digital Cloud"
    This event is the inaugural SIM Portland Women Speaker Series for 2018.
    It is open to both members and non-member, men and women.

    The Cloud has blended the lines between business and technology while also providing a kick-start for many companies’ digital transformation.The word digital arouses thoughts about marketing, sales, and customer experience. These areas will dominate investments for many companies over the last few years. The next level of true innovation is transforming customer facing systems with those in the back office. Come hear about the forward leaning trends that build a company’s digital journey on interconnected and automated systems that leverage data and real-time analysis.

    What is the leadership needed to lead these transformation journeys in an ever-increasing agile world that is based on building enterprise systems that are personalized, automated and intelligent? Where do you start?

    Lisa Hager is the Global Head of the Salesforce Practice for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). In this capacity, she is responsible for leading TCS’s rapidly growing Global CX and Salesforce practice including driving sales, delivery, alliance management, and innovative solution development across TCS’ mature and emerging markets. She is responsible for a unit with offices in North America, Europe, Japan, LATM, and 9 Global Delivery Centers. Lisa is a seasoned leader with 20 years of experience in strategy and organizational development, customer experience, digital, and cloud strategy. She is a recognized speaker on technology and business trends with over 20 publications.

    Before joining TCS, Lisa served as a National Director for Slalom Consulting responsible for lead and building their Salesforce Practice. Prior to Slalom, Lisa was a member of NTT Centerstance’s Executive Team. She played a key role during the organization’s growth period resulted in an acquisition by NTT.

    11:30 AM Registration/ Buffet Lunch
    12:00 -1:00 PM Speaker

    Event Sponsor: Propeller

  • Wednesday
    Apr 11 2018
    SIM-Portland April Meeting: "A Jetsons or Bladerunner future for our metropolitan areas - are we on the brink of a technology sea-change for Smart Cities?"

    Speaker panel: "A Jetsons or Bladerunner future for our metropolitan areas - are we on the brink of a technology sea-change for Smart Cities?"

    Stan Curtis (Urban.Systems),
    Kevin Martin (City of Portland),
    Kristin Tufte (PSU),
    Dave Pelkey (Azimith Communications)
    Moderator: Bud Borja (CGI).

    The idea of Smart Cities has been around for a while. It encapsulates how technology is going to transform the way we interact with City government & infrastructure, local businesses and our communities. It is very exciting to consider all the transformational possibilities when cities are digitally enabled, as well as the impact of emerging technology such as self-driving cars on the City administrative model and the local economy. But what are the barriers to realizing this future? Which cities are having successes and which are having failures? How about our own City of Portland and other cities in the metropolitan area?

Join us for the SIM Portland April 2018 meeting when we will review what is happening with IT and Smart Cities. We will have a panel of thought leaders speaking on NextGen wired and wireless network, Internet of Things (IoT) and sensors, autonomous vehicles, as well as big data & visualization. Come learn what new opportunities and challenges are here today and on the horizon. 

    Key topics that will be explored include,

    • Review of Smart Cities planning and strategies to date.
    • Major technology areas being tackled by Smart Cities groups and collaborations.
    • Examples of Smart Cities projects successes and failures.
    • What does this all mean to IT leadership? What should IT infrastructure be prepared for?

    5:30 PM Social
    6:30 PM Dinner
    6:50 PM Meeting Start
    7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
    8:15 PM Close

  • Wednesday
    Mar 14 2018
    SIM-Portland March Meeting: "Demystifying Micro-services and the impact of the changing DevOps development tools in IT"

    Speaker Panel - "Demystifying Micro-services and the impact of the changing DevOps development tools in IT"

    Phil Taylor, VP of Engineering - Infogroup Northwest)

    Dan Anolik, VP of Engineering - HeathSparq/Cambia)

    Moderator: Richard Appleyard, VP Technology - GB2tech.com

    What are Microservices? Why is this new software development architecture important? How does it compare with the traditional monolithic development style? Where will Microservices be most effective and what impact will it have the service that IT will need to provide?

    Join us for the SIM Portland March 2018 meeting when we will explore what the implications of Microservices are, how a local company is implementing this architecture, and what has been learned from this experience.

    Key topics that will be explored in this talk include,

    • The difference between Monolithic and Microservices development models

    • What are the benefits of Microservices and are they right for your business and technology stack

    • What are the people, process and technology considerations for moving to Microservices

    • Lessons learned from implementing Microservices, including how and why the switch worked, as well as areas for improvement in adoption and implementation.

  • Wednesday
    Jan 10 2018
    SIM-Portland January Meeting: "IT as a Value Creator - How to get IT out of the Engine Room"

    IT as a Value Creator - How to get IT out of the Engine Room

    Abe Lietz, SVP & CIO - KinderCare Education

    With digital transformation and technology disruption at the top of the agenda in the board room, IT is uniquely positioned to step of out of back office and take the lead in driving value creation. However, IT teams are often buried in technical debt and struggle to just “keep the lights on”. In this talk, Abe will discuss strategies to transformation the people, process and technology of IT to drive growth, create value, gain market share, and delight customers.

    Key topics that will be explored in this talk include,

    • Leadership design principles to support digital transformation

    • Modern architectures to deliver with speed & quality

    • Discuss going “all-in” on public cloud as a key enable

    • Examine “experience first” design principles to delight customer

    • Learn about leveraging the VC community to accelerate innovation

    Abe Lietz is SVP & Chief Information Officer (CIO) for KinderCare Education. In this role, Mr. Lietz leads the Information Technology and Change Management functions for KinderCare and is charged with driving digital transformation to support business growth and managing all key enterprise business systems which includes in-center, family facing, mobile, data analytics and back office applications as well as all supporting infrastructure. Abe is leading a multi-year transformation of KinderCare’s digital capability by reorganizing its people, process and technology to deliver on value creation initiatives through the use of cloud-first architectures (SaaS, IaaS, & PaaS), as well as delivering multiple innovative mobile, web, and data solutions for its customers and staff.

    A recognized industry expert, Abe has received multiple industry awards, including being recognized as San Diego’s Top Technology Executive in 2015. He is a frequent speaker on IT transformation and cloud migration strategies and has been featured in many publications including CIO.com, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and many others.

    Prior to joining KinderCare, Mr. Lietz was CIO & VP, Customer Service Operations for Curves and Jenny Craig where he led a complete transformation of the IT organization, as well as managing the service contact center for both brands to drive a best-in-class service experience for customers, franchise owners and corporate users. Prior to Curves & Jenny Craig, Mr. Lietz was Chief Architect & Head of Divisional IT for Life Technologies (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific) where he was responsible for driving technology strategy, new technology incubation, and overall technical architecture for the IT infrastructure and applications footprint, as well as all instrument and software system product lines. Mr. Lietz holds a B.A. in Business & MIS from Washington State University.

  • Monday
    Nov 19 2012
    PDX Women in IT Happy Hour Networking Event

    Come join an amazing group of ladies! No specific agenda, just network and have fun!

    Triad Technology Group is sponsoring November's event at the University Club of Portland in the Gold Room! This club was originally a men's only secret society club and PDXWiIT is bringing in women's only event!! Join us for refreshments and a great time!

    PDX Women in Information Technology exists to celebrate professional women in the Portland-metro area who work with, manage, lead or have an interest in technology. Whether you are developing event-driven, non-blocking applications in node.js or setting technology strategy for a Fortune 500 company--or anything in between--come join us!

    Follow us on twitter: @PDXWIIT

  • Tuesday
    Dec 8 2009
    Portland Female Executives Wall of Wine Benefit Gala

    On Tuesday, December 8, plan to mix and mingle with friends, colleagues, and Portland's female business leaders at the historic University Club of Portland for the Portland Female Executives (PDXfX) Wall-of-Wine Benefit Gala & Fundraiser.

    Our annual events are consistent smash hits. Whether you stop by after work in your holiday best or go all out with lots of sparkle and a great black dress or jacket, you'll enjoy delightful holiday cheer, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine, and best of all, plenty of fun and the opportunity to go home with some absolutely wonderful bottles of wine.

    Enjoy the surprise – and help women succeed!

    Here's how the wall-of-wine works. Buy by number (all labels will be hidden) at a flat $25 per bottle or $100 for five bottles. Your "lucky number" could yield any number of outstanding local and international wines. Proceeds benefit the Portland affiliate chapter of Girl’s Inc, an organization that inspires girls ages 8 to 18, to be strong, smart, and bold, and PDXfX, a non-profit organization supporting the advancement of women in business.

    Member appreciation

    PDXfX members are invited to enjoy the evening at a reduced rate of $15.00. Guests, spouses, friends, and colleagues are warmly welcomed at $30 per person.

    RSVP & Other Details

    What: PDXfX Member Appreciation & Wall-of-Wine Benefit Gala

    Where: The University Club of Portland (Gold Room)

    When: Tuesday, December 8; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Tickets: $15 for PDXfX members, $30 for all others

    RSVP: Registration Now Open @ www.pdxfx.org The online Registration will close at 3:00 pm day of event. However you can still attend by paying at the door.

    Please note we have a 48 hour cancellation policy prior to events.