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SE TechnologyNEXT at DTE
1 Energy Plaza
Detroit, MI 48226
United States of America
Room Number: GO Auditorium
Organizations must build resilience to survive today’s dynamic environment. Whether it’s implementing new security protocols, migrating to a new software platform, or adapting to a new leader’s style…organizations must adapt. Join Inforum’s TechnologyNEXT Industry Group as we discuss the role of resilience in success. After a brief networking opportunity, we will watch the TedTalk video by Leticia Gasca titled “Don’t Fail Fast – Fail Mindfully” and discuss how it relates to resilience. Then, interact with a panel of women who have endured a variety of career transitions through resilience and courage. This will be an inspiring event with great discussions about the road to resilience.
Ronia Kruse, Co-founder and CEO, OpTech LLC
Ronia is the founder and CEO of OpTech, LLC and OpTech Solutions, a talent development and solutions firm providing services to Fortune 1000 and government clients. She also serves on the investment committee for Belle Michigan to help evaluate potential emerging technology portfolio companies. Kruse launched OpTech during the sharp economic downturn of 2001 and an overall depressed economy, arguably the worst time to start a tech company, but her business acumen paid off. With her contagious enthusiasm and passion for inspiring others, Kruse brings the unique ability to leverage technology and develop talent, particularly in the realm of crisis management, which led to the exponential growth of her firm, particularly during the 2008/2009 downturn of the economy. Before striking out on her own, Kruse was a senior tax consultant for a big 4 CPA firm, where she specialized in international tax planning strategies for clients, harnessed business process improvement/efficiencies, and developed financial applications for leading industries. In addition, she served as an adjunct professor in the Master of Science Taxation program at Wayne State University. To read more about Ronia click here.
Lynn Longo, Senior Vice President Connected Car, Digital CockPit, HARMAN International
Lynn is the senior vice president and head of the Digital Cockpit business unit at HARMAN. She has over 20 years of automotive engineering and technology experience, with the majority of that time spent serving in key global leadership roles. As head of the Digital Cockpit business, Lynn leverages her extensive understanding of automotive product strategy, development and delivery to drive innovation and bring solutions to market that create seamless, safe and connected consumer driving experiences.Prior to joining HARMAN, Lynn was the executive director and chief information officer of Connected Ecosystem Integration at General Motors (GM) where she led the technical integration of GM’s connected vehicle ecosystem via adaptable, flexible platforms. Before that, she held three leadership positions in two different joint ventures in China (OnStar Shanghai and SAIC General Motors) — marking her as the first international senior executive to hold three distinct roles simultaneously. Prior to her international assignment in China, Lynn spent more than three years working for GM Europe leading a global team of engineers. To read more about Lynn click here.
Sowmya Srinivasan, software development manager, Amazon
Sowmya has been a Software Development Manager at Amazon since 2019, and has provided high performance technology solutions and overall bottom line gains. Previously, she was vice president of IT product technology manager at Comerica Bank and before that she was at Flagstar Bank for thirteen years under several management roles. She did her MS in Computer Science Engineering from Oakland University, MI. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Jenine Parchmon, service vice president, LIBOR Transition Program Office,Comerica Bank
Jenine is responsible for helping to lead a large enterprise-wide effort focused on transitioning to alternative benchmark rates for a variety of products. Prior to beginning her current role in July 2019, she was director of the technology strategy, planning and innovation group at Comerica Bank with responsibility for ensuring the successful delivery of strategic initiatives across the technology organization and advancing overall innovation capabilities. . A 2012 graduate of Comerica’s Leadership Development Program, she previously worked in a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities. Ms. Parchmon’s previous positions include, Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Payments Strategy and First-Level Officer, Emerging Technologies and Payment Services. She began her career with the bank in July 2006 as a technical analyst. To read more about Jenine click here.
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: DTE, 1 Energy Plaza, GO Auditorium, Detroit, 48226
Cost: $25 Members , $35 Nonmembers
Refreshments will be provided.
Thank you to our sponsors!
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TechnologyNEXT brings together Inforum members who are working in technology to expand their professional knowledge and foster intentional connections.
Whether you own a technology-related business; work in technology development, sales or marketing; or are a self-described techie - this group is for you!
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