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Insights

SINC USA is a national resource for senior IT executives, and Insights offers a digital window into the unique engagement and personal journey from SINC community members. In this podcast, you’ll hear directly from IT industry experts, leaders, and thinkers, and learn firsthand about their journey, as well as, key insights, and relationships reimagining the future. Welcome to the journey to now and beyond.

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S2 Ep7 - Protection & Security of Card Users - The Conversation with Robert Martin
On this podcast episode, we talk with the Chief Technology Officer for BridgePay, Robert Martin, about the protection of cardholder data as the threat of security breaches hangs in the background of the tech industry, and discuss what companies can do to prevent themselves from becoming the next victim.
29:42 12/13/22
S2 Ep6 - Evolution & Progress of Security - The Conversation with Richard Barretto
In this episode, we sat down with Richard Barretto, Chief Information Security Officer at Progress Software, and talked about building trust within your team while also facing the challenge of dealing with the wave of less throughout the industry.We also discuss the risk factors that come with the new work-from-home dynamic and why trust is the most important factor in creating a proper dynamic among colleagues.
28:19 12/1/22
S2 Ep5 - Burnout in IT - The Conversation with Darrell Bilbrey
Working from home and taking once in-person meetings online has seen a rise in fatigue and burnout in the workforce.Darrell Bilbrey, Principal, and Founder of  Vantage To You Consulting offers some insight on how to avoid burnout and gives us a glimpse into how his company helps others by building strong management and leadership and the importance of checking in.
22:49 11/22/22
S2 Ep4 - The Perfect Blend – Healthcare Interoperability: TEFCA, FHIR API’s and Blockchain (Oh My!) - The Conversation with Michael Marchant
This episode will give a brief history of legacy interoperability to current day, highlighting the interoperability challenges as we migrate through different methodologies, standards and industry norms including the 21st Century Cures Act/TEFCA and how health information exchange could be drastically impacted by the implementation of a few blockchain concepts in the areas of identity, track and trace and consent to create a wholesale health data marketplace that puts the patient at the center of the equation and allows them to own, manage and profit from their health information.
29:09 8/23/22
S2 Ep3 - "Paradigm Shift Bringing Your People with You on Your Digital Transformation Journey" - The Conversation with Gina Bennett
Gina Bennett, Sr. Director of Advancement Technology, Business Intelligence & Analytics at Morehouse College, and Sean Navarro, Director of Partnerships at SINC USA sit down and talk about why People are at the heart of the business and the technologies behind them. The conversation dives into lessons learned from the pandemic and Gina’s newest venture at Construction Check.
29:46 6/21/22
S2 Ep2 - "Who’s looking out for you?" - The Conversation with Robert Field, Pete Cafarchio and Rick Diana
You’re a hard-working leader responsible for protecting and improving the backbone of your organization. It’s a never-ending job that takes energy, vigilance, constant improvement and keeping up with all the latest industry trends. But as you’re giving your best to your organization who’s looking out for you? What about your own personal development? Who can you trust to have no agenda other than your own success?This session will be unlike any others in the conference. Using an interactive, fireside chat format you’ll hear about how one tech leader took his life and career to the next level by partnering with both an agent and a coach. He’ll tell you about his challenges, what the engagements were like, and the results that he got.
30:03 4/27/22
S2 Ep1 - "Lessons in Leadership and the New Management Style" - The Conversation with Dr. Jason Edwards
Season 2 of SINC: The Conversation kicks off with Dr. Jason Edwards, Strategy Principal of Information Security at USAA. A former US Army Calvary officer, Dr. Edwards also serves as the Cybersecurity Learning Facilitator for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology xPro Cybersecurity Program, and is a teaching professor at the University of Miami, the University of Central Florida, and NYU. In this episode, Dr. Edwards shares insights on leadership culture shifts and the new management style he envisions under remote work, what industry can learn from the military workplace, and leadership culture highlights from his 20-year green-to-gold military career— a journey from enlisted to decorated calvary officer and Brigade CIO/CISO.Benefits of the new management/assessment style, for both employees and employersReevaluating the 4-year degree: adaptive hiring objectives, vocational educationCulture, training, and a people-first ethos—industry takeaways from military best practicesTop-of-mind concerns in risk managementWhy you might not retain talent forever, and why that's OKEngage with Dr. Jason Edwards at our 2022 TOLA Leaders Forum, March 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines outside Austin, TX. 
27:08 1/3/22
S1 Ep 6 - "Tech for Good: Diversity & Nonprofit Digital Transformation" - The Conversation with Helen Knight
Over 30% of all charitable giving happens in December—but how often do we think about the impact of technology on charities and nonprofits? What does digital transformation look like when the change beneficiaries are not the funders? For this episode, we sat down with Helen Knight of Helen Knight Consulting, a DEI speaker and digital transformation consultant specializing in the nonprofit sector. Simply put, Helen fights poverty with technology. You'll hear specifically how digital transformation impacts mission delivery, how private industry can be a better neighbor to nonprofit, and why innovation isn't always the answer.  Later, Helen establishes diversity as practically necessary for collective business intelligence, explores the neurobiological data supporting gender diversity in tech, and makes a fascinating case for the ways in which diversity gaps actually map directly onto technology gaps. And finally, Helen shares several key observations and top-of-mind concerns regarding data governance, leadership, and the current ecosystem. Helen Knight is a visionary strategist leading award-winning technology transformations at non-profits across Canada, providing strategic IT consulting and also speaking on IT transformation, diversity and inclusion. Helen runs the nonprofit support hub TechforSocialGood.ca, is a Governing Board Member of the not-for-profit technical agency Cybera Inc., and also serves as (the first female) President of the CIO Association of Canada’s Calgary chapter. 
29:20 11/20/21
S1 Ep 5 - "Building Your Personal Brand as an IT Leader" - The Conversation with Ken Viciana
Always essential for businesses, brand identity is quickly becoming crucial for the individual as well. But the power of branding isn’t siloed—an individual with a strong personal brand brings that resultant influence to the benefit of their organization. Our conversation with Ken Viciana outlines Ken’s own brand development journey, offers advice and best practice for personal brand curation, and includes key insights on current and future trends. You’ll hear Ken’s firsthand advice on how to: Differentiate yourself as an IT professional/leaderCommunicate and curate your brand identityMaintain your brand identity and continue making connections through disruption (i.e. when in-person isn’t possible) Ken Viciana is a globally-recognized leader with a robust personal brand, VicianaData, primarily focused on Data Management, Business Analytics, Information Governance, Cyber Security, and Risk Management.Ken’s career includes executive roles with Fidelity, Suntrust, ING, Equifax, Fiserv, where he has successfully developed and mobilized strategies, capabilities, and programs putting data to work for business.  
37:47 11/7/21
S1 Ep 4 - Part 2: "Deltas, Data, Globalization" - Dr Arlene Espinal with Deena Swatzie and Maria Schwenger
In the insightful conclusion to their two-part discussion, Dr. Arlene Espinal, Deena Swatzie, and Maria Schwenger identify meaningful deltas they've observed, examine the effects of globalization on cloud/data management and the responsibility of data and "ethical AI," and look ahead to what's next and top-of-mind, both personally and from an industry perspective. Maria Schwenger is AVP Head of App Security & Data Protection at American Family Insurance. Prior roles include VP DevSecOps & Strategy at Honeywell and Director, Cloud Operations & Strategy Architect at IBM.Deena Swatzie is GVP Cyber Security Strategy & Digital Innovation at Truist, formerly SunTrust, where she was Group VP Cyber Security GRC Manager responsible for cyber governance and risk identification activities. Dr. Arlene Espinal is Chief AI Officer for i-TaaS Consulting and also serves as an Independent Corporate Advisor. Prior, she was VP at ManTech leading A3 strategy and execution, and Global Head of Digital Transformation for SoftwareONE. Dr. Espinal is among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology (2021) and a Top 100 Global Technology Leader (2020, 2022). 
25:56 10/12/21
S1 Ep3 - Part 1: "Mentorship, Leadership, Career Development"- Dr. Arlene Espinal with Deena Swatzie and Maria Schwenger
In Part 1 of this two-episode discussion, Dr. Arlene Espinal hosts Deena Swatzie and Maria Schwenger in a conversation encompassing career establishment and development, mentorship and entry points, leadership and value systems, and key advice for the next generation entering tech fields. Watch for Part 2 coming soon, wherein the panel shares top-of-mind thoughts on security threats, AI, digital transformation, and more.Maria Schwenger is AVP Head of App Security & Data Protection at American Family Insurance. Prior roles include VP DevSecOps & Strategy at Honeywell and Director, Cloud Operations & Strategy Architect at IBM.Deena Swatzie is GVP Cyber Security Strategy & Digital Innovation at Truist, formerly SunTrust, where she was Group VP Cyber Security GRC Manager responsible for cyber governance and risk identification activities. Dr. Arlene Espinal is Chief AI Officer for i-TaaS Consulting and also serves as an Independent Corporate Advisor. Prior, she was VP at ManTech leading A3 strategy and execution, and Global Head of Digital Transformation for SoftwareONE. Dr. Espinal is among the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology (2021) and a Top 100 Global Technology Leader (2020, 2022). 
37:06 10/1/21
S1 Ep2 - Part 2: Walter Ferrer with Reinier Moquete
SINC: The Conversation—where IT peers interview each other. SINC’s podcast season continues with the conclusion of the conversation between Walter Ferrer and Reinier Moquete. Here in Part Two, Walter and Reinier outline action-oriented leadership strategy, exploring how to cultivate diverse talent in the context of the talent crisis, both at an organizational level and in different levels throughout industry. Engage with Walter and Reinier and experience their live Fireside Chat at SINC’s 2021 regional forums: Northeast in Washington D.C. (Oct 3-5th) and TOLA in San Antonio (Oct 24-26th). Walter G Ferrer is Managing Director at Zenlity LLC, a consulting firm focused on transformative innovation to talent agility. Walter serves as COO for a business unit in a large financial services organization; prior leadership experience includes CSC, NeuStar, and ManTech.  Reinier Moquete is the founder & CEO of CyberWarrior and CyberWarrior Academy. He has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Boston Business Journal and included in Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color.For more information and our full slate of offerings visit SINCUSA.com 
27:16 9/27/21
S1 Ep1 - Part 1: Walter Ferrer with Reinier Moquete
SINC: The Conversation—where IT peers interview each other. Our season kicks off with Part One of a two-episode conversation between Walter Ferrer and and Reinier Moquete. This deep-dive discussion takes diversity beyond lip service, positing its moral accuracy as demonstrative of its integral value to organizational health, business relationships, innovation and resiliency. In Part One, Walter and Reinier explore the implications of cultural awareness and fluency that translate into immediate business results, assess the cybersecurity talent gap and potential impact of overlooked communities such as women, people of color, and military veterans, and address the social responsibility of industry to step up to the challenge. Engage with Walter and Reinier and experience their live Fireside Chat at SINC’s 2021 regional forums in Miami (Sept. 19-21st) Washington D.C. (Oct 3-5th) and San Antonio (Oct 24-26th). Walter G Ferrer is Managing Director at Zenlity LLC, a consulting firm focused on transformative innovation to talent agility. Walter serves as COO for a business unit in a large financial services organization; prior leadership experience includes CSC, NeuStar, and ManTech.  Founder & CEO of CyberWarrior and CyberWarrior Academy, Reinier Moquete has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Boston Business Journal and included in Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color.For more information visit SINCUSA.com 
28:53 9/20/21
Trailer - Welcome to SINC: The Conversation
SINC USA is a national resource for senior IT executives, and SINC: The Conversation podcast offers a digital window into the unique engagement experience that is the SINC community. In this podcast, you’ll hear directly from IT industry experts, leaders, and thinkers, and learn firsthand about the key insights, strategies, and relationships reimagining the future. Welcome to The Conversation. For more information visit www.sincusa.com
00:53 9/15/21