The agenda is designed to help the modern IT leader navigate and understand emerging technologies and how they are impacting IT business strategies. Speakers from the USAF, TierPoint, iLuminate and many others will take the stage.

8:00 AM

Women Defying Gravity Breakfast & AR Experience

Rhonda Vetere, Global CIO/CTO and AuthorRhonda Vetere


Join Global CIO/CTO and author Rhonda Vetere, to celebrate women who are breaking down barriers and defining the future of STEM.

In this small group session, Rhonda will share stories from her latest book, Grit & Grind, including how she and her team navigate the volatile tech industry and a simple 10-part practice for building bone-deep confidence in your own abilities. Rhonda will also share her passion for sport and how she takes her grit to the road, including insight from a recent trip to the Serengeti where she participated in the inaugural Serengeti Girls Run event, speaking to a crowd of 400 local high school girls and doing ‘fun run’ with the community. Rhonda then ran 55-miles over the course of three days for a female empowerment fundraiser: the first women-only run of its kind. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Rhonda and receive an autographed copy of Grit and Grind.

9:30 AM

Secret Service Security Stories & Microsoft Office 365 Protection Workshop

John Toney
Paul Mazzucco
Keith Peckman

John Toney, Former Secret Service Agent to Vice President Joe Biden, joins TierPoint Chief Security Officer, Paul Mazzucco, to give BraveIT attendees and understanding of what goes through a cyber criminal’s mind and how you can use today’s latest technology to defend your organizations. In addition to stories from the Secret Service, this workshop offers a hands on overview of Microsoft Office 365’s security features with TierPoint’s Cloud Product Team and expert Microsoft O365 Security Bootcamp trainer, Keith Peckman.

9:30 AM

CXO Below Deck Experience

Alexander Ramirez


Exclusive C-Level peer networking session with Citigroup Managing Director Alexander Ramirez who will discuss recent IT/cloud/data center market trends; includes exclusive access to a private, Below Deck Tour of Intrepid.

11:30 AM

Guest Reception & Lunch

Grab a bite and network with the IT crowd.

12:30 PM

Kickoff & Opening Remarks

Jerry Kent

12:45 PM

Keynote: Major General Brett Williams, USAF (Ret.)

Major General Brett Williams

In this keynote, Maj Gen (Retired) Brett Williams describes his experience transitioning from the world of flying operations into leading teams of Cyber and IT professionals. He will compare and contrast his experience in DoD to what he has experienced over the last five years in the private sector. Brett will then provide an overview of today’s threat with specific emphasis on the nation state threat. The final segment of the keynote will describe, at an executive level, why we are challenged to defend today’s enterprise networks and how moving to the cloud offers some clear advantages with regard to security. At the same time, businesses who look to make the transition, must call on experts to help with issues such as compliance, application migration, controlling costs, security and liability.

1:30 PM


1:40 PM

Session 1: What 5G Really Means for IT

Tony Rossabi
Gabriel Sassoon
Marc Halbfinger
Paul Savill
Gabriel Montanti

For customers, 5G will mean faster speed and better coverage. For carriers, it means more customers and more towers. For IT, it means something else. There may be some not-so-immediately-obvious impacts from the new technology, like heavier loads on your applications and infrastructure due to the easier access to faster speeds, new sources of data (like IoT, Machine Learning and AI), and ensuring you have the right talent to handle the changes. In this session, we join IT experts in a discussion on the implications and solutions to adapting to the new networking technology.

2:20 PM

Session 2: Battle Royale: Hyperscale vs. Hyperconverged

Mary Meduski
Chris Crosby
David Sangster
Jason Tofsky
Colby Synesael
Jeff August

Hyperscale (a.k.a., public) clouds have been all the rage. But as more businesses look to the cloud for their data and applications, they’re asking some tough questions: “Is public cloud more economical than private cloud in all cases? Which type of cloud best addresses my company’s unique needs? How does hyperconverged infrastructure change the equation? Are we properly staffed to manage any of the options?” Industry experts and IT leaders will tackle these and similar questions, to help you make the best decision for your business.

3:00 PM

Networking Break & Technology Spotlights

Michael Piccininni
Howard Shaw
Fara Hain
Dan Gallivan

Dell:  TierPoint & Dell Technologies Enabling Multi-cloud Solutions

SHI: Roll With the Changes – How IT Can Keep Up with Technology’s Accelerating Rate of Change

Zerto:  Cyber-Resilience – How Resilient Businesses Fear No Ransom

VMware:  The Future Digital Business Platform

4:10 PM

Session 3: INSPECTION! The 2020 Security & Compliance Audit

Renee Murphy
Paul Mazzucco
John Toney

TierPoint’s Chief Security Officer and Certified Hacker, Paul Mazzucco, leads a discussion with Forrester Analyst, Renee Murphy, and former secret service agent, John Toney, to understand the latest strategies and tactics surrounding cyber security and IT compliance.

4:50 PM

Session 4: With a Little Help From My Friends: IT Leaders Trade Stories & Secrets

Joe Flesch
Charles Boicey
Paul Deguise
Sherry Correll
Michael Shum

Microsoft leads a discussion with a panel of IT leaders who have stories to tell about their current Digital & IT Transformation efforts (security, cloud migration, disaster recovery, budgets and human resources).

5:30 PM

BraveIT Award Ceremony

Jerry Kent

5:45 PM

Keynote: Miral Kotb, Founder of iLuminate | iLuminate Performance

Miral Kotb

Miral shares her stories of bravery, including the creation of iLuminate, an experience forged from art and technology.  A trained dancer, Miral learned to code and created something new that brings joy to audiences around the world.  Following the keynote, BraveIT audience members get the chance to enjoy a special performance by iLuminate.

6:30 PM

Big Band Brave Bash

Sunset cocktail reception on the rooftop flight deck with a 40s themed big band and dancers.

About the BraveIT Award

A peer nominated award to an individual who has exemplified bravery through the utilization of technology for the benefit of others.

Voting is now closed. The winner will be announced on 09.19.19 at BraveIT!

2019 Speakers

Tech leaders and IT Peers who are here to give you insights on how to best navigate issues with data security, data storage, and disaster recovery, as well as a glimpse into new technologies, regulations, and user trends that affect IT organizations.

The Venue

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
New York City

The Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine.
The Museum is located at:
Pier 86 | W 46th Street and 12th Avenue.
Join us at this home of the Brave.

“TierPoint certainly knows how to educate both their trusted advisors and customers alike. BraveIT was full of interesting things to see and hear.”

Cheryl Dawn Hacker, AVANT