SIM TechExec 2024 Agenda

Agenda is currently under development; however, topics will be focused on the following themes:

1. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI): Sentience Unleashed
Discover the future of AGI where machines achieve human-like intelligence. Learn about its potential to transform problem-solving, natural language understanding, and adaptability. Equip yourself with the insights to leverage AGI in your strategic planning.

2. Hybrid Workforce: Beyond Human-Robot Collaboration
Explore the future of a symbiotic human-robot workforce. Understand the new productivity paradigms, workplace culture, and ethical considerations. Prepare your organization for the socio-economic implications of this revolutionary shift.

3. Third Horizon Digital Twins: The Virtual Prototyping of Existence
Uncover the transformative potential of digital twins beyond asset monitoring. Delve into radical applications in healthcare and medicine that promise to revolutionize treatment and health outcomes. Be at the forefront of this groundbreaking technology.

4. Cybersecurity Evolved: Forestalling the Nation-State Cyberthreat
Stay ahead of state-sponsored cyber threats with strategies to combat long-term sleeper agents. Learn how to safeguard your partnerships, supply chains, and broader ecosystems against geopolitical cyber risks.

Interested in participating in the program and have a knowledge to share?  Submit your abstract today and be considered for the 2024 program. 

SIM TechExec 2024

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

SIM Foundation Golf Tournament

Mark Taylor, SIM CEO, invites you to join him for a round of golf benefiting the SIM Foundation at the The Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale. This tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8:00 AM. Tournament fee includes lunch and a donation to the SIM Foundation. Rivaling its famous sister course in both beauty and playability, the Randy Heckenkemper-designed Champions Course offers an ideal desert golf experience. Built on the former site of TPC Scottsdale’s Desert Course, the layout was completely revamped in 2007 to flow seamlessly within the naturally rugged terrain, meandering between natural ravines and through picturesque foothills.

Participation can be added during registration for an additional fee: $250/practitioner

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Alternate Activity - Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West - Architectural Tour

For those who are not interested in golf, we invite you to join us for a 60-minute in-depth guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Talisein West. In the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, Taliesin West was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright over 80 years ago. Set amid 600 acres of Sonoran beauty in North Scottsdale, Taliesin West was more than Wright's personal winter residence and studio. It was also the home of the Taliesin Fellowship, a group of 23 young architectural "disciples" who built the complex under Wright's direction. One of the most influential architects of our time, Frank Lloyd Wright’s career spanned more than 70 years and produced such iconic buildings as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. With each masterful design, Wright forever influenced our relationship with architecture and our idea of how to live in balance with nature. 

You’ll spend 60 minutes with a passionate, knowledgeable guide, exploring the Historic Core of Taliesin West, diving deeper into the tenets of Organic Architecture, the collections, and the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit Taliesin West’s highlights, but also see private living spaces that are only available on this tour.

Participation can be added during registration for an additional fee: $150/person and includes transportation to and from the hotel.

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Registration Open

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration Hospitality

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop with Richard Bliss

Richard Bliss is a renowned speaker, author, and social media expert. He is the founder and president of BlissPoint, a social media consulting company that helps improve executives' online communications and sales teams' social selling behaviors.

Richard is recognized as a LinkedIn Top Voices Influencer and an experienced executive communications manager. His expertise has helped thousands of people master social media tools and become fluent in social conversations, building their platforms and confidence to reach their audience and define their brand effectively.

Richard is also the author of the book "Digital First Leadership," where he simplifies the world of social media and how leaders can use it to their advantage. His podcast, "Digital First Leadership," has been a transformational time for many, leading to success in their respective fields.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome to SIM TechExec 2024: Reception

Let the networking begin! Join us as we kick-off the conference by catching up with old friends and maybe make some new friends too. Enjoy light refreshments and a beverage or two while catching a glimpse of the setting sun as it sizzles against the desert sand on the horizon!  

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friends of SIM Foundation Reception

Join us for an unforgettable evening at the Friends of the SIM Foundation Reception where we blend exquisite flavors and meaningful connections. Led by the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Tequila Goddesses, guests will learn the difference between Tequila, Mezcal, Sotol, the difference between tequila and 100% agave tequila and the difference in Blanco, Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo. The Tequila Goddesses will discuss where tequila is made, what the process is, and how it's regulated. Don't miss this one of a kind opportunity to network with fellow attendees and contribute to a good cause! Your participation not only promises a memorable evening but also supports the mission of the SIM Foundation.

Participation can be added during registration for an additional fee: $200/person

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Nightcap Reception - Lobby Bar

The night is young, and the conference has just begun! Join us in the lobby bar to keep those conversations going with your friends and peers in a relaxed environment.

SIM TechExec 2024

7:00 am - 3:15 pm

Registration Desk Open

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Sunrise Yoga

Join us for a rejuvenating sunrise yoga session led by SIM Foundation Chair Emeritus and certified yoga instructor, Nanci Schimizzi! Start your day with tranquility and serenity as you flow through gentle yoga poses while being enveloped by the soft embrace of the golden morning sun.
Participation can be added during registration for an additional fee: $25/person

8:00 am - 9:00 am


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening & Welcome 

Mark Taylor - CEO, SIM
Mark Roberts - CEO, TechServe Alliance

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Opening Keynote

Ryan Leak - Motivational Speaker & Author 

Ryan Leak, best-selling author, esteemed executive coach, and a highly sought-after transformational speaker, dedicates his expertise to the growth of over 25,000 leaders each year, spanning the spectrum from Fortune 100 corporations to elite professional sports teams. Ryan is the creative mind behind the USA Today best-selling book, "Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success." This transformative work has guided countless individuals on a journey to turn setbacks into stepping stones toward success.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sponsor Supplier Showcase

Networking Break with Suppliers

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Transition Break

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

SIM General Session

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Executive Women's Lunch

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking Roundtable Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Transition Break

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

SIM General Session - Digital Twin

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Transition Break

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

SIM General Session

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Technology Leaders Connect Reception

9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Nightcap Reception - Lobby Bar

SIM TechExec 2024

8:00 am - 9:00 am

SIM Chapter Leader Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am


Mark Taylor - CEO, SIM
Mark Roberts - CEO, TechServe Alliance

9:15 am - 10:30 am

General Session
Dr. Tassu Shervani - Leadership Consultant, Associate Professor, Cox School of Business, SMU

Dr. Tassu Shervani is an Associate Professor at the Cox School of Business at SMU in Dallas. He is also a consultant in global strategy and organization, shareholder value, business models, innovation, and business development.   

In his keynote, Dr. Shervani will focus on Demographics and Technology, highlighting the continued demand for scarce skilled labor, upward pressure on wages, the stalemate on immigration, and the need for automation and AI in the coming decades to support continued economic growth as the supply of skilled labor continues to be tight. 

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Transition Break

10:45 am - 11:45 am

SIM General Session

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

SIM, ITPWG & TechServe Networking Roundtable Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Transition Break

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

SIM General Session - CIO Pathway

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Transition Break

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

SIM General Session

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Transition Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Closing Keynote - SIM, TechServe, ITPWG 

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing Reception

Schedule is subject to change