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If you want to know about the latest trends and what is happening in North Texas, Tech Titans events are the place to be! Can't make it in person? Listen to recorded presentations here.
16 Episodes
President Bill Sproull serves as the chair of the Texas governor's Broadband Development Council, which evaluated and made recommendations to the governor about how vital broadband is to the future of Texas. Thanks to Connected Nation for producing the podcast.Read the full report here: 
Though things are still in flux, Bill gives an update about what to expect in the short term and what the implications are for North Texas
Qorvo CEO James Klein

Qorvo CEO James Klein


James Klein is president of infrastructure and defense products at Qorvo and Tech Titans Corporate CEO award winner in 2019. Interviewed by Tech Titans’ President/CEO Bill Sproull, James talks about his background, Qorvo’s history, how Qorvo managed to keep their plants healthy even in China and the need to support STEM and diversity efforts. Part of the discussion focuses on the importance of culture, leadership and the trust of the team. 
UT Dallas has an enrollment of 30,000 (and ranked as one of the fastest growing in the country). As the CEO of a staff of over 3600, Dr. Richard Benson is working with budgets and analyzing customer trends and threats for delivery (ie, steering his institution through covid and meeting international student needs).Tech Titans' President Bill Sproull talks to Dr. Benson about the future of the school (think resiliency and optimism) and how diversity is built into its DNA.
Yobie is a world class innovator who is an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and received their 2015 Technology Pioneer award. Benjamin was winner of a 2014 CNN Top 10 Technology Products award in augmented reality. He was the Global Chief Technology Officer for Citibank where he was was responsible for global money flows of $3 trillion to $9 trillion per day. He is also co-founder, advisor to several startups in the technology and synthetic biology space. Yobie talks about some of his past work and current solutions about cleaning the air of the coronavirus. 
High-energy Calvin Carter has opinions about how to lead an organization. The latest action is allowing employees to work from anywhere, on top of their self-managed vacation plan. Calvin talks about connecting employees to a purpose, how an entrepreneur/leader needs empathy, and how coronavirus accelerated adoption of trends by 3-5 years.
Amy Wheelus acts as the CIO of AT&T’s broadband and video business. During the podcast, Amy talks about how AT&T plans for disasters, what she thinks the new normal will be after coronavirus and what innovation looks like. Amy also discusses her background and how that influences her ability to lead in a diverse but results-oriented environment. 3
Important blockchain developments affecting traditional banking have been occurring outside of public view. This Tech Titans Forum will discuss how blockchain is being used to send payments globally and to streamline interbank processes for syndicated loans. We'll also learn about central bank currencies and the integration of digital currencies into traditional payment systems.Panelists: JC Jollant, senior product manager, FinastraRichard Meszaros, Managing Director IoT, AccentureEric Smith, founder/CEO, App Brilliance, Inc.
Regan Edens, a long-time administrator and consultant for DoD cybersecurity protection, talks through the strict compliance mandates that will be enforced starting Jan. 1, 2020, and ways for you to use the Agile method to analyze your cyber compliance health, and get your organization into the gym before the feds TELL you to get into shape!
hear a panel featuring the Tech Titans Award finalists in our Emerging Company CEO category. This includes Calvin Carter from Bottle Rocket,Curtis Hite from ImprovingWill Rosellini from Nexeon MedsystemsAndrew Schaap from Aligned EnergyThese finalists discuss what their companies do, how they rose to success and the remaining challenges for them.
Ty Harmon from 2THEDGE, which consults with top companies about their innovation projects, talks about establishing an innovation team, setting up success milestones, questions to ask, gives examples and how to set up tests. This conversation will help solidify your understanding of the innovation process. Ty leads 2THEDGE's Testing and Experimentation as a Service (TEXaS) practice that accelerates an organizations ability to identify, test and drive adoption of new capabilities.  Since 2016, 2THEDGE teams have conducted over 225 agile Proofs of Concepts on a wide range of emerging capabilities from artificial intelligence to sensor fusion, autonomous systems and advanced robotic platforms.Prior to launching 2THEDGE, Ty was the AstraZeneca Technology Fellow responsible for agile experimentation program launch, intelligent pharmaceuticals and connected care initiatives.  He has also held led Gartner's Emerging Technology Program, supported Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD) at EDS and served as a U.S. Army Office with the 3rd Infantry Division.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. 
Dr. Ricketts sits down to talk about what is innovation, some practices to cultivate innovation in your own organization and some innovative ideas that we're experiencing in our culture today. 15 minutes.
Bias in datasets used to train AI is a significant challenge. AI and machine learning can produce potentially disastrous results if training data sets are not managed.Pradyot Prasoon, director of emerging technologies, American Heart Assoc.Hettie Tabor, director of masters of science in business analytics, SMUDwayne Paschall, data scientist - machine learning and AI, IDEXXKalyana Chakravarthy Bedhu, head of AI and data innovation, Ericsson Group
Tech Titans CEO Bill Sproull talks about the 2019 Texas legislative session and which bills are in committee and the process to making them laws.The bills include topics of education reform (teacher raises & funding), a bill to address rising property taxes, plus a regular and supplemental budget bill. 
1. How to align cyber security to business strategy and goals 2. How to Measure and balance your cyber risk with your business needs 3. Tips on how to conduct an enterprise-wide cyber vulnerability and risk assessment 4. How to develop and roll out a comprehensive cyber strategy 5. And how to Communicate cyber insights and initiatives across the business and C-suite in terms your audience will understandSponsored by UT DallasPanelists: Jason Fruge, VP and CISO of Fossil Group, David Venable, VP cybersecurity of Masergy, Jeff Schilling, SVP and CISO of Epsilon 
A growing number of companies are using AI and machine learning to not only better understand their customers but also to create highly personalized experiences and messages.  One of DFW's leading pioneers in this journey is TGI Friday's. TGI Digital, a digital transformation project with the objective to reconnect with customers on a 1 to 1 basis, has become an advisor helping customers answer the question, "What should we do tonight?"  Friday's uses AI to achieve deep insight into their customers' preferences and lifestyles so that they can provide highly personalized and timely messaging. Friday's has seen a 500% increase in engagement with customers on social media channels since implementation.Sponsored by UT Dallas
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