Tech It Out 2021

Tech It Out 2021 – Thursday, November 11th
Infinity Park Event Center
4400 E Kentucky Avenue Glendale, CO 80246
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

See below for the complete schedule, COVID protocols for this event, and other important day-of information.

In-person attendees must present either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result received within 48 hours of Tech It Out.

The WICT Rocky Mountain annual Tech It Out event is back this year, and it’s time for us all to reconnect with each other to reflect, emerge, and transform.



All times are approximate.

Breakfast 8 a.m.

Opening Remarks 8:45 a.m.-8:55 a.m.

Immersive Experiences Enabled by 10G – 8:55 a.m.-9:05 a.m.
Debbie Fitzgerald

Convergence – 9:05 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Mariam Sorond

Connecting to the Cloud – 9:20 a.m.-9:40 a.m.
Cathy Fogler

Tech Talk – Beyond Chat: How continuous conversations are changing the way we do business – 9:40 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Sofia Rossato

IoT Still Matters – Why the Next Big Thing is Pushing 30 – 10:20 a.m.-10:35 a.m.
Bryan Hagedon

Broadband Billions – Washington’s Infrastructure Plan – 10:35 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
Lou Borrelli and Matt Polka

Developing, Implementing and Maintaining DE&I as Part of Your Culture – 10:55 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Steve White

Lunch 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion – The X, Y, and Z of Generational Perspectives – 12:35 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cynthia Carpenter, Sandy Grason, Haley Kwiat, Maria Popo, Rachel Popo, Dan Hillen, Laura Keralla

Tech Talk – Proactive Notifications – A Digital Journey – 1:30 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
BJ Daisey

Children in Suits – How Unresolved Childhood Trauma can Make You Desirable to the Workplace – 1:45 p.m.-2:10 p.m.
Rachel Beisel

Alexa, Do Men Talk Too Much? A Lighthearted Look at the Serious Need for Allyship for Women in STEM Using ML/AI
– 2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Sireesha Muppala and Shelbee Eigenbrode

Keynote Address – Conquer Crisis. Train Like a Triathlete. Body + Mind + Business – 2:55 p.m.- 3:55 p.m.
Jill Tupper M.A.

Closing Remarks – 3:55 p.m.-4 p.m.

Jill Tupper M.A.
Keynote Speaker, Corporate Leadership Innovator

Steve White
President, Special counsel to the CEO
Comcast Cable

Shelbee Eigenbrode
Principal AI and Machine Learning Specialist Solutions Architect
Amazon Web Services

Sireesha Muppala
Principal Enterprise Solutions Architect, AI/ML
Amazon Web Services

Cathy Fogler
Key Account Executive
Google Cloud

Rachel Beisel
Former CMO, CableLabs, author and entrepreneur

Lou Borrelli
National Cable Television Cooperative

Matt Polka
President and CEO
America’s Communications Association

Bryan Hagedon
Head of Wireless Innovation

Mariam Sorond
Senior Vice President and Chief Research and Development Officer

Debbie Fitzgerald
Director Technology Policy and Immersive Media

Cynthia Carpenter
Vice President Human Resources
Charter Communications

Sandy Grason
Senior Director, Video Software Development

Haley Kwiat
iOS Software Engineer, Connected Living – Core Video Camera Squad

Maria Popo

Rachel Popo
Engineering Manager
VIPER, Comcast

Dan Hillen
SVP, Residential Sales

Laura Keralla
Senior Manager Program Management
Spectrum Enterprise

Sofia Rossato
SVP of Strategic Partnerships

BJ Daisey
Vice President, Emerging Experiences
Comcast Product Experience

Dress Code:

Business casual

Parking Information: 

Tech It Out is being held at Infinity Park Event Center – 4400 E Kentucky Avenue Glendale, CO 80246.
Main parking is available at Kentucky Avenue and Cherry Street.

The Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rocky Mountain Chapter continues to monitor policies and procedures surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The safety and well-being of individuals on-site at our events is our top priority. To the best of our ability, we are cooperating with federal, state, and local agencies to implement best practices aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus. This includes working with vendors and venues to ensure preventative measures are in place.

In order to ensure we are hosting an event that is both safe and engaging for our attendees, all persons attending Tech It Out 2021 are required to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of this event:

  • All attendees must have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours before entry to the venue and provide printed or digital proof of a negative result prior to entering the venue. Or, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) and provide proof of vaccination – either the original vaccination card, a printed copy of the vaccination card or a photo of the vaccination card on your phone. Colorado residents can download the for easy access to a digital COVID-19 vaccine record, which will also be accepted.
  • Acceptable tests include: Diagnostic Tests, Molecular Tests, RT-PCR Tests, NAAT Tests, Antigen Tests and Antibody (Serology) Tests.
  • Unvaccinated attendees with a valid medical restriction will be required to take a COVID-19 test and have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 48-hours before entry to the venue, and will provide printed or digital proof of negative result prior to entering the venue.

In registering for this event, you will also need to complete a COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risk and Consent form, which will be included in the registration process. To respect the health and safety of all attendees, in-person ticket holders MUST present either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result received within 48 hours of Tech It Out. Ticket holders who have not met these COVID-19 protocols will NOT be allowed in the venue.



Please follow all venue guidelines and signage during your visit.


If you or someone in your party feels sick or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat nausea, etc., or have been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you respect the safety of others and stay home.


Colorado residents can download the myColorado app for easy access to a digital COVID-19 vaccine record, which will also be accepted.


Please be respectful of fellow attendees including everyone’s desire for space, face coverings and a touchless experience where possible.


We’re all in this together! By adhering to the guidelines above, we can keep Tech It Out safe for everyone while enjoying a return to in-person learning and networking.

Our 2021 Tech It Out sponsorship opportunities are SOLD OUT.

Please visit our Sponsorship page or email for information on other sponsorship opportunities.

This year’s event includes both in-person and virtual individual ticket options.

Access to our full library of videos from 2021 until November 10, 2022. Purchase now

Individual Tickets (In-Person) – $350
Includes 1 general admission ticket to Tech It Out at Infinity Park. Purchase now

Individual Tickets (Virtual Live Stream) – $99
Includes day of virtual access, as well as on-demand access for 30 days after the event. Purchase now

Did you join us last year? Revisit the highlights with access to all of the webinars, videos, and photos here.

2020 Tech It Out Speakers & Topics

  • Rich DiGeronimo – Chief Product and Technology Officer, Charter Communications, & Cynthia Carpenter – VP/Human Resources and Employee Experience, Charter Communications
    • In Conversation: Cynthia Carpenter and Rich DiGeronimo: Charter execs Cynthia Carpenter and Rich DiGeronimo discuss what it took to survive and thrive during the extraordinary events of 2020 – including what positive developments arose from the worldwide shelter-at-home transition, and what innovations are helping to shape Charter for the future.
  • Jan Hofmeyr – Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer, Comcast Cable & Leslie Ellis, Technology Writer
    • In Conversation: Leslie Ellis and Jan Hofmeyr: Comcast EVP and Chief Network Officer Jan Hofmeyr joins technology writer Leslie Ellis in a candid conversation about the year so far, innovations prompted by the pandemic, relevant new technologies, and what’s coming next.
  • Dana Filip-Crandall – Senior Vice President, Customer Experience and Call Center Operations, Comcast West Division & WICT Rocky Mountain’s 2020 Woman of the Year
    • Current Events at the Intersection of Customer Care & 2020: Dana Filip-Crandall speaks about what it’s like when you need to very quickly pivot thousands of care employees into home-based workflows. Also: How consumer behaviors and demands are changing, coincident with the freakish events of 2020 – and what’s working to adapt along with them.
  • Jana Henthorn –  President and CEO, The Cable Center, & Janice Silver, Vice President, Programs and Marketing, The Cable Center
    • MythBusters: Innovation Edition: Are entrepreneurs responsible for the majority of groundbreaking innovations? Are most innovations the result of that “light-bulb” moment? Are innovators born or made? Join us as the Cable Center duo, Jana Henthorn and Janice Silver, examine 6 common innovation beliefs, a la MythBusters style, to determine if they’re fact or fiction, and how intrapreneurship can be your key to success.
  • Rama Sreenivasan – Cofounder & CEO – Blitzz Inc.
    • TECH TALK: Part customer care evangelist, part scientist, part Zen master, Rama exudes a passion for service that is powerful and infectious. Hear how his company, Blitzz, is helping industries to adapt to mid- and post-pandemic customer realities using Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality.
  • Teresa Elder – Chief Executive Officer and Director, WideOpenWest, Inc., & Camilla Formica, Chief Revenue Officer of NCTI
    • In Conversation: Camilla Formica and Teresa Elder: Camilla Formica interviews Teresa Elder about her journey (so far!) as a female leader, pro tips for overcoming obstacles, and what it means to lead an organization heart-first – with compassion and kindness.
  • Joe Hunt – GVP, Software Development and Architecture, Charter Communications
    • TECH TALK: As a film enthusiast with a proclivity for “future-facing” themes, Joe shares what ideas from the movies made it into our day-to-day lives, and reflects on what’s coming next.
  • Rachel Beisel – Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, CableLabs
    • What COVID Is Teaching Us About Leadership: As CableLabs’ first-ever Chief Marketing Officer, Rachel Beisel is a powerhouse of ideas, action, and energy. Learn what the COVID pandemic taught her about the human side of leadership, how COVID gave new depth to the WICT Touchstones, and what matters when communicating during a global pandemic.
  • Ruha Benjamin – Education Equity Advocate; Sociology & African American Studies Scholar; Author; Princeton University
    • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ruha imparts actionable wisdom about biases in technology, and recommendations about challenging predispositions when building new products and services.
  • Dr. Jennifer Andreoli-Fang – Distinguished Technologist, CableLabs & WICT Rocky Mountain’s 2020 Technology Woman of the Year
    • TECH TALK: When she was growing up, Jennifer Andreoli-Fang thought it was normal to get to school an hour early to help her physics teacher get set up for class, and to attend science and math camps in the summer. Since then, she’s risen to become our industry’s leading technologist when it comes to the inevitable intersections between mobile and fixed networks. She’s also an artist, and will illustrate her journey with some of her own sketches.
  • Jessica O. Matthews – Founder and CEO, Uncharted Power
    • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: She invented a soccer ball that provides off-grid energy for the developing world – when she was 19. At 22, she founded Uncharted Power, a global, full-service power technology company that builds, owns and operates renewable power infrastructure. Jessica is a dynamo! Don’t miss this … powerhouse (ahem) of a keynote.

2019 Tech It Out Speakers & Topics

  • WICT Champions – Shane Portfolio
    • How Tech can Leverage Diversity and Inclusion to Win
  • Morning Keynote – Dr. Davidson
    • Leadership/Facing Challenges Head On
  • Panel Discussion – Maria Rothschild (Moderator) with Kate Tummarello (Engine,) Debbie Fitzgerald (CableLabs,) Chris May (Comcast,) Manish Jindal (Charter)
    • Oh Gs! Wired and Wireless at the Edge
  • Tech Talk – Eilisa Reed, Woman in Technology Winner
    • Perspectives from the Engine Room: IT Operations at a Major Cable Operator
  • Tech Talk – Daisy Henderson, Young Woman in Technology Winner
    • Being a Young, Ambitious Woman in Tech
  • Tech Talk – Sarah Vergara
    • Near Future Video and Behind the Tech
  • Fireside Chat – Leslie Ellis interviewing Stephanie Mitchko
  • Show & Tech Demo – Jodi Robinson
    • Demo Tech House
  • Leadership Talk – Cynthia Carpenter
    • Dare to Shine
  • Tech Talk – Rebecca Rusk
    • Ethics in Design – How do we Keep Human-Centered Design Human?
  • Tech Talk – Mona Kessel
    • How to Communicate Effectively in Male-Dominated Fields
  • NextGen – Shreya Nallapati
    • Never Again Tech – Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Detect Markers of Mass Shootings
  • Tech Talk – Lisa Schwab
    • The Innovator vs The Entrepreneur: Why we Need Both
  • Keynote Speaker – FlyGirl