Core-to-Cloud SummIT Keynote Speaker
Judy Spitz
Founding Program Director
Initiative for Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York at Cornell Tech
Judith Spitz, Ph.D. is currently the Founding Program Director of the Initiative for Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY) at Cornell Tech; a partnership between Cornell Tech, the City University of New York and a growing list of corporate partners with a mission to facilitate, encourage and enable a significant increase in the participation of women in both higher education and entrepreneurship in fields related to technology in the New York market. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of ASAPP, an Artificial Intelligent company that drives digital transformation in customer care.

Prior to this, Spitz was CIO and senior vice president for Verizon’s Global IT Strategy and Planning and was responsible for developing IT-enabled business and technology strategies to drive competitive advantage in the marketplace, process and technology transformation, and for integration with corporate strategy and product development.

From 2006 to 2011, Spitz served as senior vice president and CIO for the enterprise and wholesale division of Verizon where she was responsible for the design, delivery, and management of all enterprise and wholesale operations and business support systems, product development, and production support on a global basis and for the systems integration resulting from the merger between MCI and Verizon.

Between 2002 and 2005, Spitz served as senior vice president for network and national operations systems where she delivered the suite of systems that enabled Verizon to launch its high-speed, residential fiber optic service (FiOS).

Spitz began her career in the telecommunications industry as a member of the technical staff and then as technical director of a speech technology group as part of an Artificial Intelligence Lab where she delivered advanced call center automation platforms. The New York Business Journal listed her as one of its 2018 Women of Influence. In 2017, she received the Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Business from City & State New York. In 2012 she received the Leadership and Service in Technology award from PACE University and the Purchase College Entrepreneurship Award. InfoWorld named her as a 2009 CTO 25 award winner. Computerworld
magazine put her on its CIO 100 Honoree list in 2007.
 
Her current passion is driving programs that will address the urgent need for more women in technology and topics related to the leadership skills needed in the digital economy.
 
Core-to-Cloud SummIT Speakers
Adam Dennison
Publisher, CIO; SVP/General Manager
IDG Events
Adam Dennison brings more than 15 years of media sales experience to his role as Senior Vice President and Publisher, leading the integrated sales and events teams for CIO, CITEworld, Computerworld and Network World. In this role, Dennison oversees the brands go-to-market strategies, including brand positioning, market research and creating turnkey solutions for his clients. He also sits on the Executive Committee for IDG Enterprise. Dennison joined IDG in 2007 as National Sales Director for the Custom Solutions Group where he excelled in providing innovative marketing services.

A popular moderator, speaker and columnist, Dennison possesses an in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies and key strategies for marketing to IT decision-makers. These insights are shared in his regular CIO magazine column. Additionally, Dennison has recently spoken at several conferences and private events for companies including Avaya, Citrix, Dropbox, Samsung and VMware.

Prior to joining IDG, Dennison spent 6 years in IT media sales at CMP’s flagship brands InformationWeek and CRN. Dennison also held media sales roles at Lawyer’s Weekly and American Sports Media.

Dennison is a graduate of Syracuse University in New York with a B.A. in International Relations.
 
Sandeep Randhawa
VP, SE Americas
Nutanix
Sandeep is the Vice President of System Engineering for the Americas at Nutanix. He joined Nutanix in 2014 and has held different roles such as Channel Partner & OEM SE Manager, Hosted POC Cloud team and Sr. SE Dir for the Western US. Sandeep works closely with the Nutanix sales teams to provide strategic pre-sales technical direction and provides prospective on the value Nutanix brings to customers bottom-line whilst sharing the Nutanix vision.

Prior to joining Nutanix, Sandeep held management roles at storage start-ups like LSI Logic, Tintri, Pernix Data and Data Domain (EMC) where he was an SE player/coach for over 10 years. Sandeep thrives on building teams that aim to be disruptors via integrity. Sandeep has over 20 years’ experience in the high-tech industry.