Insights Series: Future Ready: Technologies, Tools & Processes You Need to Succeed

December 9, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST)


We live in a fast-paced world and the future is an ever changing target. The one thing that is certain, though, is that we need to be ready for it. But how? How can we prepare for a world we can’t fully picture?

Join us for a journey to the future. During this month’s Insights Series, we’ll discuss what technology, tools and processes companies and individuals will need in order to succeed in the years to come. And how a future ready attitude will help you and your company focus less on the day to day and more on the strategy and direction of your business.

Key Takeaways: 

  • What it takes to become future ready; for example, what technologies do companies need to embrace to move their business to the next step? 
    • Examples include: Artificial intelligence, agile workforce, data-driven decision making 
  • How to lessen your focus on the day to day and make time for strategic and future ready decision making 
  • The skills and knowledge that current and future workers will need to succeed in a future ready environment

Keynote Speaker:

Melanie Cutlan, Managing Director, Blockchain & Multiparty Systems Co-Lead, Accenture

Melanie is a managing director and global co-lead of Accenture’s Blockchain and Multiparty Systems practice. As part of the Tech Innovation leadership team, she is also responsible for exploring and developing technologies, advising on investments and acquisitions, and convening ecosystems to drive industry wide transformation. Throughout her 21-year career at Accenture, she has led large scale transformations for Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries, including products, health, financial services and has deep expertise in the Supply Chain domain. Melanie also built and ran Accenture’s Tech Garage, advising Operations executives on the strategies by which to bring the next generation of emerging technologies and innovation. 

Melanie served on the CTA Board from 2019-2020. She also has board assignments with Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation project and TradeIX, a leading provider of technology for global trade and supply chains. She has been quoted in publications including the Silicon Republic, CoinDesk, Irish Independent,, BrandLab, and LedgerInsights. Melanie is a gifted and sought-after speaker, helping to bring complex topics to life at events including Consensus, Hyperledger Global Forum, SIBOS, Global Blockchain Summit, International Association of Outsourcing Professionals, International Women’s Day, and Women in Technology.


Atilla Tinic, SVP & CIO, DISH

As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Atilla Tinic leads IT strategy and operations for the DISH TV, Sling TV and Wireless Groups. 

His 25-year Information Technology and telecommunication career began with leadership positions at Bell Canada, Bell Sygma, Saville Systems, American Management Systems (AMS) and tw telecom. Atilla was also the Chief Information Officer of Level 3 Communications, where he was responsible for all global information technology functions. Prior to joining DISH, Atilla was a Senior Vice President in the Information Technology department at CenturyLink. 

Atilla received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and his Master of Applied Science from the University of Denver. 

Sujan Turlapaty, SVP & CIO, Optiv

Sujan oversees all of Optiv IT and is responsible for spearheading IT vision, strategy and execution of enterprise-wide information technology initiatives to better serve internal and external clients and help optimize business results. Sujan leads IT's global teams - business transformation office, modern digital workplace, enterprise applications, global infrastructure & cloud, data & digital, and enterprise security teams.

Based in Denver, Sujan loves the Colorado outdoors: hiking 14ers, camping and skiing. He also enjoys traveling internationally with his family and learning about other cultures. An avid sports fan, he’s regularly seen rooting for the Denver Nuggets on TV or at the Ball Arena (when it reopens!). Sujan is married with a 14-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son. 

Brandi Vandegriff, CTO, Alchemer

With over 15 years of experience developing and delivering on technology strategy, Brandi has honed her executive leadership skills and ability to build high-performing teams. Since starting in the industry, she has led digital transformations, developed technology roadmaps and managed high-impact process improvements across small- to mid-sized companies.

Currently, Brandi serves as Chief Technology Officer for Alchemer, where she directs technology strategy and ensures alignment with business strategy, vision and goals. Prior to Alchemer, Brandi worked at KPA Services LLC. As part of that role, she oversaw a team of 80+ responsible for leading transformation from services to software and moving the company from a homegrown system to a fully-integrated customer journey.

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