Technically Speaking


The Technically Speaking series hosts interactive discussions from highly-accomplished technical professionals and thought-leaders to speak with current and prospective students as well as alumni and professionals who are interested in topics related to technology leadership, commercialization, product development, cybersecurity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The formats range from fireside chats to lectures. Participating guests are expected to arrive prepared with questions and topics for discussion. Past speakers have ranged from renowned scholars to esteemed industry professionals, including Richard Serino (former Deputy Administrator at FEMA), Ellen Embrey (former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs), Dr. Ashish Khandpur (Sr. VP of Research & Development and CTO at 3M) and many more.

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Technically Speaking: Stories from Tech Leaders and Innovators

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February 16 - Mina Fahim

CEO and President, MedView

Taking the Leap: From Engineering to CEO


March 16 - Kimberly Berneck

CEO, BTM Global

A Candy Land Journey: From Chemical Engineering to IT CEO

Khalid Kark

April 6 - Khalid Kark

Managing Director, Deloitte CIO Program

The Ever Expanding Roles of Tech Leaders and the Opportunities It Creates

Jodie Kautt

May 4 - Jodie Kautt

VP, Target Cybersecurity

Cracking the Code: New Leader Roles in Cybersecurity


The Technological Leadership Institute would like to invite you to a free event:
"Cracking the Code: New Leadership Roles in Cybersecurity"

Presented by Jodie Kautt, Vice President of Cyber Security at Target

May 4, 2023 | 5:00 to 7:00 PM CT
McNamara Alumni Center - Swain Room


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Jodie Kautt
Jodie Kautt, Vice President of Cyber Security at Target

Jodie leads the Cyber Fusion Center, which integrates threat intelligence, advanced analytics and state-of-the-art technology to detect, deter, investigate and mitigate cyber threats. In addition, she leads product security, data protection, fraud & abuse and enterprise incident management for Target. 
Jodie is the executive champion for Target Tech’s Diversity Action Committee, focused on building a team that values open dialogue, respect, inclusion and diversity. She is also a member of New York University’s Cyber Fellows Advisory Council.
Jodie joined Target in 2005 from KPMG, where she consulted with a variety of companies.

During this Technically Speaking talk, Jodie will walk you through the role cybersecurity plays in the modern retail company and how she navigates the challenges of leadership on the edge.  She will also demystify the world of cybersecurity to the uninitiated and explore how leaders with all kinds of backgrounds can contribute to the cybersecurity function within organizations.

*Space for this event is limited to 100 participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot before it's too late!

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