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Founder and Director of the Technology Wellness Center


Session content:  “Technology Addiction and Its Impact On the Workforce.”  In today’s world, it’s vital to understand the impact of technology addiction on the corporate culture where employees may be struggling with the balance of loyalty to the demands of their job and the pull of social media demands. This session will review the science, relate the staggering realities of the impact technology addiction creates and offer insight into how corporate policies can help facilitate balanced future leaders.

Dr. Lisa Strohman is the founder and director of the Technology Wellness Center, one of the first organizations to address the global issue of technology addiction and overuse. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Strohman has spent more than a decade working with individual, family and adolescent clients struggling with issues including depression, anxiety and addiction.  Recognizing the growing challenges parents now face with their children, and the increasingly serious issues her young patients are dealing with due to our growing dependency on technology, Dr. Strohman was inspired to launch the Technology Wellness Center, which she co-founded with Dr. Melissa Westendorf JD, PhD in 2014.  In 2015, Dr. Strohman established Digital Citizen Academy, which provides education, prevention and diversion programs to schools, school districts and organizations. The programs are trackable and measurable for students, educators and parents, and specifically address core issues related to technology overuse and addiction

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VP Digital Workplace and Corporate Solutions for Northwestern Mutual

Session content:  We are living in a world of accelerating change, far more ambiguity, competition coming from unexpected places and margin erosion. Karl will discuss two topics to help Day Time Function guide you in this new way of working. First, he will cover leadership structures for this new agile world and then he will explore two trends in technology that are setting up to be game changes in this next decade of the digital age.

About Karl Gouvernour

Karl Gouverneur is the head of an award-winning digital innovation program for Northwestern Mutual, leading a team focused on NM’s digital workplace and corporate systems; including finance, human resources, investments, compliance and others. Gouverneur focuses on providing a digital core to enable efficiency and flexibility that enriches the experience of the company’s employees. He partners with business areas across the enterprise to integrate technology with the company’s business strategies and objectives. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Gouverneur was VP and CTO at Safeco Insurance, where he built an IT architecture practice and identified over $110 million in business value. Priot to that, he was the chief architect at CNA Financial, where he focused on business alignment, IT strategy and IT standards, and strategic and innovative IT solutions including a claims transformation program, service-oriented architecture, voice over IP, strategic sourcing and enterprise content management. Gouverneur is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration –computer science. He is currently a member of the CIO Research Board and the ALPFA National Corporate Advisory Board. Gouverneur also serves on Marquette University’s Global Sourcing Advisory Board, is an activemember of the Discovery World Board, and is an advisor to the Northwestern Mutual Hispanic Employee Resource Group

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Improv Comedian, Entrepreneur, Master Connector

Session Content:  Applying Improvisation To Your Team ... “The secret skill you have been waiting for.”  To accomplish anything, you need the help of others and others need your help. Successful teams have members that are continually improving how they interact and communicate with each other. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is positive and affirming.  Why is this so important?  The speed of business today requires teams to decide fast, learn fast and gain buy-in from all stakeholders involved.  In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward, listen generously, and take collaboration to new levels. With Kupe’s business background, he will be able to help you directly apply these skills on the job.  Improv to Improve.

About Kupe Kupersmith

 From Accountant, to Improv Comedian, to Business Analyst, and back to Improv Comedian, Kupe’s ambition is to make everyone more awesome. For the past 20 years Kupe has been helping organizations achieve business value with an improvisational advantage. Kupe is an author, keynote speaker, coach and a trained improv actor. Some think Broccoli & Cheetos is an odd combination, but you will be delighted with Kupe’s combination of laughter and learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!


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Lyria Charles, CEO of HumanSkills Consultants

Lyria Charles is an RLF graduate and the CEO of HumanSkills Consultants, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development for IT professionals. Her background includes 20 years in senior IT leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies. Lyria is passionate about using her IT leadership experience and coaching skills to help organizations plan for and develop their leadership pipeline. Her credentials include a bachelors degree in Business Administration, PMP Certification, Certified Leadership Coach, and Certified Body Language Instructor.

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Maura Halbach, VP – Clerestory Consulting

Maura has more than 15 years of change leadership experience, uniting organizations around a shared vision, creating environments for meaningful collaboration and developing change agents within client companies. She is a Vice President at Clerestory Consulting based in Evanston, IL … a company occupying a unique market niche with deep expertise in change management and operations improvement that positions the firm to make ‘change stick’ on every client engagement. When leading initiatives across industries and geographies Maura consistently drives sustainable change with her focus on the processes, technologies, and org

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Art Hopkins, Executive Director in Russell Reynolds’ Information Officer Search Practice

Art is an Executive Director in Russell Reynolds’ Information Officer Search Practice. He advises clients within the Technology Sector, as well as conducting searches for executives across Russell Reynolds’ clientele. Previously, Art was with Macquarium, an experience design and strategy firm, as CEO and earlier as President.  Art is a frequent speaker at SIM, RLF and CIO events and was featured in the premier issue of Black I.T. Professional Magazine. He has co- authored pieces for CIO magazine’s Consultant Briefing on subjects including “CIO’s, Mentoring is a Way to Increase Your Success”, “Managing Your Identity Crisis”, and “Becoming the Business-Centric CIO”.


Butch Leonardsen, RLF Facilitator

Butch Leonardson has 40 years in IT leadership. His initial years in the profession included strategic IT consulting and large-scale systems implementation before serving as a Practice Director for the financial services industry with Arthur Andersen & Company (Accenture).  From 1988 to 1996, he was the Associate Executive Director and CIO for Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. He then spent two years at Harvard Medical School exploring a pilot program for a global disease management system. In 1999 he was appointed the SVP & CIO for BECU. He retired from BECU in December 2014.  Since retiring from BECU in 2014, he has been actively involved in helping to build IT Leadership capabilities for organizations.  Butch earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Seattle University, and has also served at that institution as a Member of the Board of Regents for many years and was Board Chair for the 2012-2014 term. He also has served on the Board of Trustees at Franciscan Highline Medical Center.  Butch has also served in two Washington governors’ administrations as a member of the Technology Services Board in the Office of the CIO.  In 2011 he was recognized by Seattle Business Magazine as a finalist for CIO of the year. In 2014 he was recognized as an Elite 8 Banking IT executive by the Bank Systems & Technology journal. He is a facilitator for the RLF program in Seattle and Portland, and leads an annual IT Leadership School for the CU Industry.


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Molly Mahoney, RLF Facilitator

Molly has spent the last 29 years in Information Technology.  She is Director of Strategic Technology at CNL Financial Group Inc., responsible for Application Development, Application Support and the Project Management Office.  Molly has extensive project, program, software development and change management experience.  Her passion for developing future leaders has led her to become a facilitator for the Institute for 21st Century Leadership’s nationally-renowned RLF program, leading several RLF programs in recent years.  Molly has been active in the SIM Central Florida Chapter since 2004 and is now serving as past President.  Her love for travel in developing countries led to her involvement with Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit, fair trade retailer in the Orlando area.  Villages is a social enterprise that partners with independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops to bring their wares to U.S. markets, so artisans in developing countries can earn a fair wage, are treated with dignity and respect and are able to live a life of quality.    

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Cheryl Morgan, RLF Facilitator

Cheryl Morgan has been an information systems professional for 20+ years and is currently in a leadership role in the business area.  She earned a B.S. degree in Public Health Administration from Southern CT State University and an MBA from the University of Hartford.  She began her career in information technology as a database analyst after completing a certificate program in computer programming.  Cheryl worked for CIGNA for 22 years in various roles.   During her tenure at CIGNA, she completed her MBA with a concentration in Organization Development.  In addition, she has completed a project management certification program at Boston University, the SIM RLF program in 2002, several Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) programs and the True North Authentic Leadership program.  While at CIGNA, she performed various functions in Information Systems and in the HealthCare Service Operations Claim business area, including technical, process, quality assurance and leadership development roles.  She was part of a team that developed the Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP) which she then led for several years along with the Technical Development Program.  Cheryl has been at Travelers since 2007 and is currently a VP in the Business Insurance Division leading the Business Insurance Strategic Planning and Execution Office Shared Practices and Implementation Capabilities.  In addition to her role at Travelers, Cheryl is a facilitator for the Northeast Hartford RLF program.

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John Murdock, Executive Search Partners

John Murdock is a partner with Executive Search Partners, a nationwide search firm specializing in senior Information Technology appointments. Murdock distinctively draws on his thirty years of experience as a former IT executive and leader who successfully acquired, built, and delivered business enabling solutions and services to large multinational insurance and banking companies.  Since Murdock "grew up" in IT and then effectively transitioned to the executive search industry, he understands what it takes at all levels to connect the best senior IT professionals with executives looking to hire.  Murdock is an active member of SIM Charlotte, serving on the board as Sponsorship chair and as an advisor to SIM’s Members in Transition group. Recently he gathered commitments from thirty sponsors to contribute $80,000+ for Charlotte region STEM initiatives. Additionally, he serves as an Account Manager in the southeastern U.S. for RLF.   

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Bob Rouse, RLF Facilitator

Bob Rouse is Professor Emeritus, Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis.  He held many leadership positions at WU, including IT Strategy Director for the School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Intelligent Computing Systems.   Bob is a founder of the St. Louis SIM Chapter and a Past President of Society for Information Management.  Bob Rouse has facilitated SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum since 1995.   Bob has taught and spoken internationally on leadership and management topics as well and has served as an expert witness in intellectual property litigation. 

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Kimberly Tableman, Clinical Data Domain Owner

Kimberly is a Clinical Data Domain Owner at GlaxoSmithKline with an eye towards leveraging data for competitive advantage. She has also worked at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, at ESPN and at Pfizer – where she took on roles of increasing leadership in Clinical Development Quality, Global Clinical Trial Execution, Business Operations and Development Analytics. She is passionate about providing leadership and partnering to move organizations forward. Kimberly is an RLF grad and earned a BSBA in Management Information Systems from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategies from Columbia University.

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Madeline Weiss, RLF Facilitator and APC Director

Madeline is President of Weiss Associates, Inc., a consulting firm -specializing in strategy and change, particularly related to -information management and technology. Utilizing her experience of over 30 years in management, organization strategy and change, and information technology, she consults for business, government, universities, and professional organizations. She is Program Director of SIM's Advanced Practices Council and has been an officer of SIM. Madeline has been an RLF facilitator since 1994. She develops and conducts internal leadership programs for organizations as well.

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Paul Wogan, RLF Relationship Manager

Paul is the Principal CIO consultant for Willamette Supply Chain Consulting (WSCC). He has more than 25 years of senior executive leadership with innovative solution design experience for global manufacturing, 3PL (third party logistics provider) and Supply Chain Management clients. With deep experience in the mid-market, Paul is confronted on a daily basis with resource constraints and addressing them with hybrid and virtual teams.

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Phil Zwieg, Co-Director of The Institute For 21st Century Leadership

Phil Zwieg has more than 40 years’ experience in the retail, utility, legal and financial services industries.  He was a longtime Vice President in the Information Systems department at Northwestern Mutual, where he was responsible for all infrastructure and IT operations activities. He also directed the application development, support, and architecture functions for several years.  Prior to joining the Northwestern, he was head of the Information Systems organization at We Energies.  His career at We Energies also included assignments as a Director in the Human Resources and Customer Relations Departments.  Phil received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MBA from Marquette University, and completed some Ph.D. work at UWM.  He served on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Management at Marquette University for more than 20 years, where he taught courses in IT Strategy and Security and Privacy.  Phil served as President of the Board of Directors of Lad Lake, Inc, an organization that deals with at-risk youth, youth aging out of foster care, family counseling and mentoring.  He has been a SIM member for more than 30 years, and is currently a SIM member of the Wisconsin Chapter.  In 2009, Phil was named the IT Leader of the Year by SIM International.   He serves as a Director and Facilitator for the Institute for 21st Century Leadership’s RLF program.


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Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect | Datalink, a division of Insight

Juan Orlandini is the Chief Architect for Datalink, a division of Insight. He is a 25-plus year veteran of the IT industry, during which time he has designed and deployed enterprise computing, storage, data protection, virtualization, and hybrid cloud solutions. Juan evaluates next generation technologies for Datalink and also works with enterprise clients assisting them in architecting and selecting strategic road maps. Juan is passionate about next generation technologies—both in the data center as well as in the consumer market space.

Don Foster, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing for Commvault

This session will explore a data management perspective driven both by GDPR and the shift to digital business.  Learn how Commvault proposes an approach that takes the requirements of GDPR as a catalyst for change and seeks a wider set of benefits from the investment made to meet the new privacy requirements - including deriving business value and protecting data more effectively.

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Chris Knerr, CEO and Co-Founder of Mareana

Chris co-founded Mareana – a tech start-up enabling clients to drive profitability, improve cost structure, and drive quality by discovering, enriching, structuring, syndicating, and analyzing unstructured data and enterprise data in any format.  The firm also provides C-Level management consulting to select clients.  Previously, Chris was with Johnson & Johnson for 13 years, leading transformational strategic change at both the divisional and global levels.  As J&J’s global Vice President of Enterprise Business Systems Strategy, Chris led strategy, governance and execution for a massive global, cross-business sector portfolio of enterprise programs, including the company’s largest commercial contracting transformation ever.  His special areas of expertise and interest include executive leadership; governance; integrating strategy, technology and operations; leading and developing global, cross-functional teams; change management; high complexity/white space problems; metrics and business performance measurement; program and risk management; advanced analytics; and acquisition integration.  Chris earned an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University.