Well it’s been a few soggy weeks here in Possibility City – but good news … The Levee is open for business!! Look forward to seeing everyone Tuesday from 5-8PM – we’ll be giving away $50 Gift Card to the Levee at 8PM.
Brown to the Bone will kick off the evening with special guest Brad Jones, COO of BluegrassNet. He’s a KILLER bass player … check out an impromptu moment a few weeks ago when he joined us onstage for a few songs. We’ll be doing a whole set as Sean answers the call of duty this week.
We are so excited to introduce you to Joel Eckert of Big Little Pictures! Joel moved to Louisville in January 2006 from the Big Apple to help PowerCreative build and create a team in AR/VR. He did some incredible things in his 10 years at PowerCreative and decided to try his hand as an entrepreneur, and opened Little Big Pictures in 2015.
Joel is also a Musician … which is more proof that our concept of Music Tech is a real thing!!
He says his favorite kind of music is the kind that puts you to sleep! lol. I actually agree with him right now, as I’ve had too many long nights and would enjoy a bit of chill music to slow down.
Check out some of his work done in collaboration with Power Creative and VIA Studio over the last ten years of his career. This reel showcases many of the rad things they made together.
**UPDATE** Due to rising flood waters at Zorn Avenue and River Road, our weekly event at The Levee is cancelled for Feb 27th. However, Andrew has some VALUABLE information to share, anyone interested in being a part of the discussion can join our VIRTUAL ZOOM meeting by clicking on THIS LINK, Tuesday at 6:30 PM EST.
We are very excited to have Andrew Prell as our guest speaker Tuesday, February 27th! He recently spoke on the TALK panel discussion on BlockChain / Bitcoin earlier this month. It’s rare to catch him in Louisville as he is traveling so much with the launch of Silica Nexus Project ICO (Initial Community Offering as he puts it.)
Andrew has a passion for technology and would LOVE to see Louisville rise to it’s full potential of being a Technology Center for Innovation, but realizes we still have a long road to haul. He has laid out pathways for Louisville to be just that, but so far has not received the needed support. Andrew has developed relationships with Tim Draper and team, and is interested in bringing them, along with Brock Pierce’s whole cryptocurrency ecosystem to Louisville this Derby 2018 through hosting a D10E Derby Week. A move that could absolutely CHANGE the GAME for Louisville in the Technology space, if embraced!
As you know, my vision for Louisville aka Possibility City, in conjunction with TALK (Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky) is to see Louisville become a player in the Technology field. I have been recruiting top IT talent in Louisville for over 20 years. I can FEEL the energy and see our potential. Now is the time to bring these players to the table!
For a little perspective: Let’s discuss Austin Texas. About 30 years ago this little po dunk event called SXSW started around Music. About 100 people came, then the added Movies – and saw about 300 people in attendance. Then 20 years ago, Tech space entered the game at SXSWi. About 80 people showed up for the tech events, and now, it’s about 35,000 people strong. Doesn’t sound like a lot of people, when you compare it to Derby numbers… but let’s take a little deeper look. Derby has an attendance of over 10x the people, but the City Impact for Derby Week per person is around $85 (or $128M City Impact.) SXSW is averaging $1500 PP (About $325M City Impact) with significantly less headaches because of the technology companies fighting over mindshare of the attendees.
Andrew Prell is leading a BRILLIANT initiative, that will truly change the face of gaming by putting all gaming platforms onto the BlockChain. He has crypto to invest in other startups and he has created a pathway for Louisville to bring TOP TALENT into our fold … Join Us Tuesday for Music Tech Connect!
Our keynote speaker this Tuesday will be Sheri Donahue. Sheri recently held the position of, Cyber Security Strategic Partnerships Director at Humana and is now pursuing her lifelong dream of running for office, in her bid for KY State Senate Dist 36. She believes it’s time for women to bring their talents and experience to government leadership.
Sheri is a big picture, strategic thinker and connector. She has been involved in security related fields most of her career, her favorite role being in Naval Intelligence. She has been actively involved with InfraGard for over 7 years and served as National President of InfraGard National Members Alliance (2012 – 2015). A 16 year civilian Navy engineer and Purdue Engineering Graduate.
After Sheri’s talk we will have a short panel discussion from other Phenomenal Women & A Few Good Men, who advocate & support women’s leadership – sharing insights on working and surviving in a male dominated industry.
Firas Hamza, Digital Transformation Executive at Microsoft will be a part of our panel. He is one of the brightest, kindest human’s we know. We have had many discussion on women’s leadership, and how it is growing and changing in Kentucky. With friends like Firas, the road ahead will be much easier than the road from which we came. For someone who grew up on a country where women’s struggle for equality has even MORE miles to go, Firas has always been one of our biggest advocates, and for him, we are grateful.
We are giving away a $75 Gift Card to The Levee/River House! Drawing at 8:00 PM (Must be Present to Win)
This week we are discussing Information Security. Our featured Guest is Brandon Baker, CISSP-ISSAP , SR. Information Security Analyst with LG&E. Brandon has a fun, authentic, refreshing and often sarcastic personality that I LOVE and has been working in the Information Security space since before the term was coined. Brandon will be speaking on topic of “Playing Cops & Robbers.” After Brandon, we will have a short panel discussion with UPS SOC Team members about their team, work/lifestyle balance and why they choose UPS as their employer. Our honored guests are Joe Oney, (GCTI, GWEB, GMON, GCFA) Manager of Information Security, Adam Decker, (GCIH, GMON) Lead Cyber Intelligence Analyst, and Sean Ayres, (GCIA & GCIH), Bass Player for Brown To The Bone and Lead Cyber Intelligence Analyst at UPS.
This team is very near and dear to my heart, as we have worked closely together to hire the very best Information Security Operations Team in the Greater Louisville Cities Region. I am SO PROUD of this team and am excited to introduce my friends!
This week we are discussing Talent recruitment, engagement and retention. With the advances in technology – old ways are passing away and how we move forward in the future is vastly different from where we’ve been.
Our panel this week will be hosted by Desiree Thayer, CEO of Genius Loves Company and Sr. IT Recruiter for UPS . Our honored guests are Jesse Daniels – Talent Recruitment for YUM! Brands and Ashley Wilczek – Director of Human Resources at Superb Industrial Powder Coating and Zack Pennington Sales Manager for EDJ Analytics.
Jesse Daniels has worn MANY hats throughout his career. He is a Certified CCNA, CSM and CSPO, A Website/Mobile App Developer, Marketing Strategist, SEO expert, Experienced Technical Business Development and Sales Leader. In addition to ALL of that … he has developed StayActive502 – a fitness App that is helping LOTS of people get in shape from the comfort of their home with an incredible leader/motivator. Jesse’s true passion is in fitness and he has helped many of my friends find their waistlines again!
Ashley Wilczek SHPR is Director of HR with SuperbIPC and President of local HR Consulting business Vivacity HR. She put together DisruptHR in January 2017. It was an INCREDIBLE event – filled with life and laughs … no dry boring HR stuff here!
Zack Pennington is a serial entrepreneur and fellow musician. He has co founded several ventures here in the Greater Louisville Area, is on the board of Venture Connectors and my personal favorite topic: plays guitar and sings with his band Light Treasons.
Being multi-dimensional entrepreneurs and out of the box thinkers – we look forward to discussing talent solutions for the Greater Louisville Cities Region with these brilliant minds.
Met several Musicians working in the tech world! So great to meet Andrew Taylor, from Genscape, Data Analyst by day and Violinist with Artie Dean Harris. I also had the pleasure of talking extensively with John Darnell, an Application Security Consultant at Humana, and guitarist extraordinaire playing regionally from Louisville to Chicago.