Women In Architecture (WIA) Takes Over BIL-T

Women In Architecture (WIA) Takes Over BIL-T

The theme for our November BIL-T conference is Women in Architecture (WIA) Takes Over BIL-T.  This event will feature the thought leadership and impact of women in architecture along with conversations on accelerating the pathway for more women in the profession.

We look forward to a broad range of presentations and panel discussions that highlight the impact and value of architecture today as well as thought leadership about business, technology, and architecture for the future. This is an event not to miss!

If you feel your session will add value to our audience, please be as specific as possible when you send us your submission: Become A Speaker

If you’d like to share your vision of tomorrow, please be as specific as possible when you send in your submission. Submission entries can be done here: Become A Speaker

  • Success stories and wins on how architecture has been leveraged within your organization
  • Perspectives, visions, and thought leadership on topics such as the following, along with the critical role architecture can play:
    • Shifts in the way we do business
    • Future technologies and their impacts on organizations and our lives
    • Sustainability, circular economy, stakeholder capitalism, and ESG
  • The approach to and importance of building diversity into architecture and transformation teams, and into the architecture profession overall
  • And more…

Register and join us here


24 hours of insightful presentations in a virtual meeting space.

8:00 am – 9:00am: From Aspiring to Architect: Building a Career in Architecture

Panel Chair: Paul Preiss, CEO and Founder, Iasa Global

Panel Participants:

Chris Cooper-Bland – Group Head of Architecture, Endava

Linda Finley – Chief Architect and Global Architecture Lead, Cargill

Whynde Kuehn – Founder and Managing Director, S2E Transformation Inc

The role of architecture has never been more critical to help our organizations navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the architect role has become even more valuable and in demand. In this panel, we will discuss how to break into the architecture profession, and we will explore the architecture career path and the skills and competencies needed. Finally, we will reflect upon how impactful and rewarding a career within architecture can be at the heart of designing organizations and change.

9:00 – 10:00 – Putting a Business Architecture Knowledge Base to Work: Use Cases beyond Business Architecture

Juliane Berger

Head of Business Architecture at Allianz Commercial

Amanda Bristow

Principal Business Architect

This session will explore the dynamic world of Business Architecture and showcase its potential as a key information asset playing a role in both business transformation and operations.

Whilst the role of business architecture in highlighting the path from Strategy to Execution is becoming clearer, it’s super-power may be amplified further when we use its knowledge base to drive insight across a diverse range of use cases.
This session will explore the concept of the business architecture knowledge base and then delve into practical applications that can be leveraged to drive greater business agility, understanding, innovation and more.

10:00 am – 11:00am – Ardoq hosts: Empowering Excellence Women in Architecture

Laurie Kelly

VP of Marketing, Demand Generation, Ardoq

Sharon Stufflebeme

Managing Director, Leading Dallas Technology Consulting Practice at Protiviti

Miranda Mason

Managing Director, Slalom Consulting

Dina O’Donnell

Partner, Technology Strategy and Digital Transformation, KPMG

Join us for an inspiring and informative conversation, “Empowering Excellence: Women in Architecture,” where Laurie Kelly, Vice President of Marketing at Ardoq, will lead a dynamic panel discussion featuring three remarkable women who have made significant strides in the field of architecture. Our panelists represent a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and expertise within architecture. They will discuss how diversity enhances innovation and creativity in architectural practice.  This event is a celebration of the contributions of women in architecture and an exploration of the challenges women face and overcome.

11:am – 12:00pm – Traceable Measurement Strategy

Claire Wybrow

Enterprise Business Architect, PMP, CBPP, BRMP

Across all industries, there is increased pressure to demonstrate the value delivered from technology investments. As the need to trace and report on “Strategy to Execution” increases, enterprises are focusing on OKRs and requiring technology to show the value they deliver and their alignment with the business strategy.

This session discusses both the simplicity and complexity of traceable measurement from enterprise strategy to product KPIs and how to take a first step towards this in your organization.

12:00pm- 01:00pm – Why women in architecture matters and how we make it count

Lisa Woodall

Global Head of Discovery & Design (IT), WPP

The session will pose a hypothesis that gender doesn’t matter in architecture, what does matter is competency, skills and attitude and none of these things depend on gender… the session will go on to explore how we make our competencies, skills and attitude count with belief and conviction on what we do mattering for the organisations and enterprises we spend our time working in.. too often we revert to stereotypes and we need to not fuel them but dispel them and show the difference women can make.

01:00pm- 02:00pm – Business Architecture is a must have to build out composable digital strategies.

Lisa A. Pratico

VP Global Enterprise Architect / Previously at HP, Inc.

Join us for a concise exploration of how digital leaders are accelerating business composability to enhance digital enablement and collaboration across business units. Discover the critical role of composable business architecture in driving digital strategies and how fusion teams contribute to this dynamic by designing packaged business capabilities. We’ll delve into the evolution of Enterprise Architecture activities in the digital age and the importance of architectural artifacts in achieving agility, velocity, and reuse in technology stacks.

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Geeta Pyne & Roman Dumiak Fireside Chat

Geeta Pyne

Chief Architect, TIAA

Roman Dumiak

Executive in Residence,
DePaul University Innovation Lab

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Enterprise Architecture as an Innovation Accelerator

Pamela J Wise Martinez

Evolution of EA continues, beyond enforcement of standards, portfolio strategist, internal consultancy, into the avengers of innovation and accelerator for business. Consider the role of EA the role of the Chief Architect, responsibilities across all pillars of strategy, demand, and innovation. The enterprise view point is typically looking outwards with knowledge of current state, and aligning the ambitions of the business.  Exploring research, development, methods, and experiences with leaders in tech, early adopter is the EA continuous improvement lifecycle, e.g., tech and business entanglements of data, customers and economic drivers. This talk will explore and discuss the actions and results.

Analysts from Forbes, Tech-target, Forrester, Gartner and others have continued to expand and define the role of EA. The 2022 CIO.com featured article, “What is enterprise architecture?” A framework for transformation. While strange for most Architects to hear, as has mostly operated to deliver the targeted business outcomes, while staying ahead of the tech target state.

4:00pm – 6:00pm – Architecting Equity: The Pivotal Role of Allies to Empower Women in Architecture

Whynde Kuehn

Founder and Managing Director, S2E Transformation Inc.

Darryl Carr

Editor of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal

Cary Brown

Chief Enterprise Architect at Charles River Laboratories

E.G. Nadhan

Global Chief Architect Leader, Red Hat

Grant Ecker

Vice President Chief Enterprise Architect at Danaher

Driving the expansion of women in architecture roles is a movement that takes all of us, and both women and men play a critical role as allies, advocates, mentors, and change agents. In this panel, we will explore the power of diversity in architecture along with what it means to be an ally for women in architecture from leaders who walk the talk. Finally, we will discuss actionable steps that individuals and organizations can take to build a more diverse and inclusive architecture profession.

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Modernization ways of thinking and execution

Gurpreet Bal

Chief Enterprise Architect, Head of Enterprise Architecture and Data Technology

Guardian Life

The session will focus on how to close your data centers, modernize your stack in a phased manner.

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Architecture as Innovation: Gaining competitive advantage through improved strategy translation

Amy Browning

Strategic Business Architect | MPS Ent Arch & Bus Transformation | MBA Finance

Many strategies, regardless of the study cited, fail at an alarming rate. Research from Penn State involving Fortune 50 to 500 companies revealed common missteps in strategy implementation, akin to shopping without a list. In today’s competitive landscape, companies can’t risk misallocating resources due to misaligned strategies. Yet, most companies struggle to maintain alignment, especially during strategy communication.

While some strategy divergence is expected, companies that excel in strategy translation can gain a competitive edge. This isn’t about headline-grabbing disruptive innovation but about architectural changes with significant bottom-line impacts.

In this session, we’ll explore the concept of a strategic control system, discuss real-world examples of strategy divergence, and offer practical techniques to minimize strategy divergence, backed by research.

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Chief Architect’s secret sauce | Women Superpowers

Geeta Pyne, Jessica Yao, Gurpreet Bal, Pamela J Wise Martinez

A Panel discussion with Women Chief Architects from leading industries around the world, discussing their super powers, unpacking what does it mean to be a Chief Architect, any their individual super powers have helped to provide the secret sauce of a successful CA!

8:00pm – 9:00pm – The Architecture Orchestration that powers change & transformation

Jess Tayel

Global Transformation thought leader and founder of People of Transformation Community

This session is about the connectedness and structure of the various architecture disciplines (technology, business, human-centred design..) and how leveraging those architectures in the right way and the right sequence would enable organizations to design and deliver change and transformation programs faster and better.

9:00pm – 10:00pm – Careers in Architecture Panel Discussion

Christine Stephenson

The Enterprise Architect’s coach

Darryl Carr

Editor of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal

Heidi Alison

Co-Chair Women in Architecture (WIA) Australia

10:00pm – 11:00pm – Elastic Personalisation

Heidi Alison

Co-Chair Women in Architecture (WIA) Australia

11:00pm – 12:00am – Human-Centered Transformation: Bridging Design, Business, and Tech for Tomorrow’s Organisation

Fran Mether

Arteri Partner, Strategic Design Advisor

In our swiftly changing digital landscape, the success of organisational transformation lies at the intersection of design, business acumen, and technological advancement. But at the core of these elements is the human experience — the users, the creators, the customers and the investors.

Fran Mether from Arteri will provide a deep dive into “Human-Centered Transformation”, a talk that illuminates the power of integrating human-centered design principles, robust business and IT architecture, and forward-thinking strategies. Together, these components can steer an organisation’s transformation journey, ensuring it remains adaptive, relevant, and above all, people-centric.

Key Takeaways:
1. Understanding the significance of placing human experience at the forefront of transformation initiatives.
2. Methods and approaches to seamlessly integrate human-centered design with business and IT architectural decision making.
3. How to adopt a future-oriented mindset, ensuring your organisation not only adapts to change but thrives amidst it.

Let’s embark on a journey that places people at the heart of organisational transformation, ensuring sustainability, growth, and a brighter future for all stakeholders.

00:00 – 01:00 – First Comes Courage

Sonia McDonald

CEO of LeadershipHQ, Courage Crusader, Award Winning Author & Global Keynote Speaker

Many leaders often wish they had more courage. This keynote is impactful and highly motivating based on Sonia’s book and explores the Courage Compass around Self, Kindness, Impact, Purpose and Resilience. Sonia will take your audience through the virtues and keys to courageous leadership. Are you ready to go on a journey of discovering the 5 rules of great courage and how they can change your life?

1:00am – 2:00am – An Enterprise Architecture for a SmartCity – Cambodian government case study

Christine Stephenson

The Enterprise Architect’s coach

Presenting a model for a Smart City Enterprise Architecture built for a local Cambodian Government. Showcasing the components of this Smart City design built to deliver a Smart and interoperable city.

2:00am – 3:00am – Key transformation steps for data driven enterprise

Garima Singh

Chief Architect, Head of enterprise architecture , Sandvik Group

In today’s digital age, becoming a data-driven enterprise is crucial for sustained success. This session will delve into:

  • Understanding the Imperative: Why is data transformation essential for modern businesses?
  • Journey Through Transformation: Explore the various stages in data-driven transformation and understand the roadmap.
  • Anticipating Roadblocks: Highlighting the challenges businesses might face during this transformation.
  • Leadership in Transformation: Strategies and insights on how to lead an effective data transformation initiative.
  • Maximizing Value: Emphasizing the importance of speed in data and AI efforts and providing tips on extracting the ultimate value from your initiatives.

Join this session to gain a comprehensive understanding of the transformation journey towards becoming a data-driven enterprise.

3:00am – 4:00am – Ethics of AI – What can we learn from Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics?

Patty O’Callaghan

Tech Lead @ Charles River Laboratories | Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning

Technology is embedded in our lives, and Artificial Intelligence will have an ever greater impact on the development of humanity.

As creators of technology, are we prepared for the responsibility that this entails, as we try to create machines that emulate human reasoning and behaviour?

Let’s find out what Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest science fiction writers, had to said about it when he wrote the Three Laws of Robotics, considered by many to be the historical starting point of the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.

04: 00am – 05:00am – Operating Model and Capability Deployment: Responding to evolving business models

Harry Blackburn

Enterprise Business Architecture

Target Operating Models are often seen as one-off consultancy led presentations that, whilst providing visibility and a view of the future, do not offer a way to be responsive to changing needs. By combining two methods, it is possible to create a view that provides a way to assess progress towards outcomes, manage customer experience and foster agility to respond to internally, or externally driven changes.
The approach involves combining two methods:
• Defining the Operating Model (MIT CISR – Jeanne Ross)
• Capability Deployment
Operating Model definition enables us to identify the degree of process integration and process standardisation that is needed in our operating model. However, the reality is, that many businesses need more than just one operating model type. The concept of Capability Deployment addresses the need to deploy our business capabilities in different ways. This need is driven by different customer segments, different types of products and distribution channels and high variance in revenue. All this means that one size does not fit all. This approach enables us to understand how operating model needs will reflect changing customer needs, whilst optimising profit margins.

5:00 am – 06:00 am – Small Changes That Could Help EA Diversify and Secure its Future

Emma Askew

Managing Architect at Mosaic Island

Enterprise Architecture in the UK is “less diverse than the House of Lords.” Similar sentiment was expressed by Martha Lane Fox regarding UK IT professionals based on ONS and WISE statistics 2021. The truth is we don’t know the split for UK TOGAF-registered EAs as the Open Group doesn’t capture demographics, and no plans to do so. From US surveys in 2020, women make up 13% of the EA population.


About MEGA International

MEGA is a global software company and recognized market leader. MEGA has had demonstrated success implementing “next generation” enterprise architecture solutions and use cases at over 2000 companies and has 340,000 users worldwide. Building upon the functionality of enterprise architecture, MEGA has enriched its solutions over the last few years by adding risk management, data governance, and data privacy use cases. Having all these solutions under one platform enables companies to connect these perspectives under one single source of truth. With this broader, connected view, companies get a better understanding of how their business works, uses technology, governs data, which ultimately helps the company realize long-term transformation success. Get up and running quickly with open APIs, instant out-of-the-box reports, and customizable dashboards to share insights across your organization to make smarter decisions. – www.mega.com

About Ardoq 

Ardoq is a SaaS company reinventing how companies drive continuous change. Enterprise Architecture tool enables IT and business managers to understand the impact of what they want to do and the impact of their decisions for today’s digital enterprise. The company’s dynamic, data-driven EA platform is designed to plan and execute change initiatives. With Ardoq, IT and business stakeholders can confidently drive change initiatives. Ardoq connects information about an organisation’s people, processes, and technologies to allow you confidently drive change initiatives. With Ardoq, CIOs can confidently deliver digital transformations; IT leaders can make better technology decisions based on timely information; and EAs can serve as change agents, supporting business and IT collaboration for better outcomes! – https://www.ardoq.com/



Editor of the Enterprise Architecture Professional Journal

Darryl Carr

An integration architecture thought leader and CITA-Professional

Brice Ominski

Founder and Managing Director, S2E Transformation Inc.

Whynde Kuehn

CEO and Founder,
Iasa Global

Paul Preiss
Executive in Residence,
DePaul University Innovation Lab
Roman Dumiak