Networking at COLLABORATE 13

    Build your network and take advantage of being in Denver with our receptions and networking activities!

    IOUG 20th Anniversary Welcome Reception

    COLLABORATE 13 - Elevation Event

    COLLABORATE 13 Exhibitor Showcase

    Women in Technology - Sponsored by Cisco

    IOUG 20th Anniversary Welcome Reception

    Sunday, April 7IOUG 20th Anniversary

    Come celebrate with us at COLLABORATE 13! Our Sunday night party will commemorate 20 years of IOUG history including:

    • Special food, drink and prizes
    • IOUG trivia and games
    • Award presentations with 20 years of past winners
    • Speeches from key individuals in IOUG’s history

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    COLLABORATE 13 - Urban Revival Party

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    Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of the Denver city scene inside and out at the Wednesday Night Urban Revival Party.

    Enter an urban marketplace where you can get a REAL taste of Denver by visiting food carts and vendors including Denver Spice Boys, Wood Carving, John Fielder’s Colorado books, Rocky Mountain Jerky, Ptarmigan Outdoor Gear Store, Boulder Popcorn and Vail Coffee Roasters.

    Every street festival needs a lawn area for kicking back and relaxing. The COLLABORATE 13 game park is just that. Inside, grab a drink from the bar — Denver is known as the ‘wine country of beer’ — and hang out or network at the cocktail tables. For the more adventurous and competitive, the game park includes lawn games like corn hole, washers, ladder toss and more. Popular games such as pool, foosball, shuffleboard and air hockey are also available for you to enjoy. For a special treat, you can meet and play a game of “beat the pro” against Denver’s own “Viper,” a professional women’s billiards player, consistently ranked in the top 10.


    Come and Rock Out with UABRS: Denver's Highly Acclaimed U2 Tribute Band

    A trip to Denver wouldn’t be complete without some great local music talent. Covering the War tour in 1983 to present day, each UABRS performance has amazed fans with their ability to recreate famous U2 concerts and has solidified a reputation for sold out venues — including the world-famous Red Rocks! UABRS makes every effort to replicate U2’s wardrobe, stage props, and video/audio production from concerts around the world to create the best U2 experience this side of Dublin. Come out and sing along...and feel the power of one of the greatest bands of our time.



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    COLLABORATE 13 Exhibitor Showcase

    Finding the right solution for your business needs can seem like a challenging endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. Support your business objectives by recommending and deploying the right Oracle technologies and applications for your shop. Browse more than 250 of the top Oracle products and services in the COLLABORATE 13 Exhibitor Showcase throughout the week.


    Welcome Reception in the Exhibitor Showcase

    Monday, April 8


    Happy Hour in the Exhibitor Showcase
    Tuesday, April 9


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    Women In Technology - Sponsored by Cisco

    Women in Technology Luncheon
    Monday, April 8
    11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    (Reservation required; select this free activity during registration)

    Women in the technology field meet up for an informal networking lunch featuring a dynamic keynote speaker, Katherine T. Ridenhour, to get the conversation started. Space is limited; please select this activity when you register for the conference. Men welcome, too!


    Women Firefighters – Pioneers, Role Models and Leaders
    Retired Battalion Chief Katherine Ridenhour, Aurora Fire Department, CO

    Women firefighters have a rich and diverse background. The history of women in this male-dominated field is one of inspiration as well as one of alarming challenges. Great progress has been made in the past 40 years yet there are still less than 3% women in the fire service and even less in the upper ranks.

    Katherine T. Ridenhour’s 25-year career spanned every rank – lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. Leadership on the fireground knows no gender bias – battalion commanders need to make rapid, calculated decisions to keep their crews safe in dangerous situations. Learn the leadership skills that made Chief Ridenhour successful on and off the fireground.

    Katherine T. Ridenhour is a retired Battalion Chief from the Aurora Fire Department, CO. Besides being an experienced fireground commander, Katherine’s background includes being the Deputy Plans Section Chief of FEMA’s Colorado’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, former President of Women in the Fire Service, Inc., the international voice for women firefighters, was the chief in charge of emergency medicals services and was a paramedic for 20 years. She has taught at multiple state, national and international conferences and her array of classes include strategy and tactics, promotional preparation, recruitment, conflict management, leadership strategies, recruit academy standards and fireground command. She currently is a volunteer firefighter for the Pagosa Fire Protection District in Pagosa Springs, CO where she lives. Katherine is a passionate advocate for safe fireground practices, fair workplace treatment and promoting skilled leadership on and off emergency scenes.





    Women in Technology Panel Discussion
    Wednesday, April 10
    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


    Anne Plese, Director, Data Center and Cloud Solutions, Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University


    Maureen Clifford, Chief Executive Officer, Ndevr Pty Ltd
    Amy Doherty, Vice President, ERP, AARP
    Carolyn Dolezal, EVP and Chief Executive Technology Industry Practice, SmithBucklin Corporation
    Amrita Mehrok, Senior Director, Financial Applications Strategy, Oracle
    Kristin Russell, CIO & Secretary of Technology, State of Colorado

    Accomplished women in the technology field share their personal experiences and strategies for success in this moderated discussion. Men welcome, too!

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