UCLA IS Associates: Recognizing leadership and innovation in IT

Druva Marketing

We continued the recent excitement around VMworld Barcelona, AWS re:Invent, and our support for the IT community by attending the Executive Leadership Awards Dinner (ELA) hosted by UCLA IS Associates. The event recognized outstanding senior executives in the enterprise, startup and public sector categories for their leadership in leveraging IT for organizational advantage. As the global leader in cloud data protection and management, we were excited to participate as a sponsor of the event, and strive to support such initiatives through education, innovation, and contribution.

Contributing to the IT Community

The opportunity to be part of UCLA IS Associates ELA dinner and give back was an easy decision for us, as we are passionate about the future of information technology, and contributing to the IT community. The Druva team is engaged with the local community and develops key relationships that are more than just surface-level connections. Such events not only allow us to support the IT community, but also offers a chance to support education through student attendance sponsorships, which help foster the next generation of innovation.

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About UCLA IS Associates and ELA

UCLA IS Associates leads the SoCal technology community with networking events, quality professional education and informed insights into innovation and disruptive technologies. The programs are delivered through close collaboration with UCLA faculty, Silicon Beach entrepreneurs and tech leaders from member organizations. This year’s Executive Leadership Award winners, John Wicker (Director of LA County Parks and Recreation), Jeff Dailey (CEO of Farmer’s Insurance) and Travis VanderZanden (Founder and CEO of Bird), were recognized for their application of Information Technology and Innovation, and the value they brought to their organizations.

The honorees shared lessons and personal stories from their time, individual inspirations and organizational successes. John Wicker, a firm believer in technology and someone who has brought emerging technologies into the Los Angeles County, discussed the state of technology innovations achieved and planned.

Jeff Dailey shared his experience in leveraging cutting-edge technology to create significant competitive advantage for businesses. Under his leadership, virtual Farmers University environment has been developed to enable agents across the country to complete their training using AR/VR technology.

Travis VanderZanden shared his passion for transportation technology through his current leadership at Bird, where he addressed the last-mile problem and unlocked the benefits it generated to the community.

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Druva was honored to be part of this event, and we are excited to continue our relationship as we explore ways to innovate and positively affects our community through technology. We look forward to the next one!

To learn more about UCLA IS Associate events, visit their page.