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Monday, November 14
5:30 – 8 p.m. Opening Reception
Tuesday, November 15
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Welcome
Tim Bryan, CEO, NRTC
Denise Vidal, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Lee County Electric Cooperative

“Managing Risk with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework”
Learn how to take a balanced approach to cybersecurity risk management. Experts from CISA, NIST and top cybersecurity firms share how frameworks like NIST can be valuable blueprints to guide your cybersecurity efforts.

Bob Kolasky, Senior VP for Critical Infrastructure, Exiger (former Director of the National Risk Management Center, CISA)
Rob Arnold, Former Cybersecurity & Risk Management Advisor, CISA
Tom Neclerio, VP of Professional Security Services, SilverSky

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Solutions-focused Breakouts

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch – Estero AB
5:30 – 8 p.m. Evening Event – dinner and socializing
Wednesday, November 16
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – Calusa Terrace
8:30 – 11 a.m.

General Session

“The Metaverse is Coming – Why Communications Service Providers Need to be Ready”
What is the metaverse? What is Meta’s role in building the metaverse? How can we work together to enable metaverse-ready networks?”

Chris Weasler, President, CGW Advisory LLC, and former Director of Global Connectivity for Meta

“The Role of LTE for Rural Utilities and Communities”
Long-Term Evolution (LTE) can transform fixed internet delivery, mobile phone coverage and smart grid communications. We’ll explore the role LTE will play in rural communications (benefiting BOTH telcos and electrics) and discuss what NRTC’s doing with members to bring commercial, private, and hybrid LTE solutions to rural America. 

Joe Walsh, VP of Smart Grid Advisory and Networks, NRTC

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Excursions – golf, fishing, kayaking, airboat tour, catamaran tour of historic homes, etc.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Casual get-together