UCLA IS Associates 2018 Executive Leadership Awards Dinner

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
UCLA Carnesale Commons

Join UCLA IS Associates for an elegant evening of celebration to honor this year’s Executive Leadership Award winners: John Wicker (Director of LA County Parks and Recreation), Jeff Dailey (CEO of Farmers Insurance) and Travis VanderZanden (Founder and CEO of Bird), and for their leadership in the exceptional application of Information Technology and Innovation to drive value within their organizations.

This starlit night hosted by Frank Mottek of CBS’ KNX 1070 News Radio against the backdrop of the UCLA Campus, will be graced by a who’s who of the Southern California technology community from Industry, Silicon Beach, Government and Academia alike. Our honorees will share lessons learned and personal stories gained on the path leading to their individual inspirations and organization’s successes.

As a sneak peak into the evening, John Wicker will talk to the state of technology innovations achieved and planned at the County of Los Angeles. John Wicker is a firm believer in technology, he has enabled Parks and Recreation CIO and IT Staff to think creatively and to bring emerging technologies into the County that no other jurisdiction in the nation has accomplished in the past. The Department has successfully implemented the Drowning Detection System which relies on advanced video analytics technology and is currently being used by lifeguards to quickly detect drownings at public swimming pools. John Wicker has enriched the lives of park visitors with world-class recreation services coupled with advanced innovations and technologies.

Jeff Dailey is known for leveraging cutting-edge technology to create significant competitive advantage for Farmers Insurance. The Innovation Lab at Farmers has provided the company underwriters with drone technology to investigate fraudulent property insurance claims. Under his leadership, virtual Farmers University environment has been built to enable agents across the country to complete their training using AR/VR technology.

Travis VanderZanden’s fascination with transportation began as a child in Appleton, WI where his mom drove a public bus. Since then, he has been at the forefront of transportation, serving as COO of Lyft and as a senior executive in charge of international growth for Uber. In these roles, he realized that no one was addressing the last-mile problem – trips that are too far to walk and too short to drive – or providing affordable and accessible transportation to all. With Bird, he hypothesized if you address the last-mile problem, you unlock countless benefits – get people out of cars, reduce traffic, cut down on emissions, and help communities.

RSVP is now open for UCLA IS Associate Members

Not an ISA Members? Please email isassociates@ucla.edu for access to awards dinner. Learn more how to join IS Associates.


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Networking Cocktail Reception

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Dinner and Executive Leadership Awards. Speakers including:


Ron Guerrier, IS Associates Chair, CIO of Express Scripts

Jim Davis, Vice Provost of UCLA Office of Information Technology and Chief Academic Technology Officer

Ephraim McLean, Founder of IS Associates

Debbie Simkins, Executive Leadership Awards Chair, Vice President Office of the CIO of Molina Healthcare

Jeff Dailey, Enterprise Award Winner, CEO of Farmers Insurance

Travis VanderZanden, Entrepreneur Award Winner, Founder and CEO of Bird

John Wicker, Public Sector Award Winner, Director of LA County Parks and Recreation

Michael Keithley, IS Associates Vice Chair, CIO of United Talent Agency

About IS Associates

UCLA IS Associates leads the Southern California technology community with exceptional networking, quality professional education and informed insights into innovative and disruptive technologies. ISA’s programs are delivered through close collaboration with world-renowned UCLA faculty, Silicon Beach entrepreneurs and tech leaders from member organizations such as: Fortune 500, midsize enterprise, start-ups, public sector and providers.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email iassociates@ucla.edu