SHARE Orlando Activities

View the SHARE Orlando Attendee Orientation Webinar

Will SHARE Orlando be your first in-person SHARE event? Or your first SHARE in-person event in a long time? Do you have questions about the event or just need to brush up on your conference knowledge before you register? The SHARE Orlando Attendee Orientation webinar will be your opportunity to learn everything you need to know to successfully attend this year's conference. 

Watch SHARE Orlando Attendee Orientation.


Daniel Ruehl, Director, Conference Operations

Dusty Rivers, Director, Leader Development

Opening General Session

Monday, March 4 | 7:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.

Join us this Monday starting at 7:30 a.m. for the Opening General Session at SHARE Orlando.

Grab coffee when you enter Junior Ballroom at the Rosen Centre and take a seat. We will kick off with SHARE President Scott Fagen’s association updates, announce award recipients, celebrate the 60th anniversary of the mainframe together, and hear from industry leaders on visionary topics.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bill Walton will not be joining us as the keynote speaker. Instead, we will hear from Justin Wren on overcoming life’s obstacles.

Meet the Keynote

Overcome and Thrive: How to Overcome Obstacles and Win This Fight Called Life

After battling depression, suicide, and drug addiction, Justin Wren experienced a life-changing journey living with the Mbuti Pygmy people of the Congo Basin Rainforest. When he returned he founded Fight For The Forgotten, to knock out the world water crisis, which today has expanded its impact to serve the Batwa Pygmies of Uganda. Justin has a deep-seated belief & ability to empower people to stoke the fire that is within us all. Watch a preview of Justin.

Earn Your Digital Badge

SHARE Orlando will offer attendees the opportunity to earn the Security Warrior and Mainframe Paladin digital badges. Earn your badge to demonstrate your mastery of the topic! Attend at least 10 Security Warrior eligible sessions or 10 Mainframe Paladin eligible sessions to qualify. To see which sessions are eligible, filter the Technical Agenda for  "Security Warrior" or "Mainframe Paladin" Digital Badge.

Submit a Digital Badge Form: 

Secuity Warrior Badge Form
Mainframe Paladin Badge Form

After SHARE Orlando, you will receive an email from SHARE HQ to access your digital badge, which you can showcase on your email signature, social media profiles, and digital resumes.


Encouraging Women in IT

Sunday, March 3 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Salon 17-18

Celebrating Excellence & Paying it Forward: Women in IT

Join us for networking and an inspiring panel discussion as we shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of women in the mainframe industry. We will showcase the diverse talents and contributions of women who have made a significant impact in the world of mainframe technology.

Explore the journeys of key leaders and professionals who have triumphed over challenges, shattered glass ceilings, and paved the way for innovation in the mainframe sector. Through this engaging panel discussion, these women will share their stories of leadership and how mentoring helped along the way.


  • Cynthia Overby, Secretary of SHARE Board of Directors, Membership Chair, WIT Initiative
  • Carla Flores, Global Cyber Security Solution Advisor, Broadcom Software; Broadcom Liaison
  • Rebecca Parchman, R&D Solutions Architect, BMC Software
  • Nike Ligon, Program Manager, DevOps, IBM Systems

To attend the Women in IT session, you must RSVP during your event registration. 

Thank you to our Women in IT sponsors: Broadcom


Welcome Reception & Mainframe Birthday Party

Sunday, March 3, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the first night of SHARE Orlando at the Welcome Reception where we'll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the mainframe! Taking place on the Pool Deck, the reception will feature a mainframe birthday party, which will include:

  • Mainframe Memory Lane: Walk through a timeline featuring fun facts about the mainframe, how the platform has evolved over the years, and highlights of the greatest achievements in its history.
  • Birthday Cake: Take a slice of mainframe-themed birthday cake.
  • Photo Opportunities: Snap some photos under the balloon arch and show off your ‘60s-themed swag.
  • Networking Bingo: Break the ice and learn more about your peers as you play human bingo and “Find someone who attended SHARE in the ‘60s,” and “Find a SHARE presenter.” There will be dozens more facts to discover about each other!