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. 

SHARE Orlando Attendee Orientation

Tuesday, February 27 | 12:30-1:00 p.m. CT


Daniel Ruehl, Director, Conference Operations

Dusty Rivers, Director, Leader Development

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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: A link will be provided (coming soon) to submit a digital badge form providing the eligible sessions attended. 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.

Keynote: Bill Walton

Monday, March 4 | 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Rising to the Challenge

"Those not willing to risk going too far will never know how far they can go." Those words from Bill Walton sum up his philosophy of life. At 6' 11" in his Grateful Dead tie-dyed t-shirt, Bill Walton is one of the most recognizable and colorful sports legends ever. He also has one of the greatest can-do attitudes you'll ever encounter. It's a mindset he's cultivated and he gives it credit for helping him adapt, persevere, and ultimately succeed in challenges on and off the court. Named one of "50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time," Bill incredibly missed 9½ of his 14 NBA seasons due to injuries related to orthopedic problems. Despite that, his achievements on the court were enormous. When his storied career ended with his 30th surgery, Bill's dream was to pursue sports broadcasting. One problem: a severe lifelong stutter that prevented him from even saying a simple "thank you." Undeterred, Bill set about the task of learning to speak. He conquered stuttering and found a place behind the mic – earning numerous awards and honors since. Bill's greatest test came in 2007 when severe back pain confined him to the floor of his home for 2½ years. Finally relenting to surgery in 2009, the grueling rehab and recovery from that 37th surgery could well be Bill's biggest achievement. While Bill exclaims regularly, "I'm the luckiest guy on Earth," it's clear his outlook on life helped create that luck. Bill loves to inspire audiences to rise to the challenge of seeing just how far they can go.

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Encouraging Women in IT

Sunday, March 3 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

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
  • Buffi Gresh, Chief of Staff, VP Global Business Operations, Ensono
  • Nike Ligon-Kembi, Program Manager, DevOps, IBM Systems

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

Thank you to our Women in IT sponsors: Broadcom