About Eastside Leadership Conference

Join us June 21 at the Eastside Leadership Conference when we dive into the 5G infrastructure in our region and why it’s foundational to our future economic growth. We’ll look at sectors such as health care, transportation, real estate, and education that are poised to capitalize on 5G.


Microsoft Conference Center
Building 33, 16070 NE 36th Way
Redmond, WA 98052

Date & Time

June 21, 2019, 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM


  • The Power of 5G

  • New Technologies: Virtual Reality and Drones

  • Key Business Sectors: Healthcare, Finance, Retail

  • Economic Growth: Business Attraction and Retention

  • Smart Cities: Implementation

  • Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles and Commuter Mobility Solutions


Opening Keynote: The Power of 5G

Morgan Collins

VP General Manager Pacific States Market – AT&T

Morgan Collins is the Vice President General Manager for AT&T in the Pacific States Market that covers, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii where she oversees mobility sales and operations for more than 245 retail locations. Her teams are responsible for serving customers with mobile and entertainment solutions.  She also leads community engagement with consumers and businesses.

New Technologies: Virtual Reality and Drones

Bharat Ahluwalia

Partner & CTO, Studio216

Bharat Ahluwalia is the CTO of Studio 216 and heads both the platform and services organizations within the company. He is responsible for successful delivery of client projects and owns the road-map and development of Studio 216's flagship Altoura platform that enables collaborative visualization and design of physical spaces and provides a foundation for custom experiences for enterprises. Prior to joining Studio 216, Bharat was part of the HoloLens Developer Platform team and nowadays he frequently curses himself while building apps on top of the same platform.

New Technologies: Virtual Reality and Drones

Ryan Wall

Business Development & Strategic Planning, Skyward

 Ryan Wall is director of business development and strategic planning at Skyward, a Verizon company. He enjoys collaborating with enterprises to help them stand up successful drone programs. For more than a decade, Ryan has served in the Air National Guard, where he is currently an egress systems craftsman.

Key Business Sectors: Healthcare, Finance, Retail

Bill Farnsworth

Global Business Development Lead, Retail Industry, Cisco

Bill Farnsworth is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member with more than 25 years of success across the healthcare, retail, and hospitality industries. Leveraging extensive experience in digital transformations, he is a valuable advisor for an organization seeking guidance in entering new markets/industries through technology. His broad areas of expertise include interpersonal communications, negotiations, relationship management, sales, and business and technology alignment.

Key Business Sectors: Healthcare, Finance, Retail

Jono Luk

Senior Director of Product Management, Webex Platform, Cisco

Jono Luk is responsible for the Webex Platform Product Management and Integrations team. His team charter spans a variety of areas including Customer and Partner lifecycle Management, the Analytics and Diagnostics Platform, Enterprise/Security-readiness of the Webex product as well as the core Identity platform that powers the Webex services.  Additionally, he runs the Developer Experience team that is responsible for enabling integration of the Webex technology with industry solutions for verticals such as Healthcare and horizontals such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

U.S. 5G Outlook

Mike Murphy

Chief Technology Officer, Nokia

As Chief Technology Officer for Nokia’s business in North and South America, Mike is responsible for supporting customer engagements and influencing corporate strategy in product direction and roadmaps. As such, Mike has been a key presenter for strategic vision within and outside the region.

Mike joined Nokia in 2005 as Japan country manager, where he had P&L responsibility. He also led the formation of a senior team during the Softbank takeover of Vodafone. He is a sought-after speaker on the topics of 5G and the race to 5G, and his contributed articles have appeared in RCR Wireless News and LightReading.

Smart Cities: Implementation

Mohamed Bahardeen

Business Development, Technical Solutions – IOT & Smart Communities, Cisco

Mohamed Bahardeen is a Solutions Architect with Cisco’s Ecosystem Partner group, responsible for working with Architecture & Engineering firms in architecting and validating joint smart connected city, IoT, and ICS solutions designed to enable customer business outcomes. During his tenure at Cisco Systems, he has worked with numerous customers on various Smart City, Transportation, IoT, ICS, SCADA, security, data center, and cloud design and implementation projects for various agencies across the globe.

Smart Cities: Implementation

Kirk Wampler

Vice President of National Government Affairs, Crown Castle

Kirk Wampler is Vice President of National Government Affairs for Crown Castle. Mr. Wampler is responsible for Crown’s national real estate and government affairs initiatives in support of the company’s Tower, Small Cell and Fiber Solutions group. Mr. Wampler’s team provides guidance, strategy, training, and performance metrics for the company’s real estate professionals facilitating Small Cell deployment in the public right of way. Mr. Wampler joined Crown Castle in February 2013 bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in the telecom industry. Mr. Wampler holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies.

Smart Cities: Implementation

Natasha Greer

IT Project Manager, City of Sacramento

Natasha is an IT Project Manager for the City of Sacramento. She currently leads a team of City officials and staff, corporate partners, and contractors to manage the roll-out of 5G technology and Smart Cities solutions including public Wi-Fi, traffic management and safety, economic development, and youth programs through the City’s public-private partnership with Verizon. Natasha is passionate about providing services and opportunities to underserved populations within Sacramento and regularly volunteers her time to mentor disadvantaged youth.

Smart Cities: Implementation

Sielen Namdar

Industry Solutions Executive, Smart & Connected Communities, Cisco

Sielen Namdar, PE is an industry solutions executive with Cisco’s smart & connected communities organization. Before joining Cisco, Sielen spent 20 years at Jacobs Engineering (legacy CH2M) developing global industry sector partnerships and facilitation of complex cross-business multidisciplinary teams to implement innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions that solve transportation, utilities, and energy customers’ most complex challenges. At Cisco, Sielen leads teams to bring smart solutions to transportation, water, and energy customers to build/operate/maintain their facilities more efficiently leveraging IoT and real-time data analytics.

Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles and Commuter Mobility Solutions

Kelly Hostetler

Corporate Affairs & Marketing, Luum

Kelly leads Corporate Affairs and Marketing at Luum where she helps employers implement innovative commute benefit programs using Luum’s software. With a background in academia, Kelly finds great joy applying her knowledge of behavior change theory and transportation policy to help Luum’s partners reduce parking demand, improve the employee experience, and increase your bottom line.

Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles and Commuter Mobility Solutions

Ken Montler

Chairman of the board, Mobility Cubed

Mr. Montler has over 35 years of executive management experience in the automotive and medical industries, Mr. Montler has worked in executive level in large multi-national companies, including Philips Medical Systems and DaimlerChrysler, as well as board positions and senior operational positions in several successful startups. Recruited after selling his previous company in high end medical service and sales, Mr. Montler served as President/COO of Global Electric Motors (“GEM”), driving the company’s growth from a start-up company in 1998 to its becoming the world leader in Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs).

Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles and Commuter Mobility Solutions

Bryan Mistele


Bryan Mistele is the co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of INRIX, a leading provider of connected car services and mobility analytics worldwide. INRIX is at the forefront of connecting cars to smarter cities in more than 90 countries around the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion.

5G and I0T

Avijit Sinha

Senior Director of Business Development, Internet of Things, Microsoft Corporation

Avijit Sinha is responsible for business development for IoT and Intelligent Edge at Microsoft. His team drives business development for emerging technologies across Connected Cars, Intelligent Personal Assistants, Location Based Services, Industrial IoT, Smart Buildings, Drones, Autonomous Driving, Ride Sharing, Fleet Management, Agricultural IoT and Sports Analytics.

Closing Keynote: This is the Future

Grant Castle

Vice President, Engineering Services & QA, T-Mobile

Grant Castle is the Vice President of National Planning and Quality Assurance at T-Mobile. In this role, he is responsible for overall network and service quality, which includes leading numerous technology teams focused on enhancing the customer’s connected experience. In addition to improving the T-Mobile network, Grant oversees T-Mobile’s technology showroom, TECH EXPERIENCE, that showcases wireless technology innovations like 5G, IoT and AR/VR. Grant has been with T-Mobile since 1994 and has helped grow the network from a small regional, analog network to a nationwide LTE Advanced network covering over 320M people. Grant holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.


Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins may be accepted at the door.

Individual Attendee: $110

Corporate Table of 10: $1050

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Trilogy Partnership

In over thirty years of wireless entrepreneurship, Trilogy International Partners’ management has implemented a localized investment strategy in each operating market, developing and deploying a unique, local brand, marketing and operating strategies. It has leveraged the expertise of strong local management to create clear and compelling service offerings designed to address specific market needs and optimize value.  

5G Sponsors

AT&T gives you more for your thing. From near real-time streaming, and on-demand entertainment, to super-fast internet, and unlimited data plans. More for your thing, that’s our thing.  
Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing. Nokia is enabling the infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things to transform the human experience.
As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 81.3 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value.

Cisco helps seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected. An integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships, working together to identify our customers' needs and provide solutions that fuel their success.

Verizon Communications Inc. operates America’s most reliable wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. Verizon’s corporate responsibility prioritizes the environmental, social and governance issues most relevant to its business and impact to society.

Major Sponsors

Alaska Airlines, together with its partner regional airlines, serves 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.

By air, land, and sea, the Port of Seattle connects passengers and cargo to destinations around the globe.

The City of Bellevue is a bustling, high-tech urban center and a city in a park.


The ACES Northwest Network is a unique collective working to bring Automated, Connected, Electric, and Share vehicle technologies to the Puget Sound region.

King County government provides fiscally responsible, quality-driven local and regional services for healthy, safe and vibrant communities.

The Point Inside technology platform enables retailers to incorporate real-time, store-specific discovery and product location in their mobile applications.

Corporate Sponsors

Tech Showcase Sponsors

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Media Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsor

Legacy Leaders

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