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Okta Exclusive Whisk(e)y Event

Oct 14, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Speaker Mike Dessert Subject Matter Expert in Customer & User Identity and Access

    Formerly, Chief Architect & Customer Experience Director, General Motors Mike Dessert has been providing global executive advisory with specializations customer experience & approach. Prior to joining Okta, Mike served as an IT executive at General Motors (GM) for over two decades, leading large-scale system development, architecture and implementation across Dealers, Supply Chain and Aftermarket including product development and engineering, infrastructure, security, DevOps, and open source. Over the past 7 years, Mike was overall the Chief IT Architect, leading both the Enterprise Architects and Solution Architecture practice for GM. Mike began his career with Netscape Communications and has a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Oakland University.

  • Speaker Richard Beeson Whisk(e)y Ambassador

    Richard has built a reputation as a spirits and beer expert in the restaurant and distribution industry over the past fifteen years. He has been involved in importing both Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky and expanding distribution of Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the Northeast region. He started his career tending bar in the pubs of the Boston area and worked to cultivate a dedicated whisk(e)y selection and following as he has moved from the restaurant industry to distribution.

Zero Trusts Given: Identity as the Perimeter

Thursday October 14 | 4:00 PM ET


A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Secure Identity. Similar to the Chinese Proverb highlighting that to reach a goal or destination, one must take the first step, secure identity takes a similar approach. Whether you are looking to protect and enable your employees, contractors, and partners through secure tools and automated cloud journeys; or you need to support your most important customer-facing initiatives in a secure, frictionless way, the criticality of identity can’t be overlooked. Okta takes innovation to the next level with leading identity and access management for all. In this session you will learn how a best-in-breed identity and access management solution ensures the right people have the right level of access, to the right resources, in the right context, and that access is assessed continuously all without adding friction for the user.

Following the discussion Richard Beeson, Whisk(e)y Ambassador, will lead a complimentary whisk(e)y tasting.

Richard has traveled to Ireland, Mexico, Germany, and throughout the US to study distillation and brewing. After making the switch from the restaurant industry to the distribution world in 2013, Richard worked with the new wave of Irish craft distillers to break into the US market, as well as Scotch whisky importers with unique bottlings, and small to large US distilleries looking to capitalize on what became a global boom.

In 2017 he opened his own small whisk(e)y pub in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. The Keep boasts one of the largest and most diverse selections of whisk(e)y in the state. You can find Richard there most nights, finicking over new bottles and searching for the next interesting dram of what is known as “the water of life.”

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