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2017 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

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Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

  • "I love the networking aspect of this conference. I have the ability to meet CIOs, question what they've gone through, and learn about their challenges and how they've overcome them."

    Robin Brown
    VP & CIO

Event Highlights

Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age


Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CIO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CIO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Haseen Alam
    Chief Information Officer
    Johnson Brothers

  • Bryce Austin, CISM
    Strategist & CEO
    TCE Strategy

    Bryce Austin is a leading voice on communication techniques with executive leadership on technology and cybersecurity issues. With over 10 years of experience as a CIO and CISO, Bryce has influenced the boards of companies in industries as diverse as financial services, retail, healthcare, technology and manufacturing industries. He founded TCE Strategy, which specializes in strategic consulting on technology and cybersecurity.

    Bryce holds a CISM certification and is known as a thought leader, cybersecurity expert and nationally-recognized public speaker. He started his technology career on a Commodore PET computer and a cassette tape drive. Bryce is known for creating business value from technology opportunities, implementing technology security that promotes a positive end-user experience, and wearing t-shirts with clever jokes so obscure that they are often humorous only to himself.

    Bryce received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. He, his wife and two young sons live in Lakeville, MN.

    Fun fact: Bryce is a weekend high-speed track driver and coach at venues across the USA. He has over 15 years of experience, and has driven cars as diverse as an 85 horsepower Saturn to a 650 horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo. He has had over 100 students, none of whom have died while under his instruction.

  • Kevin Boeckenstedt
    Director of Application Development - Geek Squad Services
    Best Buy

  • Ryan Broshar
    Founder & Managing Director
    Matchstick Ventures

  • Robin Brown
    VP & CIO

    Robin is the VP and Chief Information Officer, having company-wide responsibility for the information technology environment, strategic business planning with the Operating and Business Services Group Constituents and implementation of technologies that support Mortenson’s core missions. Robin has over 20 years of senior leadership experience focused on propelling relationships between Business Operations and IT delivery while providing strategic leadership in business development, capital planning, strategic roadmap development and complex program delivery.

    Prior to joining Mortenson, Robin served as Senior Director, IT Operations at UnitedHealth Group where she spent over five years building out the IT operations capability and customer relationship management areas of their Medicaid business. She developed the Office of the CIO model to transform their business, established a 3 year strategy to migrate legacy applications to one strategic platform and drove operational stability in order to grow their Medicaid business. 

    Robin held similar positions at Accenture, Best Buy and Arcadia Financial where she promoted a customer-focused environment while driving complex cross-matrix programs, business transformation, outsourcing and off-shore operations and operational stability. Robin drove many continuous improvement programs based on operational excellence, program management and best practice methodologies.

    Robin graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. She is active in the community and is currently the President and Founding Board Member of the West Lakes Chapter of National Charity League, focusing on mothers and daughters volunteering together. She is part of the Governing Body for both the Minneapolis Evanta CIO Executive Summit and the Minneapolis HMG CIO Executive Leadership Summit.  Robin has twin 16 year-old daughters and enjoys playing volleyball, getting involved in her daughters’ sports, traveling with her daughters, volunteering, hanging out around her fire pit indulging in her favorite fine wine and riding her Harley.

  • Lucas Budman
    VP and CTO
    CenturyLink Cognilytics

    Lucas Budman has over 17 years of experience in commercial software development, high-performance computing (HPC), and machine learning in a variety of industries including finance, e-commerce, retail, education, and high- tech. Lucas was formerly Chief Technology Officer of MyCollege Foundation and Portmont College – a Bill & Melinda Gates funded non-profit whose mission is to provide higher education pathways to low-income young adults. Lucas holds a M.S. in Finance, a B.S. in Computer Science, and is a graduate of Computer Science at the University of Colorado.

    Currently, Lucas has responsibility for building analytics platforms and solutions, both internally for CenturyLink and our customers. He’s actively involved in the data center analytics and monetization program.

  • Jamey Cummings
    Senior Client Partner Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice
    Korn Ferry

    Jamey Cummings is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Global Technology Practice. He co-lead’s the Firm’s Global Cybersecurity Practice and is also a member of the Firm’s Information Officers Practice.

    Mr. Cummings is a recognized leader in advising organizations on the recruitment, assessment, development, and retention of information technology as well as information security & risk management talent at all levels, including the Board of Directors. His clients range from large global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies, spanning all industries. In addition to Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and their key leaders, he also recruits cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms as well as top executives for cybersecurity technology companies and managed security services providers. He is based in the Firm’s Dallas office.

    Prior to Korn Ferry, Mr. Cummings served as an associate principal in the industrial, supply chain, and transportation & logistics practices of another leading executive search firm, where he executed senior executive search assignments for both public and private equity-backed companies. He also served clients in the consumer & retail, technology, government & defense, biotechnology, and education sectors.

    Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Cummings was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, where he worked on a wide variety of projects with clients in the aerospace & defense, consumer finance, telecommunications, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education industries.
    Earlier in his career, he served nine years with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy's SEAL teams.

    He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, and graduated with merit with a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from The United States Naval Academy.

  • Johnny Dranchak
    CTO, Digital Thread AppStudio
    GE Digital

    Johnny Dranchak is the CTO,  CoreTech App Studio at General Electric.  Prior to joining GE, Johnny was the  CTO and VP of WSJ Digital at Dow Jones.  As a consultant he has led Agile Transformations for MTV/Nickelodeon, KPMG, Macy's, JP Morgan, Mizuho and Subway. Johnny has also been responsible for architecting and building large scale systems for clients such as Nestle, Bank of America and Microsoft.

    You can follow Johnny on Twitter @JohnnyDranchak

  • Renee Frey
    Founder and President
    TalentQ, Inc.

    Renee Frey is the founder and President of TalentQ. TalentQ provides human potential for growing companies through contract and direct-hire placements nationwide. Renee is passionate about recruiting! She thrives in guiding candidates and hiring managers throughout the entire recruiting process with a consultative approach and personal touch. She has 14 years of recruiting experience, 7 years recruiting for Target Corporation. Renee graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 2000 with a degree in Sociology. In 2014, she became a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist. She started TalentQ in 2015 to become your ultimate guide in recruiting.

  • Kathryn Freytag
    VP & CIO

  • Mark Gingrich

  • Nate Haines
    Executive Search Consultant
    Russell Reynolds Associates

  • Bernadette Harkin
    Senior Vice President, Advisory

    Bernadette leads Avanade’s NA Advisory Services Practice. Our practice works with clients to define transformation that leads to execution of strategy in both CIO Advisory & Digital Transofrmation Advisory.

    Our IT Advisory approach develops a clear line of sight from stakeholder issues and challenges, through to executable roadmaps that are supported by a financial case. Our Digital Advisory approach is to provide tailored services specific to client needs that brings together a human-centered approach, with unique insights and change management disciplines.

    Bernadette has a portfolio of global experience with some of the highlights being:

    -Leadership of a global organisation’s strategic execution of all components ranging from customer centric focus to consolidation of operations.
    -Governance of Investment portfolio of go to market and operational improvement.
    -Board position in a large professional services organisation.
    -Working with clients of the shift to a Digital approach with rapid go to market advantages.
    -Working with clients on the alignment of Business and IT to drive efficiency and deliverability of strategic results.

    Bernadette is an International Executive having lived and worked in Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. 

  • Nick Hernandez
    Aeritae Consulting Group

    Nick began his technology career at IBM and later helped drive growth in several smaller technology firms before opening the 24th office for International Network Services. After Lucent Technologies acquired INS, Nick co-founded Aeritae in January 2001. Recognized by Minnesota Business Monthly as a 2016 Best Places to Work, Aeritae just celebrated 15 years in business.

    Nick also serves on the board of Genesys Works, a not-for-profit organization with a proven record for enabling inner-city economically disadvantaged minority high school students to succeed as corporate technology professionals. This program helps high school seniors thrive in the economic mainstream by providing them knowledge, skills and real world IT experiences.

  • Steve Jordan
    SVP, Cryptographic Services, Enterprise IS, Engineering & Services
    Wells Fargo

  • Ricardo Khan
    Senior Director, Project Solutions

  • Kate Lanners
    Regional Business IT Leader for Supply Chain

    Kate Lanners is a Regional Business IT Leader for Supply Chain at Ecolab Inc. Serves as the strategic interface with Supply Chain and a trusted advisor to senior business executives. Focus to establish and maintain value-driven, strategic relationships and proactively manage business demand. Works with Supply Chain senior executives to align technology solutions with business strategies and contributes to the Supply Chain’s strategic planning process. Advises business executives on the risks and benefits of using technology to build competitive advantage and improve business performance.

    In working with Supply Chain, partnered with senior executives to deliver key objectives. Responsible for the direction and execution of the Supply Chain IT portfolio of projects and work with Supply Chain general managers and senior executives.  Adhering to global budgetary management of capital and expense responsibilities.

    Kate holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology, MBA with a focus in Project Management from Capella University, Dispute Resolution Degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. 

  • Mike Larson
    SVP, Chief Information Officer
    Universal Hospital Services

  • Joy Lindsay
    StarTec Investments, LLC

    Joy Lindsay is President and co-founder of StarTec Investments, LLC.  She has been an active member of the Minnesota venture capital community since 1998.

    In addition to her role at StarTec, Ms. Lindsay is a member of the Sofia Angel Fund, a Minnesota-based women’s angel fund focused on making private equity investments in companies founded by or led by women, or whose products and services target women. She is also a member of the Gopher Angels, a group of angel investors who share screening and due diligence of investment opportunities. 

    Ms. Lindsay is a member and past chair of the Minnesota High Tech Association board of directors, is a member of the Advisory Board at the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota, and has served as Secretary and Vice-President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association.  She is a judge for the Minnesota Cup business plan competition and serves on the Planning Committee for the Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference.  Ms. Lindsay is one of the founding Agitators of MOJO MN, an innotvation co-operative working to fuel entrepreneurship and reignite Minnesota's culture of innovation.  She takes an active role in StarTec’s portfolio companies, and routinely serves as a board director or board observer.  Additionally, she is on the board of directors for ACES – a non-profit after-school tutor/mentoring program for inner-city youth.

    Ms. Lindsay served on the state of Minnesota’s Science and Technology Advisory Commission.  She was earlier appointed by former Governor Pawlenty to the 21st Century Tax Reform Commission. In 2009, she was named one of “40 Minnesotans on the Move” by Finance and Commerce magazine. In both 2010 and 2011, Twin Cities Business magazine identified her as one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know”.  And, in 2013, she was named one of Minnesota Business Magazine's "The (Real) Power 50".

    Prior to founding StarTec, Ms. Lindsay was a Senior Vice President in the Westlaw division of West Publishing (now Thomson Reuters).  She started her career at West in software development and held numerous leadership positions in IT, customer support, account management and sales.  She has a B.A. in mathematics from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

  • Michael Macrie
    SVP & CIO
    Land O'Lakes

    Mike Macrie assumed the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Land O’Lakes in June 2013. Prior to this position, he was Vice President of Ag Services IT. Macrie led the transformation of Ag Services technology and was instrumental in the development of Land O’Lakes precision agriculture and big data programs. Before joining Land O’Lakes, he held a breadth of roles at Ingersoll Rand, AlliedSignal and several start-ups, G5 Technologies and Multi-Media Solutions.  Macrie has an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. from Cornell University in Applied & Engineering Physics.

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a transformative CEO at HMG Strategy, LLC, the strongest executive leadership network. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in consulting with IT executive leaders, Hunter is a multi-title book author and a frequent industry speaker on transformational leadership and innovation. His concepts are used worldwide to improve executive performance, enhance collaboration, elevate the role of IT, and align strategy across the enterprise.

    Through years of research and experience, Hunter has published four books: “The Transformational CIO” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), “On Top of The Cloud” (John Wiley & Sons, 2012), “Leading the Epic Revolution” (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), and “The Big Shift in IT Leadership” (John Wiley & Sons, 2015).

    HMG Strategy assists C-level executives in becoming transformational leaders. HMG Strategy hosts networking summits and provides services that are focused around innovative IT leadership, management, and technology support to CIOs and senior IT executives. HMG Strategy is "The Strongest Executive Leadership Network" with an international association of more than 300,000 global CIOs/senior IT executives, industry experts, and world-class thought leaders.

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of IT-related charities, and Hunter is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.



  • Anudeep Parhar
    Entrust Datacard

  • Anwar Parvez
    Sr. Director and Chief Architect
    Software AG

  • Gary Schokmiller
    Trio Executive Search

  • Carey Smith
    Enterprise Technology & Transformation
    BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota

  • Dee Thibodeau
    Charter Solutions

    Dee Thibodeau is chief executive officer of Charter Solutions, a healthcare information services company consistently awarded for results in the areas of management consulting, analytics, business process, integration and application development. As CEO since 1997, Ms. Thibodeau has led the company in delivering sustained profitability with annual revenue growth and a record of outstanding customer relationships.  Her expertise and passion are focused on business process improvements that profoundly increase healthcare quality and efficiency. An experienced board member, entrepreneur, and investor in emerging companies, Thibodeau has made companies successful by creating highly productive teams focused on strategic planning, customer relationships, sound business practices, and innovative uses for new and existing technologies. Ms. Thibodeau  has served in top executive positions in the technology and financial industries since 1986, when she was vice president and later president of the largest computer training facility in the Midwest. She has been president of Milestone Investments, Inc. a national hotel investment company, and was president of Arco Transcription, Inc. one of the nation’s largest medical transcription companies. Ms. Thibodeau has since served as president of EDI Solutions, a translation software developer, and negotiated the merger of EDI with St. Paul Software where she served as executive vice president until taking the helm of Charter Solutions. Throughout her career, Thibodeau’s leadership has extended to serving on the boards of directors of more than a dozen companies including Dri-Steem, The Credit Company, Microworx, Arco Transcription, Milestone Investments, EDI Solutions, HCMC Advisory Board, as well as on boards of trade, professional and non-profit organizations.  Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of BRAAS, M Health, Women’s Health Leadership Trust, Minnesota High Tech Association, and Minnesota Visiting Nurses Agency. Ms Thibodeau also started  Minnesota Women Corporate Directors and is on the Advisory Board for Women in the Boardroom. Ms. Thibodeau has been on the Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committees of many boards and well suited to serve on these committees. Ms. Thibodeau has received numerous awards for her success in leadership, her business results and her advocacy for women entrepreneurs and for women serving on boards.  She received a Lifeline Award from Upsize magazine in 2007; the Minnesota Business Owner of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in 2004; and recognition as one of the “Top 25 Innovative Women” by the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal, one of 500 Top Diversity Awards in the US and the Jean Harris Award in 2012 from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust. Thibodeau is an alumna of the University of Minnesota, Mankato, and of the Executive Management Development Program at University of St. Thomas, St, Paul. She has received leadership awards and recognition from The Business Journal, Div 500, Twin Cities E-Commerce Forum and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

  • Jed Yueh
    Founder, Executive Chairman

    Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management, first as founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M), which pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $4B in cumulative sales. After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which pioneered data virtualization, with over $200M in its first 7 years of sales (10x Avamar over the same period) and over 30% of the Global 100 as customers. At the 2010 Fall DEMO conference, Delphix won a DEMO God award, and in 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year. Well connected in the venture community, Jed has raised over $150M from over 10 VCs and has more than 25 patents in data management. After being designated a US Presidential Scholar by George H. Bush, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard. As Executive Chairman at Delphix, Jed partners with executives at industry leaders from Apple to Walmart to help them drive innovation through software.

  • Paul Zyla
    Vice President Business Technology, Chief Information Officer

    As the Vice President Business Technology, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at AgStar Paul leads integrating technology and business strategies, IT governance, adding business value, and delivery of cost-effective, highly reliable technology services for the $9B financial services cooperative and our 23,000 clients.  Paul is a game-changing CIO and business strategist, leading technology organizations to make the right technology investments that help the company ensure competitive advantage and profitable growth.   Paul is known as a trusted collaborator and advisor with the C-suite and business partners through his process: listen, define, clarify, and acquire information, analyze, implement, test and evaluate to drive the vision and mission of the organization.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Robin Brown, VP & CIO, Mortenson

Nick Hernandez,Co-Founder, Aeritae Consulting Group

8:20 AM - 9:00 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Redefining Business Models and Platforms to Meet Customer Demands

Kevin Boeckenstedt, Director of Application Development - Geek Squad Services, Best Buy

Steve Jordan, SVP, Cryptographic Services, Enterprise IS, Engineering & Services, Wells Fargo

Kate Lanner, Regional Business IT Leader for Supply Chain, Ecolab

Mike Larson, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Universal Hospital Services

Moderator: Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

Technology executives are rethinking enterprise architecture, infrastructure, and security controls to meet the changing behaviors and needs of their customers. This big shift may include moving applications to a cloud environment which can provide a more nimble platform, or changing the delivery method for their services enabling customers to consume them anytime anywhere.  Consider the shift from brick and mortar stores with specific hours of operations to online shopping 24/7.  How do you lead this shift from an architectural perspective, leveraging technology and innovation to provide services in anticipation of customer needs?

9:00 AM -  9:20 AM Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM

INTERACTIVE VC PANEL: Planning Your Future Through VC Insights

Ryan Broshar, Founder & Managing Director, Matchstick Ventures

Joy Lindsay, President, StarTec Investments, LLC

Moderator: Anwar Parvez, Sr. Director and Chief Architect, Software AG

For many the epicenter of digital disruption is through the new applications and technologies of Venture Capital backed start-ups.  The panel of VC firms will share insights into what’s hot, and how to leverage these developments to be on the leading edge of innovation for your company.  The panel will also share the progressive and nimble characteristics and ethos of these companies that create a culture of innovative.  This will be an interactive panel, so if you ever wanted launch or advise a startup company, now is your chance to ask and learn.

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM   

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: AI and Machine Learning – The Short Course

Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics

Interest is growing in AI and Machine Learning technologies, how to apply it to your business and demystifying the use? Listen to this interactive session with Lucas Budman, CTO, VP at CenturyLink Cognilytics, as he explores advanced technologies that examine data in order to discover deeper insights, make predictions and/or generate recommendations

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:20 AM - 12:00 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Disruptive Technologies Driving Speed to Market

Johnny Dranchak, CTO, CoreTech App Studio, General Electric

Carey Smith, Enterprise Technology & Transformation, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota

Jed Yueh, Founder, Executive Chairman, Delphix

Moderator: Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

Digital Transformation around technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, IoT and analytics is increasing speed to consumer and speed to cash.  This panel of experts will share how they are leveraging the latest in technology and analytical insights to create new products and experiences to gain a competitive edge.  Be inspired and learn to think differently to drive innovation and value at your company.

12:00 AM - 12:50 PM    


12:50 PM - 1:15 PM EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson

1:15 PM - 1:55 PM    

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Laying the Foundation for the Digital Roadmap

Haseen Alam, Chief Information Officer, Johnson Brothers

Bernadette Harkin, Senior Vice President, Advisory, Avanade

Michael Macrie, SVP & CIO, Land O’Lakes

Paul Zyla, Vice President Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, AgStar

TBD: Dropbox

Moderator: Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions

As business continues to change at unprecedented speed, IT executives need to be able to manage and protect the current state while framing the future state of the business. Understanding the future trends that are on the horizon and their potential to reshape the business and drive value is critical to any IT leader.

This panel of senior executives will share insights around emerging trends, technologies, how to develop a roadmap for the future while securely protecting the company’s digital assets.

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM    

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Insights to Drive Your Career Ascent

Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader, Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry

Renee Frey, Founder and President, TalentQ, Inc.

Nate Haines, Executive Search Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

Gary Schokmiller, President, Trio Executive Search

Moderator: Nick Hernandez, Co-Founder, Aeritae Consulting Group

The leadership skills and experiences required for IT executive positions is changing as companies need transformational leaders to drive innovation and digital disruption.  But leading organizational change is no easy task, especially in long-established companies where cultural roots run deep.

This session will explore the leadership qualities and experiences that search recruiters are being asked by their clients to look for in filling executive roles as well as for external board positions.  Learn insights to drive your career ascent

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Driving Alignment Across the C-Suite and Board

Robin Brown, VP & CIO, Mortenson

Kathryn Freytag, VP & CIO, Donaldson

Mark Gingrich, CIO, Surescripts, LLC

Anudeep Parhar, CIO, Entrust Datacard

Moderator: Nick Hernandez, Co-Founder, Aeritae Consulting Group

Dynamic technology leaders are transforming the traditional CIO role to deliver digital innovation that drives value and strengthens competitive positioning. The foremost technology executives are redefining the art of the possible and clearly communicating this vision to the C-suite and the Board.  

During this interactive session, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of this panel of senior executives who will share their leadership strategies and how they have repositioned themselves with the C-suite and the Board to be successful. 

4:20 PM - 5:30 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • CenturyLink

    CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.


Platinum Partners

  • Avanade

    Avanade helps customers realize results in a digital world through business technology solutions, cloud and managed services that combine insight, innovation and expertise focused on Microsoft technologies. Our people have helped thousands of organizations in all industries improve business agility, employee productivity and customer loyalty. Avanade combines the collective business, technical and industry expertise of its worldwide network of experts with the rigor of an industrialized delivery model to provide high quality solutions using proven and emerging technologies with flexible deployment models–on premises, cloud-based or outsourced. Avanade, which is majority owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation and has 23,000 professionals in more than 20 countries.

  • Delphix

    Delphix enables companies to release applications 10x faster by delivering secure, virtualized data, while using half the infrastructure. Delphix software delivers the right data to the right team at the right time, on premises or in the cloud—instead of relying on IT teams to manually move data across systems. Over 30% of the Global 100 use Delphix to deliver data across development, testing, and reporting environments, improving developer productivity and data security.

  • Dropbox

    Dropbox keeps more than 500 million registered users on the same page with easy-to-use collaboration tools and the fastest, most-reliable file sync platform. From the smallest business to the largest enterprise, we make teamwork better.


Gold Partners

  • Information Builders Inc.

    Information Builders helps organizations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organizations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com and follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs.

  • Magenic

    Magenic is a leader in business technology consulting. We understand the barriers to innovation companies are facing and apply the right technology to transform their business.

  • Tintri

    Tintri VM-aware storage is built for virtualized applications and cloud. With 6 of the Fortune 15 and 20 of the Fortune 100, Tintri is the solution for large enterprises that are scaling out their virtualization and cloud architectures. Organizations including GE, Toyota, United Healthcare and NASA run Tintri and manage only virtual machines in a fraction of the footprint and at far lower cost than conventional storage. Tintri enables leaders to focus on the business applications that drive value—and that requires that they keep storage simple.


Supporting Partners

  • OneNeck IT Solutions

    OneNeck® IT Solutions specializes in hybrid IT solutions, including cloud and hosting solutions, managed services, ERP application management, professional services, IT hardware and top-tier data centers in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon and Wisconsin. OneNeck's team of technology professionals manage secure, world-class, hybrid IT infrastructures and applications for thousands of businesses around the globe. OneNeck is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000™ company whose business units also include TDS Telecommunications Corp., U.S. Cellular and BendBroadband. OneNeck employs nearly 550 people throughout the United States.

  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage, the market's leading independent solid-state array vendor, enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center. The company's all-flash enterprise arrays offer significant performance and efficiency gains over mechanical disk, at a lower price point per gigabyte stored. Pure Storage FlashArrays are ideal for performance-intensive applications, including server virtualization and consolidation, VDI, OLTP database, real-time analytics and cloud computing.


Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.

  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

    Russell Reynolds Associates is a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment, serving clients globally for 40 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior level appointments. We are a private firm with 39 offices across North and South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific, covering all major business regions including Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. We leverage our collective expertise to identify and assess leaders who can support the growth and success of our client organizations. Our 300 experienced consultants are supported by a global research network We complete more than 2,000 assignments annually, across a broad range of industries and functional roles.

  • Spencer Stuart

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.

  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. For over two decades, the Lightspeed partners have backed and helped build more than 250 companies globally, many of which have become market leaders. Lightspeed’s strategy is to be the first or lead institutional investor in companies with high growth potential in markets capable of supporting the creation of large, valuable enterprises. The Firm currently manages over $4 billion of committed capital and has invested in companies like AppDynamics, DataStax, Fusion-io, MuleSoft, Nest, Nicira.

  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Room rate is $209/night. This rate expires on May 2, 2017.

To reserve a room, please visit the HMG Room Block.

The CIO Executive Leadership Summit is created for CIOs/IT leaders. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in business and to achieve the greatest benefits through the use of information technology. 

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:
  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

    - OR - 
  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

Special Needs 
We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at (203) 221-2702 or email us at registrar@hmgstrategy.com.


For more information contact us:

(203) 221-2702