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2023 Florida CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Florida – Thu, 05-11-2023 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Visionary Leadership:  Driving a Strategic and Secure Digital Agenda

Inflationary pressures and other macro-economic challenges are creating headwinds for technology executives and fellow members of the C-suite to execute on and achieve strategic goals through 2023. The fast-changing socio-economic landscape is prompting technology executives to become more creative than ever in a cost-conscious environment and to draw upon authentic and inclusive leadership skills to inspire their teams. Meanwhile, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.
Here are the four prevailing leadership and technology trends that HMG Strategy will be focusing on throughout its 2023 Executive Leadership Summit Series:

  • Innovation & Invention to Spur Revenue Growth
  • Fostering World-Class Collaboration and Teaming
  • Harnessing Advanced Technology to Drive Cost Reduction
  • Securing a Global Digital Agenda

Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times.

May 11, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

8:00 – 9:00 AM 

Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 9:20 AM                                                                            

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Jennifer Wesson Greenman, CIO, City of Hope, Chicago, Atlanta & Phoenix

9:20 – 9:30 AM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:   Visionary Leadership: Lessons Learned in Professional Sports

Christine Moffett, Corporate Chief Information Officer, Technology & Innovation, The Kessler Collection interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

As the CIO of luxury hotel chain The Kessler Collection, Christine Moffett is called upon to provide technology vision, strategy and leadership in the development and implementation of company-wide information technology business solutions for Kessler corporate and all hotel properties under the Kessler Brand. In this Fireside Chat with HMG Strategy Founder and CEO Hunter Muller, Christine will share how she executes upon that vision as well as the leadership lessons she has learned in business technology leadership roles for sports franchises such as the Arizona Diamondbacks and NASCAR.

9:30 – 10:05 AM                                                                                          

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Visionary Leadership: Dreaming Big and Delivering a Secure Digital Agenda

MODERATOR: Elizabeth Decker, Vice President Information Strategy, INSPYR Solutions

Paul Teodorescu, Vice President, Head of IT Service Delivery and Operations, Morgan & Morgan

Tano Maenza, Chief Information Officer, National Air Cargo

Vyom Upadhya, Executive Director for Digital, MDVIP

Jennifer Wesson Greenman, CIO, City of Hope, Chicago, Atlanta & Phoenix

Global economic challenges are creating unique opportunities for business technology executives to foster a collaborative culture, embrace fresh innovative approaches, and develop strong partnerships to leverage hot technologies such as AI, ChatGPT, cloud platforms and cyber technologies to securely move the needle for the business and win in tumultuous times. At the same time, tech leaders will need to remain laser focused on new ransomware, phishing and crypto mining attacks amidst budgetary pressures.

In this powerful Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and technology executives will share the steps they’ve taken to cultivate a collaborative culture and embrace innovative approaches to position their companies to succeed in a challenging environment while securing the hybrid workplace.

10:05 – 10:10 AM

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation

Jennifer Wesson-Greenman, Chief Information Officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global

10:10 – 10:30 AM                                                                              

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:30 – 11: 05

EXECUTIVE PANEL:   Tapping Innovative Technologies and Partnerships to Drive Cost Containment and Power Business Growth

MODERATOR: Paul Wilner, VP IT, CIO, Pall Corporation

Shehzad Siddique, Director Software Engineering, Hilton Worldwide

Allen Starr, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Goodwill Industries – Suncoast

Christine Vanderpool, VP, IT Strategy, Architecture & CISO, Florida Crystals

Yatin Dhareshwar, Vice President – Digital, YASH Tecnologies, Inc.

Many technology executives find themselves between a rock and a hard place. CEOs and CFOs are leaning on CIOs and technology leaders to find ways to reduce costs in a tight economy. On the other hand, technology executives are being counted upon to utilize hot technologies that can spark new business innovation and to support digital business models. This panel of executives will share use cases for advanced technologies and partnerships that can lower costs and drive new business value.

11:05 – 11:30 AM                                                                                 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:30 – 11:50 AM                                                                                

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Addressing the Human Experience in the Customer Journey

Geoff Hooper, Director, Enterprise Solution Engineering, Ring Central interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Developing an elegant customer experience involves creating an experience that is intuitive and simple for customers. As part of this, it’s also important to address the human element of the customer experience.

In this Executive Fireside Chat, Geoff Hooper, Director, Enterprise Solution Engineering, Ring Central interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy, will share how this logic should be applied to the use of chatbots in the customer experience, along with recommendations for designing a chatbot experience that resonates with customers and naturally extends to their interactions with human agents.

11:50 AM – 1:00 PM                                                                            

Lunch and Networking

SIM Updates

SIM Central Florida: Alexis Cole, Managing Director, Kolter Solutions

SIM South Florida:  Vyom Upadhya, Executive Director for Digital, MDVIP

SIM Tampa Bay: Bert Bertagna, Assistant Chief Information Officer (CIO), Pasco County Government

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation and Photo

Presented by:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and August Pelliccio, Managing Editor – Digital, HMG Strategy

Quintin McGrath, Former Global Senior Managing Director, Deloitte

Dilip Krishna, Managing Director, Deloitte

Christine Vanderpool, VP, IT Strategy, Architecture & CISO, Florida Crystals

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

INNOVATION ACCELERATOR PANEL:  Meet the Top New Technology Solutions and Their Leaders 

MODERATOR: Saqib E. Awan, Founder & Managing Director, GTM Capital

Ronen Sartena, Strategic Account Executive, Cyera

Patrick Blahosky, RVP of Sales – Americas, Lightrun

Justin Hayes, Head of Field Engineering, Vectara

Research conducted by HMG Strategy reveals that one of the top focus areas for technology executive leaders is working with the CEO and the executive team to enable innovation and grow the business. In this exclusive session, Saqib E. Awan, Founder & Managing Director of GTM Capital, invites the CEOs and leaders of innovative technology companies to share the challenges they solve for clients, the innovation they deliver to companies, and how their solutions are differentiated in the market.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Security Innovation:  Going Beyond Protection to Make Security a Competitive Advantage

MODERATOR: James McQuiggan, Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4

Lee Bailey, Group CISO, Unilever Prestige

Mike Theis, Information Security Officer, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

Josh Lazar, CEO, TechThinkTank LLC

Barry Kortekaas, EVP Information Security, Morgan & Morgan

Ransomware, supply-chain and other types of cyber-attacks continue to escalate. Ransomware attacks alone have increased by 13% year-over-year, according to the Verizon 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report. As these and other malicious attacks continue to become more prevalent and dangerous, it’s clear that CISOs and security leaders need to take a fresh approach to their cybersecurity strategies.

In this timely and compelling executive panel discussion, CISOs and security leaders will share the steps they’re taking to reimagine their cybersecurity game plans to better safeguard the organization both now and into the future.

2:00 – 2:20 PM                                                                                   

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT: A Business Guide to the Metaverse: Unlocking New Opportunities

Skip Kimpel, Principal of Independent & SMB Consulting, Constrata

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Businesses are beginning to explore the potential of the metaverse, leveraging its unique capabilities to create and drive new opportunities, innovate products and services, and even create entirely new business models. Companies across a range of industries, from retail to entertainment, are increasingly turning to the metaverse in order to expand their reach, engage with customers on a deeper level, and build stronger relationships. Additionally, businesses can use the metaverse for marketing campaigns to reach new audiences with immersive experiences. With the emergence of powerful virtual reality capabilities, companies are now able to capitalize on this ever-evolving environment.

2:20 – 2:25 PM

HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Award Presentation

Marcus Session, VP of IT Services, Tampa International Airport

2:25 – 2:45 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners                                                                                  

2:45 – 3:10 PM                                                                                   

BREAKTHROUGH INSIGHTS PANEL:  Beyond the Algorithm: Navigating the Ethics of ChatGPT

MODERATOR: Quintin McGrath, Former Global Senior Managing Director, Technology Management & Enablement, Global Shared Technology Services, Business Solutions, Deloitte (Retired)

Dilip Krishna, Managing Director, Deloitte

Louis Muniz, Vice President, Cyber Risk, Kroll

Rich Latayan, Chief Information Security Officer, AAA National

ChatGPT Digital Human

As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, we find ourselves increasingly reliant on AI-powered tools like ChatGPT to interact with the world around us. While these tools can be incredibly helpful, they also raise important ethical questions about how we design and use AI systems.

In this session, we will delve into the ethics of ChatGPT and explore the challenges of creating AI systems that are both effective and responsible. We will discuss issues such as bias in training data, the potential for harm caused by AI-generated content, and the need for transparency and accountability in AI decision-making.

We will also explore ways to address these challenges, including strategies for improving data quality, creating ethical guidelines for AI development, and designing systems that prioritize user safety and well-being. By examining the ethics of ChatGPT and other AI systems, we can work towards creating a more responsible and equitable future for AI technology.

Abstract written by ChatGPT

3:10 – 3:25 PM                                                                                   

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners                                                                        

3:25 – 3:55 PM   

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Leading as The CEO of Technology – Preparing for What’s Next

MODERATOR: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Marcus Session, VP of IT Services, Tampa International Airport

Nicole Darden Ford, Global VP & CISO, Rockwell Automation

Christine Moffett, Corporate Chief Information Officer, Technology & Innovation, The Kessler Collection

Shawn Harrs, CIO, Red Lobster

The world and the business community has experienced more turbulence in the past 3 years than we’ve seen in a century – a global pandemic, massive supply-chain disruptions, the War in Ukraine, an international recession and other geo-political shockwaves. As the CEO of Technology, CIOs need the ability to peer around the corner and to anticipate what might be coming next to enable the business to succeed. In this compelling Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and industry experts share the type of leadership acumen that’s needed to succeed in today’s uncertain environment, to lead through the C-suite and the Board and to guide employees to a brighter future.

Closing Remarks & Raffle Prizes


Lee Bailey

Group CISO
Unilever Prestige

Bert Bertagna

Assistant Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Pasco County, FL

Elizabeth Decker

INSPYR Solutions

Larry Di Gioia

President, Central Florida SIM Senior Consultant/ Project Manager
Epic Engineering

Donagh Herlihy

Chief Digital and Information Officer

Dr. Quintin McGrath

Advisory Council Member | Adjunct Professor | Deloitte (retired) | Global Transformation and Tech Leader | AI Ethicist | Risk and Sustainability Champion | Jesus Follower

Hunter Muller

Founder & CEO
HMG Strategy

Marcus Session

Vice President – Information Technology Services
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA)

William Waas

Programs Chair
SIM Tampa Bay

Paul Wilner

Pall Corporation

Jeff Wysocki

Chief Information Officer
The Mosaic Company

Advisory Board

Mike Anselmo

CIO & EVP, Operations

Dora Boussias

Senior Director, Data Strategy & Architecture

Lori Brown

Employee & Customer Experience Collaboration and Consulting (former CXO ResultsCX)
L Brown CX Consulting

Alexis Cole

Managing Director
Kolter Solutions

Michael Conway

Chief Technology Officer
Site Impact

Larry DiGioia

Senior Consultant/ Project Manager
EPIC Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC

Ann Dozier

SVP, Chief Information Officer
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Louis Grande

VP of Information Technology
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Jennifer Wesson Greenman

Chief Information Officer
MedQuest Associates

Christiaan ter Haar

Managing Director and North American Head of Digital Product Transformation

Shawn Harrs

Chief Information Officer
Red Lobster

Josh Lazar

Founder and Chief Everything Officer
TechThinkTank LLC

Gram Ludlow

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

Brett Luna


Jeff Lutes

EVP Technology
Orlando Magic

Tano Maenza

National Air Cargo

Louis Muniz

Vice President, Cyber Risk

Larry Roos

Vice President Information Technology

Chad Simpson

City Furniture

Allen Starr

Goodwill Industries – Suncoast, Inc.

Dan Starratt

Chief Technology Officer, Mortgage Data & Analytics
ICE Mortgage Company

Ty Taft

Regional Sales DirectorSponsorship Chair
Tier Point

Paul Teodorescu

Vice President, Head of IT Service Delivery and Operations
Morgan & Morgan, P.A

Vyom Upadhya

Executive Director for Digital

Christine Vanderpool

Chief Information Security Officer
Florida Crystals

Ken Washington

Tampa Port Authority

Paul Wilner

Pall Corporation

Jeff Wysocki

Chief Information Officer
The Mosaic Company

Presenting Partners

  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™,  the company’s video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.

Platinum Partners

  • YASH Technologies, Inc.

    YASH Technologies focuses on enabling customers to succeed and drive IT business transformation. As a leading technology services and outsourcing partner for medium, large and fast growing global customers, we leverage technology and our flexible delivery models to drive performance and business value throughout a customer’s enterprise. YASH Customer centric engagement and managed services delivery framework integrate specialized domain and consulting capabilities with proprietary methodologies and solution Offerings to provision application, infrastructure and end user focused right-sourcing services. Headquartered in the United States with Delivery and Sales Centers globally, YASH serves its customers across six continents.

Gold Partners

  • Aptum

    Aptum enables customers to control and optimize workloads across hyperscale, regional, private, and edge cloud platforms. We are a global Consulting and Managed Service Provider of high-performance hybrid multi-cloud solutions with integrated cloud networking. As a platform-agnostic Managed Service Provider, we deliver truly comprehensive solutions that drive business value, enabling you to Own Your Destiny in the Cloud™.
  • Aryaka
    Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN company, brings agility, simplicity and a great experience to consuming the WAN-as-a-service. An optimized global network and innovative technology stack delivers the industry’s #1 managed SD-WAN service and sets the gold standard for application performance. Aryaka’s SmartServices platform offers connectivity, application acceleration, security, cloud networking and insights leveraging global orchestration and provisioning. The company’s customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.
  • Denodo

    Denodo is a leader in data management. The award-winning Denodo Platform is the leading data integration, management, and delivery platform using a logical approach to enable self-service BI, data science, hybrid/multi-cloud data integration, and enterprise data services. Realizing more than 400% ROI and millions of dollars in benefits, Denodo’s customers across large enterprises and mid-market companies in 30+ industries have received payback in less than 6 months. For more information, visit or call +1 877 556 2531 (US) / +44 (0) 20 7869 8053 (UK) / +65 6950 7489 (Singapore).
  • FPT Software

    FPT Corporation is a global leading technology and IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam, with nearly US$1.3 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees. As a pioneer in digital transformation, FPT delivers world-class services in Smart factory, Digital platforms, RPA, AI, IoT, Enterprise Mobility, Cloud, AR/VR, Business Applications, Application Services, BPO, and so on. The company has served over 700+ customers worldwide, a hundred of which are Fortune Global 500 companies in the industries of Aerospace & Aviation, Automotive, Banking and Finance, Logistics & Transportation, Utilities and more.
  • Lemongrass

    Lemongrass’s mission is to help large Enterprises achieve the best operating experience of SAP on hyperscale Cloud through a transformation to a digitally enabled, highly automated service delivery model that empowers the greatest level of agility and innovation. Our customers span multiple verticals and geographies across the Americas, EMEA and APAC. We partner with SAP, AWS, Microsoft, Google and other global technology leaders.

  • Tangoe

    Tangoe is the leading technology expense and asset management solution. Tangoe seamlessly integrates with hundreds of providers globally to deliver the reporting and insights needed by enterprises of all sizes and scales. Fueled by an innovative automation framework and unified customer experience, Tangoe optimizes spend and resources across telecom, mobile, cloud, and IoT. For more information on the power of Tangoe and how it can transform your business, visit or connect with the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.
  • Tanium

    Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), protects every team, endpoint, and workflow from cyber threats by integrating IT, Compliance, Security, and Risk into a single platform that delivers comprehensive visibility across devices, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy for a single shared purpose: to protect critical information and infrastructure at scale. State and local governments, educational institutions, federal civilian agencies and the U.S. armed forces trust Tanium to protect people; defend data; secure systems; and see and control every endpoint, team, and workflow everywhere. That’s the power of certainty.

Supporting Partners

  • GTM Capital

    GTM Capital is singularly focused on helping our portfolio companies gain a massive competitive advantage by rapidly accelerating customer traction.
  • Okta

    Okta is the leading independent identity provider. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people to the right technologies at the right time. With more than 7,000 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta provides simple and secure access to people and organizations everywhere, giving them the confidence to reach their full potential. More than 10,000 organizations, including JetBlue, Nordstrom, Siemens, Slack, T-Mobile, Takeda, Teach for America, and Twilio, trust Okta to help protect the identities of their workforces and customers.

Trailblazer Partners

  • Cyera

    Cyera is the data security company that gives businesses context and control over their most valuable asset: data. As a pioneer in Data Security Posture Management, Cyera instantly provides companies visibility over all of their sensitive data, context over the risk it represents and their security exposure, and automated remediation to reduce the attack surface and ensure operational resilience. We are redefining the way companies secure their data.
  • Lightrun

    Founded in 2019, Lightrun is the first complete continuous debugging and observability platform. Lightrun allows developers to easily and securely add logs, performance metrics and traces to production and staging environments in real-time and on-demand. By enabling developers to gather data from the app in real-time, developers and I&O leaders gain 100% code-level observability and faster resolution of production issues. Lightrun replaces the iterative, non-agile process required today for debugging applications.
  • Vectara

    Vectara is an LLM-powered Answer as a Service. The platform provides a #chatgpt like service which enables you to have a conversation with your own data. Our 100% neural natural language understanding (NLU) technology provides radical increases in semantic relevance. Instead of a list of results ala legacy keyword-based systems, we provide a direct answer to the user’s input prompt. Vectara’s complete neural pipeline is available as a service through an API-first platform that allows developers to easily add semantic answer serving within their applications.

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.
  • 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.
  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.
  • 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 Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Menlo Ventures

    Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm that strives to have a positive impact on everything we do. That’s why we support businesses including Betterment, Carta, Roku, Poshmark, Uber, and Warby Parker that are reimagining life and work for the better. Over 43 years, we’ve grown a portfolio that includes more than 70 public companies, over 100 mergers and acquisitions, and $5.5 billion under management. We invest at every stage and in every sector, with expertise in Consumer, Enterprise, and Healthcare. From developing market strategies to creating communities, we provide real impact where entrepreneurs need it most. When we’re in, we’re all in.
  • 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).

Association Partners

  • SIM Central Florida

    SIM Central Florida is dedicated to shaping and influencing the management and use of information technology throughout the greater Orlando region. Our SIM chapter provides an outstanding opportunity for ongoing networking, meeting and collaboratively exploring best practices, trends and lessons learned. It is ideal for Central Florida’s information technology executives, academicians and senior business executives with key roles in the use of IT in their organizations. SIM Central Florida: Places members in the midst of a global network of IT leaders that is actively harnessing the power of knowledge, information, communication and technology. Continually works to enhance Central Florida’s reputation as a community of outstanding, visionary technology leaders. Gives back to our region by creating new opportunities for others through important mentoring, scholarships, financial contributions and community involvement. Leverages the talents and experiences of diverse IT contemporaries, business executives, technology experts and community leaders. Helps to develop members’ careers and the next generation of IT leaders by continually increasing knowledge, industry visibility and networking among peers who become advisors, confidantes and friends. Is the voice of Central Florida’s IT community on critical issues. SIM Central Florida members meet monthly – learning from presentations and dialogues with industry leaders, top practitioners and nationally recognized experts in information systems and management practices. Before, during and after each presentation, chapter members have the opportunity to discuss important issues and concerns with guest speakers and colleagues from industry and government. History In 1997, a group of prominent CIOs in the Central Florida area decided to establish a non-competitive environment where CIOs could collaboratively share in knowledge and work experiences. The founding fathers included Andy Wing, Rick Sickles and Ron Maciejewski. Wing became the group’s President and initiated the recruitment process – encouraging Hugh Moore, Jim Dekle and Garrett Grainger to join as founding members to lead the new group, which was named the Central Florida CIO Council. Several years later, another member of the Council, Dave Razmussen, challenged the group to convert to an affiliate chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) – a watershed decision in our growth. The organization officially became a SIM chapter in 2001.
  • Tampa Bay’s IT community represents over 50,000 IT professionals and according to CBRE is the second fastest growing market in the United States. As we all know and are experiencing, IT is changing fast, and the digital revolution requires new ways to c죨୷镨ੋ⹯癬췀Ɯ̀P�ư⹯癬̀P�ưItem୻Count毰୻煮캖ஆS礼毬୻殘୻ﮰ⺔ੌi￿￿ññꂏ㑳ꂇ㑳⸒癬�ưࠃ侮ஆItemஆP�ưCount眚毰୻캖ஆi器캖ஆ먙愓캖ஆ毰୻iöᵱ焽眚汈୻쾖ஆ갓ษ䥷愔ஆஆ�愙ஆ୻蘒愕߾﨨Ꮴ�愙ஆWஆ⨼ŀ﨨W﨔W⾐ݯ﨨ᏤWW⾐ݯ懲Ꮜ㢠ȼ㢠ȼ׊4繐ݧMoveEof׊4ꮐ΄繐ݧ鲸΀ꮩ瞄￿￿Ȫᵱ焽眚毰୻캖ஆi礼ﮰ煮캖ஆ難먙愓캖ஆ毰୻i礼䃀ư䃀ư讼眔Ȣ翻䃀ư딴癬Ѐ죨୷汄୻￾￿냐眗ˢᵱ㪄쉃鿷眕ꂒ眕Љ镴ੋ쾖ஆ䘼眔ꆠ眕ᯔ汄୻ੋ瑉浥᪐汄୻ੋ蘿潃湵t쵬ͱ꿹ʛဵ쀁薶盦ဵ쀁㴈盬㴐盬跤盦 䃀ư讼眔鮷眕殘୻냐眗Ъᵱ죨୷ 魒眕殔୻￿￿㹐ਛ⌘殔୻␜쉃殘୻␔쉃戀戀ꇎ眕㹐ਛ⌘屮婢屮䘼眔ꇛ眕⌘屮毬୻⺘ੌ婢潅f怑耀쟌瞃￾￿쩼搃㛅玟㟧玟㚠玟׊4㚠玟㚠玟ᄋ痠׊4
  • South Florida SIM

    SIM South Florida connects the area’s premier IT leaders – for business solution exchange, professional development, and timely education. SIM South Florida has quarterly chapter meetings, monthly SIM Women Lunches and an annual conference. The chapter also partners with other organizations to host joint events or provide discounts to non-SIM events for SIM Members. The geographical scope of the South Florida Chapter is Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County.

Marketplace Partners

  • 8x8, Inc.

    8×8 is transforming the future of business communications with XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™). 8×8 XCaaS is the only integrated platform for contact center, voice, video meetings, team chat, and CPaaS embeddable APIs. Unlike multi-vendor environments, 8×8 XCaaS provides platform-wide reliability, lowers costs, boosts employee productivity and customer engagement, and delivers intelligence through AI-powered experiences and insights. More than 2.5 million people around the world rely on 8×8 to collaborate quicker, work smarter, and serve customers better with real-time analytics across every interaction. For organizations relying on Microsoft Teams for collaboration, 8×8 offers its 8×8 Voice for Microsoft Teams direct routing solution and 8×8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams which is certified by Microsoft. 8×8 Voice for Microsoft Teams provides advanced telephony and contact center capabilities to further empower Microsoft Teams users. Today, more than 150,000 users rely on 8×8 for advanced communications for Teams. 8×8 is a ten-time Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide and seven-time Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).

  • Akamai

    As the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, Akamai makes it easier for its customers to provide the best and most secure digital experiences on any device, anytime, anywhere. Akamai’s massively distributed platform is unparalleled in scale with over 200,000 servers across 130 countries, giving customers superior performance and threat protection. Akamai’s portfolio of web and mobile performance, cloud security, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions are supported by exceptional customer service and 24/7 monitoring.
  • BetterCloud

    BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. With an expanding ecosystem of SaaS integrations, thousands of forward thinking organizations like Zoom, Walmart, and Square now rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio. A pioneer of the SaaSOps movement, BetterCloud has built a community of more than 45K IT professionals who are embracing the new role of SaaSOps within IT organizations. The company launched the first-ever annual SaasOps-focused conference, Altitude, and publishes annually the definitive market research report, State of SaaSOps, on the market and category. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. The company’s total amount raised to date is $187 million. Investors include Warburg Pincus, Accel, Bain Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Greycroft Partners.
  • Box

    Box (NYSE:BOX) is the leading Content Cloud, a single platform that empowers organizations to manage the entire content lifecycle, work securely from anywhere, and integrate across best-of-breed apps. Founded in 2005, Box simplifies work for leading global organizations, including AstraZeneca, JLL, and Nationwide. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Visit to learn more. And visit to learn more about how Box empowers nonprofits to fulfill their missions.
  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.
  • Delphix

    Delphix is the industry leader for DevOps test data management. Businesses need to transform application delivery but struggle to balance speed with data security and compliance. Our DevOps Data Platform automates data security, while rapidly deploying test data to accelerate application releases. With Delphix, customers modernize applications, adopt multi-cloud, achieve CI/CD, and recover from downtime events such as ransomware up to 2x faster. Leading companies, including Choice Hotels, and Fannie Mae, use Delphix to accelerate digital transformation and enable zero trust data management. Visit us at Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Fortinet

    Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.
  • LastPass

    LastPass is an award-winning password manager which helps more than 33 million registered users organize and protect their online lives. For more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes, LastPass provides password and identity management solutions that are convenient, easy to manage, and effortless to use. From enterprise password management and single sign-on to adaptive multi-factor authentication, LastPass for Business gives superior control to IT and frictionless access to users.
  • Netskope

    Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. Fast and easy to use, the Netskope platform provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope and its powerful NewEdge network to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements. Learn how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey.
  • Nutanix

    Nutanix offers a single platform to run all your apps and data across multiple clouds while simplifying operations and reducing complexity. Trusted by companies worldwide, Nutanix powers hybrid multicloud environments efficiently and cost effectively. This enables companies to focus on successful business outcomes and new innovations.
  • Palo Alto Networks

    Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit
  • RingCentral

    RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™ (MVP™) global platform. More flexible and cost effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems that it replaces, RingCentral empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, any device, and any location. RingCentral offers three key products in its portfolio including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video™,  the company’s video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral’s open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and enables customers to easily customize business workflows. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices around the world.
  • SafeGuard Cyber

    SafeGuard Cyber protects the human connections businesses need to thrive in a digital world. Our award-winning platform utilizes a unique mix of direct API integration, Natural Language Understanding, advanced policy engines, and deep relationships with cloud-based digital platforms to give you unmatched, real-time monitoring and mitigation on over 50 cloud communication channels. With SafeGuard installed your team can use whatever tools they wish to do what they do best: create value and drive growth.
  • SAP

    As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run better by redefining ERP and creating networks of intelligent enterprises that provide transparency, resiliency, and sustainability across supply chains. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables our customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference worldwide.
  • Tonkean

    Tonkean is the OS for Business Operations, empowering operations teams to rapidly improve efficiency with an enterprise-grade, composable automation platform. By allowing ops teams to automate, monitor, and manage mission-critical business processes with no-code, while still maintaining compliance and security, Tonkean enables enterprises to accelerate operational velocity at scale. The Tonkean platform makes automating complex business processes simple and accessible to non-developers, such as business operations teams and process owners, by abstracting the high technical barrier and coding expertise needed to deliver robust, enterprise-grade process solutions via composability. Ops teams compose custom process solutions using building blocks called “enterprise components” or ECs. ECs are modular, interchangeable, and reusable capabilities that perform actions or complete steps in a business process. ECs are fully governed and curated, typically by IT. They can be adopted from vendors or custom built, or they can simply be extensions of existing tools and systems. This allows ops and process experts to rapidly build holistic process solutions that can work with different systems, easily adapt to changing needs, and measure cross-functional KPIs–all with no-code and no change management. Enterprises like Google, EVERSANA, Instacart, Grubhub,, and more rely on Tonkean to optimize and align their operations across functions—including sales, marketing, customer support, legal, finance, and more. With Tonkean, enterprises can expand the pie of who can deliver software to make a world of Makers.
  • Upwork

    Upwork is the world’s largest work marketplace that connects businesses with independent talent from across the globe. We serve everyone from one-person startups to large, Fortune 100 enterprises with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.8 billion on Upwork in 2022 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations.
  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.
  • Zscaler

    Zscaler, the only zero trust platform that securely connects any user, any device, and any app over any network. Back in the day when your users were all on the network and your applications resided in your physical data center, it made sense to establish a secure perimeter around your network. But those days are over, the perimeter is gone, and network security is all but irrelevant. Instead, you need to put your defenses and controls where the connections occur— the internet — so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications reside. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. With our 100% cloud built secure platform, Zscaler can help you make the move to the cloud, securely.


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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

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