Past Summits

2016 St. Louis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Four Seasons St. Louis, St Louis, MO

Event Highlights

The CIO Executive Leadership Summit delivers world class thought leadership in a club-like setting where attendees will receive unique insights into best practices and will hear success stories involving leadership, management, technology and career development.

Highly interactive sessions will provide many opportunities for attendees, speakers and panelists to be engaged in both learning and discussion. The objective for the day is to deliver high quality useful information that attendees can develop into an action plan.

Key Areas of Focus Include:
• Strategy, Process Improvement and Alignment
• Innovation and Technology
• Career Management and Leadership Development

  • Jamie Fike
    GRC Director
    Cue Health, Inc.

    Jamie is currently the Information Security Officer for Equifax Workforce Solutions where he oversees a team of security professionals that protect the business unit based in St. Louis.  His information technology career started 17 years ago with a dedicated focus on security for the past 12 years.  He has obtained a wide range of industry experience that includes time with Anheuser Busch and Charter Communications in network engineering roles.  Next he managed an infrastructure team for an organization that provided international business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions. 

    He then spent time at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on the Threat Management team identifying and responding to many organizational 'cyber' risks.  He moved on to CitiMortgage as a Business Information Security Officer overseeing a large area of the mortgage business with a significant focus on data protection efforts and risk management.  Jamie currently holds CISSP, CISM, and CRISC certifications and continues to look for opportunities to engage with industry peers to continue to grow and developing within the always-changing security field.

  • Wm. Kenneth Freeman
    Executive Partner


  • Jesse Ghere
    VP of Data Analytics and Automotion

    Jesse Ghere is responsible for overseeing Emerson’s global data center, cloud and Oracle database technology. His current role consists of managing the Infrastructure and Operations organization and ensuring the delivery of world-class hosting services to Emerson’s internal business groups. Jesse joined Emerson in 2009, as the Windows Technology Platform Manager, where he led a team tasked with supporting the buildout and migration into a newly built Global Data Center. Upon successfully completing the project Jesse transitioned into managing the UNIX/Linux platform team.  His team embarked on a major project of migrating Emerson’s Oracle database platform from Sun Solaris to Dell/Red Hat Linux infrastructure.  This project consisted of migrating more than 250 databases to new architecture that delivered tremendous business benefit.  Jesse was promoted to Director of Global Data Center Operations where he was responsible for all the data center technology, which included everything from strategy to day-to-day operations. In 2015, Jesse was promoted to Vice President of Infrastructure and Operations for Emerson Corporate.

    In 2000, Jesse graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors in Business Administration with majors in Management of Information Systems and Marketing. He was also played defensive back for the Iowa football team from 1995 to 1999.  In 2006, Jesse graduated from St. Louis University with a Masters of Business Administration.  Recently, Jesse joined the University of Missouri - St. Louis’s business school IS Advisory Board.

  • Sharon Gietl
    Former VP IT & CIO
    The Doe Run Company

    As The Doe Run Company’s Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Gietl oversees the planning, implementation and management of the company’s information technology systems and strategic planning/enterprise project management office. She also is a member of Doe Run’s executive team.

    Gietl spoke or was a panelist at recent mining technology and other IT related conferences and events.

    Two recent articles written by Gietl in 2016 were published by CIOReview – “The Human Side of the Internet of Things” and “4 ‘Must Have’ Technologies for Metals and Mining”.

    Gietl is one of the 2011 St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Business Women, a Computerworld 2010 Premier 100 IT Leader and a 2009 Strathmore’s Who’s Who recipient.

    Her team’s been recognized as a 2010 PMO (Project Management Office) of the Year Award 1st Finalist and a member of the Information Week 500 List of Top Technology Innovators across America in 2011 and in 2012.

    Prior to joining Doe Run, Gietl was the Director of Information Services for Bryan Cave, LLP in St. Louis.  She worked for Petrolite Corporation for more than a decade, most recently as Director of Administration. Gietl has also held various positions with Caterpillar, Inc. and The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

    Gietl has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Biology from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

  • Gary Harbison
    Johnson & Johnson

    As the Chief Information Security Officer for Monsanto, a leading global agriculture company, Gary Harbison leads the Information Security Office with global responsibility for Cyber Security, Privacy, and Business Continuity Management.  Gary is also a member of the IT Leadership Team helping define and drive Monsanto’s global IT strategy.  Gary has 19 years of overall IT experience, with 17 of those focused in the Information Security domain.  Gary received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis.  Gary is also an Adjunct Professor in the Cybersecurity Masters Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Shawn Henry
    Chief Security Officer

    Shawn Henry is the president of CrowdStrike Services and CSO and a retired executive assistant director of the FBI. Henry, who served in three FBI field offices and at the bureau's headquarters, is credited with boosting the FBI's computer crime and cybersecurity investigative capabilities. He oversaw computer crime investigations spanning the globe, including denial-of-service attacks, bank and corporate breaches, and state-sponsored intrusions. He posted FBI cyberexperts in police agencies around the world, including the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine and Estonia. He has appeared on "60 Minutes," "CBS Evening News," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "Dateline," "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and C-SPAN. He has been interviewed by Forbes, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and USA Today. Henry earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a master's degree in criminal justice administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.



  • Josh Knopp
    VP, CISO
    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

    Josh Knopp, vice present and information security officer of Enterprise Holdings, is responsible for developing and implementing Enterprise Holdings’ global information security strategy in a manner that enables business and reduces friction.

    Enterprise Holdings operates – through an international network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 9,000 fully-staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 75 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue, fleet and employees. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.

    The company and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, offer a total transportation solution, accounting for more than 1.7 million vehicles throughout the world. Combined, these businesses – accounting for $19.4 billion in revenue and more than 93,000 employees in fiscal year 2015 – include the Car Sales, Truck Rental, CarShare, Rideshare vanpooling, Zimride, Exotic Car Collection, Motorcycle Rental and Flex-E-Rent services. The annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings, one of America’s largest private companies, rank near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies.

    Josh has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and more than 16 years of experience directly in the field of information security.  Prior to joining Enterprise Holdings in April, 2016, Josh led MasterCard’s Site Data Protection program and was responsible for improving the logical security framework for the global payment industry.  Josh developed and implemented MasterCard’s strategy to influence market stakeholders towards increasingly secure information security postures and use of secure, emerging payment technologies.  Josh also represented MasterCard on the Executive Committee of the PCI Security Standards Council.

  • Chris Laping
    Former Chief Innovation Officer
    Coffee and Bagel Brands

    Chris Laping brings more than 24 years of IT and business transformation experience to his newly launched effort, People Before Things, which includes an upcoming book focused on change leadership. Chris enjoyed 14 years as a CIO across three different brands. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President, Business Transformation and CIO at Red Robin. 
    Chris has received several awards for his work including: ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leader, three InfoWorld 100 awards, InformationWeek’s Social Business Technology Leader, and The Economist’s Top 5 Social Business Leader.

  • Allan Leinwand


  • Hugh McLaughlin
    Manager, Enterprise Architects
    Workday, Inc.

  • John Meister
    Panera Bread

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the Founder and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations eco-systems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMGNextVentures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • John Newcomer
    SVP Information Security

    John Newcomer is currently  SVP – Information Security with Citi’s global consumer bank. He has 9 years’ experience in the information security field, with 17 years prior in IT.



  • Bob Putnam
    Partner/ Investment Committee Member
    Cultivation Capital

    Bob Putnam joined Suddenlink Communications in March 2003, bringing more than two decades of experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry. As Chief Information Officer, Mr. Putnam has been responsible for setting Suddenlink’s IT strategy and ensuring it aligns with overall business strategy. During his tenure, he has overseen building the IT department to support Suddenlink growth from a start-up to one of the nation’s top cable providers, now supporting more than 1.4 million residential and business customers and approximately 6,500 employees. Mr. Putnam oversees a team responsible for all aspects of the company’s IT department, including enterprise systems for financials, human resources, billing, mediation, data warehousing, business intelligence and big data, public websites, Suddenlink’s customer portal, custom applications, knowledge management, workforce management and database management. In addition, his team is responsible for companywide IT infrastructure for data centers, internal local and wide area networks, desktop support and an employee help desk. Additionally, the Program Management Office is set up and run out of the IT Department for enterprise wide, large-scale, cross-functional initiatives. Before joining Suddenlink, Mr. Putnam was a Senior Vice President with Hitachi Consulting, the former consulting division of Grant Thornton LLP. At Grant Thornton he was Partner-in-Charge of a nationwide practice. Mr. Putnam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University.

  • Suresh Shaddarsanam
    Lead- Enterprise Applications, IT Services & Site Support
    Peabody Energy

    Suresh Shaddarsanam is Senior Director-IT at Peabody Energy and has global responsibility for Data Analytics and enterprise Mining Applications. He joined Peabody Energy in 2008 and led applications, development and analytics teams. Prior to joining Peabody, Suresh spent 9 years at Monsanto in various roles related to applications management.

    Suresh is a Global IT leader with over 25 years of experience developing and executing IT strategies in alignment with business objectives. He holds a MS degree in Industrial Management from Indian Institute of Technology, India and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master degree in Information Management (MIM) from Washington University.

  • Lynn Shaw
    Director - IT Organizational Performance, Talent Acquisition & Contingent Workforce Program
    Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

    Lynn Shaw, director at Enterprise Holdings IT, is an executive leader responsible for creating and executing a global IT people strategy including talent acquisition, contingent workforce, organizational performance and employee development.

    Enterprise Holdings operates – through an international network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 9,000 fully-staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 75 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue, fleet and employees. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.

    The company and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, offer a total transportation solution, accounting for more than 1.7 million vehicles throughout the world. Combined, these businesses – accounting for $19.4 billion in revenue and more than 93,000 employees in fiscal year 2015 – include the Car Sales, Truck Rental, CarShare, Rideshare vanpooling, Zimride, Exotic Car Collection, Motorcycle Rental and Flex-E-Rent services. The annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings, one of America’s largest private companies, rank near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies.

    Lynn has 25+ years of experience of driving and optimizing a high performance culture in large organizations though organizational development and human resources solutions. She has been with Enterprise Holdings IT since 2005.

    Prior to joining Enterprise Holdings, Lynn was the divisional vice president of Human Resources for May Merchandising Company, a global fashion retail organization.  Over her tenure at May, she held several progressive roles, gaining significant exposure and experience around all facets of talent acquisition and management.   

    As a thought leader in the St. Louis market, she currently serves as a board member for the HMG Advisory Board for St. Louis.

  • Dan Sherman
    President, Founder
    Themelios Consulting

    Dan Sherman, Former Director of Business Information and Innovation for Graybar Electric, is responsible for Mode 2 applications within Graybar’s Digital enterprise.   The Digital Enterprise includes platforms for Big Data, IoT, Analytics, Commerce, Data Management, Mobility and UI/UX Technologies.  Prior to joining Graybar, Dan had spent over 20 years selling software and software related services for SAP, Workday, Hortonworks and ADP. 

  • Michael Smith

    Michael Smith is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP is one of the largest national medical associations with over 120,000 members. During Michael’s 20 year career in the IT industry, he has held various roles in consulting, employment with both private and publicly traded companies, as well as non-profit and association organizations.  His vast array of experience across multiple industries and organizations has given him a unique perspective on how technology can be used as a competitive advantage in the marketplace. As an experienced technology strategist with an extensive executive leadership background, uniquely positions him to meet organizational strategic objectives while enforcing IT execution to achieve greater growth and sustained profitability. Before joining the AAFP, Michael held various positions of increasing responsibility with Thermo Fisher Scientific for 9 ½ years finishing as a Sr. Director, Global IT. Michael was responsible for strategy and technology execution for a number of divisions throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to Thermo Fisher, Michael was a General Manager and Sr. Managing Consultant for Quilogy, a consulting company. With Quilogy, Michael led a number of multi-year, multi-million dollar engagements around technology strategy and road-map planning, cross-functional implementations and technology advisory services to CEO’s, COO’s and CIO’s.

  • Joey Smith
    VP & CISO
    Schnuck Markets, Inc.

    Joey Smith (CISSP, EnCE) joined Schnuck Markets as the Chief Information Security Officer in January 2014 and is responsible for enhancing the security program of the company.  Since joining, Smith has created and implemented a new comprehensive risk based security strategy for the company, including: bringing in the people, processes, and technologies needed to maintain a mature security posture.  Additionally, his experience in information security investigations and payment card fraud as afforded him the opportunity to be a speaker at a variety of security conferences around the county.

    In 2015, Smith received the “Rising Star Award” from the Security Advisor Alliance recognizing him as an up and coming security leader who displays creativity, leadership and the sense of corporate citizenship necessary to handle the complex and challenging role of being a leading security executive.  Additionally, in 2014 Smith was an honored recipient of the Southeast Missouri State University “Young Alumni Merit Award” and lead the College of Science, Technology, and Agriculture, including the University's first Cyber Security graduate’s, into the graduation ceremony.

    Previous to Schnucks, Smith worked for MasterCard Worldwide running the technology company’s incident response program. From 2008 – 2012, he was the primary investigator and incident manager for MasterCard’s global computer security incident response team. In 2012, he joined the MasterCard Account Data Compromise (ADC) team. In this role he was responsible for ADC fraud investigations and worked closely with merchants, issuers, acquirers and other payment card brands to issue fraud alerts and respond to global ADC events. He was also part of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) responsible for reviewing the work of the various PCI forensic investigation companies to ensure the work being performed met the quality standards of the PCI Council.

  • Subbu Subramanian
    Anchor Packaging

  • Jim Swanson
    EVP and Enterprise CIO
    Johnson & Johnson

    James (Jim) Swanson previously served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of Digital Transformation for the Crop Science division of Bayer. Based in Monheim, Germany, Swanson led teams across the world using digital innovation and data science to transform and deliver world-class products and services sustainably. 

    Most recently, Swanson was the Chief Information Officer at Monsanto for the past five years. His breadth of experience also includes executive and scientific roles at Merck, Johnson & Johnson and SmithKline Beecham. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioscience and Biotechnology and a master’s degree in Computer Science, both from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Swanson is a member of the St. Louis CIO Board, Washington University’s Information Technology Advisory Council and the External Advisory Committee of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University. 

    Swanson is married with three daughters. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, skiing, scuba diving and boating. Swanson volunteers with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight Organization, United Way Ready by 21 and the American Heart Association. 

  • Howard Tullman
    Executive Director
    Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

    Howard A. Tullman was the CEO of 1871 in Chicago – where digital startups get their start – and the General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC – both Chicago-based venture capital funds, and the executive chairman of Music Dealers. He most recently was the Chairman/CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy which he co-founded in 2007. He is the former President of Kendall College in Chicago and the former Chairman/CEO of Experiencia, Inc. He is also the Chairman of the Endowment Committee of Anshe Emet Synagogue, a member of Mayor Emanuel's ChicagoNEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils, a member of Governor Quinn's Illinois Innovation and Arts Councils, a member of President Preckwinkle’s New Media Council, an Advisory Board member of HighTower Associates, Built in Chicago, The Starter School, Imerman Angels, and uBID.COM and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School as well as a regular guest lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Tullman also serves as a Director of Vehcon, SnapSheet, Music Dealers, BCV Evolve, MarkITx  and PackBack Books and served as a long-time Director and Board Chairman of The Cobalt Group, a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and of the New York Academy of Art and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and as the lead Director (and briefly Chairman) of The Princeton Review. Over the last 45 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies.

  • Gary VonderHaar
    EVP Mastercard Technology and GM Processing

    Gary J. VonderHaar is Chief Technology Officer – Architecture for MasterCard Operations & Technology (O&T). In this role, he ensures that the company’s technology and operations capabilities align with business strategies.  He serves on the MasterCard’s Operating Committee and on the Innovation Council as a champion for IT Transformation. Prior to his current role, Mr. VonderHaar held a number of digital solution technology leadership positions at MasterCard, ensuring business and technology alignment. His previous IT leadership roles were with Accenture and McDonnell Douglas’ Defense Systems. Under his leadership, MasterCard won the prestigious InfoWorld/Forrester Enterprise Architecture Award in 2013. Mr. VonderHaar graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

  • Matthew Wood
    Sr. Director, Fintech, US East

    Using my academic background in Sociology and Organizational Behavior grounded my career in IT at a an IT services start-up in 2001.  Spent roughly 10 years defining, articulating, selling and creating useful, impactful solutions to business problems for my financial services clients.

    In 2010, switched sides of the desk taking the opportunity to work for one of my clients- presently leading enterprise technology design in the midst of unpresented change for my firm.  Our efforts are recasting our firm into business platform that meets the needs of our current business model while extending our adaptability an reach in new and novel directions.




7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

8:20 AM - 8:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Leadership, Innovation and Transformation at Monsanto

Jim Swanson, CIO, Monsanto

Jim is a member of Monsanto’s corporate strategy leadership team, global business operations leadership team and the executive team operations council. Jim leads the 1,200-plus employees across the global IT function and is responsible for the transformation of Monsanto into an information-based company delivering IT capabilities across all of Monsanto’s global business.

Join Hunter Muller as he interviews Jim Swanson on the leadership strategies that he is employing to drive a huge, global transformation to unlock digital yieldwhere impact is across core value levers: operational excellence, business productivity, customer centricity, revenue enablement, and disruptive innovation.

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM    

EXECUTIVE PANEL: The Future Role of the Technology Executive - Going Digital

John Meister, CIO, Panera Bread

Bob Putnam, CIO, Suddenlink Communications

Jim Swanson, CIO, Monsanto

Gary VonderHaar, Chief Technology Officer, Architecture, MasterCard

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

Truly successful IT leaders are advancing the traditional CIO role by stepping up with bold, game-changing strategies for growing the business, creating value, dominating markets, and delivering innovation to a new generation of empowered and demanding customers. They are taking broader and more proactive roles in enterprise-level operational functions and shared services, forming business strategy and leading execution, and winning an increasing number of Board of Director seats.

This panel of IT executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them recognition among the most successful IT leaders of today – and take a look ahead at what the future holds for the CIO role.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Accelerate Enterprise Velocity Through Service Integration

Allan Leinwand, Chief Technology Officer, ServiceNow

Generating outcomes aligned to business strategy accelerates your enterprise. Who are the people making this happen? CIOs. They are definitive business leaders who drive strategies for growth, innovation and rich service experiences.What is holding you back from moving smarter and faster? In this session, Allan Leinwand CTO of ServiceNow will highlight how leading with services accelerates transformation.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM  

HMG GLOBAL INNOVATION INSTITUTE DIGITAL SERIES: Silicon Valley Luminaries on Emerging Technologies You Should Know About

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

This series of digital interviews with Silicon Valley's leading thought leaders and CIOs will illuminate discussion around emerging technologies and top trends to focus on in 2016.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Innovation at 1871

Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871

Hunter Muller will interview Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871, who will discuss leading 1871 at a time of enormous change. The tech hub is working to attract big companies to connect with startups and it's making plans for tech incubators in new fields, including retail.

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: People Before Things - Always!

Chris Laping, Co-Founder & CEO, People Before Things, LLC

Gallup reports that 70% of all change initiatives fail. Why do some organizations succeed at delivering change while others don’t? Quite simply, their leaders put people before things. Using concepts from his debut book, in this talk Chris helps audiences visualize how they can become CHANGE leaders.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE SECURITY BRIEFING: State of the World Cyber Crime Landscape

Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike Services and CSO, CrowdStrike

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: The Challenge of Enterprise Security Today and Into the Future

Ladi Adefala, Senior Security Strategist, Fortinet

Jamie Fike, Information Security Officer, Equifax Workforce Solutions

Gary Harbison, CISO, Monsanto

Josh Knopp, VP, Information Security Officer, Enterprise Holdings

John Newcomer, SVP - Information Security, Citi

Joey Smith, CISO, Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Moderator: Shawn Henry, President of CrowdStrike Services and CSO, CrowdStrike

Emerging and significant security concerns threaten the enterprise daily and are becoming more complex as you broaden the scope from internal, to supply chain, and out to the customer. Today's CISOs are expected not only to drive efficiency, transparency and strengthen information and network security, but also to implement the best technologies and practices to establish and maintain relationships with their customers. How can CISOs balance the demand for immediate, transparent access to information while maintaining security and privacy?

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Identifying Future Trends That Will Impact the Enterprise

Sharon Gietl, VP IT & CIO, The Doe Run Company

Jesse Ghere, VP of Infrastructure and Operations, Emerson

Hugh McLaughlin, Manager, Enterprise Architects, Workday

Lynn Shaw, Director of IT, Enterprise Holdings Inc.

Dan Sherman, Director, Business Information and Innovation, Graybar

Moderator: Wm. Kenneth Freeman, CIO & VP, IT, Webster University

Innovation in enterprise IT is accelerating, driven by massive platform and technology shifts.Learning what future trends are on the horizon and their potential to change productivity and drive value is critical to any IT leader.

This panel of senior executives will share discussion around emerging trends, technologies, and the companies they are placing their bets on.

4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Suresh Shaddarsanam, Senior Director - Data Analytics & Global Mining Support Systems, Peabody Energy

Michael Smith, VP & CIO, American Academy of Family Physicians

Subbu Subramanian, CIO, American Railcar Industries

Moderator: Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

Leaders who build their skills on a strong foundation of courage have a significant advantage for successfully driving innovation to create value to their organization. Today’s CIO must be prepared to embrace strategic innovation while simplifying IT and bringing legacy operations and applications into the future. To accomplish this, the CIO must be strategically aligned with the CEO and the board.

This session will address the new and dynamic mindset a CIO must employ to lead with courage and drive innovation.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Raffle Prize Drawings and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • ServiceNow

    ServiceNow's cloud platform delivers a faster, smarter & more automated experience. Create experiences that engage employees and drive fierce customer loyalty.

Platinum Partners

  • Workday, Inc.

    Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Gold Partners

  • Tintri by DDN

    Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage that challenges the storage quo. Tintri by DDN builds VM-aware storage specifically for your virtualized applications—with none of the limitations of traditional physical-first storage. When you store your virtual machines on Tintri, they perform 6x faster, pack 10x more densely and take 98% less management, saving you time, money and sanity. Learn more at to get the storage that can guarantee the performance of virtualized servers, databases and desktops applications.
  • Pure Storage

    Pure Storage helps customers build a better world with data. The Pure Storage Data Platform, powered by all-flash storage, offers a simpler, more effective, and more flexible solution for cloud infrastructure and data-rich applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. With Satmetrix-certified NPS performance in the top 1% of B2B companies, Pure has an ever-expanding range of customers who are some of the happiest in the world.
  • Insight

    Insight Cloud + Data Center Transformation is a complete IT services and solution provider that helps organizations transform technology, operations, and service delivery to meet challenges and future-proof the business. As an independent integrator, we’re free to recommend the most appropriate solutions — across cloud, IT transformation, next-generation technology, and security.
  • 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.

Supporting Partners

  • 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.

Reception Partners

  • Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft employs over 97,000 at operations in 113 countries (as of March 31, 2013) in eight businesses including: Interactive Entertainment Business providing key entertainment experiences that span gaming, music and video across multiple screens, including Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, the controller-free Kinect for Xbox 360, and Xbox Music and Video, as well as PC and mobile interactive entertainment. Microsoft Business Solutions - A portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics products and services, as well as Microsoft Health Solutions. Microsoft Office Division - Productivity, collaboration and enterprise social products and services, including Office, Yammer, Exchange, SharePoint, Project, Visio, Perceptive Pixel, and Microsoft’s speech technology investments. Online Services Division - Microsoft’s search, portal, advertising and personal communications services, including online information offerings such as Bing and the MSN portals and channels. Server and Tools Business - Microsoft infrastructure software, developer tools and cloud platform, including products such as Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center and the Windows Azure Platform. Skype - A division of Microsoft enabling communications from the living room to the board room, through its consumer and enterprise products Skype and Lync. Windows Division - All Windows businesses, including Windows, Windows Live and Internet Explorer. Windows Phone Division - Microsoft software and services for Windows Phones worldwide.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alliance Partners

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Association Partners

  • Technology Partners

    Technology Partners is an award-winning, certified Women Business Enterprise that provides premier IT staffing and solutions. With a focus on partnership, we have worked with hundreds of clients across a range of industries nationwide, and held client and consultant relationships that have lasted as long as we've been in business. Built upon a revolutionary transparent-margin business model, Technology Partners provides better value for our clients while giving our consultants higher salaries and career control. We're committed to partnerships with our clients and consultants, assessing their needs and providing them with the absolute best service.

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