Past Summits

2016 Philadelphia CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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

  • Paul Amorello
    Former VP Global IT Services, CIO
    Campbell Soup Company

  • Renee Arrington
    President and COO
    Pearson Partners International, Inc.

    • Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.
    • Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
    • Renee is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.
    • In addition to serving on Pearson Partners’ board of directors, Renee serves on the board of directors of IIC Partners, one of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with 50 offices in 35 countries (Pearson Partners is a member of IIC Partners). Additionally, she serves on the boards of directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) North Texas Chapter and the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, where she serves as chairman of the board. She is an executive committee member of Dallas Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and a member of Fort Worth’s Women Steering Business (WSB). Renee has previously served on the board of North Texas Public Broadcasting (NPR Affiliate) and was board chairman of the YWCA of both Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties and the Fort Worth Westside YMCA.
    • Renee was honored with the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants’ prestigious Commitment to the Community Award in 2018, recognizing her excellence in executive search and leadership consulting together with her strong commitment to community service and volunteerism toward charitable causes. She has been selected as a 2018 C-Suite Award Winner by the Fort Worth Business Press for her business leadership as well as the civic and social contributions she has made to the community of Fort Worth and its organizations.
    • Renee is a frequent speaker at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits around the country, and is a prolific business writer, having written a monthly column for CIO Decisions magazine and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal,, IT World, Network World and Business Process Outsourcing: The Competitive Advantage (Wiley 2005). She was honored among the finalists in D CEO’s 2016 CIO/CTO Awards in the Technology Advocate category.
    • Renee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Trinity University and studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris. She and her husband, Michael, live in Fort Worth.

  • Scott Brindamour
    AVP, Architect Team, Advanced Technology Solutions

    Scott Brindamour is a technology leader and visionary with 20 years of experience in linking leading technologies to clients business needs.  Strategic thinker and planner who is very focused on the evolving technology marketplace and how to ensure that our clients have solutions and services to remain relevant and market leading. 

    Scott currently leads a US-wide Architect Team within the hosting overlay (ATS) team, and his team develops the sales team develop complex, multi-product hosting, networking & cloud solutions that meet our customer’s needs.  In addition to solution development, the Architect Team helps initiate strategic conversations at the Executive level to first understand the market problems and the organization’s ability to address them.

  • Joseph Coyle
    Executive Director
    Year Up Greater Philadelphia

    Prior to joining Year Up, Joe served as Chief Solutions Officer with The Results Companies, where he was responsible for leading the company’s Sales and Marketing organizations. Prior to this role, Joe was President of Galt Energy until it was acquired by a strategic buyer in 2013. Before leading Galt, Joe spent the bulk of his career with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), traveling extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim working closely with EDS’ largest global clients. 
    Joe currently serves on the Entertainment committee of The Union League of Philadelphia, and chairs the Main Line Wine Gala. He formerly served as Board Chair for The Children’s Home of Easton and Board Member for the March of Dimes. Joe earned an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

  • Chet Davis
    VP IT Operational Excellence and Governance
    Campbell Soup Company

    As Chief Information Security Officer of the Campbell Soup Company, Chet Davis has worldwide responsibility for the company’s IT Security program.  This includes the development and implementation of IT security policies, standards, and architecture. In addition, Chet has worldwide responsibility for IT Controls and Risk Management programs.  Chet joined the Campbell Soup Company in 1998 as Manager of the IT Audit function with Corporate Audit.  After three years in this role he became Director of Information Security and Controls in 2001.  In 2008 Chet was promoted to Chief Information Security Officer.

    Chet has more than 15 years of IT security management experience and over 15 years in Audit and Control experience in a variety of industries including insurance and financial services. Before joining Campbell, he was Manager of IT Audit for Commonwealth Land/Title Insurance Company.

    Chet is an active participant in several professional security organizations; has held board positions in many security industry groups and participates in several security industry councils and roundtables as both a panelist and speaker.

    Chet holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rider University. 

  • Hugo Fueglein
    Managing Director, CIO/IT Practice
    Diversified Search

    Hugo Fueglein is a Managing Director in Diversified Search’s New York City office. He is a leader in the CIO & IT Management Practice in the United States and is a core member of the Global CIO Practice for Diversified Search.  Mr. Fueglein is also a leading member of the Global Technology Practice at Diversified Search. He has placed technology executives in key positions across all industries.  Hugo’s specialization is in the placement of Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, and technology executives in IT Architecture, IT Infrastructure, Application Development, and IT Operations.

    Prior to joining Diversified Search, Mr. Fueglein was an Executive Vice President with DHR International and formerly an integral member of the CIO and IT Practice at CTPartners.  He served clients across industries, recruiting talent to fill critical roles in corporate technology functions.  Hugo has completed assignments for CIOs and key leadership positions in technology for a broad scope of clients that continuously utilize technology as a strategic initiative.  Industry sectors served include technology, consumer goods, retail, energy, financial services, health care, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and industrial.

    Hugo’s search career also includes being a Principal with both Korn/Ferry International and Morgan Samuels.  During his seven year tenure with Korn/Ferry, he was instrumental in the creation of the CIO Center of Expertise.  Earlier in his career, Hugo was an economist with Chase Econometrics and The WEFA Group (Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates).  While serving as an economist with The WEFA Group (Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates), Hugo refined his strategic process management and developed superior communication abilities in working with a diverse clientele.

    BS, Agricultural Economics, University of Connecticut

    MS, Agricultural Economics, University of Connecticut

  • Randy Gaboriault
    CIO & SVP Innovation and Strategic Development
    Christiana Care Health System

    Randy Gaboriault is the chief information officer and senior vice president of Innovation and Strategic Development for Christiana Care Health System. 

    He is chair of the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN), the first, state-wide health information exchange in the nation. He is a Board member and treasurer for Tech Impact, a global nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that all nonprofits can use technology to better serve our world. He serves on the advisory board for Safeguard Scientifics, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on health care and technology, and the advisory board for Siemens Health Solutions.

    Prior to joining Christiana Care in 2010, Gaboriault was senior vice president, chief information and strategic development officer for Teleflex, a global provider of medical devices. During his tenure, he had responsibility for organizational excellence, logistics and strategic supply chain, and led the organization through $5 billion of global mergers and acquisitions activity.

    He has earned many professional distinctions and honors from IT professional associations and journals. Information Week magazine in 2011 listed him as having one of 2011’s “Twenty Great Ideas to Steal" based on a tracking board developed for the Christiana Care Trauma Program. He was a Computerworld Honors Program Laureate and listed among the magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders award winner. He also received Computerworld’s "Top Five" recognition. He is a three-time awardee of CIO Magazine's CIO 100 Award and Becker’s 100 CIOs to Know recognition. 

    Gaboriault led the IT Department’s efforts that helped Christiana Care win a federal, multimillion-dollar Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award. He also has been nominated by the HealthTech Research Alliance & Council as “Healthcare Innovator of the Year.”
    Gaboriault received a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, Philadelphia and an MS from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

  • Rachel Hayden
    VP & CIO
    Just Born, Inc.

  • Jean Hill
    Managing Director
    Alvarez & Marsal

    Jean Hill is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting in New York, with more than 25 years of experience as a senior information technology (IT) and business executive. Ms. Hill has worked with clients primarily in the financial services and has deep expertise in business transformation initiatives with a proven ability to deliver the benefits of IT to solve business issues, while managing costs and risks, as well as implementing business-led strategic plans to optimize expense performance. She is experienced in developing and motivating highly focused teams on the basis of in-house, co-sourced or outsourced operating models.

    Ms. Hill has spent much of the past decade transforming environments from chaotic, customized solutions that were costly and complex to support into streamlined, multi-tiered platforms that aligned with current business goals and strategies. In many of these transformations, she had end-to-end involvement, from evaluating the then-current state, determining the optimal resource portfolio, negotiating outsourcing contracts with key incentives for the vendor to improve service over time without increasing cost to her firm, and guiding the transition smoothly into steady state operations. To insure that these commercial arrangements were successful, she implemented structured vendor management programs that incorporated all levels of governance: executive, operational and financial.

    Before A&M, Ms. Hill was the Chief Technology Officer of First New York Securities, a global multi-strategy trading firm. She built a technology platform that allowed the business to transform into an asset management company from a prop shop, including an order management system, algorithmic trading environment, data warehouse and streamlining the global operations and re-engineered the IT infrastructure by consolidating data centers, adding resiliency, while improving performance and stability.
    Ms. Hill has held a number of senior roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch, DLJ and, as a managing director at Morgan Stanley, she led both their global wealth and institutional technology services organizations. She created and implemented managed-services models with strategic partners in the service desk, desktop support, e-mail, mainframe, network and server support areas. These initiatives led to steady service improvements and firm savings of more than $100 million during her tenure.

    Ms. Hill has a passion for diversity in the business environment, which has led her to start several women’s leadership groups focusing on the retention and development of women, measuring success by the increase in women promoted to the officer ranks. She frequently speaks at diversity forums and events and leads panel discussions.

    Ms. Hill earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a juris doctor from Fordham University. She is admitted to the New York Bar. She is an active Cornell alum, serving on the Cornell Council, the President’s Council of Cornell Women and the Advisory Board for the Cornell undergraduate business program. She is on the board of Per Scholas, a workforce development non-profit.

    Ms. Jean P. Hill has been Managing Director of New York Operations at Alvarez & Marsal Germany GmbH since February 19, 2013. Ms. Hill serves as the Head of Information Technology at First New York Securities L.L.C. Ms. Hill is responsible for further developing and managing First New York Securities, L.L.C.'s IT infrastructure. She has over 25 years of operations and leadership experience with a focus on implementing business-driven strategic IT plans. She has extensive experience in creating managed service models designed to optimize performance and provide incremental business value. She joined First New York Securities from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she served as Vice President and Deputy Chief Technology Officer responsible for technology infrastructure services including data centers, networking, desktop and midrange computing environments. She served as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley from December 15, 2006 to December 2008 and was responsible for leading both their Global Wealth and Institutional Technology Services organizations. Her global team at Morgan Stanley consisted of more than 1300 staffers in 30 countries. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she served as a Director of IT at Merrill Lynch where she supported the capital markets business. Ms. Hill has a BS from Cornell University and a JD from Fordham University.

  • E. Jeffrey Hutchinson
    SVP & Global CIO

  • John Iannarelli
    Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor

    John G. Iannarelli recently retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, during which he was a member of the SWAT Team and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, and the Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords shooting.  John previously served at FBI Headquarters as their national spokesperson and on the Cyber Division Executive staff.  In Phoenix, John was the Cyber squad supervisor before promotion to Assistant Special Agent in Charge, the number two position overseeing all Criminal, Cyber, and Counter Intelligence investigations throughout Arizona.  John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science for his contributions to the field of cyber investigations.

    John is the author of several other books, to include Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children from Internet predators and other dangers, and Information Governance Security, how businesses can protect their sensitive data from loss or compromise.  His recently released How to Stop A Terrorist, is a guide for the average person to recognize and help prevent terrorism. John is a highly sought after speaker and has presented to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican where he met personally with Pope Francis to discuss the evolution of cyber crime.

    A former San Diego Police Officer and a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, to include studies of international criminal and civil law at Oxford, England, John is also an attorney admitted to the practice of law in California, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is currently a private consultant, whose clients have included the both the FBI and a national professional sports league.

  • Keith Morales
    VP & Information Security Officer
    Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

    With more than 25 years of experience in information security and critical infrastructure protection, Keith currently serves as Vice President and Information Security Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  In this capacity, he has leadership and management responsibility for all facets of the Bank’s Information Security program as well as all IT infrastructure functions.  Within the Federal Reserve System, he has led a large number of strategic and high priority national projects that have served to protect the Federal Reserve, financial institutions and our nation’s economy. Concurrently with his service to the Federal Reserve, Keith has led or participated in numerous initiatives that support the missions of federal law enforcement and the intelligence community, including the FBI, DoD, DHS and others.  Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Keith worked for a large Department of Defense contractor.

    Keith is often called on to serve as an advisor to private sector companies and government organizations dealing with cyber security, national security and critical infrastructure protection issues. He has appeared on regional and national news programs and at numerous conferences as the keynote speaker recognizing his expertise on the topics of national security, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.

  • Hunter Muller
    President & 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 President 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.

  • Joseph Puglisi
    VP IT
    Nice-Pak Products, Inc.

    Mr. Puglisi is a business and technology professional with extensive experience managing complex business and technical environments across industries. He has repeatedly maximized the effectiveness of existing staff and improved relationships with business leaders. He is adept at building and leading teams and creating cross-functional partnerships to deliver on business initiatives. Mr. Puglisi has particular strengths in leadership, strategic vision, innovation and communication. In his column, View from the Bridge, he writes about business and technology and makes interesting, often humorous personal observations. Mr. Puglisi is currently a member of the North Andover Investors Collaborative, Board member of a specialty beverage manufacturer, Partner at Versento and advisor to several other companies. Most recently, Mr. Puglisi was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Innovairre Communications, the worldwide leader in fundraising, supporting agencies and nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Mr. Puglisi was Vice President and CIO for EMCOR Group Inc., the world's leader in specialty construction, facilities services and energy infrastructure, Vice President and CIO at Chartwell Re, a major insurance and reinsurance company and Corporate Director of IT at Lehrer McGovern Bovis, one of the largest Construction Management firms in the world. Mr. Puglisi started his business career as a partner of a quantitative marketing analysis consulting company for over 14 years. Responsibilities included sales, account management, marketing, product development, system installation, training, support and management consulting.

  • Meerah Rajavel
    Citrix Systems, Inc.

  • Anahi Santiago
    Christiana Care Health System

    Anahi Santiago is the Chief Information Security Officer at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, one of the country’s largest healthcare providers.  With over 20 years in the Information Technology field, Anahi has extensive experience in areas of cybersecurity, privacy, regulatory compliance, program management and infrastructure services.

    Anahi has overall responsibility for the organization’s information security program and strategic direction. She leads a team of high performing information security professionals in supporting Christiana's strategic initiatives by partnering with the business and managing risks, implementing policies and controls, and generating overall awareness.

    Anahi holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as an Executive MBA from Drexel University.  She is also an active contributor in several national information security and privacy organizations.

  • Candida Seasock
    Founder and President
    CTS Associates, LLC

    Ms Seasock is an innovative business advisor focusing on mid-size companies. Specializing in enabling client growth and management success through internal executive teams and/or Advisory Boards that support vision, innovation, change that supports operation, finance, and technology and employee growth.

    As a professional mentor she focus on business that are interested in strategic growth . Specializing in enabling client growth and management success, Candida has developed her own award-winning approach “Growth Path to Success”. This approach is based on targeted business development, strategic marketing, fostering strong and long-term client relationships and implementing 360-degree agility into a company’s processes and operations. She has successfully assisted management teams ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to emerging growth companies.

    Ms. Seasock is best known for her work in building high-value market recognition for mid-size companies. She understands how to quickly generate business opportunities, identify revenue streams, and develop marketing cycles. Everything she does is based on sound management and personal ethics principles that differentiate Candida from other consultants. She rejects the transactional mentality in business and refrains from working with companies that do not value and respect the inherent human aspect with employees and customers. Ms. Seasock succeeds by becoming entrenched with an executive leadership team in the pursuit of excellence and continuous growth. To confirm Ms. Seasock's approach, many of her best clients have achieved Fastest-Growing company awards in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

  • Stephen Spagnuolo
    NA Digital Security & Risk
    Stanton Chase

    Stephen Spagnuolo is a Director in the Baltimore office and leads cyber, digital security, risk focus areas, and client engagements. He has earned a recognized track record of delivering leadership talent and corporate development solutions with a principal focus on cyber security and operational risk across technology, financial services, and other industry sectors, ranging from early stage/startup to emerging growth to mid and large global corporates, banks and consultancies. In so doing, he leverages his deep and extensive network, particularly across the U.S. National Security and Wall Street communities.

    Prior to Stanton Chase, Stephen launched and led the Digital Security Practice for several boutique executive search firms. Earlier he was with Russell Reynolds Associates in New York, as a member of the Global Banking & Markets Practice and then Co-Founder/Head of the Americas for Sheffield Haworth, a London-based global financial services recruitment firm, where in just a few years’ time, the platform and team he established and built earned ‘firm of choice’ recognition amongst their US based Tier 1 bank and corporate clients.

    He currently serves as a cybersecurity expert and the on-call cyber security headhunter with RANE (Risk Assistance Network + Exchange), and he is frequently engaged as a moderator and guest panelist on cyber security talent leadership, recruitment, and development for various executive leadership summits and forums, including Security Innovation Network (SINET) and HMG Strategy CIO & CISO Summits, the latter of which he co-established and built as an adjunct to HMG CIO.

    A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Stephen served with distinction as a US Marine Corps infantry officer, having deployed to multiple overseas contingencies.

  • Don Tapscott
    Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
    Blockchain Research Institute

    Don is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology and advises business and government leaders around the world. He has authored or co-authored 15 widely read books including Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (revised paperback 2012) and most recently Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success, a TED Book co-authored with Anthony D. Williams. His 1992 bestseller Paradigm Shift helped coin a seminal management concept and his 1995 hit The Digital Economy changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet and two years later he defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in Growing Up Digital. His 2000 work, Digital Capital, introduced seminal ideas like “the business web” and was described by BusinessWeek as “pure enlightenment." Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the best-selling management book in the United States in 2007 and translated into over 25 languages. The Economist called Macrowikinomics a “Schumpeterian story of creative destruction” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.” Over 30 years he has introduced many seminal concepts that are part of contemporary understanding. Don recently collaborated with Thinkers50 and the Rotman School of Management to create the groundbreaking Don Tapscott App -- an interactive tool that explores Don’s thinking in a number of key areas. In 2012, Don opened TED Global in Edinburgh where his talk, 4 Principles for the Open World, has been viewed by more than 500,000 people online within a few months. In 2011, he was named as one of the top 10 most influential living management thinkers by Thinkers50, the Definitive List of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World. This is the second time Don has appeared on this list. He was also a runner up as the World's Leading Thinker on Globalization and Macrowikinomics and was runner up for The Best Business Book of the Last Two Years. Don is a member of the World Economic Forum and chair of the Working Group on New Platforms for Global Cooperation, Governance and Problem Solving. He is currently a multi-million dollar investigation into this topic in collaboration with the Martin Prosperity Institute. In 2013, Don was appointed as the Chancellor of Trent University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and the inaugural fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute. It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound and influential in explaining the digital revolution and its impact on the world.

  • Clif Triplett
    Executive Director
    A.T. Kearney

    Clif Triplett most recently completed his assignment in the Obama Administration where he was recruited to the Federal Government to address the cybersecurity challenges brought to light by the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach of 21.5M individuals background investigation records.  Clif served as one of eight Presidential Executive Fellows brought in from industry to assist in the remediation of significant government issues, in this case, Clif was tasked with cybersecurity.

    Prior to his service with the US Government, Clif worked in many major US companies to include General Motors, Motorola and Baker Hughes in a variety of senior leadership positions. In each case, he was asked to assist those organizations in major transformations.

    He was brought into General Motors by the CEO and CIO to standardize manufacturing processes and systems, and concurrently those associated with all aspects of quality across GM’s 600 manufacturing facilities.  At Motorola he was once again brought in by the CEO. He served as the General Manager for Global Services and was tasked to create the global service organization and market identity not previously existing.  At Baker Hughes, he was brought into the company by the CEO and COO to facilitate the transformation of the company from a collection of company entities across the globe operating in a holding company fashion, to a single corporation with a single face to the customer.  Also led the evolution of remote digital service operations, and within his organization, led the team responsible all remote horizontal drilling and well monitoring.

    Clif is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.

  • Gabriella Vacca
    Vice President, Enterprise Solutions

    Gabriella is a Senior Executive with over 20 years in the Telecommunications Industry, with experience ranging across multiple business models, including international start-ups and Fortune 100 companies. Her accomplishments range from commercial deployment of leading-edge mobile businesses, including Wifi on Airplanes and ESPN Mobile, to organizational transformation of IT teams aimed at increasing adoption of industry best practices, sourcing strategies while driving innovation. Gabriella leverages a blend of strategic planning, pragmatic delivery and governance while staying focused on building effective teams and scanning the periphery for new technology trends. Her people-oriented leadership style, expertise in large-scale system integration and commercial deployment of mission critical applications create a foundation for strategic partnerships and business value realization for technology organizations.

    As a key member of the Comcast Network Engineering and Technology Organization, Gabriella is recognized as a change agent with global perspective on technology, focus on people and business alignment toward strategic business architecture.     

    Gabriella has a degree in Engineering from University of Torino, Italy, and received her MBA from Golden Gate University. She also serves in technology advisory boards and is an active member of the Women In Cable Telecommunications forum.    


  • Karla Viglasky
    CIO - North America
    Axalta Coating Systems

    Karla has a hybrid skill-set and sits at the intersection of technology and business. Her background is a blend of both business and technology which creates a unique perspective on developing and implementing digital strategies. She has been both “victim” and “torturer” when it comes to choosing and implementing technology, giving her a strategic perspective on the use of technology as a competitive weapon for the business.

    Karla has held leadership positions at The Dow Chemical Company, Honeywell International, and ITT Corporation where she served as the Global Chief Information Officer. Her areas of expertise are in Business driven IT strategy, Customer facing applications, ERP, and Big Data. Her passion is to help companies harness innovative emerging technologies and win in the increasingly digital world. Karla is a keynote speaker on leadership, technology, and change management and has been quoted in CIO magazine and various books on leadership and innovation.

    Karla holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master’s of Business Administration Degree, area of specialty in eCommerce, from the University of Michigan. She is a self-professed alpha-geek and an avid fantasy football fanatic.

  • Phil Weinzimer
    Strategere Consulting & Analytics Inc.

    Phil Weinzimer is president of Strategere Consulting and works with clients to develop business and IT strategies that focus on achieving business outcomes.

    Mr. Weinzimer was previously the Managing Principal-Professional Services for IT Business Management at BMC Software. He also held Managing Principal positions in the Professional Services organizations for ITM Software, CAI, Sapient, and Unisys.

    Mr. Weinzimer’s new book, The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise. , Taylor and Francis, September 2014, focuses on how CIOs strategically transform IT organizations by leveraging information and technology to create new customer value, increase corporate revenue, and enrich shareholder value. Over 150 CIOs, IT leaders, business executives, and academic thought leaders were interviewed as part of the research for the book. His previous book, Getting it Right: Creating Customer Value for Market Leadership, published by John Wiley, focuses on transforming an organization using a 3P strategy: Prepare personnel to work together as a team, perceive customer needs, and provide new products and services that create sustainable and profitable value.

    Mr. Weinzimer writes an ongoing column for AITS focusing on The Strategic CIO, written articles for CIO magazine on the subject of strategic CIOs, co-authored a case study for Harvard Business School (HBS), and hosts an interview series, The Strategic CIO: Managing in the 21st Century, that explores the challenges and opportunities for leveraging information and technology for competitive advantage.

    Mr. Weinzimer holds a B.B.A from Adelphi University in Business Management, an M.B.A from Adelphi University in Finance, and pursued post graduate studies at NYU in International Finance and Computer Science.


  • 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 - 8:20 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:20 AM - 8:40 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy, LLC

Clif Triplett, Senior Cyber Security Advisor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

8:40 AM - 9:40 AM  

OPENING EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Rethinking the IT Function for the Next Era of the Digital Age

Don Tapscott, Digital Strategist and CEO,The Tapscott Group, and bestselling author - most recently Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World

The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the enterprise and the global economy has arrived, and it’s notable data, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars or solar energy. It’sthe Blockchain. Thefirst generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation—powered by blockchain technology—is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.

Don Tapscott, arguably the world’s leading authority on the digital age, argues that blockchain technology will transform financial services, but also thedeeparchitecture of the corporation, animate the internet of things, recastthe role of government, and fixthe music industry, among others.He argues that the second era of the internet has profound implications for IT strategy and architecture, and leadership.A new kind of courageous CIO is needed and new kinds of collaborations between leaders in IT and the rest of the business.

This executive keynote will be followed by Hunter Muller interviewing Don Tapscott to uncover the key take aways from this discussion.

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Paul Amorello, VP Global IT Services, CIO,Campbell Soup Company

Randy Gaboriault, CIO & SVP Innovation and Strategic Development, Christiana Care Health System

E. Jeffrey Hutchinson, VP, Enterprise Services Leader, Honeywell

Gabriella Vacca, VP, System Engineering, Comcast

Moderator: Candida Seasock, Founder and President ,CTS Associates, 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.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Cloud Native Best Practices For The Cloud Immigrant

Scott Brindamour, AVP, Architect Team, Advanced Technology Solutions, CenturyLink

Enterprises struggle with lack of digital productivity and access to domain-experienced talent. Many believe the cloud will solve these problems, but answers may lie in how work gets organized and teams are empowered. CenturyLink will share our experience with these issues while building a world-class Multi-Cloud Service Provider and discuss options that your organization can also consider if cloud-only isn’t the right solution for your business.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change

Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.

Hugo Fueglein, Managing Director, Diversified Search

Stephen Spagnuolo, Managing Director, ZRG Partners, LLC

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

Accelerated change in today’s markets requires a new range of performance from today’s CIO – including taking a starring role in the C-suite, becoming more customer-focused, adapting to new environments and leading innovation to create value by leveraging technologies in the new IT ecosystem model of this decade.In addition, recruiting, development and retention in the war for talentcan be a huge challenge for today's economic environment, particularly for global organizations.

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM  

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

Bryce Austin, CISM,Strategist and CEO, TCE Strategy

Chet Davis, VP - CISO, Campbell Soup Company

Keith Morales, Vice President & Information Security Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Anahi Santiago, CISO, Christiana Care Health System

Moderator: John Iannarelli, Former Senior Executive Advisor, FBI

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?

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:40 PM - 3:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Identifying Future Trends That Will Impact the Enterprise

Jean Hill, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Meerah Rajavel, CIO, Qlik IT

Clif Triplett, Senior Cyber Security Advisor, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Phil Weinzimer, President, Strategere Consulting and Author

Moderator: Bryce Austin, CISM, Strategist and CEO, TCE Strategy

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.

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:50 PM - 4:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Re-imagining the Enterprise for the Next Era of the Digital Age

Rachel Hayden, VP & CIO,Just Born, Inc.

Joseph Puglisi ,VP, IT, Nice-Pak Products, Inc.

Karla Viglasky, CIO - North America, Axalta Coating Systems

Matthew Wood, Chief Architect and Global IT Director, DFC Global Corp

Moderator: Jean Hill, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Truly successful leaders are advancing the traditional leadershiprole 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 executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them recognition among the most successful leaders of today – and take a look ahead at re-imaginging the enterprisefor the next era of the digital age.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  

Raffle Prize Giveaways and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • CenturyLink

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

Gold Partners

  • Info-Tech Research Group

    Info-Tech Research Group was established in 1997 and is currently the world’s fastest growing and most innovative information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 35,000 IT professionals. We produce unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well informed decisions. Focused on providing practical research solutions to help IT professionals implement key projects and build core processes we partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need from actionable tools to analyst guidance. Info Tech helps CIOs and their teams drive measurable results and enhanced decision making through our data driven approach evolving the value of IT to their organization.

  • Neudesic

    Neudesic is the trusted technology partner in business innovation, delivering impactful business results to clients through digital modernization and evolution. Our consultants bring business and technology expertise together, offering a wide range of cloud and data-driven solutions, including: custom application development, comprehensive managed services, and business software products. Founded in 2002, Neudesic is a privately held company headquartered in Irvine, California, and is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2017.

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

  • Diversified Search

    Diversified Search is one of the top ten executive search firms in the United States. With experienced consultants, a proven track record and global reach, we are uniquely qualified to give your organization the leaders necessary to meet the challenges in your ever-changing market. For over 35 years, Diversified Search has been identifying and assessing outstanding executives and placing them in senior leadership and board roles across a broad range of industries. We approach search differently than others. Throughout our history, we have always sought leaders that not only have strong character and credentials, but also those with different perspectives and views. We use the power of this perspective to help guide your company beyond the expected. In fact, when you work with us, you can be assured that we will uncover high-potential standout candidates with fresh views. Because the opportunity for greatness is often found in unexpected places. Visit for more information.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Association Partners

  • Year Up

    Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college-level coursework. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,600 students annually across 24 campuses in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida and Wilmington. Year Up success stats include: 100% placement of qualified students into internships 90% of interns meet or exceed partner expectations 85% of graduates employed or in college full time within four months of graduation $18/hr average starting wage for graduates of the program

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