Past Summits

2018 Philadelphia CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA

Reimagine, Reinvent:  Building a Customer-Centric Organization In Highly Disruptive Times

In today’s fast-changing business landscape, it’s not your competitors that threaten your company’s survival. It’s your organization’s willingness and capacity to disrupt its existing business model or be disrupted. Because the CIO is at the center of the digital transformation journey she or he is uniquely positioned to deliver fearless leadership, fuse emerging technologies with process redesign and people skills, partner with the C-suite and board of directors, and successfully navigate the business into the future.

The courageous leadership traits needed to foster a culture of innovation and transformation on the path to genius will be the focal point of the 2018 Philadelphia CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

Association Partner SIM Philadelphia


  • Yuri Aguiar
    Director of Innovation and Transformation
    The Ogilvy Group

    Yuri Aguiar is the Director of Innovation and Transformation at The Ogilvy Group and, prior to that, he was the Strategic Portfolio Director on the leadership team at WPP Coretech.

    Yuri has been a CIO, CTO and Director of Worldwide Technology Operations over his 18-year stint as a Global Leader in business technology. He prides himself in leading small efficient teams of independent thinkers that challenge the status quo. Currently studying for his Masters in Digital Marketing, Yuri uses his downtime on a flight simulator hoping to make it real someday.

    His love for music continues to find expression outside of work. Yuri has helped organize charity concerts for Breast Cancer, US Veterans and for victims of the tsunami in Japan - often playing with the band.

    He religiously follows his own business motto that “Good execution eats strategy for lunch.”


  • Brian Anderson
    The Judge Group

    Mr. Brian T. Anderson is President of The Judge Group and is responsible for its Technology Consulting, Learning Solutions, and IT & Healthcare Staffing services portfolio. Since joining Judge in 2001, he has led the firm’s growth and expansion into 20+ new domestic markets in addition to Canada, India, and China. During that time, Judge rose to the 12th largest IT staffing firm in the US as ranked by Staffing Industry Analysts, and has consistently been recognized among the top 2% of industry leaders for client and talent satisfaction. Prior to joining Judge, Mr. Anderson was a VP for Real Time Software Systems, an IT e-commerce consultancy in Atlanta, GA. Early in his career, he held roles as an IT Recruiter, Business Development Executive, and Business Systems Analyst for TEKsystems. He has over 20 years of experience leading successful teams and delivering world-class business and technology solutions in the professional services industry. Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University.

  • 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.

  • Todd Bearman
    VP & CISO
    TE Connectivity

    Todd Bearman is the Chief Information Security Officer for TE Connectivity with responsibility for Information Security globally across nearly 150 countries with 78,000 employees. 

    Todd is responsible for ensuring collaboration and risk management across the corporate functions and business units where he leverages his leadership, technical, and business expertise to manage information and business risks.  He manages the global Information Security Program defining strategy and executing on security initiatives.  

    Todd has over 25 years of information systems experience and has been involved with various aspects of Information Security for over 18 years.   Prior to working at TE Connectivity, Todd was CISO at Towers Watson, as well as Director of Information Security at Commerce Bank (now TD Bank).  Previously, Todd has spent much of his career as a consultant, helping global companies implement and improve their security programs.

    Todd is a co-chair for the governing body of Evanta, a Gartner company and is active in the security community.  He frequently attends security conferences and can often be found presenting or participating on a panel with his peers.   Todd has also been featured in multiple articles including in Information Technology and Security magazine and  He earned his BS in Marketing from Monmouth University.

  • Lawrence Bilker
    EVP & CIO
    Pyramid Healthcare

    Larry Bilker is a seasoned business technology executive with extensive experience in solving complex business, technological, and organizational problems.  He is currently the CIO of Pyramid Healthcare.  Other roles have included CTO of First Quality Enterprises, Director of Business Architecture at AmerisourceBergen, and CIO of GE's Water & Process Technologies, as well as several consulting positions.   Larry holds a BS in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • Dan Costantino
    Penn Medicine

    Dan C. Costantino is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Penn Medicine. Dan is an information security leader with extensive experience in the industry, including; strategic planning and development of enterprise information security programs, development of strong technological security controls as well as disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Dan is an expert in information security governance and risk management planning with a mission to align the people, process, and technology of cybersecurity with the overall business mission. Prior to joining Penn Medicine, Dan acted as the CISO for Henkels & McCoy. He was a principal for Layer 8 Security, where he built and led a successful cybersecurity consulting practice. Additionally, Dan served and practiced information security in the United States Marine Corps, including participation in three separate international engagements. Dan holds a BS in Information Systems Security from American Military University and an M.B.A. from the Jack Welch Management Institute. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). 

  • Dr. Ajay Dholakia
    Principal Engineer, Master Inventor

    Dr. Ajay Dholakia is a Principal Engineer with the Lenovo Data Center Group, working on customer solutions in the areas of big data, analytics, AI and healthcare. He is also driving new projects for solution development using emerging technologies including Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain.

    In his career spanning over 25 years, he has led diverse projects in research, technology, product and solution development and business/technical strategy. Ajay is currently Chief Architect for Lenovo DCG’s big data and AI solutions. In this role, Ajay is in constant communication with customers, technology partners and industry practitioners as well as researchers from academia. Developing innovative solutions that address key business challenges of enterprise customers requires a collaborative approach, particularly when new technology components like machine learning, deep learning, data lakes, IoT and others are involved. 

    Ajay is also driving Lenovo DCG’s strategic thinking in building these solutions by creating reference architecture, publishing peer-reviewed papers in academic and technical conferences and giving presentations at various industry and academic events. He is also actively engaged in creating standards for emerging technologies and is a member of the TPC AI Workgroup that is driving a new benchmark for deep learning.

    Ajay holds more than 50 patents and has authored over 40 technical publications including the book “Introduction to Convolutional Codes with Applications.” 

    Ajay earned a B. E. (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, an MBA from the Henley Business School in the U.K. and M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

  • Mark Eggleston
    VP, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer
    Health Partners Plans

    Mark Eggleston is a senior executive specializing in security and privacy programs.  His unique background and expertise in information technology, program and people management combined with his diverse experience in healthcare has positioned him as a thought leader and frequent speaker.  Mr. Eggleston currently serves as Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer and Privacy Officer at a leading Philadelphia HMO where he leads the maturation of various security technologies and privacy initiatives and manages a business continuity and disaster recovery program.

    Mr. Eggleston started his professional career serving as a Program Manager and Psychotherapist at a hospital serving children and adolescents.  Later, Mr. Eggleston helped develop a HIPAA privacy and security compliance program for a geographically dispersed health care provider organization and later, a local health plan.  Mr. Eggleston has an undergrad degree in Psychology, a Masters in Social Work and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in MIS and maintains GSEC, CHPS and CISSP certifications.

  • John Fidler
    Managing Director, Retained Search
    Fidato Partners, LLC

    John leads Fidato’s Retained Search Practice focused on placing executive-level information technology, finance and accounting professionals in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to joining Fidato, John spent time with a major global search firm where he worked with a number of private equity-backed, publicly-traded and Fortune 1000 clients. 

    Previously, John was a Partner at a boutique retained search firm where for more than 8 years he focused on client service and business development, and led the successful placement of information technology and finance executives for a wide variety of companies across all industries. 

    John began his career overseeing the Sales & Marketing function for a wholly-owned subsidiary of Random House, the publishing giant.  He spent time living and working overseas helping to build the company’s offshore operation.  During this time, he recruited and built a majority of the company’s sales force. 

    John has presented to a number of local outplacement and industry associations, and has published several articles on topics related to the recruitment of senior executives. He is deeply entrenched in the Philadelphia business community and has worked closely with organizations such as the Walnut Street Theatre and Philadelphia Outward Bound School. He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and resides in Skippack, PA with his wife and two sons. 


  • 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

  • Jim Gearhart
    Sr. Director, Enterprise Business Applications & Development

    With more than 20 years experience building and leading technology teams, Jim Gearhart is currently the Senior Director of Enterprise Business Applications & Development for Zendesk Inc. In this role, Jim provides executive leadership to ensure Zendesk’s vision is realized through a modern, cloud-first technology stack. He sits at the intersection of pricing and packaging decisions for Zendesk’s SaaS products, enterprise platform, and process governance, and represents Zendesk in MGI's Monetization Leadership Council, a Silicon Valley group dedicated to identifying market trends and best practices for SaaS companies. Jim has worked in a technical leadership capacity for a number of notable tech companies including HP, Agilent Technologies, Unify, Turn, Omniture, and Adobe. Outside of his day to day executive functions, his interests include family, world travel, science, winter sports, and scuba-diving.

  • David Kaufman
    SVP & CIO

    David is a senior business leader with the consistent ability to solve problems and align information technology with long term corporate vision and short/mid-term business strategies. He has strong business acumen and builds collaborative relationships with leadership to generate process change and incremental profitability – working closely with the CEO/Executive Committee on IT strategy and compliance, with Sales to design customer relationship strategies, and with marketing to generate and integrate consumer insights. He has the capacity to create complex technology platforms, including mobile/field operation systems, financial reporting, data warehousing, learning management systems, security protocol, and outsourcing strategy. David is currently Chief Information Officer at Synovos. The company provides technology-driven, comprehensive supply chain services, asset services and technology that drive increased productivity, profitability and global competitiveness for our clients where IT strategy and enablement is critical to success. Prior to this role, David was Executive Consultant and Partner at FIN Strategy Advisers, a firm focused on helping executives and organizations develop and implement strategies to leverage technology during periods of transition. Especially during acquisitions, divestitures and turnarounds, where IT strategy and enablement is critical to success. In the area of IT Strategy, David’s accomplishments include the development of a 3-year global IT strategy for a multi-billion dollar food and facilities organization that defined top-line growth and margin improvement opportunities. He also drove the IT Portfolio for a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company that required investments in systems to enable development, manufacturing, sterile filling, tableting and shipping to locations around the world. More recently, he assisted a billion-dollar biopharmaceutical company with myriad IT systems by developing a 3-year IT strategy and governance process to prioritize and maintain business alignment of initiatives. David has solid experience with mergers and acquisitions, including driving the spinoff of a mid-sized global medical device company acquired by a private equity firm from a large pharmaceutical company. Additionally, David led due diligence for the acquisitions of a major clinical technology management and medical equipment maintenance company acquired by a larger services company. For an Internet-based provider of food and related services, David conducted due diligence and prepared 5-year plan for integration and growth. He also oversaw the transition and subsequent public offering. As a member of the board of directors for an IT Services company, David was actively involved in the IPO of the company onto NASDAQ. For large technology companies, David has sat on the advisory board and helped shape their strategies in a highly competitive environment. 

  • Tony Kirk
    VP, East Region
    Rimini Street

    Tony Kirk is a proven leader and an industry veteran with over 25 years of years of executive experience in enterprise software, managed services and consulting. He has served in various management and leadership positions throughout his career. 

    He joined Rimini Street from Highstreet IT Solutions where he served as President, Professional Services Division, developing long term strategic initiatives and running daily operations. Prior to Highstreet, he was President & COO of Enterprise Solutions Group and has held leadership positions at PeopleSoft USA and Platinum Software.

    Tony has built successful sales, operations and leadership teams for startups, as well as, global enterprises. He has led teams in industry verticals such as Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Non-Profit, Public Sector and Higher Education.

    Mr. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park.


  • Robert Lux
    EVP & COO
    Cenlar FSB

    Mr. Lux brings more than 30 years of experience in Information Technology and 20 years of experience in Financial Services to his position at Cenlar. He is responsible for providing overall technology strategy and oversight of Cenlar’s Information Systems to all areas of the company. Prior to joining Cenlar, Rob worked at Freddie Mac as EVP, Chief Information Officer, where he managed all IT systems, performed IT legacy remediation, and performed regulatory oversight. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • 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.

  • Steve Palmucci
    SVP & CIO

    Steve Palmucci is SVP & CIO at TiVo. Steve is responsible for implementing and maintaining corporate systems, information security, infrastructure, and all related processes for TiVo’s businesses globally. In addition, Steve oversees the operation of TiVo’s technology platforms servicing customers world-wide. Steve successfully partners with TiVo executives and senior business leaders to ensure IT is tightly aligned with strategic objectives, using technology and innovation to create and drive business value.

    Steve joined Rovi as CIO in 2015 prior to Rovi’s acquisition of TiVo and was named CIO for the merged companies which adopted the iconic TiVo name. Steve successfully led a rapid integration of systems, technologies and processes, enabling TiVo to successfully achieve its aggressive financial and operational merger objectives. During his tenure at TiVo, Steve has transformed IT into a strategic partner by achieving efficiencies in corporate IT, while supporting revenue growth and profitability by building and operating highly available and scalable technology platforms.

    Prior to TiVo, Steve was SVP of IT in North America at ACE Group, where he provided best in class IT services for business units with over $10B in revenue.

    In a career spanning more than twenty-five years, Steve has held executive level positions in startups, private equity owned firms, and public companies as large as $40B in annual revenues in a variety of industries, including Entertainment, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, and Technology Services. Steve holds an MBA from St. Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The Catholic University of America.

  • 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.

  • Donna Ross
    SVP & CISO

    Donna L. Ross was appointed to her current position as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer in July 2016. In this role she is responsible for Radian’s information security program and business compliance, as well as the enterprise project management and initiative governance programs. 

    Donna is a senior security and compliance executive with over 20 years of diverse risk, compliance, cyber security, technology, and operations experience within the manufacturing, insurance, banking, financial services, health care and retail sectors. Before joining Radian, Donna had senior level roles in security and compliance and Accolade, Corning Incorporated, GMAC, and Prudential.  Most recently, Donna was at Accolade, Inc., a provider of an on-demand healthcare concierge for employers, health plans, and health systems where she served as the head of Information Security and the Chief Compliance Officer.  Prior to Accolade, Donna served as IT director, Information Risk Management for Corning Incorporated, joining them in 2008. She had program responsibility for global IT Risk Management, Security, and Disaster Recovery across the IT function including IT Security strategy and policy. Ross also spent eight years with GMAC holding various Information Security leadership positions. Before that, she spent 10 years at Prudential as manager of Information Security, Field Services manager, Data Center manager, and supervisor in Public Relations, Marketing Communications, Fulfillment and Special Projects.

    Ross received a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Brockport in Economics / Business Administration with Marketing specialty and has received numerous technical and security certifications. She is a lifetime learner and has earned endless certifications such as C|CISO, CRISC, CGEIT, CISM, GSEC, FLMI, ACS, and CTM. 

    Ross was named one of HousingWire’s 2018 Women of Influence. The eighth annual Women of Influence Awards recognized 85 women in the mortgage lending, servicing, investing and real estate industries who are making notable contributions to both their businesses and to the industry at large. Additionally Donna is highly active in the cyber security community.  She was a founding committee member on the FBI’s project to establish Automated Network Cyber Attack Reporting System, is on the advisory board of Secure World Philadelphia where she often presents about cyber security, privacy and threat management, and maintains a close tie to government/industry cyber-experts through the national InfraGard program where she was the recipient of two awards from Director of FBI for Exceptional Service to the Public Interest, and recipient of the President’s Call to Service Award (G. Bush). She is active in trade associations and community service including InfraGard, ISACA, Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, United Way, Red Cross and Big Brother Big Sisters.

  • Andrew Santacroce
    VP & Deputy CIO
    TMNA Services, LLC

    Andy is Vice President of Technology Development for TMNA Services (TMNAS), LLC. Established in 2012 as the shared services company to Tokio Marine North America, Inc. (TMNA), with headquarters located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, TMNAS provides value-added services to all TMNA Group Companies including Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH), and Tokio Marine Management, Inc. (TMM) and its insurance companies. Andy joined the high-growth company in 2016 to drive customer focused, consistent, coordinated delivery across digital technologies, applications, business intelligence and quality management.

    Prior to TMNAS, Andy was Vice President of Global Applications & Digital Products for BDP International, the world’s largest privately held non-asset based global transportation and logistics management firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Andy has also held key technology leadership roles with the Verizon companies for 11 years, where he led teams in the Enterprise, Consumer and Wireless divisions, delivering technology solutions to the marketplace, and with Cable & Wireless, SmithKline Beecham, The PMA Group, PECO Energy and Prudential Insurance Company throughout his career.

    Andy has been recognized as a 2016 Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld Magazine and was named an Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University. Both of these awards recognize his expertise in the effective management of global, national, regional and local business and technology teams responsible for strategic initiatives, partnerships and tactical project efforts that support the business with consistent focus on driving revenue growth. Andy is known for his skill in building, maintaining and leveraging relationships with executives and key stakeholders across the business, in the technology industry and in the public sector, enabling quick, efficient and focused collaboration among diverse organizations to achieve desired outcomes.

    Andy received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University, where he chairs the Advisory Board for its Abington Pennsylvania Campus, and has serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Penn State Alumni Association. He is an appointed member of the board of directors of the Montgomery County Development Corporation, a member of the board of directors of Encore Series, Inc. (the presenter of The Philly POPS), a member of the Settlement Music School board of directors, and has also served as an elected member of Horsham Township Council, a local governing body, for eight years.

  • 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.

  • Dave Snyder
    Chief Information Security Leader, Director of Information Security and Risk Management
    Independence Blue Cross

    Dave brings over 40 years of IT experience into his role as the Chief Information Security Leader at Independence Blue Cross, a southeastern Pennsylvania regional Blue Cross Plan servicing approximately 3.2 million members with annual revenue of over $14B.

    Dave has been with Independence Blue Cross for over 30 years and currently leads a multi-disciplinary information security team that includes Security Operations, Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance. Beyond managing the information security organization, Dave shaped the Security Leadership Team to integrate information security practices in business and IT operations. He further chartered the Corporate Security and Privacy Council to increase corporate sponsorship and visibility bringing the information security program to the forefront of the Executive Operating Committee objectives.

    Dave is a certified Computer Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified in Risk Management and Information Systems Control; he is active in the ISSA, ISACA, H ISAC, and Infragard (The FBI’s Interface with Corporations focusing on Information Technology Infrastructure).

  • Dave Taddei
    Founder & CEO

    Dave Taddei is a business-focused technologist, strategist, team leader, and visionary for over 25 years. He helps organizations monetize their data as a strategic asset and profit center. Mr. Taddei is a trusted voice that works alongside CxOs, in-house IT staff, and business users to execute business strategies, share knowledge, and mature data and analytics practices. His clients include mid-sized organizations such as Project Management Institute (PMI) and Brandywine Realty Trust to larger enterprises such as PNC Bank and Morgan Stanley. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and MBA in Finance from Villanova University. He also received a Certificate in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

  • 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.    


  • Angela Yochem
    EVP Chief Digital and Technology Officer
    Novant Health

    Angela Yochem is EVP & Chief Digital Officer for Novant Health, a super-regional healthcare system with one of the largest medical groups in the US. She and her teams deliver the world-class consumer capabilities, differentiating technologies, and advanced clinical solutions that allow the high-growth system to provide remarkable patient care.

    Angela has served as EVP/CIO at Rent-A-Center, Global CIO at BDP International, Global CTO at AstraZeneca, and divisional CIO at Dell. She’s held tech exec roles at Bank of America and SunTrust, and held senior technology roles at UPS and IBM. In these roles, she built B2B digital product lines, grew digital retail channels (B2C), created technical services lines of business, and transformed global technology capabilities.

    Angela has been a Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, BDP Transport, BDP Global Services Asia and Europe, and Rocana, with experience on Audit, Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk, and Governance/Policy committees. She remains an EIR for Vonzos Partners, a Mentor for SKTA Innopartners, and an Advisor for Dioko Ventures. Angela serves on the board of Freedom School Partners, a non-profit committed to promoting literacy in the Charlotte area, and on the executive team of the Go Red for Women organization, part of the American Heart Association. She is a Trustee of the Charlotte Regional Business Initiative, and is an advisory board member for the American Hospital Association Innovation Council and the University of Tennessee Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department.

    Angela has a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, holds three US Patents and is an author with Addison-Wesley and Prentice-Hall.


November 08, 2018, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing 

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

8:10 AM - 8:30 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Executive Interview: Angela Yochem, EVP Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health, interviewed by Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Key points of discussion will be around making the unconventional conventional, the changing role of technology leadership and the evolution of business in a digital world.

8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk: Uncovering Value - Monetizing Data as a Strategic Asset and Profit Center

Dave Taddei, Founder & CEO, Integress

Data-driven companies want to increase profits, find new revenue streams, sustain customer value, and gain a competitive advantage. But how do you identify and execute data projects to achieve these business outcomes? This Tech Talk discusses how to align your business and technology efforts on a path for evolving your data management and analytical capabilities. CxO's will gain new ideas for monetizing their data as a strategic asset and profit center.

8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  The Ground Game - Succeeding in a Digital Evolution

Yuri Aguiar, Director of Innovation and Transformation, The Ogilvy Group

Business strategy that leads to Digital Transformation is the latest incarnation of a technological evolution that started decades ago. In today’s competitive environment, very few organizations are setting a comprehensive high bar. A majority of organizations are simply playing catch-up.

As IDC puts it, there is a strategic approach to transformation that separates the ‘digitally determined’ from the ‘digital distraught’. This session will cover some of the lessons that separate the two. 

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: Data-Centric Architecture Driving Digital Transformation for Enterprises

Dr. Ajay Dholakia, Principal Engineer, Master Inventor, Lenovo

This session will describe how the explosive growth in data available to enterprises is creating new business challenges and driving a need to transform their IT architectures. It will then describe how a host of emerging technologies like analytics, big data, machine learning, IoT and blockchain can be harnessed in a data-centric architecture to address these business challenges.

Lenovo is working with partners like Intel in designing and developing high-performance infrastructure that leverages the latest CPU, memory, storage and networking components. The talk will outline how the infrastructure is then paired with the appropriate software to create an engineered solution building blocks for the next-gen enterprise architecture. The ultimate vision of digital transformation is only realized when not just one or two but all of the emerging technologies are leveraged judiciously.

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:50 AM - 11:30 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  New Technologies - Fueling Big Opportunities and a Competitive Edge 

Lawrence Bilker, CIO, Pyramid Healthcare

Jim Gearhart, Sr. Director, Enterprise Business Applications & Development, Zendesk

Tony Kirk, VP, East Region, Rimini Street

Robert Lux, EVO & CIO, Cenlar FSB

Andrew Santacroce, VP, Technology Development, TMNA Services, LLC

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

In the new digital era, successful companies aren’t working harder – they’re working smarter. Intelligent enterprises are harnessing new technologies that include Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to identify and act on new business opportunities, automate key facets of their operations, and boost organizational productivity. This panel of executives will discuss real-world applications of advanced technologies that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge. 

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Beyond Leadership – What Makes a Technology Executive Successful

Brian Anderson, President, The Judge Group

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

John Fidler, Managing Director, Retained Search, Fidato Partners, LLC

Candida Seasock, Founder and President, CTS Associates, LLC

Moderator:  Hugo Fueglein, Managing Director, Diversified Search

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change needed to become a digital enterprise, no matter what industry they are in. What are the top skills and traits necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and to achieve the future vision? This panel of top technology search executives will share valuable advice on what key attributes and strategies, beyond leadership, are making some technology executives more successful than others.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 


SIM Philadelphia News

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Balancing Agility, Innovation, and Security

Todd Bearman, VP & CISO, TE Connectivity 

Mark Eggleston, VP, CISO and Privacy Officer, Health Partners Plans

Donna Ross, CISO, Radian

Dave Snyder, CISO, Independence Blue Cross

Moderator:  Anahi Santiago, CISO, Christiana Care Health System

Competitive advantage requires agility and innovation. At the same time data, assets, intellectual capital must be protected. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage, providing strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.

1:40 PM - 2:00 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE WORKGROUPS: Exploring the Most Impactful Technology Trends of 2018 

These moderated executive roundtable discussions allow attendees to brainstorm on the top opportunities for applying specific technologies along with the challenges that must be overcome to succeed.

  1. AI and Machine Learning (Session Lead: Andrew Santacroce, VP, Technology Development, TMNA Services, LLC)
  2. Cloud (Session Lead:  Anahi Santiago, CISO, Christiana Care Health System)
  3. Career and Leadership (Session Lead:  Hugo Fueglein, Managing Director, Diversified Search)
  4. Digital Disruption (Session Lead:  Lawrence Bilker, CIO, Pyramid Healthcare)
  5. The New Role of the CIO (Session Lead: Joseph Puglisi, VP IT, Nice-Pak Products, Inc.)

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Reimagine, Reinvent:  Building a Customer-Centric Organization in Highly Disruptive Times

David Kaufman, SVP & CIO, Synovos

Steve Palmucci, SVP & CIO, TiVo

Gabriella Vacca, VP, Enterprise Solutions, Comcast

Angela Yochem, EVP Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Novant Health

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

As businesses strive to respond to shifting customer preferences and needs, CEOs expect CIOs and technology executives to serve as trusted business advisors who can help the C-suite to reimagine and reinvent the customer experience in the digital age and help the organization gain a competitive edge. This requires CIOs and their IT teams to gain a deeper understanding of external customers and their interests and to orchestrate how people, processes, and technologies can be melded to provide simplified customer experiences. This panel of technology executives will discuss their roles in leading customer-centric strategies along with how they can work with fellow members of the C-suite in fostering a customer-focused organization.  

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • Lenovo

    Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$50 billion Fortune Global 500 company, with 57,000 employees and operating in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society. By designing, engineering and building the world’s most complete portfolio of smart devices and infrastructure, we are also leading an Intelligent Transformation – to create better experiences and opportunities for millions of customers around the world. To find out more visit, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Weibo and read about the latest news via our StoryHub.

Platinum Partners

  • Integress

    We are focused on everything data. Integress helps organizations monetize data as a strategic asset—increase profits, realize new revenue streams, sustain customer value, gain competitive advantage. Since 1998, we have supported organizations with data strategy through IT execution in complementary roles of IT strategist, data scientist, data architect, data developer, project leaders and mentors. We help execute business strategies, share knowledge, and evolve data management and intelligence alongside CxOs, in-house IT staff, and business users.
  • Rimini Street

    Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner. The Company offers premium, ultra-responsive and integrated application management and support services that enable enterprise software licensees to save significant costs, free up resources for innovation and achieve better business outcomes. Nearly 1,900 Global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries rely on Rimini Street as their trusted enterprise software products and services provider.
  • Zendesk

    The best customer experiences are built with Zendesk. Zendesk’s powerful and flexible customer service and engagement platform scales to meet the needs of any business, from startups and small businesses to growth companies and enterprises. Zendesk serves businesses across a multitude of industries, with more than 100,000 paid customer accounts offering service and support in more than 30 languages. Headquartered in San Francisco, Zendesk operates worldwide with 15 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

Gold Partners

  • CrowdStrike

    CrowdStrike is the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection. The CrowdStrike Falcon® platform offers instant visibility and protection across the enterprise and prevents attacks on endpoints on or off the network. CrowdStrike Falcon deploys in minutes to deliver actionable intelligence and real-time protection from Day One. CrowdStrike Falcon seamlessly unifies next-generation AV with best-in-class endpoint detection and response, backed by 24/7 managed hunting. Its cloud infrastructure and single-agent architecture take away complexity and add scalability, manageability, and speed. CrowdStrike Falcon protects customers against all cyberattack types, using sophisticated signatureless artificial intelligence/machine learning and Indicator-of-Attack (IOA) based threat prevention to stop known and unknown threats in real time. Powered by the CrowdStrike Threat Graph™, Falcon instantly correlates more than 100 billion security events from across the globe to immediately prevent and detect threats. We stop breaches.
  • Fuze

    Fuze is a global, cloud-based unified communications platform. Designed for the way people work, Fuze powers business conversations and insights across the modern enterprise. With a single unified voice, video, and messaging application, people can now communicate anytime, anywhere, across any device.
  • 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.
  • ServiceNow

    ServiceNow makes work, work better for people. Our cloud-based platform and products streamline and simplify how work gets done.
  • Sumo Logic

    Sumo Logic’s secure, cloud-native, data analytics platform, turns machine data into real-time continuous intelligence, providing customers with full-stack visibility, analytics and insights to build, run and secure their modern applications and cloud infrastructures. With Sumo Logic, customers leverage a service model advantage to accelerate their shift to continuous innovation, thereby increasing competitive advantage, business value and growth. Founded in 2010, Sumo Logic is a privately held company based in Redwood City, CA and is backed by Accel Partners, DFJ, Greylock Partners, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Sutter Hill Ventures.

  • The Judge Group

    The Judge Group, celebrating 50 years of service, is a leading professional services firm specializing in Technology Consulting, Learning, and Staffing Solutions. Judge’s applications and infrastructure services include support for Agile / DevOps transformations and disruptive technologies such as A.I. & machine learning, big data, robotic process automation, blockchain, and cybersecurity. Judge’s workforce consists of more than 9,000 professionals strong delivered through its national and international footprint of 30+ offices in the U.S., Canada, and India. Judge is the 12th largest IT staffing firm in the U.S. as ranked by Staffing Industry Analysts and has consistently been recognized among the top 2% of industry leaders for client and talent satisfaction.

Supporting Partners

  • Zerto

    Zerto helps customers accelerate IT transformation by reducing the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption. By replacing multiple legacy solutions with a single IT Resilience Platform, Zerto is changing the way disaster recovery, data protection and cloud are managed. With enterprise scale, Zerto’s software platform delivers continuous availability for an always-on customer experience while simplifying workload mobility to protect, recover, and move applications freely across hybrid and multi-clouds.

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

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

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

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

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

Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.
  • Greylock Partners

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

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Sequoia Capital

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

Association Partners

  • Philadelphia Chapter of SIM

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is comprised of Senior Technology Leaders with the common goals of networking, professional development and community involvement. The SIM Philadelphia Chapter is composed of over 250 active members from the area and is part of the national SIM network consisting of 5,000 members. We work together to share and enhance our rich experience for the benefit of our members, organizations and communities. Our core mission is to bring together Technology and Business Leaders to network, share information, collaborate, and give back to the community. The philanthropic organization, Philadelphia Philanthropic Society for Information Management Foundation Inc.(PHSIM), is the sister organization to the Philadelphia chapter, which concentrates on organizing charitable activities for the technology community. PHSIM raises money to provide scholarships to local college students and provides funding to teen computer camps run by other non-profit organizations. PHISIM and SIM Philadelphia work together to run several events and raise funds in order to inspire younger generations to become leaders in information technology. SIM Philadelphia is the premier society for IT professionals and thought leaders. Our value is delivered through multiple networking opportunities, and events, along with education through gatherings, workshops, and forums where practitioners, academics, and consultants collaborate, share knowledge, and experiences. The chapter is proud of its work to improve the community and provide a collaborative, high quality, and enriching environment for members.

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

201 South Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

Room rate is $209/night. This rate expires on October 15, 2018.

To book a room, please call 1-215-521-6500 and mention the HMG Strategy Room Block. 

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

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:

  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

- OR - 

  • Full time academicians

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

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

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

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