Past Summits

2020 HMG Live! Portland CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Learning from the Past and Present to Reshape the Future of Business 

The global pandemic has created unthinkable circumstances for business and for society. But one constant as we work through the business challenges spawned by this international crisis is the empathetic leadership that technology executives are demonstrating to their teams to help keep them safe, secure and engaged. The key for CIOs, CISOs and other technology executives to drive success for their companies is to draw from their past and current experiences in the current crisis and to apply a fresh mindset in leading the business forward into a brighter future with courage and compassion. 

In this Digital Summit, top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in driving innovation, reshaping the business and fashioning the future of work.

You’ll also discover:

  • Successful approaches to leading authentically to strengthen employee engagement and motivation
  • Recommendations for driving innovation and business transformation with the C-suite
  • The challenges posed by a hybrid workforce model, along with fresh ideas on how to address them
  • How to keep employees inspired and feeling safe and secure to deliver positive business outcomes

"As an attendee of the HMG Virtual Summit I enjoyed the fact that it was fast moving, insightful and presented a variety of speakers, both local and non-local. The duration was just right and did not require tying up an entire day. I thought the content and format was absolutely terrific!"

John Phillips, President, Briggs Homecare and CIO Emeritus, Briggs Healthcare

  • Tony Alferez
    VP of Technology
    Gear Up Sports, Inc.

    I am a senior technology leader with history of developing strategy, driving delivery, and building healthy and efficient teams. I thrive when leading multiple disciplines and many concurrent projects. I’m an excellent communicator with creative, business and technology departments. I’ve delivered standards compliant software and platforms in several industries including healthcare, manufacturing and e-commerce.

    Strengths: Team Leadership; System Design; DevOps; Data Integration; Technical Project Management; Requirements Development; Scope Management; Budget Planning/Management; Quality Management.

    Education and Training: MBA; BS Technology; Certified Scrum Master; PMP; US CommSec School

    Tools and platforms: LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP); Node.js; Javascript; JEE; .NET; MS Dynamics AX (ERP, CRM); Salesforce (including Commerce Cloud); Magento; Cheetah Digital; Google Analytics (Adwords, GTM); WordPress; Drupal; MS Sharepoint; Hyperledger; Ethereum/Solidity. 

  • Richard Appleyard, PhD
    President, Portland SIM
    Oregon State Police

    Richard is the CIO at the Oregon State Police and has 23 years in the Public and Academic Health Sectors. He is also the current President of the Portland Chapter of SIM (Soc. Info. Management). He is a proponent of Holistic Technology Management, seeing beyond the immediate impact and looking to solve for the potential "butterfly effect." He is passionate about helping align the business strategic goals with the rapidly changing and emerging technology and applications landscape e.g., Cloud computing IoT, AI/Deep Learning, and Big Data. He is also an avid technology ethicist, looking for the unseen opportunities and unintended consequences of today's technology advances, and being more thoughtful with how IT is implemented effectively, efficiently and ethically..

    His expertise includes IT Operations, Business Applications & Data Management, Web Technology & Site/Content Management, Health & Consumer Informatics (Information Technology Science), and Web User Experience (including Web Accessibility and Section 508 compliance). Richard has a Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, a PhD in Biochemistry/ Biophysics from WSU and Post-doctorate in Medical Informatics at OHSU, with a focus on Consumer Health Information, including patient information retrieval, decision making and patient health website development. 


  • Ben Berry
    Executive VP, Information Technology & CIO
    Bonneville Power Administration

    Serving as a strategic technology leader, Ben Berry is a professional with performance-based leadership and knowledge of diverse private and public sector business and technology systems.  He is the Executive Vice President of Information Technology and CIO for the Federal Government's Bonneville Power Administration.  The power generated on BPA's electric grid is sold to public utilities, private utilities, and industry on the grid.

    Mr. Berry is the Aerospace Entrepreneurial CEO and Chief Digital Officer for AirShip Technologies Group's AirShip Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and StingerMAV MicroIntelligence for clean tech, long flight endurance drones. He has held various senior leadership technology positions serving the Royal Saudi Air Force, Kingdom of Saudi Arabian International Airports, and Hughes Aircraft Company (Corporate & Space and Communications).  He is a Board of Director at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Currently he serves as a U.S. Air Force Honorary Commander for the U.S. Air Force 142nd Fighter Wing, one of two "Ready Alert Bases" that protect the entire West Coast of the United States of America and Canada as part of NORAD.

    He is the previous Chief Technology Officer for the City of Portland where he provided leadership for enterprise computing, analysis, design and deployment of computer applications, mobile and wireless computing services for public safety 1st Responders (police, fire, emergency communications, emergency management), and other end user support.

    He has served as the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Chief Information Officer providing overall leadership, planning, development and delivery of information technology services for ODOT and several other non-transportation organizations.  As CIO for the second largest state agency in Oregon, Mr. Berry was responsible for systems supporting highways, bridges, rail service, right-of-way determinations, DMV and Motor Carrier commercial trucking inspections and licensing throughout the state.

    Berry is the former Regional Chief Technology Officer of Providence Health System Oregon, supporting a service area of eight hospitals and 33 clinics.  He has held executive and management positions in sectors such as local, state and federal government, healthcare, telecommunications, aerospace/defense and airport transportation.  Berry received his M.B.A. from UCLA, a B.S. in Life Science--Biotechnology from the University of Portland.

    His current and prior Board of Director work includes:

    • Central City Concern
    • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
    • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
    • ScoutsBSA, Cascade Pacific Council
    • iUrban Teen Technology
    • Oregon State University, School of Business
    • Portland State University, Board of Trustee
    • University of Portland, Operations & Technology Management

  • Megan Douglas
    Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

    Megan Douglas is the CIO for Ascena Retail Group, the largest retailer for women and girls in the United States, with brands like Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Cacique, Catherines, and Justice under ownership . An up and coming leader in the industry, Megan spent 8 years as a Consultant and Manager for Anderson and has held senior information technology positions at Target and Best Buy, before moving to Ascena and working through a series of senior roles there. 

  • Michel Feaster
    Co-founder and CEO

    Michel is the Co-Founder and CEO of usermind, responsible for company vision, strategic direction, planning and execution. Michel’s enterprise software career spans almost 20 years with roles in sales, products, strategic marketing and general management. Before founding usermind, Michel was VP of Products at Apptio, where she drove product strategy, defined the category and discipline of Technology Business Management and helped grow the company from 30 to almost 400 employees. Michel led the acquisition of Opsware by HP Software for $1.6B, managed the combined Opsware, Radia and AppIq product teams and defined the Service Automation category. She also spent almost 8 years at Mercury Interactive learning how to build world class products like LoadRunner and QualityCenter which made customer’s lives better. She aspires to do the same at usermind. 

  • Michelle Garvey
    Chief Information Officer
    J. Crew

    Ms. Garvey previously held CIO positions with ANN INC., Warnaco, Brooks Brothers, Memberworks, and Sportmart, with previous experience at retailers such as Crate and Barrel, the Registry Stores, and Ames Department Stores, after starting her career in consulting with Arthur Andersen. Ms. Garvey holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Finance from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

  • Nikhil Gupta
    Co-Founder & CEO
    ArmorCode Inc.

    Nikhil Gupta is a successful serial entrepreneur. Nikhil is Co-Founder & CEO of ArmorCode Inc, a stealth-mode startup. Prior to founding ArmorCode, Nikhil was VP of Strategy, Cloud Security at Sophos. Nikhil joined Sophos through the acquisition of Avid Secure, where he was the Founder and CEO. Avid Secure built a market-leading AI-powered multi-cloud security analytics and compliance platform. Prior to Avid Secure, Nikhil held several leadership positions for 20+ years in organizations such as VMware, Cisco, ForeScout, Ericsson (Joined through the acquisition of Entrisphere, where he was the founding engineer), Alcatel, and Bell Labs. Nikhil holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS and MS in Computer Science.

  • Dutt Kalluri
    SVP, Global Digital & Technology Transformation

    I am a futurist, visionary, technology strategist and a digital transformation evangelist with proven ability to define transformative business-focused IT strategies to maximize today’s opportunities while preparing for the future. I successfully defined and executed technology vision and strategy to evolve enterprises as technology organizations, managed global digital transformation programs, developed cost take out strategies and worked on emerging technologies like AI/ML, Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation. I am a recognized thought leader known for innovating fast and reliable solutions

    I am a strategic and versatile executive with extensive international and domestic leadership success at both multinationals and start-ups. I believe strongly in integrating core values into business vision, connecting strategy to execution, and inspiring colleagues and teams to achieve their best.

    My colleagues view me as a transparent leader with uncompromising integrity and high expectations of performance, as a coach who seeks to challenge and develop staff, and as a mentor who wants to help guide and counsel top performers. Most importantly, I am valued for inspiring colleagues to achieve their best in a collaborative, team-based environment. I am known as a calming force who drives organizational and process change initiatives while maintaining high standards for performance.

    My core competencies include P&L Management; Enterprise IT Strategy, IT Development, Technology Implementation, Transformation, Aligning Business & Technology, Risk Management, Strategic Planning & Analysis, Performance Turnarounds, Team Development & Leadership, Client Relationship Management, Cross-Functional Leadership, Emerging Technologies, Product Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Architectures, Public/private/hybrid cloud strategy & execution, organizational design and effectiveness.

  • Sharath Keshava Narayana
    Co-Founder and CRO

    Sharath Keshava Narayana is Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer of Observe.AI, a Contact Center AI leader that transforms customer experiences and improves agent performance by helping top brands analyze 100% of calls and streamline quality assurance workflows. A second-time entrepreneur, Sharath brings over 14 years of experience in building and managing global sales teams at large enterprise companies including Unbxd, AWS, and Akamai.

  • Pradeep Kumar
    Practice Leader
    Trustee, Portland SIM
    Kaiser Permanente

    Pradeep Kumar serves as Practice Leader for Enterprise Mobile Wireless Infrastructure at Kaiser Permanente with a focus of next gen 4G and 5G solution delivery.

    At SIM Portland, he served in various roles including Chapter President and now as a Trustee.  In the 12 year on the Portland SIM Board, he was key in developing its STEM outreach program for local middle and high schools. He led the collaboration with local universities on SIM Portland’s scholarship award program that focus on building the supply line for future talents in the Information field.

    Other initiatives include developing its Leadership Mentoring Program, SIM Women, CIO Roundtable, and the Oregon CIO and CISO of the Year Awards 

    He was the 2016 recipient of SIM National Leader of the Year Award

  • Jordan Masanga
    Oregon Public Employees Retirement System

    Influential and thought leader with over 30 years of Information Technology, software engineering and technology management, possessing a proven history driving quality solutions and delivering complex integration and rollouts. Accountable for innovative, end-to-end enterprise solutions; oversees budget and execution, milestone completion and IT governance. Astute IT and business public sector domain knowledge; guides and cultivates proactive and effective team performance. Driven to align business vision, deliver responsive IT solutions to meet and exceed strategic, operational and business outcomes.

  • Hunter Muller
    President and 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 ecosystems 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 HMG Next Ventures, 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.

  • Trevor Schulze
    SVP & CIO

    As RingCentral's Chief Information Officer, Trevor Schulze provides strategic leadership to the company's global IT team in delivering a comprehensive portfolio of cloud-first, leading-edge technology services and solutions.

    Prior to joining RingCentral in 2018, Schulze served as Global CIO of Micron Technology, where he oversaw an international team charged with delivering business capabilities that sped product time-to-market, improved customer engagement, optimized supply chain operations, and maximized manufacturing capital utilization in 18 countries worldwide.

    Previously, Schulze was Corporate Vice President IT, Enterprise Applications at Broadcom Corporation, where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of all enterprise-wide IT systems supporting core business processes; and before that, he was Corporate Vice President IT at Advanced Micro Devices, where he oversaw the deployment of enterprise technology solutions that improved global operations and product development.

    Earlier in his professional career, Schulze spent nearly two decades at Cisco Systems, where he held a number of strategic roles driving global development and operational innovations that optimized the way the company designed, collaborated, and produced products. In addition, he managed the engineering efforts of six platforms across multiple business units, ultimately generating billions of dollars in revenue.

    Schulze holds a number of patents in the area of core networking, and the products he helped design have won more than 15 “best product” awards from leading industry organizations and publications. In 2017, he received a Forbes CIO Innovation award and a CIO Magazine CIO100 award.

  • Muddu Sudhakar
    Investor and Entrepreneur

    Muddu Sudhakar is successful entrepreneur and executive. Muddu Sudhakar was VP & GM of big data, machine learning/AI, security and IoT at Splunk.  At Splunk, Muddu has been working on applications of AI/machine learning, big data platform, thin and thick app development platform, open source technologies, IoT analytics solutions and cyber security products. Before that, Muddu was CEO of Caspida. Caspida is the leader in next-generation cyber security and threat detection using machine learning. Muddu and team are instrumental in creating new cyber security market category called “User Behavioral Analytics (UBA)”. Muddu was VP & GM at VMware and Pivotal from 2012 to 2014 for big data analytics, machine learning and cloud services. At VMware & Pivotal, Muddu had responsibility for a wide range of projects including big data analytics, cloud services, and mobile security. Muddu was co-founder and CEO of Cetas which was acquired by VMware in 2012.  At EMC, Muddu was Chief Strategy Advisor, VP & GM for Cloud Information Services. Muddu was CEO & Founder of Kazeon from 2003 to 2010 which was acquired by EMC and Kazeon is leader in Enterprise Information Management. Muddu led Kazeon to be a leader in Information Security, eDiscovery, and Enterprise Search markets. Before Kazeon in 2003, he was Co-founder & President of Sanera Systems, a next-generation SAN technology company. Sanera was started in 1999 and was acquired by McData (Brocade) in 2003.  From 1996 to 2000, Sudhakar was lead architect and designer of CPU and server technology at Silicon Graphics, Inc. 

    Sudhakar holds a PhD and MS in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.  He is widely published in industry journals and conference proceedings and has more than 20 patents in Cyber Security, Big data analytics, Machine learning, Analytics, Cloud Services, SaaS Apps, Enterprise Search, Information Management, Distributed systems, Storage technologies, SAN/NAS, Server technologies, Virtualization, Search, Information security, Networking technology and VLSI chip design.

  • AJ Sunder
    Co-Founder and Chief Information & Product Officer

    Sunder is a Co-Founder and the Chief Information & Product Officer of RFPIO, responsible for the Product vision, technology strategy, and information security.  Sunder has diverse experience in the field of Software Engineering having been a Software Engineer, Data Architect, Solutions Architect, Product Manager, and Information Security Professional.  Prior to founding RFPIO, Sunder spent his career in Telecom, Aerospace & Defense, and SaaS industries.

  • Saby Waraich
    Director of Marketing, Portland SIM
    Clackamas Community College

    Energetic … engaging … lively … enthusiastic … inspiring … words that are often used to describe Saby. An internationally recognized speaker, trainer and coach, Saby has assisted multiple diverse clients in their business transformation through project successes, bolstering communications across various departments, and assisted customers in creating effective solutions to complex problems. He is a Technology Leader, Angel Investor, Professor, Leadership Coach, Project & Program Management Expert, and Volunteer Leader with a diverse experience of over 20 years in both public and private sectors. Saby is currently working as Chief Information Officer at Clackamas Community College. He speaks four languages, enjoys working with people and brings enthusiasm, inspiration & leadership qualities. 

  • Nancee Winslow
    Field CIO

    Nancee Winslow currently works as the Field CIO for Equinix and works as part of the technical sales team advising customers on how to implement multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategies that have become critical during a pandemic.

    She also served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Propel Insurance from 2016 through 2019.  While there she implemented a “Cloud first” strategy that led to implementation of AWS, O365, UCaas, identity management and other forward-looking technologies that have served the company well as they move to a “work at home” culture.

    Ms. Winslow has also worked as a technology consultant helping companies form and update their IT strategies, develop technology road maps and build teams. Nancee holds a Master’s Degree in Business Information Systems & Technology and has also held the CIO position for Genesis Financial Solutions. While there, she was a key member of the executive team that formed the strategy, led the effort and built the SaaS technology that helped transform and grow the business. Genesis technology development led to partnerships with key industry leaders such as Kroger, Best Buy, & Ashley Furniture HomeStores.  From 2005 to 2012 Ms. Winslow held positions with Stewart Title Company, serving as Regional CIO and as the Director of IT leading the technology teams as the company moved to a Shared Services model.  Prior to her leadership roles at Stewart Title, Nancee held positions of CTO and Vice President of Operations for other National Title Companies. 


Friday, November 13, 2020  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT

All times listed are Pacific Time.

10:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Portland SIM Welcome
Richard Appleyard, PhD, CIO, Oregon State Police and President, SIM Portland

10:10 AM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  Robotic Process Automation (RPA):  No Longer Sci-Fi  

Dutt Kalluri, SVP Office of CIO/SVP Global Technology - Broadridge

RPA has become a critical component in Broadridge’s journey to evolve as a global FinTech organization.  Leveraging UiPath’ s RPA platform, the company has achieved 100% automation of a labor intensive process of creating  reminder jobs, or “R-Jobs”, for non-listed issuers for proxy campaign.

In this session, Dutt will discuss the experience and lessons learned from deploying RPA into Broadridge’s operations.

10:20 AM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Change To Win in the Next Phase

Trevor Schulze, SVP & CIO, RingCentral

The role of the CIO has been on a steady rise for the past several years. As the way people work continues to change, the demands from today’s global, mobile, and distributed workforce are also rapidly evolving. We’re at a point in time where the CIO is now front and center to defining the digital culture of an organization with a mega-trend at play that I like to call, ‘Systems of Experience.’ During my talk, I will focus on the role of the CIO amidst this shifting tide and what it takes to create a digital culture to support the future of work.

10:30 AM
EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  Lessons Learned While Leading through a Crisis

Michelle Garvey, CIO, J. Crew

The impact of COVID-19 was felt in every industry, and retail was no exception. In fact, besides hospitality, it was likely one of the first industries to suffer. The immediate shut down of communities left retail stores faced with the enormous challenge of keeping their businesses alive. Michelle Garvey, CIO at J. Crew, will share her experience and lessons learned around pivoting the business, managing remote teams, onboarding new hires, and how to develop a plan for the future of work.

10:40 AM
EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE:  The Reality of Returning to the Workplace

Companies and organizations across the country continue to deal with the current effects of COVID-19, and the upcoming task of returning employees to the workplace. What are some of our local CIO’s pondering or planning on this next set of challenges as more pressure are put on leaders to provide structure, guidance and clear communication that people are looking for during a crisis. What they will share are valuable takeaways as you look ahead to your own organization.

Introduction:  Tony Alferez, VP of Technology, Gear Up Sports, Inc.

Moderator:  Jordan Masanga, CIO, Oregon Public Employees Retirement System

Ben Berry, Executive VP, Information Technology & CIO Bonneville Power Administration

Megan Douglas, CIO, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Saby Waraich, CIO,Clackamas Community College and Director of Marketing, SIM Portland

Nancee Winslow, Field CIO, Equinix

11:20 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Innovation Accelerator:  An Inside Look at Cool New Tech

As CIOs and technology executives look to help move the business forward, they're searching for emerging enterprise technologies that can be applied to drive innovation and help create unique services and customer experiences. In this new and unique session, CEOs and executives from hot new enterprise technology companies will field rapid-fire questions on the challenges their companies help address, how they are differentiated in the market and the value that their products and services are delivering to clients.

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Michel Feaster, Co-founder and CEO, Usermind

Nikhil Gupta, Co-founder and CEO, ArmorCode Inc.

Sharath Narayana, Co-Founder and CRO, Observe.AI

Muddu Sudhakar, Investor and Entrepreneur, Aisera

AJ Sunder, CPO / CIO, RFPIO Inc 

11:50 AM

HMG Strategy Top Technology Executives Who Matter Awards

Richard Appleyard, PhD, CIO, Oregon State Police and President, SIM Portland

Pradeep Kumar, Practice Leader/Principle Engineer, Kaiser Permanente and Trustee, SIM Portland

Saby Waraich, CIO,Clackamas Community College and Director of Marketing, SIM Portland

Presenting Partners

  • RingCentral

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

Supporting Partners

  • ArmorCode Inc.

  • Aisera

    Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service. Aisera's next-generation AI Service Desk works with existing service desk solutions to deliver an end-to-end AI Service Experience for employees and customers. The AI Service Desk automates and resolves more than 50 percent of tasks, requests, and workflows to deliver self-service to users.

Marketplace Partners

  • Aryaka

    Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN company, brings agility, simplicity and a great experience to consuming the WAN-as-a-service. An optimized global network and innovative technology stack delivers the industry’s #1 managed SD-WAN service and sets the gold standard for application performance. Aryaka’s SmartServices platform offers connectivity, application acceleration, security, cloud networking and insights leveraging global orchestration and provisioning. The company’s customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.
  • Appian

    Appian provides a low-code automation platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world’s largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance.
  • Darktrace

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

    Forescout Technologies is the leader in Enterprise of Things security, offering a holistic platform that continuously identifies, segments and enforces compliance of every connected thing across any heterogeneous network. The Forescout platform is the most widely deployed, scalable, enterprise-class solution for agentless device visibility and control. It deploys quickly on your existing infrastructure – without requiring agents, upgrades or 802.1X authentication. Fortune 1000 companies and government organizations trust Forescout to reduce the risk of business disruption from security incidents or breaches, ensure and demonstrate security compliance and increase security operations productivity. Don’t just see it. Secure it. Visit us to learn how Forescout provides active defense for the Enterprise of Things.
  • Obsidian Security

    Obsidian Cloud Detection and Response delivers frictionless security for SaaS. With unified visibility across applications, users, and data, security teams can quickly investigate breaches, uncover insider threats, and harden the security of their cloud environments with no negative impact to production. Using a unique identity-centric approach, Obsidian is capable of stopping even the most advanced attacks across SaaS and cloud services. Obsidian was founded by industry veterans from Cylance, Carbon Black and the NSA, and is backed by Greylock Partners, Wing, and GV.
  • PagerDuty

    PagerDuty, Inc. (NYSE:PD) is a leader in digital operations management. In an always-on world, organizations of all sizes trust PagerDuty to help them deliver a perfect digital experience to their customers, every time. Teams use PagerDuty to identify issues and opportunities in real time and bring together the right people to fix problems faster and prevent them in the future. Notable customers include Netflix, Shopify, Cox Automotive, Box, Slack, DoorDash, Lululemon and more. PagerDuty was founded in 2008 by three innovative software developers who knew what it was like to carry the pager for “always on” cloud services. They made a bet that the early practice and culture of DevOps which encourages collaboration between development and operations would become strategic for every company. What started as automating on-call rotations has evolved into a platform that helps 12,000 companies across 90 countries proactively manage their digital operations so their teams can spend less time reacting to incidents and more time building for the future.
  • Tessian

    Tessian builds technology to empower people to work safely, without security getting in their way. We believe people shouldn’t have to be security experts to do their jobs. Tessian’s Human Layer Security platform automatically protects your employees on email - where they spend 40% of their time - from risks like data exfiltration, accidental data loss and phishing. We’ve raised $60m from legendary security investors like Sequoia and Accel and have over 150 employees located in San Francisco and London.
  • Tanium

    Tanium offers a unified endpoint management and security platform that is built for the world’s most demanding IT environments. Many of the largest and most sophisticated organizations, including more than half of the Fortune 100, top retailers and financial institutions, and four branches of the US Armed Forces rely on Tanium to make confident decisions, operate efficiently and effectively, and remain resilient against disruption. Tanium ranks 7th on the Forbes list of “Top 100 Private Companies in Cloud Computing” for 2019 and 10th on FORTUNE’s list of the “100 Best Medium Workplaces.”
  • Globant

    We are a digitally native company where innovation, design and engineering meet scale. We use the latest technologies in the digital and cognitive field to empower organizations in every aspect. We have more than 16,200 employees and we are present in 16 countries working for companies like Google, Rockwell Automation, Electronic Arts and Santander, among others. We were recognized as a 2020 Worldwide Leader in CX Improvement by IDC MarketScape. We were also featured as a business case study at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. We are a member of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord.
  • Sonatype

    The Sonatype journey started 10 years ago, just as the concept of “open source” software development was gaining steam. From our humble beginning as core contributors to Apache Maven, to supporting the world’s largest repository of open source components (Central), to distributing the world's most popular repository manager (Nexus), we’ve played a meaningful role in helping the world embrace the power of open innovation. Over time, we witnessed the staggering volume and variety of open source libraries that began flowing into every development environment in the world. We understood that when open source components are properly managed, they provide tremendous energy for accelerating innovation. Conversely, when unmanaged, open-source "gone wild" can lead directly to security vulnerabilities, licensing risks, enormous rework, and waste. Our vision today is simple. We are laser-focused on helping organizations continuously harness all of the good that open source has to offer, without any of the risks.

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

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

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

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

Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

Association Partners

  • SIM Portland

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier professional membership association for the world’s top IT leaders. Our members are a dynamic community of corporate IT leaders, principal-level consultants, digital change agents and academics who are shaping the evolving digital world in which we live today SIM Portland offers our over 190 members many opportunities to develop trust-based relationships with colleagues and mentors they might never meet regularly, anywhere else. Members who share their challenges with each other come from established corporations and startups; from private sector and public sector; from companies being disrupted and others that are the disrupters; and from as varied corporate cultures and missions as one can imagine Our regularly scheduled meetings and our annual all-day conference offers a collaborative environment in which members can learn from colleagues, esteemed guest speakers and respected thought leaders. SIM Portland encourage members to “give back” to the community through our community involvement initiatives, like our STEM outreach programs. Since 2004, our annual Charity Golf Tournament have raised funds to award over $600,000 in scholarships to deserving student at local Universities.

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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