Upcoming Summits

Please note that all times are listed in ET

2017 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit

The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Event Highlights

Reimagining the Enterprise in the Next Era of the Digital Age

Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CIO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CIO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2017 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • Thomas Anderson
    Senior Director

  • Ted Colbert
    President & CEO
    The Boeing Company

  • Nancy Flores
    EVP, Chief Information and Technology Officer
    McKesson Corporation

  • Mark Griesbaum
    RLF Leadership Program Marketing and Sales

  • Daphne Jones
    Board of Directors AMN Healthcare, Barnes Group, Inc. and Masonite International
    Founder, The Board Curators

  • Susan Malisch
    SVP & CIO
    American Medical Association

  • Paul Martin
    Former SVP & CIO (Retired)
    and Board of Directors, Unisys Corporation, Owens Corning and Ping Identity
    Baxter International

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & CEO
    HMG Strategy

  • Mark Polansky
    Executive in Residence, HMG Strategy
    Founder and CEO
    Outlook Solutions

  • Preston Simons
    Chief Information Officer
    Verily Life Sciences, An Alphabet Company

  • Thomas Anderson
    Senior Director


  • Renee Arrington
    President, COO & Director
    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, CareerJournal.com, 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.

  • Ramón Baez
    Former SVP, Customer Evangelist
    CIO Evangelist at HMG Strategy
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Ramón Baez is the Former Senior Vice President, Customer Evangelist for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Ramón champions customer centricity. Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes in relationship to drive the company’s business. In his role, he advised customers and partners through frank practitioner-to-practitioner discussions on how to make and implement decisions about emerging digital technologies in their operations, products and business models; which will have a positive impact in the market place.

    Ramón joined Hewlett-Packard in 2012, as a senior vice president and global chief information officer (CIO), a role in which he oversaw the worldwide information technology (IT) strategy and all of the company’s IT assets that supported Hewlett-Packard employees and helped to drive strategic company priorities. This included global application development, the company’s private cloud, IT security, data management, technology infrastructure, and telecommunication networks. He also serves as chairman of enterprise-wide Diversity & Inclusion Board, an entity that serves as the strategic governing body for global diversity and inclusion (D&I) at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The board works closely with company leaders to champion the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

    His career spans 40 years at global Fortune 100 companies in the manufacturing, packaged goods, aerospace and defense industries, and products and services for the scientific community. Prior to HP, he held chief information officers positions at Kimberly Clark Corp., Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. and Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group. Ramón began his career at Northrop Grumman, where he spent 25 years and finished as CIO for its electronics systems sensor sector.

    He continues to serve on boards of DocuSign, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, EdSource, Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), Trpz.com as well as his most recent appointment as Board of Directors for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals boards.

    He deeply believes that business leaders need to take really good care of themselves, as if they were corporate athletes.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne in California.

  • Jack Barsky
    Former IT Executive, Author & Public Speaker

    Jack Barsky is a retired Information Technology executive with over thirty years of experience.  During his career, Jack held positions up to and including the role of CIO at a number of Fortune 200 companies such as MetLife, United HealthCare, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Prudential, ConEdison, NRG Energy and the New York Independent System Operator.

    Jack graduated as valedictorian with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena Germany.

    What makes Jack unique is the fact that he was born and raised in East Germany where he was recruited by the KGB.  He spent ten years as an undercover agent in the United States spying for the Soviet Union.   Today he is a United States citizen whose life story was featured in May of 2015 on CBS 60 Minutes.  His memoir “Deep Undercover” was released on March 21, 2017.  Jack’s story has been featured extensively in such prominent media outlets as the BBC, The London Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The New York Post, and the Glenn Beck Program.  Recently Jack has made regular appearances on FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC.

    Jack lives with his wife Shawna and daughter Trinity in Covington GA.  

  • Steve Corndell
    General Manager & VP of Commercial Sales

    Steve Corndell is the General Manager and Vice President of Commercial Sales. Steve brings over a decade of experience in sales & technology leadership to Turbonomic. Joining Turbonomic in February 2012 Steve launched Turbonomic’s Channel Sales team, and during his tenure he has held a variety of Sales leadership roles including Sales Director and Regional Vice President of Sales for both the Commercial and Enterprise teams. Steve has been a key leader at Turbonomic helping start, design, and implement both Enterprise and Commercial Sales organizations, helping lead Turbonomic to 26 consecutive quarters of record revenue growth. Prior to Turbonomic, Steve served at EMC in a variety of sales roles, including running EMC’s DMR team as a Solution Specialist. Steve is a graduate of Bryant University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing.

  • John Engates
    Client CTO
    NTT Global Networks

    John Engates is Client Chief Technology Officer at NTT Global Networks. Prior to NTT, John was CTO at Rackspace for over 17 years. In his role, John speaks frequently with customers, at technology conferences, and with the press and industry-analyst community on the topics of networking, security, digital transformation, and cloud -- and their roles in shaping the future of technology. John lives in Texas with his wife and two daughters.   

  • Nancy Flores
    EVP, Chief Information and Technology Officer
    McKesson Corporation

    Nancy Flores is executive vice president, chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO) for McKesson Corporation.

    In this role, Flores is responsible for the company’s technology initiatives including software, infrastructure, application development tools and processes, operations, and cybersecurity. She also guides the overall direction for the company’s healthcare technology products and data and analytics.

    Prior to McKesson, Flores served as CIO at Johnson Controls (JCI) where she was responsible for information technology, cybersecurity and analytics. Previously, she spent 22 years at Abbott in several leadership roles including chief information officer. She also led Global Business Services, Abbott’s back office services, through an extensive transformation.

    The Greater Milwaukee Women’s Fund recognized Flores as a 2019 Futurist Leader for her strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. She also serves on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and is a member of the CIO Strategy Exchange (CIOSE), which is a selective program for chief information officers from forward-looking companies.

    Flores earned bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a master’s degree in Mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.

  • Michael Gabriel
    Partner & Data Protection Practice Lead
    Stridium Cybersecurity Advisors LLC

    A veteran of the financial industry, Michael Gabriel (a Partner with Stridium Cybersecurity Services) draws on 20+ years of information security experience to help organizations comply with information security control frameworks, industry regulations, domestic and internal privacy laws, and customer contractual obligations and requirements for protecting sensitive systems and information.

    As CISO for a Fortune 1000 organization, Michael built award-winning IT Security and IT Compliance programs and initiated the organization's Privacy program while pioneering innovative technologies like Data Loss Prevention.

    Michael previously developed and led a Data Protection practice for a global information security services firm, leading and overseeing dozens of information security consulting engagements across industry sectors, from Fortune 500 organizations to mid-tier and smaller firms. Michael has consulted on policy and process development, data protection, governance risk & compliance, risk assessment, security controls testing, and other areas.

    Michael holds current industry certifications in security, cloud security, auditing and is a certified Lead Auditor for the ISO 27001 security control framework.

    An acknowledged industry expert, Michael has spoken at information security conferences around the world and has been contributed to many publications, including the Wall Street Journal.

  • Kevin Glynn
    Managing Principal
    The Laminar Group LLC

    Kevin is a managing principal at the Laminar Group, focusing on technology and supply chain related services.  More specifically, services to CIOs and Boards, especially IT strategy, digital transformation and innovation, as well as consulting services related to supply chain with a technology focus.  

    Mr. Kevin Glynn is a three time public and private company Chief Information Officer (CIO), including being recognized as the 2019 CIO Innovator of the Year in Chicago. Additionally, Kevin has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) in a technology startup and acting VP of Operations.  Kevin is an experienced internationalist, having lived 8 years in Europe and Latin America over his career.

    Mr. Glynn’s technology leadership includes shifting legacy systems to cloud based platforms, building big data capabilities, implementation of Agile techniques, early work in Artificial Intelligence, and the use of drones and moveable robots in a warehouse environment. He is frequently cited in publications and has authored a variety of supply chain, distribution, ethics and technology articles. 

    Over his career, and as an exception to the traditional CIO role, Mr. Glynn has led two separate company restructuring initiatives, and was the project lead and principle author of a complete company restructuring plan, including closing 5 facilities, and a 10% reduction in workforce, yielding $33 million in savings for a multi-billion dollar organization.  At a different company, he was a key executive in the restructuring of all operations and distributions. 

    As CIO, Mr. Glynn worked at DSC Logistics, AM Castle and Case New Holland.  While at AM Castle, in addition to his CIO responsibilities, he was acting VP of Operations.  Prior to being CIO, Kevin was COO of Iron Solutions, a startup company using data analytics in agriculture.  Previously, he has been a Vice President for Oracle Corporation, leading its consulting practices in Europe.   Kevin started his career as an engineer, working at Carlise Memory Products and also Qualcomm. 

    Mr. Glynn currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s MS IT program.  He is a former Chair of the Environment Board for the City of Evanston.  He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

  • Laszlo Gonc
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, CIO, CISO
    Next Era Transformation Group

  • Daphne Jones
    Board of Directors AMN Healthcare, Barnes Group, Inc. and Masonite International
    Founder, The Board Curators

    Daphne E. Jones is an accomplished and seasoned executive with extensive experience using digital technologies strategically, entrepreneurially, and globally within multi-national corporations. She has over thirty years of experience in general management and executive level roles at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Hospira (now Pfizer) and General Electric. During her tenure at GE, she served as: SVP for Future of Work, SVP & CIO.  She ran IT for Product Engineering, Imaging, and Ultrasound, and was Senior Executive & CIO For Global Services – all comprising a $13B segment within GE Healthcare.

    Prior to GE Healthcare, her early career days were spent at IBM and Johnson & Johnson as an IT Executive followed by her role as a Corporate Officer, SVP & CIO at Hospira, Inc. a  $5B global pharmaceutical and infusion technology company.  She was the first woman and African American to report to the Chairman of the Board with accountability for all aspects of Hospira’s enterprise, cyber, digital & analytics technology. A driver of change acceleration and leadership development, her career has been spent using digital technologies to transform business models, distribution channels and products. 

    Daphne serves on the board of directors for AMN Healthcare, Inc., Barnes Group Inc, and Masonite International Corp and is regarded as an authority on how to prepare for and land a corporate board seat.  She is the recipient of the University of West Indies’ Luminary Award,  was named one of Illinois’ Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council, and was Computerworld Premier 100 CIO.   She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Accenture Cybersecurity Women’s Council, The Digital Directors Network (DDN), and Executive Leadership Council (ELC). 

    Daphne’s contemporary experience and thought-leadership helps drive innovation globally; enabling business transformation across major industries.  A corporate advisor, mentor and budding author; her inspiring life story from poverty to executive leadership has made her a sought after speaker and consultant.

    Daphne earned her MBA and BS from Illinois State University.

    Daphne’s first book WIN WHEN THEY SAY YOU WON’T: Break Through Barriers and Keep Leveling Up Your Success (November 15, McGraw Hill), drawn from her own rags to riches story, is an inspiring guide to help anyone achieve the career of their dreams with a winning mindset and proven playbook. Daphne’s been featured on Fox Business, TD Ameritrade, CNBC Make It, Cheddar.com, Fast Company and more!

  • Sandee Kastrul
    President and Co-founder
    i.c. stars

  • Jason Kolb

    Jason Kolb is a successful technical entrepreneur excited by the ability of technology to change the world, and in particular the powerful competitive advantages created by data.

    As a programmer since age 12 he quickly became attracted to the opportunities that emerge from using data in new and different ways. He was the founding CTO of Latigent, one of the first Web-based analytics providers, which was subsequently acquired by Cisco. Jason spent three years in technical leadership at Cisco focusing on intellectual property and big data strategy.

    Jason grew interested in how data interacts with the physical world and began to explore the Internet of Things, eventually becoming the founding CTO of Uptake in Chicago. Uptake grew from 2 employees to 400 in during Jason's tenure, becoming Forbes' Hottest Startup of 2015 and reaching a billion dollar valuation in 15 months. It has gone on to reach a $2 billion valuation in early 2017.

    Jason left Uptake in early 2016 to explore a few important trends that were beginning to emerge outside of IoT. He is now the CEO/CTO of a young startup based in Chicago which is still in stealth mode.

  • Ricardo Lafosse
    The Kraft Heinz Company

  • John Madera
    Corporate Officers Practice
    Russell Reynolds Associates

    John Madera is a member of our Corporate Officers practice.  His primary area of advisory and search expertise is in Information Officers for public and private companies across all industries. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, John spent several years with Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager, Business Advisory. There, he managed a range of business and technology transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 clients across industries. Before this, he spent four years with BearingPoint Inc. as a Manager, Management Consulting. John's work there included helping a major client develop a company-wide, cross-functional merger integration methodology that aimed to boost speed of target integration, increase cross-functional collaboration, and capture merger synergies. John began his career as a Senior Procurement Specialist at KBR, Inc. in the Middle East. John received his B.S. from Illinois State University.

  • Susan Malisch
    SVP & CIO
    American Medical Association

    Susan Malisch formerly served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Loyola University Chicago. In this capacity, Susan led the development and implementation of the University’s information technology (IT) strategic direction, and delivers IT services that support student learning, faculty research and teaching, administrative processes, and public service. Prior to joining Loyola, she held technology leadership roles at Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, UCLA, and ATT (formerly Southwestern Bell Communications). Ms. Malisch was the recipient of the 2010 CIO of the Year award from the Executives Club of Chicago and the Association of IT Professionals. Ms. Malisch is the current President for the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Information Management and volunteers with a number of educational and professional organizations. Ms. Malisch earned a B.S.B.A. degree in Computer Information Systems from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Paul Martin
    Former SVP & CIO (Retired)
    and Board of Directors, Unisys Corporation, Owens Corning and Ping Identity
    Baxter International

    Paul E. Martin is senior vice president and chief information officer for Baxter International, where he has global responsibility for the information technology strategy, operations, processes and team supporting Baxter’s business worldwide. He joined Baxter in 2011 from Rexam PLC, the U.K.- based packaging manufacturing, where he held the position of group chief information officer. During his 11-year tenure with Rexam, Martin served in a variety of key senior management positions, including vice president and CIO, Beverage Can Americas, and head of information technology for American National Can (acquired by Rexam PLC). Prior to Rexam, Martin held IT leadership positions at the CIT Group, BNSF Railway and Frito-Lay Inc.

    Martin has served as a board of director of Unisys Corporation since April 2017. In 2016, he was appointed to the board of directors at Baxter Credit Union, and the board of trustees at Rush University Medical Center and Ravinia Festival.

    He currently serves as executive sponsor of Baxter's Black Alliance resource group for employees, which provides a forum to enhance engagement, build on recruitment and retention efforts, and increase the impact of business, charitable, and volunteer initiatives in the African-American community.

    Martin was the recipient of the 2020 Chicago CIO of the Year Leadership ORBIE Award. In 2017, Martin was named to the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine for IT innovation and business leadership and was recognized in Black Enterprise’s 2017 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. In 2014, Martin was named among the "100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM" by STEMconnector and previously recognized as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United.

    Martin received a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Western Kentucky University.




  • Israel Martinez
    CEO and Global CTO
    Axon Global

    Israel is a professional in cyber strategy and innovation empowering boards and companies that have decided to reclaim cyber dominance.  He’s recognized as an expert in Cyber Enterprise Risk Management, as well as an NACD Full Board Member and Leadership Fellow, obtaining the highest credentials for Board Directorship. His board experience includes training directors, advisory and board service with: F500; National Bar Associations; American University Kogod Cyber Governance Center; The Association for Corporate Growth, representing 14K companies; Globes International (Tel Aviv’s “WSJ”); the Global Manufacturing ISAO, sharing threat information for 29K companies; and the Axon Global Alliance®. Martinez is also an accomplished thought leader and speaker with appearances in: The WSJ MarketWatch ®, NACD ® Annual Board Leadership Conferences, DHS Office of Analysis & Intelligence training conferences, Forbes CEO Conferences, CIO Magazine, U.S. Federal Reserve, and U.S. Congress.  As the CEO of Axon Global Services, recognized as leaders by the U.S. Secret Service and DHS, he is currently an advisor in cyber to the President’s 100-day team. He’s the recipient of, the HITEC top 100, The U.S. Senatorial Medal of Freedom (also awarded to Ronald Reagan and General Schwarzkopf), and his recent post graduate certifications include; business strategy at Harvard, Intelligence Analysis (TCOLE) at SMU, Cyber Counter Terrorism & Defense at DHS, and FINTECH Blockchain at MIT (2017). 

  • Rob McGillen
    Director, Technology Consulting

    A 24-year veteran of the Information Technology industry, Mr. McGillen is the founder and CEO of Practically Digital, a digital transformation consulting firm based in Chicago IL.   Mr. McGillen was previously with Grant Thornton LLP in leadership roles worldwide over 18 years, including Global head of technology and CIO for Grant Thornton LLP from 2008 to 2015.  Rob is recognized as a thought leader, speaker, and futurist on the topics of digital business and global transformation.  

    Mr. McGillen is responsible currently for the digital transformation for the promotional products company AIA (www.aiacommunity.com), providing digital leadership for the owners, customers, and employees of AIA.  


  • Bud McQuade
    Vice President of Information Technology

    Bud McQuade is Duracell’s Vice President of Information Technology. Bud joined Duracell’s transition team in July 2015, prior to the divestiture from Proctor & Gamble (P&G), to build the IT team in Chicago. As the leader of the global IT team, Bud developed Duracell’s IT vision and strategy to match Duracell’s new business model under the Berkshire Hathaway company portfolio.

    Before joining Duracell, Bud served as Tellabs’ (Coriant) Vice President of Information Technology. Bud’s leadership was vital to the successful merger of Tellabs and Coriant Gmbh in 2014 under the private ownership of Marlin Equity Partners.

    Previously, Bud was the Global Director of Infrastructure for Ipsos, a global market research company. He was responsible for the IT infrastructure in 90+ countries, all data collection platforms, information security, and IT procurement services, with a core focus on standardization, strategic investments and customer satisfaction.

    Bud spent five years at Argo Group International, a global property and casualty insurance company, as Division CIO before being promoted to Chief Infrastructure Officer. He was responsible for transforming Argo Group’s infrastructure team into a shared services model to meet the needs of the company's diverse business units. 

    As a founding employee, and during his 11 years at CarMax, Bud established the strategic direction, architecture and operational practices of various information technology teams. During that time, CarMax grew from a single store location in Richmond, VA into a Fortune 500 company.

    Bud holds a B.A. from Providence College.

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & CEO
    HMG Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Parkinson
    Partner & Managing Director
    ParkWood Advisors LLC

    John has several decades of international experience as an operational executive and consultant. He has filled senior executive roles in Consumer Finance (as CTO and CISO of TransUnion LLC) and Commercial Specialty Insurance (as SVP Global Program Management Office at AXIS Capital Holdings). He also served for five years as the CTO for Capgemini in North America. Before Capgemini he was a senior partner at Ernst & Young in the UK and US, filling a number of client service, business development and practice management roles over almost two decades. His first career was in the health care informatics industry.

    John also has experience as an independent director for several private companies and as an advisory board member for a public company.

    In 2003 he was named as one of the world’s 25 most influential consultants. In 2005 he was named as one of the Computerworld 100 Leaders in IT.

    John has a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Information Sciences from Exeter University in the UK. He has written five books on software development; wrote the Strong Signals column for CIO Insight for several years and is a regular contributor to CFO.com CXOUSA.com and Venture Beat. He has delivered over 50 conference papers and has been published in HBR and the Wall Street Journal. An example of his work as a solution architect is included in the Computerworld Smithsonian Collection. 

  • Jeff Pashalides
    Chief Financial Officer
    Nomi Health

    Jeff Pashalides joined Sequoia Capital in 2014 to establish, build, and lead Sequoia’s corporate practice. His team works closely with founders, investors, and corporate CXOs on a broad range of strategic projects. Selected initiatives include partnerships, capital raising, M&A, lighthouse customers, the Sequoia CXO network, and Sequoia's executive briefing center, among others.

    Before Sequoia, Jeff led finance and corporate development at TrueCar through their IPO. Before TrueCar, Jeff was a senior M&A banker advising technology companies of all stages, most recently as the Head of SaaS Advisory at Blackstone. Jeff previously worked at Credit Suisse and was a founding employee at Union Square Advisors. He has a computer science degree from Brown University and played for the #1 nationally ranked Stanford baseball team.

  • John Phillips
    President & CIO
    Briggs Healthcare

    John Phillips is an information technology executive with over 30 years of professional experience at publicly traded and privately held companies. His accountabilities and expertise include information systems strategy, daily operations, and organizational alignment. In addition to being the Chief Information Officer, John also holds executive accountability for the enterprise supply chain including inventory planning, inventory procurement, inventory deployment, distribution, warehouse management, general facilities management and inbound / outbound logistics. Prior accountabilities at Briggs Healthcare have included Customer Service, Quality Control, and Regulatory Affairs where John guided the enterprise through its first ISO 13485 certification.

    John is currently serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Briggs Healthcare and its subsidiaries (Briggs Corporation, DMS Holdings, Briggs Medical Supply Company, Mabis Healthcare, Duromed Industries, and OmniMed). Previous positions include the CIO of Uline in Waukegan, Illinois, the Corporate Director (CIO) of Information Technology & Services at Trinity Industries in Dallas, Texas, the CIO of a US Freightway’s reverse logistics subsidiary in Dallas, Texas, the Director (CIO) of Management Information Systems for PrimeSource Building Products in Carrollton, Texas, and progression through several levels of management at Frito-Lay and Texas Instruments.

    John has a Master of Arts degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology.

    John is active in several professional societies and organizations, and is a Trustee Board member for the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), and held similar Board positions for the Dallas-Fort Worth SIM Chapter.

    John has published articles in Handheld PC Magazine and Internet Week, and has been a guest speaker at many industry events including the Micro Focus International Users Conference, Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, and Gartner’s regional client briefings.

  • Mark Polansky
    Executive in Residence, HMG Strategy
    Founder and CEO
    Outlook Solutions

    Through his company Outlook Solutions LLC, Mark’s work is focused on building and leading communities of interest comprised of Chief Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers as well as Human Resource and Talent Acquisition executives, Chief Diversity Officers, and other transformational leaders. He creates and leads advisory boards that provide platforms for thought leadership among IT executives, technology providers, and entrepreneurs for peer and expert interaction, sharing, and networking around innovation and best practices.

    Previously in his 25-year career as co-founder, managing director, and senior partner in Korn Ferry’s Technology & Digital Officers Executive Search Practice, Mark recruited IT and Digital executives - CIOs, CTOs, CDOs - across vertical sectors including Consumer, Industrial, Life Sciences, Technology, Higher Education and Nonprofit. His consultative approach to executive search encompassed position definition and specification, search and diversity strategy, and process innovation. Clients ranged from Fortune 100 to high growth venture-backed companies, as well as prestigious public and private research universities and mission-driven nonprofit organizations.

    Before entering the search field, Mark developed and supported information systems for the Financial Services and Higher Education sectors and he currently serves as an Executive Advisor and Mentor for the master's degree program in Information Technology at Northeastern University and previously at Columbia University. Additionally, he serves as an Operating Advisor to private equity firm Recognize Partners, and as a Strategic Advisor to HMG Strategy and Tricentis.

    Mark frequently addresses conferences and writes on technology career management topics having originated the “Executive Career Counsel” column in CIO Magazine and at CIO.com. He is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and served as President of the New York Metro Chapter. He sits on the Advisory Boards of The Information Technology Senior Management Forum or ITSMF - the premier national organization dedicated to cultivating executive leadership among Black technology professionals, and its sibling organization HITEC - the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council.

    Mark earned a master’s degree in Computer Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY. 

  • Pieter Poll
    Senior Vice President

  • Stephen Pratt
    Chief Executive Officer
    Noodle Analytics

  • Yvonne Scott
    CIO Concierge LLC.

    S. Yvonne Scott is the Chief Information Officer of Crowe Horwath, LLP. With over 3,000 staff located across 28 offices, Crowe is the eighth largest accounting firm in the United States. She joined Crowe in 2008 and is responsible for directing all aspects of the firm’s information systems and purchasing related activities. She is a key contributor the firm’s transformation and growth initiatives. Prior to joining Crowe, Yvonne was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GATX Corporation, a Fortune 1000 NYSE traded company that specializes in the leasing of long-lived assets to corporate customers. Her responsibilities included the management of all Information Systems related activities.  Before becoming GATX’s first enterprise CIO, Yvonne held various positions within the company including Manager, Information Systems Audit, Assistant Director of Information Technology; Director, GATX Chemical Logistics; Vice President, Integrated Solutions Group; Vice President, Strategic Initiatives GATX Rail, and Vice President and CIO GATX Rail. Prior to joining GATX, she worked for Unocal Corporation, a Fortune 100 NYSE traded Energy Company, leading their global internal consulting and IS audit services. Yvonne currently serves on the board of directors of i.c. stars, a non-profit organization that trains and prepares inner-city youth for careers in information technology and dedication to community involvement and leadership. She is currently serving as the chair of this organization’s governance committee and is a member of the executive committee. She also serves on customer and industry event advisory boards. Yvonne has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Accounting from Purdue University. In addition, Yvonne has published articles in professional journals, frequently presents on IT leadership at professional association meetings and supplier conferences and has served as a CIO panelist at several conferences and seminars. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Certificate in Data Processing.

  • Sydney Sloan
    Chief Marketing Officer

    Sydney is Alfresco's Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for driving customer, product, partner and industry marketing.

    Prior to joining Alfresco, Sydney was head of Customer Experience at Jive Software where she helped to drive customer retention and growth programs which resulted in increased renewal rates for the company through integrated customer communications and marketing programs. She introduced customer value engineering team to develop financial justification models and metrics to enable customers to quantify the value of their investments. Prior to joining Jive, Sydney Sloan spent nine years at Adobe Systems running enterprise product marketing and industry solutions marketing as well as contributing to Adobe’s Open Source initiative.

    Sydney is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

  • Frank Yanan
    SVP, GIS Business Information Security Officer (BISO)
    Bank of America

    Frank is an SVP / Business Information Security Officer for Bank of America where he manages risk for key client facing applications and lines of business. 

    Prior to the Bank, Frank was Global Head of Security Operations for Zurich Insurance.  At Zurich, he set the vision & strategy for Zurich’s global security toolkit and oversaw its daily operation.  He also led Zurich’s Identity Administration Management team.

    Throughout his career, Frank has held several impactful IT Leadership positions, including CIO for Barrington Capital, Head of Global Applications for Hewitt, Chief Delivery Officer for Sears and SVP /  Practice Lead at The Revere Group, an IT consulting firm.   He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Northwestern University and is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Association for Information Technology Professionals and the Society for Information Management.


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM  

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:20 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Susan Malisch, VP & CIO, Loyola University Chicago

Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

Kevin Rooney, Executive Partner, Gartner

8:20 AM - 8:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Leading in a Digital Age

John Phillips, EVP & CIO, Briggs Medical Service Company

CEOs and Boards are jumping on the digital bandwagon out of fear that that their companies may end up following in the footsteps of Eastman Kodak, Blockbuster, and Sears. 

CIOs are expected by their CEOs and Boards to be digital change agents and John Phillips, EVP and CIO of Briggs Healthcare knows the journey all too well. Briggs Healthcare is heading into the final stages of a six year transformation focused on enabling the company to fulfill its digital business strategy. John's push for and delivery of a cloud-first strategy is the springboard for the company's self-declared digital-first strategy.

In this session John will unravel the sacrifices and organizational shifts necessary before a business is able to achieve its cloud / digital transformation goals. He explores the willingness of business to transform themselves, help determine the right time for change, and reveal whether or not a cloud-based platforms are mature enough to transform and run a business.  

8:50 AM - 9:10 AM  Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Reimagining the Digital Enterprise

Nancy Berce, Vice President, Business and Technology Services, Abbott Laboratories

Paul Martin, Corporate VP & CIO, Baxter International

Rob McGillen, Chief Digital Officer and CIO, AIA Corporation and Found & CEO, Practically Digital LLC

Yvonne Scott, CIO, Crowe Horwath LLP

Sydney Sloan, Chief Marketing Officer, Alfresco

Moderator: Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Truly successful leaders are advancing the traditional leadership role by stepping up with bold, game-changing and transformational digital strategies to grow the business, create value, dominate markets, and deliver innovation to a new generation of demanding customers. They are taking broader and more proactive roles in enterprise-level operational functions and shared services, forming business strategy and leading execution, and winning an increasing number of Board of Director seats.

This panel of executives will share their leadership, innovation and transformation strategies that have earned them recognition among the most successful leaders of today – and take a look ahead at reimagining the enterprise in the next era of the digital age.

9:50 AM - 10:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:10 AM - 10:50 AM  

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: 2017 Trends and Predictions - What They Mean for CIOs

John Engates, CTO, Rackspace

Rackspace CTO John Engates explores technology trends and his predictions for 2017. What do these trends mean for CIOs? Most have some common themes that should influence plans for the coming year, including multiple clouds, security and big data. 

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: The View on the New Presidential Administration

Israel Martinez, Chairman Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO, Axon Global

Israel Martinez has worked with multiple U.S. Presidential Administrations, including his involvement on President Trump’s 100-Day Team. During this executive briefing, Israel will share his perspective on the high-level direction of the Trump Administration in critical areas such as cyber security and policy making as it pertains to both the public and private sectors.

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Information Security and Innovation – How Can We Have Both?

Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, Cook County Government

Israel Martinez, Chairman Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO, Axon Global

John Parkinson, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Strategy & Technology, Allstate

Frank Yanan, Global Head of Security Operations, Zurich Insurance Group

Moderator: Michael Gabriel, Partner & Data Protection Practice Lead, Stridium Cybersecurity Advisors LLC

Information security is often viewed as roadblock to innovation and moving quickly in a highly competitive environment. This panel will focus on how to foster innovation and leverage security as a competitive advantage. We will provide strategies that can be quickly implemented to achieve the overall goal of secure innovation.

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM  


EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: The Social Responsibility of our Profession in the World of Today

 Jack Barsky, Former IT Executive, Author and Public Speaker

SIM Chicago News - Kevin Rooney, Executive Partner, Gartner

Presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Change Begins with Powerful Leadership

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

John Madera, Corporate Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates

Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry

Moderator: Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars

The secret sauce to driving transformational change is compelling leadership where senior executives clearly communicates the mission and inspire employees to strive for greatness. But driving organizational change is no easy task, especially in long-established companies where cultural roots run deep.

This session will explore the leadership qualities that search recruiters look for in senior executives along with the leadership techniques that foster long-term success.

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

Thomas Anderson, Enterprise Cloud Leader, GE Digital

Steve Corndell, General Manager & VP of Commercial Sales, Turbonomic

Jason Kolb, CEO/CTO, Dais

Stephen Pratt, Chief Executive Officer, Noodle Analytics

Moderator: Jeff Pashalides, Corporate, Sequoia Capital

As business continues to change at warp speed, IT executives need to be able to manage the current state while framing the future state of the business. Understanding the future trends that are on the horizon and their potential to reshape the business and drive value is critical to any IT leader.

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

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE: The Network’s Growing Relevance for Digital Transformation

Pieter Poll, Senior Vice President, CenturyLink

Digital Transformation is the hottest buzzword in IT – and it’s really happening. Today’s innovative businesses are harnessing the power of digital to improve operations; disrupt competition and devise new businesses and business models.  In most organizations the network architecture currently in place is outdated and was designed for an era when the majority of network traffic was “best effort” in nature. Traditional networks must now evolve because they have limitations with respect to supporting a digital organization.  Dr. Poll will review the most recent trends in network evolution along with insights on which are fads vs. transformative and even revolutionary. This will be done through both the lens of cost as well as service innovation and partnerships.

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Summoning the Courage to Lead and Drive Innovation

Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics

Daphne Jones, Sr. Executive & Chief Information Officer, GE Healthcare Global Services, General Electric

Bud McQuade, Vice President of Information Technology, Duracell

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

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

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

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

A FOUNDER'S STORY: Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars

Founders experience discomfort; they leave the known for the unknown. Sandee Kastrul is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit organization and social enterprise that prepares inner-city adults for technology careers and community leadership. Sandee will share her founder’s story, moments of growth, and how the training became recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation for “driving innovation.”

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • CenturyLink

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

  • Rackspace

    Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 150 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace is a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes and others as one of the best companies to work for.


Platinum Partners

  • Alfresco

    Alfresco is leading the convergence of ECM and BPM, helping create efficient connected processes which present content in context. More than 1,800 companies in 195 countries rely on Alfresco, including leaders in financial services, healthcare, and the public sector. A global partner network and thousands of open source developers are ready to help you use it to accelerate your digital transformation. To learn more, visit

  • Turbonomic

    Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance. Turbonomic’s patented decision engine dynamically analyzes application demand and allocates shared resources to maintain a continuous state of application health. Launched in 2010, Turbonomic is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the virtualization and cloud space. Turbonomic’s autonomic platform is trusted by thousands of enterprises to accelerate their adoption of virtual, cloud, and container deployments for all mission critical applications.


Gold Partners

  • Apptio

    Apptio is the leading software to fuel digital transformation. We help technology and finance leaders make smart decisions as they plan, analyze, and optimize technology investments in pursuit of digital transformation.  Apptio’s software uses machine learning to translate technology costs and utilization across on-premises systems, vendors, projects, agile and cloud systems into a holistic, business-centric view. With Apptio, IT leaders make smarter digital transformation investments.

  • Comcast Business

    Comcast Business provides a variety of enterprise solutions for network connectivity and managed services that enable large businesses to simplify the complexity of their network in the face of dynamic innovation. Comcast Business can design, build, implement and manage the custom network solutions required for today's large, distributed enterprises. With simple, secure and reliable managed solutions available nationwide, customers receive the cost competitive voice, data and support services they need in order to meet their strategic business objectives and gain the competitive edge. Our innovative and cost saving technologies will change the way you improve, adopt and support new technology today and into the future.

  • Information Builders Inc.

    Information Builders provides the industry's most scalable software solutions for data management and analytics. We help organizations operationalize and monetize their data through insights that drive action. Our integrated platform for business intelligence (BI), analytics, data integration, and data quality, combined with our proven expertise, delivers value faster, with less risk. We believe data and analytics are the drivers of digital transformation, and we’re on a mission to help our customers capitalize on new opportunities in the connected world. Visit us at informationbuilders.com and follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs.

  • Lenovo Software

    Lenovo Unified Workspace is a software product that brings together all of the business and personal tools employees use – apps, websites, file-sharing services – into a single workspace with a consistent experience on any computer, tablet or smartphone. This enables businesses to redesign their technology environment around employee flexibility and choice, while improving employee productivity, enhancing network security, reducing costs and simplifying IT management.

  • Neudesic

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

  • Tintri by DDN

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

  • ScaleArc

    ScaleArc enables zero downtime for apps in a database environment. The ScaleArc software deploys transparently between apps and SQL databases to deliver an agile tier. Enterprises leverage ScaleArc to enable failover that is transparent to apps and users, perform zero downtime maintenance, and scale out database capacity with no application changes. ScaleArc deploys on prem or in the cloud and simplifies database upgrade, cloud migration, and data center projects such as building active/active data centers for high availability. Enterprises, including Dell.com, Microsoft, Nasdaq, and Virgin America, rely on ScaleArc for the critical apps responsible for revenue or reputation.


Supporting Partners

  • appOrbit

    appOrbit enables the next generation of Application Life-cycle Management for both legacy and modern apps. With appOrbit, you can create full copies of your application, including the data, and seamlessly spin up the application on any infrastructure or cloud. Why does this matter? You can test code as fast as your developers can write it, increasing the frequency of code deployments from weeks to hours. You can leverage the cloud for Dev/Test and reduce infrastructure and staffing costs by up to 50%.

  • 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.


Research Partners

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.


Strategic Partners

  • Spencer Stuart

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

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Egon Zehnder

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


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

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

  • 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 Chicago

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders, comprised of over 3600 members, including CIOs, prominent academicians, consultants, other senior-level IT leaders, and vendors. SIM is a community of thought leaders who share experiences and rich intellectual capital that is applied for the future direction of IT. The Chicago SIM Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the association with more than 200 members. Chicago SIM provides a unique opportunity to interact with thought leaders throughout the technology field and to join peers in giving back to the industry and community. Chicago SIM serves the Northern Illinois area.

The Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe
Chicago, IL

Room rate is $289/night. This rate expires on May 5, 2017.

Reservations may be made on the HMG booking site https://aws.passkey.com/e/48990980


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.

Special Needs 
We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance of any kind, please call us at (203) 221-2702 or email us at registrar@hmgstrategy.com.


For more information contact us:

(203) 221-2702

HMG Strategy Executive Leadership Summits deliver world class thought leadership where attendees receive unique insights into best practices and hear success stories involving leadership, management, technology and career development.

Key Areas of Focus Include:

  • Leading Courageously and Authentically in Times of Crisis
  • Reimagining the Business and the Future of Work
  • Winning the War on Talent
  • Creating a Workplace of Diversity and Inclusion to Foster Innovation
  • Becoming Boardroom Ready
  • Blazing the Path to Secure Innovation
  • Strengthening Your Personal Brand

The Strongest Executive Leadership Network

© 2020 HMG Strategy, LLC. All Rights Reserved.