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2018 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

Event Highlights

Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent – Driving a Culture of Genius for Success

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

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

  • Daniel Abdul
    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

    Mr. Daniel Abdul is a visionary leader in Digital Strategy and Technology Delivery.  He has lead global and cross-functional teams in Technology Services, and Health Care industries through growth and transformations. He currently leads commercial technology development and big data strategies for United Health Group.  Dan’s areas of expertise are in developing commercial technologies, and emerging technologies (i.e. Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and DevOps capabilities)

    Daniel also sits on several boards, including the Mental Health Connect, which works to open doors for those living with Mental Illness and Genesys Works, a national non-profit which enables economically-disadvantaged high school students to enter and thrive in the economic mainstream.

    Daniel is a US Army medically retired veteran, where he served as a squad leader and Blackhawk flight medic.

    Daniel’s solid academic background includes an MBA, a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. 

  • Wes Arens
    Alvarez & Marsal

    Wes advises CEOs facing digital disruption. He provides advisory services to senior business leaders and their investors on how to improve innovation and business performance. Wes is an expert on digital transformation and the business models that are transforming how work gets done in the 21st century. 

    Wes helps CEO’s clarify their customer vision, market point of view and ask the hard questions necessary to transform the business.  Using leadership principles learned from Amazon he collaborates with senior leadership to leverage their collective intelligence to create their own culture of innovation.  This proven approach has helped dozens of companies unlock new innovations, objectively assess their own internal capabilities and operational gaps, and transform business models. The outcome is an actionable roadmap on where to place critical digital bets that aligns to broader business strategy and overall investment priorities.

    Wes currently serves private clients through Wes Arens and Advisors, LLC on digital strategy and transformation.  As a former Managing Director at managing consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, Wes led numerous digital strategy engagements at Fortune 250 companies across multiple industries (high technology, consumer package goods, retail, education, healthcare, utilities, and advanced manufacturing).

    Previously, Wes was Vice President of Merchant Services and Sales with Amazon.com, where he oversaw the commercialization of Amazon's outsourcing platform for enterprise customers.  He was responsible for driving enterprise direct sales, channels, alliances, and partnerships.  His team worked closely with leading enterprises to provide e-commerce digital capabilities that leveraged Amazon's world-class digital technologies for customer service, payments, order fulfillment and online merchandising.

    Prior to Amazon, Wes was a senior executive at Syncra Systems, a leading SaaS supply chain management company providing internet-based collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment solutions to the largest retailers and their suppliers. Wes started his career at IBM and served in various sales management roles during IBM's historic transformation from a hardware company to a services company.   When he left he was responsible for IBM’s overall global B2B market place initiatives.

    Wes grew up in Boston and graduated from Boston College and currently lives in the Seattle area.

  • Bryce Austin, CISM
    Cybersecurity Consultant | Fractional CIO / CISO Services, Incident Response, Ransomware
    TCE Strategy

    Bryce Austin is a leading voice on communication techniques with executive leadership on technology and cybersecurity issues. With over 10 years of experience as a CIO and CISO, Bryce has influenced the boards of companies in industries as diverse as financial services, retail, healthcare, technology and manufacturing industries. He founded TCE Strategy, which specializes in strategic consulting on technology and cybersecurity.

    Bryce holds a CISM certification and is known as a thought leader, cybersecurity expert and nationally-recognized public speaker. He started his technology career on a Commodore PET computer and a cassette tape drive. Bryce is known for creating business value from technology opportunities, implementing technology security that promotes a positive end-user experience, and wearing t-shirts with clever jokes so obscure that they are often humorous only to himself.

    Bryce received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. He, his wife and two young sons live in Lakeville, MN.

    Fun fact: Bryce is a weekend high-speed track driver and coach at venues across the USA. He has over 15 years of experience, and has driven cars as diverse as an 85 horsepower Saturn to a 650 horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo. He has had over 100 students, none of whom have died while under his instruction.

  • Robin Brown
    CIO, Protein North America

    Robin is the CIO for the Cargill North America Protein Group. She has 24 years of IT experience in the agriculture, construction, healthcare, government, consulting, retail and financial sectors. Prior to Cargill, she was the VP & CIO at Mortenson Construction and held other senior leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group, Accenture, Best Buy, and Arcadia Financial.  She is known for driving technology-enabled innovation, strategic business transformation, building global shared service capabilities, and transforming IT functions to be value-driven while fostering relationships between the Business, Operations and IT delivery. 

    Robin is recognized as a transformational leader in the industry.  She is as a cultural change agent and has a reputation for stepping into very chaotic situations, assessing the landscape quickly, identifying gaps and creating a vision and strategy to move the business forward. Robin has a reputation for building and mentoring strong leadership teams that are based on a change agent philosophy and high expectations of accountability. Focusing on the culture and team member engagement is important to her. Robin’s passion is mentoring leaders and team members that have high potential.

    She is active in the community and holds several Board of Director roles. She is part of the Think IT Board of Advisors and the Governing Body for the Minneapolis HMG CIO Executive Leadership Summit.  She’s also on the Board of Directors for EMPOWER Leadership Academy for Girls, WLiT (Women Leaders in Technology), and New Market Bank.  Robin co-leads the Think IT Women in Leadership forums and was also the President and Founding Board Member of the West Lakes Chapter of National Charity League, focusing on mothers and daughters volunteering together.

    Robin has twin daughters in their second year of college. She travels quite a bit with her “empty nest” friends and enjoys bootcamp classes, running, volunteering, indulging in fabulous wine around her fire pit, spoiling her little niece and nephews, and riding her Harley. 

  • Paul Calatayud
    Chief Information Security Officer
    Aqua Security

    Paul Calatayud serves as America’s Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks. Prior to his role with Palo Alto Networks, Paul was Chief Technology Officer for FireMon, leading business development, corporate development, and product strategy. Paul is a two-time CISO and lead security strategy for a fortune 5 healthcare company providing cyber technology strategy for over 300K employees. Paul has held progressive roles in information security at the Department of Defense, Medtronic, Comcast, BAE Systems, Best Buy, and Vesta. Paul is also an advisor to half a dozen cyber companies, VC, and private equity firms. Paul holds multiple certifications including: CISSP, CISA, CISM, and GCIH. Paul holds a B.S. in Information Technology, MBA, Masters in Cryptography, and a PhD in Leadership.

  • Isaac Cheifetz
    Managing Principal
    Catalytic1 Executive Search

    Isaac Cheifetz has spent his career as an executive recruiter and strategic catalyst at the leading edge of Digital and Analytics innovation. Isaac works with software vendors, technology service firms, Fortune corporations and start-ups who are looking for leaders who understand how to leverage Digital Transformation for growth and the value of actionable insights that come from integrated world class Data Analytics.

    With a Global network in the Analytics and Digital industry from over 20 years as an executive recruiter, Isaac takes a sharpshooter approach to finding the right person for key roles in growing or changing industries. As a former consultant focused on analytics strategy and enterprise alignment, Isaac also provides assistance on talent strategy, organizational design, job design, and compensation analysis.

    Isaac is also the author of Hiring Secrets of the NFL: How Your Company Can Select Talent Like a Champion and a regular guest columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune on trends and best practices in the global economy.

  • Matt Dixon
    VP of IT

  • Renee Frey
    Founder and President
    TalentQ, Inc.

    Renee Frey, the President of TalentQ, Inc., author of “I Hate Mondays: A Guide to Landing a Job that Makes You Jump Out of Bed,” and former Executive Recruiter at Target Corporation has over 17 years of recruiting experience in a Search Firm and Fortune 30 company.  With a love for people, natural knack for conversation, and energy that can blow the roof off of any room – it makes sense that Renee Frey ended up in the recruiting industry!  Ready to bring a fresh approach to the recruiting industry, Renee started TalentQ, Inc, a nationwide recruiting firm headquartered in Hudson, Wisconsin.  As a recruiting expert, speaker, and author Renee clears the noise in hiring, making the recruiting process a positive experience for both candidates and clients, always putting people first.   TalentQ is proud to be certified as a Women Owned Business and takes pride in providing supplier diversity to the incredible companies they partner with. 

  • Rahoul Ghose
    ECMC Group

    Rahoul Ghose is the Former Senior Vice President & CIO at Lifetouch Inc where he has overall accountability for IT and digital business delivery for the company. Previously Rahoul was VP of Business Integration for Best Buy’s global shared services, VP Corporate IT Services for Cargill, and CIO for Cargill’s Animal Protein businesses. Rahoul’s earlier career was with Honeywell Inc where he spent over 18 years in various leadership positions, in IT as well as in Manufacturing Operations, Audit, and Marketing.

    Rahoul has been an invited speaker to China’s National Software Symposium at Chengdu. He also serves on the Board of the MacPhail center for Music in Minnesota. Rahoul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.  



  • Nate Haines
    Executive Search Consultant
    Russell Reynolds Associates

    Nate Haines co-leads Russell Reynolds’ office in Minneapolis/St. Paul and has experience recruiting for Board, CEO, and other senior leadership positions across a variety of industries. He has led recruitments for CIO, CTO and other senior technology positions, such as digital and data analytics leaders, for both public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 100 to Private Equity backed start-ups. He has also worked on senior recruitments for several leading management consulting firms.

    Prior to joining Russell Reynolds, Nate spent 15 years as a management consultant. Nate started his career at Arthur Andersen before joining Huron Consulting Group as one of its founding employees. While there, Nate held multiple roles with increasing responsibility. Most recently, as managing director (partner), Nate served as a leader for his business unit’s cultural advisory and performance review committees. Nate was also a facilitator for his business unit’s development program for high-potential employees on the cusp of promotion to managing director.

    At Huron, Nate’s business unit acquired a software company. He contributed to the integration of this acquisition and, as one of the senior leaders of his business unit, helped to grow its revenue by 200% over a period of approximately 5 years. As a consultant, Nate has had significant roles on more than 20 technology implementations including both vendor and custom solutions.

    Nate has presented at dozens of industry conferences and has written articles which have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Business Review.

    Nate received a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Iowa where he was a Hancher-Finkbine nominee. He received an M.B.A. (with honors) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

  • Steven John
    CIO at Aramark Uniform Services, AmeriPride Services, and Aramark Refreshment Services

    Steven John is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of AmeriPride Services, a leading textile services and supply company in North America.  As a part of AmeriPride’s executive leadership team, Steven is responsible for the overall leadership of the Information Systems Team, enhancing the customer experience and accelerating the company’s growth strategy through digital innovation and technology. John most recently served as CIO of Workday Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise applications for human resource management, payroll and finance, where he worked closely with IT leaders and their teams to realize the full benefits of cloud computing. He was an integral part of Workday’s senior leadership team and played a key role in the company achieving and maintaining the highest IT standards and processes. John was previously the CIO at H. B. Fuller Company and Agriliance and also held leadership positions with the Society for Information Management (SIM), First Health, CIGNA, Unisource Network Services and Transora. For ten years, he has also served as a facilitator for SIM’s Leadership Forum and he is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council. He is also a mentor in the CIO Executive Council’s Pathways program and a contributing writer to CIO magazine. John was selected as a ‘Premier 100 IT Leader’ by Computerworld Magazine in 2006 and was presented the CIO Executive Council’s Leadership Award in 2008. Under his leadership, H.B. Fuller was ranked among the ‘Top 500’ leaders in business technology by Information Week in 2009 and he was also recognized by Information Week in 2010 as an industry innovator for his work implementing cloud solutions. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and completed graduate work at Temple University.

  • Jeff Kubacki
    Founder and CEO
    CIO Consulting Services, LLC

  • Kate Lanners
    Director Supply Chain and Healthcare Business IT Leader
    (Nalco Water, Food & Beverage, Textile Care and Life Sciences divisions)

    Kate Lanners is a Business IT Leader for the Industrial divisions at Ecolab Inc; working with Industrial leadership to align technology solutions with business strategies.

    Kate began her career with Ecolab in 2004 and worked in IT roles as Network Telecommunications, Project Management, Integration Program Manager and IT Project Portfolio Manager following the Nalco and Champion acquisitions. Most recently IT Program Leader for Global Supply Chain.

    Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, an MBA from Capella University, and a Dispute Resolution Degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

  • Mike Larson
    VP, Technology Enablement

    Mike Larson is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Agiliti (formerly UHS) and is responsible for all aspects of IT strategy, service and solution delivery. Agiliti is a clinical equipment services company that helps health care organizations increase operating efficiencies by optimizing the equipment lifecycle. UHS helps health care organizations access, manage and maintain medical equipment so that their clinical staff is better equipped to care™ for patients. Agiliti owns and/or manages more than 700,000 pieces of medical equipment for over 7,000 national, regional and local acute care hospitals and alternate site providers in all 50 states.  Mike’s organization supports Agiliti’s 3000+ team members located across nearly 90 UHS and nearly 200 customer locations.

    Before to joining Agiliti, Larson served in several roles at Corelogic, Inc., a transaction processing and data & analytics company serving the real estate and property & casualty insurance markets. Larson served as VP, Software Product Engineering and as CIO for the National Joint Ventures business unit. Prior to Corelogic, Larson was VP/CIO for Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. responsible for all of IT functions supporting 6,500 employees and 500 retail coffeehouses. Before Caribou, Larson led the global IT function for Zomax, Inc., a global provider of outsourced supply chain services including manufacturing, fulfillment and customer contact. Preceding Zomax, Larson was the VP of Business Operations for Agiliti, Inc. an application service provider delivering software-as-a-service and managed hosting solutions. He also spent 10 years in IT and business consulting operating his own firm and leading multiple delivery organizations for a national firm.

    Larson graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) and an active volunteer with the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

  • David Morris
    Founder & Chairman
    HiPER Solutions

    David has spent his career researching and empowering leaders to transform their teams, their companies and their careers. His passion is to identify High Impact Performers (HiPERs) and help them reach greater success through a hybrid of technology-driven platforms and experience-based advisory. Recent clients have included E*TRADE, DIRECTV, Subway Restaurants, Western Digital, Wendy’s, ON Semiconductor, CBRE, YPO and many others. Previously, David co-founded Seedling Group, a Boston-based retained executive search firm, serving start-ups, publicly-traded companies, and private equity firms. He also helped launched the San Francisco office as a Director at Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner). David graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • John O'Neill
    Executive Client Partner
    The Nerdery

    John is a self-driven client partner who is adept at translating business objectives and marketing plans into well-designed solutions. Since joining The Nerdery in 2010, John has led multiple manufacturing, healthcare and retail Fortune companies through complex, multi-dimensional engagements that combine digital strategy, experience design, and software development. By continually increasing his knowledge of clients’ businesses and industries, John serves as a trusted, indispensable advisor and contributor to profitable, long-term growth for clients.

  • Abir Roy
    VP PMO
    Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

    Abir is a Vice President at Ameriprise Financial. He leads the PMO for the Insurance and Annuities business unit. His team is responsible for overall delivery and quality assurance for the Insurance and Annuities product investment portfolio. Abir brings more than 20 years of leadership and technology experience from a diverse set of industries. 

    He speaks three languages, and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

  • Brandon Salmon
    Director of Technical Strategy & Product Management
    Tintri by DDN

  • Jonathan Shoemaker
    Allina Health

    Jonathan Shoemaker is Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Improvement Officer.  He joined Allina Health in 2005. Prior to joining Allina Health, Mr. Shoemaker held information services roles within hospital and ambulatory settings.  He also worked with a national consulting firm focusing on information technology.  His tenure with Allina Health has included driving the strategies and implementation of major technologies that help improve the delivery of care. This includes the electronic health records and information exchange systems as well as ancillary EMR products, and the Allina Project Management Office.  Jonathan has operational oversight for the Allina Health Improvement System, partnering with leaders from across the organization to ensure we have aligned structures, processes and resources to facilitate performance improvement initiatives that can be sustained and spread across Allina Health.

    Jonathan has served as the committee chair for the State of Minnesota Standards and Interoperability Committee and currently serves on Minnesota’s eHealth Advisory Committee representing large hospitals.

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

    Preston Simons was most recently Chief Information Officer at Aurora Health Care, the largest healthcare provider and employer in Wisconsin, since 2015.  In that role, he led Aurora’s efforts to use data and innovative IT tools and services to deliver a person-focused, best-in-class integrated health care experience, and was responsible for every aspect of IT enterprise wide, including opportunity discovery, information strategy, applications development, infrastructure, business operations, cybersecurity, customer support, and IT investment portfolio management.

    Prior to joining Aurora, Preston was CIO of Abbott Laboratories, a Fortune 100 medical device and life-sciences company.  He previously served as the IT leader in several health systems, a health insurance plan and in the pharmaceutical industry.  He also had significant responsibilities for the IT component of many acquisitions and divestitures, including the AbbVie spin-off from Abbott Laboratories in 2013.  Preston is a thought-leader in running shared services such as IT as businesses within a larger enterprises, and has pioneered systemic changes in organizational structure, culture, and resource-governance processes to develop empowered, customer-centric, entrepreneurial organizations.

    Preston is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, and the Society for Information Management.  Additionally, he has had a leading role in the Chicago CIO Institute.  Preston holds a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.  He is a member of the Board of Governers for the Opus College of Business of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Matthew Werder
    Regional Technology Officer

  • Shawn Woessner
    Head U.S. Finance Management Practice
    Odgers Berndtson

    Based in Minneapolis, Shawn Woessner is the Head of the U.S. Finance Management Practice.  For nearly fifteen years, he has been responsible for leading and executing senior level, global search assignments primarily in the Consumer, Industrial, and Private Equity markets.

    Previously, Shawn was a Managing Partner and Head of the Financial Officer Practice of a global boutique and, prior to that, a Managing Partner at a Big Six global search firm.  He has led numerous financial officer searches as well as assignments for various functional heads across human resources, operations, information technology, engineering, legal and sales & marketing.  A Certified Public Accountant, he began his career at Arthur Andersen before holding accounting and finance roles in industry. 

    Shawn received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.

  • Jedidiah Yueh
    Founder and CEO

    Jedidiah Yueh has led two waves of disruption in data management, first as founding CEO of Avamar (sold to EMC in 2006 for $165M), which pioneered data de-duplication and shipped one of the leading products in data backup and recovery, with over 20,000 customers and $4B in cumulative sales. After Avamar, Jed founded Delphix, which pioneered data virtualization, with over $200M in its first 7 years of sales (10x Avamar over the same period) and over 30% of the Global 100 as customers. At the 2010 Fall DEMO conference, Delphix won a DEMO God award, and in 2013, the San Francisco Business Times named Jed CEO of the Year. Well connected in the venture community, Jed has raised over $150M from over 10 VCs and has more than 25 patents in data management. After being designated a US Presidential Scholar by George H. Bush, Jed graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Harvard. As Executive Chairman at Delphix, Jed partners with executives at industry leaders from Apple to Walmart to help them drive innovation through software.

  • Heather Zimmerman
    Principal – Digital Product Consulting

    Heather has 16 years of experience consulting with Insurance, Banking, and Wealth Management companies to solve business problems through transformative technologies. From product development to marketing, Heather has held multiple roles in enabling established firms and startups to adapt to the forces of digital business.


May 17, 2018, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

8:10 AM - 8:40 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Building Your Own Culture of Innovation The Amazon Way

Wes Arens, Former Amazon Executive, Digital Advisor and Strategist

Leaders at Amazon expect and require innovation and invention from their teams. They are externally aware and look for new ideas everywhere. Amazon has a thrilling power to innovate and disrupt. Wes Arens, a former Amazon executive turned business advisor to CEOs, will explain how leaders with vision and the fortitude to ask the hard questions can create a principled led culture of innovation of their own.

8:40 AM - 9:10 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Tech Talk:  Reinventing the American Dream

Jedidiah Yueh, Founder and Chairman, Delphix

Learn why the classics on innovation, including The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Lean Startup, are failing businesses worldwide. With disruptive forces accelerating, businesses need to learn the key frameworks for repeated success that continue to power Silicon Valley.

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM       

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE:  Nerdery Field Notes: Real Examples of What It Truly Takes to Transform

John O'Neill, Executive Client Partner, The Nerdery

Digital transformation – like a marathon – can be daunting, which is why astute runners and digital consultants break these endeavors into smaller, repeatable steps – all driven by behavior change, mindset shift and muscle memory mastery. A good digital strategy is not just a plan to build the next big thing – it’s a plan to equip your organization with the capabilities to continuously build the next big thing, whenever it may come.

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM  

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:50 AM - 11:30 AM  

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

Dan Abdul, VP Data Strategy and Commercial Implementation, UnitedHealth Group

Paul Calatayud, CSO Americas, Palo Alto Networks

Abir Roy, VP PMO, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Jonathan Shoemaker, CIO, Allina Health

Preston Simons, Former CIO, Aurora Health Care

Moderator: Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

In the new digital era, successful companies aren’t working harder – they’re working smarter. Intelligent enterprises are harnessing new technologies that include Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to identify and act on new business opportunities, automate key facets of their operations, and boost organizational productivity.

This panel of executives will discuss advancements in technologies that are driving speed to market and a competitive edge.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

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

Isaac Cheifetz, Managing Partner, Catalytic1 Executive Search

Renee Frey, Founder and President, TalentQ, Inc.

Nate Haines, Executive Search Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

David Morris, Founder, Chairman & CEO, HiPER Solutions Group, The HSG 

Shawn Woessner, Head U.S. Finance Management Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Moderator:  Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

Today’s technology executive plays a pivotal role in helping his or her organization respond to the forces of change to become a digital enterprise, no matter what business they are in. In essence, they serve as conductors to orchestrate the three pillars of organizational success – people, processes, and technology – and to draw upon their unique view of the enterprise to bring these elements into harmony. What are the skills and steps necessary to lead a successful digital transformation, develop collaboration with the C-suite and board, and fine-tune your personal brand to empower your career ascent?

This panel of top technology search executives will share valuable advice on what key attributes and strategies, beyond leadership, are making some technology executives more successful than others.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE WORKGROUPS: Exploring the Most Impactful Technologies of 2018 

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

  1. Security (SESSION LEAD:  Paul Calatayud, CSO Americas, Palo Alto Networks)
  2. AI and Machine Learning (SESSION LEAD:  Dan Abdul, VP Data Strategy and Commercial Implementation, UnitedHealth Group and Bonnie Holub, Ph.D., Senior Data Analytics/AI Leader, ArcLight, Inc.)
  3. Blockchain (SESSION LEAD:  Wes Arens, Former Executive Amazon, Digital Advisor and Strategist)
  4. Cloud (SESSION LEAD:  Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy)
  5. Career and Leadership (SESSION LEAD:  Shawn Woessner, Managing Director & EVP, DHR International)
  6. Digital Disruption (SESSION LEAD:  Kate Lanners, Global Supply Chain IT Program Leader, Ecolab)

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Laying the Foundation for the Digital Roadmap

Matt Dixon, VP IT, FICO

Kate Lanners, Global Supply Chain IT Program Leader, Ecolab

Brandon Salmon, Director of Technical Strategy & Product Management, Tintri

Matthew Werder, CTO, Hennepin County Medical Center

Heather Zimmerman, Principal - Digital Product Consulting, Magenic 

Moderator:  Robin Brown, CIO, Protein Group, Cargill

As business continues to change at unprecedented speed, IT executives need to be able to manage and protect 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 insights around emerging trends, technologies, and how to develop a roadmap for the future while securely protecting the company’s digital assets.

3:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Transition Break

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Lead, Reimagine, Reinvent:  Driving a Culture of Genius for Success 

Rahoul Ghose, Former SVP & CIO, Lifetouch

Steven John, CIO, Ameripride Services

Jeff Kubacki, VP & CIO, Winnebago Industries, Inc.

Mike Larson, SVP & CIO, Universal Hospital Services 

Moderator: Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy

As companies accelerate with digital transformation initiatives, technology executives play a vital role in identifying top opportunities for leveraging technology to create new business models and reimagine the future state of the enterprise. This requires a new way of thinking to identify new market opportunities and how technology can be harnessed to drive innovation. This panel of technology executives will discuss their roles in leading digital transformation strategies along with how they can work with fellow members of the C-suite to ensure successful execution.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Presenting Partners

  • The Nerdery

    The Nerdery is a hivemind of software engineers, strategists, human-centered designers and problem solvers who push boundaries to create digital products and services that better people’s lives and drive business outcomes. The Nerdery is headquartered in Minneapolis with additional offices in Chicago, Kansas City and Phoenix. Founded by three programming pioneers in 2003, The Nerdery made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in its first nine years of eligibility. The Nerdery was built on the belief that passionate Nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs.


Platinum Partners

  • Magenic

    Magenic is a digital technology-consulting firm that helps get your digital products to market faster. Magenic has the right strategy, the right process, and the right people to deliver your digital products with unmatched quality and speed.

  • 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.


Gold Partners

  • Adobe

    Adobe gives everyone—from emerging artists to global brands—everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences. We empower people to create beautiful and powerful images, videos, and apps, and transform how companies interact with customers across every screen. Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud, and Experience Cloud bring together our design expertise with customer intelligence to deliver experiences that get results. With a robust platform that’s powered by advanced science, a thriving community of partners and developers, and a culture that’s passionate about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with our products, Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences.

  • OneNeck IT Solutions

    OneNeck IT Solutions LLC specializes in hybrid IT solutions, including cloud and hosting solutions, managed services, enterprise application management, advanced IT services, hardware and top-tier data centers in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon and Wisconsin. OneNeck's team of technology professionals manage secure, world-class, hybrid IT infrastructures and applications for businesses around the country. OneNeck is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company, whose business units also include U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom. OneNeck employs nearly 550 people throughout the United States. Visit oneneck.com.

  • Rubrik

    Rubrik delivers a single software platform to manage and protect data in the cloud, at the edge, and on-premises. Enterprises choose Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management software to simplify backup and recovery, accelerate cloud adoption, and enable automation at scale. As organizations of all sizes adopt cloud-first policies, they rely on Rubrik’s Polaris SaaS platform to unify data for security, governance, and compliance.


Supporting Partners

  • Delphix

    Delphix is the industry leader for DevOps test data management. Businesses need to transform application delivery but struggle to balance speed with data security and compliance. Our DevOps Data Platform automates data security, while rapidly deploying test data to accelerate application releases. With Delphix, customers modernize applications, adopt multi-cloud, achieve CI/CD, and recover from downtime events such as ransomware up to 2x faster. Leading companies, including Choice Hotels, and Fannie Mae, use Delphix to accelerate digital transformation and enable zero trust data management. Visit us at www.delphix.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Russell Reynolds Associates

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

  • Spencer Stuart

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


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

  • Glynn Capital

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

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

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

  • Sequoia Capital

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


Association Partners

  • SIM Minnesota

    SIM Minnesota Chapter: For more than 25 years, the SIM Minnesota chapter has been the organization of choice for IT executives in Minnesota. Membership includes CIOs, CTOs and IT leaders, as well as consultants and academics from top Twin Cities and outstate business and institutions. The chapter has several meetings each year that feature both business and technology experts. These meetings provide tremendous opportunities for peer networking and valuable connections to the Minnesota IT community. MN SIM Purpose: An association of senior IT executives and other IT thought leaders who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members, their organizations and the profession. Key considerations for every Chapter meeting and event include the following: Focus on pertinent IT issues, raise awareness of developing industry trends Facilitate networking and knowledge sharing Serve as the voice of the IT community on critical issues


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