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The Tide Has Shifted:  Women in Tech Driving the Wave of Change in the C-Suite

As enterprise companies continue to take more active steps to increase the diversity of their leadership teams, there’s been a steady rise in the number of women stepping into technology leadership roles.

Despite these gains, female technology leaders are still underrepresented and often underpaid compared to their male peers. Moreover, there are significant challenges in attracting young women to STEM professions along with difficulties in retaining female technology professionals in the early stages of their careers.

This inaugural Global Women in Technology summit is designed by and for the top female technology leaders. This vital summit is aimed at recognizing the accomplishments of global female technology leaders.  The summit provides an international platform for women in technology to explore the topics they believe are crucial for the continued advancement of women in tech driving the wave of change in the c-suite.


  • Bhavani Amirthalingam
    SVP, Chief Digital Information Officer
    Ameren

    Bhavani Amirthalingam joined Ameren in 2018 as senior vice president and chief digital information officer. She is leading Ameren's digital transformation to deliver a differentiated customer and co-worker experience, leveraging emerging technologies to enable the grid of the future while driving operational excellence at scale. She is focused on accelerating technology solutions to enable greater safety, security, reliability and productivity at scale.

    Amirthalingam brings to Ameren both a breadth and depth of experience as a customer-centric innovator. Starting in 2015, she worked as chief information officer and business transformation leader of North American Operations at Schneider Electric, a Fortune 500 corporation specializing in global energy management and automation solutions integrating technology, software and services. There, she drove the organization's digital transformation across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. Previously, at World Wide Technology (WWT) Inc., she served as CIO and vice president of Customer Solutions and Innovation.  
     
    She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Madras, India, and an MBA in information management from the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai. Amirthalingam serves as a member of the Forbes Technology Council and an executive member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Information, Communication and Cyber Security (ICCS) Committee.
     
    Amirthalingam is as passionate about giving back as she is about driving results. She serves on the board for the St. Louis Ballet Company and the board of Soorya Performing Arts, promoting South Asian performing arts in North America. She also has been a mentor and coach for FIRST robotics competitions. She lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and two children. 

  • Robin Brown
    CIO, Protein Group
    Cargill

    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. 

  • Cindy Finkelman
    Chief Information Officer
    FactSet Research Systems

    Cindy Finkelman joined FactSet Research Systems as Chief Information Officer in June 2015.  Cindy is responsible for Enterprise Transformation, Project Management, Security and Enterprise Risk Management; and works with senior business leaders to build strategic, effective and efficient capabilities through innovative and transformational programs.  Cindy was recognized as CIO of the Year by the 2017 Markets Media Women in Finance Awards, for her transformative impact on the company, her mentoring of women technologists and her philanthropic work.

    Cindy is a senior executive with 20+ years of diversified management, technology and operations experience and has a proven track record of designing and delivering technology driven transformational programs in many blue-chip firms, including New York Life Insurance Company, ALICO, Merrill Lynch, Marsh & McLennan, Prudential, Booz Allan & Hamilton and MetLife. Cindy’s passion is for people development. She has sponsored various mentoring programs and Women in Technology initiatives.

    Cindy has an MBA from NYU in Corporate Strategy/Entrepreneurship, and a BS from SUNY/Albany.  Cindy is currently a Board member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) NY chapter where she is responsible for the Program Committee and actively participates in SIM Women. 

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Greenman
    Chief Information Officer
    Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global

    Jennifer Greenman is the Chief Information Officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). An accomplished health care executive with over fifteen years’ experience leading diverse teams in innovative technology solution development, delivery and support, Greenman joined CTCA® in July 2019 from H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, where she served for five years as Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

    In her role at CTCA, Greenman works to implement technology advances and enhancements to empower its internal and external partners with a resilient, responsive and high-performing technology infrastructure to meet the broad needs of the patients and families who come to CTCA for their care.   

    At Moffitt, Greenman provided leadership and strategic direction for technologies used across the institution, supporting exceptional care delivery and fueling breakthrough scientific discoveries. During her tenure, Moffitt was recognized as a "Best Place to Work in IT" by Computerworld from 2017 through 2019. Additionally, Moffitt was recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives as a “Healthcare Most Wired” organization in 2019, recognized for exemplifying best practices through the adoption, implementation and use of technology. Prior to that, Greenman worked for Tampa’s Bayfront Health System in a variety of IT management roles, including Chief Information Officer. She started her career as a Solution Delivery Consultant for Cerner Corporation. 

    Greenman obtained an MBA from the University of Florida and undergraduate degrees in Management Information Systems and Finance from Florida State University. She is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and was recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a finalist for the "CIO of the Year Award" in 2016 and 2018.

  • Sheila Jordan
    Chief Digital Officer
    Honeywell

    Sheila Jordan was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Symantec. Sheila was responsible for driving Symantec's information technology strategy and operations ensuring that the company had the right talent, stayed ahead of technology trends and maximized the value of technology investments. Her goal was to drive increased productivity, better efficiency and strategic business partnerships through simple and intuitive experiences for Symantec’s global workforce. Prior to joining Symantec in February 2014, Sheila served as Senior Vice President of Communication and Collaboration IT at Cisco Systems. Here she was responsible for delivering and integrating key IT services that touched Cisco’s global workforce. She drove productivity and a superior, holistic end-user experience for all employees through an integrated architectural approach. Within her purview at Cisco were collaboration platforms, user experience and support, and communications, collaboration and mobility services. During her nine-year tenure at Cisco, Sheila’s IT organization was recognized by the industry with awards presented by CITE, InformationWeek and CIO Magazine. She also received the 2010 Cisco Executive Sponsor Catalyst award for her leadership in developing successful relationships with customers, including several Fortune 100 companies. Active in social media, this year Sheila was recognized by ZDNet as one of the Top 100 CIOs on Twitter. In 2011, Sheila was named by CIO Magazine as “One to Watch.” She is a frequent speaker and spokesperson on the topics of collaboration, the consumerization of IT, IT as a service organization, and women’s leadership. Her views are included in the new book, “The Mobile Mind Shift” by author and Forrester analyst Ted Schadler. Earlier in her career Sheila worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where she was Senior Vice President of Destination Disney. A key architect of the strategic planning process, she was responsible for delivering profitable growth. She was instrumental in integrating marketing, sales, and services across the organization as Disney transformed its business from a product-centric to a guest-centric organization. Sheila serves on the Board of Directors for NextSpace, a Santa Cruz, CA-based firm that provides innovative physical and virtual infrastructure for entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative professionals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.

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October 26th, 2020
3:00 - 5:30 PM ET

 

3:00 PM

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy and Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, Technology Officers Practice, Korn Ferry


3:05 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  ZOOM


3:15 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Sheila Jordan, Chief Digital Officer, Honeywell


3:20 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Leading Courageously When Your Confidence Has Been Shaken

As leaders, we’ve all had times when our confidence has been shaken, but this can be particularly daunting for female executives when they participate as members of a male-dominated C-suite. Adding to this, many female executives are empathetic leaders, a potentially double-edged sword leadership style. In this panel discussion, discover lessons learned and sincere advice on how to overcome moments of self-doubt and courageously lead with confidence and compassion.

Moderator: Sheila Jordan, Chief Digital Officer, Honeywell

Panelists being confirmed.


3:40 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Reimagining the Business – Leading and Innovating in Times of Radical Change

When the world changed, companies across most industries had to develop radically new business models and digital services in order to survive and move forward. This includes driving a culture of speed and digital fluency throughout the organization. This panel of top global female executives will share their perspectives on how they led this radical change in business innovation and cultural change. 

Moderator:  Cindy Finkelman, CIO, FactSet Research Systems

Bhavani Amirthalingam, SVP, Chief Digital Information Officer, Ameren

Additional panelists being confirmed.


4:00 PM

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW:  Darktrace


4:10 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Reflections on Career-Defining Moments – Stories of Career Ascent Strategies

Nearly every senior executive has experienced a point in time when they reflect on their career ascent that has helped to define them. For female executives, these junctures have often given them the confidence to reach higher and pursue their ultimate goals. In this panel, hear first-hand accounts of positive and difficult moments that helped shape the careers of the top global women executives, along with motivational and inspiring messaging for female technology executives to pave their own path. 

Moderator:  TBD

Robin Brown,  CIO, Protein Group, Cargill

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

Additional panelists being confirmed.


4:30 PM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Breakout Session I

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Mentoring Women in Technology - From Next-Gen STEM Engagement to Navigating Mid-Career Conflicts

A report by ISACA found that 48% of women in tech feel that a lack of female mentors is one of the biggest barriers they face in the workplace. A shortage of woman-to-woman mentors only exacerbates the challenges of attracting young women to STEM professions along with retaining women who are torn by career and family conflicts. In this panel of up-and-coming female techstars, you’ll discover fresh approaches to drawing young women into tech careers and navigating the most common hurdles women face further into their career.

Moderator:  Jennifer Greenman, CIO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Panelists being confirmed.

Breakout Session II

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Preparing Yourself to be Boardroom Ready

Every company is on a digital journey. CIOs and CTOs are best positioned to guide that process – but not many find themselves on company boards. Why?

This panel comprises top technology executives who sit on company boards, as well as professional board coaches.  They will share insights into what it takes to be boardroom ready, how to get on a board, and what skills are needed to be effective in that role.

Moderator:  TBD

Panelists being confirmed.

 


5:00 PM

 

CLOSING EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Driving Cultural Change into 2021 and Beyond

Everything has changed. Brought into clearer focus now is diversity and inclusion and the cultural change that’s needed within organizations. This panel is a frank discussion with top global executives on what is required to prepare and execute cultural change beyond a global pandemic and into the future. 

Moderator:  TBD

Panelists being confirmed.


5:25 PM

 

HMG STRATEGY 2020 TOP TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVES TO WATCH AWARDS

Finalists being confirmed.

Presenting Partners

  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.

    https://zoom.us
  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 3,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,200 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.

    https://www.darktrace.com/

Supporting Partners

  • Zoom

    Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done.

    https://zoom.us

The Women in Technology 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.



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