Upcoming Summits

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2021 HMG Live! Portland CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Courageous Leadership and Fearless Reinvention:  Guiding the Modern Enterprise in Dynamic Times


Engage with world-class technology leaders, openly sharing business-technology strategies and innovation, reshaping the customer experience. Hear from industry leaders thinking differently, demonstrating courageous leadership and fearless reinvention. These top-tier executives will offer stories of successes and share advice on leaning in and leading into the C-suite and line of business, driving disruption and innovations that reshape and reinvent their go-to-market, while fostering a culture of trust and compassionate guidance for their teams.


“Trust changes everything for you as a leader, for your IT team and for your relationships.”

- Stephen M.R. Covey

“If I were to choose one group to collaborate with, one conference that I could go to in a year, it would be an HMG Strategy Executive Leadership Summit. The content is rich, the insights are useful, and the connections are amazing.” 

-  Cynthia Stoddard, SVP & CIO, Adobe

  • Selim Aissi
    Blackhawk Network

  • Carlos Alves
    Chief Customer Officer

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

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

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


  • Tricia Brand
    Chief Diversity Officer
    Portland Community College

    Latricia Brand (Tricia) began her tenure as Portland Community College’s (PCC) Chief Diversity Officer in January 2019. She helps to steer college-wide equity initiatives and also leads the Office of Equity & Inclusion where the district diversity council sits, and compliance roles for Title VII and Title IX. Tricia also teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Master’s in Educational Leadership program.


    Tricia joined PCC in 2014 as the Associate Dean of Student Development at the Southeast Campus, and served a year as the campus’ Interim Dean of Student Development. During this time, she led her campus student affairs efforts as deputy Title IX Coordinator, and supported areas such as student leadership development, student conduct, counseling, crisis management and intervention, and campus resource centers.


    Tricia has also served as a senior-level administrator at small colleges and large research universities--supporting historically underrepresented students and engaging college equity and diversity strategies. Prior to joining PCC, she was appointed Associate Dean of Student Engagement and Director Multicultural Affairs at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.  From 2006 to 2009 she was the Director of TRiO/Student Support Services and the Associate Director of Undergraduate Initiatives within the Multicultural Affairs and Student Success division at the University of Arizona. Tricia earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

  • Amanda Finch
    Chartered Institute of Information Security

    Amanda Finch is the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) and has specialised in Information Security management since 1991. She has always been an active contributor to the industry and for many years she has been dedicated to gaining recognition for the discipline to be recognised as a profession.

    Over her career she has been engaged in all aspects of Information Security Management and takes a pragmatic approach to the application of security controls to meet business objectives. Through her work she has developed an extensive understanding of the commercial sector and its particular security needs. In her current role she works with Industry, Government and Academia, assisting all sectors in raising levels of competency and education. 

    Amanda has a Masters degree in Information Security, Full Membership CIISec and is a Fellow of the BCS. In 2007 she was awarded European Chief Information Security Officer of the year by Secure Computing magazine and frequently listed as one of the most influential women within the industry.

  • Stephanie Franklin-Thomas

    Stephanie Franklin-Thomas is a senior information technology executive with over 24 years of experience assisting public and privately held companies in a variety of industries transform and protect their businesses worldwide. Stephanie’s career reflects a demonstrated track record in leading successful large-scale technology focused transformation initiatives, optimizing technology enablement to support business initiatives in complex, global business environments, and executing M&A transactions across the deal lifecycle in domestic and global markets. She also brings deep corporate governance experience through her work with corporate boards, including audit, risk and compliance committees and is qualified to serve on audit committees as a regulatory compliance expert.


    Currently Stephanie is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of ABM Industries, a leading provider of facilities solutions with revenues of over $6B and over 130,000 employees in 300+ offices deployed throughout the United States and various international locations. As ABM’s first CISO Stephanie is credited with driving security strategy and transformation with a specific emphasis on the development of a risk based fit-for-purpose program. 

    Prior to joining ABM, Stephanie has held various executive level positions at multibillion dollar firms.  She is the former Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of Motiva Enterprises, a Downstream oil and gas company that is the fully owned affiliate of Saudi Aramco with over $33B in sales revenue and the former IT Controller, Digital Technology at BakerHughes, a GE company, Oilfield services company with $12B annual revenue where she was responsible for all aspects of the IT Controllership/Governance function.  Within these roles she led several enterprise-wide transformation initiatives focused on strengthening the organizational security posture to adapt to changing cybersecurity threats.  She was a key member of internal management committees including Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk Management, and Information Technology and is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) champion holding positions board seats on the Corporate Women’s council and diversity network to elevate diversity and women’s issues and foster an inclusive work environment during her tenure at both organizations.

    Stephanie spent the bulk of her career in advisory consulting at Pricewaterhouse and EY, where she spent over 10 years with increasing responsibility. She provided professional services to public and privately held companies on regulatory compliance, business transformation, cybersecurity incident and response preparation, and merger and acquisition IT integration.


    She is a member of the St. Luke’s Hospital board of directors, and previously Stephanie served as the former vice chair of the of the Cybersecurity Committee of the Operational Planning, Control & Automation Technologies (OPCAT) division of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers board. the NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) board of directors where she chaired the Finance and Accounting Committee.  Due to the fluidity of the technology space Stephanie is also affiliated with numerous professional and industry associations.


    Stephanie attended University of Texas at Austin and received both her bachelors and Master of Business Administration degrees in Management/Finance from Our Lady of Lake University.  Additionally, she received her doctoral degree from the University of Northcentral Arizona in Organizational Development and Leadership. She is a published author, and frequent speaker on Cybersecurity and D&I topics, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association.  

  • Jimmy Godard
    SVP, Program Manager
    Bank of America

    Jimmy J Godard is one of the best at organizational IT changes. He has led global IT, and organizational changes with diverse teams, helped nonprofit organizations, and coached IT leaders to lead with passion and purpose and reach their full potential.

    Mr. Godard’s leadership journey and professional experience over the last two decades in the worlds of information technology and business are incredible. He made his debut in the financial industry as a peak-time teller. He ascended to a Senior program, change, and service delivery manager. He implements global technology changes that have an impact on people, processes, and technology.

    He has a unique perspective both on the business and technology sides. He holds a master's degree in computer information systems, a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), a certified goal success coach. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Information Systems and Technology. He is an instigator of process improvement and innovation with an unwavering determination to bring about results. He implements global technology integration efforts for Infrastructure, End User Computing, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures.

  • Reet Kaur
    Portland Community College

    Reet Kaur is a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Portland Community College (PCC), Oregon. Reet is a highly enthusiastic Cybersecurity leader who has supported organizations in the strategic planning and development of risk-based security programs to meet requirements for establishing, implementing, monitoring, and maintaining a security posture in the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape. Reet has 20+ years of experience working as a leader in IT and information Security in Fortune 500 companies like Nike Inc., AECOM, Fidelity and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commence (CIBC). She holds a Master's degree in Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada. She is a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), an (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an ISACA Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). She is passionate about mentoring and coaching to help uplift others in their careers. Diversity & inclusion are highly important to her and she believes that humility is the key to exceptional leadership.

  • Bryan Kirschner
    VP Strategy

  • John Kochavatr
    VP, Information Technology and Supply Chain
    Portland General Electric

    John Kochavatr serves as Vice President, Information Technology and Supply Chain at Portland General Electric (PGE). He enables PGE to deliver safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy to over two million residents by driving information technology, supply chain, and digital solutions across the enterprise.

    He leads a team of more than 600 people to help decarbonize and electrify PGE’s service territory. Kochavatr’s entrepreneurial leadership style encourages his team members to take calculated risks and put forth disruptive strategies with the goal of bringing about innovative change.   

    Prior to joining PGE in 2018, Kochavatr served as Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer at General Electric (GE) Water & Distributed Power from 2012 to 2017. He served in various CIO and IT leadership roles across several GE divisions, including Energy, Aviation, Oil & Gas, and financial services. He has extensive experience building and leading shared services teams, from acquisition integrations and divestitures to global enterprises such as SUEZ, SwissRe, and Berkshire Hathaway.

    Kochavatr started his career at early stage start-up ventures in online education and supply chain consulting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

  • Robert Mansell
    Principal Technical Fellow

    Rob Mansell, currently CTO at Catalyte, combines backgrounds in Healthcare and Payments with the effectiveness of data driven talent acquisition at Catalyte.


    Realizing the myriad of challenges facing payments in healthcare, yet the breadth of opportunity awaiting the innovator, Rob brings a focus from healthcare and payments to Catalyte’s ability to find, train, deploy and mentor diverse, technical, local talent from unusual places for companies to hire with no conversion fee.


    Prior to Catalyte Rob was Head of Product Management for Payments & Print at Change Healthcare where he led innovation around new and existing products, and managed effective solution delivery through to the broader healthcare market.


    When Change Healthcare needed to replace their four, legacy communication & print systems, Rob led a global evaluation of large Customer Communication Management solutions to select a best fit vendor solution for consolidating the four legacy systems of Change Healthcare.


    Before making his move into healthcare processing, Rob spent a combined 20 years in the payments processing industry; from managing the Visa real-time, Debit & Credit global payments system’s product development teams, to managing the product development teams for PayPal’s Payments, Compliance and Money Market solutions globally.


    While Rob’s final hoorah at Visa was his team’s reengineering of the global Visa Integrated Payment System to 100% availability, the focus at PayPal was more to develop and deliver many hundreds of new payments products and enhancements on time, with quality each year.


    It is challenging in general to create an effective product vision and feel confident of market adoption, making POC’s a must. This is especially true in healthcare and Rob found POC’s effective in trialing a new ‘Event-Based’ patient billing product as an alternative to month-end billing.


    As Rob hails from Australia, he finds family memories continue to be made during times of local and international travel, spending time with immediate and extended family. Rob moved to Portland, Oregon, 3 years ago with his wife, a daughter in high school and a son starting his career in IT, so life continues to be busy but interesting. 

  • Lee David Milligan, MD
    Sr. VP & CIO
    Asante Health System


    Dr. Milligan serves as Senior Vice President & CIO for Asante Health System in southern Oregon.  As such, he develops and leads the implementation of strategic plans for all enterprise-wide Information Services, Networks, Telecommunications, Clinical Informatics, Infrastructure, Health Information Services, Data Analytics and Information Security.  He is an Epic Physician Builder with certifications in Basic, Analytics and Orders.  He has served as a Director on a number of Healthcare boards including Propel Health, Oregon ACO, Ashland Community Hospital, Asante Physician Partners, and Asante Health System.  He is a frequent contributor to a variety of healthcare IT industry related periodicals, podcasts and live presentations. 

    Prior to serving as CIO, Dr. Milligan served in many progressive leadership roles including CMIO, Medical Director of Informatics, Medical Director of CDI, Physician Informaticist and Emergency Department physician.  He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and in Clinical Informatics.  He is also CHIME CHCIO certified.  He has worked clinically as an Attending Physician at all three of Asante’s Emergency Departments. 

    Dr. Milligan was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1997, and UCLA Emergency Medicine internship/residency in 2000.  He also attended the University of Utah for his undergraduate studies.  His wife Jennifer is a certified PA in Allergy & Asthma and together they are raising 4 children: Sean, Jake, Molly and Danny.  In his free time, he enjoys writing and spending quality time with his family in the Pacific Northwest outdoors--hiking and riding motorcycles.


  • Hunter Muller
    President and CEO
    HMG Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Deb Muro
    El Camino Health

    As the CIO for El Camino Health, Deb Muro has transformed and improved the consumer and patient experience through innovation and partnerships in the Silicon Valley.   With more than 25 years of combined nursing, clinical, healthcare and technology experience, Deb has held various healthcare IT leadership positions focused on the delivery and realization of optimal technology solutions and best practices.  Prior to joining El Camino Hospital, she served in Executive level positions for multiple health care organizations leading large enterprise wide digital transformation implementations spanning multiple acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, ambulatory clinics and community networks.   In her current role at El Camino, she is responsible for leading the technology strategy, resources and cybersecurity programs while re-defining services and products to meet today’s unique healthcare environment.      

    Ms. Muro holds a Bachelor in Science in Nursing Degree from Baylor University and a Master of Science Degree in Human Relations and Business from Amber University.   Deb was nominated as a Finalist for the Iowa Technology Association “Women of Innovation” Award” and has been identified by Becker’s Healthcare as one of the “100 Community Hospital CIOs to Know.” 


  • Ganesh Shankar

    Ganesh Shankar is the Chief Executive Officer and one of the founders of RFPIO, the industry’s leading software for response management. Using cloud-based automation technology, RFPIO fills a critical, and often missing, part of the sales process and helps organizations increase their sales win rates across the board. Ganesh has a strong background in product management, and today leverages that experience to drive excellence for the employees and customers of RFPIO.

    Recognized as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (PNW) Winner (2020), voted Top CEOs to Work For in Portland, Top CEO’s for Women, & Top CEO’s for Diversity by Comparably and included in Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

  • Michelle Soares
    VP of Technology
    Portland Trail Blazers

    Michelle Soares, Vice President of Information Technology, enters her first season with the Trail Blazers in 2020-21. In her new role, Soares directs all technology for both the Trail Blazers’ Broadcasting and Information Technology departments. Prior to joining the organization, Soares was the Global and US IT Enablement Director with KPMG for 12 years, worked for Wyndham Worldwide in International Service Delivery and Application Development for hotels worldwide and worked at AIG delivering eBusiness and Content Management solutions.

    Soares actively volunteered in her community in New Jersey and New York, prior to moving to Portland, with the Board of Dimension Learning and as an active EMT where she held different Board positions. Soares graduated from Mumbai University in India with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds a diploma in Pianoforte from the Trinity College of Music in London. Soares relocated to Portland two years prior with her husband, Neville, and two college-aged daughters. She enjoys cooking, running, hiking and playing piano in her spare time.

  • Christa Stout
    SVP Innovation & Technology
    Portland Trail Blazers

    Christa Stout, Senior Vice President of Innovation & Technology, is responsible for driving business and customer solutions through innovation and technology. In this role, she oversees the organization’s IT, Business Analytics, Digital Innovation, Advertising and Customer Experience departments. Her previous roles at the Trail Blazers include over six years leading Social Responsibility and the Trail Blazers Foundation, and three years leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Prior to joining the Trail Blaze rs in February of 2014, Stout oversaw the Portland Timbers Community Relations Department starting in 2011. Stout worked in Sport for Social Change in South Africa, Australia, Central and South America and Europe prior to moving back to her hometown, Portland, in 2011. Stout holds an MBA in International Business and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. She is a faculty member for the Sports and Entertainment Impact Collective in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, serves on the Latino Network and Boys & Girls Club boards and in her free time enjoys adventures with her husband and two daughters

  • Colleen Tartow, Ph.D.
    Director of Engineering

  • Cara Turano
    Chief Operating Officer
    Technology Association of Oregon

    Cara Turano, the Technology Association of Oregon’s (TAO) Chief Operating Officer, is a high energy, civically minded executive and a native of Atlanta, Georgia. In her role with TAO, she manages internal operations and an external portfolio that includes regional executive engagement, cybersecurity programming, tech advocacy and workforce/talent development with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in technology.

    Cara serves as the Innovation Awards Chair for the Tech Councils of North America (TECNA), sits on the Board of Directors for TECNA and is a member of the Prosper Portland's TechTown Diversity Pledge Steering Committee, the WorkSystems Workforce Development Board, the Oregon STEM Investment Advisory Council and a member of the Oregon Cyber Advisory Council (OCAC). Additionally, Cara has been a Junior League member in Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia and now Portland, Oregon where she is a sustaining member after 15 years of service. She served in the first class of the Association of Junior League’s Volunteer Solutions Specialists as an equity, inclusion and diversity consultant. Cara is the recipient of a Girl’s Inc. BOLD award, a TAG Diversity in the Workplace award, and Atlanta Business Chronicle and UGA Alumni Association Top 40 Under 40. In her spare time, Cara is an avid runner, reader and vegetarian chef with a soft spot for her 6 lb chihuahua, Toby, and a passion for social justice.  

  • Saby Waraich
    Chief Information Officer (CIO | CISO)
    Director of Marketing, Portland SIM
    Clackamas Community College

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

  • Kate Winkler

    Ruby CEO, Kate Winkler, has been in the technology sector for over 25 years, wearing just about every C-level hat. She’s successfully guided business large and small through various stages of growth, helping more than 75 companies capture $4B+ in enterprise value. Kate is a passionate and driven leader with expertise in customer experience, software, and high-growth business models. 


    Kate believes the best organizations are built on a clear vision with company-wide collaboration driven by a holistic sense of pride and ownership. She fell in love with Ruby’s mission to help small businesses thrive through human connections. 


May 25, 2021 -  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

10:00 - 10:10 AM PT


Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

Richard Appleyard, PhD, CIO, Oregon State Police

10:10 - 10:20 AM PT

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:  Trust is the Foundation to Innovation – A Fireside Chat with Bestselling Author Stephen M.R. Covey and Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

When there’s trust between technology executives and the CEO, the Board, line-of-business leaders along with team members, this acts as a strategic multiplier in maximizing human performance and the execution of teams towards achieving its strategic goals. In this exclusive interview with HMG Strategy President and CEO Hunter Muller, Stephen M.R. Covey, the bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and the global authority on trust, leadership and culture, shares how a trusting environment can accelerate innovation along with how a high-trust culture can optimize business outcomes. Stephen will also help you to discover how to find your ‘True North’ as a leader and how leaders can use this to help inspire team members to strive towards achieving the organization’s strategic goals.

10:20 - 10:40 AM PT

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Driving Innovation Through the Lens of a Female Technology Executive 

Numerous research studies reveal that companies which leverage diverse perspectives achieve greater success with innovation and business outcomes. This includes the unique insights that women technology executives offer in terms of reimagining the business and fostering a more inclusive and connected culture. 

In this panel discussion, global female technology executives will share the distinctive viewpoints they bring to business and organizational innovation along with the steps they’ve taken to get their voices heard to execute on fresh concepts for moving the enterprise forward.

Moderator: Cara Turano, Chief Operating Officer, Technology Association of Oregon

Deb Muro, CIO and RN, CHCIO, El Camino Health

Michelle Soares, VP of Technology, Portland Trail Blazers

Christa Stout, SVP, Innovation and Technology, Portland Trail Blazers

10:40 - 10:50 AM PT

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Driving Innovation Through the Customer Experience

Carlos Alves, Chief Customer Officer, OutSystems

Research reveals that companies which place their customers at the center of their business strategies generate greater loyalty, higher revenues and increased profitability compared to other organizations. Savvy organizations that are leveraging technologies such as low-code development are able to quickly act on customer sentiment and other types of customer data to create new products, services, and support capabilities that resonate with customers and provide their companies with a competitive edge.

In this Executive Interview, Carlos Alves, Chief Customer Officer at OutSystems, will share the benefits of applying a customer-centric approach, recommendations for fostering a customer-centric culture that can help boost a company’s Net Promoter Score, along with examples of leading companies that are succeeding with customer-focused models.

10:50 - 11:10 AM PT

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Accelerating Your Winning IT Strategy with World Class Technologies and Partnerships

Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the Internet of Things can enable business technology leaders to identify potential use cases and make a meaningful impact on the business. Yet the likelihood for success accelerates when companies have strong partnerships with trusted technology vendors who are able to provide their experience with other clients, expertise and resources to bring these opportunities to fruition.

This panel of executives will share use cases for leveraging advanced technologies and partnership that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market.

Moderator:  Richard Appleyard, PhD, CIO, Oregon State Police

Dr. Lee David Milligan, SVP & CIO, Asante Health System

Jimmy Godard, SVP, Program Manager, Global Technology & Operations, Bank of America

John Kochavatr, VP, IT & Supply Chain, CIO, Portland General Electric

11:10 - 11:20 AM PT


Enjoy a trip around the Partner Pavilion of our new virtual summit platform to learn about relevant technologies and services important to know about while you enter to win raffle prize drawings. Sponsor raffle prizes include:

  • Datastax$100 Amazon Gift Card
  • OutsystemsAmazon Gift Card
  • Starburst$100 Amazon Gift Card
  • GigamonBose TV Speaker - Bluetooth Soundbar
Be sure to stop by all the sponsor booths to gain leaderboard points that will enter you to win a $150 Amazon gift card! Also connect one-on-one with partners in the HMG Marketplace, as well as with attendees and speakers in the social lounge!

11:20 - 11:40 AM PT



We will share our exciting new recognition program and announce the regional winners!

Michael Chill, CIO, Johnstone Supply

Cara Turano, COO, Technology Association of Oregon

Saby Waraich, CIO, Clackamas Community College

Previous leadership award winner: 

Richard Appleyard, PhD, CIO, Oregon State Police

Pradeep Kumar, Practice Leader, Kaiser Permanente

11:40 - 11:50 AM PT

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Architectural Shifts for Modern Data Analytics

Colleen Tartow, Ph.D., Director of Engineering, Starburst

Companies are simultaneously on a quest to accelerate data-driven decision-making, while also reducing cost & complexity in their data architecture.  With major shifts in data storage and analytical systems, choosing the best path forward without repeating previous mistakes keeps most technology leaders up at night. This session will share how modern data analytics products like Starburst Data can speed up the time-to-value for your data.

11:50 - 12:10 PM PT

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Safeguarding the Enterprise Against Escalating Global Cyber Threats

Make no mistake – CISOs and cyber teams are at war against nation-state threat actors and other highly-trained adversaries. The recent SolarWinds cyber-attack is believed to be the most damaging hack of a Western government ever, along with still-to-be-determined impact on more than 425 companies in the Fortune 500 who receive services from SolarWinds. While the long-range impact for companies and government agencies continues to unfold, the attacks underscore how security is more important to organizations than ever. CEOs and Board members will be relying on CISOs and security leaders more than ever to help identify and respond to potential threats and to protect the enterprise and its crown jewels.

In this executive panel, CISOs and security leaders will share their recommendations for working with the CEO and the Board on looming cyber threats, including how best to communicate these risks and articulate where funding is needed most.

Moderator: Selim Assi, SVP & CISO, ICE Mortgage Company

Reet Kaur, CISO, Portland Community College

Stephanie Franklin-Thomas, VP & CISO, ABM

Amanda Finch, CEO, Chartered Institute of Information Security

12:10 - 12:20 PM PT

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Bryan Kirschner, VP Strategy, DataStax

Technology is not a strategy, but some strategies are only possible with the right technology in place, backed by an operating model tuned to make the most of its capabilities. More data than ever is available to CIOs--but architecture and practices fit for handling “less data, more slowly” aren’t enough to use it compete and win. We will dive into how today’s leaders have shown the  path toward starting, scaling, and sustaining shared mastery of the new “fast data” powering winning apps to drive growth.

12:20 - 12:45 PM PT

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Leading and Building a High Performing Culture

As remote work has extended across much of 2020 and into 2021, many CIOs and technology executives have expressed concerns about keeping employees engaged and motivated over the long-term. On top of this, it’s also been challenging to convey a sense of organizational culture both to existing employees and new hires. This panel discussion with top executives will focus on what’s required to cultivate a connected culture into the future – including one that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.

Moderator: Saby Waraich, CIO, Clackamas Community College

Kate Winkler, CEO, Ruby

Robert Mansell, Principal Technical Fellow, Catalyte

Ganesh Shankar, CEO, RFPIO

Tricia Brand, Chief Diversity Officer, Portland Community College

12:45 - 1:45 PM PT


Enjoy a trip around the Partner Pavilion of our new virtual summit platform to learn about relevant technologies and services important to know about while you enter to win raffle prize drawings. Also connect one-on-one with partners in the HMG Marketplace, as well as with attendees and speakers in the social lounge


Presenting Partners

  • DataStax

    DataStax is the company behind the massively scalable, highly available, cloud-native NoSQL data platform built on Apache Cassandra™. DataStax gives users and enterprises the freedom to run data in any cloud at global scale with zero downtime and zero lock-in. More than 450 of the world’s leading enterprises including Capital One, Cisco, Comcast, Delta Airlines, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Safeway, Sony, and Walmart use DataStax to build transformational data architectures for real-world outcomes. For more, visit DataStax.com and @DataStax.

  • OutSystems

    OutSystems is a global leader in high-performance application development. We partner with visionaries to turn their big ideas into software that moves business, people and the world forward. The OutSystems high-performance low-code platform gives technology leaders and developers the tools they need to rapidly build, deploy and manage their own business-critical applications. The company’s network spans more than 600,000 community members, 400+ partners, and active customers in 87 countries across 22 industries. OutSystems is “The #1 Low-Code Platform®” and a recognized leader by analysts, IT executives, business leaders, and developers around the world.

  • Starburst

    Starburst is on a mission to power analytics anywhere. Founded by the creators of open-source Trino, formerly known as PrestoSQL, Starburst unlocks the value of data by making it fast and easy to access anywhere. Starburst is the only commercial open source company that queries data across any database, making it instantly actionable for organizations. With Starburst, teams can lower the total cost of their infrastructure and analytics investments, prevent vendor lock-in, and use the tools that work best for their business. Organizations like Zalando, Slack, Grubhub, Comcast, and FINRA rely on Starburst to execute fast queries across their data lake and even federate queries across different sources.


Supporting Partners

  • Gigamon

    Gigamon offers a deep observability pipeline that harnesses actionable network-level intelligence to amplify the power of observability tools. This powerful combination enables IT organizations to assure security and compliance governance, speed root-cause analysis of performance bottlenecks, and lower operational overhead associated with managing hybrid and multi-cloud IT infrastructures. The result: modern enterprises realize the full transformational promise of the cloud. Gigamon serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of Fortune 100 enterprises, nine of the 10 largest mobile network providers, and hundreds of governments and educational organizations worldwide. To learn more, please visit gigamon.com.


Marketplace Partners

  • Darktrace

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

  • Forescout

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

  • PagerDuty

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

  • Globant

    We are a digitally native company that helps organizations reinvent themselves to create a way forward and unleash their potential. We are the place where innovation, design and engineering meet scale. • We have more than 20,000 employees and we are present in 18 countries working for companies like Google, Rockwell Automation, Electronic Arts and Santander, among others. • We were named a Worldwide Leader in CX Improvement Services by IDC MarketScape report. • We were also featured as a business case study at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. • We are a member of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord.

  • Sonatype

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

  • Horizon3.ai

    While Snehal Antani and Anthony Pillitiere were working to transform their cyber security posture, Red Team operations became a critical part of their strategy, but hiring consultants or maintaining a dedicated Red Team was expensive and could only cover a narrow slice of their enterprise. They started Horizon3.ai and fused military cyber attackers with artificial intelligence experts and automation engineers, to deliver continuous, automated, 100% coverage Red Teaming as a service. No consultants. No professional services. Delivered as a true SaaS offering.

  • Ivanti

    Ivanti unifies IT and Security Operations to better manage and secure the digital workplace. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI and the data center, we discover IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improve IT service delivery, and reduce risk with insights and automation. We also help you leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve delivery without modifying backend systems. Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit www.ivanti.com and follow us at @GoIvanti.

  • Auth0

    Auth0 provides a platform to authenticate, authorize, and secure access for applications, devices, and users. Security and development teams rely on Auth0's simplicity, extensibility, and expertise to make identity work for everyone. Safeguarding billions of login transactions each month, Auth0 secures identities so innovators can innovate, and empowers global enterprises to deliver trusted, superior digital experiences to their customers around the world. For more information, visit https://auth0.com or follow @auth0 on Twitter.

  • RingCentral

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

  • SafeGuard Cyber

    SafeGuard Cyber protects the human connections businesses need to thrive in a digital world. Our award-winning platform utilizes a unique mix of direct API integration, Natural Language Understanding, advanced policy engines, and deep relationships with cloud-based digital platforms to give you unmatched, real-time monitoring and mitigation on over 50 cloud communication channels. With SafeGuard installed your team can use whatever tools they wish to do what they do best: create value and drive growth.

  • Illumio

    Illumio enables organizations to realize a future without high-profile breaches by preventing the lateral movement of attackers across any organization. Founded on the principle of least privilege in 2013, Illumio provides visibility and segmentation for endpoints, data centers or clouds. The world’s leading organizations, including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Salesforce, and Oracle NetSuite, trust Illumio to reduce cyber risk.

  • Zscaler

    Zscaler, the only zero trust platform that securely connects any user, any device, and any app over any network. Back in the day when your users were all on the network and your applications resided in your physical data center, it made sense to establish a secure perimeter around your network. But those days are over, the perimeter is gone, and network security is all but irrelevant. Instead, you need to put your defenses and controls where the connections occur— the internet — so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications reside. By moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud and untethering employees from their desks, you can realize tremendous advantages in productivity, agility, and cost containment. With our 100% cloud built secure platform, Zscaler can help you make the move to the cloud, securely.


Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

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

  • Heidrick & Struggles

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

  • Korn Ferry

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

  • Spencer Stuart

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


Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

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

  • Glynn Capital

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

  • Greylock Partners

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

  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

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

  • Menlo Ventures

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

  • Sequoia Capital

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


Association Partners

  • SIM Portland

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


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

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

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