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2022 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit

Leading Boldly and Authentically - Inspiring Trust and Winning in the Global Digital Economy

The digital pivot most companies have made since March 2020 has created new opportunities for CIOs, CISOs and business technology executives to play a deeper role in designing the future of the business and in the shape of the organization. Technology executives who inspire employees and foster an environment of trust can stimulate a collaborative culture that sparks innovation and drives business outcomes with the aid of impactful technologies that can enable the organization to win in the marketplace while attracting, growing, and retaining the people and skills that are needed to power the successful 21st century organization.

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

- Stephen M.R. Covey


  • Thomas Anderson
    Senior Director
    Accenture

  • Ted Colbert
    President & CEO
    The Boeing Company

  • Kelly Coomer
    CIO
    Sammons Financial Group

  • Ali Faraj
    CIO
    Cognizant

  • Mark Griesbaum
    Director
    RLF Leadership Program Marketing and Sales

  • Ron Guerrier
    Global Chief Information Officer
    HP Inc.

  • Donagh Herlihy
    Chief Digital and Information Officer
    Subway

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

  • Susan Malisch
    VP & CIO
    Loyola University Chicago

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

  • Quintin McGrath
    Former Global Senior Managing Director, Technology Management & Enablement, Global Shared Technology Services, Business Solutions, Deloitte (Retired)
    Chair - ReThink Everything!
    SIM Tampa Bay

  • Rick Merrick
    President, SIM Chicago Chapter
    CIO
    TCS Education System

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & CEO
    HMG Strategy

  • Mark Polansky
    Senior Partner, Technology & Digital Officers Practice
    Korn Ferry

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

  • Wayne Bulmahn
    Chief Information Officer/Security Officer
    UNITE HERE HEALTH

    Wayne is an IT business doctor.  For over 30 years, he has helped heal IT organizations, transforming them from reactive firefighters to proactive teams that help solve business challenges and enable growth.  Wayne is currently the CIO and Security Officer for UNITE HERE HEALTH, a $1.3B national labor management trust fund focused on providing high-quality, affordable health care to participants.  He is also the President-Elect and a Board Member for SIM-Chicago, the leading CIO professional organization in Chicago.

  • Michael Chahino, EdD
    CIO
    Elgin Community College

    Dr. Chahino has served as the Chief Information Officer at Elgin Community College (ECC) since May 2017, and as the Executive Director of Network Operations and Information Security since January 2006. He is also an adjunct faculty member of ECC and taught in the areas of computer & information systems, economics, business, and management. Prior to working at ECC Dr. Chahino worked in different capacities with DeVry University, the National University of Health Sciences, the Universal Technical Institute and as a Research Economist at the Near East Bureau of the US State Department. Dr. Chahino earned a bachelor degree and a master degree in international economics from Illinois State University and has a doctorate degree in educational technology from Northern Illinois University

  • Stephen M. R. Covey
    Global authority on trust, leadership and culture
    The FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice

    Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder of CoveyLink and of the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, and coauthor of the #1 Amazon bestseller Smart Trust. He advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust and that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. Stephen passionately delivers that message and is skilled in enabling leaders and organizations to experience the dividends of high trust. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his insightful, relevant approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.

    He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Stephen, with Greg Link, led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President and CEO. Under Stephen’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President and CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries, which greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Stephen was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

    Over the years, Stephen has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO. 

    Stephen currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities and is a Top Thought Leaders in Trust Lifetime Achievement Honoree from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World. Stephen resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenMRCovey.

  • Jamey Cummings
    Partner - Cybersecurity and Technology
    JM Search

    Jamey Cummings was formerly Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Global Technology Practice. He co-lead’s the Firm’s Global Cybersecurity Practice and is also a member of the Firm’s Information Officers Practice.

    Mr. Cummings is a recognized leader in advising organizations on the recruitment, assessment, development, and retention of information technology as well as information security & risk management talent at all levels, including the Board of Directors. His clients range from large global corporations to high growth entrepreneurial companies, spanning all industries. In addition to Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and their key leaders, he also recruits cybersecurity consultants for leading professional services firms as well as top executives for cybersecurity technology companies and managed security services providers. He is based in the Firm’s Dallas office.

    Prior to Korn Ferry, Mr. Cummings served as an associate principal in the industrial, supply chain, and transportation & logistics practices of another leading executive search firm, where he executed senior executive search assignments for both public and private equity-backed companies. He also served clients in the consumer & retail, technology, government & defense, biotechnology, and education sectors.

    Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Cummings was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Dallas, where he worked on a wide variety of projects with clients in the aerospace & defense, consumer finance, telecommunications, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and education industries.
    Earlier in his career, he served nine years with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Navy's SEAL teams.

    He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, and graduated with merit with a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from The United States Naval Academy.

  • Paul Fipps
    President, Strategic Accounts
    ServiceNow

    Paul Fipps is an accomplished executive with over two decades of experience leading growth across B2B and B2C brands. As ServiceNow’s President, Strategic Accounts, Paul is focused on co-creating the future with ServiceNow’s largest, most strategic, and most innovative customers. Previously, Paul served as SVP, Customer and Partner Excellence and led the cross-functional effort to establish the new category of value acceleration. This included building, launching, and scaling ServiceNow Impact, a value acceleration solution that is now the fastest growing product in ServiceNow history.

    Prior to joining ServiceNow, Paul spent seven-plus years at Under Armour as its Chief Experience Officer and Chief Digital Officer, where he was responsible for Under Armour’s direct-to-consumer business and led company-wide digital transformation. Paul currently serves on the board of MyFitnessPal. He is a proud U.S. Army veteran.

  • Scott Glenn
    Partner
    BearingPoint

    Scott Glenn leads BearingPoint’s US CIO Advisory practice.  Scott has been in management consulting for over 17 years, and previously held industry leadership roles at companies such as General Motors.

    Scott and his team focus on helping CIOs prepare for digital transformation through evaluating and improving people, process and technology”

  • Sumit Johar
    Chief Information Officer
    Automation Anywhere

    Sumit Johar is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of IT industry experience, including 15 years working in the automation space. Prior to being named CIO at Automation Anywhere, Sumit was the CIO at MobileIron, where he led their 5-year digital transformation journey after the company went public. Sumit is spearheading automation across all lines of business at Automation Anywhere, and he strongly believes that democratizing technology is the key to unlocking its true potential. His focus in on driving organizational efficiencies to optimize service delivery, reduce COGS, and ensure security/compliance objectives.

  • Glenn Kapetansky
    Chief Security Officer and Technology Capability Lead
    Trexin

    Glenn Kapetansky has a passion for building systems, organizations, and teams, and has done so across a number of business sectors, technologies, and roles—including a stint as interim CISO at University of Chicago Medical Center. For over 20 years Glenn has advised senior executives and built teams throughout the delivery cycle: strategy, architecture, development, quality assurance, deployment, operational support, financials, and project planning. His credentials were earned in such diverse industries as healthcare, finance, energy, consumer products, and telecommunications. Glenn's current focus areas—as Chief Security Officer and Technology Capability Lead at Trexin Consulting—are data protection, audit/regulatory compliance, and agile management.

    Glenn speaks and publishes regularly. He has been named numerous times in various Who's Who, and is a repeat recipient of Bell Labs' Arno Penzias Award for Innovation in the Marketplace. He is active in the Chicago CISO of the Year, CyberSecurity Collaboration Forum, and the Technology Leaders' Association. Glenn's certifications and memberships include IEEE, ISC^2 (CISSP), ISACA (CISA, CDPSE), and ITIL (SM).

  • Vladimir Kassnja
    Competitive Intelligence Director
    Netskope

    Vladimir Klasnja is a seasoned technical leader with significant experience in enterprise, security and cloud architecture. Klasnja focuses on incorporating his passion for strategic thinking with creating holistic solutions to satisfy complex business requirements. Klasnja leverages his experience to help security executives achieve success within their respective organizations with respect to cloud architecture and digital transformation.

    Prior to joining Netskope, Klasnja oversaw Optiv's Data Protection and Privacy Program, was a member of the Executive Advisory Group, and led the organization's Cloud Security practice.

  • Kristy Lapidus
    Director of Digital Strategy
    Gagen MacDonald

    As Director of Digital Strategy at Gagen MacDonald, Kristy advises clients on how to use technology to execute their corporate strategy, enhance their culture, their communications, and the employee experience. As a former software developer and IT Director who also has deep experience in applying behavioral science to improve organizations, she thrives at the intersection of people and technology.

     Prior to joining Gagen, Kristy was responsible for the people and strategy areas of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud practice at a top technology consultancy, where she helped clients identify technology strategy and modernize their IT portfolios. She also has worked internally, most recently as the Director of IT/PMO for a manufacturing company where she led the implementation of a new ERP system, spearheaded the establishment of both the IT and enterprise-wide PMOs and oversaw the transformation of their intranet into a modern, interactive platform.  

     Kristy has spoken at multiple conferences on the subject of using technology in combination with behavioral science to improve people’s working lives. She was the Chair of the 2019 Organization Development Network (ODN) Conference in Las Vegas and served on the ODN Board of Trustees.

     She earned her MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, her BA in Journalism from Indiana University and is certified as both a Prosci Change Practitioner and an AWS Cloud Practitioner.

  • Walter Lefmann
    Director of Security
    CTC Trading Group

    Walter Lefmann is currently Director of Security at CTC Trading Group LLC, a capital markets trading firm. That role has included Information Security, Physical Security and Life Safety, Privacy, and BCP/DR.

    He has been practicing cybersecurity with varying focus for his entire professional career. The balance has shifted back and forth over time between technology engineering/operations and security over the years, which has led to a well-balanced business-focused approach to security.

    The professional journey to CTC came by way Goldman Sachs, Hull Trading Company, and Motorola; from an early career as an experimental physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Walter holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Physics from Columbia University, and a BS in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.

    While at Columbia University, Walter also served for five years as a volunteer NYC Auxiliary Police Officer and Sergeant. The experience of working closely with the public sector to serve and improve the community was tremendously rewarding, and has shaped a lifelong respect for the dedicated people who face the challenges of that service!

    Walter participates in many professional and public/private outreach organizations, including FBI InfraGard (currently serving as a Chicago Chapter board member), US Secret Service Cyber Fraud Task Force, Chicago FIRST, FS-ISAC, the National Technology Security Coalition, and ASIS, and is one of the founders of the ChiBrrCon security conference.  Walter was a nominee for the 2020 Chicago CISO of the Year award program, and is a 2022 finalist for that award in progress, and just received the Infragard North Central Region “Meeting the Challenge” award for 2022. 

    Outside of work, Walter is an avid scuba diver (even diving in Lake Michigan … yes, it’s COLD!), sings tenor in the Harper Festival Chorus community group, and dances with his wife whenever he can.

  • Tony Leng
    Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP
    Diversified Search

    Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s Digital Transformation and CIO practice from its San Francisco office.  Previously, Tony was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Tony has conducted many “C” level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming/building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies.  He has conducted “C” level searches conducted for organizations such as Aurora Healthcare, Axalta, Catholic Health Initiatives, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, Novant Health, PG&E, Polycom, Sutter Health, Symmetricom, TE Connectivity, and Wellmark. 

    Prior to his executive search experience, Tony was a Board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million Public Company. Before that, Tony ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and Chairman of its ISP and a board member of its 2 million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary. 

    Tony uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for Tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, ‘Resources for the Modern CIO” (www.tonyleng.com).

    The core of Tony’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.

    Tony has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum for the past 12 years.  The Forum is a monthly venue for CIO’s and CTO’s to discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and has afforded these leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis.  Participating companies have included: Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma among others. 

    Tony received a Bachelor of Commerce (with honors), University of Cape Town, South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant and CPA.

  • Susan Malisch
    VP & CIO
    Loyola University Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Rick Merrick
    President, SIM Chicago Chapter
    CIO
    TCS Education System

  • Hunter Muller
    Founder & CEO
    HMG Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michael Phillips
    Founding Partner
    vSec

    Co-Founder of vSEC, LLC and Owner of Luminant Group, LLC where he specializes as a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO). Michael is also an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media where he teaches multiple courses in the master’s curriculum including Information Security Management and Information Systems Auditing.

    An active member of FBI InfraGard, High Tech Crime Consortium, & USSS Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force and former Head of the Judges Committee for the Chicago Area CISO of the Year Program.

    Prior roles include, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Data Privacy Officer (DPO) at Rosenthal Collins Group (RCG), LLC, Assistant Vice President & Information Security Officer (ISO) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (FRBC) and Director of Information Security for the Americas with UBS, a global investment bank providing financial services in over 50 countries.

    Michael has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern’s, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Computer Sciences from Northwestern University and received his first Technical Degree from DeVry Institute of Technology. He also holds the C|CISO, CISSP, CISA, NSA IAM Certifications. He serves on the Advisory Board of the National Introducing Brokers Association (NIBA), Wealthblock.AI, Witfoo Security, the Illinois Digital Privacy Alliance and serves as a Strategic Advisor for OCA Ventures, an early stage (Seed, Series A, and Series B) venture capital firm.

  • Mark Polansky
    Senior Partner, Technology & Digital Officers Practice
    Korn Ferry

    Mark has extensively recruited chief information officers, chief technology officers, chief information security officers and other senior IT leadership talent across varied vertical sectors including Industrial, Consumer, Life Sciences and Higher Education. His consultative approach to search encompasses talent strategy, organization design, search process and diversity recruiting. Mark ’s clients range from the Fortune 100 (McKesson, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing) to smaller high-growth companies (Under Armour, Regeneron, DirecTV) as well as prestigious public and private universities (Harvard, Rockefeller, University of Florida).

    Before entering the search field, Mark developed and marketed information systems within the Financial Services and Higher Education sectors. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Columbia University's executive graduate program in Information Technology Management.

    Mark frequently addresses conferences and writes on information technology and career management topics. He is the creator of the “Executive Career Counsel” column in CIO Magazine and on CIO.com. He is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and has served as President of the New York Chapter. He sits on the Advisory Boards of The Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), the national organization dedicated to fostering executive talent among African-American IT professionals, and HITEC, the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council.

    Mark holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Union College.

  • Atif Rafiq
    Director of Information Security
    BRYTER

    Atif has held C Suite positions at some of the world's leading brands.  He was the first CDO in the Fortune 500 when he joined the Executive Committee of McDonald's in 2013 and later took on expanded roles as CIO and CDO of Volvo, and President at MGM Resorts.  He previously held roles at major tech companies including Amazon and Yahoo! over 15+ years.

    In addition to serving on the Board of public companies, he is an influencer with over 500,000 followers and 100,000 followers to his LinkedIn newsletter.  Atif's new book "Decision Sprints" is being published by McGraw Hill. 

  • Madhu Reddy
    EVP & CIO
    Republic Bank of Chicago

  • Nick Russo
    VP of Commercial Sales
    Aisera

  • Evin Safdia
    Director of Product Marketing for the Americas
    Cato Networks

    Evin Safdia is the Director of Product Marketing for the Americas at Cato Networks. Evin has over 15 years of technical experience in various roles including infrastructure & operations, sales engineering, marketing, and enablement at companies that include Palo Alto Networks, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Zscaler and Citrix.

    Evin holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a B.Sc. in information technology from the University of West Florida as well as various industry technical certifications.

  • Bruce Schinelli
    VP IT & CIO
    TTX Company

    Since joining TTX as the VP IT and CIO in late 2006, Bruce led TTX through a six-year program to reengineer and refresh all aspects of Information Technology serving our business and its customers, while changing the culture and perception of IT.  Leveraging this transformation, Bruce has continued to lead TTX through technology and business transformation; introducing mobile business services and analytics in both operational systems and systems of innovation that directly drive TTX’s strategic value to the rail industry.   Prior to joining TTX, Bruce led the strategic development of computer systems for several of the businesses within Wachovia Investment Bank including their railroad fleet; and held various positions providing data science and analytics in the U.S. Air Force and the AAR.  He holds a M.S. in Operations Research from AFIT and a B.S. in Economics from the United States Air Force Academy.

  • Julia Vander Ploeg
    Director
    Extra Space Storage

    Julia is an experienced digital and technology executive who has served in leadership roles across several of the Fortune 500’s largest brands.  She sits on the board of directors of Extra Space Storage (NYSE: EXR), serving on the audit and nominating & governance committees.  Julia previously sat on the board of Radio Systems Corporation, a private company acquired by Clayton, Dubilier and Rice in 2020.

    In her most recent operating role, Julia served as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Digital and Technology for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where she was responsible for setting digital and technology strategy, enhancing Hyatt’s technology capabilities, managing all e-commerce and revenue from digital channels, and advancing Hyatt’s guest experience through seamless personalized digital innovation.  During her tenure, Hyatt doubled its digital bookings and partnered with Apple to launch Room Key for Apple Wallet as a first in the hotel space.

    In previous roles, Julia led a significant digital transformation effort of Volvo Car Corporation’s consumer and enterprise digital business plans, implementing new digital commerce business models and re-shaping the company’s digital technology governance.  Prior to Volvo, Julia was Vice President of Digital for McDonald’s U.S.A., where she designed and hired the organization’s first native digital team, established its first strategic digital product roadmap, and launched mobile ordering at 14,000 restaurants in North America.  Her professional background includes managing the P&L of Ticketmaster’s resale business unit during years of explosive growth in their mobile technology evolution.

    A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Julia received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. 

  • Jim Wisnionski
    SVP of Operations and CIO
    Kingsbridge Holdings

    Jim joined SourceLink in January 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in information systems and technology. His role includes further integrating technology, driving innovation and operational process improvement to grow our online and offline communications. In 2012, SourceLink was accredited with the website marketing standard of excellence award along from the WEB Marketing Association, and the technology innovation award from the National Center for Data Marketing. In 2011, Jim expanded his role and became a Division President managing the Marketing Database Operations including: customer analytics, product marketing solutions and enterprise technology.

    Before joining SourceLink Jim was a Management Consultant with Fujitsu located at AT&T, where he directed global teams to provide integration testing and environment management for a multi-billion dollar media project call u-verse. Prior to that, Jim worked in the financial sector as a Chief Information Officer at Relational Funding Corp and was accredited with the technology leasing award and the Microsoft pinnacle award for analytics. Jim has also held senior positions at Vanstar and ServiceMaster.

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

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

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

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

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2022 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit

September 20, 2022, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST


8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Networking


9:00 - 9:20 AM 

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Rick Merrick, Chairman, SIM Chicago

Wayne Bulmahn, President, SIM Chicago


9:20 - 10:10 AM

EXECUTIVE KEYNOTE:  The New Leadership Paradigm: Why Tech Executives Must Shift from a ‘Command-and-Control’ Model to ‘Trust and Inspire’ to Win the Global War for Talent and in the Marketplace

Stephen M. R. Covey, best-selling author

The world has changed dramatically since March 2020 and so, too, have organizational cultures. The shift to a work-from-home environment has empowered employees who want to dictate how, when and where they work. Moreover, in a flat screen meeting environment where all participants are viewed as equals, employees don’t want to follow orders – they want to be part of the brain-trust that helps to solve critical business and customer challenges and to influence the strategic trajectory of the company.

In this compelling interactive discussion, Stephen M.R. Covey, best-selling author of The Speed of Trust and his forthcoming book Trust and Inspire, shares why a ‘Command-and-Control’ leadership style no longer works and how an ‘Trust and Inspire’ leadership approach can encourage employees to be more collaborative and creative and to maximize their potential. Covey, who is the Co-Founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust practice, also frames “the two epic imperatives of our time” to help guide leaders on creating a thriving culture that can help attract, grow, retain, engage and inspire the best people in the global war for talent and to successfully collaborate and innovate in order for companies to win in the marketplace.


10:10 - 10:35 AM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT: Supercharging Your EX and ITSM Strategy with AI & Automation

Nick Russo, VP of Commercial Sales, Aisera interviewed by Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy

The next generation technology stack is continuously being shaped with AI & automation spearheading the transformation. Essential business-critical work is happening at the fringes with tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams experiencing more than 250M daily users combined. As CIOs navigate the transition to a modern work OS stack, it is important to understand how to plan your automation journey with a modern AI service experience platform. 

 Join this session to discuss:

  • Challenges in delivering best-in-class EX 

  • Innovation at the fringes of ITSM - emergence of conversational AI 

  • Boosting employee productivity and engagement


10:35 - 10:55 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


10:55 - 11:20 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Leading Boldly and Authentically in a Time of Extreme Turbulence

Moderator:  Tony Leng, Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP, Diversified Search

Julia Vander Ploeg, Board Member, Extra Space Storage; former Global Head of Digital and Technology, Hyatt Hotels

Kristy Lapidus, Director, Digital Strategy and Client Leadership, Gagen MacDonald

Michael Chahino, EdD, Chief Information Officer, Elgin Community College

Edward Wagoner, Chief Information Officer, JLL

The War in Ukraine, The Great Resignation, Global Supply-Chain Challenges, Shifting Consumer Behavior and Energy Constraints. These are just a few of the seismic disruptions that are impacting members of the senior leadership team and their strategic focus. This is a critical time for technology executives to demonstrate bold, authentic and inclusive leadership to help inspire employees and foster an environment of trust.

In this powerful Executive Panel discussion, world-class CIOs and technology executives will share how they’ve adapted their leadership styles to help galvanize the team around a shared mission and to stimulate a collaborative and inclusive culture that can spark innovation, foster a spirit of connectedness and drive successful business outcomes.


11:20 - 11:35 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


11:35 - 12:00 PM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT:  Defining a Modern Enterprise Security Strategy

Vlad Kassnja, Competitive Intelligence Director, Netskope, interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

A modern security program must align with the modern business environment – focused on zero trust principles, addressing overarching enterprise risks, progressing beyond basic allow/block decisions and continuously evaluating the context surrounding each interaction – by offering and adapting the right level of access at just the right time. Service Edge (SSE) is the security stack that helps deliver the promise of cloud and digital transformation.

In this Executive Interview, we’ll explore how Security Service Edge is the next evolution of cloud security and a critical component for delivering an agile and cost effective zero trust strategy to your organization. SSE converges legacy point security capabilities into a unified cloud platform that provides secure access to applications and data everywhere, consistently for every location, device, user and delivery model.


12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch, Networking and HMG Global Leadership Institute Awards Program

2023 HMG Global Leadership Institute Award Nominees:

Edward Wagoner, Chief Information Officer, JLL

Rusty Patel, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Tennaco 

Talvis Love, SVP & Chief Information Officer, Baxter International

Past Honorees Include:

Julia Anderson, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Campbell Soup Company

Wayne Bulmahn, CIO, Unite Here Health

Ron Guerrier, Global Chief Innovation Officer, HP

Deepak Kaul, CIO, Zebra Technologies

Susan Malisch, VP & CIO, Loyola University Chicago

Paul Martin, Former CIO, Baxter International

Rusty Patel, SVP & CIO, Tenneco

John Philips, President & CIO, Briggs Healthcare

Brad Strock, Former Global CIO, PayPal

Sangy Vatsa, EVP & CIO, Comerica Bank


1:00 - 1:25 PM

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

Moderator: Hunter Muller, Founder & CEO, HMG Strategy

Scott Glenn, Partner, BearingPoint

Bruce Schinelli, VP IT & CIO, TXX

Sumit Johar, Chief Information Officer, Automation Anywhere

Evin Safdia, Director of Product Marketing for the Americas, Cato Networks

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. These and other technologies can also help to better safeguard the enterprise against cyber threats and risks. Yet the likelihood for success accelerates when companies have strong partnerships with trusted technology vendors who are able to provide real-world experiences 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.


1:25 - 1:40 PM

EXECUTIVE FIRESIDE CHAT: What do CEOs really need today? Productivity and Innovation Fueled by Creativity

Paul Fipps, President, Strategic Accounts, ServiceNow interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder & CEO, HMG Strategy

Business leaders face an environment as unsettled as any in recent memory. But within this uncertainty also exists massive opportunity. How can leaders seize it? In this fireside chat, Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy and Paul Fipps, President, Strategic Accounts, ServiceNow, will discuss where CxOs should focus amidst such a disruptive environment and how they can creatively drive productivity and innovation to lay the foundation for their next phase of growth. As Winston Churchill once said, never let a good crisis go to waste.


1:40 - 2:05 PM

 Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


2:05 - 2:30 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Safeguarding the Enterprise Against Escalating Global Cyber Threats

Moderator:  Frank Yanan, SVP/Business Information Security Officer, Bank of America 

Glenn Kapetansky, CSO, Trexin

Michael Philips, Founding Partner, vSEC

Walter Lefmann, Director of Security, Chicago Trading Company

Ransomware attacks are up a whopping 500% in 2021. Meanwhile, the nature of recent attacks including Log4j continue to become more widespread as these threats are impacting infrastructure, supply chains and other operations that can impact multiple organizations at once. As these and other types of threats continue to evolve and become more dangerous and complex, it’s clear that CISOs and security leaders need to reimagine their cybersecurity strategies to better safeguard the organization now and into the future.


2:30 - 2:55 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


2:55 - 3:20 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Acting as a Talent Magnet to Attract and Retain the Best and the Brightest

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Tony Leng, Managing Director, Practice Lead and OMP, Diversified Search

Jamey Cummings, Partner Cyber Security and Technology, JM Search

Atif Rafiq, Board Member, Clearcover and Flutter Entertainment, Former President, MGM Resorts

As the global war for talent continues to escalate, savvy CIOs and technology executives position their leadership styles to help attract and retain the skills and resources needed to move the 21st-century enterprise forward. This includes demonstrating authentic and inclusive approaches to solving critical challenges together and listening and responding thoughtfully to the needs and interests of employees.

In this executive panel discussion, top-tier CIOs, technology leaders and search executives share their recommendations for tech executives to strengthen their leadership acumen and promote their personal brands to retain and attract world-class business technology talent.


3:20 - 3:45 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: The Tech Leader as Enterprise Change Agent – Fostering Cultural Change and Enabling the Digital Business Juggernaut

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Susan Malisch, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Loyola University

Madhu Reddy, CIO, Republic Bank

Jim Wisnionski, SVP of Operations and CIO, Kingsbridge Holdings

Technology executives have an incredible opportunity to act as enterprise change agents as they sit at the intersection of how technology can be leveraged to drive transformative change across the organization. But in order to pilot such dramatic changes across the organization, bold leadership is needed to execute on digital business opportunities and go-to-market strategies while guiding the cultural transformation that’s needed to succeed.

In this captivating executive panel discussion, world-class business technology executives will share how they are applying an innovative approach to help to transform their companies’ business models and to guide the cultural evolution needed for the digital enterprise to fire on all cylinders.


3:45 - 4:00 PM 

Raffle Prizes and Closing Remarks

 

Presenting Partners

  • Netskope

    Netskope is the leader in cloud security. Using patented technology, Netskope’s cloud-scale security platform provides context-aware governance of all cloud use in the enterprise in real time, whether accessed from the corporate network, remote, or from a mobile device. This means that security professionals can understand risky activities, protect sensitive data, stop online threats, and respond to incidents in a way that fits how people work today. With granular security policies, the most advanced cloud DLP, and unmatched breadth of workflows, Netskope is trusted by the largest companies in the world.

    https://www.netskope.com/
  • Aisera

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

    https://www.aisera.com/
  • ServiceNow

    ServiceNow's cloud platform delivers a faster, smarter & more automated experience. Create experiences that engage employees and drive fierce customer loyalty.

    https://www.servicenow.com/

Platinum Partners

  • BearingPoint

    BearingPoint is an independent management and technology consultancy with European roots and a global reach. The company operates in three business units: The first unit covers the advisory business with a clear focus on five key areas to drive growth across all regions. The second unit provides IP-driven managed services beyond SaaS and offers business-critical services to its clients, supporting their business success. The third unit provides the software for successful digital transformation. It is also designed to explore innovative business models with clients and partners by driving the financing and development of start-ups and leveraging ecosystems. BearingPoint’s clients include many of the world’s leading companies and government organizations. In addition, the firm has a global consulting network with more than 10,000 people and supports clients in over 70 countries, engaging with them to achieve measurable and sustainable success.

    www.bearingpoint.com
  • Automation Anywhere

    Automation Anywhere is the world’s #1 cloud automation platform, delivering intelligent RPA solutions across all industries globally to automate end-to-end business processes, for the fastest path to enterprise transformation. The company offers the world’s only cloud-native platform combining RPA, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics to automate repetitive tasks and build enterprise agility, freeing up humans to pivot to the next big idea, build deeper customer relationships and drive business growth. For additional information, visit www.automationanywhere.com.

    https://www.automationanywhere.com/
  • Cato Networks

    Cato provides the world’s most robust single-vendor SASE platform, converging Cato SD-WAN and a cloud-native security service edge, Cato SSE 360, into a global cloud service. Cato SASE Cloud optimizes and secures application access for all users and locations everywhere. Using Cato, customers easily replace costly and rigid legacy MPLS with modern network architecture based on SD-WAN, secure and optimize a hybrid workforce working from anywhere, and enable seamless cloud migration. Cato enforces granular access policies, protects users against threats, and prevents sensitive data loss, all easily managed from a single pane of glass. With Cato, your business is ready for whatever’s next.

Gold Partners

  • SentinelOne

    SentinelOne delivers autonomous endpoint protection through a single agent that successfully prevents, detects and responds to attacks across all major vectors. Designed for extreme ease of use, the S1 platform saves customers time by applying AI to automatically eliminate threats in real time for both on premise and cloud environments and is the only solution to provide full visibility across networks directly from the endpoint.

    https://www.sentinelone.com/
  • Moveworks

    Moveworks is a cloud-based AI platform, purpose-built for large enterprises, that solves one, big, frustrating problem: Resolving employees’ IT support issues. Instead of tracking issues, Moveworks uses advanced AI to solve them, instantly and automatically - with no human intervention. Moveworks is pre-trained to understand IT support issues, so it delivers right away and continues to get smarter with every interaction. Moveworks enables IT teams at companies like Broadcom, Autodesk, Nutanix, Medallia and Western Digital to deliver a radically better employee experience using machine learning and AI.

    https://www.moveworks.ai/
  • PagerDuty

    PagerDuty empowers the right action, when seconds matter. For teams who build and run the digital systems that power our always-changing, always-on world, PagerDuty is the best way to handle urgent, unpredictable, and unstructured work. 19,000 organizations place PagerDuty at the center of their digital infrastructure to manage unplanned tasks, events, and opportunities. With 1,000 employees around the world, PagerDuty is on a mission to revolutionize operations in the modern enterprise.

    https://www.pagerduty.com/
  • Aryaka

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

    https://www.aryaka.com/?utm_source=hmg&utm_medium=syndication&utm_content=home-page
  • Upwork

    Upwork is the world’s work marketplace. We serve everyone from one-person startups to over 30% of the Fortune 100 with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.3 billion on Upwork in 2021 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations. Learn more at upwork.com.

    https://www.upwork.com/

Reception Partners

  • Persistent Systems

    With over 21,500 employees located in 18 countries, Persistent Systems (BSE & NSE: PERSISTENT) is a global services and solutions company delivering Digital Engineering and Enterprise Modernization. Persistent was named to the Forbes Asia Best Under a Billion 2021 list, representing consistent top-and bottom-line performance as well as growth. www.persistent.com

    www.persistent.com

Marketplace Partners

  • 8x8, Inc.

    8x8 is transforming the future of business communications with XCaaS™ (eXperience Communications as a Service™). 8x8 XCaaS is the only integrated platform for contact center, voice, video meetings, team chat, and CPaaS embeddable APIs. Unlike multi-vendor environments, 8x8 XCaaS provides platform-wide reliability, lowers costs, boosts employee productivity and customer engagement, and delivers intelligence through AI-powered experiences and insights. More than 2.5 million people around the world rely on 8x8 to collaborate quicker, work smarter, and serve customers better with real-time analytics across every interaction. For organizations relying on Microsoft Teams for collaboration, 8x8 offers its 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams direct routing solution and 8x8 Contact Center for Microsoft Teams which is certified by Microsoft. 8x8 Voice for Microsoft Teams provides advanced telephony and contact center capabilities to further empower Microsoft Teams users. Today, more than 150,000 users rely on 8x8 for advanced communications for Teams. 8x8 is a ten-time Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide and seven-time Challenger in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS).

    https://www.8x8.com/
  • Akamai

    Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multicloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps, and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics, and 24/7/365 monitoring.

    https://www.akamai.com
  • BetterCloud

    BetterCloud is the leading SaaS Management Platform (SMP) that enables IT professionals to discover, manage and secure the growing stack of SaaS applications in the digital workplace. With an expanding ecosystem of SaaS integrations, thousands of forward thinking organizations like Zoom, Walmart, and Square now rely on BetterCloud to automate processes and policies across their cloud application portfolio. A pioneer of the SaaSOps movement, BetterCloud has built a community of more than 45K IT professionals who are embracing the new role of SaaSOps within IT organizations. The company launched the first-ever annual SaasOps-focused conference, Altitude, and publishes annually the definitive market research report, State of SaaSOps, on the market and category. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA. The company's total amount raised to date is $187 million. Investors include Warburg Pincus, Accel, Bain Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Greycroft Partners.

    https://www.bettercloud.com/
  • 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.

    https://www.darktrace.com/
  • Fortinet

    Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) makes possible a digital world that we can always trust through its mission to protect people, devices, and data everywhere. This is why the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and government organizations choose Fortinet to securely accelerate their digital journey. The Fortinet Security Fabric platform delivers broad, integrated, and automated protections across the entire digital attack surface, securing critical devices, data, applications, and connections from the data center to the cloud to the home office. Ranking #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide, more than 565,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. And the Fortinet NSE Training Institute, an initiative of Fortinet’s Training Advancement Agenda (TAA), provides one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry to make cyber training and new career opportunities available to everyone. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.

    https://www.fortinet.com/
  • Nutanix

    Financial Services firms have invested in Nutanix to accelerate their digital transformation and cloud initiatives. Our success in FinServ is attributed to our ability to offer simple cloud services that are operational resilient for business-critical, client-facing, and production workloads. Nutanix is a software based hybrid cloud platform that is: 1) Easy 2) Intelligent 3) Resilient 4) Leverages a subscription model Our Vision: Make clouds invisible, freeing customers to focus on their business outcomes

    https://www.nutanix.com/solutions/financial-services
  • 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.

    https://www.ringcentral.com/
  • 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.

    https://www.safeguardcyber.com/
  • Tonkean

    Tonkean is the OS for Business Operations, empowering operations teams to rapidly improve efficiency with an enterprise-grade, composable automation platform. By allowing ops teams to automate, monitor, and manage mission-critical business processes with no-code, while still maintaining compliance and security, Tonkean enables enterprises to accelerate operational velocity at scale. The Tonkean platform makes automating complex business processes simple and accessible to non-developers, such as business operations teams and process owners, by abstracting the high technical barrier and coding expertise needed to deliver robust, enterprise-grade process solutions via composability. Ops teams compose custom process solutions using building blocks called “enterprise components” or ECs. ECs are modular, interchangeable, and reusable capabilities that perform actions or complete steps in a business process. ECs are fully governed and curated, typically by IT. They can be adopted from vendors or custom built, or they can simply be extensions of existing tools and systems. This allows ops and process experts to rapidly build holistic process solutions that can work with different systems, easily adapt to changing needs, and measure cross-functional KPIs–all with no-code and no change management. Enterprises like Google, EVERSANA, Instacart, Grubhub, Crypto.com, and more rely on Tonkean to optimize and align their operations across functions—including sales, marketing, customer support, legal, finance, and more. With Tonkean, enterprises can expand the pie of who can deliver software to make a world of Makers.

    https://tonkean.com/
  • Upwork

    Upwork is the world’s work marketplace. We serve everyone from one-person startups to over 30% of the Fortune 100 with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and talent to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over $3.3 billion on Upwork in 2021 across more than 10,000 skills in categories including website & app development, creative & design, customer support, finance & accounting, consulting, and operations. Learn more at upwork.com.

    https://www.upwork.com/
  • 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
  • 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.

    https://www.zscaler.com/
  • LastPass

    • LastPass is an award-winning password manager which helps more than 33 million registered users organize and protect their online lives. For more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes, LastPass provides password and identity management solutions that are convenient, easy to manage, and effortless to use. From enterprise password management and single sign-on to adaptive multi-factor authentication, LastPass for Business gives superior control to IT and frictionless access to users.

    https://www.lastpass.com/
  • Ping Identity

    Ping Identity provides secure and seamless digital experiences for your employees, partners and customers. We do it by securely connecting users to cloud, mobile, and on-premises applications and APIs while managing identity and profile data at scale.

    https://www.pingidentity.com/en/solutions/business-priority/innovate-digital-experiences.html
  • 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.

    www.delphix.com
  • Palo Alto Networks

    Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.

    www.paloaltonetworks.com

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.

    http://www.egonzehnder.com
  • 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.

    http://www.heidrick.com
  • 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.

    https://www.kornferry.com
  • 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.

    https://www.spencerstuart.com

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.

    http://www.amplifypartners.com
  • 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.

    http://www.glynncapital.com/
  • 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).

    http://www.greylock.com
  • 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.

    http://lsvp.com
  • 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).

    https://www.sequoiacap.com

Association Partners

  • SIM Chicago

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

IVY ROOM at TREE STUDIOS

IVY ROOM at TREE STUDIOS

12 East Ohio Street, Chicago Illinois 60611

Ivy Room

Monday 9/19 & Tuesday 9/20

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile 10 E. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL, 60611 

Room Rate: $229++

Cut Off Date: Monday, September 5, 2022

Reservation Method: Guests may call reservations at 877-865-5298 or use the group link for online group reservations. When calling, all guests must identify themselves as a member of HMG Strategy in order to obtain the Group’s rate. 

 

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

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

  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CIOs, Direct Reports of CIOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

- OR - 

  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

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



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For more information contact us:

(203) 221-2702
info@hmgstrategy.com

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

Key Areas of Focus Include:

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

The Strongest Executive Leadership Network

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