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2022 Minneapolis 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


  • Ramesh Babu
    CIO
    Digi-Key

    Ramesh Babu, chief information officer, has been with Digi-Key since 2015, providing leadership for global vision, strategy and planning of digital technology, as well as overseeing and supporting the application development and infrastructure teams.

    Prior to his current role, Ramesh served as the vice president of information technology for Digi-Key, and previously held roles with Target, Lexmark International, Oracle and Mukund Steel.

    Ramesh holds a master’s degree in business administration from the PSG Institute of Management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from PSG College of Technology.

  • Robin Brown
    CIO, Protein North America
    Cargill

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

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

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

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

  • Patricia Connolly
    CEO, Founding Partner
    SMC Squared

    Patricia Connolly, PhD, draws on nearly three decades of executive, IT and academic leadership to create and implement SMC2’s strategy, vision and mission.  Her cross-industry experience building and leading high-performing IT teams, leveraging global talent, and mitigating corporate risk enables Connolly to understand intimately the unique challenges faced by SMC2 clients and to develop solutions that provide immediate results and long-term flexibility and innovation.  Connolly’s functional expertise includes IT strategy, risk management, LEAN operations, systems development and vendor management, but she is particularly passionate about people—recruiting, mentoring, building and retaining highly skilled and engaged teams.  This unique combination of skill and passion helps fuel SMC2’s employee-based, insource methodology.

  • Rahoul Ghose
    CIO
    ECMC Group

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

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

     

     

  • Ryan Gilligan
    Vice President
    JM Search

  • Patrick Joyce
    VP - Global IT & CISO
    Medtronic

    Patrick Joyce is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Medtronic. In this role, he is responsible for global functions, strategies, operations and execution related to security and privacy across the company, including IT/cybersecurity, physical/facility and travel security, identity & access management (IAM), product/device security programs and data privacy. Within Global IT, he is also responsible for several global functions supporting Master Data Management, IT Quality Management and Legal/Compliance.
    Patrick joined Medtronic in 2005 to initially build the Corporate IT Audit function, providing audit and consulting services across Medtronic’s global business units, corporate functions and IT organizations. In subsequent roles, he has had responsibility for leading Medtronic’s Global IT Program & Portfolio Management Office, as well as many of the IT Core Process and Applications Teams. Prior to joining Medtronic, Patrick has held roles in both the public and private sector, serving in IT leadership positions at Carlson Companies, United Healthcare, Methodist Hospital/Park Nicollet Medical Center and several IT consulting and managed services firms. Earlier in his career, Patrick served as a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer with assignments both domestically and overseas. Patrick obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degree from Troy University. He is active in community and international service through Rotary International and also serves on several local non-profit and professional association boards, including the Minnesota High Tech Association, and the North Star Youth Exchange Foundation.

  • Harold Knutson
    Strategic IT Consultant & Digital Thought Partner
    Bayside Associates, LLC

    Mr. Knutson has a passion for ensuring that technology works for his clients - strategically, tactically, and operationally. He brings over 25 years of business/ technology leadership experience helping firms such as American Express Financial Advisors, BestBuy, Federated Department Stores, and Thomson Reuters successfully transform their businesses through the appropriate application of technology. He holds a Masters in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota and has held Sr IT Leadership and Advisory positions since the 90’s. His forte is making technology an integral part of business strategy – particularly where it improves the customer experience and deepens the understanding of client’s needs. Based on his experiences, he developed his personal tag line: “Strategically Aligned, Operationally Excellent ITsm” His domain experiences run the full spectrum from Strategic Business Planning, Application Development/Deployment and Project/Program Management to Risk Management and Compliance. He realized early on that Leadership and organizational agility is what distinguished the great firms from the good ones. Mr. Knutson shares his knowledge through hosting and facilitation of small groups of forward thinking CIO’s interested in exploring current Technology Leadership challenges through dialogue and experience sharing. He also volunteers assisting technology leaders in transition and serves on the Board of the Minnesota chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM).

  • Kristin McKenzie
    Senior Director, IT
    Digi-Key

  • 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.

  • Tim Rolfing
    Senior Director, M&A Technology Integration Portfolio Management
    and Board President, SIM Minnesota
    HUB International

    Tim Rolfing is Assistant Vice President Information Technology at Western National Insurance Group.

    Tim has served in a variety of information technology leadership roles over the last twenty plus years with a focus in the Financial Services, Health Care and Property and Casualty Insurance industry.  Currently, Tim is responsible for Strategic Projects and Planning at Western National Insurance Group, a private mutual insurance company with 115 years of experience serving policyholders' property-and-casualty insurance needs.   Most recently, he is leading their agile adaption journey.

    Prior to that, Tim has held a variety of senior leadership roles over Application Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Security, Architecture and Chief of Staff for the CIO at Travelers, Allianz Life, CHS and Optum.   Tim has also served in a consulting role during his career, most recently at Mayo Clinic.   

    Tim has earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification and the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) designation.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and an MBA from Marquette University.

  • Hillary Spreizer
    President
    The Latitude Group

  • Paul Stohr
    Executive Search and Assessment Consultant
    Russell Reynolds Associates

  • Greg Thayer
    CISO
    New Era Technology

    Greg Thayer is an accomplished, hands-on information technology and security leader with over 25 years of expertise.  He is currently the CISO for Comm-Works, based out of Minneapolis, MN.  Greg has extensive experience in multiple information security domains.  His unique skillset of knowledge, education, and management skills along with his depth of technical expertise enables him to effectively manage all aspects of IT and Security functions.

     

    In his role as CISO, he has overall responsibility for the company's Information Security Program as well as the development of policies and procedures, governance, risk management, vulnerability management, incident response, organizational assessments, security training, vendor risk management, and the continuous maturity of the company's security program.  

     

    Prior to his current role of CISO, Greg served 16 years in various levels of IT leadership with the most recent title of CTO.  In that role, he was responsible for service desk, infrastructure, software development, business applications, telecommunications, security, and disaster recovery.

     

    Greg has numerous industry certifications including CISM, ITIL, CSM.  He is also a member of the following organizations:  InfraGard, ISACA, ISSA, and SIM-MN.

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2022 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit

 

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM - Breakfast and Networking 

Stephen M. R. Covey "Trust and Inspire" book signing brought to you by SMC2


8:45 - 9:00 AM  Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Tim Rolfing, President, SIM Minnesota


9:00 - 10:10 AM - Keynote Presentation

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 interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

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 Executive Interview with HMG Strategy President and CEO Hunter Muller, Stephen M.R. Covey, best-selling author of The Speed of Trust and his latest book Trust and Inspire, shares why a ‘Command-and-Control’ leadership style no longer works and how a ‘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 - 10:30 AM  Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners


10:30 AM - 10:55 AM  Executive Panel: Managing Effective Global Talent Strategies - Building Teams and Trust in an Ever-Changing World

Moderator: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Ramesh Babu, CIO, Digi-Key

Patricia Connolly, CEO & Partner, SMC2

Kristin McKenzie, Sr. Director, Digi-Key

As the global war for talent becomes increasingly acute, CIOs and technology leaders face even more difficulty executing digital transformation strategies across their organizations. To help secure the technology talent they need in this highly competitive employment marketplace, a growing number of companies have turned to Global Capability Centers (GCC) to utilize their people-first approach to build high-performing extensions of their teams. 

In this dynamic Executive Panel discussion, Ramesh Babu, CIO, and Kristin McKenzie, Sr. Director, will share the challenges they faced at Digi-Key, why they decided to embrace a GCC strategy, how they selected their GCC partner and what that relationship has brought to the table. Ramesh and Kristin, along with Patricia Connolly, CEO & Partner at SMC2, will examine the building of a high-performing global workforce, the criticality of fostering a culture of trust, and the benefits Digi-Key's culture brings to new team members.  All of these aspects, in partnership with SMC2, have accelerated digital business and operational results for Digi-Key.


10:55 - 11:15 AM  Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:15 - 11:30 AM  Executive Fireside Chat:  Robin Brown, CIO, Protein North America, Cargill interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM  Executive Panel:  Leading Boldly and Authentically – Inspiring Trust and Winning in Turbulent Times

Moderator: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Robin Brown, CIO, Protein North America, Cargill

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

Panelists being confirmed.

The War in Ukraine, The Great Resignation, Global Supply-Chain Challenges and Energy Constraints. These are just a few of the unprecedented disruptions that are impacting members of the senior leadership team and their strategic focus. These events on top of the digital pivot most companies have made since March 2020 have 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 leaders and other executives are placing heightened focus on fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI &B) across the organization so that all voices are being heard and to bring a variety of perspectives into innovation. 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.


12:00 - 1:00 PM  Lunch, Networking and HMG Global Leadership Institute Awards Program 

Past award winners include:

Robin Brown, CIO, Cargill

Kathryn Freytag, CIO, iFit Health and Fitness

Tammylynne Jonas, Global CIO, Self Esteem Brands, LLC

Sean Lennon, CIO, Medtronic

Elwin Loomis, Head of Digital, Bremer Bank

Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions

Tarek Tomes, Chief Information Officer - State of Minnesota


1:00 - 1:25 PM  Executive Fireside Chat:  Why Security Service Edge is a Critical Part of any Zero Trust Program

Netskope interviewed by Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

Security Service Edge (SSE) is the next evolution of cloud security and a critical part of any zero trust strategy. SSE converges legacy point security capabilities into a unified cloud platform that provides secure access to applications and data everywhere, consistently for every location and delivery model. A modern security program aligned to zero trust principles must move beyond simplistic allow/block decisions and instead evaluate and re-evaluate the context surrounding every interaction, offering and adapting just the right access at just the right time. SSE is the security stack that helps deliver the promise of cloud and digital transformation.


1:25 - 1:55 PM  Executive Panel: Accelerating Your Winning IT Strategy with World Class Technologies and Partnerships

Moderator: Hunter Muller, Founder and CEO, HMG Strategy

OutSystems

Evolving Solutions

Panelists being confirmed

Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, application development tools and modern development platforms can enable business technology leaders to identify potential use cases and make a meaningful impact on the business. These and other technologies can help better safeguard enterprises against cyber threats, create digital experiences that improve an organization's operational efficiency, increase revenue, and reduce technical debt. This panel of executives will share use cases for leveraging advanced technologies and partnerships that are enabling competitive differentiation and speed to market.


1:55 - 2:15 PM  Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:15 - 2:45 PM  Executive Panel:  Safeguarding the Enterprise Against Escalating Global Cyber Threats

Moderator:  Harold Knutson, Strategic IT Consultant, Bayside Associates

Patrick Joyce, Vice President & CISO, Medtronic

Greg Thayer, CISO, New Era Technology

Panelists being confirmed

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.


2:45 - 3:00 PM  Transition Break and Meet Our Partners


3:00 - 3:30 PM  Executive Panel:  Acting as a Talent Magnet to Attract and Retain the Best and the Brightest

Moderator:  Tim Rolfing, Senior Director, M&A Technology Integration Portfolio Management

Ryan Gilligan, Vice President, JM Search

Paul Stohr, Executive Search and Assessment Consultant, Russell Reynolds

Hillary Spreizer, President, The Latitude Group

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.


3:30 - 4:00 PM  Executive Panel:  The Tech Leader as Enterprise Change Agent – Fostering Cultural Change

Moderator:  Rahoul Gose, CIO, ECMC Group

Panelists being confirmed.

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 to pilot such dramatic changes across the organization, bold leadership is needed to guide the cultural transformation that’s needed across the organization to succeed.

In this captivating executive panel discussion, world-class business technology executives will share the steps they are taking to foster the cultural evolution needed for the company to succeed on a go-forward basis.


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/
  • SMC Squared

    SMC Squared has turned an outdated technology services model upside down, redefining the term “outsourcing” through our Global Capability Centers (GCC) model. Using a people-first approach, we collaborate with companies as strategic partners to build high-performing extensions of their teams–all while taking billable hours and overtime off the table. Our innovative build-optimize-transfer model recruits and retains dedicated team members specifically for our partner’s objectives, brand, and company. A unique approach, we help companies to assemble global talent that drives growth and digital transformation while achieving a $25 per hour real-cost on high-performing technology capabilities. Headquartered in the Dallas metroplex, SMC2, LLC’s Global In-house Center (GIC) models not only offer its clients a way to satisfy their growing information technology needs but also provide a vehicle for the clients who desire to own the India-based entity. From its offices in Texas, Minnesota and Bangalore, India, SMC Squared supports all industries.

    https://www.smc2.com/

Platinum Partners

  • Evolving Solutions

    Evolving Solutions is a technology solutions provider that helps clients modernize and automate their mission-critical applications and infrastructure to support business transformation. Our business is client-centric consulting and delivery of technical solutions to enable modern operations in a hybrid cloud world. Learn more at www.evolvingsol.com.

    www.evolvingsol.com
  • OutSystems

    OutSystems is a modern application platform enabling organizations to build applications fast, right and for the future. Every aspect of OutSystems is designed from the ground up to help professional developers build complete, compelling software solutions faster than ever before. Helping customers tackle challenges such as legacy modernization, process automation, and workplace innovation to customer experience transformation, OutSystems ensures solutions are secure, resilient, cloud-ready, and built to scale. More than anything, what sets OutSystems apart is its ability to enable applications to adapt to the changing needs of even the most dynamic business and to ensure that all developers have access to the newest, most innovative technologies.

    https://www.outsystems.com/

Gold Partners

  • 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/

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.

    https://www.gigamon.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
  • 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
  • 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/

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

  • Genesys Works

    Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for emerging young professionals from historically excluded communities starting their senior year in high school through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. The program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, paid year-long internships with major companies, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through acquiring professional credentials and/or college. Genesys Works’ goal is to build career opportunity and economic equity in every community so that all people, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, have equitable access to career opportunities leading to sustained economic mobility. Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve thousands of students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region and New York City, and is looking to rapidly expand into 100 cities in the next ten years. To learn more, visit genesysworks.org.

    www.genesysworks.org
  • SIM Minnesota

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

    https://chapter.simnet.org/minnesota/home

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

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