I was truly energized and inspired by our 2022 Boston CIO Executive Leadership Summit yesterday. The theme for the in-person event was Leading Boldly and Authentically – Inspiring Trust and Winning in the Global Digital Economy and we assembled a superlative roster of amazing speakers, presenters and panelists.

The summit dove deep into the realities and challenges spawned by the digital pivot that most of us made during the pandemic. Despite the hardships and stress, the pivot created many new opportunities for CIOs, CISOs and business technology executives, enabling them to play a more significant role in designing the future of the business and in the shape of the organization.

Here are some of the highlights from yesterday’s excellent summit and thoughtful executive panels:

I interviewed Abhi Maheshwari, Chief Financial Officer, Aisera, on the topic of “Supercharging Your EX and ITSM Strategy with AI & Automation.” In our conversation, we discussed how the the next generation technology stack is continuously being shaped with AI & automation spearheading the transformation, and how essential business-critical work is happening at the fringes with tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams experiencing more than 250M daily users combined.

I also moderated a fascinating conversation on “Leadership Lessons in a Post-COVID World” with Ken Grady, SVP & CIO, IDEXX Laboratories. We spoke in depth about what have we learned about leading a distributed organization deliberately? The CIO was (and is) in the unique situation of being both the enabler and one of the best in the C-Suite to model and support a whole set of new skills around engagement, development, teaming, and delivery, both inside and out of the organization, and how new platforms developed in the consumer world have creative and tremendous application inside the enterprise – and new challenges that will continue to need to be addressed. 

The afternoon session included an extremely valuable Executive Tech Talk on “Shifting from a ‘Peacetime’ to ‘Wartime’ Security Mindset presented by Snehal Antani, Co-Founder and CEO, Horizon3.ai. Snehal’s talk focused on building the “muscle memory” required to quickly detect and stifle real attacks. This mindset shift is especially important given global events and the forthcoming era of cyber-enabled economic warfare, where we should expect to see synchronized cyber-attacks below the threshold of war, designed to create economic pain and political turmoil.

We also announced our most recent HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards Program Nominations:

Vic Bhagat, Global Advisor & Senior Partner, Kyndryl

Brook Colangelo, VP & CIO, Waters Corporation

Ken Grady, SVP & CIO, IDEXX Laboratories

Anjana Harve, SVP & CIO, Fresenius Medical Care

Jamie Head, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Ocean Spray

Past honorees include: Rich Adduci, Founder & Principal Advisor, Esito LLC; Ramesh Razdan, Global CIO, Bain & Company; Brian Shield, SVP/CTO, Boston Red Sox; and Mike Towers, Chief Digital Trust Officer, Takeda.

The HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards honor elite global technology, business and search leaders whose teams are delivering unparalleled value to their organizations. These prestigious awards recognize the top-performing Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, and other Senior Technology Leaders, Search Industry Executives, Venture Capitalists and Partner Executives who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the following areas:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Leading Into the C-Suite
Safeguarding the Enterprise
Building a Culture of Trust
Creating New Go-to-Market Business Models
Modernizing Enterprise Architecture

HMG’s 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards recognize truly exemplary technology executives for their performance as courageous leaders, powerful innovators, and superior contributors to their organizations​​. Recipients of these awards include executives who have also shared world-class thought leadership with the HMG Strategy CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Summit series audiences and/or on the HMG Strategy Digital Platform as part of their ability to lead, reimagine and reinvent their companies and their organization’s business models.

We've also dramatically expanded the HMG Ecosystem by developing a full suite of global advisory services that are designed to enable CIOs, CISOs, CTOs and other top-tier technology executives to lead effectively at the Board level, in the C-suite and with line-of-business leaders. These include our HMG Global Actionable Insights Advisory Services, a unique set of peer-driven research services that are designed to keep business technology executives up to speed on the latest leadership, business, technology and global macro-economic trends that are impacting businesses and industries. These services have been developed to enable global technology executives to identify and execute on new go-to-market business models, design new digital customer experiences and to help their companies to win in the market in these highly turbulent times. 

HMG Strategy’s latest advisory service is the HMG Strategy Genius Service, a unique peer-focused subscription service in which CIOs and other technology executives in the HMG community can submit inquiries regarding a particular challenge they may be facing (e.g.; negotiating a global ERP licensing agreement) and be matched with an expert in the HMG network who can offer qualified advice.

HMG Strategy’s Global Media Model generates more than one million impressions per week, providing vast opportunities for business technology leaders and sponsor partners to promote themselves, their thought leadership and their professional brands on a global scale. 

You can view the complete program and agenda for yesterday’s summit here. I urge you to consult our schedule of upcoming summits and to register for one of our unique world-class events.

We are the platform for building your brand and elevating your career. Join our network and see what HMG Strategy can do for you and your organization. To learn more about any of these services, contact me at hunterm@hmgstrategy.com or at info@hmgstrategy.com