November has been an absolutely incredible month for the HMG Strategy team and our truly unique global community of senior executive technology leaders and executives.


At the top of the month, we hosted our 2022 Greenwich CIO Executive Leadership Summit. Following that success, we hosted our 2022 Denver CIO Executive Leadership Summit, our 2022 Charlotte IT Executive Leadership Summit in Partnership with SIM Charlotte,  our 2022 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit and yesterday’s 2022 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

The 2022 Minneapolis CIO Executive Leadership Summit featured a genuinely stellar array of outstanding speakers, presenters, panelists and partners. Many of the discussions were focused on the need for technology executives to embrace authentic and inclusive leadership styles in these tumultuous times as well as the role of technology executives in fostering a collaborative culture and in attracting and retaining the talent that’s needed to power the successful 21st century enterprise.

Additionally at the summit, we announced our most recent HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards Program Nominations:

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

Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions

Steven is a rare second-generation CIO (his father, Darwin John, one of the industry’s first-ever CIOs) and a highly accomplished technology executive in his own right.

 Meanwhile, Dee Thibodeau is a true champion behind the success of our Minneapolis CIO Summits and has been instrumental in helping us to pull together these highly successful events through her creativity, perseverance and extensive connections across the Twin Cities.

 Past Honorees for the 2023 HMG 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards in Minneapolis include:

 Robin Brown, CIO, Protein-North America, Cargill

Kathryn Freytag, CIO, iFit Health and Fitness

Tammylynne Jonas, Global CIO, Donaldson

Sean Lennon, CIO, Medtronic

Elwin Loomis, CTO, VIIZR

Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions

Tarek Tomes, Chief Information Officer - State of Minnesota

I'd also like to do a shout-out to Tim Rolfing and the SIM Minnesota chapter for their extraordinary partnership and help in putting together and promoting the Minneapolis summit. HMG Strategy has been producing CIO summits in Minneapolis for the past 8 years and our partnership with SIM Minnesota and with Tim, who is the president of the chapter as well as Senior Director, M&A Technology Integration Portfolio Management at HUB International, has been invaluable to the success of the program.

We couldn’t produce these events without the support of our amazing sponsors. Special thanks to Automation Anywhere, C4 Technical Services, Coupa, Evolving Solutions, Gigamon, HashiCorp, Imperva, Informatica, Insight Solutions, The Judge Group, Moveworks, Netskope, OutSystems, SMC2 and Tanium.

 Next week, we’ll take a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday and return on Dec. 1 to host our 2022 New York Global Innovation Summit. The theme of the summit is “Leading Boldly and Authentically - Inspiring Trust and Winning in the Global Digital Economy.” Please join us for this high-value event, which features an amazing roster of world-class rock-star speakers and presenters including our good friend, Stephen M.R. Covey, best-selling author of The Speed of Trust. His newest book, Trust and Inspire, details 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. 

These events are an essential part of our continuing HMG Strategy CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Summit series, and they feature an exceptionally wide range of highly accomplished speakers, presenters and panelists. Our goal is preparing you for the future and accelerating your career ascent to the highest level. The summits provide exceptional opportunities for peer-to-peer professional networking. They deliver a consistently powerful message of how trust, collaboration, innovation, courage, resiliency, empathy and inclusion can foster business success and growth in turbulent times.

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

The HMG Ecosystem also includes our HMG Global Advisory Services, a unique set of 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.

HMG Strategy’s latest advisory service is the HMG 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. 

I urge you to review the agenda for our upcoming 2022 New York Global Innovation Summit and to register for the event. Even if you live outside the Greater New York area, it’s a fantastic opportunity to network with the industry’s best and brightest. Plus, there’s no better time to be in New York than during the holidays.