Visionary Leadership Carried the Torch at Last Week’s Chicago and Detroit CIO Leadership Summits

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In the current business landscape, there’s continued economic uncertainty. While recession concerns have eased, other financial and political  headwinds are causing concerns.

As a result of these geo-economic trends, CIOs and business technology executives are being looked upon by the CEO, the C-suite and the board of directors to provide visionary leadership to help their organizations navigate these choppy waters smoothly.

Last month, we kicked off our Fall CIO & CISO Executive Leadership Summit Series in Atlanta with a focus on these themes along with the opportunities to reimagine and reinvent the business through the use of Generative AI and other emerging technologies.

We’ve also been seeing strong growth in attendance at our summits. Two weeks ago, we hosted our 2023 Southern California CIO Executive Leadership Summit in Partnership with Southern California SIM and achieved record registration for the event, which is now in its 14th year.

Last week, we held CIO Executive Leadership Summits in Chicago and Detroit and continued discussions on these topics with top global business technology leaders in each of these cities. Our Chicago summit, produced in partnership with SIM Chicago, was truly a world-class event held at the University Club of Chicago.

We kicked off the Chicago summit with an executive keynote from Talvis Love, SVP & CIO at Baxter International on the topic of ‘Communicating AI to the C-suite and the Board.’ Talvis shared how AI can be viewed as both a positive as well as the risks associated with utilizing AI, and he offered great advice on how to position these differences to the Board and to the C-suite.

The event continued with topical discussions on the visionary leadership needed by business technology executives to successfully navigate global macro-economic challenges along with the nuances of deploying AI effectively to generate new business opportunities and Go-to-Market models – all while safeguarding the hybrid workplace from cyber threats and other risks.

A key element to our event model and to HMG’s Global Digital Platform is the importance of recognizing the exceptional leadership of top-tier CIOs, CDOs, CISOs, CTOs and other business technology executives, industry leaders, VCs and search executives who are delivering unparalleled business value to their organizations in a highly challenging global economy. Global executives recognized for their visionary and resilient leadership for HMG Strategy’s 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards at the Chicago Summit included:

  • Wayne Bulmahn, CIO & Security Officer, UNITE HERE HEALTH
  • Anjana Harve, SVP & CIO, BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Mahmood Khan, SVP, Global Chief Security Officer, CNA Insurance
  • Mike Zachman, VP & CSO, Zebra Technologies

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our Advisory Boards in helping to shape the content and speakers for our events. Special thanks to Wayne Buhlman; Mahmood Khan; Ricardo Lafosse of The Kraft Heinz Company; Susan Malisch, SVP & CIO, American Medical Association; Rick Merrick, CIO, TCS Education System; David Decker, CIO, Universal Logistics; Madhu Reddy, EVP & CIO, Republic Bank of Chicago; and Mike Zachman among others.

We also couldn’t produce world-class executive networking events without the support of our distinguished partners. Valued partners for the 2023 Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit included 8×8, Aisera, Akamai, Apptio, Avalor, BetterCloud, Bluewave Technology Group, Box, Cyberstarts, Darktrace, Delphix, Fortinet, Glean, GTM Capital, Lakeside, LastPass, Netskope, Nutanix, Palo Alto Networks, Ping Identity, Proofpoint, Pure Storage, Rimini Street, RingCentral, SafeGuard Cyber, SAP, SIM Chicago, Tangoe, Tonkean, Trustmi, Upwork, Wiz, Zoom, and Zscaler.

Our 2023 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit in partnership with SIM Chicago last week was also a huge success. Key topics examined during the Detroit summit included ‘Exploring the Ethical Implications of AI’, ‘Tapping Innovative Technologies and Partnerships to Drive Cost Containment and Drive Business Growth’ and ‘From the C-suite to the Boardroom: How Tech Executives Can Make a Successful Transition.’

Recipients of 2023 Global Leadership Institute Awards at the 2023 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit included: 

  • Martin Bally, VP & CISO, Campbell’s Soup Company
  • Mamatha Chamarthi, Chief Business Growth Officer, Software Experience, Stellantis
  • Anita Klopfenstein, CIO, Little Caesars
  • Todd Loiselle, CIO, National Food Group
  • Kiran Sekhri, Chief Innovation Officer, Wayne County Community College District
  • Jason Torrez, Executive Director, IT, Grede SIM Chicago board members and advisory board members for the Detroit summit whose contributions were invaluable to the success of the event included Martin Bally; Daryl Dellinger, Regional CIO, IT North America, Continental Automotive Systems; Jef Fisk, President, Brolly, Inc.; Richard Hook, EVP & CIO, Penske Automotive Group, Inc.; Raj Singh, Global VP, Digital Transformation, Horizon Global; George Surdu, President and CEO, Re-Imagine Tech, LLC; Sangy Vatsa, CTO/Advisor, Digital Insights; Chuck Williams, SVP, IT, Penske Corp. and many others. Valued partners that sponsored the 2023 Detroit CIO Executive Leadership Summit included 8×8, Akamai, ArmorCode, BetterCloud, Box, Cyberstarts, Darktrace, Delphix, Fortinet, Invoca, LastPass, Nexthink, Netskope, Nutanix, OutSystems, Palo Alto Networks, Ping Identity, Pure Storage, Rimini Street, RingCentral, SafeGuard Cyber, SAP, Savvy, SIM Detroit, Tonkean, Upwork, Zoom, and Zscaler.Our CIO & CISO Executive Leadership Summits are gaining momentum. I strongly encourage you to review our upcoming schedule of summits and to register for an event in your city or region. Upcoming Executive Leadership Summits this week and next include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Toronto and St. Louis. You don’t want to miss these — the networking opportunities and actionable advice that’s offered are simply amazing.
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