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November 19, 2013 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm Governing Body Private Dinner

It’s Our Ship

Dinner Keynote

Michael Abrashoff
"It's Your Ship"
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For organizations that seek a deeper understanding of grassroots leadership and want to take those principles to the next level, Michael Abrashoff addresses top-of-mind concerns for leaders in these challenging times. Collaboration, commitment, cohesion, accountability, engagement, rapid and continual innovation, and dealing with generational differences in the workforce — successful leaders must master these crucial issues. In this session, Abrashoff explains the importance of creating a high-performance culture where everyone takes ownership and responsibility. He uses real lessons from the business world and focuses on how innovation, accountability and engagement can change your business.

November 20, 2013 / Conference

7:00am - 8:00am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:50am Opening Keynote

Business Insights From Detroit’s Hottest Startups


Paul Glomski
CEO & Co-Founder
Detroit Labs
Ryan Landau
Damien Rocchi
CEO & Co-Founder
Grand Circus
Gabe Karp
Detroit Venture Partners
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As Michigan begins its recovery, many of its largest organizations find themselves in a bind. While efforts to ramp up staffing and drive investments are underway, business leaders are finding that qualified talent — especially in the IT space — is either prohibitively expensive or uninterested in relocating to the “state with the stigma.” Now through the worst of the downturn, how should the state’s most established organizations respond? The answer may lie in the innovation and agility of some of its newest enterprises.

Join this special keynote discussion as Gabe Karp leads a provocative conversation with the CEOs of three of Detroit’s hottest startups. Paul Glomski, Ryan Landau and Damien Rocchi will share their thought-provoking views on entrepreneurship; driving business to Detroit; and the emerging trends, best practices and challenges they see as critical to success and survival in the future.


8:50am - 9:20am

Networking Break

9:20am - 10:10am Morning Keynote

Insights Into Michigan’s Economic Future

Keynote sponsored by: Comcast Business Class

Michael A. Finney
President and CEO
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
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The success of the reinvention of Michigan can be found in two words: comeback state. That's what people call Michigan today, in the fourth year of a reinvention strategy to bring a new, customer-friendly approach to government and to provide a favorable business climate that creates more and better jobs. How did Michigan—the state hit hardest by the great recession, and mired by a decade of job loss, declining population, and budget deficits — change course? Join President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michael A. Finney, for a discussion on Michigan’s reinvention strategy, where the state’s economy is today and the outlook for the future, insights on some of the MEDC’s current initiatives, and the critical role that IT is playing in accelerating Michigan’s comeback.


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10:10am - 10:40am

Networking Break

10:40am - 11:30am Breakout Sessions

Lessons From a Futurist

Featured Speaker

Sheryl Connelly
Global Consumer Trends and Futuring
Ford Motor Company
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No one can predict the future, but that doesn’t mean not preparing for the unknown. Analyzing trends in social, technological, economic, environmental and political arenas can lead to insights to better anticipate the forces that will shape the landscape of the future. One of the more forward-thinking and innovative organizations in the Detroit region — if not the world — Ford Motor Company’s futurist, Sheryl Connelly, insists that she is “not an automotive person,” and in fact, studies just about everything but the auto industry to help her organization attempt to predict the future. Join this session as Ford’s in-house futurist shares how her analysis of global consumer trends is leading to strategic insights and helping the auto leader learn to expect the unexpected.

Preparedness for Cyber War

Featured Speaker

Don Welch
Merit Network
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The face of warfare is quickly changing. While cyber tactics are already being used for espionage, Stuxnet proved that serious infrastructural damage can be done by replacing bombs with bytes. To prepare to defend against these attacks, Merit and the state of Michigan have developed the Michigan Cyber Range, a training environment and program that develops defenders to out-think their adversaries by practicing defenses against attacks. Join Merit CEO Don Welch to learn more about the Cyber Range and how you can help defend Michigan’s most critical and vulnerable infrastructures.

Session discovery topics:

  • Cyber defense requires a different type of preparation
  • The impact and importance of collaboration in cyber defense
  • The nature of threats to our critical infrastructure


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The Secret to Quicken Loans’ Team Member Success – Culture, Culture, Culture

Executive Discussion

Linglong He
Quicken Loans Inc.
Dave Nachbar
Chief People Person
Quicken Loans Inc.
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If you don’t create a company culture, one will create itself — and you won’t like it. Join Quicken Loans CIO Linglong He and Chief People Person, Dave Nachbar as they reveal how culture and recruiting the right people has been a key to Quicken Loans’ record growth. Combining technology savvy with a knack for spotting talent, He and Nachbar will dive into how Quicken Loans keeps its team members happy by investing in them both personally and professionally, and illustrate why the company has consistently ranked #1 on Computerworld magazine’s “Best Places to Work in IT” list and many other national and local best workplaces lists.

Peer-Driven Insights From Big Data’s Maturity Curve

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Steven Ambrose
DTE Energy Company
Gary Baker
Sr. VP & CTO, IT
Flagstar Bancorp, Inc.
Scott Lee
Senior Solutions Principal
EMC Corporation
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As organizations continue to collect and store data at unparalleled levels, many CIOs are left with far more questions than answers. How does my organization define Big Data? Is it really worth such a significant investment? Where do I get started? What skill sets should I be recruiting? How will Big Data affect my current architectures and technologies? As the questions grow nearly as quickly as the data, IT leaders are becoming increasingly skeptical of Big Data’s true business benefits. Join this executive boardroom discussion, led by moderator Scott Lee of EMC and discussion leaders Steve Ambrose and Gary Baker to discuss challenges experienced along the Big Data journey from investment and implementation to providing business value from actionable insights.

11:30am - 12:00pm

Networking Break

12:00pm - 1:20pm Luncheon Keynote

Reality-Based Leadership – Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace and Turn Excuses Into Results


Cy Wakeman
Author & Thought Leader
Reality-Based Leadership
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A reality-based leader is able to quickly see and radically assess the reality of a situation, conserve team energy and use it to impact present circumstances. A great reality-based leader anticipates upcoming changes and capitalizes on the opportunities inherent in a situation without drama or defense. Cy Wakeman presents the principles of her new wave of leadership — Reality-Based Leadership — a revolutionary look at how transforming an organization’s leadership competencies can drive success in profoundly changing times. Join Wakeman to learn why reality-based leaders should refuse to argue with reality, value action over opinion, lead first, manage second and more.


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1:20pm - 1:50pm

Networking Break

1:50pm - 2:40pm Breakout Sessions

Insight Advantage – Turning Data Loose on Decision-Making

Best Practice

David Asiala
Director, Global Business Insight Services
The Dow Chemical Company
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In 2012, Dow Chemical focused on delivering $2B of value from simplification and streamlining to achieve shareholder commitments in the face of a still fragile economic recovery. The company realized that applying analytics more effectively to core business processes could help to simplify and deliver improved business results. Starting with a strategy, Dow has pushed forward to deliver additional capabilities, increase adoption of all levels of analytics and move the needle toward a sustainable, analytically-enabled culture. Nearly a year into the initiative, the program is gaining momentum across the organization. Join Dave Asiala, Dow’s business insight leader, as he shares his organization’s analytics journey, offers insights into their challenges encountered and provides practical advice on how to best enable decision-making processes.


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Getting Ahead of the IT/Customer Experience Shift

Executive Discussion

Dennis McKee
Communications Director, Smart Energy Program
CMS Energy Corporation
Vaidy Subramanian
Director, Business Technology Solutions (Smart Energy, Enterprise Architecture, Collaboration)
CMS Energy Corporation
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A fundamental shift is quickly approaching. As the enterprise world continues to leverage connected and digital technologies to better understand, connect with, and provide value for its customers, business operations and IT teams are routinely finding themselves working together more often. Perhaps the most critical partnership of this era, IT and business leaders must now ensure they are working in sync. Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, has begun a major transformation to take this partnership a step further by interweaving IT and business as one team, resulting in improved communication and innovation. Join Vaidy Subramanian and Dennis McKee for an inside look at how Consumers Energy is successfully aligning these two key teams and the profound impacts it has had on organizational and customer experience thus far.


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How is Cloud Changing the Way IT Works?

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: VMware, Inc.

Cliff Burgess
Director, Information Technology
Gentex Corporation
Charlotte Decker
The Auto Club Group - AAA
Dave Katt
VMware Accelerate Americas Executive
VMware, Inc.
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As organizations move away from legacy systems, CIOs must understand the capabilities of cloud and the way its integration affects the structure of IT. CIOs are well versed in the technical aspects of cloud-based solutions, but cloud’s implementation may challenge the way they understand the structure of their IT organization, such as employees that require retraining, skills that must be repurposed, and attempts to remove silos by addressing the tradition of certification. In this collaborative boardroom session, moderator Dave Katt of VMware, and discussion leaders Cliff Burgess and Charlotte Decker, will lead an open discussion on the way cloud is affecting their organizations and where they see it taking their business in the future.

Security 20/20 – What Does the Future of Information Security Hold for you?

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Company

Tim Heffron
Meritor, Inc.
Diane Jones
Detroit Public Schools
Ed Reynolds
HP Fellow
HP Enterprise Security Services
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In the past 10 years, societal, economic and technological changes have not just affected the enterprise, they’ve redefined it. What will a successful enterprise look like in another 5, 10 or 15 years? To imagine the future of the enterprise, we must understand the forces that are transforming our world and the technological innovations that are shaping the future. IT leaders have identified some concerning issues in the near future. With the rise of cloud computing and the intermingling of personal and business technologies, issues around data privacy, information breaches and a lack of skilled resources to effectively manage security will be compounded. Join this interactive, peer-driven session, led by Tim Heffron, Diane Jones and moderator Ed Reynolds, to discuss developments on the security horizon and gain insights into the future of enterprise security.

2:40pm - 3:10pm

Networking Break

3:10pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions

Next-Level Business Partnership

Executive Discussion

Shailendrra Guptaa
Director, IS Strategy, Architecture & Vendor Mgmt
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.
Joe Sawasky
Wayne State University
Krischa Winright
CIO, Priority Health & VP-Information Services; Priority Health CIO
Spectrum Health
Stephen Pickett
Senior VP & CIO
Penske Corporation
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It is no secret among the CIO community that developing cohesive partnerships across the business can be a critical component to achieving support and buy-in. Many CIOs feel their role as business enablers sufficiently aligns them with business partners, however very few reach the level of true business drivers, and thus, miss out on opportunities to bolster support from their organizations. Join this executive discussion with Shailendrra Guptaa, Joe Sawasky, Krischa Winright and Stephen Pickett as they share their approaches to elevating their CIO role beyond business enablement and the resulting dramatic impacts to their IT programs. With practical insights and lessons learned from each of their unique stories, this interactive discussion will urge fellow CIOs to critically analyze their relationships throughout their organization and get creative and strategic to deepen their roots within the business.

Preparing for the Workplace of the Future

Featured Speaker sponsored by: IBM

Carol Sormilic
VP, Global Workforce & Web Processes Transformation Executive
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Technology is changing the very nature of business, and it’s changing the way employees work. As organizations use new technology to transform their business models, everything within the business is affected — from the way teams operate to the way decisions are made. As teams expand the scope of their roster to include people around the corner and around the world, open technologies and social collaboration tools are “must haves.” In this forward-looking session, Carol Sormilic, vice president and transformation executive for IBM’s global workforce and web processes, discusses the new frontier of the workplace, and how the CIO can prepare for what’s coming next.

Business Empowerment – Integrating Mobility Into Products, Systems and Processes

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: Sprint

Mark Cybulski
ZF North America, Inc.
Jef Fisk
Director, IT
Kaiser Aluminum Corporation
Joseph Martin
Director, Solution Engineering
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Enterprise mobility is no longer strictly handsets and aircards; wireless connectivity will soon be built into virtually everything with a microprocessor. Increasingly, businesses are incorporating mobility into their products, systems and processes to achieve operational efficiencies, increased profitability, establish competitive advantage and provide an enhanced customer experience. M2M implementations and the integration of mobility with cloud services represent ways this transformation is occurring. Integrating mobility into the fabric of the enterprise’s business represents both opportunity and challenge. In this session, Mark Cybulski, Jef Fisk and moderator Joseph Martin lead an interactive discussion on the opportunities and strategies for integrating mobility and the key role that partners can play in designing and fulfilling the vision. Attendees are encouraged to continue the conversation online at

4:00pm - 4:20pm

Networking Break

4:20pm - 5:10pm Closing Keynote

The IT Reinvention Journey at Ford – ONE Ford/ONE IT, Driving Change Together


Nick Smither
Ford Motor Company
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Harry S. Truman once said “men make history, not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” Since 2006, Ford Motor Company has been on a journey to transform the business under the ONE Ford Plan. This in-progress transformation is repositioning IT from service provider to an integrated business partner. As the 11th annual Detroit CIO Executive Summit comes to a close, Ford CIO, Nick Smither will share insights from leading one of Detroit’s most iconic organizations and discuss the progression of Ford’s IT strategy from the early phases of restructuring to the current focus on business innovation and growth.

5:10pm - 6:00pm

Reception & Luxury Prize Drawings