December 6, 2016 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm - 8:30pm Reception & Dinner Keynote

Unconventional Leadership – Enduring Lessons in Reinvention and Diversity

Dinner Keynote 

Nancy Schlichting
Chief Executive Officer
Henry Ford Health System
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What does it mean to be unconventional? For Nancy Schlichting, the answer is very personal. It defines her 40-year career as a pioneering leader. It steeled her against discrimination, guided her through turbulence in the healthcare industry, lifted her business above the turmoil of a municipal bankruptcy crisis. And it inspired her book, “Unconventional Leadership: What Henry Ford and Detroit Taught Me about Reinvention and Diversity.” Now, as Schlichting closes the final chapter on an 13-year success story as CEO of Henry Ford Health System, she offers leadership lessons shaped by tough assignments, tough markets and diverse experiences.

December 7, 2016 / Conference

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

If We Build It, They Will Come

Keynote  sponsored by: Stefanini

Tom Lewand
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Is it possible? That’s the question Shinola asked itself before it opened its factory doors in 2012. Is it possible to bring manufacturing back to America? Can Shinola help make Detroit cool again? The answer is yes. CEO Tom Lewand shares an American success story that is inspiring others to follow in the company’s footsteps. Discover how Shinola employed out-of-the-box thinking to create high-quality goods while providing hundreds of local jobs in the process. For Shinola, “Built in Detroit” carries a special sense of pride. It’s not only about their products, it’s about the people who create them.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Innovate or Disintegrate – The VC model of Technology Investment

Featured Session 

Vijay Sankaran
TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
Lou Steinberg
Managing Director and CTO
TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
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In academia, they call it “publish or perish.” For top technology leaders, it’s more like “innovate or disintegrate.” Pressured to create beyond the safe and incremental, how do companies accelerate innovation when failure can prove so costly? TD Ameritrade brought in CTO Lou Steinberg to “shake up the etch-a-sketch” and draw innovation from a venture capitalist viewpoint. Facilitating an internal, VC-inspired innovation portfolio, TD Ameritrade makes strategic investments in technologies that pay dividends and don’t burn time and resources. Join Steinberg and CIO Vijay Sankaran for the full picture on how to deliver value to your clients through VC-style innovation.

High Tech Transportation – The Intersection of Mobility and the Motor City

Featured Session 

Ted Serbinski
Managing Director
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Wherever you see gridlock around the flow of people and goods in the Motor City, Ted Serbinski stands as a promising green light. His company, Techstars Mobility, finds and funds startups from around the globe. Together, they’re driving toward a common destination — to connect Detroit’s fast-moving ecosystem with cutting-edge technology and sustainable services. Hop in as Serbinski takes you on a fascinating, 50-minute tour into the future of Motown mobility. The Silicon Valley transplant will share innovation ignition points, how they’re connecting to the marketplace and where it’s all heading as grassroots entrepreneurship sparks a transportation renaissance in downtown Detroit.

Uncloaking the Shrouded Cloud

Executive Boardroom 

Michael Paulin
Corporate Vice President and CIO
H.W. Kaufman Financial Group
Roger Rehm
Central Michigan University
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While infinite and boundless, if you haven’t fully wrapped your arms around the cloud, get in line and join the roundtable. As you gaze inward at your organization’s cloud capabilities, are there holes in your strategic plan? Challenges moving to a SaaS environment? Are you hazy on areas of governance and security? If you’re not boldly reaching for the cloud’s limitless possibilities, challenge your peers in a practical discussion about the wins they’ve enjoyed in 2016, how they’re deriving value and what they’ve learned from misguided missions. Explore together the next frontier of this journey to the cloud.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Scott Sheehy at 971-717-6664 or

Defending the Next Wave of Cyber Disruption

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: FireEye

Rajiv Das
Chief Security Officer & Deputy Director
State of Michigan
Daryl Dellinger
CIO, North American IT NAFTA
Jeffrey Groman
Senior Manager
Mandiant, a FireEye Company
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As we bid good riddance to what has been dubbed the “Year of Ransomware,” businesses brace for escalating attacks and unforeseen threats looming in 2017. CIOs are often caught in the cybersecurity crossfire of providing support to their teams while being accountable to the board. How should your business respond to the next wave of cybersecurity disruption? What elements should you consider outsourcing, and how do you balance security investments to satisfy the bottom line? This peer discussion dives into how to proactively plan for new threats and the ongoing challenge of mitigating cybersecurity risk.

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Get Real With Your Digital Strategy

Featured Session 

Dennis Boecker
VP Information Technology Americas
Robert Bosch LLC
Regina Salazar
Regional CIO, GPO
Whirlpool Corporation
Krischa Winright
Priority Health
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When’s the last time you really connected with your refrigerator? How did you feel when your car’s safety sensors pulled you out of a serious jam, or when your healthcare provider truly provided personalized care? These are the digital strategy questions our distinguished panel asks every day. Explore the next level of digital transformation as three industry leaders discuss innovation culture and how technology and data analytics can deliver a more connected customer experience. Like you, they approach this make-or-break mission from different angles. But one goal prevails — to create meaningful interactions between your products or services and the savvy consumer.

How HoMedics Broke from Mandatory Upgrades to Innovate and Grow

Featured Session  sponsored by: Rimini Street, Inc.

Kevin Johnson
Robert Lachs
Vice President, Central Region
Rimini Street, Inc.
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A typical IT budget allocates 80 to 90 percent toward keeping the lights on with ongoing operations and enhancements, leaving approximately 10 to 20 percent for new and innovative business initiatives. How can you reduce your annual support and maintenance spend while continuing to run your mission-critical ERP platform? Where will you find additional resources to invest in strategic transformation initiatives? Kevin Johnson, CIO of HoMedics, will share why he broke away from mandatory ERP upgrades, while successfully adding forecasting and business intelligence software and services, to innovate and grow the business.

Destination Detroit – Tempting Top Tech Talent

Executive Boardroom 

Diane Jones
Executive Director of Administration, Office of the AVP/CIO
University of Michigan
Fred Killeen
General Motors Company
Rachelle Putnam
Director, Information Technology
General Dynamics Land Systems
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Silicon Valley, watch your back. The high-tech machine in Greater Detroit is gaining steam. As top tech executives in the region ramp up technology hiring to meet demand, the need to attract and retain outstanding talent is critical. How can companies get the right talent in the pipeline? What are some tangible ways to handle high millennial turnover and keep the best employees from leaving? Instead of swapping talent, it’s time to trade best practice solutions on recruitment, training and creating the right culture to make the region a top talent destination.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Scott Sheehy at 971-717-6664 or

Establishing an Insights-Driven Organization

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Tata Consultancy Services

Sanjay Karve
Global Head - Innovation & Transformation Group
Tata Consultancy Services
Andrew Rosenberg
University of Michigan Health System
Doug Wiescinski
Plante & Moran
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With the introduction of new organization roles like CAO, CDO and Data Scientist — as well as the implementation of Big Data technology — organizations are taking the steps to create something bigger. In this session, Sanjay Karve of TCS shares how best to align your information strategy with enterprise business strategies to deliver core capabilities and a competitive advantage. By leveraging analytics-driven insights, information becomes accessible across the value chain, allowing full stakeholder involvement in decision-making and cooperative-based analytic solutions. The panel will provide examples of establishing an insights-driven organization through finance, supply chain, customer experience and product innovation.

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

Thriving in the Age of Digital Transformation

Keynote  sponsored by: Dell EMC

Frank Hauck
President, Customers & Markets
Dell EMC
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The seminal challenge facing all enterprise CIOs is creating the digital DNA needed to compete in this era of rapid disruption. To build this foundation, IT executives must make the business more savvy on the potential power of technology, must focus IT on innovative systems of engagement with customers and partners and must emerge as leaders in the digital transformation of the enterprise. Drawing on global experience and research, Dell EMC shares the tenets of successful IT leadership and offers new ways to embrace digital opportunity.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

Merging IT and OT to Drive Products and Productivity

Featured Session  sponsored by: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Matthew Peterson
Senior Vice President and CIO
Delphi Automotive
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As the priorities of IT and OT continue to merge, technology leaders must pick a lane and keep everybody in the car happy. How do you ensure core systems don’t fall asleep in the back seat when wild innovation demands to ride shotgun? At Delphi Automotive, Matt Peterson deftly steers his technology foundation in a steady direction while carving out creative space for the arrival of the connected and self-driving car. No matter where your company is headed, Peterson is holding the valuable keys to supporting and developing new products by making early inroads on governance, prioritization and demonstrating commercial value.

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

Featured Session 

Jason Bilnoski
Supervisory Special Agent | Detroit Cyber Squad
Federal Bureau of Investigation
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There are millions of ways cyber criminals can gain access to your company’s systems and data. And while security professionals need to be right each and every time, the bad guys only have to be right once to get in. When you’re standing guard in cyberspace, it helps to have friends in the field. Join FBI Special Agent Jason Bilnoski as he briefs CIOs on the latest threats challenging security teams. Using recent case studies, Bilnoski reveals how bad actors got in and who they might be targeting next. He’ll also offer FBI resources and support solutions to aid in the fight to keep your organization secure.

Agility in Action – Staying Ahead of the Change Curve

Executive Boardroom 

Rajat Jain
Director, IT
TriMas Corporation
Tony Lombardi
The Andersons
Annette Marcath
Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
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Is your business agile enough to keep pace in the marketplace? Standing at the crossroads as CIO, you need to ensure that you are serving more as a broker — helping to connect partners and find new solutions quickly — rather than a roadblock. This boardroom discussion explores smart solutions and proven methodologies for navigating the next turns on the agility fast track. Discuss the requirements for rapid deployment and getting an effective process in place. Discover answers to critical questions around when to use outside solutions, prioritizing initiatives and setting up your team to nimbly respond to the business and competitive forces.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Scott Sheehy at 971-717-6664 or

Who’s Down With IoT?

Executive Boardroom 

Mark Cybulski
ZF North America, Inc.
Michael Osment
Taubman Centers, Inc.
Arjay Patrick
Director, IT
Michigan Education Special Services Association
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If the Internet of Things is the next Industrial Revolution, the irresistible draw of manufacturing muscle and innovative brainpower places Michigan on the front lines of opportunity. What are cutting-edge companies doing to put IoT into play, and how can you be successful? Is your organization doing enough? If not now, when? As complex questions mount with exponential growth in connectivity, this interactive boardroom is designed to dig into the latest answers. Collaborate with your peers about how to advance your IoT strategy, secure the environment, leverage data and automate in a more connected world.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Scott Sheehy at 971-717-6664 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

Ford’s Bimodal IT Journey – Steering Agility Toward Mobility

Featured Session 

Aaron Rajda
Director, Connected Experience IT
Ford Motor Company
Rekha Wunnava
Ford Motor Company
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Long before Ford Motor Company ramped up its autonomous car production and veered into the ride sharing business, it needed to retool its technology engine. Driven to become a connected digital business, Ford rolled out a bimodal IT process in 2015 — embracing agile methodologies while maintaining its foundational core capabilities. In this revealing discussion about Ford’s road to becoming a mobility company, Aaron Rajda and Rekha Wunnava share lessons learned from restructuring around ‘emerging’ and ‘core’ projects and the impact it’s had on culture, business processes and the speed of delivery.

Technology’s Transformational Path to Business Enablement

Featured Session 

Kevin Parlette
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Having emerged from the backroom as a more aligned business partner, you’re probably asking yourself as the CIO, “Where do we go from here?” Kevin Parlette has taken those bold next steps as he helps Dana Incorporated navigate its transformational IT journey. In this forward-thinking session, Parlette draws on his financial background to offer perspectives on managing IT with a business focus. Dig deeper into your technology team’s strategic priorities as you continue to innovate and elevate as a tried-and-true business enabler.

Lean in 2017 – A Simple Resolution

Executive Boardroom 

Ruthanne Largent
Horizon Global Corporation
Robert Montgomery
Vice Chancellor for IT/CIO
Oakland Community College
Dan Rainey
IT Director/CIO
Detroit Water & Sewerage Department
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For CIOs feeling weighed down this holiday season by snowballing demands for technology services, it could be time to make and maintain a New Year’s Resolution to get lean. What will it take for your IT organization to streamline operations, reduce waste and do more with less? In this roundtable discussion, CIOs at various points of the Lean IT journey will share valuable insights on simplifying processes in the wake of shrinking budgets and increased demand. How are IT organizations reducing friction, driving operational excellence and reducing cycle times to solve problems? Join peers who support your resolve to be lean and mean in 2017.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 25 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).
To reserve your seat, please contact:
Scott Sheehy at 971-717-6664 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:50pm - 4:20pm Closing Keynote

The Future CIO – Bridge to the Business


Thornton May
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When crafting strategy, business executives should never focus solely on a single change variable (Moore’s law, demographics, consumption patterns, geopolitics). Similarly, when considering the future of technology leadership, CIOs should evaluate the evolving trajectories of all C-Suite participants. Technology Futurist Thornton May, a native-born Detroiter, views the future CIO through the prism of deeper collaboration with business partners to master the industry’s universe of change.

4:20pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings