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August 27, 2013 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm Reception & Dinner Keynote

Building a Magnetic Culture

Dinner Keynote

Kevin Sheridan
Building a Magnetic Culture
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To become the best in the business, it is essential to employ the best people. But how do employers ensure their people are ready and able to take an organization to its next level? To reach a high level of success, organizations must build a magnetic culture. In this dinner keynote, author Kevin Sheridan describes how to attract talented employees to the workplace, empower them, and sustain an environment in which they are more likely to stay. He will also detail the power of creating a culture of employee engagement by sharing the responsibility for personal engagement between employees and management.

Session discovery topics:

  • Magnetic culture and the bottom-line benefits of employee engagement
  • Creating an environment of shared ownership for engagement
  • Best practices of the Virtual Manager — managing the remote and remotely managing

August 28, 2013 / Conference

7:00am - 7:30am

Registration & Breakfast

7:30am - 9:00am Opening 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.


Audio pdf
9:00am - 9:30am

Networking Break

9:30am - 10:30am Breakout Sessions

Changing Perspectives – Empowering the Business with Big Data Solutions

Executive Discussion

Blaise Beaulier
Northwestern Mutual
Mark Shaver
CIO & VP, Operational Excellence
Joy Global Inc.
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Finding valuable information in Big Data is top-of-mind for every business unit, from operations to marketing. However, the excitement for Big Data’s promised insights can lead to a breakdown in communication. To develop relevant and effective data-driven solutions, CIOs must enter the conversation about Big Data earlier, influencing project governance and decisions about measurement and metrics across the business. Join this discussion with industry-leading CIOs as they describe how they are flipping perspectives within their organizations, changing the conversation about analytics and utilizing new methods for communicating Big Data’s value.

The Doctor Is In – Transforming Healthcare

Best Practice

Philip Loftus Ph.D.
Aurora Health Care
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MyAurora is transforming the way healthcare providers interact and communicate with patients. Today, myAurora clients can surf YouTube for a doctor, make appointments any time of day and review lab results in about 24 hours. But like many endeavors, the hardest part was getting the project off the ground. In this presentation, Dr. Philip Loftus explains how Aurora Health Care cut through the red tape and changed the mindset of internal stakeholders to deliver an optimal online customer experience.

Session discovery topics:

  • Creating a compelling business case
  • Building trust, value and relationships across the enterprise
  • Communicating with your clients through social media


Audio pdf

Becoming Business Risk-Centric – Redefining Information Security

Security Discussion

Daniel Schumacher
Executive Director, Global IT Risk Management
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Kevin Haley
Director, Security Technology & Response
Symantec Corporation
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Despite major corporate breaches becoming daily news, many information security leaders still struggle to achieve the necessary buy-in from business leaders to appropriately drive their security strategy. Bringing an outsider’s perspective to his role as executive director of Johnson Controls’ global IT risk management team, Daniel Schumacher believes CISOs must reposition their approach to gain buy-in. From information security’s value-add to the language of IT security, Schumacher passionately believes that business risk must be the driving force behind this repositioning. Join this interactive session with Schumacher and Kevin Haley as they discuss understanding your organization’s risk appetite and how to build, measure, and communicate the value of your program to align with that appetite.

Future Development of the Cloud

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: PDS

Kerrie Hoffman
VP Global IT
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Michael O'Brien
Journal Communications, Inc.
Austin Park
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At its best, cloud services allow organizations to break down silo-based infrastructure so knowledge workers can perform at their full potential. Although adoption is wide-spread, CIOs must imagine cloud services as more than file sharing. Data layers and the impact of the architecture open possibilities for the cloud to positively disrupt the business by delivering capabilities rapidly. In this interactive boardroom discussion, seating is limited to 25 attendees willing to discuss the value of the cloud, what platforms you need to build to empower the data and how to manage the shifting skills your employees need to be successful.

10:30am - 11:00am

Networking Break

11:00am - 12:00pm Breakout Sessions

Leadership in the New Business Environment

Best Practice

Joe Topinka
VP Multichannel Commerce & CIO
Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.
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Technology’s ability to establish effective communication strategies, drive organizational growth and create value for the business is making it a fundamental aspect of every enterprise. As companies become technology centric, IT leaders gain influence among their business peers as instrumental contributors to their organizations. Join Joe Topinka as he shares how he has transformed the role of the CIO at Red Wing Shoes into one that is looked to for leadership and innovation. He will provide examples on how he has leveraged his business partnerships to impact the organization and drive bottom-line results.


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Leading Business Transformation to Drive Results and Create Opportunities

Featured Speaker sponsored by: Jive Software

Christopher Morace
Chief Strategy Officer
Jive Software
Jeff Murnan
Lead Business Analyst
GE Healthcare
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According to Gartner, CIOs report that their enterprises realize only 43 percent of technology’s potential. Yet, for many, how technology will support growth and results in a future of unprecedented volatility and uncertainty remains unclear. Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results but recent reports indicate that 80 percent of these efforts have failed when they were deployed as technology alone.

Join Christopher Morace and Jeff Murnan to learn how leading enterprises have used collaborative technologies, Big Data analytics and mobile, coupled with truly innovative integration approaches, to drive value and create new opportunities. Morace will share best practices and lessons learned from some of industry’s biggest names.

Focusing on Your Data to Change the Information Security Game

Security Discussion

Lamont Orange
Sr. Director, Information Security
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CISOs must completely re-think the way they do business by transforming from being reactive and focused on infrastructure to becoming proactive data-and risk-centric business leaders. Join Lamont Orange as he discusses new concepts for layering data controls alongside infrastructure controls to transform your security defenses. By examining these concepts and the framework and tools essential for enabling people, process and technology to collaborate and re-define a next generation security program, Orange will provide actionable insights to recalibrate security defenses and protect company intellectual property.

Session discovery topics:

  • New data-driven approaches to identifying, mitigating and combating threats
  • Transforming your users — from greatest vulnerability to volunteer security team
  • Evolving your threat model — from acceptable to amazing security

Transforming Your Service Delivery Model

Executive Boardroom sponsored by: Ahead

David Cagigal
State of Wisconsin
Daniel Adamany
President & CEO
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Forrester reports firms will invest 70-73 percent of their 2013 IT budget maintaining and operating existing systems and equipment. Gartner finds 78 percent of IT leaders plan on pursuing a private cloud strategy by 2014. So which is it? Are IT leaders focusing on what they have? Or are they innovating to keep pace with a constantly changing market? Business technology is at an inflection point. Most organizations are heavily vested in legacy infrastructure. Yet new ways of doing things promise greater agility and faster time to value.

Daniel Adamany, President and CEO of Ahead, will lead this interactive boardroom session on the need for IT to move from a manger of assets to a broker of services.

Advancing Threat Communication

Executive Boardroom

Krishnan Srinivasan
GE Healthcare
Mike Warner
Oshkosh Corporation
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As the threat landscape continues to grow in sophistication and complexity, nearly real-time intelligence on those threats through standard channels is often already outdated. Information sharing groups have been a step in the right direction for circulating trusted threat information more expediently, but many CISOs feel that more need be done to defend their organizations against state-sponsored and organized attacks.

Join this session for an update on the threat landscape provided by FBI agent Byron Franz, followed by a constructive dialogue on building a regional information sharing community, led by CISOs Krishnan Srinivasan and Mike Warner. By partnering with the FBI and sharing their own threat intelligence amongst each other, CISOs in the Milwaukee area will be able to greatly improve their awareness of the current threat landscape.

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Networking Break


Lunch Service

1:00pm - 2:00pm Luncheon Keynote

Securing Competitive Advantage with Talent in the Human Age


Jonas Prising
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With increasing globalization, technological expansion and shortened time-to-market cycles, business leaders worldwide are grappling with new demands for productivity and innovation, and the talent necessary to deliver and sustain it. Competition among employers to attract the best talent has never been fiercer. Talent has become the key competitive differentiator for organizations marking the dawn of a new era — the Human Age. In the Human Age, individual and aggregate employee strengths and potential drive companies and communities forward as capital once did.

Session discovery topics:

  • Human Age trends — a macro-level analysis of a confluence of disruptions
  • Talent trends impacting Wisconsin IT and IT security leaders
  • Creating, implementing and sustaining effective talent management strategies
  • Building a culture of talent
2:00pm - 2:30pm


2:30pm - 3:30pm Breakout Sessions

Our Business is the Customer Experience Business

Executive Discussion

Bentley Curran
Brady Corporation
Peter Logothetis
VP & Divisional CIO, Claims
Allstate Insurance
Frank Diana
Principal, Digital Enterprise Solutions
Tata Consultancy Services
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For ages, businesses have focused primarily on product development and delivery. As technology continues to offer greater insight into customers, unlocking the potential for true brand and customer engagement, aligning business objectives to create a customer-centric strategy is increasingly important. Recognizing that a convergence between IT and marketing can improve the overall customer experience, CIOs have the opportunity to choreograph a more agile, responsive and collaborative approach to shaping initiatives and investments that deliver value to customers quickly. Join Bentley Curran and Peter Logothetis for an inspiring discussion, moderated by Frank Diana, about how CIOs can change behavior and strategy across the business to drive a new value proposition for the customer.

Session discovery topics:

  • Embracing customer experience creation across the business
  • Quantifying a customer-centric approach
  • Navigating the CIO/CMO partnership

Redefining the Technology Platform

Best Practice

Manish Chawla
Assurant Health
Chris Dowler
Assurant Health
Dave Loescher
Vice President, IT
Assurant Health
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“Do more with less” is a familiar battle cry from the corner office, but when the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, government mandates forced healthcare organizations to transform their business to comply with new regulations. At Assurant Health, the IT organization sliced a third of the expenses out, and is redefining and rebuilding its entire technology platform. Three years into the venture, an amazing transformation is well underway which includes implementations of a new call center and billing system — all being done internally. Join Chris Dowler and key contributors Manish Chawla and Dave Loescher as they explain how the team transitioned from complete simplification to extending capabilities to new-world inflection.

Session discovery topics:

  • The criticality of internal alignment
  • Maintaining equivalent performance while cutting costs
  • Value realization and contributions to the business


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Analytics, Big Data and Threat Intelligence – Preparing for the Future of Information Security

Featured Speaker sponsored by: RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Eric Thompson
IT Threat Strategist
RSA, The Security Division of EMC
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Within the next two years, big data analytics will affect most of the information security world including SIEM, network monitoring, user authentication and authorization, identity management, fraud detection, and GRC. In a few more years, analytic tools will have evolved to enable advanced predictive capabilities and automated real-time controls. While these advancements will mean big things for the future of information security, integrating them in to existing security programs will require organizations to rethink how information security programs are developed and executed. Join Eric Thompson as he discusses how you and your peers can prepare for big data security.

Driving Business Transformation

Executive Boardroom

Judy Lemke
Schneider National, Inc.
Rick Roy
SVP Shared Services & CIO
CUNA Mutual Group
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With the rise of cloud and mobile devices driving business initiatives, organizations are looking to IT to drive major business transformations. Though significant transformations often include long weeks and high stress and prolonged timelines, successful implementations can impact the business in profound ways.

Join transformation-leading veterans, Judy Lemke and Rick Roy, as they lead this Executive Boardroom discussion focused on best practices and lessons learned in implementing enterprise-wide business transformations and how CIOs must adjust their mindset to successfully plan, sell and lead such initiatives.

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Networking Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm Closing Keynote

Build a Better Bench

Keynote sponsored by: Capgemini

Melanie Bruins
Manager, HR
Oshkosh Corporation
Erica Flukinger
Manager, Talent Development
Oshkosh Corporation
Dave Schecklman
Oshkosh Corporation
Todd Martin
Vice President, North America Application Services
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Sandwiched between a shortage of STEM graduates and a retiring baby boomer generation is a lack of skilled technology workers. Your ability to attract and retain talent brings value to the enterprise and can help you solidify your positive influence on the business. Oshkosh Corporation VP and CIO Dave Schecklman forged strong relationships to draw and keep employees at Wisconsin’s largest manufacturing organization. Todd Martin moderates this lively conversation, as Schecklman and business partners Melanie Bruins and Erica Flukinger divulge how they created a robust IT bench and put a succession plan in place. Their advice to you? Do what you say you will.

Session discovery topics:

  • Earn respect through solid leadership
  • Shared values across the organization
  • Strategic succession planning
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Closing Reception