November 5, 2014 / Governing Body Private Dinner

6:00pm - 8:30pm Governing Body Private Dinner

The Art of Balancing Business, Life and Leadership

Dinner Keynote 

Curt Culver
Chairman & CEO
MGIC Investment Corporation
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When the real estate world began to implode in 2007, MGIC could have been one of countless mortgage firms that went under. But despite a crushing economic downturn, years of limited merit increases, and layoffs that reduced the workforce by almost half, MGIC is now poised to thrive. Chairman and CEO Curt Culver offers the story of how MGIC endured by treating their employees like family and encouraging life success over work success. MGIC has ranked among the top 10 workplaces in Wisconsin for five consecutive years — a testament to a company culture that values health, humor, honesty, hustle and humility.

November 6, 2014 / Content Highlights

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

Protecting Brand Identity in the Digital Age


Marc Varner
McDonald's Corporation
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With recent media-worthy data breaches on the mind of many consumers and legislators, it’s increasingly important for CXOs to understand their role and responsibility in protecting the company brand. As enterprises make a bigger push to outsource services and establish a digital presence, reputational risk spikes. CXOs must all be primed to manage, identify and react accordingly. Drawing on his experience as CISO for one of the world’s most recognizable brands, Marc Varner of McDonald’s Corporation discusses the notion that appropriate security is directly proportionate to your knowledge of the brand you’re protecting. Join this session for strategies and must-haves to safeguard organizational reputation.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Lean and Agile Wins the Race – A Study in Processes

Featured Session 

Blaise Beaulier
VP, Enterprise Projects & Support
Northwestern Mutual
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In an industry that traditionally struggles with agility, Northwestern Mutual embraces a lean and agile way of life that is beginning to pay dividends in efficiency and cost savings across the enterprise. Not only is this initiative driving a fundamental change in company culture, it’s also reducing waste and boosting productivity. What began as a pilot program on the project and operational sides of the business turned into the beginning of a long-term journey that may eventually transform processes in every department. Join Blaise Beaulier as he details the motivations, challenges and very tangible benefits of encouraging employees to approach work in a new way.

The Future of IAM – Who Plus What, When and Where

Featured Session  sponsored by: Dell Software

Eric Robinson
Dell Software Executive
Dell Software
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As cloud adoption and mobility transform business, the way security leaders manage system and data access is evolving, too. Effective identity access management is no longer based on who the user is alone, but must also respond to risks presented by how users access systems. Context is everything in the new world. How can CISOs successfully implement an IAM process that mitigates the evolving threat landscape? Join this session as Eric Robinson discusses how information security executives manage access when it could be coming from anywhere, anytime.

Utilizing Analytics to Drive Business Value

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Zensar Technologies, Inc.

Kevin Miller
VP, IT Strat. & Architecture
CUNA Mutual Group
Mark Schoeppel
VP, Enterprise MDM & BI
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Eric Archuleta
Vice President, Digital Enterprise
Zensar Technologies, Inc.
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The analytics function in enterprise IT can take a variety of forms. Larger organizations may have a full-fledged CDO or divisional data stewards. Some companies have settled on a single version of the truth and others are heavily decentralized. But all organizations, regardless of data maturity, face the challenge of collecting data that is not only accurate but also actionable. This session will explore ways that IT professionals can develop early wins in an analytics program and drive business insights.

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 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CDOs, or equivalent).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Led Rhodes, Program Director at 503-972-4431 or

9:50am - 10:10am

Networking Break

10:10am - 11:00am

Securing the Human Through Education and Awareness

Game Changer 

Mike Warner
Oshkosh Corporation
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Humanity can be an unwitting yet grave security threat, but education doesn’t have to mean intimidation. Mike Warner illustrates how securing the human can be fun, personalized, succinct and effective.

Enabling Innovation Across the Global Enterprise Using Cloud

Emerging Provider  sponsored by: Kenandy

Rod Butters
President & Chief Operating Officer
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The cloud is changing the way IT organizations protect data and engage customers. Rod Butters discusses how global enterprises are using cloud ERP to drive innovation and client success.

Be Our Guest – Personalizing the Digital Customer

Game Changer  sponsored by: Zensar Technologies, Inc.

Chris Dowler
Assurant Health
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Assurant Health’s new customer experience strategy aims to deliver an experience tailored to different audiences. Chris Dowler discusses this customer-centric reinvention that will overhaul data collection and drive digital engagement.

10:10am - 11:00am Breakout Sessions

Intelligent Innovation – The Internet of Things and Big Data

Featured Session  sponsored by: Capgemini

Jim Marshall
Director of Technology Services
Johnson Controls, Inc.
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In the last few years, the entry costs to Big Data have fallen dramatically. But now that organizations can collect and store infinite amounts of data, no one knows quite what to do with it all. Johnson Controls is one company at the forefront of the next Big Data innovation — the Internet of Things. In this session, Jim Marshall explores the history of the Internet of Things, its tenuous status as a technology buzzword, and the simple beauty that it offers to all industries: the ability to efficiently deliver value to the customer and spend resources more intelligently than ever before.

The Evolution of IT to Cloud Services Aggregation and Brokerage

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: PDS

Tony Vaden
American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., Inc.
Larry Pedrazoli
Manager, Enterprise Security
Jason Klein
Vice President, Cloud Services
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IT organizations today are far more than a collection of best practices and technology integration projects. They serve as business innovators, consultants and analysts. With the increase of cloud-based services offered through various deployment models, IT must now also evolve to become an aggregator of these services to make the greatest impact to the organization. Whether this function is in-house or outsourced, this service will become a vital aspect of IT as cloud, analytics, mobile and social gain steam. This discussion centers on the requirements and strategies that organizations are employing to bridge the gap.

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 CXOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Led Rhodes, Program Director at 503-972-4431 or

Capturing the Business Value of Digital Disruptions

Executive Boardroom 

Steve Gearhart
Plexus Corp.
Nikk Gilbert
CUNA Mutual Group
Justin M. Hoss
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Disruptive technologies bring considerable noise and hype, and the challenge of managing the risks associated with these technologies is escalating. One primary technology disruptor, the Internet of Everything, has the potential to be the ultimate network, bringing together people, processes, data and physical devices to transform the wealth of structured and unstructured data into real time insights and richer experiences. However, many enterprises feel they are not ready to accept the risks of such new technology. This discussion will investigate how IT and security professionals can control privacy and security risks and uncover the extraordinary business value of the Internet of Everything.

11:00am - 11:30am

Networking Break

11:30am - 12:30pm Luncheon Keynote

Blueprint for Success – Building Growing Businesses


David Lubar
President & CEO
Lubar & Co.
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For more than 50 years, Lubar & Co. has been successfully building businesses in partnership with management teams in diverse industries. David Lubar will share the enduring original principles and values of Lubar & Co. which still guide the firm today, as well as discuss the connection between Lubar & Co.’s investment activities and the broad philanthropic involvements of the Lubar family. He will offer stories of actual investments and insights into the challenges and opportunities inherent in developing growing businesses.

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Networking Break

1:00pm - 1:50pm Breakout Sessions

Big Data MBA for CIOs – Moving From Monitoring to Optimization

Featured Session  sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Bill Schmarzo
CTO, Enterprise Information Management Practice
EMC Consulting
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The amount of data collected daily has reached an unprecedented volume and data sets have become so complex that it is increasingly difficult to tease insights out. CIOs and business executives alike are looking for ways to mine the potential value of the data as they consider where and how to start their Big Data journey. What will tomorrow’s Big Data-ready architecture look like and what are the organizational ramifications? How can CIOs sustain a culture of data-driven decisionmaking? Bill Schmarzo, the “dean of Big Data,” brings his 30 years of expertise to Milwaukee, giving attendees a crash course in a Big Data MBA.

Phase One – A Foundation for Transformation

Featured Session  sponsored by: Level 3 Communications, L.L.C.

Mark Belk
Sr. IT Director, Enterprise Applications
Oshkosh Corporation
Gary Burgess
VP, Access IT
Oshkosh Corporation
Lynn Eady
Sr. IT Director, Convergence Program
Oshkosh Corporation
Dave Schecklman
Oshkosh Corporation
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In their quest to create a new global IT model, Oshkosh Corporation has been setting the stage for a cultural transformation. The difference maker for Oshkosh thus far has been their commitment to establishing a vision, charting the course and attracting an enterprise-level team while supporting operations across 15 companies and four segments. As a result, the IT workforce has embraced the coming change and has the support they need to streamline IT processes worldwide. In this presentation, Dave Schecklman details the approach to these first steps in Oshkosh’s long-term plan, alongside some of his leadership team who are designing the next stages of Oshkosh’s future.

Failure is Not an Option – Innovating Like a Startup

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Ahead

Randy Fox
GE Healthcare
Stephen Fried
SVP, Information Security
QBE the Americas
Daniel Adamany
President & CEO
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The IT industry is evolving more rapidly, more drastically, and across more disciplines than ever before. Enterprise organizations, especially, must find ways to keep ahead of these changes or risk losing out to more nimble competitors. But how can large organizations embrace this volatile IT landscape and learn to adapt at a faster rate than their smaller, newer counterparts? Join this discussion to learn how the region’s enterprise IT teams can innovate strategically and swiftly to deliver services that meet today’s business demands and timelines.

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 CXOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Led Rhodes, Program Director at 503-972-4431 or

1:50pm - 2:10pm

Networking Break

2:10pm - 3:00pm Breakout Sessions

What You Need to Know About Combating Insider Threat

Featured Speakers  sponsored by: PwC

Dawn M. Cappelli
Director, Insider Risk Management
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Krishnan Srinivasan
VP, Security Architecture & Technology
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Insider threat can compromise an organization in the forms of IT product sabotage, fraud, disclosure of information à la Snowden, and more — and combating these menaces requires both resources and commitment from all levels of the organization. It’s tempting to throw money at the problem, but there’s more to building a successful program than buying tools and flipping switches. In this session, Dawn M. Cappelli and Krishnan Srinivasan team up to explore the myriad strains of insider threat and what it takes to put together a program, as well as offer insight on the practical lessons learned during a real-life implementation.

The Relationship of Mobile and the Internet of Things

Featured Session  sponsored by: IBM

Paul R. Brody
Vice President, Mobile & Internet of Things Consulting Practice
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The rise of a ubiquitous mobile culture has led to a world in which people are connected not only to other human beings, but also to businesses, purchases and possessions. As a result, the Internet of Things has quickly and quietly permeated American digital life in both invisible and conspicuous ways, and companies are forging new business models to better address the trend. Paul Brody provides insight into how the Internet of Things will be driven by the mobile realm, touching on IBM’s enterprise mobility partnership with Apple, the challenge of constantly evolving technology and a future of potentially limitless innovation.

The CIO and the Reinvention of Work

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Sprint Business

Bentley Curran
VP Digital Business & CIO
Brady Corporation
Judy Lemke
Schneider National, Inc.
David Falter
Director of Solutions Engineering
Sprint Business
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Ideas about the where, when and how of work are changing, and one of the biggest challenges in an environment defined by continual reinvention is being fast enough to pivot. Winning companies and their CIOs know they have to do more than manage and enable their workers. It’s time to stop buying tech and start engaging employees and empowering them to learn new ways of working. This session will explore ways that new business models and mobility are redefining workflows, and how the CIO can create a turbo-charged culture of engaged employees across generations in the new workplace.

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 CXOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Led Rhodes, Program Director at 503-972-4431 or

3:00pm - 3:20pm

Networking Break

3:20pm - 4:00pm Closing Keynote

Fostering a Journey of Innovation


Paul Thompson
Director of Innovation, Global IT
Medtronic, Inc.
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Any organization can propose a grand idea, but only true innovators know how to drive those ideas into commercialized, profitable business models. During the development of Medtronic’s “Hospital of the Future,” Paul Thompson learned that the key to successful IT innovation is embracing the unknown, not just in the idea stage but all through development. Thanks to strategic partnerships, integration of customer feedback, and careful incubation of both ideas and team members, Medtronic has built four innovation centers across the globe and is also developing a range of patient support environments, proving that version 1.0 can be just the beginning of the innovation process.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings