May 23, 2016 / Governing Body Private Dinner

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

Oh, Yeah! Now I Get it! Information and the Digital Transformation of Everything

Dinner Keynote 

Eric Clemons
Professor of Operations & Information Management
The Wharton School of Business
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Changes in information require that every function within every business must be coordinated and integrated. Because CIOs understand information they are best positioned to anticipate the risks that these changes present to the business. Because CIOs understand information technology, they are best positioned to integrate the different functional areas so that the organization can respond most effectively to seize opportunities. We will discuss frequently occurring patterns in the digital transformation of strategy, so that the CIO can rapidly recognize the nature of the change facing the organization, and can effectively communicate the risk, the opportunity, and the most effective response.

May 24, 2016 / Conference

7:00am - 7:40am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

The Resilient CIO

Keynote  sponsored by: Xavient

Scott Alcott
Comcast Corporation
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As any CIO of a major organization can attest to, the daily grind of meetings, potential cyber hacks, presenting to the board, and other requirements of the role can bring tremendous stress and anxiety. Now, if the pressures of a CIO weren’t enough, envision managing all of these responsibilities while in remission from a rare form of cancer. In this opening keynote, Scott Alcott, CIO of Comcast Corporation, will share his personal journey as a cancer survivor and how it impacts his outlook on life in and out of the C-suite.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

The Business of Security – Tackling the Rapid Evolution of Cybersecurity

Featured Speakers  sponsored by: PwC

Noopur Davis
SVP, Product Security and Privacy
Comcast Corporation
Alonzo Ellis
Department Head, IT Security Office
Janice Withers
EVP & CIO, U.S. Technology Solutions
TD Bank Group
Grant Waterfall
Risk Assurance Cybersecurity, Privacy Strategy Leader, Partner
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The importance of cybersecurity has increased exponentially in recent years, creating a rapid transformation of the role of a CISO. With a growing need for business-focused security communication at the board level and corporate-wide security adoption, the modern IT security organization and the relationship between CIOs and CISOs are swiftly evolving. Join this lively discussion as veteran CIOs and CISOs discuss how they drive collaboration between IT security and the business while creating efficient communication channels with senior leaders throughout the organization.

Embracing or Controlling the Weather – Public vs. Private Clouds

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: AppDynamics

Jeff Dowds
Brian Simmermon
Subaru of America, Inc.
Chris Kulczytzky
VP, Enterprise Systems
S&P Global
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Results from a survey conducted by JPMorgan analysts suggest that the public cloud is gaining momentum — enterprise workloads moving to the public cloud expected to triple in the next five years. Still the perennial debate of public vs. private rages on. Proponents of both grapple with many of the same challenges — rollout, security and stakeholder buy-in—while those in search of a hybrid cloud wonder how much should be sourced and how much should be kept in-house. Join Vanguard CTO Jeffrey Dowds in this scintillating discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of public and private clouds.

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Creating Business Value at Start Up Speed

Featured Speakers  sponsored by: ThoughtWorks

John Buhl
Principal in Retail Digital Services
Aneesh Lele
Portfolio Director, Financial Services
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The Philadelphia region’s blend of legacy, new, enterprise and startup — and every size and shape of company — has generated a culture of constant disruption and constant opportunity. Whether large or small, IT must constantly find new ways to create business value at start up speed. This joint presentation will explore the adoption of lean and agile principles across both business and IT organizations, and strategies for solidifying IT as a competitive weapon that emboldens innovation across the enterprise.

The Business of Security Continued – Tackling the Rapid Evolution of Cybersecurity

Executive Boardroom 

Noopur Davis
SVP, Product Security and Privacy
Comcast Corporation
Janice Withers
EVP & CIO, U.S. Technology Solutions
TD Bank Group
Christopher Mixter
Principal Execute Advisor, IT Practice
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Continuing our ”Evolution of Security” discussion, this boardroom will dive deeper into the discussion around how CIOs and CISOs drive collaboration between IT and Information security, and the broader enterprise. How can the CIO and CISO work together, to ensure that business line leaders understand, accept, and act on, their roles in managing information and technology risks?

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:

Rich Borders at 503-972-4031 or

10:20am - 10:35am Game Changer 1

InnerSource Strategy in Modern Development

Game Changer  sponsored by: GitHub

Greg Padak
Principal Solutions Engineer
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Organizations can leverage techniques from the open source community to break down geographic and organizational barriers. Chris Long shares best practices that lead to higher quality code and happier developers.

This is the first of three concise and compelling 15-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each brief, high-value presentation will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways.

10:35am - 10:50am Game Changer 2

Running Lean – How to Accomplish More With Less

Game Changer 

Jeff Dowds
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Vanguard CTO Jeffrey Dowds shares how the company has achieved business value at startup speed through driving next generation application development in the public cloud.

This is the second of three concise and compelling 15-minute presentations during this breakout session. Each brief, high-value presentation will extract a leading best practice or a breakthrough industry solution with tangible takeaways.

10:50am - 11:05am Game Changer 3

Data at the Speed of Flash

Game Changer  sponsored by: Nimble Storage

Steve Armstrong
Senior Manager, Infrastructure Operations
Buckeye Partners, L.P.
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Enterprises expect data to be available instantly. Hear how Buckeye Partners L.P. has leveraged NimbIe Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform and an integrated SmartStack solution to simplify and sped up deployments in remote facilities.

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 1:10pm Luncheon Keynote

Vision and Execution in the Age of Digital Transformation

Keynote  sponsored by: EMC Corporation

Frank Hauck
Executive Vice President
EMC Corporation
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In a disruptive world, the mandate of digital transformation looms large for organizations fighting to maintain relevance in the digital arms race. CIOs realize, however, that the act of transforming is more an ongoing evolution than a one-time event, and the stakes have never been higher. Successful organizations must have the right vision, foundational strategy, and the right platforms and technology to innovate, pivot quickly, embrace opportunities and maximize efficiency. EMC shares the core tenets of successful transformation through the prism of its own experience, including strategies, practical implementations and real-world outcomes.

1:10pm - 1:40pm

Networking Break

1:40pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions

The Rebranded CIO – The Business of Being a Technologist

Featured Session  sponsored by: Box

Greg Driscoll
SVP, Service Operations & CIO
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Gabriella Vacca
VP, Systems & Technology
Comcast Corporation
Andy Santacroce
Deputy CIO, VP, Global App Dev. and Digital Products
BDP International, Inc.
John Marcante
CIO & Managing Director
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As a driver of agility and transformation across the enterprise, technology has become intertwined with and integral to the business — and the CIO is in the spotlight of this new reality. Whereas IT leadership once depended on strictly technical acumen, today’s CIOs must be savvy business people, capable of speaking the myriad languages of key stakeholders, executive peers, in-the-weeds specialists, vendors and customers simultaneously. This panel of CIOs shares their perspectives on the evolving role of the CIO into true influential business partner, examining the new skills and practical approaches necessary to embrace business leadership in a technological world.

See the Forest and the Trees With Operational Intelligence

Featured Speakers  sponsored by: Splunk

Arvin Bansal
Director, Risk & Cyber Security
Willis Towers Watson
Dave Snyder
Chief Information Security Leader
Independence Blue Cross
Srikanth Thirumurthy
VP, Cloud and Global Operations
Radian Group Inc.
Brian Hoover
Business Analytics Specialist
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All websites, communications, networking and complex IT infrastructures generate massive streams of data in a range of unpredictable formats that are difficult to process and analyze by traditional methods. This panel explores new ways to operationalize analytics to take advantage of both big picture phenomenon as well as more minute windows of opportunity to gain efficiencies. Hear how different organizations are addressing the challenges of going beyond dashboards and surface-level reporting to make more informed decisions, not just in IT but across the business, and mature the data-driven organization while ensuring the security of the overall data ecosystem.

A Decade of Change – Enduring in a Digital Ecosystem

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: CA Technologies

Gerry Christian
VWR International, LLC
Dale Danilewitz
Trevor Bunker
SVP, Business Unit Executive
CA Technologies
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The digital ecosystem has redefined business strategy and operations, leveraging current technology resources in new ways. For CIOs, the key to success will be repositioning the technology organization to make IT a more agile broker of services, enabling digital capabilities to deliver on business strategy. To borrow a phrase from Nicholas Carr’s article, “IT Doesn’t Matter,” “When a resource becomes essential to competition but inconsequential to strategy, the risks it creates become more important than the advantages it provides.” Moderated by CA, this conversation will give real world examples around how IT defines and integrates new digital capabilities into overall corporate strategy.

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:

Rich Borders at 503-972-4031 or

2:30pm - 2:50pm

Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:40pm Breakout Sessions

IT is the Business – and it’s Getting Personal

Featured Speakers  sponsored by: CenturyLink

Lucas Budman
CTO, Cognilytics
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Today’s CIO works in a challenging and complicated ecosystem where IT is married to almost every lever of business strategy. As such, the CIO needs to function as an artful innovator, fluidly balancing operational efficiency while introducing new digital channels, security tactics and agile methodologies. CIOs who can position themselves as strategic leaders that adeptly manage strong business relationships will rise to the top. This fireside chat with CenturyLink and SAP will explore the new state of the CIO in 2016, diving into the intricacies that may define the path moving forward.

Behaving Badly – The Internal “Spy” Uncovered

Featured Session  sponsored by: Okta, Inc.

Special Agent Thomas Breeden

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Terry Harris
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Keith Morales
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
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The thief who is harder to detect and who could cause the most damage is the insider - the employee with legitimate access. Whether an employee is simply acting on an opportunity or is an intruder in disguise, a strong insider threat mitigation strategy is necessary. CIOs and CISOs must acknowledge the problem and invest in the required resources, personnel and technologies to moderate the risk of an insider attack. In this session, we will use real examples of incidents involving insiders to illustrate the threat and discuss factors that motivate insider theft of intellectual property and organizational factors that enable that theft.

3:40pm - 4:00pm

Networking Break

4:00pm - 4:30pm Closing Keynote

Creating a Winning Culture

Keynote  sponsored by: Workday

Mark Jackson
Director of Athletics
Villanova University
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IT leaders tasked with restructuring their departments face unique challenges — similar to the challenges athletic directors face as they manage several teams and departments. Restructurings are a delicate balancing act of competing priorities: cutting costs, streamlining efficiencies and aligning with business needs. Tackling these complexities starts with building a winning culture — whether that’s on the field or in the office. Mark Jackson shares his nearly 20-year journey working with some of the most influential coaches and athletic directors in collegiate and professional sports, and speaks to his experiences being a part of, and now leading, a winning culture.

4:40pm - 5:15pm

Closing Reception & Prize Drawings