Southern California

CIO Executive Summit

June 7, 2017

L.A. Hotel Downtown


June 6, 2017 / Governing Body Private Dinner

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

The Thoughtfully Ruthless Leader

Dinner Keynote 

Val Wright
International Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author & Thought Leader
"Thoughtfully Ruthless"
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What’s the greatest lesson Val Wright learned about innovation from her experiences with executives from Starbucks, LinkedIn, Financial Times and Google? Time and again she says she’s learned it’s not the economy, market conditions or competition that’s holding businesses back. The secret is locked inside how leaders ruthlessly (in a thoughtful way) manage their time, energy and resources. Join Wright to learn how to focus your time and energy on products, profits and customers to catapult your long-term growth.

June 7, 2017 / Content Highlights

7:00am - 7:45am

Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am Opening Keynote

Building the Disruptive Enterprise

Keynote  sponsored by: Box

Jeetu Patel
SVP of Platform & Chief Strategy Officer
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With greater access to resources and deeper institutional knowledge, enterprise-level organizations have long held a distinct competitive advantage over smaller, would-be interlopers. But increasingly, technology and all things digital have leveled the playing field for nimble upstarts seeking to disrupt and dislodge. Keeping pace in this digital landscape requires more than the band-aid of a new app or tool; IT leaders have to go deeper, fundamentally rethinking everything from products and processes to employee and customer experience. Jeetu Patel examines the challenges of enterprise transformation in the era of disruption and shares insights on aligning culture, process, and systems to reinvent the enterprise.

8:30am - 9:00am

Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am Breakout Sessions

Attracting, Developing and Retaining High-Performers

Featured Session  sponsored by: ServiceNow

Jim Crawford
Kaiser Permanente
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To dramatically boost your organization’s productivity, you need high performers on board, which means being intentional about attracting, developing and retaining top talent at every level. In this endeavor, two things are critical — understanding what a high-performing organization looks like and what high-performing employees want. Building appealing job roles and an enticing workplace culture starts with that awareness. Join this session as Jim Crawford shares how to achieve these goals and maps out a plan to help you get there.

Leading the Way to the 2020 Digital Enterprise

Featured Session 

Vimarsh Bakaya
Principal Executive Advisor
CEB, now Gartner
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Today’s CIOs are being asked to partner on their companies’ digital business goals — to become agents of change for digital transformation. This requires an operating model that’s more flexible and responsive. A model that takes a fresh approach to understanding needs and delivering capabilities. IT’s changing role is paving a new path — one that offers CIOs a chance to evangelize digital opportunities and reshape their career paths. Vimarsh Bakaya shares how leading CIOs are aligning their approach to business engagement and delivery with digital transformation — with impressive results.

Every Company is a Software Company

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Puppet

Rick Hopfer
Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Don Olender
Executive Director
UCLA IS Associates
Gia Lyons
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It seems like yesterday that CEOs and their boards were “encouraging” IT leaders to make significant pushes into mobile, big data and the cloud. Now all organizations are beginning to identify as software companies. CIOs are being instructed to embrace digital transformation, and they’ve never felt more pressure. This has not come out of left field. Software powers everything around us, from phones and banking to healthcare and manufacturing. Organizations that want to remain competitive in today’s tech-driven climate must be skilled at creating, delivering and maintaining software. Gia Lyons leads this interactive discussion on honing your software delivery, focusing on DevOps and harnessing the value of automation.

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.

To reserve your seat, please contact: Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

The Platform Effect – Big Data for Digital Transformation

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: MapR Technologies

Greg Fancher
Taco Bell Corporation
Larry Godec
The First American Corporation
Jack Norris
SVP, Data & Applications
MapR Technologies
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In its 2016 CIO agenda report, Gartner describes digitalization as a new enterprise core competency. Today, CEOs expect their CIOs to be “first among equals” in this transformation. The “platform effect” refers to the idea that when resources are shared in an agile way, the effects between them amplify their value, resulting in a system that is greater than the sum of its parts. Nowhere is the platform effect more tangible than in the technology stack. In this roundtable discussion, we will share the keys to developing a winning corporate strategy by building a data platform that can facilitate innovation and drive operational efficiencies horizontally across the organization.

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.

To reserve your seat, please contact: Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

9:50am - 10:20am

Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am Breakout Sessions

Going All In With the Cloud

Featured Session  sponsored by: Amazon Web Services

Tim Moran
SVP, Global IT, Financial Systems
Live Nation Entertainment
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The journey to the cloud for Live Nation kicked off in 2015 with a mandate to get out of the data center business. Focusing on the growth of the business and aiming to shed increasing infrastructure costs, the company made the strategic decision to migrate to the cloud. Following an aggressive timeline, Live Nation partnered with AWS to migrate its systems to the cloud and shut down related servers and storage in the data center. Tim Moran, SVP of Global IT for Live Nation, shares the pitfalls and successes of the journey and advantages his organization has found with the shift.

IoT ROI – Strategy and Execution in the Smart Enterprise

Featured Session  sponsored by: Dell EMC

Tommy Trogden
Director, Global Portfolio Messaging
Dell EMC
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For years, the Internet of Things has represented tantalizing possibility for enterprise technology leaders. But the same confluence of factors that position IoT as a tool of strategic advantage — actionable consumer data, greater efficiencies and process improvement, a paved path to innovation — also pose major challenges. Cybersecurity threats, consumer privacy concerns and mountains of unprocessed information can derail these initiatives before they start. While opportunities still abound through IoT, CIOs must first build a clear roadmap to unlocking its full potential. Through real-world cases and customer stories, Tommy Trogden illustrates the critical steps for starting — and successfully finishing — your IoT journey.

Smart Enablement – Modernizing Through Mobility

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Sprint Business

Jim Davis
Vice Provost IT & CTO UCLA, CTO Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition
Phillip Leclair
City of Pasadena - California
Lyle Paczkowski
Senior Technology Strategist
Sprint Business
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Mobility is now an expectation of your customers and your workforce — without implementing mobile capabilities, organizations will be at a significant competitive disadvantage. Customers interface with front-line employees who represent your business, giving weight to mobile-enablement decisions. Providing greater access to information, enhancing communications and reducing costs can all increase the speed of doing business. What steps can move you along the mobility maturity curve? CIOs have the opportunity to enable new efficiencies and provide value for both internal and external customers. This interactive discussion with peers explores these questions and real-world cases.

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.

To reserve your seat, please contact: Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

Practical Approach to Technology Transformation

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Softtek

Jim Puerner
Tutor Perini Corporation
Joseph M. Solimando
VP of Business Application Services, Disney Worldwide Services
The Walt Disney Company
David Reitman
SVP, Communications, Media, Entertainment & Technology
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Digital transformation is no small undertaking, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It requires fundamental changes to underlying IT systems and platforms. Given this, a transformation strategy should revolve around the core of processes, tools and skillsets that support digital capabilities. And while a vision is important, it is wise to start small with specific, short-term outcomes and incremental gains. In this session, CIOs scout out the big picture of digital transformation, including what Agile means at the business and development layers, while diving into the devilish details that characterize the journey.

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.

To reserve your seat, please contact: Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

11:10am - 11:40am

Networking Break

11:40am - 12:50pm Luncheon Keynote

Integrating IT Transformation Into the Culture

Keynote  sponsored by: Cognizant

Rick Hopfer
Molina Healthcare, Inc.
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CIOs understand the strategic importance of IT transformation to staying ahead of the technology curve. It also keeps business priorities in sync with IT objectives — but what’s the most effective approach? When Rick Hopfer developed such a plan at Molina Healthcare six years ago, IT was not a part of the leadership DNA. Since then, his annual strategic planning efforts have completely changed how the business interacts with IT, creating a direct link to business objectives and prioritizing investments. Learn how this strategy helped IT adapt and evolve to serve business needs in a rapidly changing healthcare industry.

12:50pm - 1:20pm

Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm Breakout Sessions

Securing a Smart City

Featured Session 

Timothy Lee
City of Los Angeles
Ted Ross
City of Los Angeles
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Los Angeles is a world-class city, but even world-class cities have their struggles. In 2013, the City of Los Angeles had a depleted cybersecurity program, with 40 percent less IT staff than it did in 2008. The stakes are high when the city is responsible for protecting its citizens, law enforcement, utilities, and infrastructure while receiving 150 million cyber attempts per month. That year, Mayor Garcetti rebooted the city’s cybersecurity priorities with an executive directive. The CIO and CISO of the City of Los Angeles will share the journey they’ve taken to transform their cybersecurity capabilities and usher their organization into the next era of cyber defense. They also will discuss an unprecedented collaboration the city has formed with the private sector.

Be an Innovation Leader

Featured Session  sponsored by: Zoom

Tom Keiser
Zendesk, Inc.
Eric Yuan
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Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel, famously said, "Only the paranoid survive." If you're not worried about you and your company's ability to innovate, you're vulnerable. Join Eric S. Yuan, the founder of Zoom, and Tom Keiser, CIO of Zendesk, as they share their journey of over 20+ years of living the innovation experience. You'll learn some tips, best practices and hear some war stories that will help you be an innovation leader.

Driving Digital Transformation With Customer-Centric Strategy

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: Tata Consultancy Services

Eric Iverson
Creative Artists Agency
Mike Pettit
County of Ventura, California
Shrikant Pathak
Head of Strategy - Communications, Media & Info Services Group
Tata Consultancy Services
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In the midst of today’s digital revolution, most companies aspire to be digital-first within five years. These organizations see digital transformation as a competitive edge, not a customer-facing requirement, as outcomes are the top priority in most digital-transformation conversations. But customer experience is a key driver in all transformational processes, and the move to digital is no different. It calls for a paradigm shift from a traditional product-centric strategy to one that focuses on the customer. By tapping into rich customer data often hidden in silos, companies can turn insights into action, make customer experience their centerpiece and ensure every touchpoint is relevant.

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm Breakout Sessions

Find the Jewels, Get Rid of the Junk

Featured Session  sponsored by: AppDynamics

Mary Gendron
Qualcomm Incorporated
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Knowing your files and being able to manage them is easy … when it’s just you and your data. But what happens when you need to understand the data of tens of thousands of people and enable them to manage it effectively? Qualcomm has developed an innovative smarter, scalable approach to managing unstructured data with the aid of machine learning. Qualcomm has been able to effectively manage its data and ultimately cut costs in storage expenditure. In this session, Gendron will present her theory, process and a simple use case on how to keep what you need and get rid of the rest.

Blockchain – What, Why and How to Get Started

Featured Session  sponsored by: IBM

Jeff Berman
Vice President, Cognitive Process Transformation
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Blockchain can provide transparency, security and efficiencies for many processes within an organization. The key to getting results is understanding the reality of the technology, why it should be used and how to actually use it in a business context. Join this session to learn about blockchain as well as learn how companies are deploying the technology to pave the way in their industries. Also included will be a blockchain demo for supply chain processes, depicting a blockchain and its convergence with the Internet of Things.

The Future of Work – A Machine- Driven Transformation

Executive Boardroom  sponsored by: PwC Strategy&

Robert Devers
Virco Mfg. Corporation
Dan Priest
PwC Strategy&
Jennifer Terrill
CIO, SVP Information Technology
iPayment, Inc.
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Machine learning is reshaping the world of work. Rapidly maturing cognitive technologies in a historic low-productivity era is driving different ways to get the job done. Integral to these changes are new automation strategies, including the move to small solutions that quickly and economically boost productivity. As business and technology leaders chart a new course, reimagining the role of automation, its impact on people and skills, and what operating models are possible will help guide the journey. Join a discussion on not only what will be made possible by machine learning but what’s practical in the here and now.

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.

To reserve your seat, please contact: Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

3:20pm - 3:40pm

Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm Closing Keynote

From AI to IA, a Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence

Keynote  sponsored by: Stefanini

Tomas Soderstrom
IT Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Deep Learning. Machine Learning. Artificial Intelligence. These trends can deliver immense dividends for those who take advantage of them. But how do you get started? Consider this session a practical guide for CIOs on cutting through the hype and benefiting your organization both in the near-term and long-term. You’ll hear practical tips and examples of how to incorporate Internet of Things, cloud and analytics to make sure you’re getting the most out of AI.

4:20pm - 5:00pm Closing Reception & Prize Drawings

Special Guest


Andrew Bright
Panic Squad Improv Comedy
Elijah Tadema
Panic Squad Improv Comedy
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Join Andrew Bright and Elijah Tadema from Panic Squad Improv Comedy for laughs, entertainment and a recap of the day.