Atlanta CIO Virtual Executive Summit

November 18, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

November 18, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Atlanta CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Creating the digital future with intention

Leveraging IT influence for deeper business engagement and greater value creation

Getting ROI from a strong organizational culture


Curtis Carver Jr.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
VP for IT & CIO

Lee Crump

Group VP & CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company

Jaspal Sagoo

Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dan Webber

UST Global
VP Technology


November 18, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am  EST Virtual Summit Keynote

Creating Unique Internal and External Customer Experience

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Sallie Graves



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Naveed Husain

VP, Vertical Sales Programs


The internal and external customers have always been the focal point for the digital journey, but their expectations change rapidly, constantly, and permanently. Keeping up with these changes is hard enough, but your business is also competing with everyone in the market approaching the customer experience in the same way. To outcompete, your digital experiences inside and outside the organization must be more than simply transactional. They must transmit trust, expertise and organizational values. And it has to happen now.

This keynote conversation tackles:

  • Metrics for quickly understanding, processing, and addressing rapidly changing digital expectations of your consumers
  • The hallmarks of end-user experience that drives the fastest adoption rates for innovation across the business
  • Digital experience as a true differentiator for a deeper relationship with your customers

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Is Your Technology Getting the Most Out of Your Strategy?

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Rohit Lal



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Tara Jana

Head of Enterprise Product Strategy


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Khalid Saleem

SVP, Chief Digital Officer

TBC Corp

Technology itself is not a strategy, but maximizing the right technology makes a strong strategy successful. Getting there requires excellent data for decision-making, actionable metrics for benchmarking and AI enrichment of quality information to take the next step. In this session, CIOs will dive into the ways that data-driven enterprises have leveraged tech better to come out on top.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Data scaleability, portability and AI-ready infrastructure
  • The right tools to enhance your digital-consumer strategy
  • Benchmarking tools and processes

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

IT Strategy Shift – Pivoting with the Digital Customer

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Ashok Vantipalli



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Ben Pivar



The spring pandemic only accelerated the growing trend of building out engaging digital experiences that meet your customers where they live. In this boardroom discussion, CIOs collaborate over new and innovative ways to connect digital-first consumers with the brands they follow. 

In this virtual boardroom discussion, CIOs will discuss:

  • Strategies to partner across the organization to drive digital offerings

  • How to identify and execute digital priorities

  • Best practices for implementing on an accelerated timeline

9:00am - 10:00am  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The Intertwining Futures of Talent & Tech

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Steven Ferguson


Technical College System of Georgia

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Arun Kandel



Digital business is fueled by technology, but success is often determined by the availability and skill development of talent. This interplay is complex, and it’s become even more so as the nature of work itself has changed in 2020. Automation, artificial intelligence and outsourcing can all augment top performers or replace them entirely, but even these tools depend on the overall technical capacity of your organization. This session challenges you to answer the question: how are you balancing your people and your technology?

CIOs will share perspectives on:

  • Equipping your people for the technology that will define the future of your business
  • Enhancing the technical acumen of your organization and leading people through rapid change
  • The role of outsourcing, automation and artificial intelligence in liberating talent to focus on the highest-value activity

10:00am - 10:45am  EST Virtual Summit Keynote

The Power of Digital Transformation to Drive Business Success

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Dr. Guido Sacchi

Senior Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Global Payments

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


We all remember the time when IT matters stayed within IT. But with cloud, mobility, AI/machine learning, IoT/OT—all converging to make your organization smarter, more efficient, and more competitive—IT has become a boardroom issue. Today, IT innovators have the opportunity to take their place at the epicenter of the modern enterprise, delivering the agility, security, and user experience needed for digital transformation, thereby reducing business risk, increasing productivity, and cutting costs.

In this session, Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry will discuss:

  • “Owning the moment”: IT’s opportunity to accelerate secure digital transformation
  • Best practices for securing work-from-anywhere using Gartner’s secure access service edge (SASE) and zero trust network access (ZTNA) frameworks
  • What comes next: IT’s new role as strategic business enabler

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Building Data & Analytics Capability for Better Business Decisions

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Cameron Deatsch

Chief Revenue Officer


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Mat Mathews

VP of Information Technology

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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Brian Benn


Atlanta Housing Authority

Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data and CIOs must continually find true meaning and value in the data. This peer-to-peer discussion will consider ways to mature your data and analytics program to provide accurate, real-time data.

Come ready to discuss how to:

  • Implement data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leverage data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Define clear data ownership and standardization

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Having Courageous Conversations – Real Leadership for the Future of Work

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Jose Marroquin


Encompass Digital Media

Every leader has an instinct to control – drive successful outcomes, execute a strategy. But 2020 proves it’s impossible to plan for the truly unknown. Instead, leaders must create and transmit values and vision that guide organizations through uncertain times. The line between the personal and the professional has blurred, and CIOs now must be ready to engage on social and racial injustice, a global health crisis, and work-life balance in new and sometimes uncomfortable ways. It’s not in the playbook, but it’s here to stay – and it represents an extraordinary opportunity for the enterprise of the future. 

 In this roundtable, CIOs will:

  • Tackle the responsibility to lead through profound change – even when they don’t have the answers
  • Develop strategies for difficult, personal conversations and for preparing frontline managers to transmit core organizational values
  • Discuss ways to sustain a more personal approach to leadership into the future

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Achieving an Effective Cloud Strategy

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Walt Carter

Chief Digital Officer & CIO

Homestar Financial Corporation

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Vishal Ganeriwala

VP, Product Marketing

Citrix Systems, Inc.

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Marcia Calleja-Matsko

Vice President of IT and CIO


As companies evolve to keep pace with a digital world, successful cloud strategies elude many IT departments. Dealing with high operational costs and a talent shortage are just some of many reasons that cloud solutions are often a bigger undertaking than they first appear.

This session will focus on:

  • Discovering the right road map for your organization
  • Winning the business' trust during transition
  • Avoiding common pitfalls along the next steps of your cloud journey

12:00pm - 12:45pm  EST Virtual Summit Keynote

2020 Mobility Trends – 5G’s Role in the “New Normal”

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Ron Marquardt, Ph.D.

VP, Technology


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Tye Hayes

Chief Technology Officer

City of Atlanta, GA

As the enterprise workplace changes at an accelerated pace, enterprise and IT leaders are looking to the advantages of 5G to enable their workforce and support a “mobile-first” mindset. Now more than ever, having a network that can meet and anticipate your evolving business needs is crucial for your future success.

In this session, engage in an open dialogue with your peers and T-Mobile’s 5G experts about:

  • How mobility will drive digital transformation, enable innovation and support a more mobile workforce
  • The ways 5G is powering the new remote work reality
  • How 5G and advanced mobility will help bridge the digital divide

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EST Networking

Community Discussion

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Nicole Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer


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Penny Collins


Women In Technology

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

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For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Charryse Bigger

Program Manager