Atlanta CIO Executive Summit

December 15, 2021 | JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

December 15, 2021
JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Atlanta's top CIOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

Atlanta CIO Governing Body


The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.

Co-Chairs

Puneet Bhasin

Unum
EVP, Global CIO & Chief Digital Officer

Curtis Carver Jr.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
VP for IT & CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company
EVP & CIO

Edwina Payne

National Spirit Group
EVP & CIO

Ben Pivar

Carter's
CIO & SVP

Jaspal Sagoo

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

Grant Shih

National DCP
Chief Information Officer

Dan Webber

UST Global
VP Technology

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Atlanta CIO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

Agenda


December 14, 2021

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

December 15, 2021 - morning

8:00am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Maximizing Supply Chain Agility in a Competitive World

Rohit Lal headshot

Rohit Lal

VP & CIO

Saia

Sanjay Lall headshot

Sanjay Lall

EVP & CIO

Americold

Ben Pivar headshot

Ben Pivar

CIO & SVP

Carter's

Peter Smith headshot

Peter Smith

EVP of Supply Chain

Carter's

Economic growth across the globe is being challenged due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. As organizations look for opportunities to rebound and thrive, CIOs must look to overcome supply chain roadblocks and forge a new path for their enterprise.

Join this timely keynote session as a panel of your peers discuss:

  • Designing supply chain strategies and capabilities for faster outcomes
  • Implementing AI and ML in logistics planning and execution for improved customer service at optimized cost 
  • Creating a supply chain resiliency framework to ensure excellence  and reduce risk

9:30am - 9:45am  Break

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

Creating a Data-Driven Culture at Scale

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Miriam McLemore

Director, Enterprise Strategy & Evangelism

Amazon Web Services

For organizations everywhere, data is the gateway to new opportunities. Becoming a data-driven organization means culturally treating data as a strategic asset used for both big decisions and everyday action on the frontline. With the right strategy, organizations can prepare for the unexpected, create new revenue streams, improve customer experience and increase operational efficiencies.

Join this session to share strategies and stories on:

  • Reframing data as the connective tissue of your organization - permeating and fueling collaborative gains across teams
  • Using actioned insights, analytics and AI/ML as you build capabilities to help power a data-driven culture
  • Eliminating data blockers, educating the enterprise and enabling frontline action

9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

How Rapid Need for Digitization is Affecting IT

Curtis Carver Jr. headshot

Curtis Carver Jr.

VP for IT & CIO

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ben Pivar headshot

Ben Pivar

CIO & SVP

Carter's

Tim Huff headshot

Tim Huff

Vice President, Information Technology

Owens & Minor

Over the last two years, the way organizations view the customer experience has changed. Companies are forming more direct relationships with customers through digital products. But to truly understand behaviors and evolve with the consumer, the enterprise must factor in empathy. 

Join this interactive roundtable discussion as CIOs share ways to:

  • Prioritize an experience-driven agenda when making a case for the annual budget
  • Improve customer and employee retention by enhancing channels, devices and touchpoints
  • Grow employee confidence, satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

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Bob Turner

Field CISO

Fortinet

Praveen Gautam headshot

Praveen Gautam

CIO

BlueLinx

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Robert Sheesley

Chief Information Officer

The Wrench Group

With an increase in threat vectors comes the increased need for a sound yet dynamic cybersecurity program. CIOs must take a proactive approach in ensuring cybersecurity risk is considered at every step, even in times of rapid disruption.
Join this boardroom for a discussion on:

  • Managing third parties and holding them to cybersecurity standards
  • Quantifying, measuring, and communicating risk across the organization 
  • Upskilling your cybersecurity teams to stay ahead of emerging threats

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

10:30am - 11:00am  Networking Break

December 15, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Building Innovative Cloud Tech for Nationwide Transportation

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Chris Armstrong

Vice President, CIRRUS/V2X

Panasonic

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Justin Herman

Vice President & Chief Information Officer - Panasonic Automotive

Panasonic

To remain competitive, the enterprise must not only offer cutting-edge products to its customers but maintain an organizational structure that allows for innovation. Panasonic is demonstrating this with the release of its latest V2X technology, an open architecture platform that allows third-party developers to expand and optimize applications to keep our roadways safe and our critical, national infrastructure operational.

Join this session as Panasonic's CIO and VP of CIRRUS/V2X share how to:

  • Bring an innovative cloud platform to life at scale
  • Gain buy-in and the project budget from internal stakeholders for the necessary tools and partnerships
  • Structure internal and external teams to collaborate and prevent silos

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

A Unified Front — The Key to Becoming a Data-Driven Organization

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Brian Benn

CIO

Atlanta Housing Authority

Vishal Venkatram headshot

Vishal Venkatram

CIO Global Delivery and Transformation

GE Power

Miriam McLemore headshot

Miriam McLemore

Director, Enterprise Strategy & Evangelism

Amazon Web Services

When utilized correctly, data is an invaluable source of potential growth. It can unlock your organization’s ability to make quicker decisions and uncover new opportunities. However, none of this is possible if your team doesn’t have data positioned at its core — so what’s the key to getting everyone to buy in?

Join a small group of your peers to discuss:

• Communicating the inherent value of data and leveraging it intelligently

• Creating a culture that embraces the power of being data-driven

• Building data capabilities to drive that culture

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Back to Basics — Cybersecurity Accountability and Hygiene

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Mike Fiorina

Director, Technical Solutions Engineering

Tanium

Karen Bird headshot

Karen Bird

CIO

Hooters

Marcia Calleja-Matsko headshot

Marcia Calleja-Matsko

Vice President of IT and CIO

Avanos

According to Gartner's research, 27% more boards of directors now see cybersecurity as a threat to the business at large, no longer limited to the realm of IT. Though the responsibility for cybersecurity strategies is now spreading across the enterprise and despite expanded awareness of security hygiene, well-intentioned users remain a major area of risk for every organization. How can CIOs establish new governance for this shared accountability and integrate cyber hygiene into the very fabric of the enterprise?

Join this boardroom session as CIOs discuss:

  • Involving more organizational decision-makers in cybersecurity efforts
  • Holding users accountable for good security hygiene
  • Helping the most complex organizations increase user and asset visibility to prevent breaches, outages and disruptions

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

11:45am - 11:55am  Break

11:55am - 12:50pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer-Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

12:00pm - 1:30pm  Lunch Service

12:50pm - 1:05pm  Break

1:05pm - 1:40pm  Keynote

Driving an Agenda That Enables and Transforms Your Business

Chitra Subramaniam headshot

Chitra Subramaniam

Director North America, Chrome OS Commercial Channel

Google Chrome Enterprise

Kiril Topalov headshot

Kiril Topalov

Chief Digital Architect

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Clarence White headshot

Clarence White

CIO, Southern Territory

Salvation Army

One of the biggest challenges facing the modern CIO is balance. When it comes to business transformation, the sky is the limit…until you run into budget, time and resource constraints. How can CIOs balance these real limitations while encouraging their teams to dream big and come up with outside-the-box solutions?

Join this panel to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce

1:40pm - 1:55pm  Break

December 15, 2021 - afternoon

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Breakout Session

The CIO Imperative to Drive a Diverse, Inclusive Organization

Jose "Joe" Marroquin headshot

Jose "Joe" Marroquin

CISO

Encompass Digital Media

Harold Shannon headshot

Harold Shannon

VP, Technology and CIO

CoreCivic

Grant Shih headshot

Grant Shih

Chief Information Officer

National DCP

Jacob Luna headshot

Jacob Luna

Principal Technologist

ADP

It is widely known that diverse teams and organizations not only outperform the less-diverse competition – they drive higher profits and innovation. With the powerful, connective force of technology at their fingertips, IT leaders are uniquely positioned to deliver diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that impact every aspect of the IT creation/workforce experience. 

Join this peer-driven discussion to explore actionable DEI strategies around:

  • Equipping marginalized sections of the workforce with the proper tools and opportunities to elevate
  • Promoting sponsorship rather than mentorship to grow diverse talent 
  • Removing bias from organizational process to ensure a level playing field for all employees

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Enabling the Hybrid Workforce

Mat Mathews headshot

Mat Mathews

Vice President of Technology Services

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Christopher Murphy headshot

Christopher Murphy

Global CTO

Black & Veatch

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John Slaughter

CIO

Alliant Health Solutions

Progressive organizations have included permanent work-from-anywhere (WFX) options in their connectivity strategy and according to IDC, 64% of business leaders will subsidize this connectivity. New solutions like 5G will reduce the in-home bandwidth battle for employees, alleviate the burden of managing multiple vendors and reduce security vulnerabilities is needed. Join your peers in a focused discussion on options to manage your hybrid work-from-anywhere environment.

In this boardroom, we’ll discuss

  • Investing in the right technologies to support WFX and the decreased risk
  • Long-term planning to deliver equitable access across your workforce
  • Moving from workforce support to workforce innovation

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Securely Driving Digital Business

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Bret Lenmark

Director of Product Marketing

HCL BigFix

Today’s digital business is a constantly moving target. As the pace accelerates, so does the chance for security missteps that end up in headlines. Each organization’s future rides on how CIO business leaders securely exploit an expanding array of digital tools.

Join this peer-led conversation on seizing digital momentum will discuss ways to:

  • Transform your workforce to think, operate and deliver as a secure digital-first enterprise
  • Create business value optimizing digital channels and capabilities
  • Expand digital business and security maturity for long-term success

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

2:40pm - 3:10pm  Networking Break

3:10pm - 3:45pm  Keynote

The Bionic Business — Aflac’s One-Digital Journey

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Rich Gilbert

Chief Digital & Information Officer

Aflac

Aflac’s “One Digital” strategy started with a clear goal of customer-centricity. But along the road, CIO Rich Gilbert’s definition of “digital” evolved into something brand new – bionics. Fusing automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning with the organization’s talent base, bionics place Aflac at the digital frontier and are beginning to fuel every aspect of the business.

In this session, Gilbert will share:

  • Foundations and keys to executing Aflac’s One-Digital strategy
  • Gilbert’s digital evolution toward bionics and their impact on the entire business
  • What this ongoing technology journey means for the company’s future

3:45pm - 4:30pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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Location


Venue & Accommodation

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
MORE INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-866-343-5747. Please mention Atlanta CIO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $292 USD (plus tax) is November 21, 2021.

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

Kendall Hennings

Program Manager

239-218-3329

kendall.hennings2@evanta.com