Atlanta CIO Inner Circle

November 3, 2021 | Ventanas

November 3, 2021

Collaborate with your peers

Join Atlanta's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Atlanta CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Puneet Bhasin

EVP, Global CIO & Chief Digital Officer

Dr. Curtis Carver Jr.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
VP for IT & CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company

Edwina Payne

National Spirit Group

Ben Pivar


Jaspal Sagoo

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Grant Shih

National DCP
Chief Information Officer

Dan Webber

UST Global
VP Technology


November 3, 2021

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Generating and Demonstrating Value with Data & Analytics

Dee Carraher headshot

Dee Carraher

VP, Global Customer Success


Martin Davis headshot

Martin Davis


Southern Company

Karen Bird headshot

Karen Bird



Walt Carter headshot

Walt Carter

Chief Digital Officer & CIO


Mark Gelhardt headshot

Mark Gelhardt

SVP, Technology Governance

US Bank

Rohit Lal headshot

Rohit Lal



Christopher Murphy headshot

Christopher Murphy

Global CTO

Black & Veatch

Advancing digital initiatives, building new processes, and ensuring every decision is value-driven are key objectives for today’s CIO – they also rely on a clear data and analytics strategy for success. Though the CIO’s role in managing information and data assets hasn’t significantly changed in terms of accountability and responsibility, their role in driving insights, decision-making and business outcomes has taken a dramatic shift, compelling CIOs to take a more deliberate approach. 

In this engaging dinner conversation among peers, CIOs will discuss the shifts they’ve made to advance a data and analytics strategy, how they’ve positioned IT as an outcome-enabler, and how they’ve generated the greatest value across the enterprise. 

Data & Analytics Strategy, Implementation and Value Creation

  1. What has changed most in your data and analytics strategy in the last 18 months? How are you organizing and enabling data and analytics across the enterprise?

  2. What are the biggest obstacles or skill deficiencies you have identified on the D&A journey, and how is your organization investing in developing critical skills and capabilities for the digital business? 

  3. How are you working across functions to find ways in which D&A can make an immediate impact? Who are your strongest partners and advocates across the business?

Measuring Business Outcomes, Impact and Collective Results 

  1. How can we align our D&A strategy to enterprise goals and demonstrate measurable outcomes from D&A investments?

  2. Especially in today’s economic environment, the business often needs quick and meaningful returns on investments. How are you measuring and communicating the immediate and long-term value of D&A investments?

  3. What complexities do you face when formulating an understanding of the cross-functional impact of an analytics initiative?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures will be subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.





Parking & Transportation

Hosted parking provided by Evanta, a Gartner Company. Self-Parking at Parking Deck attached to the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta. Parking Deck entrance is in 311 Marietta Street Atlanta, GA 30318. Once parked, use any of the (3) elevators to go to Level 1. Exit elevator and walk straight to Baker Street, take a left and Ventanas will be on the left. Directional signs will be provided for further guidance.

What you can expect onsite

Evanta, with support and agreement from the host venue, is following the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People who are in a public environment, who are fully vaccinated*, no longer need to wear a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear face masks indoors and in some outdoor settings.

We encourage you to stay home if you are not feeling well or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status. If an attendee does not feel well on-site, we will work with the venue to coordinate additional health and safety support.

Evanta will also implement the following measures at the conference:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of the event space
  • Decreased capacity and minimized congestion where possible across the venue, including more space in aisleways
  • Touchless or reduced contact interactions throughout the program

*For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine.

Learn more about our onsite health and safety measures.

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