Atlanta CIO Executive Summit

May 10, 2022 | The Westin Atlanta Perimeter

May 10, 2022
The Westin Atlanta Perimeter

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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:

Mastering the Art of Change and Adaptability

Empowering Talent, Protecting the Enterprise

Accelerating High Growth and a Data-First Mindset

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
Vice President and CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company
EVP & CIO

Edwina Payne

Varsity Brands
EVP & CIO

Ben Pivar

Carter's
CIO & SVP

Harold Shannon

CoreCivic
VP, Technology and CIO

Grant Shih

National DCP
Chief Information Officer

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


May 9, 2022

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking, live music and an opportunity to give back! We are partnering with Together We Rise to assemble and personalize STEM kits to help create the next generation of innovators and inspire foster youth about the world of STEM.

May 10, 2022 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Growing a Business with Digital and Analytics

Puneet Bhasin headshot

Puneet Bhasin

EVP, Global CIO & Chief Digital Officer

Unum

As organizations become more mature in the digital space, the line between business and digital priorities is blurring. Technology leaders play a vital role in the future of the enterprise, aligning the business around an analytics centric strategy that drives growth and furthers transformation.

Join this session as CIOs share the importance of:

  • Aligning the organization to digital strategies
  • Using analytics and artificial intelligence to fuel growth
  • Managing change to realize value

9:00am - 9:30am  Networking Break

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

How Conversational AI Can End the Great Resignation

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Bhavin Shah

CEO & Founder

Moveworks

The Great Resignation is real: half of US employees are now looking for their next job. To keep your top talent, you need to eliminate distractions from their digital experience, no matter where in the world they’re working. That’s why industry leaders are now using conversational AI to provide employees with immediate support and urgent updates — at a scale not possible for people alone.

Join this session to learn how conversational AI:

  • Let LinkedIn onboard 1,000+ new hires by automatically resolving their requests
  • Saved Palo Alto Networks 180,000 hours of productivity for its flexible workforce 
  • Enabled Hearst to bring together 360 subsidiaries with a single hub for support

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Let's Brainstorm! Solving the Talent Gap

Harold Shannon headshot

Harold Shannon

VP, Technology and CIO

CoreCivic

Navigating the talent pool in a post-pandemic work environment has CIOs seeking out solutions to engage their teams and build up new talent. With employee expectations at an all-time high, CIOs are finding that now is the time to get creative.

Join this interactive session to debate and collaborate about team building scenarios including: 

  • Keeping the right people – thinking beyond just retention 

  • Mentoring a multigenerational workforce – creating operational excellence

  • Exploring employee potential – diversifying skill sets

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Scaling Automation for Cross-Enterprise Digital Transformation

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Sanjay Joshi

World Wide Sales Architect

IBM

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John Slaughter

CIO

Alliant Health Solutions

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Kiril Topalov

Chief Digital Architect

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Ten years’ worth of digitization occurred in less than a year as companies realized the pressing need to automate their operations to stay relevant and competitive. But while digitizing workloads is a critical way to address skills gaps and labor shortages, it also creates complexity and volumes of data that are difficult to manage.

Join this interactive roundtable to discuss:

  • Creating an end-to end strategy to scale automation past bots and RPA
  • Driving operational efficiencies while delivering excellent customer service
  • Manage IT resources to optimize performance and cost, increase observability, and manage incidents

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Creating a Human Experience for the Customer Journey

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David Wilinski

AVP, East

RingCentral

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Steven McWilliams

VP, CIO

GHA Georgia Hospital Association

Pradeep Parvathipuram headshot

Pradeep Parvathipuram

Chief Architect, Head of Enterprise Architecture

COUNTRY Financial

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Anup Thomas

Vice President IT, Optum Digital

Optum

Two major priorities for CIOs are enabling employees to work more productively and improving the customer experience. Creating a holistic communications system around delivering positive experiences can achieve gains for both priorities. How can these changes support the kind of hyper-personalization and knowledge accumulation that delivers customer satisfaction at every step of the journey?

This session will address:

  • Developing a strategic communications system with the customer journey in mind
  • Creating customer experience synergies by blending capabilities like unified communications and contact centers
  • Real-world challenges and strategies to overcome them

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

10:15am - 10:45am  Networking Break

10:20am - 10:45am  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.

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity Strategy – Getting Ready for the Next Event

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Bob Turner

Field CISO

Fortinet

Your digital transformation journey must be efficient, effective and secure. Where does cybersecurity fit into your post-pandemic IT and digital enablement? With the recent shift in IT priorities, your CISO should be a strategic thinker and an ally who promotes security readiness as you shape your company or organization’s success.

In this session, you will explore:

  • The components of an effective cybersecurity strategy that drive your program and reduce risk
  • Strategies that ensure the major building blocks of your IT transformation are secured
  • Ways to evolve your cybersecurity strategy to align with line of business goals

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

From Project to Product

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Steffanie Edwards Häfele

Head of Technology Innovation

Black & Veatch

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Robbin Jones

Product Owner

Black & Veatch

Disruption is threatening businesses in every market; leaders must come together to solve the problems posed by digital transformation. The IT function needs to move from being project-orientated and restricted by legacy systems to being product-centric and ready to innovate.

Join this discussion with Black & Veatch to discuss with your peers on:

  • Best practices to build a multi-faceted team able to reorient quickly to business priorities
  • Steps to get started on your digital journey
  • What metrics are the most effective for successful agile ways of working

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

People-First Innovation and Transformation

KJ Kusch headshot

KJ Kusch

Global Field Chief Technology Officer

WalkMe

Curtis Carver Jr. headshot

Curtis Carver Jr.

Vice President and CIO

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Anthony Clark

Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Colliers International

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Rohit Lal

VP & CIO

Saia

The most successful organizations drive value from their technology investment by considering a people-first approach to implementation. What are some best practices that peers can learn as they seek to accelerate digital innovation and transformation across user experience, employee and customer engagement, product adoption and beyond?

Join this boardroom to explore:

  • Leveraging emerging technologies to accelerate innovation
  • Breaking down silos across the business while enhancing the employee and customer journey
  • Technology enablement to drive IT as a strategic partner and revenue generator

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Set Up for Speed – Accelerate On-Strategy Delivery

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Beth Weeks

Executive Vice President Development

Planview

Alok Gupta headshot

Alok Gupta

Chief Technology Officer

Artera Services

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Amith Kota

Group Chief Technology Officer

Landis+Gyr

Today’s rapidly changing business environment is creating a surge in digital initiatives that capture opportunities and protect against disruption. Now is the time for CIOs to prioritize resources that will accelerate delivery of strategy and value.

In this session, join to discuss:

  • Fostering agile approaches enterprise-wide to eliminate disconnects
  • Anticipating and planning for inevitable change by optimizing data and tools
  • Gaining visibility for higher quality, faster portfolio decisions

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

11:30am - 11:40am  Break

May 10, 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:30am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Realize Business Value with End-to-End Data and AI Transformation

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Vishal Kapoor

VP Applications, Data and AI

Kyndryl

As more companies tackle enterprise AI projects, many are running into issues with their data, from a lack of integration with other systems to warehousing problems and governance issues. IT leaders find themselves either overwhelmed by the sheer amount of data or lacking necessary access to critical data for actionable insights.

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Manage the complexity of your data and transform existing systems into a next-generation data platform
  • Consolidate monitoring and drive exponential value with a self-service console to consume, manage, and optimize data and analytics
  • Implement AI at scale and create your end-to-end data supply chain for seamless data processing and analysis

1:05pm - 1:20pm  Break

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Enterprise Cloud: Patterns of Success

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

What do enterprises who’ve adopted cloud successfully have in common? In this session, Jake Burns, Enterprise Strategist at AWS, will share what he’s learned in the past 3 years advising executives from over 500 of AWS’s largest customers, in addition to his first-hand experience planning, leading, and executing a successful all-in migration to AWS in his former role. We’ll take a look at strategies based on real-world experience for how to motivate and re-skill existing employees, do more with less, and organize teams to be as successful as possible, as quickly as possible.

In this session, we’ll cover how to:

  • Turn nay-sayers and doubters into allies
  • Build momentum in your transformation through small wins that deliver big results
  • Creating an environment that encourages calculated risk-taking and growth

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Data Strategy – Perspectives from Ideation to Implementation

Edwina Payne headshot

Edwina Payne

EVP & CIO

Varsity Brands

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Ben Flusberg

SVP, Data Solutions

Cox Automotive

Sandesh Shetty headshot

Sandesh Shetty

CTO

Koch Industries

To modernize business and push for complete digitalization, organizations must adopt a winning data strategy. To truly propel the organization forward, this approach effectively addresses gaps within the business that can be solved and optimized with data and analytics. This panel is comprised of two executives at different stages of their data strategy journey.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Transforming organizational culture to support data-driven aspirations
  • Identifying opportunities where data can propel key business objectives
  • Creating an operating model that connects teams across the business, democratizing data

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

The Art of the Possible, Hybrid Flexible Working

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Gary Sorrentino

Global Co-CIO

Zoom Video Communications

Harold Shannon headshot

Harold Shannon

VP, Technology and CIO

CoreCivic

For the last two years, we have learned to work with our teams mostly remote. Now, offices have begun to reopen and companies are test driving the hybrid work model. It’s time to take a look at what is (and isn’t) working.

Join your peers as we discuss:

  • Navigating the new world of hybrid work
  • Determining best practices for business success
  • Identifying tools and technology that empower distributed teams

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Proactively Govern and Optimize App Portfolios with SaaS Intelligence

Aashish Chandarana headshot

Aashish Chandarana

Chief Information Officer

Productiv

Shaun Hunt headshot

Shaun Hunt

CIO

McKenney's

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Ben Pivar

CIO & SVP

Carter's

Gartner predicts that in the next five years 50% of organizations using multiple SaaS applications will centralize management and usage with an SMP tool. Modern CIOs will need a smarter approach & better visibility into their app portfolios to make transformational decisions that benefit the entire organization.

Join this interactive roundtable discussion as leading CIOs discuss how to:

  • Gain visibility into all of your SaaS apps – including those owned by business units
  • Understand the barriers to engagement and how to craft an environment that results in productivity and innovation for teams & employees
  • Maximize your IT resources, automate manually-intensive processes and proactively manage SaaS budgets

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

May 10, 2022 - afternoon

2:05pm - 2:35pm  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:35pm  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.

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Accelerating Business Outcomes Without Accelerating Burnout

Vasee Sivasegaran headshot

Vasee Sivasegaran

CTO, Americas

Citrix Systems, Inc.

The remote work experiment succeeded and hybrid work is here to stay. As companies continue to refine their digital workplace strategy, IT plays a pivotal role in the employee experience, work-life balance and recruiting/retention strategies.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Balancing an hybrid workplace that empowers employees without exhausting them
  • Leveraging advanced technology to attract, retain and upskill talent
  • Remediating gaps in the employee experience with digital tools

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Navigating A People-Centric Approach to Security

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Ryan Witt

Resident CISO, Healthcare

Proofpoint

Julie Elmore headshot

Julie Elmore

CTO

Dollar General

Kiril Topalov headshot

Kiril Topalov

Chief Digital Architect

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

With remote work, organizations around the world are at a greater risk of cyber threats than ever before, and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the situation. In this session, you will examine the biggest challenges security leaders face, and why a people-centric approach to security is everyone’s biggest opportunity to better protect their organization.

In this session, you will explore:

  • How remote work and the move to the cloud has changed the nature of threats to data
  • The ways in which organizations are building controls to better understand and protect their employees
  • The impact of changing behaviors, employee culture and workplace environment on people risk

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Building a Cloud Team – Developing World-Class Talent That Produces Results

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

Gregory Allarding headshot

Gregory Allarding

SVP, Chief Information Officer

Mansfield Energy

Grant Shih headshot

Grant Shih

Chief Information Officer

National DCP

Successful cloud transformations require highly-skilled people, but cloud skills are in high demand and the market for these skills is competitive. What strategies for recruiting and retaining top talent are working, and how do CIOs motivate and re-skill existing employees so they can be as successful as possible as quickly as possible?

Join AWS Enterprise Strategist Jake Burns to discuss how to:

  • Turn nay-sayers and doubters into allies
  • Quickly up-skill existing employees with what they need to succeed
  • Build momentum in your transformation through small wins that deliver big results

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 CIOs & CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Kendall Hennings | kendall.hennings2@evanta.com | 239-561-4962

3:20pm - 3:35pm  Networking Break

3:35pm - 4:10pm  Keynote

Business Transformation in Market Redefinition

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Marianne McPeak-Johnson

Chief Product Officer

Cox Automotive

Tomorrow's CIO understands the need to identify new optimized opportunities in an evolving market. The pressure to make decisions rapidly while focusing on driving growth and balancing legacy ambitions will create a unique opportunity for business transformation.

Join your CIO peers to discuss:

  • Capitalizing on new business opportunities during market redefinition
  • Creating a strategic vision to drive growth
  • Balancing optimization and transformation

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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Location


Venue & Accommodation

The Westin Atlanta Perimeter
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A block of rooms has been reserved at the The Westin Atlanta Perimeter at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-236-2427. Please mention Atlanta Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $149 USD (plus tax) is April 25, 2022.

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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