IN-PERSON

Atlanta CIO Executive Summit

June 12, 2024 | Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

June 12, 2024
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

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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:

Leveraging Data & Analytics to Advance the Business

Innovating to Improve Business Processes and Outcomes

Expanding Digital Business with Advanced and Emerging Technologies

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

Curtis Carver Jr.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Vice President and CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company
EVP & CIO

Ben Pivar

Carter's
SVP, CIO

Regina Salazar

Novelis
SVP, Chief Information and Digital Officer

Harold Shannon

CoreCivic
VP, Technology and CIO

Grant Shih

Vestis
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology 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


June 11, 2024

June 12, 2024

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

The Performance Paradox — Mental Health and High Productivity

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Kara Hardin

Registered Psychotherapist & LEO of The Practice Lab

Guest Speaker

Today's relentless pursuit of success can lead to profound dissatisfaction and dramatically affect mental health. Accomplishments lack satisfaction, work is ceaseless, sleep and self-care are sacrificed. Recognizing this, leaders can play a pivotal role in breaking this cycle and nurturing a healthier and more fulfilled workforce.

Join this keynote from a mental health educator and former lawyer to learn:

  • How time, efficiency, and productivity challenges individual and community health
  • Why mental health of individuals and teams drives performance (and not vice versa)
  • What steps leaders can take, for themselves and others, to shift away from the paradox and towards a more healthy relationship with work

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Meaningful Mentorship — Shaping and Learning from Future Leaders

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Jay Ferro

EVP, Chief Information Officer, Technology & Product Officer

Clario

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Shaun Hunt

Chief Information Officer

McKenney's

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Jason James

CIO

Aptos

Providing support and guidance to the next generation of IT leaders can be invaluable to rising talent but can positively impact the mentor as well. Jay Ferro leads this panel of CIOs to discuss the influence mentoring continues to have on their career paths and lives.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Championing rising stars in IT
  • Building lasting, productive relationships
  • Advancing the business through leadership and development

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Connect the Dots Across the Customer Lifecycle

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Jeff Burlin

Senior Director, Executive Engagement Programs

Twilio

Companies have been collecting data on their customers since the dawn of direct marketing, but in today’s digital era, gathering information is only the first step. Truly knowing your customer requires integrating data and insights from all your existing tools — including your CRM, marketing suite, ecommerce platform and contact center — to build an accurate and real-time picture of who they are and what they want.  Only then can you consistently deliver the highly personalized interactions that customers expect and that create value for them and your organization.

Join this session to learn about:

  • Generating actionable insights from an endless sea of customer data
  • Unlocking value and enabling conversions from every conversation
  • Building differentiated engagement without sacrificing consumer data privacy and transparency

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Transformative Shockwaves: Navigating Unpredictability Through Strategic Control

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Mary Adams

Digital Transformation Officer

WalkMe

As lines of business continue to invest in new applications and processes, disconnected, siloed, and individual initiatives are creating shockwaves throughout the organization. Such random acts of digital lack the necessary degrees of strategic oversight and organizational change control, leading to unpredictability and elevated levels of organizational risk.

Join this boardroom to discuss how to:

  • Adopt new digital solutions with proactive approaches
  • Eliminate chance outcomes from random acts of digital
  • Promote unity while mitigating risks

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).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Heather Bolick at Heather.Bolick@evanta.com

10:25am - 11:05am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  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.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Driving Success Through Divestiture

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Grant Shih

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Vestis

A divestiture presents an opportunity for IT to drive value, promote an innovative culture, and build an effective team. However, the CIO must balance planning for the new company while minimizing disruption at the parent company. Grant Shih shares his strategy for leading Vestis through its spin-off from Aramark.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Preparing IT for a divestiture
  • Leading effective communication and change management
  • Defining an IT operating model to organize talent, processes, technology and data

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Building an AI-Powered and Secure Unstructured Data Strategy

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Jenna Cline

VP CIO Advisor

Box

Your unstructured data holds immense value in the files that define your business. To maximize the potential of this data, it's crucial to establish a comprehensive unstructured data strategy that prioritizes both security and AI integration.

Join this session to learn about:

  • Identifying your valuable unstructured data sources and tools
  • Developing robust security measures for internal and external data use
  • Balancing AI with stringent security and compliance protocols to increase utility

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Unlocking Full Cloud Potential – IT Enhancements for Today’s Enterprise

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Bradon Rogers

Global Head of Customer Experience

Island

While the vast majority of infrastructure has been upgraded and modernized to support the shift to the cloud, enterprise IT teams are still missing an equally seamless access method to deliver cloud-native apps and data to their end users. While traditional browsers have become the de-facto access point for the majority of business critical applications, they lack the deep visibility and hyper-granular policy controls enterprises need. This results in IT leaders surrounding their browsers with layers of tech to meet those needs.

Join this keynote session to discover:

  • Why traditional cloud security methods undermine your modernization efforts and end-user experience
  • Embracing technological momentum to adapt to a "more-with-less" IT landscape
  • How enterprise CIOs are using this solution to bolster cloud security

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

M&A — Strategies for Thriving Through Change

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Alok Gupta

Chief Information Officer

Artera Services

In the evolving landscape of mergers and acquisitions, IT leadership is no longer an afterthought but a crucial voice in the M&A process. With technology tightly integrated into business processes, IT leaders have the potential to drive positive transformation and permanent business growth. Join Alok Gupta as he shares strategies for thoughtfully executing business integrations that unlock new potential. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Evolving M&A playbooks and executing successful roadmaps 
  • Growing pains and gains through organizational pivots
  • Excelling in change management leadership for sustainable transformation

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Steady Modernization to Optimize Legacy Technology

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Ken Gonzalez

Head of Analyst Relations

Freshworks

As digital enterprises evolve to stay competitive, continuous modernization is imperative to minimize cost, risk and impact of legacy technology. Leveraging new technologies and innovation can become a challenge in legacy environments. What is the CIO’s best path forward to successfully allow legacy systems to coexist with new digital products?

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Keeping legacy systems agile to meet business needs
  • Prioritizing which legacy systems to modernize
  • Balancing a legacy environment with the business need to leverage AI

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).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Heather Bolick at Heather.Bolick@evanta.com

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

The New Era of CyberSECurity

Technology leaders are facing an important task as they navigate the SEC’s recently adopted rules designed to improve the disclosure of cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incidents by public companies. How is your organization adapting to the shift?

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Working with legal to develop your organization's standard of "materiality"
  • Disclosing processes for assessing, identifying, and managing material risks from cybersecurity threats
  • Determining where in each executive's reporting structure responsibility ultimately lies

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).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Heather Bolick at Heather.Bolick@evanta.com

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  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.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

The Evolving Role of the CIO

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Yogs Jayaprakasam

SVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer

Deluxe

Today’s CIO must be an innovation, strategy, and business leader that can implement technology to advance the business while effectively communicating value to stakeholders. Yogaraj Jayaprakasam leads this session on where the role of the CIO is today and where it is headed in the future.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Being a business technologist in an ever-changing landscape
  • Communicating the value of IT by simplifying technology
  • Balancing innovation amid economic uncertainty

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Delivering an Analytics Strategy that Packs a Punch

As CIOs seek to drive business value from data and analytics initiatives, they face both cultural and technical challenges. CIOs must partner with the business in creating a long-term analytics strategy that enables the organization to make data driven decisions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Evolving data governance efforts to power accuracy in reporting and analytics
  • Overcoming technical obstacles and cost pressure to ensure analytics programs get prioritized
  • Building a business case to create a strategy that has measurable outcomes and 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).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Heather Bolick at Heather.Bolick@evanta.com

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Thriving as a CIO in the AI-Powered Digital Gold Rush

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Brook Selassie

VP, Corporate Strategy Advisory Practice

Gartner

According to Gartner, $3 trillion dollars will be spent on AI in the next 3 years. The value on offer is enormous, but realizing it requires creativity and management of new types of risk. CIOs have a great leadership opportunity, but they need to make space and step up security in order to pursue it.

Join this keynote to discuss:

  • Navigating the pressures of AI innovation vs. near-termism
  • Addressing new and unique issues presented by AI-powered malinformation
  • Building your AI treasure map

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

June 11, 2024

June 12, 2024

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


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Location


Venue & Accommodation

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
MORE INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling (770) 395-3900.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $199 USD (plus tax) is May 20, 2024.

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Heather Bolick

Community Program Manager

heather.bolick@evanta.com