Boston CIO Virtual Executive Summit

November 19, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

November 19, 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 Boston 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


Mona Bates

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

Paul Brassil

UMass Memorial Health Care
Division CIO & Entity Information Officer

Arthur Harvey

Boston Medical Center

Katrina Jagroop-Gomes

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
CIO - Gaming Commission

Jeff Lamoreaux

Global Partners LP

Chuck LoCurto

Bryant University
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Nick Perugini

GE Digital
CIO, TechCo

Deepa Soni

The Hartford
Chief Information Officer


November 19, 2020

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

Accelerate Your Journey to AI

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Steve Astorino

VP of Development, Data and AI & Canada Lab Director


AI is the main ingredient to help you pivot quickly in today’s environment and ensure a successful digital transformation. To scale AI, you need to overcome the challenges of talent scarcity, data complexity and a lack of trust in AI systems.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Common challenges businesses and government sectors face in their AI journey
  • Prescriptive approach to collect, organize, analyze, infuse AI, and modernize your data
  • Efficient information architectures (IA) for AI

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8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

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

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

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Nelly Pitocco

VP of Product and Solution Engineering


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Arthur Harvey


Boston Medical Center

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
  • Setting up advanced network security the enterprise can rely on

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

Experiment, Develop and Scale – The Innovation Life Cycle

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Ravi Shankavaram

VP, Global IT

New Balance

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Shelia Anderson

SVP, CIO Corporate Functions at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual

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Steven Kaplan

VP of Customer Success Finance


The realities of the digital business demand a revamped approach to innovation. For CIOs, this means that the ideation and adoption of new methods, technologies and business models must be a refined, core competency. Join this session to build a roadmap for innovation from the fringe to the heart of the enterprise.

You and your fellow CIOs will discuss:

  • Supporting experimentation – from governance and ownership to funding models and piloting
  • Bringing new ideas from innovation “labs” to the core of the business with greater speed and higher adoption rates
  • Scaling innovation to reduce its cost and maximize value

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

The Intertwining Futures of Talent and Tech

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Mona Bates


Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

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Nathan Rogers



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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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


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Craig Williams



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 CIO Patrick Foxhoven and 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

IT Strategy Shift – Pivoting with the Digital Customer

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Ramesh Razdan

Global Chief Information Officer

Bain & Co

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Biao Wang

Global Head of Employee Tech


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

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

Having Courageous Conversations – Real Leadership for the Future of Work

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Craig Holbrook

VP, Practice Lead

Centric Consulting, Llc

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

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

Drive the Business Forward with Data at the Core

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Mark Chamberlain

VP of Product Development


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Joshua Glastein

Chief Information and Technology Officer


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

In this session, you will explore:

  • Implementing data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leveraging data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Defining clear data ownership and standardization

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EST Networking

Community Discussion

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.

Andie Alderette

Program Manager