Boston CIO Executive Summit

December 7, 2023 | The Westin Boston Seaport District

December 7, 2023
The Westin Boston Seaport District


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Boston'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:

Innovating to Improve Business Processes and Remain Competitive

Cyber Resiliency and Communicating Risk Effectively to the Business

Improving Business Outcomes Through Data Accessibility and Literacy

Boston CIO Governing Body

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


Mona Bates

Collins Aerospace
VP, Digital Technology & CIO

Abha Dogra

Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Adolph DuBose

SVP, CIO, Diagnostics

Arthur Harvey

Boston Medical Center

Katrina Jagroop-Gomes

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
CIO - Gaming Commission

Chuck LoCurto

Bryant University

Nathan Rogers


Mike Tirozzi

Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Chief Information & Data 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 Boston 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.


Keynote Sessions

Words That Work — Executive Power Language

For CIOs, the stakes are extraordinary in every conversation. Revenue of millions or billions is in jeopardy during board meetings, investor calls, media interviews, customer interactions, and employee conversations. The most successful executives realize this and prepare what to say and when to say it with precision. Val Wright shares new ways to approach common business conversations.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • The power of the written word to boost productivity and customer focus
  • How to cultivate a dynamic relationship with your board and get positioned for board roles
  • Powerful retorts and feedback that overcome resistance every time and consistently delivers results

*This session will be recorded

From the SEC to the Boardroom - The Evolving Nature of Cyber Risk

Becoming a cyber-resilient organization requires risk ownership and responsibilities to be expanded across the C-suite and board, changing the way that cybersecurity challenges are addressed at all levels of the organization. This has been complicated by a recent SEC ruling requiring US public companies to publicly disclose “material breaches’. CIOs need to embrace zero trust security and adjust their board engagement approach to get the appropriate level of support and guidance on cybersecurity initiatives.

In this session, we will discuss how executives can increase cyber and business resilience with board buy-in and how to:

  • Gain confidence on cybersecurity oversight and forward direction, including messaging to the board
  • Articulate cyber risk posture, controls, and mitigation strategies in place, with board-level terminology and understand the dealing with new SEC rulings
  • Learn how zero trust architecture secures users, workloads, and IoT/OT devices by addressing critical security shortcomings of routable networks

Taking Flight with AI

The hype around AI continues to soar with each newfound capability and CIOs are asking how AI can be leveraged to advance the business. Abha Dogra is reaching new heights at CAE by implementing AI in cutting-edge ways in the field of aviation, defense and security.

Join this keynote to discuss:

  • Implementing AI to assist and train pilots and defense forces
  • Applying AI to optimize resources and manage disruptions in airline operations
  • Mastering compliance and governance around new technologies

Breakout Sessions

Leading with Digital Sustainability — A Strategy Led by Technology

Enterprises are under pressure to address multiple challenges impacting the planet, their people and profitability.  This is all happening while a recession is looming, quiet quitting is real and climate change is a top concern. Now is the time to position technology leaders as key partners in tackling these issues maximizes sustainable value across the business.

Join this session to explore sustainable strategies for:

  • Reducing efforts in the negative impact your company and products have on the planet (environmental sustainability)
  • How to best champion and manage the impact on your people (social sustainability)
  • Managing the business' fiscal health and future profitability (financial sustainability)

Shift Your Focus From Problems to Value

Part of the CIO’s journey with outcome-driven leadership requires a shift from problem solver to value creator. The CIO’s critical path to value leadership includes outcomes over outputs, proaction over reaction, and offers over orders.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Mastering your value creation system
  • Mapping out clear outcomes in order to determine the right outputs necessary to achieve them
  • Building relationships in the C-Suite to achieve synergy to improve outcomes

Executive Boardroom Session

AI Governance — Safeguarding Innovation

CIOs are tasked with leveraging AI for competitive advantage, but these advanced technologies must be regulated responsibly. As advances in AI continue to impact the enterprise, CIOs are evaluating implementing effective AI governance to mitigate risks, maintain transparency and ensure ethical use.
Join this session to discuss:

  • Promoting constructive and ethical utilization of AI
  • Monitoring regulatory compliance to ensure data ethics and privacy rights are met
  • Evaluating open and closed source AI models to protect sensitive data

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: Brooke Cordova at


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

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Venue & Accommodation

The Westin Boston Seaport District

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Community Program Manager

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

Brooke Cordova

Community Program Manager