Charlotte CIO Executive Summit

November 9, 2021 | The Westin Charlotte

November 9, 2021
The Westin Charlotte

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Charlotte'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:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

Charlotte CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Reenie Askew

City of Charlotte, NC
CIO

Ken Athanasiou

VF
Chief Information Security Officer

William Curtiss

Hanesbrands
CISO / Director, Global Cybersecurity

Steve Hagood

Trane Technologies
Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

Jon Harris

Compass Group USA
CISO

Margarita Rivera

Lennar Multifamily Communities
Vice President, Information Security Risk & Compliance

Patrick Thompson

Albemarle
CIO

Bonnie Titone

Duke Energy
CIO

Kimberly Trapani

American Tire Distributors
Chief Digital Security 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 Charlotte 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


Governing Body Welcome Reception Session

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.


Keynote Sessions

Business Evolution in an AI World

Of all the technologies fueling digitization, perhaps none is as rife with transformative promise as Artificial Intelligence. How are organizations approaching their AI journeys to harness this promise and accelerate innovation?

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Building an AI strategy that targets the areas of greatest opportunity for business growth
  • Ensuring the quality, governance and availability of data to maximize AI efficacy
  • Overcoming silos and cultural hurdles to increase the speed-to-value of your initiatives

The CIO and CISO Role in Accelerating Digital Business

The CIO and CISO Role in Accelerating Digital Business

As digital initiatives across enterprises have accelerated quickly, leaders must balance the right structures and strategies. Whether restructuring existing applications, infrastructure and security ecosystems or preempting new initiatives to bring services and applications to market faster than ever before, CIOs and CISOs are immersed in strategizing and building support for these critical business objectives.

In this interactive conversation among peers, CIOs and CISOs will discuss their role in proactively contributing to organizational success.

Topic Option 1: Designing a holistic digital framework

  1. How are you evolving your operating model to deliver better speed, agility and innovation?
  2. How are you optimizing for future resilience and not just immediate efficiency?
  3. How are you shifting funding from less valuable initiatives to new channels or services?

Topic Option 2: Fostering a digital-first mindset

  1. How have you evolved your cross-business partnerships in the past year?
  2. What’s new or next in your organizational structure to support digital business?
  3. How are you establishing credibility in your role to drive the enterprise in a digital direction?

The Path to Alignment – The CIO and CISO Relationship

CIO-CISO partnerships are built on trust and thrive when leaders invest in each other throughout the organization. IT leaders must set an example, demonstrating a commitment to security, positioning it at the core of IT and enterprise roadmaps.

Join this keynote as Steve Hagood and Jim Powell from Trane Technologies share their story on how to:

  • Strengthen the IT-Security partnership to fuel innovation and accelerate new technology deployments
  • Ensure security is represented as a holistic element of the organization
  • Collaborate in different business sectors while moving business initiatives forward


Breakout Sessions

Cloud Computing & Security – More Than Lifting and Shifting

One could say networking and security always follow the compute, but rapid adoption of multi-cloud and hybrid computing means networks are now more distributed than ever before with business value shifting to agility, innovation and software - leading to the rise of the software defined enterprise.

In this session, you will explore:

  • How to better balance risk management with business objectives and customer experiences
  • Practical strategies to secure cloud computing while delivering better outcomes and experiences
  • New and emerging technology trends

Building an Effective Metrics Program

Security leaders are always trying to improve their metrics to better inform organizational decision-making. How can you effectively use metrics to both demonstrate progress and trends?

Join Frank DePaola from EnPro Industries as he shares:

  • How his team successfully build out a metrics reporting program
  • Why it’s important to determine the audience and what metrics should matter
  • How the right metrics will benefit the business and win investment for security

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  • Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  • The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS visibility in a SASE architecture

Employee Engagement — The Competitive Advantage for Tech Talent

The world has changed; so has your workforce. Technology and security leaders are competing against organizations across the world for talent and boosting employee engagement can be the competitive advantage needed to recruit and retain the strongest performers.

Join this benchmarking session to learn:

  • Strategies to improve employee engagement and performance to future-proof your hybrid workforce

  • Compare initiatives with a cross-section of your peers

  • Walk away with actionable insights to address remote culture breakdowns and elevate productivity

Actionable Intelligence – Keeping Pace with Threats

Whether it’s cybercriminals motivated by profit or nation-state attackers with geopolitical motives, public and private organizations of all sizes have felt the impact of cyberattacks. Enterprise organizations are reeling from the onslaught of massively spread ransomware attacks to surgical pinpointed attacks on their assets from sophisticated state-sponsored actors. How can security leaders best face changing threat vectors?

Join Brian Cyprian, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss:

  • The current threat landscape
  • How to best discover and thwart nation-state attacks
  • What security executives can do to build resiliency


Executive Boardroom Sessions

Intentional Innovation

IT executives rewrote the innovation playbook in 2020 and pioneered new ways of thinking about how IT partners with employees on developing and supporting technology solutions. The opportunities of a hybrid and digitally savvy workforce create an environment ripe for innovation and collaboration to fuel business outcomes. Now is the time for IT to review its roadmap to ensure the enterprise is empowered with tools, processes, and support to develop solutions and reach new heights.  

Join this session to discuss:

  • Defining successful innovation within the enterprise

  • Transforming operations and empowering employees in developing technology solutions

  • Fostering a culture that allows people to experiment, learn, be curious, and fail

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Marsha Wick. (marsha.wick@evanta.com)

Weaving a Global Data Fabric to Advance AI

Smart organizations are fueling their operations with the power of data and AI. Through integrated technologies, a data fabric architecture enables dynamic and intelligent data flows and orchestration across any enterprise to create a network of instantly available information, empower people to do higher value work, and hyper-personalize digital experiences. However, only 2 of 10 firms have scaled their transformation and technology solutions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Preparing your workforce for a date-first world
  • Improving business outcomes through data-driven decisions and innovation
  • How data and AI can deliver instant benefits to your organization today

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Marsha Wick. (marsha.wick@evanta.com)

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Security Technology Sprawl Tipping Point – How More Tools Can Increase Overall Risk

As organizations rush to cover gaps in an expanding attack surface, thanks to digital transformation and remote work, they are realizing that this strategy is creating an uncontrolled technology sprawl. Yet many organizations continue purchasing more tools than they can manage, actually increasing their overall risk while wasting limited program budget. How is your technology investment strategy helping you meet your security outcomes?

In this discussion, you will learn:

  • The state of “tools sprawl” and data showing its impact on security organizations
  • Insights and best practices to reduce complexity and increase tool efficacies
  • Maturing your security posture to drive desired outcomes

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Marsha Wick. (marsha.wick@evanta.com)

ZTNA for the Post-Pandemic Hybrid Workforce

Zero Trust Network Access adoption spiked in 2020 as organizations scrambled to solve an unprecedented remote access challenge. Now, looking ahead, enterprises are faced with the conundrum of staying fully remote, returning full-time to the workplace, or more likely landing somewhere in between. But not all ZTNA solutions are created equal, and many are ill-suited to address a range of use cases or environments.

Join this roundtable discussion to:

  • Understand the limitations of remote access-only solutions
  • Explore a wide variety of use cases that can be addressed by ZTNA
  • Learn best practices for transitioning to ZTNA from a legacy solution

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Marsha Wick. (marsha.wick@evanta.com)

Digital Business – Growing Demand, Endless Opportunity

Whether “business as usual” is a place we return to – or a constant moving target – we are all living in a digital world and there’s no going back. As the pace accelerates, opportunity is rich, and the organization’s future rides on how CIO business leaders exploit an expanding array of digital tools. Join this peer-led conversation on seizing digital momentum to work in new ways and reach savvy consumers on new platforms. Among the key talking points:

  • Transforming your workforce to think, operate and deliver as a digital-first enterprise
  • Optimizing digital capabilities and digital channels to create business-wide value
  • Strategizing to expand digital business and maturity for long-term success

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Marsha Wick. (marsha.wick@evanta.com)

Executive Boardroom hosted by SentinelOne

Details coming soon.

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Marsha Wick. (marsha.wick@evanta.com)


Peer-to-Peer Meetings Session

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.


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Returning to in-person conferences


We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines in addition to taking all practical steps on-site.

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 see below (under ‘more information’) for our current approach and planned onsite safety measures.

Location


Venue & Accommodation

The Westin Charlotte
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Charlotte CIO Program Manager


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

Marsha Wick

Program Manager

marsha.wick@evanta.com