Chicago CIO Virtual Executive Summit

December 1, 2020 | 8:00am - 4:00pm CST

December 1, 2020 | 8:00am - 4:00pm CST


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Chicago CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Delivering an optimal digital future

Leveraging a cultural shift to rapid delivery of technology outcomes

Engaging and empowering IT teams in a disrupted work environment


Deb Hall Lefevre

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Parisi


Thomas South

Northern Trust
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Francesco Tinto

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer


December 1, 2020

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

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

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Mishka Dehghan

Vice President, Strategy, Product & Solutions Engineering


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Edward Wagoner

Executive Director, Digital Chief Information Officer


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
  • How 5G and advanced mobility will help bridge the digital divide

8:45am - 9:00am CST Break

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

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Swati Shah

SVP & CIO of US Markets


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Francesco Tinto

Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Don Schuerman



Remember when “embracing disruption” was an aspirational call-to-action – not a necessary navigation of everyday life? Now that you have your company’s undivided, fully-disrupted attention, why look back? As the pandemic pushes more and more customers online, CIOs must ensure that their experience is seamless – creating the right channels for connection and utilizing the right data to innovate products or services.

This conversation will focus on:

  • Designing and delivering an optimal digital future for your business
  • Leveraging a cultural shift to more agile, rapid technology outcomes
  • Ways to evolve a data-centric approach to consumer insight – fostering new business opportunities

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

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Kuldip Mohanty

Chief Information Officer

HUB International

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Heather Nelson


UChicago Medicine

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Kevin Leurck

Sr. Director of Enterprise Sales

Comcast Business

In an increasingly competitive landscape – new thinking, new technology and new ways of doing business are essential. To fully embrace and leverage innovation, CIOs must be fully aligned to organizational strategy and execution.

Join this boardroom strategy session on how to embed innovation at the core of your business, discussing: 

  • Evaluating emerging technologies and building the business case for their implementation
  • Defining new business opportunities through technology
  • Creating a comprehensive culture of innovation rooted in practical, measurable outcomes

9:00am - 10:00am CST Virtual Boardroom

Accelerating in a Multi-Cloud Environment

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Joe Kinsella

Founder & VP

CloudHealth by VMware

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Stephen Lavin



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Scott Ramsbottom



The past year has put cloud adoption into hyper-speed for many organizations, but how can you be sure your move to the cloud stays strategic and not reactive? The key is in solid planning and partnerships.

Join this discussion to understand how to:

  • Simplify cloud management in a multi-cloud environment
  • Choose the right partners to accelerate your cloud transformation
  • Increase visibility across business units to ensure business goals are met

9:00am - 10:00am CST Virtual Boardroom

Reimagining Your Technology Transformation Plans

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Deepak Kaul



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Brandon Ray

Business Operations Manager

The Boeing Co

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Alok Agrawal

VP Global Systems Engineering


A winning CIO or CTO always thinks several moves ahead, but how do you effectively plan for the future in a time marked by constant uncertainty? What began as an emergency response has become the new normal, and an organization’s success depends on its ability to adapt and stay agile. This session covers the essential business of re-evaluating your technology roadmap – what stays, what goes and how to reinvent for the new year ahead.

In this virtual boardroom, you will discuss:

  • How your business is preparing for customer expectations in a Post-COVID world
  • The impact to your strategic roadmap and digital transformation initiatives
  • What initiatives are being prioritized heading into 2021

10:00am - 10:45am CST 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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Jesse Bociek



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.

Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry talks with Tenneco CISO Jesse Bociek, who will discuss how Tenneco's digital transformation has made the company more resilient, enabling its entire staff to work remotely with minimal disruption and no compromising on security.

In this interactive session, we'll 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 CST Break

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

Is Your Technology Getting the Most Out of Your Strategy?

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Tara Jana

Head of Enterprise Product Strategy


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Eyal Altman

Vice President, Chief Digital & Information Technology Officer


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Jim Petrassi


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Technology itself is not a strategy, but maximizing the right technology makes a strong strategy successful. Getting there requires excellent data for decision-making, actionable metrics for benchmarking and AI-enrichment of quality information to take the next step. In this session, CIOs will dive into the ways that data-driven enterprises leverage tech better to come out on top.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Data scalability, data portability and AI-ready infrastructure
  • The right tools to enhance to enhance your digital-consumer strategy
  • Benchmarking tools and processes

11:00am - 12:00pm CST Virtual Boardroom

Enabling a Distributed Workforce – The CIO’s Mandate

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Bill Lapp

Solution Architecture, Global Leader


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Neeru Arora

SVP & CIO VW Credit Inc

Volkswagen Group of America

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Thomas South

Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Northern Trust

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Edward Wagoner

Executive Director, Digital Chief Information Officer


The flexibility of working from anywhere has been a boon to employee productivity and collaboration. What began as a temporary solution has now become a strategic initiative for your organization. And it is up to you to ensure the company has the proper infrastructure to successfully and securely carry out this new corporate mandate—all while keeping an eye on the bottom line.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Phasing out hardware and software over time to free up technical talent and reduce day-to-day management and maintenance.
  • Improving the end-user experience while reducing costs and improving security.
  • Working toward a zero trust posture and what types of architecture are critical to this shift.

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

Adopting a Right-Sized Cloud Strategy

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Jason Stott

Executive Director - Strategy

Burwood Group

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Rita Fisher

CIO and EVP, Supply Chain

Reynolds Consumer Products

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Julie Ragland

SVP & Chief Information Officer


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Michael Kennaugh


Reyes Coca-Cola Division

Organizations that laid a strong cloud foundation found themselves able to respond more nimbly to dramatic disruption than their peers and competitors. Others see this disruption as a chance to accelerate their journey and rapidly enhance digital capabilities. Wherever you are on the cloud journey, this conversation will shape what you do next and how you get it done.

This session will focus on:

  • Revisiting your cloud roadmap and aligning it to the most transformational parts of your business
  • Capitalizing a on new-found appetite for speed to accelerate the journey
  • Pitfalls to avoid and best-practices from cloud leaders

11:00am - 12:00pm CST Virtual Boardroom

IT Strategy Shift – Pivoting with the Digital Consumer

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Dean Crutchfield


CDK Global

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Chaithra Iyengar

Sales Leader - Technology Consulting & Implementation Services


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

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

Creating an Authentic End-to-End Experience

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Jeff Douglas


Potbelly Sandwich Works

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Renee Harwood

Retail Industry Principal


Internal customers are a focal point for today’s digital journey, but their expectations change rapidly, constantly and permanently. Taking a unified approach to collaboration enables the remote workforce to increase productivity and enhance communications, positioning the enterprise to compete in the marketplace. To stay one step ahead, your digital experiences inside of the organization must be more than simply transactional. They must transmit trust, expertise and organizational values. And it has to happen now.

This keynote conversation tackles:

  • The hallmarks of employee experience that drive the fastest adoption rates for innovation across the business
  • Digital experience as a true differentiator for deeper collaboration of the remote workforce
  • Metrics for quickly understanding, processing, and addressing rapidly changing digital expectations

12:45pm - 1:15pm CST Networking

Community Discussion

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

2:30pm - 4:00pm CST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow Chicago CIO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to Participate 

Available if you sign up and select peer meetings prior to the summit. To join your meetings or download meeting calendar invites, please reference the instructions that were emailed to you from


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

Dawn Meyer

(971) 300-3139