Chicago CIO Virtual Executive Summit

May 18, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

May 18, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT


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:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies


Deb Hall Lefevre

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Parisi


Tom South

Northern Trust
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Francesco Tinto

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Tom Gergets

CTO, Vice President - Global Technology Services

Ashley Pettit

State Farm Insurance
Senior Vice President & CIO

Edward Wagoner

Executive Director, Digital Chief Information Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CIO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Chicago community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


May 18, 2021

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

The Executioner’s Song – Putting Your Cloud Strategy into Practice

Eric Ranta headshot

Eric Ranta

Director, North America Cloud Value Advisors

Google Cloud

Lawson Kelly headshot

Lawson Kelly

Global Chief Technology Officer

Hyatt Hotels Corp

Jim Petrassi headshot

Jim Petrassi


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

You’ve done all leg work of building a robust cloud strategy – business alignment, clear expectations, and the right partners. But taking the step from strategy to execution can bring your efforts to their knees. From decisions on control and configuration to data access and adoption, reaping the rewards of the cloud requires a systematic, comprehensive approach. This keynote will explore:

  • The most successful approaches to driving rapid cloud adoption across the enterprise
  • Collaboration across the C-suite on data ownership, cloud controls and cloud security
  • Ongoing metrics to track the success of your implementation strategy

8:45am - 9:00am CDT Break

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

Fueled by the Power of Data

Corrado Azzarita headshot

Corrado Azzarita

Global CIO

Kraft Heinz

Bill Blount headshot

Bill Blount



Heather Nelson headshot

Heather Nelson


UChicago Medicine

Andrew Yeager headshot

Andrew Yeager

Vice President, IBM Data and AI, Americas


Smart organizations are infusing the intelligence of AI and the agility of hybrid cloud to better predict and shape future outcomes and automate decisions and processes. As a result, organizations can empower people to do higher value work and hyper-personalize digital experiences. However, only 2 of 10 firms have scaled AI solutions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Preventing project stall due to data complexity, talent scarcity, and a lack of trust in AI systems
  • Scaling AI across the organization with the right approach and architecture
  • Leveraging AI technologies and data science tools to proactively optimize workflows and experiences

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

Building the Smart, Resilient Supply Chain

Jeff Douglas headshot

Jeff Douglas


Potbelly Sandwich Works

Ash Goel headshot

Ash Goel



Deepak Kaul headshot

Deepak Kaul



Matt Moore headshot

Matt Moore

Vice President, Strategy


Rapid changes in consumer behavior and the turbulence of 2020 have placed strains across the global supply chain. These disruptions have also accelerated the need for a robust technology strategy designed to capture insight, reduce cost through efficiencies, and even leverage AI. This session explores the tools and partnerships necessary to navigate uncertainty and create tomorrow’s durable supply chain.

Come ready to discuss:

  • Utilizing technology across the supply chain to generate real-time analysis of gaps and stresses
  • Opportunities for automation to increase efficiency, balance inventory, and reduce errors in fulfillment and procurement
  • Strategies for implementing new and emerging tools like AI and ML with minimal friction and at scale

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

Developing a Strategic Approach to Applications Rationalization

Kelly Coomer headshot

Kelly Coomer

Chief Information Officer

Sammons Financial Group

Stuart Stern headshot

Stuart Stern

Head of IT - Americas

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

Aashish Chandarana headshot

Aashish Chandarana

Chief Information Officer


According to Gartner research, CIOs will increase their enterprise software spending by nearly 9% in 2021. As they upgrade legacy software and expand their offerings, technology leaders must pay careful attention to business alignment in order to maximize the value of their applications, advance key digital initiatives, and remain agile in the face of constant change.

Join this boardroom to discuss best practices around:

  • Aligning your application footprint with your enterprise’s strategic objectives
  • Formulating principles for modernizing your application portfolio
  • Creating architectures that can evolve to meet ever-changing business requirements

10:00am - 10:45am CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Rising Above the Pitfalls of Pilot Purgatory

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Derek Dyer

SAP Americas Lead

YASH Technologies

Brad Hildestad headshot

Brad Hildestad


COUNTRY Financial

The best laid plans and POCs do your company no good – and often do irreparable, costly damage – if they never get off the ground. Derek Dyer of YASH Technologies dubs this debilitating challenge “pilot purgatory.” In this keynote, Dyer breaks down where the troubles begin, and what CIOs can do at every stage to ward off wasteful setbacks while keeping your pilot pointed toward sustainable, value-based outcomes. They will cover:

  • What to avoid and ways to navigate pitfalls from infancy-to-completion of a pilot or POC
  • How to leverage your people and create business-wide momentum to execute your vision
  • How to benefit by creating quick ROI and riding it through long-term impact

10:45am - 11:00am CDT Break

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

CIOs Promise: Delivering Data & Analytics

Bryan Kirschner headshot

Bryan Kirschner

Vice President, Strategy


Anu George headshot

Anu George

Chief Quality & Transformation Officer


Deb Hall Lefevre headshot

Deb Hall Lefevre

Chief Technology Officer


Mindy Simon headshot

Mindy Simon

Chief Information Officer

Conagra Brands

Faced with demands for modernization, cost optimization and digital business transformation, CIOs are looking at how data and analytics programs can support expanding their digital business and increasing their D&A maturity. After a D&A strategy is set, IT leaders must execute and deliver on the intended business outcomes.

Join your peers in discussing:

  • Approaches to leveraging technology and resources to support D&A program and improve business outcomes
  • Best practices for building out new business process and executing change management across the enterprise
  • Management of cultural shifts in the organization

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

Enabling Work from Anywhere with 5G

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Nelly Pitocco

VP, Head of Solution Engineering and Innovation


Wayne Bulmahn headshot

Wayne Bulmahn



Tom Gergets headshot

Tom Gergets

CTO, Vice President - Global Technology Services


Raj Sampoornam headshot

Raj Sampoornam


Byline Bank

Progressive organizations have included permanent work-from-anywhere (WFX) options in their connectivity strategy and according to IDC, 64% of business leaders will subsidize this connectivity. These new solutions will reduce the in-home bandwidth battle for employees, alleviate the burden of managing multiple vendors, and reduce security vulnerabilities is needed.  Join your peers in a focused discussion on options to manage your work-from-anywhere environment.  

In this interactive session we’ll discuss:

  • Investing in the right technologies to support WFX and decrease risk
  • Long-term planning to deliver equitable access across your workforce
  • Moving from workforce support to workforce innovation

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

Accelerating Security at the Pace of the Business

Shawkat Bhuiyan headshot

Shawkat Bhuiyan

Head of Technology Strategy & Architecture

Bank of Montreal

Paul Cottey headshot

Paul Cottey


Water Street Healthcare Partners LLC

Tom South headshot

Tom South

Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Northern Trust

In 2020, the multi-decade process of turning the digital enterprise inside out accelerated instantly. We’ve now passed an inflection point – most cyber assets live outside the old “walls” of the organization and cybersecurity controls must be scalable, flexible and reliable. How are CIOs partnering with CISOs to establish a security strategy that is an enabler of the digital business rather than an obstacle?

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss:

  • Redesigning cybersecurity architecture to enable the work-from-anywhere culture
  • Foundational technologies to support a global cybersecurity mesh
  • Reconceptualizing traditional ideas of how to approach security within the enterprise and shifting the business mindset

12:00pm - 12:30pm CDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Chicago community. 

12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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Chicago CIO Program Manager

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

Matt Ellis

Senior Program Manager