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


Thomas South

Northern Trust
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Francesco Tinto

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Corrado Azzarita

Kraft Heinz
Global CIO

Ashley Pettit

State Farm Insurance
Senior Vice President & CIO


May 18, 2021

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

Strategic Drivers to Digital Business Acceleration

A CIO’s 2021 marching orders come straight from the top: In a Gartner survey, 7 out of 10 boards demanded digital acceleration in a disrupted global climate, while operational excellence through digital business topped the forward-driving agenda. How does your digital strategy measure up to the mission? Join your peers in an interactive session built around modern digital design.

Among the key talking points:

  • What it means to be ‘digital-first’ – breaking down roadblocks and navigating roadmaps

  • What levers to pull to expand digital business and increase digital maturity

  • How CIOs create credibility to drive the enterprise in a digital direction 

8:45am - 9:00am CDT Break

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

Fueled by the Power of Data

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Corrado Azzarita

Global CIO

Kraft Heinz

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Francesco Tinto

Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

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 to proactively optimize workflows and experiences

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

Virtual Boardroom hosted by OpenText

 Session details coming soon. 

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

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

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Bryan Kirschner

Vice President, Strategy


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

Session details coming soon. 

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

Closing Keynote

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12:45pm - 1:15pm 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. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm CDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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

Matt Ellis

Senior Program Manager