Chicago CIO Executive Summit

May 25, 2022 | Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

May 25, 2022
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Chicago'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:

Protecting what matters – communicating risk and building resilience

Driving innovation – optimizing processes and elevating customer experience

Assembling your team – finding the right talent and creating a culture that lowers attrition

Chicago CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Deb Hall Lefevre


Mike Parisi


Francesco Tinto

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Eddy Wagoner

Executive Director, Digital Chief Information 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 Chicago 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.


May 24, 2022

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

The ROI of Creativity

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Noah Scalin

Artist, Innovation Consultant

The World Economic Forum named creativity one of the top must-have skills for success in all industries. It is the key to thriving in this era of rapid innovation and change. But very few organizations have truly invested in the development of this essential capability. Why? Because creativity is considered too intangible to measure, too messy to fit into a strategic plan or simply something that is only for a few specially talented people.

In this engaging presentation, Artist/Author Noah Scalin pulls back the curtain on his own creative practice to explain the real ROI of creativity.

In this session, CIO leaders will learn:

  • Why creativity is a crucial skill for fostering innovation at your organization
  • How to use creativity strategically for long-term impact
  • Simple strategies that anyone can use to innovate, grow and inspire others

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking and a special guest speaker.

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Continuous Improvement & the Power of a Radical Agile Mindset

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Amir Arooni

Executive Vice President, CIO


Today, technology is integral to every facet of the organization. While innovation itself once created a competitive advantage, that is no longer the case — technology simply moves too quickly. Today, it is speed, quality, craftsmanship and a radical agile mindset that separates the organizations that will survive from those that will thrive.

Join this keynote session as Discover CIO Amir Arooni shares insights into the radical agile mindset when applied to:

  • Shifting from a project to a product-focused agile structure
  • Building and retaining highly skilled engineering workforce
  • Creating an engineering culture that encourages innovation throughout the organization

9:00am - 9:30am  Networking Break

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Raising the Floor — Empowering a Global Community of Women

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Swati Shah

SVP US Markets Technology


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Bratati Das

Senior Advisor, Application Development


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Geetha Kagathi

Senior Director, US Markets Software Engineering


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Jason Vanecko

Vice President, Software Development


According to a recent report, less than 1 in 5 CIOs at Fortune 500 companies identify as female. And while that number has come a long way in the last few decades, the work for equal representation is far from over. Join this session as a team from TransUnion shares how it is taking action to create a more inclusive, diverse tech space through meaningful experiences.

The panel will discuss its efforts to:

  • Create opportunities for women to lead, learn and network
  • Drive inclusion and foster an environment where women can be their authentic selves
  • Raise the standards of inclusivity in tech

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Business Transformation and the CIO

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Steve Crowley

Director of Solutions Engineering

T-Mobile for Business

Today's CIO understands the need to identify new opportunities in an evolving market — all while balancing progress and legacy ambitions. As you create a strategic vision to boost growth, what forces and key trends are you noticing drive transformation and how are you responding?

Join this session to explore what transformation means for your organization’s:

  • Employee experience
  • Customer experience
  • Business model

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Beyond the Hybrid Cloud Hype — Accelerating Your Business Strategy

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Briana Frank

VP Product Management, GTM Ecosystem & Cross Portfolio Cloud


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Bhadresh Patel

Vice President of Infrastructure and Service Enablement


CIOs must balance security, with innovation and speed - and are asked to create IT environments that can adapt to spikier workloads, interdependent applications, and more data at the edge, even as cyber-attacks and ransomware increase. How can businesses digitally transform with the cloud – ensuring they have a secure environment where customer data is not compromised – while dealing with application sprawl and siloed data? The answer is clear - a secure and open hybrid cloud architecture, but the path to getting there is murky.

In this discussion, we will explore ways to:

  • Connect and integrate across a distributed and hybrid cloud environment to create a common experience for applications and data
  • Modernize and de-risk regulated industries to keep workloads compliant, secure, and resilient
  • Optimize control of decentralization to manage and maintain enterprise systems infrastructure

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: Summer Parisi at

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Preventing Employee Burnout — How CIOs Can Drive Engagement and Resilience in Their Workforce

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Marc Moesse

SVP Product Management

Lakeside Software

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Jonny LeRoy



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Paul Niser


Walton Street Capital

To prepare for the long-term hybrid future of work, many organizations need to improve their digital employee experiences. By ensuring employees can reliably access the tools and resources needed to work from anywhere, leaders can retain top talent and prevent employee burnout while boosting engagement, satisfaction and productivity — generating tangible benefits for the business.

Ensure you’re leading a healthy, balanced and sustainable team by:

  • Understanding the changing nature of employee wellbeing in the COVID world
  • Spotting burnout signals early — even in a remote ‘out of sight, out of mind’ setting
  • Implementing tools and technology that lower frustration and digital friction

10:15am - 10:45am  Networking Break

10:20am - 10:45am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

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.

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Introducing L.I.S.A. — The Roadmap to Location-Independent Agile Delivery

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Shawkat Bhuiyan

Head of Technology Strategy & Architecture

Bank of Montreal

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Syed Hasan

Managing Director, Technology

BMO Harris

When the team at BMO Harris Bank began its agile delivery journey, it had no idea what was coming in March of 2020. Now, the organization has not just survived the pandemic but has increased deployment speed and tripled its scope. All thanks to the bank’s delivery model — Location Independent Scaled Agile Framework and Learnings, or L.I.S.A.

Join this session as the team shares:

  • What led to the success of L.I.S.A.
  • How look-ahead roadmaps and capability-based architecture sped up MVPs and their agile model
  • Lessons learned and areas to improve further

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity Strategy — Getting Ready for the Next Event

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Troy Ament

Field CISO, Healthcare


Your digital transformation journey must be efficient, effective and secure. Where does cybersecurity fit into your post pandemic IT and digital enablement? With the recent shift in IT priorities, your CISO should be a strategic thinker and an ally who promotes security readiness as you shape your company or organization’s success.

In this session, you will explore:

  • The components of an effective cybersecurity strategy that drive your program and reduce risk
  • Strategies that ensure the major building blocks of your IT transformation are secured
  • Ways to evolve your cybersecurity strategy to align with line of business goals

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

The New Rules of Engagement in an All-Digital World

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Anjali Saraf

Sr Director Enterprise Innovation


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Julie Ragland

SVP & Chief Information Officer


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Francesco Tinto

Senior VP & Global Chief Information Officer

Walgreens Boots Alliance

The ever-evolving landscape of new technologies is shifting the way humans interact with each other, the world and your brand. How can you continue to drive innovation and earn customer loyalty in light of these changes?

Join this discussion to discuss:

  • Managing shifts in customer expectations
  • Earning customer loyalty in a changing landscape
  • Navigating challenges as technology evolves

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: Summer Parisi at

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Building Collaborative Vendor-Client Workforce Models to Drive Engagement

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Kristina Chambers

Chief Data Officer


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Sunder Pappu

Vice President, Technology

The Inland Real Estate Group, LLC

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Luis Daniel

Senior Client Partner


The tech talent draught is more serious than ever. Not only are there five million more job openings than unemployed workers in the United States, but more than one million engineers are expected to retire in the next four years. Where do organizations turn when digital partners are facing attrition and staffing challenges themselves?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Identifying modern sourcing strategies that rebalance the workforce and drive employee engagement
  • Working hand in hand with vendors to ensure extended teams are engaged in the long-term
  • Rising interest in co-managed digital hubs to keep extended teams engaged

11:30am - 11:40am  Break

11:30am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Building a Flexible and Agile Future — How CIOs Can Get Ahead

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Chester Lui

Head of Americas Chrome Customer Engineers

Google Chrome Enterprise

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Bhadresh Patel

Vice President of Infrastructure and Service Enablement


There is no doubt that the workplace has undergone an unprecedented transformation. Organizations are taking their own unique approach to the future of work. CIOs play a critical role in this new environment to find a balance between productivity, security, sustainability, culture and wellbeing. Join this session to learn how CIOs can provide flexibility and agility to future proof their business.

Specifically, this session will cover:

  • Leading a diverse and inclusive workplace through culture, process and technology
  • How business transformation is forcing CIOs to think differently about security prevention
  • Inspiring future sustainability ideas and how these can be technology driven

1:05pm - 1:20pm  Break

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Let's Brainstorm! Solving the Talent Gap

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Paul Mauschbaugh

Group Chief Information Officer (Services, Distribution & Digital)


Navigating the talent pool in a post-pandemic work environment has CIOs seeking out solutions to engage their teams and build up new talent. With employee expectations at an all-time high, CIOs are finding that now is the time to get creative.

Join this interactive session to debate and collaborate about team building scenarios including: 

  • Keeping the right people – thinking beyond just retention 
  • Mentoring a multigenerational workforce – creating operational excellence
  • Exploring employee potential – diversifying skill sets

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Enabling Worker Connectivity and Safety Through Private 5G

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Ben Brillat

Global Domain Leader, Next-Gen Wireless and Edge Computing, A&IS


In the short time since it became available, private wireless has unleashed new opportunities for digital transformation that were either too cumbersome or too expensive to achieve with Wi-Fi. Whether it’s increased productivity or improved safety practices, every enterprise stands to benefit from this inflection point in wireless connectivity.

Join this session to discuss using private wireless to:

  • Enable the concept of the “connected worker”
  • Redesign processes to eliminate unnecessary movement
  • Enhance safety practices to lower insurance costs

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Supercharging Your Employee Experience Strategy with AI & Automation

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Anthony Palladino

Chief Revenue Officer


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Pooja Muttath


Adtalem Global Education

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Mike Skibo

Vice-President, Information Technology


As flexible work environments become the new normal, it’s important that organizations have the right resources and technology stack to support their digital workforce. AI & Automation are playing a key role in transforming digital experiences by supercharging productivity while increasing employee satisfaction.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Navigating the challenges in delivering best-in-class EX
  • Using AI & automation to drive user engagement and productivity
  • Scaling employee self-service experience to support business growth

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Prioritizing Data — Ensuring Accuracy, Accessibility and Literacy

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Mark Forbes


PurposeBuilt Brands

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Raj Sampoornam


Byline Bank

The key to better customer experiences might be hiding in the data you already have. Auditing your current resources could help you identify useful insights and use them to sharpen your organization’s competitive edge. 

Join your peers to discuss: 

  • Investing in modern data tools 
  • Determining what data is valuable vs. unnecessary
  • Creating buy in and driving data literacy across the enterprise

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: Summer Parisi at

2:05pm - 2:35pm  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:35pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

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.

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Communication is Key — Maximizing Your Data Strategy

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Lawson Kelly

Global Chief Technology Officer

World of Hyatt

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Raj Sampoornam


Byline Bank

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Karriem Shakoor



As data becomes an integral part of every business, technology leaders are tasked with laying out a calculated strategy. But what good is a solid strategy if your workforce doesn’t understand the value of the data at its fingertips? It’s time to set your organization up for success.

Join this session as a panel of your peers explores:

  • Effectively using data to enhance customer experiences and drive growth
  • Capitalizing on data strategy
  • Using data to become more proactive and predictive

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Unintended Consequences of Transitioning to Cloud

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Jim Ryan

President and CEO


Are you speeding down the cloud freeway with your eyes closed? As organizations accelerate their cloud journey, they unwittingly accrue technical debt that magnifies exponentially across the IT estate. How can you get control of cloud costs, contracts and commitments before your technical debt results in disaster?

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Improve visibility across your entire IT estate
  • Strengthen your procurement position with accurate usage data
  • Chart the most cost-effective course to digital transformation

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

AIOps and Why It’s Important

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Ian Hasund

Chief Architect

Science Logic

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Greg Michelini



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Simona Rollinson



A successful digital transformation requires AIOps. While agility is core to business innovation, executing to it has created a highly ephemeral state of IT workloads and processes. There are many different layers of technologies making up your IT infrastructure, thus an increasingly complex set of dependencies.

Join this session to discuss:

  • What AIOps means to you
  • How AIOps builds real-time systems in the form of context-rich data lakes
  • Where to start your AIOps Journey

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Application Modernization in a Changing World

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Kelly Coomer

Chief Information Officer

Sammons Financial Group

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Mythyly Putcha

VP, Global Business and Technology Solutions

Zurich Insurance

Gartner research shows the demand for custom applications and services continues to increase. With high demand for a modern application ecosystem, CIOs are innovating and building the skills among their team to build greater efficiencies.

 Join this session as your peers explore: 

  • Building a framework that allows you to modernize faster 
  • Adopting low-code, no-code application platforms 
  • Assembling a skilled team amid a talent crisis

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: Summer Parisi at

3:20pm - 3:35pm  Networking Break

3:35pm - 4:10pm  Keynote

Lessons Learned From a Cyber Attack

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Mahmood Khan

SVP & Global CISO


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Jane Possell



From the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack that stopped production fuel supply lines to the recent cyber warfare in Ukraine, cyber attacks are hitting hard. Learn some insight on post cyber-attack mitigation techniques and enabling the business to better protect themselves.

Grab a chair as CNA's CIO Jane Possell and CISO Mahmood Khan share:

  • Best practices and strategies
  • Thoughts on building better cybersecurity hygiene and benchmarking mitigation
  • Tips on how best to respond to an attack and the action plans that can support business recovery

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

May 24, 2022

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



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-877-303-0104.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $309 USD (plus tax) is May 3, 2022.

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