Dallas CIO Executive Summit

November 28, 2018 | Renaissance Dallas Hotel

November 28, 2018
Renaissance Dallas Hotel

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Dallas CIO Executive Summit.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Dallas CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Mike Anderson

Schneider Electric
SVP, CIO & Digital Leader, North America

Ellen Barker

Texas Instruments
SVP, CIO

Nellson Burns

DalTile
VP, IT

Suja Chandrasekaran

Kimberly-Clark Corporation
CIO

Chandra Dhandapani

CBRE, Inc.
Chief Digital & Technology Officer

Gregory Ericson

Essilor of America
SVP, CIO

Maya Leibman

American Airlines
SVP, Technology & CIO

Rajesh Nagarajan

Celanese Corporation
VP & CIO

Agenda


November 28, 2018 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Overcoming Circumstance — Lessons From an Athlete

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Inky Johnson

Former NCAA Football Player and Author of “Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perspective”

Author & Thought Leader

Ten football games. That’s all that separated Inky Johnson from the NFL. He was a projected top-30 draft pick — a dream he’d had since age 7. But all that changed during his second game. A routine tackle went wrong, and he suffered severe, permanent nerve damage in his right arm. He’d never play football again. Still, he knew his life wasn’t over. Harnessing the same discipline and positive attitude he had in training, Johnson motivated himself and excelled despite his circumstance. Join this session to hear his story and leave with lessons that can be applied on and off the field.

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Artificial Intelligence that Floors the Competition

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Nellson Burns

VP, IT

DalTile

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Yatkwai Kee

Sr. Director - Global Analytics COE Lead

Mohawk Industries

Beyond the promise and theory of how AI and machine learning can revolutionize business, Mohawk Industries can boast real world proof of impact. Join Nellson Burns and Yatkwai Kee for case studies on how IT and analytics teams deployed artificial intelligence to solve problems and reduce costs. They’ll dig into:

  • Effective AI-powered projects, lessons learned, and what is next
  • Resource-level team structures to enable AI/automation capabilities
  • Process-level approaches to achieve success

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Creating a Customer-Centric Strategy

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Kamal Upreti

Head of Manufacturing

Tata Consultancy Services

Survey the graveyard of former brands and best-laid plans disrupted out of existence. Now consider the cutting-edge companies everyone aspires to follow. What do they have that the relics missed? Kamal Upreti pounds the table for a consumer-centric approach — enabled through technology — as the common growth denominator. Upreti will explore:

  • How consumer-first strategy aligns with the guiding framework of Business 4.0
  • How the CIO role is changing to drive business transformation
  • How a well-designed people alignment strategy can bring it all together

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Taking Full Advantage of Digital Opportunity

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Madhuri Andrews

Chief Information Officer

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

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Paola Arbour

SVP & CIO

Tenet Healthcare Corporation

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Relle Howard

CIO

Trinity Industries, Inc.

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Neelu Sethi

Chief Information Officer

Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc.

In the era of digital opportunity, explore how the world's leading organizations are leveraging technology, fueled by AI and machine learning, to accelerate business growth. Join your peers in a roundtable discussion centered on:

  • Strides and success stories in digital business and transformation and RPA
  • Digital initiatives that can reduce risk and cost while providing sustainable and profitable results
  • The next wave of digital transformation and what the future holds

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:

Annie Bogart  |  971-717-6661

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Innovation as Driver and Differentiator

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Chris Boult

CIO

CEC Entertainment

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Gregory Ericson

SVP, CIO

Essilor of America

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Suzanne Kosub

CTO

AmerisourceBergen

Whether you view them as opportunities or threats, innovation and disruption are impacting your business. Technology has flooded an already-crowded marketplace with nimble competitors — driving a necessity to embrace new ideas. In this collaborative conversation, you and your peers will explore this alchemy, focusing on:

  • Ways to drive business growth and differentiation through innovation
  • Tools to maximize bandwidth for innovation, such as outsourcing and automation
  • Executing on the nuts and bolts of innovation strategy

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:

Annie Bogart  |  971-717-6661

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Harnessing Emerging Tech’s Unlimited Power

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Mike Anderson

SVP, CIO & Digital Leader, North America

Schneider Electric

Energized to create a sustainable future through innovation, Schneider Electric is harnessing the power of emerging technologies that transform products and customer experiences. Join Mike Anderson for a case study-rich session on what it means to be a digital company and how technology leaders can:

  • Understand the difference between digitization and digital
  • Leverage the convergence of IT and OT to create new digital opportunities
  • Discover how to get started with AI, augmented reality and other emerging technologies

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Securing Endpoints with Analytics and a Proven Framework

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Ron Chestang

Senior Security Consultant

HP Inc. Print Security Solutions

As the breadth of IoT technology expands, companies that overlook the importance of protecting their endpoint infrastructure are more vulnerable than ever to the next wave of hackers. What steps should your organization be taking to detect unknown threats and defend your critical endpoints? This session relies on real-world examples to examine:

  • How some of the most secure organizations are still lagging in security beyond the firewall
  • How to use data analytics and a proven framework to secure endpoint devices.

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Creating the Future of Enterprise Data

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Zubair Faiz

Chief Information Officer

Healthcare Highways

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Robert Walden

CIO

Epsilon

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Mirza Chughtai

Chief Technology Advisor

WWT

With endless tools and raw data at its disposal, a data-driven organization must have clearly defined priorities, sound governance and business alignment if there is any hope of imbuing their information with meaning. In this boardroom, you’ll discuss:

  • How CIOs are leveraging data to drive business growth
  • What tools and strategies can create new opportunities for data engagement throughout the enterprise
  • Where organizations stand with data governance post-GDPR

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:

Annie Bogart  |  971-717-6661

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Secure Transformation – Avoiding Risk in ERP Applications

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Brent Chapman

CIO

RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Company

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Skip McDonald

VP & CIO

Builders FirstSource, Inc.

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Bill Armstrong

SAP Professional Services

Onapsis, Inc.

Digital transformation is not just a buzzword, but an outline of business and operational plans to integrate and prioritize the latest digital technologies. Unfortunately, security is often second priority or not even in the scope of the transformation project. Join this session to discuss how to:

  • Make security an enabler instead of a roadblock
  • Develop a plan to secure critical ERP applications
  • Ensure your organization’s ERP applications are compliant

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:

Annie Bogart  |  971-717-6661

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

November 28, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

Accelerating Innovation and Enterprise Transformation

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Scott Crenshaw

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Private Cloud

Rackspace

New cloud technologies and consumption models have become an essential component of enterprise transformation strategies to delight today’s empowered customers. However, these new technologies also represent a nightmare of complexity and operational risk, making the transformation journey perilous. Learn about the new strategies through which enterprises are successfully consuming modern infrastructure and transforming their innovation rate and economics, allowing companies to focus on their core business. We will discuss:

  • New paradigms for using infrastructure to compete and thrive
  • What IT transformation leaders seek from their cloud infrastructure
  • Successful examples of enterprise of IT transformation

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

RPA — Work Revolutionized

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Rajesh Nagarajan

VP & CIO

Celanese Corporation

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Tele Fernandes

Director, Emerging Technology Services

Celanese Corporation

Welcome to the latest technology inflection point – where automation and related advances can revolutionize work flows, cut costs and ramp up revenue. In this session, CIO Rajesh Nagarajan and his colleague Tele Fernandes offer an early look into how Robotic Process Automation is changing the way Celanese digitizes work. They will cover:

  • How automation strategy enables productivity gains while fortifying capabilities
  • How to scale up deployments as part of an integrated emerging technology roadmap
  • What next steps can lead to the eventual intelligent enterprise

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Honing Your Executive Pitch — An Interactive Exercise

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Gerry Mecca

VP, IT

Keurig Dr Pepper

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Rob Thomas

Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

Kosmos Energy

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Bryan Tutor

VP & CIO

Elbit Systems of America

Whether you’re pitching a transformative idea or updating the state of the IT union — presenting to a board or a subcommittee requires persuasive skills that must be mastered. CIOs are tasked to communicate business value and synthesize complex information in a way that makes sense. Join this interactive session to improve your executive pitch for the next time you’re in the hot seat. In this interactive session, you will work in a group to:

  • Create and deliver a board or subcommittee pitch
  • Receive real-time feedback on your pitch
  • Learn best practices and strategies for communicating with executive leadership 

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Game-Changing AI and Data Analytics

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Chandra Gundlapalli

Global Managing Director

Charles Schwab

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Rusty Kennington

CIO

Corsicana Mattress Company

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Sajjad Hussain Khazipura

VP of Cloud and Data Platforms

Wipro Ltd

Calling all CIOs tapping in to the evolving world of AI and data analytics — your peers want to discuss how to leverage this powerful tag team in transformation. This Wipro-inspired boardroom is an in-depth exploration of the requirements and challenges involved in a successful AI-driven data revolution. Come ready to exchange:

  • Real world examples and war stories about AI and data analytics
  • Best practices to take advantage of these transformative tools throughout 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:

Annie Bogart  |  971-717-6661

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Clouds in the Forecast - What’s Next for Enterprise IT

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Chris Holm

CIO

The Perot Companies

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Mark Overton

SVP & CIO

Greyhound

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Dan Reyero

SVP , CIO

PLH Group

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Adam Zeitsiff

CIO

Smoothie King

Whether you’re running an aggressive cloud-first strategy or floating along in the hybrid cloud, each CIO’s cloud journey is a relevant roadmap for peers in pursuit of the configuration sweet spot. This boardroom draws on the collective wisdom of technology leaders at various stages of cloud migration. Come ready to exchange views from your collective cloud experience and discuss:

  • New business capabilities the cloud has unlocked
  • Embracing the full value of cloud and what may be holding you back
  • Navigating cloud implementation to ensure maximum agility and security

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:

Annie Bogart  |  971-717-6661

November 28, 2018 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Sudden Impact — A CIO’s First 180 Days

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Theresa Meadows

SVP & CIO

Cook Children's Health Care System

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Robert Ruch

Chief Information Officer

CROSSMARK, Inc.

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Mike Anderson

SVP, CIO & Digital Leader, North America

Schneider Electric

CIOs — think back to the very beginning. If you were starting over, what would you do differently? What advice would you pass along to first-time CIOs? In this panel discussion, Theresa Meadows draws from her vast experience, while Robert Ruch and Bob Rosen reflects on their first 180 days in the role to consider:  

  • How to shape your strategy and your technology team to make an immediate impact
  • How to influence relationships and effectively partner across the business
  • What standards and leadership traits define a successful CIO?

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Battle-Tested, Adversity-Proof IT

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Steve McLaurin

CIO

Denbury Resources Inc.

How often do you take a hard look at IT productivity? Do your standards vary? With oil prices on the rise again, Steve McLaurin reflects on the tough choices he had to make when his industry was scraping the bottom of the barrel. Learn how, through adversity, a CIO forged a lean, mean technology team. McLaurin will cover:

  • How to develop the right framework for decision-making regardless of external factors
  • How to organize a team around a growth mindset
  • How to review vendor relationships and strengthen trusted partnerships

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Driving Digital — Up-to-Speed and On Track

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Rajesh Kulkarni

VP & CIO

Lehigh Hanson

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Scott Lindblom

SVP & CIO

Michaels Stores, Inc.

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Bhargav Shah

Chief Information Officer

Pier 1 Imports Inc.

Caught up in the burgeoning demand to innovate at breakneck speed, how do CIOs deliver on time while keeping control of the IT enterprise? This boardroom session will address the challenges of fulfilling business needs in the driven digital age, including: 

  • How CIOs can maintain strategic influence over digital initiatives
  • How to create stronger partnerships within the business to stay on top of demand

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:

Annie Bogart  |  971-717-6661

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Smart Solutions for the 4th Industrial Revolution

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Larry Freed

CIO

Overhead Door Corporation

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Gertrude Van Horn

CIO

NCH Corporation

The Internet of Things and automation advancements have enabled manufacturing and other industries to modernize factories, reduce operational costs and raise efficiency. Join this boardroom for a deep dive into what you’re peers are doing to capitalize on Industry 4.0 projects. Among the key topics you’ll cover:

  • What Industry 4.0 success looks like, and advice for those starting the journey
  • The inherent hurdles innovative projects create, such as change management and reskilling staff
  • Best practices to cultivate the relationship between IT and OT to drive execution

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

The Value of Data – A CEO’s Perspective

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Tom Leverton

CEO

CEC Entertainment

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Chris Boult

CIO

CEC Entertainment

What do you want most from your CEO? Of his boss, Tom Leverton, Chris Boult says, “I know exactly where I stand.” Join the CEC Entertainment duo for a fireside chat about the CEO/CIO partnership and how they’re using data to drive strategic investments across the enterprise. Leverton offers insights from CEO’s perspective to discuss:

  • The changing role of data and its availability in today’s world that enables better decision making and investment opportunities
  • Why a strong CEO/CIO partnership is a key to success and how that breeds collaboration across the C-suite
  • Lessons on how a CIO can be effective when working with the board

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

Location


Venue & Accommodation

Renaissance Dallas Hotel

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Dallas CIO Program Managers


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

Brian Greig

Senior Program Director

971-717-6681

brian.greig@evanta.com

Annie Bogart

Program Manager

619-302-8404

annie.bogart@evanta.com