Dallas CIO Virtual Executive Summit

November 17, 2020 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CST

November 17, 2020 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Creating the digital future with intention

Leveraging IT influence for deeper business engagement and greater value creation

Getting ROI from a strong organizational culture


Mike Anderson

Schneider Electric
SVP, CIO & Digital Leader, North America

Ellen Barker

Texas Instruments

Nellson Burns

VP of Information Services

Chandra Dhandapani

Chief Digital & Technology Officer

Gregory Ericson

Essilor of America


November 17, 2020

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

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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 by creating the right channels for connection and utilizing the right data to innovate products and services.

This keynote session will focus on:

  • Designing and delivering an optimal digital future for your customers
  • Leveraging a cultural shift toward more agile, rapid technology outcomes
  • Evolving a data-centric approach to consumer insight to foster new business opportunities

8:45am - 9:00am  CST Break

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

The ROI of Strong Organizational Culture

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Paola Arbour

Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Tenet Health

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Gertrude Van Horn



Strategy is a rubric for prioritization and decision-making, not a setting on a 3D printer. The hard work of execution is done by people – individuals with their own lives, stresses, and incentives that are sometimes at odds with one another. Culture is the unifier of these disparate elements, but it’s also not a magic wand. Successful outcomes rely on a culture that is specific, value-based and consistently reinforced by leadership. Easier said than done, but that’s pretty much the job description for CIOs, right?

In this interactive brainstorm, you’ll:

  • Unpack the core elements of culture and share ideas on how to best influence and direct those elements – including what partnerships are most vital to executing your vision
  • Give rigor to your corporate culture by discussing ways to measure it in concrete terms
  • Reconcile the cultural challenges of 2020: greater intimacy between employee and employer but huge strains on team building

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

The Intertwining Futures of Talent and Tech

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Sudhir Nair

Chief Information and Technology Officer


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Ellen Barker


Texas Instruments

Digital business is fueled by technology, but success is often determined by the availability and skill development of talent. This interplay is complex, and it’s become even more so as the nature of work itself has changed in 2020. Automation, artificial intelligence and outsourcing can all augment top performers or replace them entirely, but even these tools depend on the overall technical capacity of your organization. This session challenges you to answer the question: how are you balancing your people and your technology?

CIOs will share perspectives on:

  • Equipping your people for the technology that will define the future of your business
  • Enhancing the technical acumen of your organization and leading people through rapid change
  • The role of outsourcing, automation and artificial intelligence in liberating talent to focus on the highest-value activity

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

Security Awareness During a Crisis — One Size Does Not Fit All

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Jason Rader

Head of National Security & Networking Practice

Insight Enterprises

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Mark Stone


Texas A&M University System

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Chris Akeroyd


Children's Health

Managing security awareness is no easy feat – cookie-cutter solutions just won’t do. Successful programs need custom strategies that integrate well with your corporate culture and engage employees at all levels. Join this boardroom to discuss: 

  • Creative ways to introduce security awareness to your teams
  • How to partner with the CISO to integrate security training throughout the organization
  • How to stay ahead of new threats that come with a remote culture

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

The Power of Digital Transformation to Drive Business Success

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Helmuth Ludwig

Former Global Head of Information Technology

Siemens AG

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.

In this session, Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry will 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

Achieving an Effective Cloud Strategy

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Vishal Ganeriwala

VP, Product Marketing

Citrix Systems, Inc.

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Scott Willett

Asst Vice - Chancellor / CTO

University of Texas System

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Sunil Dudi

CIO, VP of Information Technology


As companies evolve to keep pace with a digital world, successful cloud strategies elude many IT departments. Dealing with high operational costs and a talent shortage are just some of many reasons that cloud solutions are often a bigger undertaking than they first appear.

This session will focus on:

  • Discovering the right road map for your organization
  • Winning the business' trust during transition
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

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

A Distributed Workforce – Moving into the Future

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Sumit Anand

Chief Strategy Officer & CIO

At Home

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Himanshu Parikh


Michaels Stores

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Brian Elliott



Necessity drove most organizations to rapidly (and successfully) deploy a remote workforce for the first time. For this success to outlast necessity, CIOs must be at the forefront of building strong culture, sustained productivity and mutual trust for the remote work of the future. 

 In this virtual boardroom, CIOs will discuss:

  • Best practices for sustaining productivity and addressing burnout in a virtual environment
  • Tools and partnerships to ease this technical and cultural transition
  • A vision for the next evolution of remote work – what companies can do to thrive today and win in the future

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

Evolving Past the “Transformation” Rut

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Mike Anderson

SVP, CIO & Digital Leader, North America

Schneider Electric

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Sayee Bellamkonda

SVP - Chief Digital & Technology Officer for Global Advisory Services and CRM


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Stephen Webster

Chief Innovation Officer


The future of business is defined by rapid iteration, targeted technology investment, laser-focus on the customer and a data-driven approach to value creation. The importance of these features has only been amplified during a tumultuous 2020, all of which means it’s finally time to push past the outdated view of “transformation” and embrace constant evolution and seamless innovation.

In this session, you’ll tackle the new fundamentals of digital business, including:

  • Revitalizing “back office” structures to support greater speed and agility
  • Leveraging automation to liberate talent for high-impact activity
  • Placing security at the forefront of your investment plan
  • Meeting increasing demand for mobility, from the workforce to the supply chain

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

Accelerate Your Journey to AI

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Sumit Gupta

VP, AI Strategy & CTO, IBM Data and AI


AI is the main ingredient to help you pivot quickly in today’s environment and ensure a successful digital transformation. To scale AI, you need to overcome the challenges of talent scarcity, data complexity and a lack of trust in AI systems.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Common challenges businesses and government sectors face in their AI journey
  • Prescriptive approach to collect, organize, analyze, infuse AI, and modernize your data
  • Efficient information architectures (IA) for AI

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12:45pm - 1:15pm  CST Networking

Community Discussion

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

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

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for 1-to-1 in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers, and now it’s become even more critical to collaborate with CIOs who are facing the same challenges.

This is an opportunity to meet 1-to-1 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 CIO peers.

  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded

  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

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 evanta@delegateselect.com.

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Dallas CIO Program Manager

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

Lucy Putnam

Senior Program Manager