Dallas CIO Virtual Executive Summit

May 13, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

May 13, 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 Dallas CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Redesigning cybersecurity for the future

Cultivating the digital dexterity of the business

Communicating the value of data and analytics


Sumit Anand

At Home
Chief Information Officer & Head of Strategy

Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer

Nellson Burns

VP of Information Services

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 Dallas 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 13, 2021

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

Driving an Agenda that Enables and Transforms Your Business

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Chitra Subramaniam

Director North America, Chrome OS Commercial Channel

Google Chrome Enterprise

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Joseph Longo

SVP/Chief Information Officer

Parkland Health & Hospital System

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Chris Holm


The Perot Companies

One of the biggest challenges facing the modern CIO is balance. When it comes to business transformation, the sky is the limit…until you run into budget, time and resource constraints. How can CIOs balance these real limitations while encouraging their teams to dream big and come up with outside the box solutions?

Join this panel to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce

8:45am - 9:00am  CDT Break

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

Securing and Scaling Cloud Environments

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Hillery Hunter

CTO, IBM Cloud


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Brent Cerka

Chief Information Officer

Warren Equipment

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Dustin Roller

VP Innovation


Studies show that 74% of CEOs believe cloud computing will be the most helpful technology to deliver results over the next 2-3 years. How can businesses digitally transform with cloud, while ensuring they have a secure environment where customers’ data is not compromised?
Join us for an interactive boardroom that explores how businesses can:

  • Make the transition to cloud rapidly while keeping experiences frictionless for consumers
  • Build secure and open hybrid cloud architecture and distributed cloud environments
  • Explore strategic cloud options and execute on them seamlessly

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

Collaboration to Drive the Future Enterprise

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Nellson Burns

VP of Information Services


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Rusty Kennington


Henry Company

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Patrick Nolan

Customer Engineering Manager

Google Cloud

Remote work is here to stay for many organizations, which creates myriad new opportunities and imperatives for IT solutions that power cross-company collaboration. Is your current application portfolio up to the task?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Gaps and challenges in your current solution set
  • Integrated, user-centric solutions that make collaboration seamless
  • Strategies for expanding upon existing cloud frameworks to evolve with the current landscape

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

CIOs Promise: Delivering Data & Analytics

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Rajeev Rai

EVP & Chief Technology Officer

SRS Distribution

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Scott Willett

Executive Director

The University of Texas System

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 leader 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

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

Strategic Drivers to Digital Business Acceleration

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Sumit Anand

Chief Information Officer & Head of Strategy

At Home

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

10:45am - 11:00am  CDT Break

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

Modern Data Protection for Modern Challenges

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Dave Russell

Vice President of Enterprise Strategy


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Mark Stone


Texas A&M University System

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Bryan Tutor

Former VP & CIO

Elbit Systems of America

For many businesses, the path of digital transformation presents challenges — including reliance on legacy systems, skills gaps and performance concerns. CIOs are challenged to provide a modern data protection solution that unblocks potential pitfalls and delivers the results their organization needs to succeed. 

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Building a comprehensive data management & data protection strategy that encompasses cloud, SaaS, virtual and physical workloads
  • Accelerating data protection capabilities while maximizing potential to achieve governance, security and productivity goals 
  • Strategies to make data fluid across the enterprise while freeing up resources constrained by legacy tools and focusing them on accelerating innovative projects

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

The Intentional Infrastructure – Cloud Clarity for Greater Outcomes

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Jonathan Morin

Director of Cloud Product Management

CloudHealth by VMware

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Janya Kieffer

VP of IT

Acme Brick

As the ongoing rush to the cloud continues, many organizations falter because they equate “movement” with “strategy.” Getting the most out of your cloud journey is the product of clear communication, alignment with other business processes and functions, and partnerships among multiple internal and external stakeholders.

This session puts strategy in the crosshairs and discusses:

  • Creating definitional clarity for your comprehensive approach to cloud to eliminate ambiguity 
  • Building adaptability into your strategy so it can be augmented or amplified at any step in the journey 
  • Breaking cloud strategy away from IT and creating cross-functional, business-wide alignment

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

Accelerating Security at the Pace of the Business

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Kim Mackenroth

Vice President & Chief Information Officer


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Mike Bullock


Texas Rangers

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 Dallas community.

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

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

CIO Thought Leaders
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Program Partners

Dallas CIO Program Manager

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

Derek Rowinski

Senior Program Manager