Detroit CIO Inner Circle

April 10, 2018 | General Motors Heritage Center

April 10, 2018
General Motors Heritage Center

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Detroit CIO Inner Circle.

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

Detroit CIO Governing Body

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


Mamatha Chamarthi

Senior Vice President ZF AG - Chief Digital Officer

Jamal Farhat


Richard Hook

Penske Corporation

Jeff Lemmer

Ford Motor Company
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, IT

Randy Mott

General Motors Company
SVP Global IT & CIO


April 10, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Registration & Opening Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Leading Through Uncertainty

Scott Bennett headshot

Scott Bennett


International Automotive Components

Jamal Farhat headshot

Jamal Farhat



Ash Goel headshot

Ash Goel


Bronson Healthcare

Bill Isaacs headshot

Bill Isaacs


Detroit Medical Center

Diane Jones headshot

Diane Jones

Executive Director of Administration, Office of the AVP/CIO

University of Michigan

Michael Paulin headshot

Michael Paulin

Corporate Vice President and CIO

H.W. Kaufman Financial Group

Dan Rainey headshot

Dan Rainey


Detroit Water & Sewerage Department

Aaron Rajda headshot

Aaron Rajda

Director, MS&S Solution Delivery

Ford Motor Company

Viren Shah headshot

Viren Shah


MASCO Cabinetry

Doug Wiescinski headshot

Doug Wiescinski


Plante & Moran

In today’s environment of constant technology upheaval, traditional change management techniques fall short. Digital initiatives, executive expectations and an evolving marketplace necessitate change at a rapid pace. In order to adapt their business and their teams at this speed, C-level leaders must adopt an alternate approach. At this dinner, compare your most pressing disruptions with peers and discuss innovative ways to guide your change leadership efforts and reduce uncertainty in the enterprise.

Topic 1: Addressing the current challenges 

  • What barriers to high performance are you currently experiencing at your organization?
  • In what ways is your team expected to respond to competitive threats with creative solutions?
  • What technologies are creating the biggest disruptions to your business currently? Which ones are on the horizon?

Topic 2: Abandoning the old approach to change leadership

  • How can we get rid of the traditional “burning platform” approach, where businesses adapt to change when forced with a crisis, rather than anticipating change?
  • What (if any) new change management techniques have you adopted or would like to adopt?
  • What support or resources do you need to adopt newer models?

Topic 3: Creating a culture of adaptation

  • How can IT leaders create an environment of comfort, confidence and control for their teams?
  • How do you provide space for your team to innovate?
  • How can we better communicate the likelihood and magnitude of change to our teams?
  • How can we work better across the C-suite to create a culture of adaptation and innovation?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour

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Samantha Flaherty

Program Manager