Detroit CIO Virtual Executive Summit

November 12, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

November 12, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Building digital capabilities for better business decisions

Engaging and empowering IT teams in a disrupted work environment

Bridging the digital divide — Improving IT culture and climate across Michigan

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Richard Hook


Jeff Lemmer


Raman Mehta

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Randall Mott

General Motors
Senior VP, Global IT & Chief Information Officer

Brom Stibitz

State of Michigan
Director & State CIO

Sangy Vatsa

FIS Global
EVP, Chief Technology and Digital Officer


November 12, 2020

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

Drive the Business Forward with Data at the Core

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Bill McCreary

Vice President CIO/CTO

The University of Toledo

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Daryl Dellinger

North American CIO

Continental Automotive

Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data and CIOs must continually find true meaning and value in the data. This peer-to-peer discussion will consider ways to mature your data and analytics program to provide accurate, real-time data.

Come ready to discuss how to:

  • Implement data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leverage data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Define clear data ownership and standardization

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

Creating a Secure, Digital and Modern Environment

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Kelly Knepley


DexKo Global

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Brom Stibitz

Director & State CIO

State of Michigan

Consistently a top-of-mind concern for CIOs, cybersecurity challenges and threats have only ramped up in the remote-enabled 2020 climate. How are CIOs safeguarding the digital environment, managing increased risk and raising security awareness throughout the enterprise? 

In this interactive virtual roundtable, you will discuss:

  • How to ensure remote working models are secure for employees and clients
  • How to raise the organization’s maturity level with a clear security roadmap
  • How to better manage risk and protect critical information

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

Cloud Strategies to Power Digital Transformation

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Akilesh Duvvur

Vice President, IBM Cloud


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John Hill

CIO & SVP, Business Planning


The most successful businesses today connect digital transformation to business goals using innovative technology and increasing moving more of their enterprise workload to the Cloud. CIOs are charged with clearing adoption hurdles to align mission-critical tasks and business priorities with the multiple cloud environments.

This interactive session explores:

  • Case studies on successful transformations using open, flexible, and secure multicloud operating environments
  • Fostering digital transformation and creating a competitive advantage through a hybrid cloud strategy
  • Accelerating the skills and culture that leverages AI and cloud

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12:45pm - 1:15pm  EST Networking

Community Discussion

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Jennifer Charters

EVP, Chief Information Officer

Flagstar Bank

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Melanie Kalmar

Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer


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

11:00am - 12:00pm  EST Virtual Boardroom

CIOs at the Forefront of Business Agility Transformation

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Deb Gildersleeve

Chief Information Officer

Quick Base

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Michael Paulin

Divisional CIO

AF Group

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Jeff Small


Great Lakes Water Authority

Core to any digital transformation are the people who are driving it. Leading CIOs understand that success requires collaboration between IT and line of business leaders. Is that enough? Successful organizations also dramatically shift the culture towards digital transformation by encouraging continuous innovation in workflows that cross departments throughout the business.

This boardroom will address strategies for:

  • Fueling a culture of innovation and agility
  • Driving the methodical adoption of new technologies
  • Fostering a business-first mindset within IT

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

CIO in the ICU – Life-Saving Care and Leadership in Crisis

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Andrew Rosenberg


Michigan Medicine

This spring, when Southeast Michigan became an epicenter for a spike in COVID-related illness, Michigan Medicine CIO Andrew Rosenberg did not hesitate jumping back into the fray as a critical care doctor. Joining forces with a team of dedicated health providers, they stood up several ICUs for COVID patients and got busy saving lives. Rosenberg reflects on profound human interactions with patients and families, the teamwork that made this happen, and what he learned as a technologist, physician and leader.

In this keynote, Rosenberg covers:

  • The combined powers of technology and medicine – making the pieces fit during an international crisis
  • Real leadership in critical moments – lessons from a CIO’s point-of-view
  • Takeaways about telecare – future models of communication and collaboration

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

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Marc Wilson

Senior Vice President, Industry Markets & Founder

Appian Corp

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Jason Bressler

EVP, Chief Technology Officer

United Wholesale Mortgage

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Timothy Heffron

Senior VP, Human Resources & Chief Information Officer


In an increasingly competitive landscape, new thinking, new technology and new ways of doing business are essential. But to fully embrace and leverage innovation, CIOs must be fully aligned to the strategy and execution of the organization. Take this opportunity to share your strategies for embedding innovation into the core of your business.

This conversation will focus on:

  • Evaluating emerging technologies and building the business case for their implementation
  • Defining new business opportunities through technology
  • Creating a comprehensive culture of innovation rooted in practical, measurable outcomes

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

The Future of Work and Back-to-Office Planning

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Kevin Berch

Director, Staffs IT


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Kerry Flynn


Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

While the pandemic necessitated a nimble approach to remote work and onsite operations, organizations are sizing up the future of work for their business and industry. This virtual roundtable session draws out CIO best practices on a technology-enabled reimagination of the future workforce.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Resource and cost planning as organizations determine future operations
  • Changes to organizational structures, talent and hiring practices going forward
  • Ideas to incorporate remote workers into a supportive corporate culture

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

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Don Schuerman



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David Kepczynski

Chief Information Officer, GE Research


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

This conversation will focus on:

  • Designing and delivering an optimal digital future for your business
  • Leveraging a cultural shift to more agile, rapid technology outcomes
  • Ways to evolve a data-centric approach to consumer insight – fostering new business opportunities

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

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

Building Digital Business to Generate Revenue

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Amjed Al-Zoubi

Chief Techology Officer

Amerisure Insurance

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Rachelle Putnam

Director, Information Technology

General Dynamics Land Systems

Results may vary by business or industry, but digital business is booming like never before and CIOs are squarely in the driver’s seat. Digital leaders are dialed in to capturing maximum value, utilizing the right data and delivering a seamless customer experience.

In this interactive session, you will discuss:

  • New expectations of the digital-first customer
  • The CIO’s role in product development and design in a digital economy
  • Capturing consumer insights to foster new business opportunities

November 12, 2020

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