Detroit CIO Inner Circle

September 5, 2024 | Chroma

September 5, 2024


Collaborate with your peers

Join Detroit's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Engaging the C-Suite and Driving Secure Modernization

Scaling Governance and Best Practices Through a Shared Responsibility of IT and Security

Detroit CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Janette Barretto

Yazaki North America
Global Security and Risk Manager

Brent Cieszynski

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Russ Gordon


Steven Herrin

Director, Cybersecurity/CISO

Rich Hook


Rachelle Putnam

General Dynamics Land Systems
Chief Information Technology Officer

Jeff Small

Great Lakes Water Authority

Ryan Talbott

VP & Global CIO

Erik Wille

Cabinetworks Group


September 5, 2024

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Redesigning Partnerships Across the C-Suite to Accelerate Secure Digital Business

CIOs and CISOs find themselves in a challenging context of budget constraints and increasing demands from the organization. This, combined with an ongoing pressure for greater efficiency, means that IT & security leaders must focus on transparency and communication across the C-suite to better exceed the outcomes from their digital technology investments and drive value. But with the ever-increasing complexity of digital business and AI innovation, scaling governance and enabling consistent ways of working can be tough to deliver. How can CIOs and CISOs better drive an understanding that secure modernization is a shared responsibility? What are the best ways to engage business colleagues in new, agile ways of working and co-deliver initiatives together?

Join your peers to discuss how to drive business value and true collaboration across the organization.

Topic 1: Engaging the C-Suite and Driving Secure Modernization

  1. How are you currently working with your C-suite to overcome budget, talent and capacity constraints? How should this change in the face of scarce resources?
  2. What strategies are you employing to communicate risk across the board?
  3. How have you worked with senior executive leaders to optimize operating models to better manage and deliver digital capabilities?

Topic 2: Scaling Governance and Best Practices Through a Shared Responsibility of IT and Security

  • How do you work with C-suite counterparts to scale governance and enable consistent ways of working across the business?
  • How are you adapting your approach to advise on safe and secure practices across the business especially during a time of innovation and modernization?
  • In an age of advancement, what is your data governance strategy? How are you communicating that strategy across the business?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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