Houston CIO Executive Summit

December 11, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Houston

December 11, 2018
Hyatt Regency Houston

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Houston CIO Executive Summit.

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

Houston CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Yanni Charalambous

Occidental Petroleum Corporation
VP & CIO

James Green

Chevron Corporation
GM of IT Service Delivery

Jennifer Hartsock

BHGE
CIO

Lori Kittle

Landry's Restaurants, Inc.
Chief Loyalty Officer

Al Lindseth

Plains All American Pipeline
SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Wayne Shurts

Sysco
EVP & Chief Technology Officer

Amy Suhl

Shell Global Solutions Inc
VP & CIO, Projects & Technology

Laura Tibodeau

Americas Styrenics
CIO

John Varkey

Direct Energy
VP, CIO

Agenda


December 10, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Harness Your Super Powers to Tackle the Digital Future

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Ben Hammersley

Author & Futurist

Ben Hammersley

If you or your organization is afraid of what’s next and feel that there are forces at work that drain your market share, Ben Hammersley is here to help. A futurist, he explains the inherent disconnect between business leaders and the world we live in today. He reveals the extreme interconnectedness between seemingly disparate entities, and how technology is at work in everything you do, whether you realize it or not. Discover how technology can give you super powers and how you can use those special abilities to your advantage to not just survive, but conquer, this age of digital transformation.

Governing Body members host this dinner to launch the event with an evening of peer networking and a presentation.

December 11, 2018 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:15am  Opening Comments

From the Mayor: Houston’s Innovation and Technology Push

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Sylvester Turner

Mayor

City of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner shares his vision for making Houston the nation’s next hotbed for innovation and technology and tees up an innovation panel featuring his Deputy CIO, the CIO from Rice University and the leader of Texas Medical Center's Innovation Institute who will discuss Houston’s innovation hub venture.

8:15am - 8:50am  Keynote

Innovation2 – Building Houston’s Hub for Next-Gen Technologies

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Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D.

Director, Innovation Institute

Texas Medical Center

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Klara Jelinkova

VP & CIO

Rice University

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Reenie Askew

Deputy CIO

City of Houston

Representatives from key partners in Houston’s Innovation District – the city of Houston, Rice University and Texas Medical Center – discuss progress to date, next steps and how IT leaders can be a part of pushing the region to be a leader in innovation and new technologies.

8:50am - 9:20am  Networking Break

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Winning With Digital in the EPCI Industry

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Akash Khurana

Global VP, CIO & Chief Digital Officer

McDermott International Inc.

McDermott is leveraging digital technologies to transform the oil and gas industry – from using AI to implementing vastly improved data management systems – and become more tactical in its efforts to accelerate efficiencies and growth.

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Leveraging Technology to Influence Program Loyalty

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Lori Kittle

Chief Loyalty Officer

Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

The loyalty program for Landry’s Restaurants is Lori Kittle’s baby, managing all things IT-related 24-7, 365. Uptime is critical; downtime can be devastating.

Kittle shares the technological challenges and successes behind:

  • Operating a web-based, highly transactional system, including mobile applications
  • Managing customer analytics and segmenting data to push successful promotional programs
  • Creating new experiences for program members to further increase engagement

9:20am - 10:10am  Executive Boardroom

Seizing IoT’s Opportunities and Managing its Challenges

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Charles Li

IT Chief Data Officer for Trading & Supply

Royal Dutch Shell

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Brad Rector

CIO

Phillips 66

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Satyam Vaghani

VP/GM, IoT & AI

Nutanix

For several years now, the Internet of Things has represented tantalizing possibilities for enterprise technology leaders. However, the same confluence of factors that position IoT as a tool of strategic advantage — actionable consumer data, greater efficiencies and process improvement, a paved path to innovation — also pose major challenges. Join this interactive discussion on:

  • How cybersecurity threats, consumer privacy concerns and mountains of unprocessed information can derail these initiatives before they start
  • Why, while opportunities still abound through IoT, CIOs must first build a clear roadmap to unlocking its full potential
  • How IT leaders are addressing emerging technologies and planning for the future

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Mallory Paige at mallory.paige@evanta.com or 503-808-9828.

10:10am - 10:40am  Networking Break

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Operating with a Business First, Technology Second, Mindset

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Ken Braud

SVP & CIO

Halliburton

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Mike Pfister

CIO

ConocoPhillips

For Ken Braud and Mike Pfister, it’s business first. No matter the implications, challenges and opportunities of any technology initiative, the business strategy and a laser focus on business outcomes is first considered. Yes, there are tech standards and adoption maps, but the first question Ken and Mike ask – and are asked by leadership – is “what’s the benefit and value to the business?”

Join this session for a fresh perspective on:

  • Applying process and leadership prior to moving forward with shiny-new technologies in the hype cycle
  • Finding the right balance between technology and business value for your enterprise; adopting change and driving value that is measurable
  • Assessing the risk and expense in either being a fast mover or becoming a slow follower

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Building Strategic Partners by Changing Vendor Relationships

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Ken Piddington

CIO

SGR Energy

With today’s ever-evolving and changing vendor market, why not make your vendor a key contributor to the organization? The transactional vendor relationship has limited benefits and can leave your bottom line suffering. It’s time to change your approach to vendor management.

Based on his own “Strategic Partner Program,” Ken Piddington:

  • Explains his philosophy on vendor management
  • Teaches how to revitalize a vendor relationship to reflect what you are truly looking for: a strategic partner
  • Guides you through the stages of relationship-building with vendors to elevate their quality so they help, not hinder, your bottom line

10:40am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Defining Digital Transformation

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Erik Tennison

Associate Information Officer

AIG

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Sameer Purao

VP & CIO

Austin Industries, Inc.

What is digital transformation? One thing is certain – it’s one of the hottest topics for Houston region CIOs. Digital transformation means something different for every organization, but CIOs are united in seeking to leverage the disruptive power of new technologies in their industries. As a high-level business strategy, digital transformation requires CIOs to reimagine tradition and reinvent the way companies do business. Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • The definition of digital transformation, as each CIO sees it
  • Ways regional organizations are identifying opportunities for digital transformation
  • How they are managing the disruption those transformations create for the status quo

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Mallory Paige at mallory.paige@evanta.com or 503-808-9828.

December 11, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:30am - 12:00pm  Networking Break

12:00pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Oxy’s Innovation Story – It’s the People, not the Technology

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Vicki Hollub

President & CEO

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

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Yanni Charalambous

VP & CIO

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

In this fireside chat with her CIO, Oxy’s leader tells her and her company’s tale of innovation and how the whole organization is involved in driving invention and the business forward.

1:10pm - 1:40pm  Networking Break

December 11, 2018 - afternoon

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Workshop and Idea Exchange: Continuing the Houston Innovation District Discussion

Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D. headshot

Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D.

Director, Innovation Institute

Texas Medical Center

Klara Jelinkova headshot

Klara Jelinkova

VP & CIO

Rice University

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Allison Thacker

Chief Investment Officer & Treasurer; President, Rice Management Company

Rice University

Reenie Askew headshot

Reenie Askew

Deputy CIO

City of Houston

Continuing off the momentum of the opening keynote and other sessions throughout the day, Reenie, Erik, Klara and Allison help facilitate an interactive workshop for the region's IT leadership to share their ideas for making Houston an innovation front runner.

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Rethinking the Enterprise and Managing IT Talent in the Digital Age (for non-energy sector organizations)

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Tom Clark

CIO/EVP

Cadence Bank N.A.

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Ryan Hartzog

VP, Information Services

David Weekley Homes

In this executive boardroom session – aimed at IT leaders from non-energy-related enterprises – come prepared to discuss your approach to digital strategy and how you plan to attract, develop and retain the right IT talent to make sure your organization is evolving and adapting to execute on all of its business goals. This two-part conversation will focus on:

Discussion Topic 1: Making Digital Strategy Part of Your IT Game Plan

  • How are you looking to overhaul your organization and the way it does business to flourish in the digital age?
  • How are you evolving your infrastructure and risk strategies?
  • What are you doing to manage internal and external stakeholder needs and pioneering a whole new way of envisioning work?

Discussion Topic 2: Equipping the Future – New Ways of Tackling the Talent Crunch

  • What is your human capital strategy when it comes to finding the specialized talent required of innovation, introducing a new way of working and managing multi-generational teams?
  • What fresh approaches are you, as IT leaders, taking to address talent attraction, development and retention?
  • What are the greatest impacts you are seeing across the organization when it comes to talent in this new digital era?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Mallory Paige at mallory.paige@evanta.com or 503-808-9828.

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Rethinking the Enterprise and Managing IT Talent in the Digital Age (for energy-sector organizations only)

Peggy Colsman headshot

Peggy Colsman

CIO

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.

Al Lindseth headshot

Al Lindseth

SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Plains All American Pipeline

In this executive boardroom session – aimed at IT leaders from energy-sector enterprises – come prepared to discuss your approach to digital strategy and how you plan to attract, develop and retain the right IT talent to make sure your organization is evolving and adapting to execute on all of its business goals. This two-part conversation will focus on:

Discussion Topic 1: Making Digital Strategy Part of Your IT Game Plan

  • How are you looking to overhaul your organization and the way it does business to flourish in the digital age?
  • How are you evolving your infrastructure and risk strategies?
  • What are you doing to manage internal and external stakeholder needs and pioneering a whole new way of envisioning work?

Discussion Topic 2: Equipping the Future – New Ways of Tackling the Talent Crunch

  • What is your human capital strategy when it comes to finding the specialized talent required of innovation, introducing a new way of working and managing multi-generational teams?
  • What fresh approaches are you, as IT leaders, taking to address talent attraction, development and retention?
  • What are the greatest impacts you are seeing across the organization when it comes to talent in this new digital era?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Mallory Paige at mallory.paige@evanta.com or 503-808-9828.

2:30pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Using Technology to Up the Fan Experience (and Revenue)

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Chris Hanz

VP, CIO

Houston Astros

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Jeff Schmitz

VP, CIO

Houston Texans

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Okpara Young

IT Director

Houston Rockets

IT leaders at Houston’s sports franchises are giving fans tools that makes their pre-game and game-day experience easier. And the technologies they are using to drive a more traditional marketing message are, naturally, helping increase revenues and magnifying the fan experience inside their venues. Learn more about their efforts, including:

  • How they are staying up on technologies – namely connectivity tools such as wifi and DAS
  • How they are applying ever-changing new technologies to older infrastructure
  • What they are doing in their specific venues to support technologies and give the fans what they need and expect

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Protecting the OT Side of the Business

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Ricardo Castro

CIO

Par Pacific Holdings, Inc

Yanni Charalambous headshot

Yanni Charalambous

VP & CIO

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

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Randy Lakner

CIO

Oil States International, Inc.

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Al Lindseth

SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Plains All American Pipeline

Modern cybersecurity programs must be built around the main theme that there is no perfect protection. The goal to build a sustainable program that balances the needs to protect against the needs to run our businesses works to decrease the likelihood of incident occurrence without overspending or paralyzing the organization. While acceptance of some risks are often necessary to support business needs, energy companies have long targeted no appetite for safety exposure in their respective programs. The recent number of attacks on the operational technology (OT) space where safety is the primary focus creates unique and complex challenges relating to these major themes and program goals. Join this facilitated and interactive peer-to-peer discussion focused on:

  • Major challenges of cyber relating to OT cybersecurity
  • Applicable technologies, including emerging technologies (e.g. analytics, iOT)
  • Industry initiatives, research projects, models from other industries and other considerations to counter these threats and address these issues
  • Regulatory constraints and direction
  • Group enablement recommendations (e.g. regulatory, industry (company/vendor))

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Enterprise Applications for Artificial Intelligence

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Jeff Roberts

CIO

HFF

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Vivek Thakral

Director, Artificial Intelligence

GE Power

Deep neural networks are bringing new capabilities to AI, creating smart systems that can outperform human labor at many tasks. These new systems bring business advantage to successful implementers. But success is not easy to come by. This session gives an opportunity for you and your peers to discuss progress and challenges in implementing AI-based initiatives to advance your business.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Mallory Paige at mallory.paige@evanta.com or 503-808-9828.

3:40pm - 4:00pm  Networking Break

4:00pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

The Next Wave of Enterprise Intelligence

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Phong Le

Senior EVP, COO & CFO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow.

In this keynote, you’ll hear:

  • How to map out your organization into an intelligent enterprise
  • Best practices to build Data Analytics throughout the organization
  • Ecosystem solutions to help manage data securely but remain agile

4:40pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

Location


Venue & Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Houston

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

Mallory Paige

Senior Program Manager

503-808-9828

mallory.paige@evanta.com