Houston CIO Inner Circle

August 15, 2018 | Las Velas

August 15, 2018
Las Velas

Collaborate with your peers

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

Houston CIO Governing Body

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


Yanni Charalambous

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

James Green

Chevron Corporation
GM of IT Service Delivery

Jennifer Hartsock


Lori Kittle

Landry's Restaurants, Inc.

Al Lindseth

Plains All American Pipeline
SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Wayne Shurts

EVP & Chief Technology Officer

Amy Suhl

Shell Global Solutions Inc
VP & CIO, Projects & Technology

Laura Tibodeau

Americas Styrenics

John Varkey

Direct Energy


August 15, 2018

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

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Leading Through Uncertainty

Reenie Askew headshot

Reenie Askew

Deputy CIO

City of Houston

Tom Clark headshot

Tom Clark


Cadence Bank N.A.

Al Lindseth headshot

Al Lindseth

SVP Tech. & Risk Mgmt.

Plains All American Pipeline

Troy Matherne headshot

Troy Matherne


Frank's International, Inc.

Erik Tennison headshot

Erik Tennison

Associate Information Officer


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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Houston CIO Program Manager

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

Mallory Paige

Senior Program Manager