Houston CIO Virtual Executive Summit

December 8, 2020 | 8:00am - 4:00pm CST

December 8, 2020 | 8:00am - 4:00pm CST


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Creating the digital future with intention

Leveraging IT influence for deeper business engagement and greater value creation

Getting ROI from a strong organizational culture


Twila Day

Chief Information Officer

James Green

GM of IT Service Delivery

Jennifer Hartsock

Baker Hughes

Lori Kittle

Landry's Restaurants
Chief Loyalty Officer

Al Lindseth

Plains GP Holdings
SVP, Risk Management & IT

Laura Tibodeau

Chief Information Officer

John Varkey

Waste Management
VP, Enterprise Digital Services

Allen Wuescher

Toshiba International


December 8, 2020

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

Creating an Authentic End-to-End Experience

Internal customers are a focal point for today’s digital journey, but their expectations change rapidly, constantly, and permanently. Taking a unified approach to collaboration enables the remote workforce to increase productivity and enhance communications, positioning the enterprise to compete in the marketplace. To stay one step ahead, your digital experiences inside of the organization must be more than simply transactional. They must transmit trust, expertise and organizational values. And it has to happen now.   

This keynote conversation tackles:

  • Metrics for quickly understanding, processing, and addressing rapidly changing digital expectations 
  • The hallmarks of end-user experience that drives the fastest adoption rates for innovation across the business
  • Digital experience as a true differentiator for deeper collaboration of the remote workforce

8:45am - 9:00am CST Break

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

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Michael Heffner

Vice President, Solutions and Industry Go-To-Market

Appian Corp

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Ann-Michele Bowlin


Norton Rose Fulbright

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Jason Bourg



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 CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Accelerating Digital Business Initiatives

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Dave Harger

Vice President - IT

Hi-Crush Proppants

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Tony Savoy

VP, Offering Management, Global Technology Services


As a CIO, it is crucial to enable the digital agenda while connecting technology with business value. During this unprecedented time, organizations can leverage digital offerings to alleviate impacts on operations and business performance.

In this virtual boardroom discussion, CIOs will discuss:

  • How to reprioritize digital projects to meet new needs
  • Strategies to communicate value to your board
  • New and existing partnerships to push objectives forward

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

2020 Mobility Trends – 5G’s Role in the “New Normal”

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Nelly Pitocco

VP, Solution Engineering and Innovation


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John Varkey

VP, Enterprise Digital Services

Waste Management

As the enterprise workplace changes at an accelerated pace, enterprise and IT leaders are looking to the advantages of 5G to enable their workforce and support a “mobile-first” mindset. Now more than ever, having a network that can meet and anticipate your evolving business needs is crucial for your future success.

In this session, engage in an open dialogue with your peers and T-Mobile’s 5G experts about:

  • How mobility will drive digital transformation, enable innovation and support a more mobile workforce
  • The ways 5G is powering the new remote work reality
  • Setting up advanced network security the enterprise can rely on

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

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Don Schuerman



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

10:45am - 11:00am CST Break

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

Driving Business Forward with Data at the Core

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 CST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Executing the Consumer-First Technology Game Plan

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Dolly Kripalani

Vice President, IT

National Oilwell Varco

For many organizations, the digital ecosystem begins with the customer. As consumer behaviors shift permanently to the digital world and end-users increasingly demand more seamless technology experiences, CIOs must ensure their organizations are ready to connect with, understand and serve a new kind of customer - both internally and externally.

In this interactive session, you will discuss:

  • Expectations of today’s digital-first customer
  • The CIO’s role in product development and design in a digital economy
  • Ways to evolve a data-centric approach to consumer insight – fostering new business opportunities 

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

Having Courageous Conversations – Real Leadership for the Future of Work

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Annette Moore


NASA Johnson Space Center

Every leader has an instinct to control – drive successful outcomes, execute a strategy. But 2020 proves it’s impossible to plan for the truly unknown. Instead, leaders must create and transmit values and vision that guide organizations through uncertain times. The line between the personal and the professional has blurred, and CIOs now must be ready to engage on social and racial injustice, a global health crisis, and work-life balance in new and sometimes uncomfortable ways. It’s not in the playbook, but it’s here to stay – and it represents an extraordinary opportunity for the enterprise of the future. 

 In this roundtable, CIOs will:

  • Tackle the responsibility to lead through profound change – even when they don’t have the answers
  • Develop strategies for difficult, personal conversations and for preparing frontline managers to transmit core organizational values
  • Discuss ways to sustain a more personal approach to leadership into the future

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

Accelerate your Journey to AI

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Madhu Kochar

Vice President, Offering Management, Data and AI


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Sudhakar Virupakshi


Par Pacific

AI is the main ingredient to help you pivot quickly in today’s environment and ensure a successful digital transformation. To scale AI, you need to overcome the challenges of talent scarcity, data complexity and a lack of trust in AI systems.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Common challenges businesses and government sectors face in their AI journey
  • Prescriptive approach to collect, organize, analyze, infuse AI, and modernize your data
  • Efficient information architectures (IA) for AI

12:45pm - 1:15pm CST Networking

Community Discussion

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

2:30pm - 4:00pm CST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow Houston CIO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Please contact your Program Manager to participate.


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Houston CIO Program Manager

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

Matthew Boyd