Houston CIO Virtual Executive Summit

June 24, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

June 24, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT


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:

Redesigning cybersecurity for the future

Communicating the value of data and analytics

Cultivating the digital dexterity of the business


Twila Day

Chief Information Officer

Jennifer Hartsock

Baker Hughes

Lori Kittle

Landry's Inc.
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

Sudhakar Virupakshi

Par Pacific

What to Expect

Connect with your CIO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Houston community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


June 24, 2021

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

The Executioner’s Song – Putting Your Cloud Strategy into Practice

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Eric Ranta

Director, North America Cloud Value Advisors

Google Cloud

You’ve done all the leg work of building a robust cloud strategy – business alignment, clear expectations, and the right partners. But taking the step from strategy to execution can bring your efforts to their knees. From decisions on control and configuration to data access and adoption, reaping the rewards of the cloud requires a systematic, comprehensive approach.

In this session, CIOs will discuss:

  • The most successful approaches to driving rapid cloud adoption across the enterprise
  • Collaboration across the C-suite on data ownership, cloud controls and cloud security
  • Ongoing metrics to track the success of your implementation strategy

8:45am - 9:00am CDT Break

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

Understanding Threat Intelligence to Secure Business Growth

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Travis Osborne


Apache Corporation

In today’s dynamic, global business climate, your competitive advantage and growth depends on your ability to maximize availability of business-critical applications while embracing innovation and operationalizing security and compliance. They’re the keys to driving greater efficiencies, reducing risk and capitalizing on new opportunities.

In this interactive session, discuss with your peers how to:

  • Reconceptualize traditional ideas of how to approach security within the enterprise and shifting the business mindset 
  • Identify threat actors who are targeting your critical enterprise applications and systems
  • Approach closing gaps related to continuous monitoring and automated governance of enterprise applications and systems

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

Fueled by the Power of Data

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Madhu Kochar

Vice President, Data and AI


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John Jorgensen

Chief Scientist, ABS CyberSafety

American Bureau of Shipping

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Don Reny

VP Information Technology

Gulf States Toyota

Smart organizations are infusing the intelligence of AI and the agility of hybrid cloud to better predict and shape future outcomes, and automate decisions and processes. As a result, organizations can empower people to do higher value work and hyper-personalize digital experiences. However, only 2 out of 10 firms have scaled AI solutions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Preventing project stall due to data complexity, talent scarcity, and a lack of trust in AI systems
  • Scaling AI across the organization with the right approach and architecture
  • Leveraging AI technologies and data science tools to proactively optimize workflows and experiences

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

A Model IT Organization – The Lifeblood of Enterprise Strategy

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Lee Leiber


Baylor College of Medicine

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Brad Rector

Chief Digital and Information Officer


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Jeff Burlin

Director, Enterprise Innovation


The limitless promise of digitization demands that IT organizations boldly get behind the wheel to drive enterprise strategy… lest they get left in the dust. The visionary CIO must be a stabilizing force to shift operating models and ultimately achieve long-term strategic success.

Join your peers for an interactive session on propelling your business forward by:

  • Choosing the right organizational pathways to infuse IT into enterprise strategy
  • Overcoming traditional roadblocks such as company culture and silos to boost adoption of new operating models
  • Creating and managing a system of enterprise governance to make measurable transformation progress

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

The CIO Mission: Directly Aligning IT to Business Objectives

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


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Alex Philips

Chief Information Officer

National Oilwell Varco

Keeping pace with business demands requires IT to embrace transformation. Poor user experience, slowed M&A value, expanded security concerns, and IT misalignment with business goals prevent top enterprises from obtaining agility and resiliency. As last year demonstrated, legacy systems don’t react quickly or scale to accommodate rapid change. It’s imperative that CIOs focus on removing the legacy infrastructure that slows IT transformation and impedes business growth.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Providing corporate access to any user on any device from any location
  • Promoting alignment between IT objectives and business initiatives
  • Deploying cloud technology that accelerates enterprise scaling and agility strategies

10:45am - 11:00am CDT Break

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

Rebuilding Culture & Collaboration in Hybrid Work

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Bhupesh Arora


Magellan Midstream Partners

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Rob Zelinka

Chief Information Officer

Jack Henry & Associates

As employees emerge from the protection of their homes and return-to-office policies become the norm, leaders must reconfigure their talent, culture and workplace strategies to support a flexible and collaborative work environment. With technology capabilities critical to workforce planning strategies, it's imperative for CIOs to lead this conversation to ensure the business is setup for success.

Join this thought-provoking boardroom to discuss:

  • Implications, opportunities and risks of a fully remote or hybrid workforce
  • Resetting organizational culture for a new style of work and retaining employees
  • Designing and securing the new collaborative workplace

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

Security Awareness — One Size Does Not Fit All

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Dave Harger

Vice President - IT

Hi-Crush Proppants

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Jason Rader

Head of National Security & Networking Practice

Insight Enterprises

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Allen Wuescher


Toshiba International

Managing security awareness is no easy feat – cookie-cutter solutions just won’t do. Successful programs need custom strategies that integrate well with your corporate culture and engage employees at all levels. 

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Creative ways to introduce security awareness to your teams
  • How to partner across the C-suite to integrate security training throughout the organization
  • How to stay ahead of new threats that come with a remote culture

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

CIOs Connecting Business, Data, and Technology

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Joe Carroll

General Manager, IT & Security

CITGO Petroleum

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Chris Hanz


Houston Astros

According to Gartner, the challenge for many IT and business leaders today is to instill a culture of data-driven decision making across the organization. Those who want to exploit the potential of new data and advanced analytics capabilities at scale typically face numerous challenges. As CIOs, it's critical to develop a strong, clear strategy connecting business, technology, and data and analytics to maintain your competitive advantage and mitigate these challenges. 

In this session, CIOs will:

  • Discuss best practices for designing data and analytics programs
  • Identify and define quick-win opportunities supporting the business data strategy
  • Brainstorm technology and resource alignment

12:00pm - 12:30pm CDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Houston community. 

12:30pm - 2:00pm CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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

Ashley Coryell

Program Manager