Houston CIO Executive Summit

November 29, 2022 | C. Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton

November 29, 2022
C. Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Houston's top CIOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Building Strength in Cyber – communicating risk and building resilience

Prioritizing data – ensuring accuracy, accessibility and literacy

Identifying the best resources and strategies for alignment across the business

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

Jennifer Hohman

Seadrill
Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Alina Parast

ChampionX
SVP & CIO

Michael Thompson

Gulfport Energy Corporation
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

John Varkey

Waste Management
VP, Enterprise Digital Services

Sudhakar Virupakshi

Buckeye Partners
Chief Information Officer

David Cain

CVR Energy
VP & CIO

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

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

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Houston CIO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

Agenda


November 29, 2022 - morning

7:45am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Communicating the Present-Day Threat Landscape

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K. Nowell

Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Today's varied threat landscape features both foreign and domestic online security concerns that must be shared across all levels of the organization. Join the FBI’s Agent Nowell as he:

  • Cuts through the "noise" and discusses a variety of the most pressing threats to business
  • Strategies for addressing the emerging threat landscape
  • Best practices of working with law enforcement before, during and after a breach

9:30am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Digital Twins

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Vagesh Dave

Global VP/ CIO

McDermott International

Details Coming Soon! 

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Vetting Your Applications and Infrastructure Technology Strategy

A well-structured applications and technology strategy is both the lifeblood of every business and is a strategic differentiator as CIOs accelerate digital transformation across the enterprise. In today’s digital-first workspaces, how can leaders evolve their strategy to maximize the value of their applications, advance key digital initiatives, and remain agile in the face of constant change?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Gaining insight into technical debt and building a business case for application and technology rationalization
  • Discontinuing legacy systems, modernizing, and shifting to agile solutions
  • Creating architectures that evolve with ever-changing business requirements
  • Designing digital workspaces that balance security and user experience while supporting cloud adoption

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

The ROI for Change Management-Led Digital Transformation

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KJ Kusch

Global Field Chief Technology Officer

WalkMe

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Sudhakar Virupakshi

Chief Information Officer

Buckeye Partners

Effective organizational change management drives successful digital transformations. Correctly leveraged, CIOs can deploy technology that empowers end users through change and equips the workforce as change agents while navigating silos across the enterprise. With the right organizational strategies, companies can avoid stagnation and minimize disruption during transitional periods and unexpected events.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Best practices and challenges of promoting a culture of change
  • Promoting technology-enabled change management
  • Overcoming roadblocks to change and increasing agility and resiliency across the enterprise

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 Ashley Coryell at ashley.coryell@evanta.com

10:45am - 11:20am  Networking Break

10:50am - 11:15am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

November 29, 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Let’s Brainstorm! Influencing Stakeholders Across the C-Suite

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Dharmesh Patel

CIO

CMA CGM America LLC

To lead resilient organizations, CIOs must support transformation while communicating with various stakeholders across the c-suite. According to Gartner, sixty-six percent of CIOs surveyed indicated they needed to improve their ability to influence stakeholders. 

Join this interactive session with CIOs to debate and collaborate on influence with various scenarios including:

  • Building emotional connections with key stakeholders through stories

  • Overcoming resistance by seeking to understand and acknowledge 

  • Earning a seat at the table by recognizing politics within the c-suite 

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity Strategy – Getting Ready for the Next Event

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Courtney Radke

CISO National Retail

Fortinet

Your digital transformation journey must be efficient, effective and secure. Where does cybersecurity fit into your post pandemic IT and digital enablement? With the recent shift in IT priorities, your CISO should be a strategic thinker and an ally who promotes security readiness as you shape your company or organization’s success.

In this session, you will explore:

  • The components of an effective cybersecurity strategy that drive your program and reduce risk
    Strategies that ensure the major building blocks of your IT transformation are secured
    Ways to evolve your cybersecurity strategy to align with line of business goals

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Tackling IT Complexity to Make Sense of Your Chaotic Cloud-Native Environments

Today’s CIO balances a substantial number of applications across the enterprise. Providing visibility, control, and automation to efficiently manage the growing number of applications requires a robust observability solution to gain full visibility into modern workloads.

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Free your DevOps teams from the burden of manual observability and application monitoring
  • Get full context across applications and infrastructure
  • Drive intelligent actions to minimize troubleshooting and optimize performance

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 your Program Manager Ashley Coryell at ashley.coryell@evanta.com

12:05pm - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Accelerating The Implementation of Private 5G

As the enterprise continues to enable efficiencies in hybrid working environments at an accelerated pace, CIOs are looking to the advantages of 5G to provide digital business transformation and optimization. Now more than ever, having a network that can meet and anticipate the evolving business needs is crucial for an organization’s future success.

In this session, engage with T-Mobile’s 5G experts to discuss:

  • Clarifying confusion over the capabilities, coverage, and maturity of 5G
  • Using 5G to power a hybrid workforce and bridge the digital divide
  • Discovering how private 5G networks can improve the performance of digital business applications

1:10pm - 1:25pm  Break

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Seizing a New Era of Opportunity, Change, and Innovation

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Farhaz Thobani

GM, US Manufacturing, Communication and Energy

Kyndryl

Today’s much-hyped “digital transformation” has promised to change everything. But the more important implication of connecting data, exponential technologies, products, processes, and people is the democratization of opportunity. Companies will need to re-envision themselves as entities without walls as part of a broader ecosystem that includes the communities in which they operate.  Now is the time to embrace a key differentiator in this new era of opportunity: to be avid for adventure.

Join this session to learn about:

  • How adventure cultivates resilience, simplicity, and focus
  • Creating inclusivity with technology
  • Defining your company by more than what you sell

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Security is a Team Sport

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James Christiansen

VP, CSO Cloud Security Transformation

Netskope

Building trust and reliance across technology and security teams is key to defending the enterprise. As security stacks incorporate Security Service Edge (SSE) to sustain the SASE journey, the partnership between CIOs, CISOs, and their teams is more important than ever.
Join this session to learn about:

  • Best practices for IT and security collaboration
  • Communicating the importance of SSE to your CEO and Board
  • Improving internal stakeholder relationships to fuel business outcomes

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 your Program Manager Ashley Coryell at ashley.coryell@evanta.com

November 29, 2022 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:40pm  Networking Break

2:15pm - 2:40pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity Insurance - What Price Will You Pay?

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Joe Carroll

CIO

CITGO Petroleum

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Jennifer Hohman

Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Seadrill

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Bradley Hoover

Chief Information Officer of the RELLIS Campus

Texas A&M University System

Join a friendly debate with your CIO peers on the ever-pressing topic of cyber insurance. Premiums are rising and leaders from every organization are questioning the value of holding cyber insurance. Join this session to debate and collaborate on this evolving conversation.

In this session discuss,

  • Perspectives on the changing cyber insurance industry
  • Dissecting differing values of organizations who carry cyber insurance
  • Open conversations about the struggles and benefits of investing in cyber insurance

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

How 8 Companies Use AI to Deliver the Best Employee Experience

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Bhavin Shah

CEO & Founder

Moveworks

Employee experience is the number one challenge for businesses today: half of employees are actively looking for their next job. To keep your top talent, you need to eliminate distractions from their digital experience, no matter where they’re working.

That’s why industry leaders are now using AI to support their employees — at a scale not possible for people alone.

Join this session to learn how AI:

  • Let LinkedIn onboard 1,000+ new hires by automatically resolving their requests
  • Saved Palo Alto Networks 180,000 hours of productivity for its flexible workforce
  • Enabled Hearst to bring together 360 subsidiaries with a single hub for support

3:30pm - 3:45pm  Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

The Evolving Role of the CIO

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Pragati Mathur

Chief Digital & Information Officer

ConocoPhillips

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Paula Smetana Stuart

CIO

Crescent Energy

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Alina Parast

SVP & CIO

ChampionX

Role evolution is nothing new to CIOs. Technology has impacted every organization's growth and in turn has changed the role of the IT organization and evolved the CIO from a technical leader to a valuable business executive. Tomorrow’s CIO must ask themselves, what's next for the role of the CIO? 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Orchestrating new technology resources across the enterprise and beyond IT 

  • Enabling business led IT and innovation 

  • Envisioning the future of CIO leadership 

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the C. Baldwin Curio Collection by Hilton at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 713-759-0202.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $209 USD (plus tax) is November 7, 2022.

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Houston CIO Program Manager


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

Ashley Coryell

Program Manager

9712197920

ashley.coryell@evanta.com