Indianapolis CIO Virtual Executive Summit

December 15, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

December 15, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Leading through disruption

Creating a data-driven enterprise

Embracing accelerated change

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Meredith Harper

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Dewand Neely

Eleven Fifty Academy

Dustin Wilcox


Judd Williams



December 15, 2020

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

Accelerate Your Journey to AI

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Sumit Gupta

VP, AI Strategy & CTO, IBM Data and AI


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

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

Bringing the Cloud Back Down to Earth

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Glenn Keller

Director Information Technology


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Dustin Wilcox



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Jason Clark

Chief Strategy Officer


CISOs face a constant tension between enterprise agility and enterprise security, and in today’s world, this dynamic often plays out in the context of cloud services. With the security and success of the organization at stake, CISOs must know how to ask the right questions and “talk cloud” with the rest of the organization – all while avoiding being seen as “the office of ‘no.’”

Join this session to learn:

  • The latest solutions for effective security in the cloud
  • Strategies to transfer legacy information security governance to a cloud paradigm
  • Frameworks to evaluate hybrid on-prem and cloud approaches where appropriate

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

Tomorrow’s Cyberthreats – Staying One Step Ahead

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Sam Curry

Chief Security Officer


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Meredith Harper

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer


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Leon Ravenna


KAR Global

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Bill Russell

Chief Information Security Officer


At a time when customer trust is paramount and private data is precious, a major breach can be catastrophic for any organization. Effective security is an essential part of effective business strategy, yet security leaders face an ever-growing challenge to guide their enterprise through the evolving threat landscape.

Join this virtual keynote to explore:

  • Strategies for addressing the emerging threat landscape
  • The role today’s CISO plays in guiding business strategy to mitigate risk
  • Communication strategies for educating users about security – and holding them accountable

8:45am - 9:00am  EST Break

10:45am - 11:00am  EST Break

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

Drive the Business Forward with Data at the Core

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Sandy Smith


Kimball Electronics

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Gregory Tipton

Vice President of IT and CIO

Haynes International

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

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

Cultivating a Culture of Security Awareness

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James Yang



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Mitchell Parker


Indiana University Health

Many CISOs would agree that human error remains a huge challenge in a cohesive information security strategy. Employees, vendors and even customers all have a role to play when clicking one malicious link can put the organization at serious risk. The CISO must instill discipline, responsibility and buy-in across a huge swath of users – no easy task.

Join this session to learn:

  • How today’s society informs security awareness training needs and objectives
  • Training techniques that work at scale and resonate with audiences
  • How to measure success and hold users accountable

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

Data Governance as a Business Enabler

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Ashwini Hassija

VP, IT Federal Employee Program


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Leon Ravenna


KAR Global

Data governance and security is an unquestionably crucial exercise for every organization, especially in an era when privacy regulation is only becoming more complex and severe. Yet even in the absence of any regulation at all, consumers are expecting to hold more control of their data and its use. Organizations that provide these services build trust and loyalty in the marketplace, and in the end, that means revenue.

Join this session to learn:

  • The role your peers are playing in their organization’s data governance strategy
  • The way senior business leaders are evaluating data governance and security as a business asset
  • How privacy regulation is shaping business operations and consumer expectations

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

Maintaining a Strategic Focus in the Face of Uncertainty

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Roshni Joshi

Director, Customer Engineering

Google Cloud

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Chuck Christian

VP, of Technology & CTO

Franciscan Health

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Brett Flora

Chief Technology Officer

Elwood Staffing

As companies strive to find their footing in a climate of extreme uncertainty, business imperatives are still front and center. But while expectations from the CEO, the Board, and shareholders remain high, the road to execution looks dramatically different today than it did three months ago. In this session, CIOs share their blueprint for reinventing and communicating strategy while moving steadily toward business goals.

CIOs should come prepared to discuss:

  • Traditionally “back-burner” projects that should be accelerated in a post-pandemic world
  • Operational inefficiency and areas of overspend that can no longer be overlooked  
  • Specific approaches to continual uncertainty – what does the strategy conversation look like when no one has an answer?

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

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Mike Mead


CNO Financial Group

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Leon Trefler

SVP, Global Customer Success


CIOs must ensure that the experience for customers and associates is seamless and that their business is poised for change. In order to achieve these outcomes, companies must meet customers in the channel of their choosing, streamline processes across departments and channels, and modernize their technology platforms. In this keynote, Mike and Leon will discuss how CNO Financial adopted an agile mindset to unite the front, middle, and back office.

This conversation will focus on:

  • Designing for efficiency with the customer and employee experience in mind
  • Agile development’s critical role in driving rapid digital transformation
  • Retiring legacy systems while also modernizing the front and middle office

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EST Networking

Community Networking

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Jared Linder


Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Join the community networking session for an opportunity to informally connect with your peers. Through the free-form Shindig virtual platform, attendees can connect organically in one-on-one discussions or small groups. 

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

Big Moves to Dramatically Increase Your Security Posture

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Tony Olzak

Chief Technology Officer


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Michael Loggins

Global Vice President of IT

SMC Corporation of America

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Nirav Shah

Vice President, Information Technology

Republic Airways

Billions of dollars are spent on security products and services each year. Companies continue to deal with the massive influx of alerts while they attempt to secure their data from ransomware, protect their endpoints and meet compliance regulations. Oftentimes, a back-to-basics approach can be the ideal starting point to unify endpoint protection standards and sound operational practices.

This boardroom discussion will focus on:

  • Strategies to improve compliance and operations simultaneously
  • Standardization and basic hygiene in lieu of the bright shiny objects
  • Setting the stage for automated response to threat actors

December 15, 2020

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