Milwaukee CIO Virtual Executive Summit

June 24, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm CDT

June 24, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm CDT

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Bringing cloud back down to earth

Hacking the tech talent squeeze

Accelerating digital business initiatives

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Eric Hanson

Global VP, Information Services

Michael Kahler

Old Republic Surety
VP of Information Services

John Paape

Roehl Transport
Vice President of Technology/CIO

Rick Sackett

Director, Information Security

Vicki Tandeski


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 Milwaukee 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

11:15am - 11:45am  CDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

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Sam Hilgendorf


Fox World Travel

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO and CISO 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 Milwaukee community.

11:45am - 12:00pm  CDT Break

12:00pm - 1:30pm  CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

10:15am - 11:15am  CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

The Intentional Infrastructure – Cloud Clarity for Greater Outcomes

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Eric Ranta

Director, North America Cloud Value Advisors

Google Cloud

As the ongoing rush to the cloud continues, many organizations falter because they equate “movement” with “strategy.” Getting the most out of your cloud journey doesn’t automatically follow from a corporate mandate or new vendor contract. Success is the product of clear communication of terms and expectations, alignment with other business processes and functions, and partnerships among multiple internal and external stakeholders.

This session puts strategy in the crosshairs and discusses ways of:

  • Creating definitional clarity for your comprehensive approach to cloud to eliminate ambiguity and crystalize the best processes for your organization
  • Building adaptability into your strategy so it can be augmented or amplified at any step in the journey to address shifting business needs
  • Breaking cloud strategy away from IT and creating cross-functional, business-wide alignment

8:45am - 9:00am  CDT Break

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

Accelerating Your Organization’s Digital Talent Transformation

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Antony D'Cruz


HSA Bank

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Tim Van Ryzin

Director, Information Security


No matter their geographical location or industry, all CIOs face common obstacles: Navigating a limited talent pool, establishing digital dexterity, and reworking processes that restrict their organization’s digital initiatives. In this environment, how are you thinking about upskilling your people to improve business performance?

In this boardroom, you will discuss ways of:

  • Determining what skills your organization will need to thrive
  • Preparing your employees for a future of rapid innovation
  • Upskilling the right talent for accelerating your IT transformation

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

Bold Gambits and Fortified Perimeters: The Well-Balanced Security Strategy

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Barb Streubel


Krueger International

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Angela Johnson

CISO & VP IS Infrastructure

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

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Eric Hanson

Global VP, Information Services


In cybersecurity, the goal is to minimize risk. However, adversaries are agile in their efforts to subvert security measures and innovation is required to keep pace with the evolving threat landscape. What must CISOs do to run an efficient SOC while still mitigating risk?

Join this this session to discuss:

  • The biggest risks in cyber today
  • Attacks that have resulted in reactive or proactive changes
  • Strategies to drive innovation in your program

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

Employee Engagement — The Competitive Advantage for Tech Talent

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Carson Tate

Author and Thought Leader

Guest Speaker

The world has changed; so has your workforce. Technology and security leaders are competing against organizations across the world for talent and boosting employee engagement can be the competitive advantage needed to recruit and retain the strongest performers.

Join this virtual keynote to learn:

  • How to manage the employer-employee social contract to increase retention
  • Strategies to improve employee engagement and performance to future-proof your hybrid workforce
  • Tips to address remote culture breakdowns and elevate productivity

10:00am - 10:15am  CDT Break

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

Inspiring Data Curiosity and Confidence

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Tim Dickson


Generac Power Systems

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Ken Garfinkel



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John Paape

Vice President of Technology/CIO

Roehl Transport

Data governance is often at odds with data curiosity; stifling an organization's ability to develop a data-driven culture. How can CIOs and CISOs strike the right balance to protect data while driving responsible data curiosity across the enterprise?

During this peer conversation, you will discuss:

  • IT’s role in sparking data curiosity across your organization
  • How to let the data flow in safe, certified, secure ways
  • Building blocks for architecting your own culture strategy
  • Methods for managing growth along the way

June 24, 2021

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