Minneapolis CIO Virtual Executive Summit

December 9, 2020 | 8:00am - 4:00pm CST

December 9, 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 Minneapolis CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Leveraging new technologies to streamline a remote work environment

Leveraging IT's newfound influence for deeper business engagement

Helping each other adapt and overcome new business challenges


Kathryn Freytag


Todd Hauschildt

CIO, Optum OmniChannel

Justin Kershaw

Corporate VP & CIO

Don Monk

General Mills
VP and CIO, Technology and Solutions, Global Business Solutions

Mike Neill

C.H. Robinson
Chief Technology Officer

Tarek Tomes

State of Minnesota
CIO & Commissioner


December 9, 2020

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

Prioritizing People and the Planet – Together

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Anil Arcalgud

Executive VP & Chief Information Officer


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Pat Connolly, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer


When the team at Ecolab set its sights on accelerating outcomes for their customers, they were faced with one serious challenge: recruiting and retaining the caliber of digital engineers they needed to succeed. After several fits and starts with a handful of different vendors, the company decided they needed a single trusted partner who could not only help them over the finish line but could do so with Ecolab’s core value in mind: Putting people first.

In this keynote, Anil Arcalgud, EVP & CIO at Ecolab and Pat Connolly, CEO at SMC2 will discuss how their strategic partnership led to the creation of the Ecolab Digital Center, and will provide insights into:

  • Finding the right partner to help eliminate risk and reduce cost as you tackle your growth goals
  • Drawing a roadmap for establishing innovative digital capabilities in a Lean Startup mindset
  • Accelerating digital transformation with top talent in an increasingly remote world

8:45am - 9:00am  CST Break

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

Winning the Race for Digital Talent

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Pat Connolly, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer


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Marc Adams

EVP and Chief Digital Officer


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Alan Abramson, Ph.D.



Retaining digital engineers is critical to competitive success.  Take a closer look at how Ecolab and SMC2 strategically developed the Ecolab Digital Center and how it has delivered results to customers. 

In this session, SMC2 CEO Pat Connoly and Marc Adams, EVP & CDO, will build on the morning’s keynote, sharing how Ecolab:

  • Built a high performing tech team “recruited to fit”
  • Significantly reduced IT talent costs
  • Enabled digital transformation and innovation

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

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Don Schuerman



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Ross Gilbertson


Northern Tool + Equipment

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Daniel Ritch


NorthMarq Capital

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Sridhar Koneru

VP Information Technology (CIO)

Winnebago Ind

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

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

Cloud Strategies to Power Digital Transformation

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Hillery Hunter

CTO, IBM Cloud


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Don Monk

VP and CIO, Technology and Solutions, Global Business Solutions

General Mills

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Mark Vaupel

VP, IT Services


The most successful businesses today connect digital transformation to business goals using innovative technology and increasing moving more of their enterprise workload to the Cloud. CIOs are charged with clearing adoption hurdles to align mission-critical tasks and business priorities with the multiple cloud environments.

This interactive session explores:

  • Case studies on successful transformations using open, flexible, and secure multicloud operating environments
  • Fostering digital transformation and creating a competitive advantage through a hybrid cloud strategy
  • Accelerating the skills and culture that leverages AI and cloud

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10:45am - 11:00am  CST Break

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

Mastering Modern Work

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Ramesh Babu


Digi-Key Electronics

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Mary Lynne Perushek



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Daniel Hayden

Director, Business Transformation Strategy


The way we do work has been steadily digitizing since the advent of email, but the events of 2020 have vastly accelerated that process. Workers who traditionally sat at a desk from 9-5 have found flexibility in remote work, and a newfound confidence in the technology they use every day.

Join Workfront in this interactive session to discuss:

  • Readying your team to help the organization compete
  • Connecting strategy and delivery to integrate people & data across the enterprise
  • How work today is more complex and global than ever
  • Controlling and governing data to personalize and automate work

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

Un-Fogging the Future of Remote Work

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Rob Duchscher



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Kathryn Freytag



Jim Jones headshot

Jim Jones


Great River Energy

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Christian Nascimento

Vice President, Product Management & Strategy


Organization across industries were forced to embrace digital agility in recent months, and although the pandemic will ultimately subside, the uptick in remote working likely will not. As we move out of the emergency response phase, how are you preparing for the remote workforce of the future?

Join experts from Comcast Business to discuss:

  • How remote work may look post-pandemic
  • Upskilling and reallocating talent to meet changing demands
  • Strengthening connections between team members at a distance

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

The Big Data Dilemma

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Tony Peleska

Vice President, Information Technology


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Julie Flaschenriem


Hennepin Healthcare

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Bernie Gulachek


University of Minnesota

Many CIOs would argue that data is the currency of the digital age, but do your customers feel the same way? While it may unlock new insights and allow the business to streamline and innovate faster than ever, CIOs must still grapple with data’s unfair reputation in the consumer world.

In this boardroom, you will discuss:

  • Data security, compliance and privacy in a digital-first world
  • Strategies to utilize data as a business-forward asset
  • Strategies to avoid data becoming a liability to the business
  • Communicating clear usage guidelines that promote a culture of innovation through data

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

Redefining Delivery with Data at the Core

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Cris Ross


Mayo Clinic

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Aashima Gupta

Director, Global Healthcare Strategy and Solutions

Google Cloud

Data is the driver of innovation today, and critical to ensuring the success of your digital strategy. Even more crucial, perhaps, are the partners you choose to drive your strategic initiatives forward.

Join this session to learn how a partnership with Google is empowering Mayo Clinic to:

  • Use cloud computing, data analytics, ML and AI to redefine care delivery
  • Develop and deploy new ML models to improve precision and outcomes
  • Secure and store sensitive data sets

12:45pm - 1:15pm  CST Networking

Community Discussion

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Marc Carlson


Land O'Lakes

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

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

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Marc Wilson

Founder and Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships & Industries

Appian Corp

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Tammylynne Jonas

Global CIO

Self Esteem Brands

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Luke Anderson


Cub Foods

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

1:30pm - 3:00pm  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 Minneapolis 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 

Available if you sign up and select peer meetings prior to the summit. To join your meetings or download meeting calendar invites, please reference the instructions that were emailed to you from

December 9, 2020

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