Minneapolis CIO Executive Summit

November 17, 2021 | Hilton Minneapolis

November 17, 2021
Hilton Minneapolis

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Minneapolis'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:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

Minneapolis CIO Governing Body


The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.

Co-Chairs

Justin Kershaw

Cargill
Corporate VP & CIO

Don Monk

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

Mike Neill

C.H. Robinson
Chief Technology Officer

Carissa Rollins

UnitedHealthcare
CIO

Tarek Tomes

State of Minnesota
CIO & Commissioner

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 Minneapolis 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 16, 2021

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

November 17, 2021 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Twin Cities Tech Talent — Teaming Up for Long-Term Growth

Carissa Rollins headshot

Carissa Rollins

CIO

UnitedHealthcare

Tarek Tomes headshot

Tarek Tomes

CIO & Commissioner

State of Minnesota

What will it take to groom, grow and keep better technology talent throughout the local region? Industry leaders aren’t just asking that question, they’re developing answers as they work to develop IT bench strength. This keynote panel addresses what influential companies are proactively doing to ward off coastal competition for technology talent, and how Midwest organizations of every size can align around the common effort. Interact with the panel and learn more about:

  • Getting the right resources to companies to attract more tech talent
  • Grooming homegrown talent – with or without technology experience – to seize new opportunities
  • Fostering talent diversity and flexing to the new ways of working


9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

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John Jacobs

Field CISO

Fortinet

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Bernie Gulachek

CIO

University of Minnesota

With an increase in threat vectors comes the increased need for a sound yet dynamic cybersecurity program. CIOs must take a proactive approach in ensuring cybersecurity risk is considered at every step, even in times of rapid disruption.

Join this session for a discussion on:

  • Managing third parties and holding them to cybersecurity standards
  • Quantifying, measuring, and communicating risk across the organization
  • Upskilling your cybersecurity teams to stay ahead of emerging threats

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

New Etiquette in our Hybrid World

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Tammylynne Jonas

Global CIO

Donaldson

Kim Skanson headshot

Kim Skanson

President, Cargill Business Services

Cargill

Amanda Alwy headshot

Amanda Alwy

Head of North America Information Technology

ManpowerGroup

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Carrie Adams

System Director, Clinical & Business Apps

Fairview Health Services

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Carissa Rollins

CIO

UnitedHealthcare

After going through the pandemic, it is clear that our day-to-day office activities will never be the same. While we may sometimes be in the same room with our teams and partners, it is much more likely that some of us will be in the room, and some of us will be on the phone. Communication is easy we're we are all in the same setting (virtual or in-person), but what do we do in a scenario where we have some or both?

Join your peers in this interactive session to discuss: 

  • Etiquette for the new hybrid workforce
  • Specific challenges you have faced or concerns you have about the year ahead
  • Potential solutions and best practices for creating a cohesive and equitable hybrid work environment

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Developing a Strategic Approach to Applications Rationalization

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Mark Vaupel

VP, IT Services

Hormel Foods

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Jeff Gerber

CIO

Johnson Brothers Liquor

According to Gartner research, CIOs will increase their enterprise software spending by nearly 9% in 2021. As they upgrade legacy software and expand their offerings, technology leaders must pay careful attention to business alignment in order to maximize the value of their applications, advance key digital initiatives, and remain agile in the face of constant change.

Join this boardroom to discuss best practices around:

  • Aligning your application footprint with your enterprise’s strategic objectives
  • Formulating principles for modernizing your application portfolio 
  • Creating architectures that can evolve to meet ever-changing business requirements

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 Tori Boski. 

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

The CIO Imperative to Drive a Diverse, Inclusive Organization

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Adrian Butler

CIO

Casey's General Stores

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Kim Skanson

President, Cargill Business Services

Cargill

It is widely known that diverse teams and organizations not only outperform less-diverse competition – they drive higher profits and innovation. With the powerful, connective force of technology at their fingertips, CIOs are uniquely positioned to deliver diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that impact every aspect of the IT creation/workforce experience. This peer-driven discussion will explore actionable DEI strategies around:

  • Sourcing, hiring and retaining diverse IT talent – instilling access and opportunities for all
  • Promoting coaching and mentorship opportunities to develop and retain diverse talent
  • Partnering with the business and building pathways to elevate diverse IT talent into leadership roles
  • Providing advocacy and authentic connections for underrepresented sections of the workforce


10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Security Awareness — One Size Does Not Fit All

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Jason Rader

Chief Information Security Officer

Insight Enterprises

Dan Abdul headshot

Dan Abdul

SVP, CTO

Medica

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Sharon Kennedy-Vickers

CIO & Director, Technology & Communications

City of Saint Paul

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

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 Tori Boski.

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Dialing in the Data Ecosystem from Strategy to Delivery

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Luke Anderson

CIO

Cub Foods

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Benjamin Davis

EVP and Chief Digital Officer

Cambria

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Kelly Runkle

Vice President Information Technology

Taylor

“Data is at the core of everything we do.” Whether or not you relate to this Fortune 250 CIO’s decree, the struggle to be a well-oiled, data-driven enterprise is real. What opportunities has your organization missed along its data journey, and what strategic levers can you pull to drive competitive advantage? Learn what your CIO peers have achieved on the data forefront.

In this session you’ll consider:

  • Best practices for generating accessible, actionable data insights across the enterprise
  • Leverage points for executing on data strategy for short-term wins and long-term impact
  • Advanced analytics tools that improve decision-making, business process and customer experience

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: Tori Herson, tori.herson@evanta.com 

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

November 17, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:25am - 12:40pm  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.

11:45am - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

Creating a Data-Driven Culture at Scale

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Mark Schwartz

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

For organizations everywhere, data is the gateway to new opportunities. Becoming a data-driven organization means culturally treating data as a strategic asset used for both big decisions and everyday action on the frontline. With the right strategy, organizations can prepare for the unexpected, create new revenue streams, improve customer experience and increase operational efficiencies.  

Join this session to hear strategies and stories on:

  • Reframing data as the connective tissue of your organization - permeating and fueling collaborative gains across teams
  • Using actioned insights, analytics and AI/ML as you build capabilities to help drive a data-driven culture
  • Eliminating data blockers, educating the enterprise and enabling frontline action

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

November 17, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Reading, Writing, Ransomware: North Dakota's School-based Cyber Solution

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Shawn Riley

CIO

State of North Dakota

What if every American was a force of resilience against persistent cyber threats? What impact would such a well-equipped citizenry have on public safety and economic success? In North Dakota, a unique, multi-level cybersecurity curriculum is teaching students to apply robust security awareness concepts in all aspects of their lives.

Join Shawn Riley, CIO, State of North Dakota, as he shares how:

  • A unique government initiative sets a new model for public and private organizations to elevate the security skills needed for the digital economy
  • To create a widespread sense of responsibility for cybersecurity that expands beyond the walls of a business or government office
  • New, collaborative initiatives can drive security awareness in all aspects of life and create a homegrown talent pipeline for the future


1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Digital Business — Growing Demand, Endless Opportunity

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Tony Peleska

Vice President, Information Technology

Kraus-Anderson

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Dennis Keane

Chief Information Officer

Red Wing Shoes

Whether “business as usual” is a place we return to – or a constantly moving target – we are all living in a digital world and there’s no going back. As the pace accelerates, opportunity is rich, and the organization’s future rides on how CIO business leaders exploit an expanding array of digital tools. Join this peer-led conversation on seizing digital momentum to work in new ways and reach savvy consumers on new platforms.

Among the key talking points:

  • Transforming your workforce to think, operate and deliver as a digital-first enterprise
  • Optimizing digital capabilities and digital channels to create business-wide value
  • Strategizing to expand digital business and maturity for long-term success

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: Tori Herson, tori.herson@evanta.com 


1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Begin With the End (User) in Mind

Julie Flaschenriem headshot

Julie Flaschenriem

CIO

Hennepin Healthcare

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Bernie Gulachek

CIO

University of Minnesota

You know that long-term customer relationships are built by proactively engineering an end-user first strategy from the beginning. The CIO can be a driving force for a proactively engineered strategy that puts customers in the starring role instead of forgotten in the balcony.

In this session, you’ll learn to:

  • Characterize the criteria of an end-user focused approach to IT strategy
  • Strategize effective methods to focus on the end-user from the beginning
  • Reconceptualize a legacy system that was not built with the end-user in mind

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: Tori Herson, tori.herson@evanta.com 


2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:35pm  Keynote

Catch '22 — CIO Challenges in the Year Ahead

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Heather Mickman

Interim CIO

Gap

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Kelly Aronson

Chief Information Officer

Andersen Corporation

Led by your CIO peers, this keynote panel will consider top challenges facing technology leaders looking ahead to 2022. 

3:40pm - 4:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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Evanta programs are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.

Location


Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Minneapolis

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Minneapolis at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-933-5363.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $149 USD (plus tax) is November 1, 2021.

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

Tori Herson

Program Manager

(972) 983-1485

tori.herson@evanta.com