Minneapolis CIO Virtual Executive Summit

June 15, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

June 15, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

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:

Fortifying the Foundations of Business Enablement

Thriving in the Moment – Empowering People, Maximizing Potential, Delivering Value

Seizing the Future – Turning the Corner to Embrace What’s Next

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Kathryn Freytag


Todd Hauschildt

CIO, Optum OmniChannel

Justin Kershaw

Corporate VP & CIO

Don Monk

General Mills
VP, Head Digital Transformation Office

Mike Neill

C.H. Robinson
Chief Technology Officer

Tarek Tomes

State of Minnesota
CIO & Commissioner

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 Minneapolis 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.


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

Rising Above the Pitfalls of Pilot Purgatory

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Faith Tang


H.B. Fuller Company

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Marty Groover

Managing Partner – C5MI

YASH Technologies

The best laid plans and POCs do your company no good – and often do irreparable, costly damage – if they never get off the ground. Derek Dyer of YASH Technologies dubs this debilitating challenge “pilot purgatory.” In this keynote, Dyer and a top CIO will down where the troubles begin, and what CIOs can do at every stage to ward off wasteful setbacks while keeping your pilot pointed toward sustainable, value-based outcomes. 

They will cover: 

  • What to avoid and ways to navigate pitfalls from infancy-to-completion of a pilot or POC 
  • How to leverage your people and create business-wide momentum to execute your vision
  • How to benefit by creating quick ROI and riding it through long-term impact

8:45am - 9:00am  CDT Break

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

Modern Data Protection for Modern Challenges

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Dave Russell

Vice President of Enterprise Strategy


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Anil Arcalgud

Executive VP & Chief Information Officer


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Marc Carlson


Land O'Lakes

For many businesses, the path of digital transformation presents challenges — including reliance on legacy systems, skills gaps and performance concerns. CIOs are challenged to provide a modern data protection solution that unblocks potential pitfalls and delivers the results their organization needs to succeed. 

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Building a comprehensive data management & data protection strategy that encompasses cloud, SaaS, and virtual and physical workloads
  • Accelerating data protection capabilities while maximizing potential to achieve governance, security and productivity goals 
  • Strategies to make data fluid across the enterprise while freeing up resources constrained by legacy tools and focusing them on accelerating innovative projects

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

Automating for the Road Ahead

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Bill Lobig

VP, IBM Automation Development


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Carissa Rollins



Automation transforms work and simplifies how businesses operate. AI accelerates innovation by making every interaction, experience, and process more intelligent. Combining automation with AI will release $134B in labor value in 2022. Whether you want to automate complex operations or automate repetitive tasks, AI-powered automation can help.

Join this interactive conversation to discuss:

  • How AI-powered automation is transforming the future of work
  • Using machine learning and AI to help collect and analyze operational data
  • Optimizing to reduce your manual processes by up to 80%

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

Cloud Computing & Security – More Than Lifting and Shifting

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Jonathan Nguyen-Duy

Vice President, Global Field CISO Team


One could say networking and security always follow the compute, but rapid adoption of multi-cloud and hybrid computing means networks are now more distributed than ever before with business value shifting to agility, innovation and software - leading to the rise of the software defined enterprise.

In this session, you will explore:

  • How to better balance risk management with business objectives and customer experiences
  • Practical strategies to secure cloud computing while delivering better outcomes and experiences
  • New and emerging technology trends

10:45am - 11:00am  CDT Break

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

CIOs Promise: Delivering Data & Analytics

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Brandon Penn

Global Head, Twilio Foundry


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Ben Davis

EVP and Chief Digital Officer


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Heather Mickman

Interim CIO


Faced with demands for modernization, cost optimization and digital business transformation, CIOs are looking at how data and analytics programs can support expanding their digital business and increasing their D&A maturity. After a D&A strategy is set, IT leaders must execute and deliver on the intended business outcomes.

Join your peers in discussing:

  • Approaches to leveraging technology and resources to support D&A program and improve business outcomes
  • Best Practices for building out new business process and executing change management across the enterprise
  • Management of cultural shifts in the organization

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

Accelerating Security at the Pace of the Business

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Calvin Hsu

Vice President, Product Management

Citrix Systems, Inc.

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Jeff Gerber


Johnson Brothers Liquor

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Dennis Keane

Chief Information Officer

Red Wing Shoes

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Mary Lynne Perushek



In 2020, the multi-decade process of turning the digital enterprise inside out accelerated instantly. We’ve now passed an inflection point – most cyber assets live outside the old “walls” of the organization and cybersecurity controls must be scalable, flexible and reliable. How are CIOs partnering with CISOs to establish a security strategy that is an enabler of the digital business rather than an obstacle?

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss:

  • Redesigning cybersecurity architecture to enable the work-from-anywhere culture
  • Foundational technologies to support a global cybersecurity mesh
  • Reconceptualizing traditional ideas of how to approach security within the enterprise and shifting the business mindset

12:45pm - 1:15pm  CDT Networking

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 Minneapolis community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm  CDT Break

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

Security Awareness — One Size Does Not Fit All

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Jason Rader

Head of National Security & Networking Practice

Insight Enterprises

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Luke Anderson


Cub Foods

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Ramesh Babu

VP of IT

Digi-Key Electronics

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

12:00pm - 12:45pm  CDT Break

1:30pm - 3:00pm  CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

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