Minneapolis CIO Executive Summit

June 11, 2024 | Marriott Minneapolis West

June 11, 2024
Marriott Minneapolis West


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:

Building trust and reliability in data to enable business growth and optimization

Adopting the latest digital technologies and practices to stay relevant and drive innovation

Vetting your applications and infrastructure technology strategy to optimize resources

Minneapolis CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Brett Craig


Tammylynne Jonas

Global CIO

Mike Neill

C.H. Robinson
Chief Technology Officer

Carissa Rollins


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.


Keynote Sessions

Words That Work — Executive Power Language

For CIOs, the stakes are extraordinary in every conversation. Revenue of millions or billions is in jeopardy during board meetings, investor calls, media interviews, customer interactions and employee conversations. The most successful executives realize this and prepare what to say and when to say it with precision. Val Wright shares new ways to approach common business conversations.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • The power of the written word to boost productivity and customer focus
  • How to cultivate a dynamic relationship with your board and get positioned for board roles
  • Powerful retorts and feedback that overcome resistance every time and consistently delivers results

Optimizing for Agility — Network and Security Convergence

Integrating a complex ecosystem across all security areas can optimize defenses without simplifying adversaries’ challenges. This approach balances robust security with efficiency, crucial for navigating generative AI and tech advancements. Achieving this requires strategic selection and consolidation of platforms to enhance agility, reduce risk and maintain cost-effectiveness.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The composition of an effective security architecture
  • Value you can derive from a converged networking and security platform
  • Common consolidation mistakes people make and how to avoid them

Breakout Sessions

Long Live the CIO!

Increased digitization over the past 50 years turned CIOs from technical leaders to global business executives. How have you seen your own role evolve and what coming changes are you anticipating?

Join this peer chat to explore:

  • What business outcomes you’re trying to drive
  • How you’re strategically approaching those drivers
  • Ways to elevate the CIO role for influence across the C-suite and beyond

The CIO Tech Stack — Embracing Cloud, Security, and Innovation

IT leaders are being asked to do more with less, like adopting innovative tech like GenAI, reducing risks of cyber threats, lowering costs all while spending significant time just on IT maintenance. Balancing the maintenance of existing tech while finding time to invest in innovative work is a foundational priority for all CIOs, but what are best practices to navigate the complexities of an evolving tech landscape? This session empowers CIOs by exploring strategies for cloud-based transformation to achieve superior security, streamlined management, and user-centric, modern experiences.

Join this session and breakout-style conversation with your peers to discuss:

  • Practical solutions for enhancing productivity
  • How to adopt AI-driven tools for a competitive edge
  • Cybersecurity considerations with modernization

Unlocking Full Cloud Potential — IT Enhancements for Today's Enterprise

 While the vast majority of infrastructure has been upgraded and modernized to support the shift to the cloud, enterprise IT teams are still missing an equally seamless access method to deliver cloud-native apps and data to their end users. While traditional browsers have become the de-facto access point for the majority of business critical applications, they lack the deep visibility and hyper-granular policy controls enterprises need. This results in IT leaders surrounding their browsers with layers of tech to meet those needs.

Join this breakout session to discover:

  • Why traditional cloud security methods undermine your modernization efforts and end-user experience
  • Embracing technological momentum to adapt to a "more-with-less" IT landscape
  • How enterprise CIOs are using this solution to bolster cloud security

Executive Boardroom Session

What Can You Actually Build with AI & Low Code?

Enterprises are increasingly embracing digital transformation efforts across industries. They are turning to a powerful combination — low-code solutions infused with Artificial Intelligence for application delivery. But what can you actually build with AI & low code?

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Speed of Delivery —Enabling rapid application development, allowing businesses to respond swiftly to market demands
  • Innovation — Integrating AI capabilities enhances drives continuous improvement
  • Scalability — Facilitating easy adaptation and expansion of applications

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: Zander Petersen at

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.


Venue & Accommodation

Marriott Minneapolis West

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Minneapolis West at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 952-544-4400. Please mention Evanta Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $199 USD (plus tax) is May 20, 2024.

Your Community Partners

Global Thought Leaders
CISO Thought Leader
Key Partner
Program Partner

Community Program Manager

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

Zander Petersen

Community Program Manager