Philadelphia CIO Executive Summit

November 10, 2021 | Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

November 10, 2021
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Philadelphia'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

Philadelphia 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

Joshua Beeman

University of Pennsylvania
Associate CIO

Tricia Blair

Aon Corporation
Chief Digital Officer

Greg Driscoll

Penn Mutual Life Insurance
SVP, Service Operations & CIO

Francisco Fraga

Campbell Soup
Vice President & Chief Information & Technology Officer

Kisha Hortman Hawthorne

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dawn Kirchner-King

Armstrong World Industries

Edward Malinowski

Bayada Home Health Care

Vishi Viswanathan

Day & Zimmermann Group
CIO & SVP Business Services

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 Philadelphia 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.


November 9, 2021

November 10, 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.

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

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Creating a Company of Owners in IT

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Daren Martin

Culture Architect and Best-Selling Author of "A Company of Owners"

Guest Speaker

Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author Dr. Daren Martin returns to share his latest insights with Philadelphia CIOs! Business leaders are always hunting for ways to squash culture killers, cultivate a fun business climate and boost employee relationships and engagement. Dr. Martin provides a blueprint for business leaders to architect a thriving culture and maximize employee engagement.

Join this opening keynote presentation and:

  • Increase your companies’ net profitability by as much as 756%
  • Significantly improve employee engagement and retain top talent
  • The ABCs of architecting your very own Company of Owners

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Restructuring the Enterprise for Innovation

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Steve Kent


Subaru of America

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Kevin Gokey

Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer

Church & Dwight

An efficient and functional organization design is critical for the enterprise to evolve and maintain a competitive edge in the market. A successful structure should not only focus on internal team alignment but also on innovative technologies, like automation, that will allow the organization to reach new heights.

Join this session as CIOs explore ways to:

  • Compellingly communicate a vision for the future to gain buy in from stakeholders
  • Analyze market trends to identify and adopt competitive technologies
  • Break down silos in the enterprise to innovate collaboratively

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Reducing IT/OT Complexity to Accelerate Digital Business

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Rick Peters

CISO Operational Technology, North America


Equipped with a structured, well-governed strategy, CIOs and CISOs can simplify and refine their company’s IT and security landscape, control costs and reap more benefits from doing business in the digital age.

In this session, you will explore:

  • Creating a culture of awareness
  • Measuring and communicating risk
  • Implementing actionable intelligence

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

The CIO’s Roadmap — Security at the Center

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Joshua Beeman

Associate CIO

University of Pennsylvania

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Helane Stein


Brixmor Property Group

Heightened cybersecurity risks of the last two years have proven security initiatives and business continuity planning must be ingrained in every enterprise’s corporate culture. CIOs must set an example, demonstrating a commitment to security, positioning it at the core of IT and enterprise roadmaps. 

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss:

  • Building robust cybersecurity strategies that align with new business objectives and hybrid workforce models
  • Reconceptualizing cyber roadmaps to enable digital business rather than inhibit innovation
  • Tackle growing security threats against infrastructure through security awareness and threat intelligence

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

A Clear-Sighted Cloud Strategy

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Ed Jablonski


Fulton Financial

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Kevin Gokey

Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer

Church & Dwight

Cloud services have grown exponentially over the last few years and have proven to be the way of the future when it comes to boosting business resiliency and transitioning to ecommerce models. Because CIOs no longer face the initial reluctance to adopt cloud strategies, now is the time for leaders to evaluate how those strategies enable innovation and accelerate business outcomes across the enterprise.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Pairing a business-driven cloud strategy with a pragmatic adoption/migration plan
  • Maximizing the value of hybrid cloud while managing sprawl and cloud costs
  • Ensuring that a focus on strategy isn’t lost in the move to implementation

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Minding the Gap: A Talent Talk

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Terry Harris

SVP & CIO, Information Technology

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

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Chris Kulczytzky

Head of Finance and Procurement Technology


 Critical talent-people with the skills and competencies essential to business performance-seem to always be in short supply and security needs and skills are evolving faster than many organizations feel they can attract or train new talent. To combat this, the prepared executive not only keeps an eye to recruitment of external talent but also to potential within the existing workforce.

In this session you’ll discuss:

  • Training the talent that you need
  • Identifying and increasing talent from your existing workforce
  • Partnering with training programs to create a talent pipeline

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero—Trust Journey

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Nathan Smolenski

CISO, Head of Cyber Intelligence Strategy


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Alonso Rivas

Director, IT

Bimbo Bakeries USA

With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  • Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  • The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS visibility in a SASE architecture

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

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 - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:05pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

Delivering a Great Experience for Both Business and Customer By Leveraging Technology

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Timothy Duffy



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Baker Smith



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Dawn Kirchner-King


Armstrong World Industries

The top priority of both the business and customer has shifted away from solely relying on the outcome - now both want great experiences. The way to get there? By leveraging technology. 

In this session, Baker Smith, CIO of Aramark, and Tim Duffy, Teleflex will discuss: 

  • Converting operations architecture to become an experience ecosystem architecture
  • Refocusing and reshaping IT to enable technology ecosystems
  • Positioning for differentiated experiences for diverse consumers for the long term


1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Workshop: Orchestrating Convergence of Technology and Business

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John Heidelberger

Global Head of Technology Consulting

Willis Towers Watson

Surveying that nearly half of all enterprises have achieved maturity of their digital efforts, Gartner concluded “Technology is now an essential element of every successful business strategy.” As advanced digitization and value creation becomes a business-wide mandate, a technology leader’s vision and guidance is vital to enabling pervasive IT adoption. In this interactive workshop, technology leaders will share real-time best practices and benchmark their efforts in the convergence of technology and business.

Join this peer-led session to discuss how to: 

  • Create a thriving, integrated IT partnership across the business
  • Deploy assets to fuel technology advancement - from business relationship managers to business-led fusion teams
  • Leverage the right executive allies to expand technology’s impact

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Dialing in the Data Ecosystem From Strategy to Delivery

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Greg Driscoll

SVP, Service Operations & CIO

Penn Mutual Life Insurance

In this session, learn what your CIO peers have achieved on the data forefront as you 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

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

November 9, 2021

November 10, 2021

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



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-225-9664. Please mention CIO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $189 USD (plus tax) is November 4, 2021.

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