Philadelphia CIO Virtual Executive Summit

June 10, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT

June 10, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Philadelphia 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

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

John Marcante

Vanguard Group
Global CIO

Rick Rioboli

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

Vishi Viswanathan

Day & Zimmermann Group
CIO & SVP Business Services

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 Philadelphia 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  EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Work From Anywhere and the Evolution of Culture and Talent

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Thomas DeChiaro


Drexel University

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Amir Hameed

VP of Global Solution Engineering


As organizations have embraced remote work out of necessity during the pandemic, the market for tech talent has shifted dramatically. Employers can compete for tech talent regardless of location while simultaneously creating a culture that is founded on collaboration and communication. This session will address the unique opportunities the work from anywhere movement has provided to enable a productive and purpose-led organization. 

Join this session for a discussion on:

  • What you can do to maximize the benefits of a distributed workforce
  • How you’re thinking about the future of talent and culture
  • How an increasingly remote tech talent landscape can provide more equitable access

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

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

Accelerating Security at the Pace of the Business

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Guru Rao

VP Technology

Lincoln Investments

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Brian Rusignuolo

Chief Information Officer

Select Medical Corporation

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

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

Fueled by the Power of Data

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Seth Dobrin

Global Chief AI Officer


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Terry Harris

SVP & CIO, Information Technology

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Smart organizations are infusing the intelligence of AI and the agility of hybrid cloud to better predict and shape future outcomes, and automate decisions and processes. As a result, organizations can empower people to do higher value work and hyper-personalize digital experiences. However, only 2 of 10 firms have scaled AI solutions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Preventing project stall due to data complexity, talent scarcity, and a lack of trust in AI systems
  • Scaling AI across the organization with the right approach and architecture
  • Leveraging AI technologies and data science tools to proactively optimize workflows and experiences

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

Strategic Drivers to Digital Business Acceleration

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Meerah Rajavel

Chief Information Officer

Citrix Systems, Inc.

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Joshua Beeman

Associate CIO

University of Pennsylvania

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Melanie Harris


School District Of Philadelphia

A CIO’s 2021 marching orders come straight from the top: In a Gartner survey, 7 out of 10 boards demanded digital acceleration in a disrupted global climate, while operational excellence through digital business topped the forward-driving agenda. How does your digital strategy measure up to the mission? Join your peers in an interactive session built around modern digital design.

Among the key talking points:

  • What it means to be ‘digital-first’ – breaking down roadblocks and navigating roadmaps
  • What levers to pull to expand digital business and increase digital maturity
  • How CIOs create the ability for remote and hybrid work environments

10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

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

The Intentional Infrastructure – Cloud Clarity for Greater Outcomes

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Kevin Meeks

Chief Customer Officer


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Kevin Gokey

Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer

Church & Dwight

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Ed Jablonski


Fulton Financial

As the ongoing rush to the cloud continues, many organizations falter because they equate “movement” with “strategy.” Getting the most out of your cloud journey doesn’t automatically follow from a corporate mandate or new vendor contract. Success is the product of clear communication of terms and expectations, alignment with other business processes and functions, and partnerships among multiple internal and external stakeholders.

This session puts strategy in the crosshairs and discusses:

  • Creating definitional clarity for your comprehensive approach to cloud to eliminate ambiguity and crystalize the best processes for your organization
  • Building adaptability into your strategy so it can be augmented or amplified at any step in the journey to address shifting business needs
  • Breaking cloud strategy away from IT and creating cross-functional, business-wide alignment

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

Unlimited Innovation, Limited Resources

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Steve Palmucci

Global CIO


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Steve Kent


Subaru of America

When it comes to innovation, the sky is the limit… until you run into budget, time and resource constraints. How can CIOs balance these real limitations while encouraging their teams to dream big and come up with outside the box solutions?

Join this panel of peers to discuss:

  • Mechanisms that leaders can leverage to create an innate bias for action and ultimately foster a culture of innovation
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment within your current technology stack
  • Empowering users across the enterprise to leverage existing tools and technologies to power transformation 

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

CIOs Connecting Business, Data, and Technology

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Greg Driscoll

SVP, Service Operations & CIO

Penn Mutual Life Insurance

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Vishi Viswanathan

CIO & SVP Business Services

Day & Zimmermann Group

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Dawn Kirchner-King


Armstrong World Industries

According to Gartner, the challenge for many IT and business leaders today is to instill a culture of data-driven decision making across the organization. Those who want to exploit the potential of new data and advanced analytics capabilities at scale typically face numerous challenges. As CIO, it's critical to develop a strong, clear strategy connecting business, technology, and data and analytics to maintain your competitive advantage and mitigate these challenges.

In this session, CIOs will:

  • Discuss best practices for designing data and analytics programs
  • Identify and define quick-win opportunities supporting the business data strategy
  • Brainstorm technology and resource alignment

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

The Executioner’s Song – Putting Your Cloud Strategy into Practice

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Lafayette Howell

Head of Cloud Value Advisory, South Central Region

Google Cloud

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John Walsh

Head of Commercial IT, North America

Otsuka America

You’ve done all the leg work of building a robust cloud strategy – business alignment, clear expectations, and the right partners. But taking the step from strategy to execution can bring your efforts to their knees. From decisions on control and configuration to data access and adoption, reaping the rewards of the cloud requires a systematic, comprehensive approach.

In this session, CIOs will discuss:

  • The most successful approaches to driving rapid cloud adoption across the enterprise
  • Collaboration across the C-suite on data ownership, cloud controls and cloud security
  • Ongoing metrics to track the success of your implementation strategy

12:45pm - 1:15pm  EDT 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 Philadelphia community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm  EDT Break

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

Digital Experience – Executing to Win

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Dan Alig


The Wharton School

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Timothy Duffy



Consumer trends speak volumes: Digital experience is the new order – and a winning game plan tracks with increasing digital demands. As the rules of engagement shift, a CIO is well-positioned to guide the organization from digital ambition to execution.

This interactive, peer-driven discussion will cover: 

  • Identifying digital opportunities that drive adoption and customer satisfaction
  • Optimizing digital platforms to build business capabilities
  • Delivering value through deeper external and internal engagement

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

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

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Program Manager