Phoenix CIO Inner Circle

March 21, 2023 | The Henry

March 21, 2023
The Henry

Collaborate with your peers

Join Phoenix's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

Hiring the right employees and encouraging collaboration for a better product

Creating secure and flexible infrastructure to ensure better digital business outcomes

Gaining leadership buy-in for quicker decision making

Phoenix CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Gary Desai

Discount Tire

Ed Dzadovsky

Circle K

Rich Kellen

Wind River Systems
Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer

Arun Kumar Bhaskara-Baba

Honeywell Aerospace
Chief Digital and Information Officer

Shannon Lawson

City of Phoenix, AZ

Mike Lettman

Department of Homeland Security
Cyber Security Advisor (CSA) Arizona- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

John Pontrelli

Discount Tire

Todd Redfoot
Chief Privacy & Risk Officer

Raghu Santanam Ph.D.

Arizona State University
Department Chair, Information Systems

J.R. Sloan

State of Arizona


March 21, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Navigating the Digital Future to Accelerate Transformation

Arun Kumar Bhaskara-Baba headshot

Arun Kumar Bhaskara-Baba

Chief Digital and Information Officer

Honeywell Aerospace

Bianca Lochner headshot

Bianca Lochner


City of Scottsdale, AZ

Steve Reese headshot

Steve Reese


Phoenix Suns

Scott Hicar headshot

Scott Hicar

VP, Business Process Improvement & CIO

Benchmark Electronics

Bert Odinet headshot

Bert Odinet

VP, CIO and Chief Innovation Officer


Joseph Reichenauer headshot

Joseph Reichenauer

Enterprise Account Executive


As global economic and political volatility continue, organizations need to look beyond the skills shortage to grow relevant capabilities to ensure their workforce can operate efficiently and align with digital business objectives. Technology and security leaders are looking to challenge and redefine the enterprise's digital value propositions to create an avenue for high growth and quicker benefits. Organizations are moving beyond the stage of ‘transformation’ and now demanding digital execution, as they position the enterprise to weather economic storms and unpredictable setbacks in the future. 

Join your peers to discuss how CIOs & CISOs are capturing the outcomes of digital execution.

Accelerating Decision Making For Timely Value Realization

  • Describe your current and ideal data ecosystem? 
  • How have you enabled a technology platform to create secure and flexible infrastructure to capture digital business outcomes?
  • Have you seen the level of adoption that you’d like from leaders to impact quicker decision making? What steps have you taken to identify value realization and measure outcomes obtained by data and analytics?

Digital Talent & Product Centricity for Speedy Outcomes

  • What sort of roles are you hiring for in the coming year? How are you prioritizing competency-based job descriptions?
  • Many CIOs & CISOs have turned toward the organization of fusion teams to operate in a more product-centric way. How have you done this? What benefits are you seeing? How are you changing mindsets, while supporting agile journeys?
  • How do you start building your tech-environment and work environment for the future workforce?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

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Valet parking is complimentary.

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