Pittsburgh CIO Executive Summit

November 28, 2018, David Lawrence Convention Center

November 28, 2018
David Lawrence Convention Center

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Pittsburgh CIO Executive Summit.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Pittsburgh CIO Governing Body

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


Steven Bugajski

United States Steel Corporation
General Manager of Global Information Technology

Omar Khawaja

Highmark Inc.
VP & CISO, Security & Risk Mgmt.

Tom Prokop

CONSOL Energy Inc.
Director IT

Matthew Putila

EQT Corporation
VP, Information Technology

George Rosato

CONSOL Energy Inc.
Manager IT Contracts and Cloud Systems

Matt Siconolfi

Dream Center Education Holdings, LLC.
SVP, Chief Information Officer


November 27, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Impossible to Ignore – Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions

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Carmen Simon

Cognitive Neuroscientist & Author

Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions

Success in any industry is a function of influencing others. This is no easy task: modern audiences and decision makers are bombarded with requests for their attention, many of which go ignored. The key is understanding what makes people pay attention, remember you, and act on what you say. Learn how to convert neuroscience insights into practical guidelines that will help you resonate and spark action with people.

In this session, you'll discover:

  • Strategies for transforming yourself and your message into something worth noticing
  • How the brain processes information and how that affects your team
  • Neuroscience's key lessons your team can follow

November 28, 2018 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Becoming a Thoughtfully Ruthless Leader

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Val Wright

Global Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author of Thoughtfully Ruthless

Thoughtfully Ruthless

What’s the greatest lesson Val Wright learned about innovation from her experiences with executives from Starbucks, LinkedIn, Financial Times and Google? Time and again she’s learned it’s not the economy, market conditions or competition that’s holding businesses back. The secret is locked inside how leaders ruthlessly (in a thoughtful way) manage their time, energy and resources.

In this keynote, you’ll learn:

  • How to focus your time and energy on products, profits, and customers to catapult your long-term growth.
  • Why a “thoughtfully ruthless” mindset will transform your impact as a leader

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Relationship Goals—Speak to Your Board in Their Language

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Omar Khawaja

VP & CISO, Security & Risk Mgmt.

Highmark Inc.

As a CISO of Highmark Health, Omar Khawaja has had to learn how to shift his communication to be less IT and more business-centric. How does this common language barrier between business and IT affect communications with your board?

In this session, you'll discover:

  • The role of storytelling in quarterly meetings
  • Strategies for changing board meetings from interactions to relationships

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Disruption — the New Norm in Tech Transformation

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Leonard Cunningham

Solution Director


Transforming the workplace requires us to embrace disruption. Automation, AI, and Analytics are more than buzzwords, they're the tools to propel us forward. Stefanini’s Len Cunningham will discuss:

  • A client project case study with measurable results
  • Best practices to help your team adopt new technologies and increase return on investment

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Next-Generation Cloud Security

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Chris Betz

Chief Security Officer


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Dave Coughanour

Director, Security

K&L Gates LLP

As organizations turn to cloud-based services to enable the next phase of digital transformation, security leaders face the immense challenge of ensuring that enterprise data remains secure.

In this boardroom, you’ll explore:

  • Automation, orchestration, AI and machine learning strategies
  • Your peers’ best practices for securing the cloud
  • Ways to incorporate the cloud into a fully articulated security strategy

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 CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Robert Huth at 971-222-2386 or Robert.Huth@evanta.com

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Defending Against Invisible Risk With Artificial Intelligence

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Ladi Adefala

Senior Security Strategist

Fortinet, Inc.

Cyberthreats are everywhere and it’s challenging enough when criminals use known methods of attack. What happens when you can’t see the threat?

In this breakout, you’ll hear:

  • How to defend your organization against unknown threat strategies
  • Why AI and machine learning are powerful tools for mitigating risk
  • Necessary steps to tip the security odds in your favor and strengthen defenses

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Lead the Change You Want To See In the Digital Age

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Francois Estellon


SGK, a Matthews Int. company

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Venkat (Venky) Avunoori

Senior Manager, IT Solutions

FedEx Supply Chain

It’s one thing to champion change; it’s another to lead it. Technology executives are expected to not only execute on but transform business processes – securely and at lightning speed. From streamlining integrations to developing new revenue-earning opportunities, how do you help shift the organization into its new paradigm (and prepare it for the next one)?

Your peers share:

  • Ways to map out smooth, successful evolutions (and best practices for missing avoidable detours)
  • How to prepare and guide teams through persistent change
  • Strategies for accelerating innovation without putting experience – or the business – at risk

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Clouds in the Forecast – What’s Next for Enterprise IT

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Kevin Varley

Manager IT Security and Compliance

II-VI Incorporated

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Tushar Lovalekar


Koppers Inc.

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John Dygert

Regional Director


Whether you’re running an aggressive cloud-first strategy or floating along in the hybrid cloud, each CIO’s cloud journey is a relevant roadmap for peers in pursuit of the configuration sweet spot. This boardroom draws on the collective wisdom of technology leaders at various stages of cloud maturity.

Come ready to exchange views from your collective cloud experience and discuss:

  • New business capabilities the cloud has unlocked
  • Embracing the full value of cloud and what may be holding you back
  • Navigating cloud implementation to ensure maximum agility and security
  • When to choose private vs. public cloud

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessionsdesigned to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. Theseprivate, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and arelimited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs and CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Rob Huth at 971-222-2386 or Robert.Huth@evanta.com

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

November 28, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

The Next Wave of Enterprise Intelligence

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Michael Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board & CEO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

Organizations that build an intelligent edge today will be the dominant force of tomorrow. In order to join the ranks of these future-forward competitors, your team will need to go beyond business intelligence to deliver widely applicable insights.

In this breakout, you’ll learn:

  • How to transform your organization into a data-driven, intelligent enterprise
  • Ways to harness traditionally counteractive forces such as convenience and security
  • Ecosystem solutions to help manage data securely while remaining agile

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Talent-Forward Leadership—Rewiring Your Hiring Approach

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Tony Rutigliano

Vice President, Talent Management & Organizational Analytics

Highmark Inc.

In 2018, the question of how to hire smarter is asked so frequently that it’s nearly an IT platitude. Yet many tech executives still need to fill the talent gap without sacrificing expectations of employee contributions.

In this talk, you’ll learn to:

  • Strategically look beyond schooling and resumes
  • Write better IT job listings
  • Apply the “native skillset” employment philosophy

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Security Toolbox – The Future Is Now

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Tom Dugas

Director Information Security

Duquesne University

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Dave Coughanour

Director, Security

K&L Gates LLP

How can CIOs and CISOs better understand emerging technologies and proactively apply them to improve their security program? Join this interactive workshop to explore concepts such as AI, ML and blockchain and use cases for security and technology leaders.

In this session, discuss:

  • Practical applications for emerging technologies
  • How others are implementing new tech
  • The future technology landscape for CISOs and CIOs

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Secure by Design

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Pierre Combemale


Vesuvius U S A Corporation

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Chris Eng

VP, Research


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Bradford Willke

Cyber Security Advisor

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

As CIOs and CISOs push the envelope to make their software better and faster, they are often incorporating open source libraries to speed up time-to-market. Yet these libraries must be carefully utilized to avoid security risks.

In this boardroom you will discover:

  • Why application security programs are imperative to data protection
  • How to become “secure by design”

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 CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Robert Huth at 971-222-2386 or Robert.Huth@evanta.com

November 28, 2018 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Complexity, Meet Simplicity—Leveraging Enterprise Metadata

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Dan Daly

VP, Enterprise Data Management


Is your team pressed to meet internal and external data requests, while lacking the documentation on how information is being used? Even the most metadata-fluent organizations are guilty. Using your own information when answering business challenges is the key.

In this talk, you’ll gain:

  • Insights to better understand your metadata repository framework
  • Practical steps to enforce cross-organizational metadata rules

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Cost Optimization Strategies to Accelerate Digital Innovation

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Tim Piechowski

Regional Director Field Operations - Central

Rimini Street, Inc.

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Steven Bugajski

General Manager of Global Information Technology

United States Steel Corporation

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George Rosato

Manager IT Contracts and Cloud Systems

CONSOL Energy Inc.

IT leaders still channel most of their budget and time “keeping the lights on”. Meanwhile, they are challenged to leverage digital technologies like mobile, cloud and Big Data. How can you push the envelope if your focus is tied up in maintenance?

Join this interactive discussion to hear:

  • How to liberate resources with cost-optimization strategies
  • Ways to prioritize transformational initiatives and business growth

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 CISOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Robert Huth at 971-222-2386 or Robert.Huth@evanta.com

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Elevating Your Team With Emotional Intelligence

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Chad Shipley

IT Director - PMO & Security

Dream Center Education Holdings, LLC.

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Matt Siconolfi

SVP, Chief Information Officer

Dream Center Education Holdings, LLC.

When Chad Shipley began his IT career, he was uncertain how to compensate for a lack of formal experience. He assessed his skillset and identified listening and compassion as equally important components of success. Flash forward to 2018, and his team at Dream Center Education Holdings considers emotional intelligence (EQ) paramount to IT leadership—a sentiment endorsed by CIO Matt Siconolfi, who regularly explores how to improve his own EQ.

In this candid keynote, you’ll learn:

  • How your team can benefit from an increased focus on empathy
  • Practical assessments for determining employee strengths and weaknesses
  • A high-level, executive perspective on the IT business case for EQ

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Venue & Accommodation

David Lawrence Convention Center

Your Community Partners

National Thought Leaders
Presenting Sponsor
National Sponsors

Pittsburgh CIO Program Manager

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

Robert Huth

Program Manager