San Francisco CIO Inner Circle

September 9, 2020, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

September 9, 2020
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the San Francisco CIO Inner Circle.

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

San Francisco CIO Governing Body

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


Opinder Bawa headshot

Opinder Bawa

University of San Francisco

Kevin Cornish headshot

Kevin Cornish

University of California, Office of the President
CTO, Office of the President

Prakash Kota headshot

Prakash Kota


Tom Rodden headshot

Tom Rodden

Varian Medical Systems

Avi Sokol headshot

Avi Sokol



September 9, 2020

4:00pm - 5:00pmExecutive Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pmDiscussion Topics

Crossing the Digital Divide – The Bridge to the Future

As organizations move closer to digital nirvana, they must ensure the foundational pillars they are constructing will support future growth and innovation. No matter the stage of digital maturity, the strategic CIO must deftly guide the journey along the fundamental pathways of people, process and technology.

In this engaging dinner conversation amongst peers, CIOs will discuss the nuances within each foundational pillar, as they look to build the bridge to an advanced business ecosystem.


Topic 1 – Fostering a Growth Mindset – Developing Digital Dexterity Across the Enterprise 

  • What are the biggest skill deficiencies you have identified on the digital journey, and how is your organization investing in developing critical skills for the digital workforce?  
  • As you drive digital evolution, what are the main sources of friction from a change management perspective? How should IT organizations foster a work culture that embraces change, and how can they better convey new expectations to various stakeholders in the business?

Topic 2 – Intelligent Design – Orchestrating and Governing New Business and Operating Models 

  • What automation processes are you adopting that have influenced different operating models?
  • What is the CIO’s role in driving operational changes in your organization? How can you more effectively drive these changes?

Topic 3 – Quantifying Value – Illustrating Business Impact from Modern and Advanced Technologies 

  • How do you set up an innovation program to experiment with advanced technologies like AI and Machine Learning?
  • What key metrics have you highlighted in proving the value of new technologies, i.e. AI, Machine Learning?
  • What do you need to test and implement advanced technologies in your organization – staffing, resources, etc.?

This dinner conversation is an interactive roundtable discussion designed to address the most pressing issues we face as C-level executives, in combination with an opportunity to network with our peers in a unique environment.

6:30pm - 7:00pmNetworking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pmSummary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pmSocial Hour



Information regarding parking and transportation coming soon. 

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San Francisco CIO Program Manager

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

Annie Garner