San Francisco CIO Executive Summit

December 8, 2021 | InterContinental San Francisco

December 8, 2021
InterContinental San Francisco


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with San Francisco'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

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

University of San Francisco

Kevin Cornish

Covered California

Monica Khurana

Dodge & Cox
Chief Technology Officer

Tom Rodden

Varian Medical Systems

Avi Sokol


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 San Francisco 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.


December 8, 2021 - morning

8:00am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Powering Sustainability Through Technology

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Eddy Wagoner

Executive Director, Digital Chief Information Officer


Sustainable technology is a fast-evolving market with a growing array of new platforms and products available to help companies cut their carbon emissions and ensure the accuracy and transparency of their reporting. But choosing the right technology for your business and embedding it throughout your operations is not always a straightforward task.

Join us in this insightful conversation with Ed Wagoner, CIO of JLL, to discuss:

  • Keys to successful sustainability programs and the future of sustainability tech
  • Overcoming implementation challenges and defining the value of your investment
  • Collecting the right data to track and measure progress toward your net zero goals

9:30am - 9:45am  Break

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

How to Support Hybrid Work With Conversational AI

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Bhavin Shah

CEO & Founder


97% of employees prefer hybrid work, which means it’s your job to help them stay productive from anywhere. But most companies still rely on old technology to support the new normal — preventing their people from getting the help they need. 

To deliver the experience your employees expect, it takes a faster approach to support: Conversational AI. 

Join this session to learn:

  •    Where industry leaders have deployed conversational AI to support hybrid work
  •    How the latest AI platforms can adapt to your unique environment while on the job
  •    Ways to automatically resolve employees' requests, such as IT issues and HR questions

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

Reading the Data: Getting the Most Out of Your KPIs

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Prakash Kota



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Sriram Sitaraman

Chief Information Officer


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Tom Rodden


Varian Medical Systems


Reading the Data: Getting the Most Out of Your KPIs

How are you using KPIs to advance value and opportunity for your organization? Many executives struggle with their KPIs - whether it's receiving too much "useless" feedback or not even knowing where to find the right metrics to prove business value.

In this session, Sriram Sitiraman CIO of Synopsis, Prakash Kota, CIO of Autodesk and Tom Rodden, SVP & CIO of Varian Systems will bring their insights to an informative, cross-industry panel and discuss: 

  • Which KPIs are important to your specific organization
  • How KPIs really impact your upcoming year
  • How to use metrics to tell the right story

9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

Hello to Human Connections

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Mark Obenauf

Regional Vice President


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Geeta Pyne

Chief Enterprise Architect


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Anne Marie Richard

Associate CIO and Director of Student Affairs IT

University of California - Berkeley

The world has become a very different place, and the way we work is forever changed. It took a major wake-up call to stir us into action. For most companies, the response to the challenge was about technology and digital transformation, but it should be more than that. It needs to center on driving the best possible human experience — sustaining human connection — so individuals and the companies they work for can thrive.

Join this interactive roundtable to discuss:

  • Leveling the playing field for both in-office and remote employees so all experiences are equal
  • Bringing together employee experience and customer experience to enhance productivity and increase customer satisfaction
  • Making every interaction better via computing intelligence, allowing employees to work their way

10:30am - 11:00am  Networking Break

December 8, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

The Move Towards a Pragmatic Enterprise Architecture

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Sanjay Srivastava

Chief Digital Officer


Boards and CEOs expect greater investment in digital business, including having their CIOs step up to help lead business strategy. Often, this involves a shift toward becoming a composable business, an organization that is architected for real-time adaptability and resilience in the face of uncertainty.  In present times, we’re seeing a large-scale change in enterprise architectures that are built around a slimming core (systems of record) and incorporate expanding layers of new data fabrics, systems of engagement and micro applications.

 Led by Sanjay Srivastava, CDO of Genpact, this session will explore:

  • Why enterprise architectures are changing
  • The increasingly critical role of data in enterprise architectural development
  • The emergence of the composable enterprise

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

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Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer


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

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Weaving a Global Data Fabric to Advance AI

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Vikram Murali

Vice President of Software Development, Data and AI


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Tom Rodden


Varian Medical Systems

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Geeta Pyne

Chief Enterprise Architect


Smart organizations are fueling their operations with the power of data and AI. Through integrated technologies, a data fabric architecture enables dynamic and intelligent data flows and orchestration across any enterprise to create a network of instantly available information, empower people to do higher-value work, and hyper-personalized digital experiences. However, only 2 of 10 firms have scaled their transformation and technology solutions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Preparing your workforce for a data-first world
  • Improving business outcomes through data-driven decisions and innovation
  • How data and AI can deliver instant benefits to your organization today

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 CIOs). To reserve your seat, please contact your program manager.

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11:45am - 11:55am  Break

11:55am - 12:50pm  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.

12:00pm - 1:30pm  Lunch & Comments

12:50pm - 1:05pm  Break

1:05pm - 1:40pm  Keynote

Driving an Agenda That Enables and Transforms Your Business

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Robert DeVito

Global Director, Customer & Partner Sales Engineering


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Srilekha Akula

VP of R&D

Change Healthcare

One of the biggest challenges facing the modern CIO is balance. When it comes to business transformation, 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 session to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy 
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce

1:40pm - 1:55pm  Break

December 8, 2021 - afternoon

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Breakout Session

The Next Chapter for CIOs

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Yousuf Khan

Technology Investor, Advisor and CIO

Ridge Ventures

Maybe you've served as the leader of your IT organization for years — implementing and overseeing transformation and change across the business. Or maybe you're just getting started. Regardless of tenure, the question still exists — what's next? Leading IT might not be the final stop.

 Yousuf Khan, Technology Investor, Advisor and CIO, will take you through his journey of leveraging a technology leadership position and discuss:

  • Challenges facing CIOs as they make decisions that profoundly impact the business
  • How to market successes
  • Moving into an investor/advisor or even CIO role at an early-stage firm

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Breakout Session

Future of Work — How AI is Modernizing Employee Experience

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Muddu Sudhakar

Co-Founder and CEO


As more employees express a post-pandemic desire for flexible work arrangements, IT organizations must adapt to these shifting priorities. Creating new hybrid work environments require an agile, flexible, resilient approach to improving digital experiences – while maintaining employee productivity and future growth. In this session, Muddu Sudhakar, Co-Founder and CEO of Aisera will discuss: 

  • How to mitigate IT challenges that accompany the shift to a hybrid workforce model
  • How AI/advanced technologies ease the burden of work-from-anywhere user demands
  • How to scale employee self-service experience to support business growth

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Smarter, better, faster, stronger: Winning the War of Talent

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Carolina Dolan

Global Marketing Director


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Phani Burra

Director Cloud Transformation

Albertsons Companies

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Sharon Mandell

Chief Information Officer

Juniper Networks

In a fast changing environment, you want to move faster, be more resilient, and become a magnet for top talent. It is now more important than ever to understand your digital capabilities and how to use them to create a winning culture.

In this session, we will discuss: 

  • What has changed about talent?
  • Is remote working here to stay?
  • How some of the best companies in the world are winning the battle for digital talent.

2:40pm - 3:10pm  Networking Break

3:10pm - 3:55pm  Breakout Session

A CIO's Roadmap: Security at the Center


The CIO’s Roadmap — Security at the Center

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. 

Join Maria Shaw, VP & CISO at Varian, as she shares her perspectives and insights on:

  • 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


3:10pm - 3:55pm  Executive Boardroom

Rapidly Scaling, Rapidly Hiring in Emerging Tech Markets

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Chris Chilton

Head of Data Practice


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Kim Barrier

Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Amy's Kitchen

Tech salaries increased by 3.6% in 2020 and quit rates for companies without a flexible work model are predicted to rise as high as 2.5% in 2022. Local engineers working from home have more options now than ever before. If remote is here to stay, is the current status quo still working for everyone? The truth is, when hiring locally is no longer sustainable, emerging markets hold a wealth of tech talent to tap into.

Moderated by Chris Chilton, Head of Data Practice at Andela, this panel will cover: 

  • How to scale a tech team with global talent
  • What’s ahead for the future of remote work
  • How investing in remote drives growth

3:10pm - 3:55pm  Executive Boardroom

Empowering a Modern Approach to Software Management

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Eric Christopher

Cofounder & CEO


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Ken Cushman

Chief Information Officer

Yahoo! Inc.

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Shadaab Kanwal

Executive Leader for Digital, Data, and Analytics Services

Charles Schwab

The role of an enterprise CIO has historically included a large focus on the administration, operation and management of all employee systems. However, this is evolving. Zylo data shows that IT’s ownership of software budgets is now less than 25% of all software spend across the enterprise as software purchasing and administration becomes decentralized. 

 Join this executive roundtable discussion to learn how CIOs are:

  • Evolving the software management ecosystem to enable and empower employees
  • Balancing software controls and governance with the freedom and flexibility of a SaaS environment
  • Modernizing SaaS governance models – pivoting with the shifting enterprise

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 


3:55pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Laying the Path for Future IT Leaders

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Lisa Davis


Blue Shield of California

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Sonu Ratra


Akraya, Women Back To Work

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Sree Sreedhararaj

Chief Technology Officer, Head of Architecture, Product and User Experience


As women increase their footprint across the IT workforce, there are still challenges to entry, the need to create and support a pipeline of girls in STEM, and barriers that stall advancement and career growth. Join us for an in-depth and candid conversation, led by Lisa Davis, CIO of Blue Shield of California, and other leaders across industry, as they discuss how we can collectively breakdown these barriers, create opportunities, and drive meaningful change in the IT industry.

This inspiring executive panel will discuss: 

  • Setting a vision and architecting the diverse IT workforce of the future 
  • Building inclusive teams to increase diversity of thought to respond to market needs 
  • Creating a culture that provides opportunities for growth

4:45pm - 5:30pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


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  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

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Venue & Accommodation

InterContinental San Francisco

A block of rooms has been reserved at the InterContinental San Francisco at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-415-616-6500.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $329 USD (plus tax) is November 29, 2021.

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San Francisco CIO Program Manager

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

Laura Kosak

Program Manager