San Francisco CIO Virtual Executive Summit

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT

May 11, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the San Francisco CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

New frontiers in cybersecurity

Collaboration in the hybrid era

Elevating your data and analytics efforts


Opinder Bawa

University of San Francisco

Kevin Cornish

Covered California
Chief Information Officer

Tom Rodden

Varian Medical Systems

Avi Sokol

Vice President & Chief Information Officer


May 11, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am PDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Keynote Hosted by A Cloud Guru

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Drew Firment

SVP, Cloud Transformation

A Cloud Guru

 Join an engaging keynote featuring thought leadership, peer perspectives and actionable insights on the top priorities for CIOs today.

8:45am - 9:00am PDT Break

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

Automating for the Road Ahead

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Tom Rodden


Varian Medical Systems

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Shawn Smith

CTO, Residential & Dining Enterprises (RDE)

Stanford University

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Mike Gilfix

VP, IBM Automation


Automation transforms work and simplifies how businesses operate. AI accelerates innovation by making every interaction, experience, and process more intelligent. Combining automation with AI will release $134B in labor value in 2022. Whether you want to automate complex operations or automate repetitive tasks, AI-powered automation can help.

Join this interactive conversation to discuss:

  • How AI-powered automation is transforming the future of work
  • Using machine learning and AI to help collect and analyze operational data 
  • Optimizing to reduce your manual processes by up to 80%

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

CIOs Promise - Delivering Data & Analytics

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Bryan Kirschner

Vice President, Strategy


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Liza Massey

Chief Information Officer

Marin County, CA

Faced with demands for modernization, cost optimization and digital business transformation, CIOs are looking at how data and analytics programs can support expanding their digital business and increasing their D&A maturity. After a D&A strategy is set, IT leaders must execute and deliver on the intended business outcomes.

Join your peers in discussing:

  • Approaches to leveraging technology and resources to support D&A program and improve business outcomes
  • Best practices for building out new business process and executing change management across the enterprise
  • Management of cultural shifts in the organization

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

Virtual Boardroom Hosted by ADP


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

The CIO Mission: Directly Aligning IT to Business Objectives

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


Keeping pace with business demands requires IT to embrace transformation. Poor user experience, slowed M&A value, expanded security concerns, and IT misalignment with business goals prevent top enterprises from obtaining agility and resiliency. As last year demonstrated, legacy systems don’t react quickly or scale to accommodate rapid change. It’s imperative that CIOs focus on removing the legacy infrastructure that slows IT transformation and impedes business growth.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Providing corporate access to any user on any device from any location
  • Promoting alignment between IT objectives and business initiatives
  • Deploying cloud technology that accelerates enterprise scaling and agility strategies

10:45am - 11:00am PDT Break

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

Transformative Technologies for the Agile Enterprise

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Prakash Kota



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Dan Krantz


Keysight Technologies

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Jeff Lewis

Vice President, Data Product Management

Comcast Business

The agile enterprise relies on the state-of-the-art technologies that allow it to keep up with an ever-changing ecosystem. Transformative technologies such as a secure, reliable, scalable network and infrastructure help to fuel innovation, improve efficiencies, and create memorable interactions with customers. An enterprise built on a versatile network can adapt more rapidly to changing market conditions and leverage agility as a competitive differentiator.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • How and why the need for agility and adaptability are critical for today’s enterprise
  • Building a scalable and secure network to enable an agile organization
  • Redefine how you manage networks, deliver services and enhance visibility

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

Virtual Boardroom


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

Collaboration to Drive the Future Enterprise

Remote and hybrid work is here to stay for many organizations, which creates myriad new opportunities and imperatives for IT solutions that power cross-company collaboration. Is your current application portfolio up to the task?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Gaps and challenges in your current solution set
  • Integrated, user-centric solutions that make collaboration seamless
  • Strategies for expanding upon existing cloud frameworks to evolve with the current landscape

12:45pm - 1:15pm PDT 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 San Francisco community. 

1:15pm - 1:30pm PDT Break

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

Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


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San Francisco CIO Program Manager

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

Annie Garner

Senior Program Manager