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

What to Expect

Connect with your CIO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

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.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


May 11, 2021

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

Case Study: How Capital One Leads in the Cloud

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Drew Firment

SVP, Cloud Transformation

A Cloud Guru

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Terren Peterson

VP of Engineering

Capital One Financial

Capital One was one of the first enterprises to understand the potential of the public cloud. To help accelerate their cloud adoption, Capital One invested in a talent transformation program that enabled cloud fluency across their entire organization. “We have a strategic imperative for a pretty dramatic transformation of our technology capabilities as a company. And this is a transition from being a company with an IT organization or an IT shop to really being a technology-led company. The hardest part of that transition is really a talent transformation.”  Rob Alexander, CIO at Capital One

During this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build cloud fluency at scale among leadership and learners
  • Measure cloud adoption across the enterprise
  • Increase employee training engagement

8:45am - 9:00am  PDT Break

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

Automating for the Road Ahead

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Mike Gilfix

VP, IBM Automation


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Tom Rodden


Varian Medical Systems

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Shawn Smith

CTO, Residential & Dining Enterprises (RDE)

Stanford University

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%

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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

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Sanjay Srivastava

Chief Digital Officer


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

Advancing Digital Business Initiatives

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Tashina Charagi

Vice President, Digital Transformation


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William Miller

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer


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Saket Srivastava

Head of Business Technology


As a CIO, it is crucial to enable the digital agenda while connecting technology with business value. During these disruptive times, organizations can leverage digital offerings to alleviate impacts on operations and business performance.

In this virtual boardroom discussion, CIOs will discuss:

  • How to reprioritize digital projects to meet new needs
  • Strategies to communicate value to your board/senior leadership
  • New and existing partnerships to push objectives forward

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


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Manesh Patel



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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Jeff Lewis

Vice President, Data Product Management

Comcast Business

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Prakash Kota



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Dan Krantz


Keysight Technologies

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

Work from Anywhere and the Evolution of Culture and Talent

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Curtis Peterson

SVP, Operations


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Abbas Faiq

Chief Information Officer


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Sudhir Kumar

Chief Technology Officer

The Wine Group

As organizations have embraced remote work out of necessity during the pandemic, the market for tech talent has shifted dramatically. Employers can compete for tech talent regardless of location while simultaneously creating a culture that is founded on collaboration and communication. This session will address the unique opportunities the work from anywhere movement have provided to enable a productive and purpose-led organization. 

Join this session for a discussion on:

  • What you can do to maximize the benefits of a distributed workforce
  • How you’re thinking about the future of talent and culture
  • How an increasingly remote tech talent landscape can provide more equitable access

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

A Model IT Organization - The Lifeblood of Enterprise Strategy

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Kevin Cornish

Chief Information Officer

Covered California

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Madhuri Adettiwar

Global Head, SaaS Transformation

GE Healthcare

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Aashish Chandarana

Chief Information Officer


The limitless promise of digitization demands that IT organizations boldly get behind the wheel to drive enterprise strategy… lest they get left in the dust. The visionary CIO must be a stabilizing force to shift operating models and ultimately achieve long-term strategic success.

Join your peers for an interactive session on propelling your business forward by:

  • Choosing the right organizational pathways to infuse IT into enterprise strategy
  • Overcoming traditional roadblocks such as company culture and silos to boost adoption of new operating models
  • Creating and managing a system of enterprise governance to make measurable transformation progress

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

Collaboration to Drive the Future Enterprise

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Thomas Squeo

Chief Technology Officer

Intrado Inc.

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Christian Ward

Chief Data Officer, EVP


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Pete Giordano

Global Solutions Director, Productivity and Collaboration

Google Cloud

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-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

CIO Thought Leader
Key Partners
Program Partners

San Francisco CIO Program Manager

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

Annie Garner

Senior Program Manager