San Francisco CIO Executive Summit

June 21, 2022 | San Francisco Marriott Marquis

June 21, 2022
San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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:

Accelerating a high growth and a data-first mindset

Finding and upskilling the right talent for IT transformation

Advancing your digital agenda and creating a strong and resilient strategy

San Francisco CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Opinder Bawa

University of San Francisco

Kevin Cornish

Covered California
Chief Information Officer

Monica Khurana

Dodge & Cox
Chief Technology Officer

Geeta Pyne

Chief Enterprise Architect

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.


7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

The CIO Role in Accelerating Digital Business

As digital initiatives across enterprises have accelerated quickly, leaders must balance the right structures and strategies. Whether restructuring existing applications, infrastructure and security ecosystems or preempting new initiatives to bring services and applications to market faster than ever before, CIOs are immersed in strategizing and building support for these critical business objectives.

In this interactive conversation among peers, CIOs will discuss their role in proactively contributing to organizational success.

Topic Option 1: Designing a holistic digital framework

  • How are you evolving your operating model to deliver better speed, agility and innovation?
  • How are you optimizing for future resilience and not just immediate efficiency?
  • How are you shifting funding from less valuable initiatives to new channels or services?

Topic Option 2: Fostering a digital-first mindset

  • How have you evolved your cross-business partnerships in the past year?
  • What’s new or next in your organizational structure to support digital business?
  • How are you establishing credibility in your role to drive the enterprise in a digital direction?

9:00am - 9:30am  Networking Break

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Championing the Sustainable Enterprise Through IT

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Monica Khurana

Chief Technology Officer

Dodge & Cox

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Calvin Hsu

Vice President, Product Management

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Sustainability is a business imperative, and competitive advantage lies with companies that develop a winning sustainability strategy – encompassing environmental, social and governance. By embracing flexible and remote work models, underpinned by more-scalable and lower-emissions infrastructure like virtualization and cloud, in tandem with energy-efficient thin-client devices—businesses can reduce their carbon footprint while benefiting from happier staff and improved productivity.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Leveraging technologies at the convergence of corporate social responsibility standards and business goals
  • Design principles to improve end-to-end sustainability and minimize impact
  • Attracting and retaining talent through sustainability measures and resilient digital workplaces

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Agility Through a Solid Architecture

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Geeta Pyne

Chief Enterprise Architect


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Shadaab Kanwal

Executive Leader MD - Digital, Data, and Analytics Services

Charles Schwab

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Prabhat Sharma

Chief Enterprise Architect


Having the right agile architecture in place allows for scalability in sophisticated ecosystems. A flexible digital foundation is essential to enable faster decision making. So how are business leaders using their foundation to evolve their intelligent enterprises in a way that adds value to the organization and also creates a path for sustainability through AI and other methods?

Join this session with an interactive panel to discuss:

  • Leveraging business architecture practices with stakeholders as an added value
  • Supporting a smarter digital investment strategy for cost and risk management to evolve towards an intelligent enterprise
  • Implementing a transparent and supportive change management system to address company culture

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences Across All Channels

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Warren Mante

Enterprise Architect, Data and AI


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Kevin Cornish

Chief Information Officer

Covered California

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Christopher Desautel

Chief Digital Officer

Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies

To create a positive and lasting relationship with customers, organizations must provide an exceptional, consistent, and personalized experience at all points of engagement. Conversational AI is bringing natural conversational interfaces to a growing number of these engagement points.

Join this interactive roundtable to discuss

  • How to gain a holistic view of customers to empower consistent experiences
  • Advanced AI strategies to solve customer problems with urgency
  • Creating delightful personalization in each customer interaction

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Multi-cloud Data Management – Tackling New Cyber Vulnerabilities

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Praveen Vunnava

Americas Field CTO


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Andrew Bray

Vice President, Global Information Technology

Renesas Electronics

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Phillip Cantu


Dodge & Cox

A multi-cloud strategy has clear advantages, but there are also challenges with managing these distributed environments. Organizations face silos of data protection solutions across multiple clouds resulting in increased operational costs and fragmented data protection policies that leave the door open to vulnerabilities such as ransomware attacks.

Join this session to discuss:

•Exposing the hidden cost and cyber vulnerability of cloud native data protection
•Balancing the pace of application investment while mitigating risk
•Combating the hidden data management and protection costs in the cloud

10:15am - 10:45am  Networking Break

10:20am - 10:45am  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.

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Creating a Human Experience for the Customer Journey

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Ashu Varshney

CIO & SVP of Global Cloud Operations


Two major priorities for CIOs are enabling employees to work more productively and improving the customer experience. Creating a holistic communications system around delivering positive experiences can achieve gains for both priorities. How can these changes support the kind of hyper-personalization and knowledge accumulation that delivers customer satisfaction at every step of the journey?

This session will address:

  • Creating customer experience enhancements through data and analytics
  • Effectively using automation capabilities to delight customers
  • Applications rationalization to optimize costs

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Unintended Consequences of Transitioning to Cloud

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Jason Patterson

Global Vice President - Executive Advisory


Are you speeding down the cloud freeway with your eyes closed? As organizations accelerate their cloud journey, they unwittingly accrue technical debt that magnifies exponentially across the IT estate. How can you get control of cloud costs, contracts and commitments before your technical debt results in disaster?

Join this session to learn how to:

  • Improve visibility across your entire IT estate
  • Strengthen your procurement position with accurate usage data
  • Chart the most cost-effective course to digital transformation

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Set Up for Speed – Accelerate On-Strategy Delivery

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Louise Allen

Chief Product Officer


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Sudhir Kumar

Chief Technology Officer

The Wine Group

Today’s rapidly changing business environment is creating a surge in digital initiatives that capture opportunities and protect against disruption. Now is the time for CIOs to prioritize resources that will accelerate delivery of strategy and value.

Join this session to discuss:
• Fostering agile approaches enterprise-wide to eliminate disconnects
• Anticipating and planning for inevitable change by optimizing data and tools
• Gaining visibility for higher quality, faster portfolio decisions

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

The Evolving Role of the CIO

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Opinder Bawa


University of San Francisco

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Amith Nair



The scope of the CIO responsibilities has changed from just 5 years ago, so what will the role look like in another 5 years? CIOs today are carving out a path as business leaders, technology innovators and talent finders.  So, what’s in the job description for tomorrow's CIO? 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Preparing for what the CIO leadership role will entail in the coming years
  • Delivering at the bottom line while juggling other responsibilities 
  • Strategizing how to be a leader who enables others to make quick-decisions

11:30am - 11:40am  Break

11:30am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Building a Flexible and Agile Future — How CIOs Can Get Ahead

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Robert DeVito

Global Director, Customer & Partner Engineering


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Evan Wayne


World Market

There is no doubt that the workplace has undergone an unprecedented transformation. Organizations are taking their own unique approach to the future of work. CIOs play a critical role in this new environment to find a balance between productivity, security, sustainability, culture and wellbeing. Join this session to learn how CIOs can provide flexibility and agility to future proof their business.

Specifically, this session will cover:

  • Leading a diverse and inclusive workplace through culture, process and technology
  • How business transformation is forcing CIOs to think differently about security prevention
  • Inspiring future sustainability ideas and how these can be technology driven

1:05pm - 1:20pm  Break

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Let's Brainstorm! Solving the Talent Gap

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Amy Farrow

Chief Information Officer


Navigating the talent pool in a post-pandemic work environment has CIOs seeking out solutions to engage their teams and build up new talent. With employee expectations at an all-time high, CIOs are finding that now is the time to get creative.

Join this interactive session to debate and collaborate about team building scenarios including: 

•Keeping and finding the right employees 

•Finding and onboarding new hires 

•Exploring employee potential

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Your Data and AI Journey – A Benchmarking Session

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Vishal Kapoor

VP Applications, Data and AI


As more companies tackle enterprise AI projects, many are running into issues with their data, from a lack of integration with other systems to warehousing problems and governance issues. IT leaders find themselves either overwhelmed by the sheer amount of data or lacking necessary access to critical data for actionable insights.

Join this interactive session ready to discuss with your peers:

  • Manage the complexity of your data and transform existing systems into a next-generation data platform
  • Consolidate monitoring and drive exponential value with a self-service console to consume, manage, and optimize data and analytics
  • Create a robust data management strategy that strengthens data governance

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Overcoming Legacy Technology — Stuck in the Middle of Modernization

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William Thomas

Senior Director Leader of Americas Consulting

DXC Technology Company

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Dominic Titcombe

CIO at Delta Dental of California

Delta Dental

Digital enterprises strive for the best business outcomes, but let’s face it, legacy technology is a hurdle many organizations have yet to clear. As leaders work to prioritize investments that support high-value technology opportunities, they must balance existing resources and planning for future upgrades.

Join this interactive session to:

  • Identify new ways to leverage legacy technology to bring value to the customer
  • Strategize what to sequentially modernize using data
  • Discuss integration challenges CIOs can anticipate as they plan for eventual upgrades

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Proactively Govern and Optimize App Portfolios with SaaS Intelligence

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Aashish Chandarana

Chief Information Officer


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Geeta Pyne

Chief Enterprise Architect


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Thomas Squeo

Chief Technology Officer

Intrado Inc.

Gartner predicts that in the next five years 50% of organizations using multiple SaaS applications will centralize management and usage with an SMP tool. Modern CIOs will need a smarter approach & better visibility into their app portfolios to make transformational decisions that benefit the entire organization.

Join this interactive roundtable discussion as leading CIOs discuss how to:

  • Gain visibility into all of your SaaS apps – including those owned by business units
  • Understand the barriers to engagement and how to craft an environment that results in productivity and innovation for teams & employees
  • Maximize your IT resources, automate manually-intensive processes and proactively manage SaaS budgets

2:05pm - 2:35pm  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:35pm  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.

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Pick Up the Pace – Keeping Up with the Future of AI

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Sharon Mandell

Chief Information Officer

Juniper Networks

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Christian Nascimento

Vice President, Product Management & Strategy


AI implementation is growing fast with the idea that IT teams can be freed up from repetitive tasks to instead focus on the end users’ experiences. But with all the positives, without governance, enterprises are at risk for security breaches, unethical or biased AI or a system that’s simply not fulfilling its intent.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Leveraging top AI trends across the enterprise for business growth
  • Using AI as a value driver for the customer experience
  • Addressing mounting potential risks from lack of governance

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Innovation Fueled by Digitization

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Datta Junnarkar

CIO - Maritime

The Boeing Co

Boeing’s journey toward digitalization has paved the way for autonomous innovations as the wave of the future. Going to an industry 4.0 requires creativity, but also the mastering of design, supply chain and data usage. So how do you get to that next level of productivity?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Fostering innovation through the push to digitization
  • Industry 4.0 and factory automation
  • Use of Data in driving solutions

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Prioritizing Data Through Enterprise Intelligence

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Sajjad Hussain Khazipura

VP, Chief Architect Cloud and Data Platforms


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Shadaab Kanwal

Executive Leader MD - Digital, Data, and Analytics Services

Charles Schwab

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Michael Robinson

Chief Information Officer


The key to better customer experiences might be hiding in the data you already have, but to get that information you must use intelligence at the right time. Auditing your current resources could help you identify useful insights and use them to sharpen your organization’s competitive edge.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Investing in modern data tools and determining what data is valuable vs. unnecessary
  • Defining an intelligence journey and leveraging technologies like artificial intelligence to unlock the value of data
  • Creating buy in and driving data literacy across an intelligent enterprise

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Unification and SAP and API, Oh My

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Maryam Zand

Vice President Cloud Partners

Red Hat

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Dave Carlisle


Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The modern CIO faces significant unification challenges. Centralized management and translating data to meet SAP’s specifications can feel like a fantasy. Additionally, consolidated systems still require independent business unit subsystems. How can the enterprise overcome the challenge of achieving overall unification with a mix of microservices?

Join this peer roundtable to discuss:

  • Improving competitiveness and customer satisfaction
  • Unifying a wide variety of in-house information to respond to change
  • Simplifying management and improving reliability

3:20pm - 3:35pm  Networking Break

3:35pm - 4:10pm  Keynote

Stress and the CIO — Practical Strategies to Mitigate Burnout

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Sheila Hamilton

Mental Health Thought Leader and Author of "All the Things We Never Knew"

Guest Speaker

Today’s CIOs face daunting challenges. As the business leader in charge of adding value to the company, finding the right talent and inspiring technology innovation, there’s an incredible amount of pressure.  It’s no surprise that CIOs are experiencing burnout at unprecedented rates.  While taking care of employees is important, how can CIOs make sure they are taking care of themselves to help make their careers sustainable while maintaining a sense of well-being? 

Join this keynote to explore:

  • Evidence-based strategies that can help alleviate burnout
  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of toxic stress and burnout
  • How to remain engaged, energized, and focused during turbulent times

4:10pm - 4:30pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

Enjoy a beverage and a prize drawing to celebrate the day.

4:30pm - 7:00pm  Executive Networking Reception

Executive Celebration Dinner

Come enjoy one another's company as the Governing Body members celebrate by hosting a dinner for all attendees.  Also, in the spirit of community and giving back, you'll have the opportunity to assemble bags for local children preparing to enter foster care.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering


Venue & Accommodation

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

A block of rooms has been reserved at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 415-896-1600.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $340 USD (plus tax) is May 30, 2022.

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