San Francisco CIO Inner Circle

March 6, 2024 | Allied Arts Guild

March 6, 2024
Allied Arts Guild

Collaborate with your peers

Join San Francisco's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Managing Ongoing AI Expectations with Business Stakeholders

Deciding Your AI Ambition

San Francisco CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Pallavi Gupta


Monica Khurana

Dodge & Cox
Chief Technology Officer

Geeta Pyne

Chief Architect, Architecture and Innovation

Avi Sokol


Evan Wayne

World Market

Anantha Ganga

Coherent Corp.
Chief Information Officer


March 6, 2024

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Enterprise Readiness — Preparing to Enable GenAI

Eric Ranta headshot

Eric Ranta

Director, Customer Value & Transformation Advisors

Google Cloud

Anantha Ganga headshot

Anantha Ganga

Chief Information Officer

Coherent Corp.

Alexander Liss headshot

Alexander Liss

Head of AI/ML Engineering

Abhijit Shah headshot

Abhijit Shah

CIO, Ultrasound

Siemens Healthineers

Srini Tanikella headshot

Srini Tanikella

Vice President Information Technology


As CIOs are continuing to tackle use cases for GenAI implementation, we must ensure that not only is our data accurate, protected and regulated, but we must also consider security, scalability and responsible AI practices. While protecting IP, compliance and security, sustainability and mitigation are key components for any CIO at their organization, what can we do today to get one step ahead of what's coming next?

In this interactive discussion with peers, CIOs will have a deep dive into some of the challenges we are all facing in our AI journey.

Topic 1: Preparation and Ground-Up Security
What is the biggest challenge you are currently facing with Gen AI implementation? What is holding you back from scaling it, or what is something you wish you'd known before starting?
How are you thinking about security in compliance differently than you have before?
What do you forecast the next wave of vulnerabilities in security to be?

Topic 2: Scalability and Responsible AI
Do you feel your organization (or even industry) is meeting the moment when it comes to embracing AI capabilities?
What GenAI-specific infrastructure are you planning to implement (or are implementing) and how are you considering deployment resiliently and sustainably?
What does responsible AI look like for you and is there anything preventing you from implementing AI within your definition?!

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.




  • Free self park on-site at venue operated parking lot. 
  • Main lot is located at the intersection of Cambridge and Arbor. 
  • Ushers in the parking lot will direct you to the dinner space upon arrival.

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