Seattle CIO Executive Summit

June 11, 2024 | Grand Hyatt Seattle

June 11, 2024
Grand Hyatt Seattle


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Seattle'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:

Mitigating risks in a rapidly evolving landscape where external partners are integral to business

Adapting strategies to meet the complexities of modern legal frameworks and privacy standards

Using data-driven insights to sustain a competitive advantage in the age of digital intelligence

Seattle 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

Brian Abrahamson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Chief Digital Officer

Darren Challey

VP, Security

Laurent Rotival

Cambia Health Solutions
EVP, Strategic Technology Solutions & CIO

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 Seattle 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.


Keynote Session

Remarkable Resilience — Tools for Combating Toxic Stress & Burnout

Today’s CIOs & CISOs 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 & CISOs are experiencing burnout at unprecedented rates. While taking care of employees is important, how can CIOs & CISOs 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

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Securing the Everywhere World — Building Cyber Resilience through a “Connectivity Cloud”

When users are everywhere and digital operations span cloud, SaaS, and on-premises environments, achieving cyber resilience becomes paramount. The challenge lies in navigating this complexity and maintaining visibility and control to ensure continuous operation despite cyber threats.

Join this interactive roundtable to discuss:

  • Optimizing costs and improving security across diverse cloud environments
  • Adopting Zero Trust philosophies to protect users, data, and applications
  • Innovating with AI while addressing global regulatory and data privacy requirements

AI in Business with Transparency, Governance and Compliance

As AI matures in organizations and becomes embedded in business processes, ensuring transparency, governance, and compliance is crucial. Effectively implementing AI can mitigate risk and enhance employee experiences.

In this session, gain actionable insights on how to

  • Manage AI governance to encourage innovation and maintain a competitive edge
  • Effective operationalize AI through real-world scenarios
  • Foster a supportive and engaging workplace environment enhanced by AI

Optimize Application Rationalization to Reduce Cost

CIOs are balancing an ever-increasing number of service providers which requires a strong vendor and application rationalization integrated into strategic decision-making. In order to allocate more funds towards innovation and differentiation initiatives, mission-critical systems need to be optimized, cost effective, and flexible.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Incorporate effective contract management
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock-in
  • Financially optimizing the vendor portfolio

Agility in Security

Modern application delivery has changed drastically with the introduction of cloud and SaaS based solutions mixed with traditional datacenter operations. Securing applications and data across this diverse technology environment introduces new challenges.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Understanding security challenges in heterogeneous environments for application deployment
  • Adopting a zero trust mindset to build secure platforms
  • Overcoming common pitfalls organizations face while trying to build secure platforms

Managing OT to Fully Secure the Business

For most organizations, the number of connected, essential devices is growing by the second. In response, the CISO's jurisdiction is changing just as rapidly. Now, in the case of any security issue, the rest of the C-suite may be looking to you for answers.

Join this session and start understanding:

  • Your new or growing operational technology responsibilities
  • What you can do to smoothly plot and control your OT workload
  • How you can best juggle IT and OT security simultaneously

Breakout Sessions

Defending the Enterprise with Identity Security

Attackers breach organizations and move laterally by stealing and misusing identity data, but unfortunately, most organizations aren’t prepared to deal with such attacks. Current identity solutions focus on safeguarding privileged credentials in PAM solutions or securing the authentication process with MFA and IAM solutions, but these measures don’t protect identity data and infrastructure as the critical assets they are. Learn about Identity Security and understand how it improves your enterprise security posture by limiting credential misuse, misdirecting reconnaissance, and derailing lateral movement.

Join this session to learn:

  • Reduce existing risks to your identity data and infrastructure
  • Manage residual risks by detecting and responding to identity-based attacks
  • Enhance identity security with counterintelligence tactics and techniques

Preparing for Battle — Getting Ahead of Security Challenges of Tomorrow

When it comes to GenAI and nascent technologies being rapidly adopted, CIOs and CISOs must be proactive and thorough in their planning efforts and essentially attempt to predict the future. Today, we know data, access control, and IP must be protected while delighting users amid a changing threat landscape. But what does tomorrow bring?

Join this session to explore:

  • How to take advantage of the AI opportunity while also developing a foundationally secure enterprise
  • Ways to ensure your data, policies, and practices are clean and secure to minimize the risk of AI usage
  • Developing guidelines and policies for enabling business leaders, employees, and customers to realize the AI opportunity

The Future Of AI — Beyond The Hype

What is the future of artificial intelligence and how will security & technology executives aid their organizations in going beyond the hype? Join Brian Abrahamson, Chief Digital Officer, Computing and Information Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as he showcases recent advancements in layperson terms.

Join this conversation to learn:

  • What we might expect in the next 3-5 years
  • The economic potential of generative AI
  • Underlying ethical issues and risks we must grapple with

The Future Of AI 2.0 — Now You Decide

Join a friendly discussion and debate with peers to challenge your ideas on GenAI, privacy, and data governance. Explore the concept of polarity and determine if you can have the best of both worlds. 

Join this INTERACTIVE session to:

  • Build community through interactivity
  • Expand your thinking on polarizing topics
  • Understand the journey your peers are on

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

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Venue & Accommodation

Grand Hyatt Seattle

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Grand Hyatt Seattle at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 402-935-5352. Please mention N/A to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $309 USD (plus tax) is May 21, 2024.

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