Southern California CIO Executive Summit

June 6, 2018 | Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

June 6, 2018
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Southern California CIO Executive Summit.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Southern California CIO Governing Body

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


Ginny Davis


Jim Davis

Vice Provost IT & CTO UCLA, CTO Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

Larry Godec

The First American Corporation

Rich Hoffman

UCLA IS Associates
Chair - Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency, Inc.

Bertrand Leroux

Activision Blizzard
SVP, CIO & Head of Global Strategic Sourcing


June 5, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

The Neuroscience of Being Memorable

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Carmen Simon

Cognitive Neuroscientist & Author

Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions

Success in any industry is a function of influencing others. This is no easy task because modern audiences and decision makers are bombarded with requests for their attention, many of which go ignored. In this session, discover strategies for transforming yourself and your message into something worth noticing. Carmen Simon delves into the field of neuroscience, revealing how the brain processes information. The key is understanding what makes people pay attention, remember you and ultimately act on what you say. Learn how to convert neuroscience insights into practical guidelines that will help you resonate with people and spark action.

June 6, 2018 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:50am  Keynote

Tomorrow’s CIO – The Chief ‘Integration’ Officer

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Tammy Choy


The Aerospace Corporation

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George Hanna

VP, Technology, Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC; CIO, Disneyland Resort

The Walt Disney Company

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Bryan Muehlberger

Global CIO

Beachbody, LLC

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Jim Crawford


Kaiser Permanente

While technology – and the systems, hardware and architecture that comes with it – will always remain the backbone of the IT function, tomorrow’s successful CIOs will possess a strong business mindset. Our esteemed panelists all agree others in the C-suite increasingly come to the CIO because they are in the middle of EVERYTHING. IT leaders integrate people, ideas and where the business needs to position itself to succeed. Hear their views on IT and overall org structure, why CIOs might just be the next in line to be CEOs and the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the CIO of the future.

8:50am - 9:20am  Networking Break

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Sports, Concerts, Festivals, Facilities – The IT Glue Behind It All

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Bill Martin


AEG Worldwide

The breadth of what AEG Worldwide does as a business – sports, concerts and festivals, facilities management – presents daunting challenges and amazing opportunities for the IT function.  CIO Bill Martin shares how his “digital services” team is bringing enterprise grade to a company that stills prides itself on being very entrepreneurial.  He explains how IT keeps AEG’s vast portfolio of independent businesses connected as it transitions to an all-cloud approach and shutters its data center.  Bill will also discuss the implementation of cutting-edge technologies at many of the hundreds of venues designed to increase consumer engagement.

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Using AI to Empower Data Scientists and Fuel Better Decisions

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Paul Taylor

IBM Fellow, Watson Data and AI

Smarter businesses apply AI to learn and continuously evolve the way they work, fending off disruptors. To extract full value from AI, organizations need a data strategy that provides access to all data – no matter where it lives. Data scientists can turbo charge their AI journey by implementing a fully managed, cloud-native environment that is scalable, self-service and applies modern data governance and cataloging. Learn how IBM Watson Studio and IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog provide tools to embed AI, machine learning and deep learning while extending existing investments and enabling professionals to gain the most from data to drive smarter decisions.

9:20am - 10:10am  Executive Boardroom

A CIO’s Guide to Automation-First Thinking

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Brent Eubanks

VP, Technology Optimization, Ticketmaster

Live Nation Entertainment

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James Rinaldi


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Rajeev Tyagi

COO, US & Canada


For many enterprise leaders, automation is a tool to improve the efficiency and productivity of existing, people-driven processes and functions. And while undeniable, these benefits only scratch the surface of possibilities. Forward-looking organizations that take an “automation-first” approach fundamentally rethink existing operations, business processes and functions to achieve results that go far beyond mere efficiency. In this session, CIOs discuss how to develop a culture and mindset of intelligent automation that expands possibilities and enables a truly transformational approach to operational strategy.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

10:10am - 10:40am  Networking Break

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Everything You Save Can and Will Be Used Against You

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George Khalil


City of Riverside

Information is at the heart of everything CIOs do, yet we often forget what we’re trying to protect and focus on specific tools, losing sight of our crown jewels and leading to major gaps in our defense strategies. And even with programs and protocols in place, if users (employees) do not understand cybersecurity is an integral job responsibility, the enterprise is at risk. George Khalil, CISO for the city of Riverside, gives a sobering account of costly data breaches that occurred because gaps were exploited. He offers solutions, including how to implement effective policy architectures and increase employee awareness of vital data management and protection practices, to help keep your organization from being a headline.

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

The Future Belongs to the Intelligent Enterprise

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Michael Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board & CEO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

The intelligent enterprise is the ultimate data-driven organization. It harnesses traditionally counteractive forces – agility and governance, convenience and security, ease of use and enterprise functionality – to go beyond business intelligence and deliver transformative insights to every user, constituent and partner. Today, every forward leaning company is racing to become an intelligent enterprise. Why? Because organizations that build this intelligent edge over competitors will be the dominant force of tomorrow. Hear from MicroStrategy Founder and CEO, Michael Saylor, and map out how to transform your organization into an intelligent enterprise.

10:40am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Successfully Managing the Convergence of IT and OT

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Lance Ralls


Belkin International, Inc.

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Matthew Brooks

Director, Southern California

Google Cloud

More organizations are working to align information technology with operational technology, putting the impetus firmly on CIOs and the IT organization to foster relationships and alter the culture of their organizations. IT and OT skills will blend and new skillsets will need to be developed. Join this interactive session to discuss the challenges and opportunities from the convergence of IT and OT. Come ready to share ideas for increasing cooperation between IT and the groups managing OT. IoT, too, will be splashed into the conversation as businesses transform and aim to mitigate risks associated with these new digital opportunities.

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

June 6, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:30am - 12:00pm  Networking Break

12:40pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI

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Paul Daugherty

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer


Artificial Intelligence is completely reimagining the rules of how companies operate and, in fact, reshaping business and society in unimagined ways. What are the top three myths about AI you wish you knew more about? What’s the secret to radically reimagining work with AI? And what can we do now to be prepared for the AI economy? Accenture’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Paul Daugherty, will shed light on these critical topics and share thought-provoking insights from his newly released book on Artificial Intelligence, Human + Machine.

1:10pm - 1:40pm  Networking Break

June 6, 2018 - afternoon

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing a Multi-Cloud Strategy

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Luke Chandler

Director, Cloud Programs


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Ginny Davis



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Daniel Pitt

VP, Enterprise Architecture


Technicolor SVP, CIO & CSO Ginny Davis was shocked to read only a third of organizations today have a cloud strategy, but says she was in that boat in 2014 looking to navigate the rough seas ahead of her. She and her chief architects share lessons learned from their multi-cloud strategy journey that led them to create the Technicolor Application Platform. They discuss the challenges of working with multiple vendors who instantiate almost everything, the implementation of solid systems across multiple regions, and the shared responsibility model between IT, business units and project managers that is the backbone of all that they do.

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

The Changing Role of the CIO in Today’s Era of Automation

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Sanjeev Khanna


Tata Consultancy Services

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Andy Nallappan


Broadcom Limited

With information serving as the pillar for organizations, the CIO’s role is becoming increasingly critical, and CEOs and board of directors are more dependent than ever on IT leaders. CIOs are constantly challenged to improve the quality of information to achieve better business results, yet they are also tasked with keeping that information and the enterprise secure. Broadcom CIO Andy Nallappan shares how he is implementing new products, platforms and tools – such as automation and RPA – to improve user experience, increase productivity and standardize processes. He will explain how simplification through automation has made Broadcom better informed and more agile.

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

How Hybrid Approaches are Changing the IT Landscapes and Transforming Businesses

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Michael Keithley


United Talent Agency, Inc.

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Bryan Muehlberger

Global CIO

Beachbody, LLC

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Michael Baron

VP, Field Operations

Rimini Street, Inc.

According to a recent Gartner survey, 82 percent of CIOs are taking a hybrid IT approach to transformation by investing in new applications and services to augment their existing on-premises ERP solutions. Why does a hybrid IT approach make sense in today’s business environment? How can you optimize spending on things like maintaining systems of record? How can investing in new systems of engagement further strategic-transformation initiatives? This interactive boardroom discussion will examine strategies and best practices for the CIO to become a more sophisticated evaluator of innovative business and technology investments, and how to multiply them.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact:

Dennis Keenan at 503-912-4569 or

2:30pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Go Agile or Go Home – Deluxe’s Digital Transformation Journey

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Cindy McKenzie


Deluxe Entertainment

What do you do when your business goes from analog to digital almost overnight? CIO Cindy McKenzie tells the tale of Deluxe Entertainment’s transformative journey to become agile, starting with a complete overhaul of how the company functioned. Silos were broken down and groups consolidated – sometimes against their will – a common architecture was implemented, and systems were integrated in an effort to organize IT so it could support the business. McKenzie explains how Deluxe opened up lines of communication, streamlined IT governance and implemented a “one workflow” technology platform so the business could focus on its core business of distributing digital content.

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Think Your Network is Safe? Check All of Your Endpoints…

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Michael Howard

Worldwide Chief Security Advisor & Practice Manager

HP Inc. Print Security Solutions

While you invest time, resources and millions of dollars in protecting endpoints and network perimeter, are you addressing one of the largest footprints of your network? You may be allowing hackers and malware to take the easy route to your organization’s network and data. Michael Howard will share real-world breach examples of how some of the most secure organizations are still lagging in overall security for critical endpoints like printers. Howard will share best practices on how to secure these valuable endpoints in the most effective way.

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Executive Boardroom

The Business of Blockchain

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Henry Park

Founder & CEO


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Jonathan Wong


Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

The CIO role is quickly evolving from one of being the executive level “IT” person to a true business leader and strategist. Blockchain is a technology that, if implemented, could involve a complete shift in how organizations fundamentally operate. It has the potential to affect every interaction with business partners in and outside the enterprise. Join this interactive discussion around the strategy a CIO needs to present a blockchain plan to business owners and leaders, as it’s more than an IT decision – it’s a broader business decision CEOs, investors and board members would need to get behind.

3:40pm - 4:00pm  Networking Break

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Change Your Culture and Change the World

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Eric Iverson


Creative Artists Agency

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Michelle Kydd Lee

Chief Innovation Officer

Creative Artists Agency

Take care of each other and good things will happen – that’s the philosophy embraced by chief innovation and information officers Michelle Kydd Lee and Eric Iverson of CAA. Culture is at the core of their organization, touching everyone from internal stakeholders to the celebrity clients the agency represents. And this is no mere platitude; Kydd Lee and Iverson break down the components of culture to build it systematically through innovation, mindfulness, collaboration, and decades of philanthropy. Join them as they share the link between a positive, selfless environment and business outcomes that impact their bottom line – and the world.

4:40pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Your Community Partners

Presenting Sponsors
National Sponsors
Keynote Session Host

Southern California CIO Program Manager

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

Dennis Keenan

Senior Program Manager