Southern California CIO Executive Summit

December 11, 2018 | Loews Hollywood Hotel

December 11, 2018
Loews Hollywood Hotel

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


James Davis

Vice Provost IT & CTO, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

Larry Godec

The First American Corporation

Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency

Bertrand Leroux

Activision Blizzard
SVP, CIO & Head of Global Strategic Sourcing

Bryan Muehlberger

Beachbody, LLC
Global CIO

Lance Ralls

Belkin International, Inc.


December 10, 2018

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

Walking Wounded – Inside the U.S. Cyberwar Machine

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Dr. Michael VanPutte

Author, Chief Scientist

Provatek LLC

Forget everything you know about crime, war and espionage in cyberspace. Originally developed by the Department of Defense to improve our national security, cyberspace has become a battlefield we rely on but can’t defend. Furthermore, it is a risk to our military, political, economic, and personal security. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a sneak peek behind the scenes with Dr. Michael VanPutte, who will:

  • Give you an insider’s perspective on the secret history, technologies and strategies of cyberwar
  • Explain how our national policies have made us all less secure
  • Share the tools to get beyond the hype, mythologies and marketing so we can all understand what President Obama called, “The most serious threat to our national security.”

Governing Body members host this dinner to launch the event with an evening of peer networking and a presentation.

December 11, 2018 - morning

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

7:45am - 8:30am  Keynote

Artificial Intelligence: Keeping the Humanity in Technology

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Missy Young



The rapid-paced growth of Artificial Intelligence is bringing remarkable changes that will impact the lives of every human being. With the opportunities for technological advancement that are presented with AI, there is a growing necessity to balance the ever-evolving role of technology in the world with the imperative to maintain the “humanity” in a technologically-driven future. AI applications are influencing and improving health, science, communication, transportation and energy, on a global scale. Switch CIO Missy Young explores:

  • Can AI reflect the best parts of humanity?
  • Challenges of keeping the humanity in technology in the age of analytics and technological transformation
  • Complex issues such as governance, individuality and developing technology infrastructure to support AI
  • The critical role of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education initiatives as the path to building the workforce of the future
  • How is physical infrastructure advancing to support all of this technology?

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Leading IT 2.0 and Managing Your CIO Career

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Allen Fazio


Houlihan Lokey

The average tenure of a CIO is now under five years and the career demands are mounting. The onset of digital disruption — and the ensuing shorter business cycles — has dramatically changed the role of today’s CIO. IT leaders are expected to not only understand the potential of new technologies and platforms, but also how to incorporate technologies going forward and contribute to the organization’s evolving business strategy. CIOs are expected to hit the ground running when they land a new gig, produce and follow a 90-day plan, win the hearts and minds of the IT team, and upgrade IT’s capabilities and cadence.

Allen Fazio walks us through the ups and downs of his IT journey and shares:

  • Best practices for proactively managing and nurturing your CIO career and network
  • Practical ideas for getting up to speed quickly at new roles and helping drive business value
  • Tips for continuing your career pathing by planning for your next job while you are at your current job

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Building – and Securing – a Smarter Los Angeles

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Timothy Lee


City of Los Angeles

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Ted Ross


City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles was ranked the No. 1 Digital City in the U.S. for the last two years, and for good reason. Projects include: new digital forms of customer engagement –chatbots and virtual assistants, including “Chip” (City Hall Internet Personality), a personal digital assistant that answers citizens questions through the city’s website; technologies that optimize internal operations (computer vision for street cleanliness); and emerging tech that transforms public services (earthquake early warning and fire-spotting sensors).

The city’s CIO and CISO share:

  • How the city has challenged developers to think differently about approaches to communication
  • Stats and data proving why this “smart city” is making an impact, and how it is applicable to enterprise businesses
  • What the city is doing to keep all of its digital efforts secure

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Moving Off-Premise – How’s Your Cloud Migration Stacking Up?

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Tim Moran

SVP, Global IT

Live Nation Entertainment

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Bryan Muehlberger

Global CIO

Beachbody, LLC

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Lance Ralls


Belkin International, Inc.

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Michael Gephart

Leader, Southwest Area

Amazon Web Services

Beachbody LLC is looking how best to move from value-depleting to value-enabling strategic capabilities by re-architecting, containerizing and moving its current on-prem stacks to one that is cloud-based. Join this interactive discussion to share the cloud computing strategies that you are using to free up your team of developers and technologists to focus more on value-enabliing initiatives, versus mundane non-core activities.

Come ready to compare notes on:

  • The differences between Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service and Software as a Service solutions
  • Deployment strategies that are right for you as levels of controls, flexibility and management vary
  • Development of a cloud service roadmap, including risk assessment, maturity metrics and vendor management
  • Moving investment from run to grow/transform and value-enabling initiatives

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 or 503-912-4569.

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

‘But We’re Not a Bank?!’ Perspectives on Adopting Agile at Sony Pictures

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David Buckholtz

SVP Corporate IT

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Doug Chung

Agile Management Office Lead & VP, Digital Media Group

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Nadya Ichinomiya

Director of IT

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment IT is 18 months into an agile journey. As part of a broader initiative to transform corporate functions leading to increased revenue or reduced costs, the IT organization was tasked to build out a program structure furthering the adoption of agile methods. Come hear lessons learned from the journey so far and thoughts moving forward.

  • David Buckholtz shares the context behind starting the agile journey, how it has evolved over the past year and a half, and unique challenges adopting agile in media and entertainment
  • Doug Chung shares how the Agile Management Office was stood up, started with teams who were already close to agile practices, and then moved in to more traditional areas of IT
  • Nadya Ichinomiya shares her journey that started as a member of the Television IT team, receiving the agile transformation, but then led into a new role as an agile coach
  • All share what has worked well versus what had to change and be modified as the organization learned

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Blockchain – Moving From Hype to Practicality

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Heidi Pease


Los Angeles Blockchain Lab

In 2017, immense publicity around cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin, brought incredible attention to and curiosity of the underlying technology known as blockchain. But the overwhelming hype makes it difficult to navigate practical use cases, implementation costs, and realistic objectives. In this session, Heidi Pease:

  • Addresses blockchain fundamentals, real-life business application for enterprise solutions and innovation, and a state-of-the-industry overview with a focus on pragmatic implementation and best practices
  • Provides some perspectives on the Southern California blockchain ecosystem – where the greatest innovations are occurring
  • Discusses the existing hurdles, and how Southern California can be a blockchain innovation hub

10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

How to Own Your Most Valued Asset – Your Data

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Peter Loo

Chief Deputy CIO

County of Los Angeles

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Theresa Miller


Lionsgate Entertainment

Your organization has embraced analytics and business intelligence, but is it truly data-driven? Join this interactive session to discuss how to become an organization that makes informed, evidence-based decisions. Add to the discussion and share where you are at in your data journey, the challenges and triumphs you faced, as well as what you are doing to keep all that data secure.

This session explores:

  • How to formulate and take action on answers to business questions easily using relevant data, reports, visualizations and analytics
  • Why becoming data-driven should be an imperative, not just an ambition
  • How to break down departmental and organizational silos, increase communication and earn cultural buy-in from key stakeholders

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 or 503-912-4569.

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

December 11, 2018 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 1:10pm  Keynote

STEM-ing the Tide – Addressing Gender Equality in IT

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Alexandra Grimwade


Twentieth Century FOX Television

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Cindy McKenzie


Deluxe Entertainment

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Helen Norris


Chapman University

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Colleen Wolf


Ventura Foods, LLC

Most studies show less than 1 in 4 IT leaders are women, and less than a third of all IT employees are female. This esteemed panel of female CIOs share their paths to becoming IT leaders, hurdles they overcame, and their thoughts on actions we can take today to increase representation of women in IT and in leadership.

Specifically, they’ll discuss:

  • The characteristics that led to their advancement to IT leadership positions
  • How they have handled and overcome unconscious bias
  • What they are doing to mentor and encourage females to stay the IT course
  • What role male advocates and managers play in helping advance women in technology

1:10pm - 1:40pm  Networking Break

December 11, 2018 - afternoon

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Social Media Bots – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Fernanda Carapinha

President & CEO


If your organization is using social media or advertises on social media, it is at risk. Fake reach/engagement, bots impersonating human beings and corporations – it's all driven by the robust digital fraud markets of the dark web, and that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Behavioral cybersecurity expert Fernanda Carapinha shares:

  • How you can keep your organization's social media accounts safe and invest wisely in the social ecosystem
  • Why human behavior, more than weaknesses in software or hardware, should be an area of focus
  • How imposter bots have become a massive business in the darkweb, with potential impacts on national security

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

A New-Look IT Function – A Focus on Service

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Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology


Chad Hamilton has been on a mission at Fremantle to shift the focus of the IT function from the traditional support role to one of a service consultancy, including changing his own title to VP, Technology. This rebrand represents what technology truly is: the fabric of every organization; and it’s a move away from systems to services.

In his presentation, he explains:

  • How he eliminated the term IT and rebranded to a technical services team, emphasis on the “services”
  • How he is prioritizing his forward-facing employees to be personable first – able to explain projects and approaches in human terms – and being technicians/solution-providers second
  • How IT leaders at FremantleMedia are being tuned into the business, understanding it from a high level so they can meet its needs

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

How Blockchain Is Transforming the Media and Entertainment Industry and Learnings From the Supply-Chain Industry

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Cindy McKenzie


Deluxe Entertainment

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Tim Moran

SVP, Global IT

Live Nation Entertainment

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Peter Guglielmino

CTO, IBM Media & Entertainment


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Arthur Meloy

Director, IBM Aspera Engineering & Support


The Media and Entertainment industry stands to garner significant benefits from blockchain technology. The core attributes of blockchain’s shared ledger approach can help provide transparency, trust, efficiency, speed, security and control across the media supply chain for all points in a transaction process. This is particularly important in the delivery, consumption and payment for media content as well as in the advertising space. Moreover, blockchain can help curtail ad fraud, copyright infringement and piracy. Join this private, interactive discussion with M&E company CIOs to ideate on ways to create a blockchain solution with the potential to get a step ahead of the competition.

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 or 503-912-4569.

2:30pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Reducing Complexity and Increasing Interoperability Between IT and OT

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Adrian Butler



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James Davis

Vice Provost IT & CTO, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition


We have entered an unparalleled era of data transformation and disruption, with people, data and physical assets integrating and interoperating in new and innovative ways. Jim Davis and Adrian Butler believe CIOs are uniquely positioned to fill the sails of innovation and disruption efforts or, concurrently, drop anchor and stifle these initiatives due to mounting security concerns.

Join them as they discuss:

  • The impacts of tomorrow’s technologies – IoT, IIoT, robotics and automation, driverless vehicles, smart health, smart cities, smart buildings, smart homes, smart manufacturing, and industry 4.0 – on IT and OT functions, with the line blurred between the two more and more each day
  • Embracing new technologies and practices that present new pathways to managing collaborative, interoperable cyber systems and that run counter to CIOs’ traditional enterprise systems views
  • The evolution and impacts of consumerization on business, including emerging, transformative platforms for engagement such as voice and autonomous vehicles

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Debate: The Evolution of CIOs – Fossils or Frontrunners?

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Michael Keithley


United Talent Agency

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Lance Ralls


Belkin International, Inc.

What’s next for the CIO profession? Everyone agrees that IT leaders must face up to and grasp new technologies, such as agile and cloud, or face extinction. Perhaps one approach is to learn more about the business and ramp up to be CEOs or COOs, adding a dash of leadership charisma to the technical prowess on their resumes. Being a strong business partner is key, no doubt.

Two respected CIOs debate the future of IT leadership. Lean in to this back-and-forth conversation to discover:

  • Strategies, such as joining an external board or getting an MBA, CIOs can employ to avoid becoming dinosaurs
  • Thoughts on leadership and ways to elevate the CIO role as the true business partner it is.  Do you break down the doors to get a seat at the table, is it more methodical or something else?
  • What the CIO role will look like 5, 10 or 15 years down the road (and what the skillset of tomorrow’s CEOs or COOs will be)

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Taking a Stand on Cybersecurity and Information Security

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Greg Moore


KB Home

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Jim Puerner


Tutor Perini Corporation

Cybersecurity has long been the most complex challenge facing enterprise organizations. In the digital age, that complexity has grown exponentially with new ways of doing business creating new threat vectors. CIOs must continually communicate strategy, procure the right budget for the right tools and educate their staffs and end-user communities to mitigate vulnerabilities.

This peer-to-peer exchange attempts to answer:

  • What, if any, advanced detect and protect solutions have you implemented to strengthen your environment, including securing access to applications and services from the internet?
  • What enhancements to your environment have you made to protect from malware and other exploits?
  • What are you doing to control devices connected to your network, especially with the emergence of IoT?
  • How do you manage access to your network for third parties?
  • How are you managing privileged access to your network?

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 or 503-912-4569.

3:40pm - 4:00pm  Networking Break

4:00pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Enabling Secure IT Transformation to the Cloud

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder

Zscaler, Inc.

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Robb Wilber

Director, Global Networks & Telecom

Kelly Services

The cloud and mobility are powerful enablers of digital transformation, but many CIOs, CTOs and CISOs are grappling with legacy architectures and processes that haven't evolved in over 30 years. When apps lived in the data center, it made sense to invest in building a 'hub-and-spoke' network and to protect that network by employing a 'castle-and-moat' security model. But the new world of SaaS, cloud and mobility requires organizations to evolve their network and security architectures. In this session, Robb Wilber, Director of Global Networks & Telecom at Kelly Services, and Jay Chaudhry, CEO, Chairman and Founder of Zscaler, will explore real-world experiences for successfully navigating the journey to the cloud.

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


Venue & Accommodation

Loews Hollywood Hotel

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Southern California CIO Program Manager

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

Dennis Keenan

Senior Program Manager