Southern California CIO Inner Circle

January 9, 2018 | Elevate Lounge

January 9, 2018
Elevate Lounge

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 Inner Circle.

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

Greg Fancher

Taco Bell Corporation

Larry Godec

The First American Corporation

Rich Hoffman

UCLA IS Associates
Chair - Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

Rick Hopfer

Molina Healthcare, Inc.


January 9, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Registration & Opening Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Beyond Buzzwords – Redefining Enterprise IT Strategy

Bertrand Leroux headshot

Bertrand Leroux

SVP, CIO & Head of Global Strategic Sourcing

Activision Blizzard

James Rinaldi headshot

James Rinaldi

Chief Information Officer

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Joseph M. Solimando headshot

Joseph M. Solimando

VP of Business Application Services, Disney Worldwide Services

The Walt Disney Company

In a business environment long driven by technology, once-refreshing ideas like “disruption,” “transformation” and “innovation” have begun to take on the drone of buzzwords. While these concepts show up everywhere, they still hold great meaning for the organizations and leaders able to embrace them. In this dinner conversation, you and your CIO peers will reclaim the future of enterprise IT strategy from jargon peddlers. You’ll examine the real-world impact of emerging technologies, the necessity of rapid change and the practical approaches to fostering innovation. Come prepared to share successes, ask questions and re-imagine leadership for tomorrow’s tech-driven enterprise.

Redefine: The Digital Enterprise

  • What are your successes in building a roadmap for a digital strategy?
  • How do you secure organization-wide support for digital initiatives?
  • How do you demonstrate ROI on digital initiatives?

Redefine: Innovation in a Digital Space

  • How do you balance the day-to-day while creating innovative practices?
  • What is your strategy on innovation – buy or build?
  • How do you steer your organization toward new technologies (AI, machine learning, smart devices)?
  • What talent skill sets are needed in the new digital environment?

Redefine: Customer Engagement in a Digital World

  • What partnerships within the business are you leveraging to build a customer experience?
  • What are you doing to understand your current and prospective customers?
  • How can you influence the business to meet the needs of the digital consumer?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


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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