Southern California CIO Inner Circle

September 5, 2018 | City Club Los Angeles

September 5, 2018
City Club Los Angeles

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

Larry Godec

The First American Corporation

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.


September 5, 2018

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

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Business Leadership Through Innovation and Strategic Change

David Buckholtz headshot

David Buckholtz

SVP Corporate IT

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Glenn Coles headshot

Glenn Coles


Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Allen Fazio headshot

Allen Fazio


Houlihan Lokey

Steve House headshot

Steve House

VP, Product Management


Michael Keithley headshot

Michael Keithley


United Talent Agency

Jim Puerner headshot

Jim Puerner


Tutor Perini Corporation

Lance Ralls headshot

Lance Ralls


Belkin International, Inc.

As digital transformation rewrites business models, CIOs must identify and create revenue-driving projects. Reimagine your leadership to increase the pace your department understands business needs and delivers value. By embracing strategic change and aligning more closely with the business, you can open the door to unparalleled opportunities. Discuss methods for laying the groundwork for a sustainable innovation culture, identifying and vetting opportunities, and integrating with overall business strategy.

Build a sustainable innovation process

  • How do you design and scale innovation approaches and programs that will achieve business goals?
  • What small-scale activities (think hackathon) or major corporate investments (like a lab or external partnership) has your company implemented?
  • How do you create and execute a repeatable innovation process?
  • How do you foster a culture of creativity to attract and retain employees?

Identify opportunities to profit from digital

  • What planning or research have you conducted to identify digital opportunities?
  • What tools or processes have you invested in to increase digital revenue?
  • How do you identify emerging technologies for digital transformation and vet emerging technology vendors?
  • What skills are needed from you or your hires to fully embrace digital?
  • What common roadblocks are coming up as you manage digital project implementations?

Integrate business and IT strategies

  • In your role, do you help identify parts of the business that could be transformed?
  • How do you contribute to the development of an enterprise-wide strategy?
  • Have you begun to align IT and OT? What have the benefits been (reduced costs, reduced risks, increased agility, etc.)?
  • How have you embedded security into your IT and business processes to mitigate the security risk of digital technologies?
  • How do you identify leading performance indicators for new digital implementations and communicate outputs to other stakeholders?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

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

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


Your Community Partners

Summary Discussion Partner
National Sponsor
Local Sponsors

Southern California CIO Program Manager

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

Dennis Keenan

Senior Program Manager