Southern California CIO Virtual Executive Summit

November 18, 2020 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PST

November 18, 2020 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PST

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Leveraging AI and automation to streamline a remote work environment

New norms in acquiring and nurturing IT talent

Leveraging IT's influence for deeper business engagement


Glenn Coles

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA

James Davis

University of California - Los Angeles
Vice Provost IT & CTO, Manufacturing USA, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Ginny Davis


Mary Gendron

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

Alex Grimwade

CIO, Disney Television Studios

Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency

Bryan Muehlberger

CIO & EVP of Technology

Lance Ralls



November 18, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am  PST Virtual Summit Keynote

Productivity Anywhere

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David Luzier

Vice President Engineering


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Mary Gendron

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer


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Jim Crawford


Kaiser Permanente

Most organizations will continue to have some portion of the workforce remain remote long after Covid-19 distancing requirements are behind us. For CIOs, the task of building the infrastructure to support that workforce begins now.

Join your peers for this panel discussion addressing:

  • Organizational preparedness for a future hybrid-remote environment
  • Challenges and insights around managing distributed workforces long-term 
  • How secure content modernization will facilitate productivity anywhere

8:45am - 9:00am  PST Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

A Distributed Workforce – Moving into the Future

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Curtis Salinas

Senior Director, BizTech Strategic Planning & Operations


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Allen Fazio


Houlihan Lokey

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Jim Puerner


Bragg Companies

Necessity drove most organizations to rapidly (and successfully) deploy a remote workforce for the first time. For this success to outlast necessity, CIOs must be at the forefront of building strong culture, sustained productivity and mutual trust for the remote work of the future. 

In this virtual boardroom, CIOs will discuss:

  • Best practices for sustaining productivity and addressing burnout in a virtual environment
  • Tools and partnerships to ease this technical and cultural transition
  • A vision for the next evolution of remote work – what companies can do to thrive today and win in the future

9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Creating a Secure, Modern Digital Environment

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Greg Moore


KB Home

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Les Ottolenghi

Former EVP & CIO

Caesars Entertainment

Information security is now more than ever playing a role in the organization’s mission to make security personal and in collaboration. How are CIOs partnering with CISOs to help establish a security strategy that is an enabler of the digital business rather than an obstacle?

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss:

  • How the security team can enable strategy and be a successful partner with the IT team
  • Best practices for organizational change management
  • Create a communication strategy that ties security to organizational success

10:00am - 10:45am  PST Virtual Summit Keynote

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Alan Trefler

Founder and CEO


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Allen Fazio


Houlihan Lokey

Remember when “embracing disruption” was an aspirational call-to-action – not a necessary navigation of everyday life? Now that you have your company’s undivided, fully-disrupted attention, why look back? As the pandemic pushes more and more customers online, CIOs must ensure that their experience is seamless – creating the right channels for connection and utilizing the right data to innovate products or services.

This conversation will focus on:

  • Designing and delivering an optimal digital future for your business
  • Leveraging a cultural shift to more agile, rapid technology outcomes
  • Ways to evolve a data-centric approach to consumer insight – fostering new business opportunities

10:45am - 11:00am  PST Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Accelerating in a Multi-Cloud Environment

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Chris Jacob

Director of Product Management

CloudHealth by VMware

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Michael Keithley


United Talent Agency

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Guillermo Lopez



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Joseph Cevetello


City of Santa Monica, CA

The past year has put cloud adoption into hyper-speed for many organizations, but how can you be sure your move to the cloud stays strategic and not reactive? The key is in solid planning and partnerships.

Join this discussion to understand how to:

  • Choose the right partners to accelerate your cloud transformation
  • Simplify cloud management in a multi-cloud environment
  • Increase visibility across business units to ensure business goals are met

11:00am - 12:00pm  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Accelerating Digital Business Initiatives

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Archana Rao

Chief Information Officer


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Hugh Westermeyer

SVP, Corporate Technology

City National Bank

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Mary Ames


Zenith National Insurance

As a CIO, it is crucial to enable the digital agenda while connecting technology with business value. During this unprecedented time, organizations can leverage digital offerings to alleviate impacts on operations and business performance.

In this virtual boardroom discussion, CIOs will discuss:

  • How to reprioritize digital projects to meet new needs
  • Strategies to communicate value to your board
  • New and existing partnerships to push objectives forward

11:00am - 12:00pm  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

Enabling Employees for Remote Work

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Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology


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David Buckholtz

SVP, Head of End User Capability


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Colleen Wolf


Ventura Foods

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Mark Obenauf

Regional Vice President


Remote work has quickly gone from a trend to a necessity, and the speed of this shift has placed both companies and employees in a challenging position. During this session front line executives share their advice, strategies, and real-world experience about what it really takes to enable remote work.

Join  your peers to discuss:

  • Empowering employees with effective, combined communications and collaboration tools
  • Balancing long-term and short term work-from-home strategies
  • Addressing rapidly changing challenges with solutions to engage the mobile workforce

11:00am - 12:00pm  PST Virtual Summit Boardroom

The Real Value of AI

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James Davis

Vice Provost IT & CTO, Manufacturing USA, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

University of California - Los Angeles

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Stephen Brobst



Management boards and CIOs alike talk at length about the potential impact of artificial intelligence and machine learning on business processes, proficiency and performance. This session aims beyond the AI hype to target real world results in the enterprise.

Join your peers to discuss: 

  • Building AI awareness and capabilities to move from POCs to production
  • Practical use cases that drive successful outcomes 
  • The right tools and suppliers for your business

12:00pm - 12:45pm  PST Virtual Summit Keynote

Drive the Business Forward with Data at the Core

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Mark Chamberlain

VP of Product Development


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Carol Fawcett

Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Golden State Foods

Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data and CIOs must continually find true meaning and value in the data. In this fireside chat executives will consider ways to mature your data and analytics program to provide accurate, real-time data.

This session will explore:

  • Implementing data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leveraging data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Defining clear data ownership and standardization

12:45pm - 1:15pm  PST Networking

Community Discussion

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Lance Ralls



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James Rinaldi

Chief Information Technology Advisor

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Doug Goetz

SVP, Operational Resilience & Compliance

Fox Corporation

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

1:30pm - 3:00pm  PST Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow Southern California CIO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Available if you sign up and select peer meetings prior to the summit. To join your meetings or download meeting calendar invites, please reference the instructions that were emailed to you from

November 18, 2020

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

Dennis Keenan

Senior Program Manager