Southern California CIO Executive Summit

December 15, 2021 | Omni Los Angeles

December 15, 2021
Omni Los Angeles

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Southern California's top CIOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

Southern California CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

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


Alex Grimwade

CIO, Disney Television Studios

Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency

Greg Moore

KB Home

Anthony Moses

Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance

Bryan Muehlberger

CIO & EVP of Technology

Robert Valle

Mazda Motor of North America
CIO and Vice President - Information Technology

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CIO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Southern California CIO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


December 14, 2021

December 15, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

8:00am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Leading Through Change With Rhonda Vetere

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Rhonda Vetere

Global CIO


CIO of Herbalife and Leadership Expert Rhonda Vetere takes a look at how today's CIO are transforming and innovating in an ever-changing world of business.

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

Enterprise Cloud: Patterns of Success

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

What do enterprises who’ve adopted cloud successfully have in common? In this session, Jake Burns, Enterprise Strategist at AWS, will share what he’s learned in the past 3 years advising executives from over 500 of AWS’s largest customers, in addition to his first-hand experience planning, leading, and executing a successful all-in migration to AWS in his former role. We’ll take a look at strategies based on real-world experience for how to motivate and re-skill existing employees, do more with less, and organize teams to be as successful as possible, as quickly as possible. 

In this session, we’ll cover how to:

  • Turn nay-sayers and doubters into allies
  • Build momentum in your transformation through small wins that deliver big results
  • Creating an environment that encourages calculated risk-taking and growth

9:45am - 10:30am  Breakout Session

Building A Customer-Centric Culture

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Glenn Coles


Yamaha Motor Corporation USA

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Christopher Coye



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Joseph Cevetello


City of Santa Monica, CA

Executive leaders at high-performing customer-centric organizations acknowledge that the employee experience is a critical component to success. CIOs need to take the next step past creating a customer-centric vision to fully enable employees to connect with the customers.

In this breakout you’ll discuss how to:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional leaders to enable employees to be customer-centric in their day-to-day work
  • Eliminate barriers that prevent employees from delivering the ideal customer experience
  • Incorporate feedback from employees to continuously improve how you interact with the customer

9:45am - 10:30am  Executive Boardroom

Can the Link Between Data and User Experience Stall Your Digital Transformation?

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Jeff McKittrick

Vice President, Revenue Excellence


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Alex Grimwade

CIO, Disney Television Studios


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Jim Puerner


Bragg Companies

A common element in every digital transformation is buying and customizing software to create compelling user experiences that improve business processes. But figuring out how multimillion-dollar software investments are driving advancements across the enterprise is difficult when CIOs lack visibility and insights into digital assets. Additionally, the risk of creating a poor user experience is high when there are no UI standards and the cross-application nature of the users’ work isn’t considered. 

Join this boardroom with your CIO peers to discuss:

  • How to drive user adoption and better digital transformation outcomes
  • How to gain deeper visibility and insights into your tech stack
  • How to take action on those insights through greater efficiency and agility

10:30am - 11:00am  Networking Break

11:00am - 11:45am  Breakout Session

Mitigating Risk in the Public Cloud With Zero Trust

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Rich Campagna

SVP, Cloud Protection


For many organizations, the rapid shift to remote work accelerated their adoption of zero trust for employee access to corporate applications. But zero trust is most effective when approached as a holistic strategy applied not only to users, but across the entire organization, including public cloud workloads.

Join your peers for a session focused on:

  • Incorporating zero trust into your cloud transformation strategy
  • Developing new skills and embracing a new cultural mindset at all levels of the enterprise
  • Defining the right tools to empower your adoption of Zero Trust

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Beyond the Hype — Embracing the Hybrid Cloud

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Gene Leo

Public Cloud Architect


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Joel Manfredo


Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans

Customers are demanding more convenient digital experiences, but security threats are growing and a complex, ever-changing web of regulations extends across the globe. How can businesses digitally transform with the cloud – ensuring they have a secure environment where customers’ data is not compromised –while dealing with application sprawl and siloed data? The answer is clear - a secure and open hybrid cloud architecture, but the path to getting there is murky.

In this discussion, we will explore:

  • Strategies to unify existing cloud and on-premise environments and create a bridge to tomorrow’s infrastructure
  • The untapped value across complex hybrid infrastructure
  • How to take control of decentralization and manage, maintain and optimize enterprise systems

11:00am - 11:45am  Executive Boardroom

Mastering the Hyper-Acceleration of Omnichannel Customer Experience

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Gerald Beuchelt

Chief Information Security Officer


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Howard Miller

Chief Information Officer

UCLA Anderson School of Management

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Bill Martin


AEG Worldwide

As more than a decade's worth of digital transformation has been compressed into an intense 18 months, organizations are now hard-pressed to meet the accelerated pace of changing customer preferences. Companies that can listen to customers across an increasing range of channels, rapidly and accurately capture holistic insights, and respond with context, personalization and consistency — across all customer-facing teams — are the ones positioned to thrive.

Join this conversation to:

  • Explore the most business-critical trends in customer experience
  • Spotlight key lessons for implementing new strategies
  • Share success stories with your peers

11:45am - 11:55am  Break

11:55am - 12:50pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

12:00pm - 1:30pm  Lunch Service

12:50pm - 1:05pm  Break

1:05pm - 1:40pm  Keynote

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

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Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer


 With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere. 

In this session, we will discuss: 

  • The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  • Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  • The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS visibility in a SASE architecture

1:40pm - 1:55pm  Break

9:30am - 9:45pm  Break

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

The Rise of Speech Recognition in the Enterprise

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Dan O'Connell

Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer


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Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology


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Abhi Padma

VP of Information Technology

Cornerstone OnDemand

CIOs recognize the potential of Artificial Intelligence. However, it's often unclear what specific methods of AI will emerge as front-runners to bring real change to the business. 

Join Former CEO of speech recognition start-up TalkIQ (acquired by Dialpad in 2018) and current Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer of Dialpad in this interactive boardroom to discuss: 

  • Game-changing elements of different advanced technologies 
  • How voice communication for AI can help automate workflows and enhance conversation
  • Unlocking voice as a dataset and the untapped potential that has for your business

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Breakout Session

An ERP Integration Journey

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Allen Fazio


Houlihan Lokey

 Allen Fazio will discuss his integration journey setting up an ERP program over a fully virtual workspace.

1:55pm - 2:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Building a Cloud Team -- Developing World-Class Talent That Produces Results

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

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Joe Leggio

Chief Information Officer

National Veterinary Associates

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Michael Keithley


United Talent Agency

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Shahin Mohammadkhani

Executive Director, Information Technology, Architecture

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Successful cloud transformations require highly-skilled people, but cloud skills are in high demand and the market for these skills is competitive. What strategies for recruiting and retaining top talent are working, and how do CIOs motivate and re-skill existing employees so they can be as successful as possible as quickly as possible?

Join AWS Enterprise Strategist Jake Burns to learn how to:

  • Turn nay-sayers and doubters into allies
  • Quickly up-skill existing employees with what they need to succeed 
  • Build momentum in your transformation through small wins that deliver big results

2:40pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

3:00pm - 3:40pm  Keynote

IT's Role in Space: Innovating With the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Randi Levin


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

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Chris Mattmann

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory missions have always been fully supported by the Information and Technology Solutions Directorate (ITSD) from start to finish. That said, in the face of a global public health crisis and the astronomical goal of reaching Mars, ITSD demonstrated critical mission-saving innovation and adaptability when we implemented new technologies so that projects and missions remained uninterrupted and on schedule.

In this keynote address, Randi Levin and Chris Mattman will discuss:

  • The landing of Perseverance, a highly sophisticated rover that launched to Mars while 90% of NASA JPL employees were working remotely, along with Ingenuity, a helicopter that tagged along and will attempt powered, controlled flight on another planet for the very first time.
  • Protospace, a collaborative tool that saves time and money while reducing risk by making it easier for engineers to resolve problems using augmented reality.
  • Our repository of custom applications that foster collaboration while streamlining new cybersecurity protocols, for the protection of NASA JPL’s data in a post-COVID environment.

3:40pm - 4:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

December 14, 2021

December 15, 2021

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering


Venue & Accommodation

Omni Los Angeles

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Los Angeles at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-213-617-3300. Please mention Southern California CIO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $189 USD (plus tax) is November 22, 2021.

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