Southern California CIO Virtual Executive Summit

June 22, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT

June 22, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm PDT

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:

Fortifying the foundations of business enablement

Thriving in the Moment – empowering people, maximizing potential, delivering value

Seizing the future – turning the corner to embrace what's next

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


Mary Gendron

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

Alex Grimwade

CIO, Disney Television Studios

Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency

Greg Moore

KB Home

Bryan Muehlberger

CIO & EVP of Technology

Robert Valle

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

What to Expect

Connect with your CIO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


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

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Southern California community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


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

Driving an Agenda That Enables and Transforms Your Business

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Jim Green


Los Angeles County Probation Department

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Chester Lui

Head of Americas Chrome Customer Engineers

Google Chrome Enterprise

One of the biggest challenges facing the modern CIO is balance. When it comes to business transformation, the sky is the limit… until you run into budget, time and resource constraints. How can CIOs balance these real limitations while encouraging their teams to dream big and come up with outside the box solutions?

Join this keynote to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce

8:45am - 9:00am  PDT Break

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

Forge the Path to Business Alignment With Low-Code Automation

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Pavel Zamudio-Ramirez

Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President, Customer Success

Appian Corp

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Carol Fawcett

Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Golden State Foods

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Anthony Moses


Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance

In a highly disruptive and digital environment, hyperautomation and agility are critical to the transformation and optimization of business operations. To keep pace, organizations are increasingly looking to empower their technology-savvy workforce with low-code automation platforms to modernize legacy systems, improve customer experience and ignite innovation.

Join this boardroom discussion to explore how CIOs are:

  • Improving critical business processes with low-code automation platforms
  • Leveraging talent across the business to enable scalable enterprise ready innovation
  • Managing the pros and cons of democratized technology

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

Fueled by the Power of Data

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Dan McClintock


The Meruelo Group

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Greg Moore


KB Home

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Ed Macko

VP, Industry CTO, IBM Cloud & Cognitive


Smart organizations are infusing the intelligence of AI and the agility of hybrid cloud to better predict and shape future outcomes, and automate decisions and processes. As a result, organizations can empower people to do higher value work and hyper-personalize digital experiences. However, only 2 out of 10 firms have scaled AI solutions.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Preventing project stall due to data complexity, talent scarcity, and a lack of trust in AI systems
  • Scaling AI across the organization with the right approach and architecture
  • Leveraging AI technologies and data science tools to proactively optimize workflows and experiences

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

The CIO Mission — Directly Aligning IT to Business Objectives

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


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Ted Ross


City of Los Angeles, CA

Keeping pace with business demands requires IT to embrace transformation. Poor user experience, slowed M&A value, expanded security concerns, and IT misalignment with business goals prevent top enterprises from obtaining agility and resiliency. As last year demonstrated, legacy systems don’t react quickly or scale to accommodate rapid change. It’s imperative that CIOs focus on removing the legacy infrastructure that slows IT transformation and impedes business growth.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Providing corporate access to any user on any device from any location
  • Promoting alignment between IT objectives and business initiatives
  • Deploying cloud technology that accelerates enterprise scaling and agility strategies

10:45am - 11:00am  PDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am  PDT Executive Boardroom

Enabling Work From Anywhere With 5G

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Glenn Coles


Yamaha Motor Corporation USA

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Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology


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Parvin Mahajan

VP Product Commercialization


Progressive organizations have included permanent work-from-anywhere (WFX) options in their connectivity strategy and according to IDC, 64% of business leaders will subsidize this connectivity. These new solutions will reduce the in-home bandwidth battle for employees, alleviate the burden of managing multiple vendors, and reduce security vulnerabilities is needed. Join your peers in a focused discussion on options to manage your work-from-anywhere environment. In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Investing in the right technologies to support WFX and decrease risk
  • Long-term planning to deliver equitable access across your workforce
  • Moving from workforce support to workforce innovation

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

The Intentional Infrastructure — Cloud Clarity for Greater Outcomes

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Purnima Padmanabhan

Senior Vice President, Cloud Management


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Joseph Cevetello


City of Santa Monica, CA

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Jim Puerner


Bragg Companies

As the ongoing rush to the cloud continues, many organizations falter because they equate “movement” with “strategy.” Getting the most out of your cloud journey requires clear communication of terms and expectations, alignment with other business processes and functions, and partnerships among multiple internal and external stakeholders.

This session puts strategy in the crosshairs and discusses:

  • Expanding cloud strategy beyond IT and creating cross-functional, business-wide alignment
  • Establishing policies and guardrails to streamline best practices and eliminate ambiguity on your cloud approach across your organization
  • Building adaptability into your strategy so it can be adjusted as needed to address shifting business needs at any step in the journey

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

Digital Workplace Experience in Hybrid Environments

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Ani Nayak

Head of Business Process Transformation, Document Cloud


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Theresa Miller


LionsGate Entertainment

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Robert Valle

CIO and Vice President - Information Technology

Mazda Motor of North America

Employee experience and company culture will continue to be primary pillars of the unfolding era of hybrid-remote work environments. While leading with a people-first strategy, technology plays a crucial role in this evolution, to foster unique work styles, meet changing employee expectations, and streamline business processes.

In this interactive roundtable, join your peers for a deep dive exploring:

  • How technology talent will enable innovation and inspire the future workplace
  • The role of technology in organizational health in terms of culture and well-being
  • How newly formed digital workspaces can blend seamlessly with digital design and strategy

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

Strategic Drivers to Digital Business Acceleration

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David Abbott

VP, Technology Operations

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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Tamara Gates

VP Enterprise Project Management


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Meerah Rajavel

Chief Information Officer

Citrix Systems, Inc.

A CIO’s 2021 marching orders come straight from the top: In a Gartner survey, 7 out of 10 boards demanded digital acceleration in a disrupted global climate, while operational excellence through digital business topped the forward-driving agenda. How does your digital strategy measure up to the mission? Join your peers in an interactive session built around modern digital design.

Among the key talking points:

  • What it means to be ‘digital-first’ – breaking down roadblocks and navigating roadmaps
  • What levers to pull to expand digital business and increase digital maturity
  • How CIOs create the ability for remote and hybrid work environments

12:45pm - 1:15pm  PDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CIO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Southern California community.

1:15pm - 1:30pm  PDT Break

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

Work from Anywhere and the Evolution of Culture and Talent

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Curtis Peterson

SVP, Operations


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Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology


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Lance Ralls



As organizations have embraced remote work out of necessity during the pandemic, the market for tech talent has shifted dramatically. Employers can compete for tech talent regardless of location while simultaneously creating a culture that is founded on collaboration and communication. This session will address the unique opportunities the work from anywhere movement has provided to enable a productive and purpose-led organization. 

Join this session for a discussion on:

  • What you can do to maximize the benefits of a distributed workforce
  • How you’re thinking about the future of talent and culture
  • How an increasingly remote tech talent landscape can provide more equitable access

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

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

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