Southern California CIO Executive Summit

June 14, 2022 | Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

June 14, 2022
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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:

Developing Foresight to Maximize Leadership

Overcoming the Talent Barrier

Innovative Ideas for Change Management

Southern California CIO Governing Body

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


Glenn Coles

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA

Christopher Coye


James Davis

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

Ginny Davis


Allen Fazio

Houlihan Lokey

Alex Grimwade

The Walt Disney Company
CIO, Disney Television Studios

Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency

Bill Martin

AEG Worldwide

Theresa Miller

LionsGate Entertainment

Greg Moore

KB Home

Anthony Moses

Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance
Chief Innovation Officer

Bryan Muehlberger

CIO & EVP of Technology

Thomas Phelps

Innovate UCLA
Executive Chair and Laserfiche CIO

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.


June 13, 2022

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 9:00am  Keynote

Competing in the New World of Work with Keith Ferrazzi

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Keith Ferrazzi

Author of "Never Eat Alone"

Guest Speaker

To kick off our executive summit, Keith Ferrazzi, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of Ferrazzi Greenlight, provides the blueprint for going forward to work so we can stay competitive in the future.

 Using insights from his new book, Competing in the New World of Work, Keith will dive into:

  • How "radical adaptability" separates the best from the rest
  • Co-elevating team interdependence
  • Sharing accountability for team resilience

 Keith Ferrazzi is a bestselling author, speaker, entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and an enthusiastic team transformation coach committed to helping teams harness Radical Adaptability and Co-Elevation® to positively transform organizations in an unpredictable work world. 

Ferrazzi is unparalleled in his mastery of shifting behaviors at scale.  He is known for activating and challenging an audience to achieve lasting impact for their organization or association. He was recognized for his place in the world as a thought leader and speaker with the coveted Golden Gavel Award.

9:00am - 9:30am  Networking Break

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

Using Digital Strategy Engagement to Build Your Transformation Roadmap

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Bhupesh Arora


Magellan Midstream Partners

The past 2 years has seen all of us to pivot our digital business strategy; but what lies ahead for the transition to 2023? Building your company roadmap requires strategic engagement from all departments. It is crucial to create initiatives where employees understand how they can create more value and become engaged in technology.

Join Bhupesh Arora, CIO at Magellan Midstream Partners as he shares his strategy for engaging employees by:

  • Hosting multiple workshops with key industry leaders
  • Learning how function leaders’ partner with technology
  • Shifting mindsets to create an avalanche of ideas

9:30am - 10:15am  Breakout Session

How 8 Companies Use AI to Deliver the Best Employee Experience

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Bhavin Shah

CEO & Founder


Employee experience is the number one challenge for businesses today: half of employees are actively looking for their next job. To keep your top talent, you need to eliminate distractions from their digital experience, no matter where they’re working. 

That’s why industry leaders are now using AI to support their employees — at a scale not possible for people alone. 

Join this session to learn how AI: 

  • Let LinkedIn onboard 1,000+ new hires by automatically resolving their requests 

  • Saved Palo Alto Networks 180,000 hours of productivity for its flexible workforce 

  • Enabled Hearst to bring together 360 subsidiaries with a single hub for support

9:30am - 10:15am  Executive Boardroom

Weaving A Global Data Fabric to Advance AI

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Warren Mante

Enterprise Architect, Data and AI


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Joseph Cevetello


City of Santa Monica, CA

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Lea Eriksen

Director of Technology & Innovation / CIO

City of Long Beach

Smart organizations are fueling their operations with the power of data and AI. Through integrated technologies, a data fabric architecture enables dynamic and intelligent data flows and orchestration across any enterprise to create a network of instantly available information, empower people to do higher-value work, and hyper-personalized digital experiences. However, only 2 of 10 firms have scaled their transformation and technology solutions.

Join this interactive roundtable to discuss:

  • Preparing your workforce for a data-first world
  • Improving business outcomes through data-driven decisions and innovation
  • How data and AI can deliver benefits to your organization today

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

10:15am - 10:45am  Networking Break

10:20am - 10:45am  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.

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Cybersecurity Strategy — Getting Ready for the Next Event

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John Jacobs

Field CISO


Your digital transformation journey must be efficient, effective and secure. Where does cybersecurity fit into your post pandemic IT and digital enablement? With the recent shift in IT priorities, your CISO should be a strategic thinker and an ally who promotes security readiness as you shape your company or organization’s success. 

In this session, you will explore:

  • The components of an effective cybersecurity strategy that drive your program and reduce risk
  • Strategies that ensure the major building blocks of your IT transformation are secured
  • Ways to evolve your cybersecurity strategy to align with line of business goals

10:45am - 11:30am  Executive Boardroom

Unlocking Cyber Risk Quantification

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Amir Desai


Molina Healthcare

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Michael Woore

VP, Technology

KSL Resorts

Risk Quantification is not new, but it’s adoption within cybersecurity is, as organizations want to better communicate the value of cyber and improve decision making through more data-driven assessment. 

CIOs can use the tips outlined in this session to learn more about: 

  • Insights on how cyber risk quantification is developing 
  • Strategies for communicating risk across business units
  • Tactics for getting started on your own cyber risk quantification program

10:45am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Let's Brainstorm! Solving the Talent Gap

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George Hanna

Chief Technology and Digital Officer

Los Angeles Clippers

Navigating the talent pool in a post-pandemic work environment has CIOs seeking out solutions to engage their teams and build up new talent. With employee expectations at an all-time high, CIOs are finding that now is the time to get creative.

Join this interactive session to debate and collaborate about team building scenarios including: 

  • Keeping the right people – thinking beyond just retention 
  • Mentoring a multigenerational workforce – creating operational excellence
  • Exploring employee potential – diversifying skill sets

11:30am - 11:40am  Break

11:30am - 12:30pm  Lunch Service

12:30pm - 1:05pm  Keynote

Building a Flexible and Agile Future — How CIOs Can Get Ahead

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Chitra Subramaniam

Director North America, Chrome OS Commercial Channel

Google Chrome Enterprise

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Theresa Miller


LionsGate Entertainment

There is no doubt that the workplace has undergone an unprecedented transformation. Organizations are taking their own unique approach to the future of work. CIOs play a critical role in this new environment to find a balance between productivity, security, sustainability, culture and wellbeing. Join this session to learn how CIOs can provide flexibility and agility to future proof their business.

Specifically, this session will cover:

  • Leading a diverse and inclusive workplace through culture, process and technology
  • How business transformation is forcing CIOs to think differently about security prevention
  • Inspiring future sustainability ideas and how these can be technology driven

1:05pm - 1:20pm  Break

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

People-First Innovation and Transformation

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KJ Kusch

Global Field Chief Technology Officer


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Phillip Leclair


City of Pasadena, CA

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Anthony Moses

Chief Innovation Officer

Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance

The most successful organizations drive value from their technology investment by considering a people-first approach to implementation. What are some best practices that peers can learn as they seek to accelerate digital innovation and transformation across user experience, employee and customer engagement, product adoption and beyond?

Join this boardroom to explore:

  • Leveraging emerging technologies to accelerate innovation
  • Breaking down silos across the business while enhancing the employee and customer journey
  • Technology enablement to drive IT as a strategic partner and revenue generator

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: Dennis Keenan at

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Breakout Session

Swimming in the Data River

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Shahin Mohammadkhani

Vice President, Information Technology, Engineering

United Talent Agency

How do you look at your data environment? Does it sit in a data lake, or have you started letting it "flow" within a data river? Shahin Mohammadkhani, Vice President of Engineering at UTA, will take you through his own trip up a data river and how he has managed data in unique environments to better position its role in the organization. 

Join this interactive session to learn more about:

  • How people, process and approach affect your data
  • How you may build a data river
  • The top down model

1:20pm - 2:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Business Transformation in Market Redefinition

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Charles Sims

Head of Technology | CTO

Los Angeles Clippers

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Glenn Coles


Yamaha Motor Corporation USA

Tomorrow's CIOs & CISOs understand the need to identify new optimized opportunities in an evolving market. The pressure to make decisions rapidly while focusing on driving growth and balancing legacy ambitions will create a unique opportunity for business transformation.

In this keynote session, we'll discuss:

  • Capitalizing on new business opportunities during market redefinition
  • Creating a strategic vision to drive growth
  • Balancing optimization and transformation

2:05pm - 2:35pm  Networking Break

2:10pm - 2:35pm  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.

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Creating a Human Experience for the Customer Journey

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Michael Keithley


United Talent Agency

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Guillermo Lopez



Two major priorities for CIOs are enabling employees to work more productively and improving the customer experience. Creating a holistic communications system around delivering positive experiences can achieve gains for both priorities. How can these changes support the kind of hyper-personalization and knowledge accumulation that delivers customer satisfaction at every step of the journey? 

This session will address:

  • Developing a strategic communications system with the customer journey in mind
  • Creating customer experience synergies by blending capabilities like unified communications and contact centers
  • Real-world challenges and strategies to overcome them

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Reimagine the IT Operating Model for the Digital World

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David Michael



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Anita Mikus

VP, Government and Education Services


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Helen Norris


Chapman University

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Howard Miller

Chief Information Officer

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Digital technology is now an integral part of our professional and personal lives. The speed and ease at which we connect with people, shop online, and consume entertainment are shaping our expectations. The current IT processes and organizational structure can slow the pace of innovation needed, and businesses need to reimagine the IT operating model to remain competitive.

Join this session to learn:

  • Key challenges and shortcomings of the traditional operating model
  • What to think about when building a business-centric operating model
  • Examples of operating model transformations

2:35pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Supply Chain, Business Resiliency and Crisis Management — Lessons Learned for Tech Leaders

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Ian Campbell

Vice Chairman

The Abernathy MacGregor Group

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Nyariana Maiko


Port of Long Beach

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Thomas Phelps

Vice President of Corporate Strategy & CIO


Whether its supply chain issues, disaster events or a security crisis, organizations are facing constant pressures that impact business resiliency and crisis management. Shareholder and employee activism may also impact a company’s response to legislative matters, and lead to consequences such as a new Florida law that impacts one global corporation. Depending on your role, technology leaders may get called upon to help CEOs and boards respond to crisis events. 

 Join this breakout session to learn: 

  • Insights on goods movement resiliency and the supply chain from the Port of Long Beach
  • Lessons learned from how companies responded to recent crisis events
  • Leading practices on business continuity management from ISACA

3:20pm - 3:35pm  Networking Break

3:35pm - 4:10pm  Keynote

A Big Picture Focus on Cybersecurity

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Carol Fawcett

Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Golden State Foods

Public and private organizations of all sizes are feeling the impact of increased cyberattacks. Handling cybersecurity is a team event - and no longer just IT's responsibility. But building that kind of focus and culture takes time - as we know that no one organization is all buttoned up to perfection.

 Join Carol Fawcett, VP and CIO of Golden State Foods in our closing keynote of the day to discuss:

  • Getting Cyber buy-in and participation from the entire organization 
  • What to do with tech while working on getting your business back up and running
  • Where to find resources that enable proactive behavior rather than reactive behavior

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

June 13, 2022

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


Venue & Accommodation

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 844-382-2267. Please mention EVANTA to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $199 USD (plus tax) is May 16, 2022.

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