Southern California CIO Executive Summit

December 14, 2022 | Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

December 14, 2022
Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

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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:

Influencing business stakeholders and driving enterprise outcomes

Leveraging AI the Right Way

Building Strength in Cyber – communicating risk and building resilience

Southern California CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Glenn Coles

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA
VP & CIO

Ginny Davis

Technicolor
SVP, CIO & CSO

James Davis

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

Allen Fazio

Houlihan Lokey
CIO

Alex Grimwade

The Walt Disney Company
CIO, Disney Television Studios

Chad Hamilton

Fremantle
VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency
CIO

Theresa Miller

LionsGate Entertainment
CIO & EVP, IT

Greg Moore

KB Home
VP & CIO

Anthony Moses

Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance
Chief Innovation Officer/CTO

Bryan Muehlberger

Vuori Clothing
Chief Information Officer

Thomas Phelps

Innovate UCLA
Executive Chair and Laserfiche CIO

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.

Agenda


December 13, 2022

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

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

December 14, 2022 - morning

7:45am - 8:45am  Registration & Breakfast

8:45am - 9:30am  Keynote

Developing a Company of Truth Tellers with Global Leadership Expert Val Wright

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Val Wright

Global Leadership & Innovation Expert, Author of Thoughtfully Ruthless

Guest Speaker

The more senior you rise, the fewer people tell you the unfiltered truth. Yet, those at the top of companies need the most direct feedback. No one wants to be lied to, yet untruths are everywhere. No one wants to admit they may occasionally lie, but they hypocritically expect everyone else to always tell the truth. It is easy for teams to fall into polite habits and avoid direct debates. Instead, head nodding through a meeting and sharing what you think someone wants to hear vs. what they need to hear.

You will learn:

  • How to demolish the executive insulation layer that is preventing you hearing candid feedback
  • The Truth Telling Test to evaluate how you, your boss, your peers and your team tell the truth
  • Key words that work for the most common difficult scenarios for telling the truth

 Meeting tips for encouraging others to share what they really think!


9:30am - 10:00am  Networking Break

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

Aligning With the Business — IT’s Gameplan for Resiliency

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Greg Kim

CISO

Skyworks

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Kathy Le

Director of InfoSec

Skyworks

Getting total buy-in from leadership isn’t easy but can accelerate your initiatives and increase success and adoption. By aligning cyber security priorities with enterprise objectives, IT’s effectiveness will be recognized, inspiring trust and future buy-in from key enterprise stakeholders. 

Join this session to discuss: 

  • Making IT resiliency a true part of the board agenda 
  • Encouraging your team to take ownership 
  • Delivering results at a global level

 

10:00am - 10:45am  Breakout Session

How to Sabotage Your Transformation

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

Despite being a top priority for most enterprises, 84% of digital transformations fail to meet their goals. What are the common mistakes and lessons learned from these failures? Jake Burns, Enterprise Strategist at AWS, draws on his experience advising executives from AWS’s largest customers and his first-hand success with all-in migration to share the top transformation anti-patterns – the tendencies and behaviors that most often lead to transformation failure.

Join this session to learn:

  • Common and sometimes counter-intuitive choices that stall progress
  • Reasons organizations continue to fall into these traps
  • Ways to overcome these tendencies to maximize success in driving change and delivering business value

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

The ROI for Change Management-Led Digital Transformation

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Jim Puerner

CTO

Bragg Companies

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Sreesha Rao

Senior IT Director, Applications & Analytics

Niagara Bottling

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Clay Mead

Client Engagement Executive

WalkMe

Effective organizational change management drives successful digital transformations. Correctly leveraged, CIOs can deploy technology that empowers end users through change and equips the workforce as change agents while navigating silos across the enterprise. With the right organizational strategies, companies can avoid stagnation and minimize disruption during transitional periods and unexpected events.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Best practices and challenges of promoting a culture of change
  • Promoting technology-enabled change management
  • Overcoming roadblocks to change and increasing agility and resiliency across the enterprise

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 Lauren Scott at lauren.scott@evanta.com

10:00am - 10:45am  Executive Boardroom

The Sweet Spot - Balance Between Security and Flexibility

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Alex Hall

Senior Director, Information Security (CISO)

International Vitamin Corporation

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Rob Krumwiede

Global CIO

The Car Group

In a recent Gartner survey, the most commonly cited challenge to cloud adoption was gaining security team approval and support. As global enterprises strive for flexibility and scalability through the cloud,  CIOs are working with teams worldwide to balance security and flexibility.  As business leaders, how are you developing relationships with your divisional teams and CISOs?

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Working with divisional teams and CISOs
  • Being a better business leader and communicator
  • Fostering an organizational culture that supports better cyber judgment  

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 CxOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Lauren Hursley  at Lauren.Hursley@evanta.com

10:45am - 11:20am  Networking Break

10:50am - 11:15am  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.

December 14, 2022 - mid-afternoon

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

CIO Leadership to Advance Customer Experience

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Leslie Grau

SVP, IT

Dun & Bradstreet

Customer experience is a mission-critical priority for most organizations to achieve and maintain a sustainable and competitive advantage. CIOs have an opportunity to play an outsized role in advancing customer experience initiatives by leading with technology and IT acumen. Yet, false starts, roadblocks and complexity impede progress on these goals.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • How CIOs can support or lead customer experience initiatives
  • How technologies can play a pivotal role in capturing and acting on key customer data
  • What strategies lead to more efficient and effective customer interactions

11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

Tackling IT Complexity to Make Sense of Your Chaotic Cloud-Native Environments

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Sean Almeida

Americas Sales Leader, Instana, Turbonomic and AI Ops

IBM

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Joseph Cevetello

CIO

City of Santa Monica, CA

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John Rojas

VP, Head of IT (CIO/CISO)

Air Lease Corporation

Today’s CIO balances a substantial number of applications across the enterprise. Providing visibility, control, and automation to efficiently manage the growing number of applications requires a robust observability solution to gain full visibility into modern workloads.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Free your DevOps teams from the burden of manual observability and application monitoring.
  • Get full context across applications and infrastructure
  • Drive intelligent actions to minimize troubleshooting and optimize performance

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 CxOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

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11:20am - 12:05pm  Executive Boardroom

The CIO as a Strategic Change Agent

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Raymond Lowe

SVP & CIO

AltaMed Health Services

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Lance Ralls

CTO

ThreeSixty Sourcing

Today's CIO has a unique opportunity to act as a change agent for an entire organization. According to Gartner, almost 70% of organizations have accelerated their digital business initiatives in the wake of the pandemic disruption, thereby increasing the volume, frequency and complexity of change. Traditional change management is no longer sufficient for organizations to foster growth in a post-pandemic era in which change is a constant.

Join this session to discuss: 

  • Fostering an organization of change minded individuals
  • Enabling change to achieve digital transformation
  • Communicating strategically and effectively

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 CxOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Lauren Hursley at Lauren.Hursley@evanta.com

11:20am - 12:05pm  Breakout Session

Let's Brainstorm! A Data & Analytics Dialogue

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Wael Younan

CIO

CalOptima

Data and Analytics are used in many different ways to inform many different decisions throughout the business. How are you storing data? What data governance activities are you practicing? There are so many questions to ask, but one thing becomes clearer and clearer: Data is everything. There’s just not a one stop shop for the CIO and organizations approach to Data.. 

Join this interactive session with CIOs to dive into the many different Data & Analytics scenarios you might face, including:

  • Improving business decisions using Data & Analytics
  • Creating a strategy for when (knock on wood) a Data breach happens
  • Applying AI and automation to improve Data practices

 

12:05pm - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Cyber-Resilience for the Enterprise of Tomorrow

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Jimmy Nilsson

Managing Director

Kyndryl Consult

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Lucy Avetisyan

CIO

University of California - Los Angeles

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Peter Loo

Chief Deputy CIO

Los Angeles County, CA

As enterprises are integrating technology with all aspects of the business, their need increases for higher levels of integration between key business support functions and greater data availability to ensure that the business is ready to withstand any challenge. Combining the best practices from IT security, business continuity, disaster recovery and other disciplines creates a cyber-resilience strategy more in line with the needs and goals of the digital business.

Join this session to learn about:

  • The five components of the cyber-resilience framework
  • Cyber-resilience practices that help enterprises defend against risks and enable efficient and effective recovery from breach or failure
  • Strategies to modify data protection and recovery practices to better align with current targeted and malicious attack

1:10pm - 1:25pm  Break

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Improving Outcomes by Embracing Contemporary Approaches to IT

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Kevin Gray

CIO

City of Burbank

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Joel Manfredo

CIO

Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans

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Nancy Kim Yun

Managing Director, Health Ecosystems

University of California - Irvine

In 2021 the Wall Street Journal published an article titled "It's Time to Get Rid of the IT Department". In the article the author states that "No man is an island, and the department shouldn't be one, either". To avoid traditional, antiquated IT approaches, it's time for CIOs to embrace new operating models to meet the speed, flexibility and innovation demands of overall business. With a structure in place, a culture of collaboration can create incredible outcomes.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Getting IT buy-in and trust from key business stakeholders - a matter of trust
  • How the City of Burbank leverages Scaled Agile Framework
  • Transforming approaches across the business incorporating fusion teams
  • Evolving to a Product mindset

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Moving Forward — Defining & Planning for the New Normal

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Randel Maestre

Head of Industry Marketing

Zoom Video Communications

The world is changing. Employees, clients and companies are evolving as we enter the next phase of the pandemic. What are they thinking, where are they going?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Defining the new “normal” that works for your company
  • Providing a modern, flexible experience for employees and customers
  • Brainstorming creative ways to keep employees engaged

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Cloud Promise Meets Cloud Reality

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Brian Becker

Vice President, Cloud Advisory Solutions

NTT Ltd

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Carmella Cassetta

CIO

Hoag Hospital

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Marvin Cruz

LA Metro Chief Technology Officer

CGI

Rapid adoption of cloud infrastructure has set in motion new concerns for the CIO. Cloud sometimes fails to deliver on promised cost savings leaving some organizations exposed to unwelcome risk. CIOs must lead the charge to find the skillset necessary to plan, build, and operate in a way that delivers on the cloud’s promise of business agility.

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Recalibrating when necessary for scale and price
  • Navigating unwelcome risk
  • Refocusing on the right observability and operational processes

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 CxOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Lauren Hursley at Lauren.Hursley@evanta.com

1:25pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Overcoming the Challenges of Technology Adoption

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Helen Norris

VP & CIO

Chapman University

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John Pittle

Services CTO

Riverbed Technology

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Allen Fazio

CIO

Houlihan Lokey

Implementing new digital technologies has the potential to improve IT Service quality, organizational effectiveness, and increase customer and internal stakeholder satisfaction.  An effective technology adoption strategy is needed to ensure new capabilities are deployed with the least amount of disruption and maximum benefit to stakeholders.

In this boardroom session we’ll discuss 

  • Hidden challenges and costs of achieving full adoption 
  • Successful strategies that address those challenges head on
  • Surprises discovered during technology deployment

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 CxOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Lauren Hursley 

December 14, 2022 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:40pm  Networking Break

2:15pm - 2:40pm  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.

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Breakout Session

The Future of Customer Engagement

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Katrina Wong

VP Marketing

Twilio

There’s a revolution underway in customer engagement.   This presents new risks and opportunities.  The race is on to win customers' minds and hearts by building richer, more personalized experiences. How can CIOs drive innovation and earn customer loyalty via better engagement?

Join this discussion to discuss:

  • Managing shifts in customer expectations
  • Earning customer loyalty in a changing landscape
  • Navigating challenges as technology evolves


2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Constraints as a Forcing Function for Innovation

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Jake Burns

Enterprise Strategist

Amazon Web Services

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Dan McClintock

CIO

The Meruelo Group

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Anthony Moses

Chief Innovation Officer/CTO

Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance

Sometimes a limit is all we need to realize our full potential. Whether constrained through pandemic shutdowns and political unrest or by time and budget requirements, these limits focus CIOs to deliver a clear vision, determination, and support. Innovation is an unlikely outcome if we keep doing things the same way that has worked in the past. But by embracing constraints rather than fighting them, we can create conditions that improve efficiency, create resilient in the face of uncertainty, and invent new ways of working to transform our business.

In this session, we’ll discuss strategic utilization of constraints to:

  • Incentivize our organization to focus on the things that really matter
  • Become truly agile to prepare for the future
  • Move faster while decreasing risk with guardrails for governance and control

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 CxOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Lauren Hursley at Lauren.hursley@evanta.com 

2:45pm - 3:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Instituting Adaptive Enterprise-wide Governance

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Grant Anderson

EVP, CIO

Living Spaces

Today's rapidly evolving enterprise requires a governance model balanced with agility and conformance performance. According to Gartner, traditional IT governance cannot meet the needs of today's digital business. Organizations will need to deliver adaptive decision-making capabilities in pursuit of achieving the right governance outcomes to ensure a focus on strategic direction, effective execution, adaptability and composability.

 In this session, CIO's will discuss:

  • Introducing adaptability amongst ongoing market uncertainty
  • Prioritizing risk-adjusted execution flexibility
  • Motivating teams with desired business goal attainment


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 CxOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact: 

Lauren Hursley at Lauren.Hursley@evanta.com

3:30pm - 3:45pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Rising Recession Headwinds, Corporate Board Sentiment and Impact to Tech Investments in 2023

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Thomas Phelps

Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & CIO

Laserfiche

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Bonnie Hyun

Head of US Markets

New York Stock Exchange

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Janet Wong

Independent Board Director

Lucid Motors

It seems every week there is news about tech layoffs or financial market volatility. As CIOs plan ahead for 2023, what is the sentiment of corporate boards that may impact their innovation and people agenda? Should CIOs scale product delivery and new solutions using products from tech companies that went public via SPAC—or is this a risky bet. 

Join this keynote session with Janet Wong, Independent Board Director with Lucid Motors and Enviva, Bonnie Hyun, Head of U.S. Markets for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and Thomas Phelps, Innovate@UCLA Executive Chair and Laserfiche CIO. Bonnie is responsible for advising private technology companies on their IPO listing, including Spotify—the first direct listing, Snowflake—the largest software IPO, and Sentinel One—the highest-valued cybersecurity IPO at its debut. 

The keynote will provide insights on:

  • Current market conditions and recession headwinds that are impacting corporate board sentiment
  • Balancing board expectations on fiscal conservatism with IT’s planned technology roadmap
  • How CIOs can be better positioned to join public company boards

4:20pm - 4:50pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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