Southern California CIO Inner Circle

February 29, 2024 | L.A. Dodger Stadium

February 29, 2024
L.A. Dodger Stadium

Collaborate with your peers

Join Southern California's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Managing ongoing AI expectations with business stakeholders

Cutting through complexities to define long-term AI ambition

Ensuring responsible AI adoption and journey planning outside of IT

Southern California CIO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Allen Fazio

Houlihan Lokey
Chief Information Officer

Kelly Hamilton

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency

Theresa Miller

LionsGate Entertainment

Greg Moore

KB Home

Anthony Moses

Yamaha Motor Finance Corporation
Global Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Bryan Muehlberger

Vuori Clothing
Chief Information Officer

Thomas Phelps

Executive Chair and Laserfiche CIO


February 29, 2024

4:30pm - 5:00pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:15pm  Discussion Topics

Managing Business Expectations — How a CIO Controls the Narrative

Cathy Bindewald headshot

Cathy Bindewald

Chief Information Officer

Marshall School of Business, USC

Marvin Cruz headshot

Marvin Cruz

LA Metro Chief Technology Officer


Ralph Esquibel headshot

Ralph Esquibel


Los Angeles Dodgers

Peter Loo headshot

Peter Loo

Chief Deputy CIO

Los Angeles County, CA

Kristine Sheu headshot

Kristine Sheu

SVP Deputy CIO

Cathay Bank

Jon Whittaker headshot

Jon Whittaker


Kelly Spicers

Business leaders have high expectations about AI and other emerging technologies that CIOs must manage. As such, CIOs must have robust strategies in place to not only manage these technologies, but also communicate their benefits and risks. Executives across the organization all have their own thoughts and priorities around what the technology should be used for, but as a CIO, how do you keep control of this narrative and ensure effective deployment to drive digital business success?

As c-level and board expectations continue to rise around emerging technologies, coupled with minimal IT increased budgets and resources, what are the key levers CIOs are using to grow partnerships, better align with the business on these powerful technologies, and mitigate risks?

Join your peers to discuss how CIOs and their messaging are truly resonating with stakeholders on these emerging technologies.

Topic 1: Managing Ongoing AI Expectations with Business Stakeholders

  • What’s the current direction your organization is taking on Generative AI? Are other departments inline with IT’s direction or are they taking another route?
  • How are you communicating the benefits and risks to the board as the technology continues to iterate? What are the most effective use cases to share?
  • As a CIO, how are you ensuring responsible AI adoption and journey planning outside of IT? Do you have a governance plan in place or are you governing as you go?

Topic 2: Deciding Your AI Ambition

  • How are you cutting through AI complexities to define your long-term AI ambition for the organization? Who is involved in setting this north star?
  • What measures are you putting in place to secure data sets and mitigate the risk of sophisticated attacks that exploit these technologies?
  • What will the overall implication on the workforce be with your strategy? Do you see AI as an enhancement or a replacement for the workforce?

6:15pm - 6:45pm  Networking Break

6:45pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

Stadium Tour & Social Hour

Join us for a tour of Dodger Stadium — visiting the Press Box, Trophy Gallery, and Dugouts.

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

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Complimentary self-parking.

Visitor Parking Instructions – Stadium Club
Enter through the Sunset Gate A located at the intersection of Vin Scully Ave & Stadium Way. Tell security guard you are here for the "Evanta Inner Circle Dinner in the Stadium Club". Follow the signs through to Parking Lot L. You will see a sign for the Stadium Club at the entrance and the Stadium Club is inside on your right.

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