Washington, DC CIO Executive Summit

November 19, 2019 | Marriott Marquis, Washington DC

November 19, 2019
Marriott Marquis, Washington DC

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Washington, DC CIO Executive Summit.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Washington, DC 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

Sam Abbate

Northrop Grumman Corporation
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Ted Colbert


Jim Connelly

Lockheed Martin

Mike Gordon

Lockheed Martin

André Mendes

US Department of Commerce
Acting CIO

Shamim Mohammad


Christopher Porter

Fannie Mae


November 18, 2019

November 19, 2019

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

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

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:00am  Opening Comments

8:00am - 8:30am  Keynote

Adaptive, Innovative and Dependable — The DoD’s Modernization

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Jack Wilmer

Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and CISO

U.S. Department of Defense

As one of the nation’s largest employers with business operations in almost every industry, the Department of Defense is operating one of the world’s most complex set of networks. IT is a critical enabler for the command and control of forces executing warfighting operations, management and protection of information assets. Jack Wilmer will outline how the DoD is finding the way forward to a more secure, effective and efficient digital environment.

In this keynote, you will hear about:

  • Innovating for a competitive advantage
  • Evolving cybersecurity for an agile and resilient defense posture
  • Cultivating talent for a digital workforce

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  CIO & CISO Featured Session

Cyber Governance and Regulation in the Enterprise

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Tim Callahan

Global Chief Security Officer


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David Shive



Cybersecurity regulation can be a divisive topic and the government’s role regarding information security is often led by two primary factions: one side that welcomes regulations and another that rejects government interference. Where do you stand?

In this co-presentation, you will hear:

  • What’s being said and done on the hill
  • When you should start preparing for regulatory shifts
  • How different opinions are influencing cyber legislation

9:00am - 9:50am  CIO & CISO Featured Session

A Governance Perspective – Attack and Failure Surfaces

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Keith Rayle


Fortinet, Inc.

The ability for cybercriminals to attack increasingly complex and disparate architectures has become a simplified exercise in picking and choosing the easiest targets. Are we, as a profession, simply magnifying this issue by creating silos of security? Keith Rayle from Fortinet will provide insight into the challenges of governance and how security professionals can reduce the attack surface of controls and protection mechanisms.

Join this session to learn about:

  • Governance challenges of today and how they mirror the past
  • The disappearing towers – where did my highly visible IT business operations go?
  • The increasing complexity of IT and how it assists cybercriminals

9:00am - 9:50am  CIO Executive Boardroom

Implementing a Cloud Strategy

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Chris Soong

Chief Information Officer

Alion Science and Technology

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Shola Oyewole


United Therapeutics

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Shah Behzadi

VP Global Infrastructure


Business leaders are constantly evaluating the technology landscape in search of solutions that transform the workplace and improve customer experience. As executives look to advance their cloud strategy, it is crucial to simplify processes and streamline systems.

In this session you’ll uncover how to:

  • Boost IT agility
  • Elevate the customer experience
  • Enhance cloud performance and security

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 your event Jordan Guess at 971-717-6668 or

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  CIO Featured Session

The ROI Story – Evaluating & Justifying Disruptive Technology

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Steven Kaplan

VP of Customer Success Finance


IT leaders commonly face two opposing pressures: an external push to “lift and shift” everything to public cloud, and an internal pressure to maintain legacy IT “hardware-defined” architectures.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to use ROI and TCO as building blocks for a compelling business case
  • Tips on creating your story to drive consensus
  • How to tie disruptive technology into the broader business case

10:20am - 11:10am  CIO Executive Boardroom

A Tool for Growth — Robotic Process Automation

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Todd Kackley


Textron Systems

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Nuria Simo


Inter-American Development Bank

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Chris Panagiotopoulos


LifeBridge Health

RPA has the capability to transform and restructure an organization’s resources.  With so much opportunity, it can be challenging to know where to start, how best to leverage the technology and make the most impact. Join this peer-to-peer discussion on challenges and lessons learned through the implementation of RPA.

In this boardroom, you’ll hear about:

  • Identifying opportunities for RPA
  • Keeping humans in the equation
  • Scaling RPA 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 your event Jordan Guess at 971-717-6668 or

11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

11:40am - 12:20pm  Lunch & Comments

12:20pm - 12:50pm  Keynote

Achieve 100% Analytics Adoption with a New Class of Enterprise Intelligence

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Michael Saylor

President, Chairman of the Board & CEO


Despite having access to a wealth of data, enterprises still struggle to effectively deliver trusted insights to the entire workforce—preventing them from realizing the full value of their data investments. Overcoming this challenge takes pervasive adoption of trusted analytics.

This session will cover:

  • Mastering the next wave of Enterprise Intelligence with zero-click analytics
  • Empowering your workforce to get more from tools they use, every day
  • Using mobile productivity apps to impact every business role and function

12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Anything But Artificial — A Town Hall on Talent and AI

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John Skudlarek

Acting CIO

Federal Communications Commission

In this networking session attendees will talk through a series of roundtable discussions focused on two priority topics for CIOs. Please sit by peers and sponsor partners you want to collaborate with during this session.

In this session you will:

  • Share successes and challenges around talent acquisition and development
  • Learn about opportunities for AI implementation
  • Collaborate with peers to understand their best practices

1:20pm - 2:10pm  CIO Executive Boardroom

Driving Digital – Up-to-Speed and On Track

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Howard Spira

Senior Vice President and CIO

Export-Import Bank

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Shola Oyewole


United Therapeutics

Caught up in the burgeoning demand to innovate at breakneck speed, how do CIOs deliver on time while keeping control of the IT enterprise? This boardroom session will address the challenges of fulfilling business needs in the driven digital age, including: 

  • How CIOs can maintain strategic influence over digital initiatives
  • How to create stronger partnerships within the business to stay on top of demand

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 your event Jordan Guess at 971-717-6668 or

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  CIO Featured Session

The Discovery Journey — Navigating Disruption of Business and Technology

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Patricia Collins Weedon

SVP & Global CISO


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Dave Duvall

EVP – Head of Global IT


Reinventing and transforming is no small task, but with an ever-changing media landscape, Discovery envisioned a cloud infrastructure to meet customers and partners where they are. Keeping their strategy agile and pushing forward, Dave Duvall and Trish Collins Weedon are taking risks and reaping the rewards.

Join this session to discover:

  • Aligning the content to the customers
  • Failing fast and failing cheap
  • Turning your misgivings into must-haves

3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 3:50pm  Closing Comments

3:50pm - 4:20pm  Keynote

Secure and Digitize the Enterprise

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Suzanne Hall

Global CISO & VP Technology


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Eddie Alicea

Director of Information Technology

BAE Systems

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Nicolas Leshock


General Dynamics

Technology executives are the tip of the spear when it comes to driving impact throughout today’s digital business. Yet with this leadership comes the burden of responsibility for widespread, secure initiative implementation. Learn how top executives are delivering maximum impact and lasting change while securely moving the enterprise forward.
In this keynote, you’ll hear about:

  • Cultivating a secure, modern digital customer experience
  • Achieving agile cultures that empowered digital transformation
  • Modernizing IT and analytics to drive business outcomes

4:20pm - 5:00pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

November 18, 2019

November 19, 2019


Venue & Accommodation

Marriott Marquis, Washington DC

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Jordan Guess

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