Washington, DC CIO Executive Summit

June 22, 2023 | Convene at 1201 Wilson Blvd

June 22, 2023
Convene at 1201 Wilson Blvd


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Washington, DC'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:

Accelerating High Growth and Digitally-Driven Outcomes

Advancing the Business Value of Security

Thriving through Volatility - Empowering People, Resiliency and Insights

Washington, DC CIO Governing Body

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


Ryan Boulais

AES Corporation

Vishal Gupta

CTO & CIO, SVP Connected Technology

Kurt John

Expedia Group
Global Chief Security Officer

André Mendes

Department of Commerce

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 Washington, DC 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.


Keynote Sessions

Remarkable Resilience - Tools for Combating Toxic Stress & Burnout

Today’s CIOs & CISOs face daunting challenges. As the business leader in charge of adding value to the company, finding the right talent and inspiring technology innovation, there’s an incredible amount of pressure. It’s no surprise that CIOs & CISOs are experiencing burnout at unprecedented rates. While taking care of employees is important, how can CIOs & CISOs make sure they are taking care of themselves to help make their careers sustainable while maintaining a sense of well-being?

Join this keynote to explore:

  • Evidence-based strategies that can help alleviate burnout
  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of toxic stress and burnout
  • How to remain engaged, energized, and focused during turbulent times

The CIO and CISO Partnership – Managing Cybersecurity as a Business Decision

The CIO and CISO share a goal of protecting the organization while ensuring access to information that allows for faster and more confident decision-making. They are business partners working to put the enterprise in the best position possible and with that comes the responsibility of earning trust from one another and the C-Suite. As part of a vertically integrated company, the leaders at Perdue Farms have a collaborative and transparent approach that balances risk with the support of important business objectives and goals.

Join this keynote as Mark Booth and Kyle Waggoner from Perdue Farms share their story on how to:

  • Strengthen the IT-Security partnership to fuel innovation and accelerate new technology deployments
  • Ensure security is represented as a holistic element of the organization
  • Collaborate to push business initiatives forward

Breakout Sessions

Can SASE Live Up to the Hype?

SASE and zero trust have promised to consolidate vendors, deliver operational efficiency, and reduce your attack surface — all with an improved user experience. But with so much hype, it can be hard for technology leaders to discern real use cases from marketing fluff.

Join this session to learn:

  • Delivering value and efficiency through top use cases
  • Starting down the path without the disruption of rip-and-replace
  • Reducing your attack surface while improving user experience

Top IT Areas to Prioritize During Economic Uncertainty

Across the globe, businesses are experiencing the effects of inflation, mild recessions and economic uncertainty. Additionally, many organizations have adopted multi-hybrid cloud environments and experience increased threats and complexity. How should CIOs tackle critical business challenges, innovate, maintain current systems and also show overall business impact?

Join this presentation to hear about:

  • Prioritizing resources for highest business impact
  • Innovating to solve critical business challenges
  • Optimizing performance to improve efficiencies

Living in a World of “Yes!”– Supporting Innovation Through Security

Security is unfortunately sometimes viewed as the “department of no," but security leaders are craving to show that they live in a world of “yes!” They support and embrace innovation as the key to driving an organization into the future and creating value. So the question is, how do they keep up with the roles and regulations from a cybersecurity perspective and, at the same time, help drive innovation without multiplying the risk?

Join this session to hear from a panel on:

  • Positioning cyber as a pillar for supporting innovation
  • Changing company culture to see security as key partner in advancing new ideas
  • Championing innovation across private and public sectors in a world with tighter budgets

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Creating a Clear Cloud Security Strategy

Shift Left? Shift Right? CSPM/CWPP/CNAPP, CDR…  the list of cloud security acronyms and slogans can be terrifyingly long.  At the end of the day, how can a security leader cut through the buzzwords to create a clear cloud strategy with effective technology deployment so that you are ready for whatever comes next?

Join this executive boardroom to discuss:

  • Assessing your current state and articulating your ideal state – and what technologies lie in between
  • Clarifying your cloud security strategy and how it aligns to cloud configuration
  • Best practices for a modern organization to defend and monitor cloud infrastructure

Achieving Growth and Profitability in Complex Times

Faced with growing economic uncertainty and budget concerns, CIOs are under more pressure than ever to keep costs under control while still supporting the company’s growth opportunities. With the right application strategies in place, they can make ROI-based decisions more confidently during these complex times.

Join this boardroom session to discuss:

  • Maximize the value of applications while remaining agile
  • Optimize through service unification
  • Improve efficiencies through architectures to support company growth

Stopping Insider Risks From Turning Into Insider Threats

Not every insider risk turns into an insider threat, but every insider threat began as an insider risk. Security leaders need an insider risk mitigation program that encompasses people, processes and technology for successful early intervention, detection and mitigation of insider threats. How can executives build out these robust defenses and strengthen internal cross-functional partnerships to tackle insider risk as a team?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Managing insider threats and risks in your organization
  • Contextualizing insider risk mitigation strategies within the framework of the larger corporate risk framework
  • Leveraging behavioral change, analytical insights and precise interventions to reduce human risk

Strategic Pitfalls in Third-Party Risk Management

Managing cyber risk across an enterprise IT infrastructure has never been harder. Remote workers, advancing attack methods, and an ever-expanding vendor network are challenging every firm, as total visibility into threats has become nearly impossible. As digital business strategy matures, more organizations are becoming dependent on the cyber posture and protection of third parties. Third-party risks present a unique challenge because you are depending on vendors and partners to operate securely to keep your data and information safe. How are you mitigating the associated risks and demonstrating this to the business to ensure effective security programs?

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Common failings across TPRM programs that led to breach events
  • How executives can provide strategic direction for third-party risk teams
  • Key practices being implemented by leading vendor risk firms to maintain strong supply chain risk management

Driving Growth with Data and Insights

As more and more business leaders are tasked with producing insights that drive enterprise growth, they are challenged with developing a D&A strategy that expands business value and inspires leaders to make data-driven decisions confidently. Their success hinges on the ability to navigate the complexities of the enterprise, while increasing the company’s data accessibility and culture of insights.

Join this conversation to discuss:

  • Challenging leaders across the enterprise to embrace data
  • Inspiring actions throughout the D&A value chain to increase growth opportunities
  • Scaling adoption and creating more outcomes

The Reality of the Cloud Journey – Comparing Lessons Learned

As cloud infrastructure strategies become more complex, a game plan is more important than ever to execute the blueprints. CIOs must lead the charge to improve efficiencies, buy smartly and improve resiliency. As the journey progresses, what are the lessons learned that will make for smoother transitions in the future?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Improving processes and efficiencies to create speed of accessibility
  • Recalibrating when necessary for scale and price
  • Navigating risk by embedding a strong cybersecurity strategy


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

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Convene at 1201 Wilson Blvd

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