Charlotte CISO Inner Circle

February 20, 2024 | Sophia's Lounge/The Ivey's Hotel

February 20, 2024
Sophia's Lounge/The Ivey's Hotel

Collaborate with your peers

Join Charlotte's top CISOs 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 CISOs today:

Creating simplified, agile IT environments with minimal disruption to productivity

Allowing new technology to thrive next to legacy systems

Modernizing quickly and efficiently to keep up with evolving security threats

Charlotte CISO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Reenie Askew

City of Charlotte, NC
Assistant City Manager & CIO

Ken Athanasiou

VF Corp

William Curtiss

Paper Excellence
Global CISO

Frank DePaola


Steve Hagood

Trane Technologies

Murshid Khan

Coastal Federal Credit Union

Margarita Rivera

Lowe's Companies
Sr. Director of Information Security

John Scrimsher

Kontoor Brands

Patrick Thompson

Former Chief Information & Digital Transformation Officer

Bonnie Titone

Duke Energy

Kimberly Trapani

American Tire Distributors


February 20, 2024

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Modernizing Your Tech Stack

Rafael Shamailov headshot

Rafael Shamailov

Head of East GTM, ChromeOS


Reenie Askew headshot

Reenie Askew

Assistant City Manager & CIO

City of Charlotte, NC

Andy Basinger headshot

Andy Basinger



Patrick Thompson headshot

Patrick Thompson

Former Chief Information & Digital Transformation Officer


Todd Wiedman headshot

Todd Wiedman

Global Chief Security Officer


With a constantly evolving organization, IT environments need to be simplified and agile allowing new technology to thrive next to legacy systems. As security threats grow and evolve, so does our need to modernize quickly and efficiently. Within a modern workplace, our needs to securely embrace employees productivity from home or elsewhere must evolve too. How we approach investments today can deliver greater value in the future.

As technology and security leaders, CIOs and CISOs must continue to tackle these challenges on a daily basis, but what tangible outcomes exist? What can be done today to modernize what we have in place with minimal disruption to productivity?

Come together with your peers to have an in-depth discussion on the challenges you face with modernization and what considerations you might be missing as we all tackle this together.

Current Landscape and Outlook of Modernization

  • What does it mean to be a modern organization?
  • From your lens and industry, what is IT up against as it applies to security, complexities, productivity and keeping costs low?
  • How are CIOs and CISOs providing a modern work experience? Are there any unique aspects you are modeling now?

How to Prepare for the Future

  • What are key pillars CIOs and CISOs are considering when modernizing their tech stack?
  • With future technology considerations in mind, what foundational elements have you already put in place?
  • How do you measure the success of technology modernization? What key performance indicators (KPIs) or metrics will be used?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.




There are two parking garages nearby:

Dandelion Market Garage (across the street from the hotel on 5th St.)

  • 118 W. 5th Street
  • $25 max, $21 for 4 hours

Fifth 3rd Bank Parking Garage (0.1 miles from venue)

  • Off of W 6th Street
  • $25 max all-day

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