Global CISO Executive Summit

September 11-13, 2023 | Four Seasons Hotel Nashville

September 11-13, 2023
Four Seasons Hotel Nashville


Collaborate with your global peers

Get together with other CISOs who lead global operations at this exclusive, three-day summit to exchange ideas and validate strategies unique to large, complex organizations. Engage in candid discussions, dive deep into critical issues and validate strategies with other enterprise heads of security on the challenges unique to large, complex organizations. Executives are assured a level of information exchange and interaction with true, global peers beyond a regional community on discussion topics driven by Global CISOs, for Global CISOs.

Connect with true peers who lead their function globally and have similar opportunities and challenges, gain new perspectives and share experiences unique to the global nature of your role, and participate in discussions and sessions geared specifically toward global security leaders.

Protecting against the rapid evolution and sophistication of cyberattacks at a global scale

Integrating security tools into a unified ecosystem using a scalable cybersecurity mesh architecture

Building and developing a global sustainable talent pipeline

Global CISO Governing Body

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


Rich Agostino

SVP, Chief Information Security Officer

Sara Andrews

Global CISO

Derek Benz

Coca-Cola Company
Chief Information Security Officer

Tim Callahan

SVP, Global CISO

Darren Challey

Director, Global Security Operations Technology

Kirsten Davies

Global CISO

Meredith Harper

Synchrony Financial
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Tim McKnight

Executive VP & Chief Security Officer

Marc Varner

Lowe's Companies
Corporate VP & Global CISO

Kylie Watson

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Juan Gomez-Sanchez

Whirlpool Corporation
Global CISO

Marcos Marrero

H.I.G. Capital
Chief Information Security Officer

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CISO 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 Global CISO 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.


September 11, 2023 - monday

12:00am - 12:00am  Social Experience

Golf at Greystone Golf Club

Tee off on one of Tennessee's most beautiful courses. Greystone Golf club (designed by PGA Tour pro Mark McCumber) is known to golfers of all skill levels for its scenery and uniquely exciting holes.   

10:45am - 3:00pm  Social Experience

Hat Makin' & Bourbon Sippin'

Flourish with the perfect Nashville pair; bourbon and Wrangler hats. Head over to a local Rustler Hat Co. for an exclusive hat shop experience to customize your perfect 100% Australian wool hat. Each guest will choose hat color plus add charms, fabric wraps, stitching and fire burnt accents with the help of a professional hat designer. Then head to lunch at Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery’s brand-new restaurant followed by distillery tour and tasting. Founded in the 1800s by their great-great-great grandfather Charles Nelson, the Nelson brothers have resurrected Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery —not just to make and sell whiskey—but to rebuild a business that helped bring the term ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ to America and Europe.

10:45am - 3:00pm  Social Experience

Chopped Challenge

Indulge your green thumb. Situated on 350 lush acres of land in Nashville, Green Door Gourmet is nestled along the Cumberland River. Upon arrival, guests are escorted to the Green Door Barn, an architecturally-advanced cabin constructed with Tennessee native rough-hewn white oak for the Chopped Challenge. During this challenge, teams will create a simple recipe of either BBQ spice rub or salad. Lunch will be a special farm-to-table buffet from the Green Door Gourmet Farms.

Finally, you will take an outdoor farm tour to wrap up a delightful and immersive farm-to-table experience.

5:45pm - 6:30pm  Keynote

CISO Series Podcast — Live Recording

Are you ready for the live podcast that has spotlighted one of the most critical areas of InfoSec – relations between buyers and sellers of cybersecurity products? Join us as our host David Spark and special guests comment on hot cybersecurity issues, and listener questions, and play risk-based security games like "What's Worse?!"

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

Welcome Reception

 Join your peers as we welcome the community back to the Global CISO Executive Summit. 

September 12, 2023 - tuesday

7:45am - 8:30am  Day Two Agenda

Day Two: Breakfast & Registration

The Global CISO Executive Summit agendas are driven by the mission-critical priorities identified among the community. Each agenda is uniquely crafted ‘by Global CISOs, for Global CISOs,’ and will be available closer to the gathering. All topics and sessions will be inspired by the following themes.

  • Advancing the Business Value of Security
  • Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Advanced Attacks
  • Investing in Company Culture to Attract Talent and Empower Staff

During the second day of the 3-day Executive Summit, attendees will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions, including keynotes, peer-led breakout presentations, and boardroom discussions.

Many of our sessions will be hosted by the community’s most strategic partners.

For questions about the sessions, please contact Kody Paine, Senior Community Program Manager at

10:40am - 11:50am  Innovation Spotlight

Innovation Spotlight

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Meredith Harper

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Synchrony Financial

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Marcos Marrero

Chief Information Security Officer

H.I.G. Capital

Be among the first to see what’s new and next in the security solutions landscape. Three early-stage providers will get the chance to showcase their innovative solutions to the most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

11:50am - 12:00pm  Break

1:40pm - 2:25pm  Breakout Session

Life After CISO — What's Next?

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Emily Heath

Board Member, Former CISO at United Airlines & DocuSign

Board Member

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Nicole Ford

Global VP & CISO

Rockwell Automation

You've spent a good majority of your career in information security, climbing your way to the top - to the CISO role. You're finally there, but what's next? What are your career options, and how should you prepare for exploring them?

Join this session with Emily Heath, current board member and former CISO to learn about: 

  • How to set yourself up for success when preparing for the transition after a CISO Role
  • Knowing what your career options are
  • How to market yourself to get on the radar for board positions

2:30pm - 2:55pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer to Peer Meeting

Session details coming soon!

6:00pm - 7:00pm  Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Dinner & Roundtable Discussion

8:00pm - 8:45pm  Awards Gala

1% Better, Everyday

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Chris Nikic


Guest Speaker

Chris Nikic is an American athlete who made history by becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a full Ironman triathlon. Since then, Chris has inspired people around the globe with his determination and unwavering tenacity. He continues to show others how shifting your focus from your disabilities to your abilities can help anyone achieve any goals they aspire to achieve.

In this session Chris shares how to:

  • Overcame personal and societal obstacles
  • Applied the 1% Better strategy and developed a success habit
  • Built a no-quit grit and success mindset to achieve the impossible

8:45pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

September 13, 2023 - wednesday

9:35am - 10:20am  Breakout Session

Bo(OT)strapped - Planning, Launching, and Perfecting Your Operational Tech Security Journey

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Andrea Bergamini



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Bill Podborny


Constellation Brands

The fourth industrial revolution is well underway. Industrial sites, once safely air-gapped, are now sprawling with connected devices. Mix in other factors like cloud or remote access and it becomes clear: The CISOs jurisdiction is changing rapidly. Where organizations stand on this security journey may vary. Some may be in the early phases or still gathering leadership buy-in. Others may be further down the line, ready to share their successful practices.

Join this session and start understanding:

  • Your new or growing operational technology responsibilities
  • How to (and how NOT to) start or revamp your OT security journey 
  • What you can do to effectively bring IT and OT along on the journey

10:40am - 11:50am  Innovation Spotlight

Innovation Spotlight

Be among the first to see what’s new and next in the security solutions landscape. Three early-stage providers will get the chance to showcase their innovative solutions to the most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

11:50am - 12:00pm  Break


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.


Venue & Accommodation

Four Seasons Hotel Nashville

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Four Seasons Hotel Nashville at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 615-610-6995. Please mention 'Global Executive Summit' to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $465 USD (plus tax) is August 11, 2023.

Your Community Partners

Global Thought Leaders
CISO Thought Leaders
Key Partners
Program Partners

Community Program Manager

For inquiries related to this community, please reach out to your dedicated contact.

Kody Paine

Senior Community Program Manager