Houston CISO Inner Circle

September 14, 2022 | The Grove

September 14, 2022
The Grove

Collaborate with your peers

Join Houston'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:

Driving a Risk-Informed Organization

Navigating Emerging Risks and Threats

Connecting Risks to Strategic Business Goals

Houston CISO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Mike Coogan

Waste Management
Senior Director, Cybersecurity

Angelique Grado

VP & Chief Information Security Officer

Derek Rude

Director, IT Security

Genady Vishnevetsky

Stewart Title Company


September 14, 2022

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Enabling a Risk-Smart Culture

Maury Cupitt headshot

Maury Cupitt

VP, Solutions Architect & Thought Leader, North America DevOps


Brad Hollingsworth headshot

Brad Hollingsworth

Sr. Director of Cyber Security

Mattress Firm

Chris Wolski headshot

Chris Wolski


CSAT Solutions

Doug Rinehart headshot

Doug Rinehart


Newfold Digital

Keith Frederick headshot

Keith Frederick

Chief Information Security Officer


Anthony Souza headshot

Anthony Souza

Director of Cybersecurity (CISO)

CenterPoint Energy

Nibin Philip headshot

Nibin Philip

VP, Chief Information Security Officer

Landry's Inc.

Janice Sarver headshot

Janice Sarver

Director | Governance, Risk, and Assurance

CommonSpirit Health

Enabling a Risk-Smart Culture

Most leaders realize the importance of a robust risk culture, yet the emphasis on risk awareness can reinforce the perception that the goal of risk culture is vigilance in pursuit of risk avoidance. Instead, a risk-smart culture keeps the focus on the pursuit of strategic objectives — framing risk consideration in terms of the impact of decision-making on the likelihood of achieving organizational goals.

Risk-informed decision-making is particularly critical for emerging risks. Because these are more abstract in nature, a direct link to defined business goals is necessary to drive proper action. Security and risk leaders must have a clear and consistent framework to candidly communicate risks across the business.

In this interactive conversation, CISOs will have the opportunity to discuss their role in leading the charge on capturing and communicating risk:

Topic 1: Driving a Risk-Informed Organization

  • Who owns the risk strategy at your organization and who is involved in risk conversations? How have you built out risk management guidance at your organization?

  • What are strategies you use to articulate and quantify risk for senior leadership?

  • How would you describe the current risk culture at your organization?  What is your goal state and what are the obstacles that you have to overcome to achieve that goal?

Topic 2: Navigating Emerging Risks and Threats

  • How are you seeking out ways to solicit candid and frank feedback to uncover the areas where emerging risks might result in bigger repercussions?

  • What are your strategies to tie risks back to strategic business goals?

  • What is your framework for navigating new and emerging threats? 

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



The Grove


Parking Information:

There are several parking options including Avenida South Garage and Avenida Central Garage within a one block radius. Rates vary.

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