Minneapolis CISO Inner Circle

September 20, 2022 | Lumber Exchange Event Center

September 20, 2022
Lumber Exchange Event Center

Collaborate with your peers

Join Minneapolis'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

Minneapolis 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

Amy Eklund

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Betty Elliott

Freddie Mac
Senior VP & Chief Information Security Officer

Jill Kuykendall

Securian Financial
Chief Information Security Officer

Michael Rogers

UnitedHealth Group
BISO United Healthcare / Sr. Director Cyber Defense

Rohit Tandon

State of Minnesota
Chief Information Security Officer

Tony Taylor

Land O'Lakes


September 20, 2022

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Enabling a Risk-Smart Culture

Rohit Tandon headshot

Rohit Tandon

Chief Information Security Officer

State of Minnesota

Jack Powell headshot

Jack Powell

CISO & AVP, IT Security & Risk Management

Allianz Life US

Drew Bomett headshot

Drew Bomett

VP, CISO - Global IT Cybersecurity

Boston Scientific

Param Vig headshot

Param Vig

VP, Chief Information Security Officer


Randy Kirsch headshot

Randy Kirsch

VP of IT

Presbyterian Homes and Services

Aaron Verdell Call headshot

Aaron Verdell Call


WPS Health Solutions

Bill Alfveby headshot

Bill Alfveby

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer


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




Complimentary Self-Parking - The Midtown Garage is located at 11 S Fourth St. There are two entrances - one on 5th Street and another on 4th Street. 4th Street is a one way going South/East. The entrance is on the right after you cross Hennepin. To enter on 5th Street, drive North/West on 5th Street. When crossing over Nicollet, cross to the right side of the transit tracks. You'll see the entrance on your right before reaching Hennepin.

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