Philadelphia CISO Executive Summit

November 15, 2022 | Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

November 15, 2022
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Philadelphia's top CISOs 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 CISOs today:

Elevating the security practice and CISO role into strategic partners who manage cyber risk

Maturing IAM roadmaps and infrastructure to become more resilient against evolving demands

Evolving traditional approaches and technologies in response to the expanding attack surface

Philadelphia CISO Governing Body

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


Todd Bearman

TE Connectivity
Chief Information Security Officer

Mark Eggleston

CSC Global

Anahi Santiago

Christiana Care

Reginald Williams

The Chemours Co
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 Philadelphia 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.


Keynote Sessions

Stress Management Strategies for Effective Leadership

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), there are an unprecedented number of employees struggling with stress and mental health concerns that negatively impact their work and home life. The skill of stress management is more important than ever for leaders to motivate and support their teams effectively while sustaining personal wellbeing.  

Join this interactive keynote to:  

  • Understand the critical role leaders play regarding stress management that can improve employee morale, retention and productivity
  • Learn key strategies to reduce stress, overcome burnout and develop resilience in the face of challenges
  • Develop a comprehensive stress management plan that will result in long-term wellbeing and enhanced quality of life

Automation Isn’t Everything

When it comes to security, automation should not be the end goal; it’s simply a means to an end. While security automation is certainly an incredibly valuable tool, it is just that: a tool. So how do you identify which areas of your security operation are the best candidates for automation, and which should stay in the hands of your team (at least for now)?

During this peer-discussion you will explore:

  • Creating a framework for evaluating automation use cases
  • Whether the “single pane of glass” vision of automation is truly achievable
  • Innovative ways other CISOs have used security automation

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Defend the Endpoint — Accelerate Recovery

Adversaries are increasingly fast and stealthy, don’t respect time zones or holidays, and often execute damaging intrusions in hours.  Every second matters when under attack and the first steps taken in the wake of a threat can determine success or downtime and disruption. How are you ensuring you have the tools and processes to protect your endpoints and the organization from today’s threats?

Join this interactive discussion for strategies to:

  • Deploy the right endpoint security tools to stop an adversary with speed
  • Identify resources to appropriately implement, operate and maintain an effective security program
  • Secure critical applications even in a state of compromise

Zero Trust – Hype or Hope?

An organization's ability to achieve successful digital transformation is in large part enabled by the security team. Distributed, loosely connected infrastructure and tools, coupled with the demand for almost any-to-any connectivity, complicates the mission. Regularly defined as being delivered by a single "silver bullet" point solution, the term zero trust is now often held in poor regard. It is however, a highly effective conceptual framework, and perhaps even a cultural shift, that many organizations have been working with for several years.

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • The broader definition of what a zero trust framework is
  • The foundational control required to build a zero trust program
  • Strategies for improving the user experience and proving value to get organization wide acceptance

The Indispensable Human Element of Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence is a pervasive part of our lives today and cybersecurity teams and adversaries alike have learned to harness the speed and power of machines to strengthen their capabilities. With machine learning becoming one of the most important tools of defense, leaders must balance the overwhelming speed and accuracy advantages of AI with the need for measured and intuitive interactions with a real-world human element. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • What these trends mean for the hands-on practitioner
  • When the velocity of innovation outpaces the capabilities of human intellect
  • The role of automation in the effective practice of securing our digital world

Breakout Sessions

Blazing the Trail for a Neurodiverse Workforce

 Research shows that highly diverse teams are more innovative and productive, but it's no secret that IT and cybersecurity positions have a diversity shortage. CISO’s have an opportunity to ignite change and create a space for the neurodiverse community.

 Join this session for an in-depth and candid conversation with Mark Odom, and Dr. Wendy J. Ross to discuss:

  • How their nuerodiversity program accelerates innovation and business through diversity and inclusion
  • What it takes to support, develop, and retain neurodiverse talent
  • Setting a vision and architecting the diverse IT workforce of the future

Buzzers Over Buzzwords

What's your community's top priority? What do your C-Level peers consider the largest hurdle in when it comes to accomplishing their goals? In this fun, highly-interactive, game-show-style session, we'll put your knowledge to the test. 

Come on down to:

  • Compete in a data-driven, community-specific quiz game
  • Learn more about the struggles and opportunities reported by members of your governing body
  • Share and expand on these reported goals and challenges


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

Evanta programs are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-225-9664. Please mention Evanta Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $239 USD (plus tax) is October 24, 2022.

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Philadelphia CISO Program Manager

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

Tim Bigley

Senior Program Manager – Territory Specialist