Pittsburgh CISO Inner Circle

March 3, 2020, Carnegie Science Center

March 3, 2020
Carnegie Science Center

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Pittsburgh CISO Inner Circle.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Investing in your people and the right technologies

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Pittsburgh CISO Governing Body

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


Bill Balint

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Steven Bugajski

United States Steel Corporation
Chief Information Officer

Pierre Combemale

Vesuvius U S A Corporation
IT Executive Leader

Francois Estellon

Matthews International
Chief Technology Officer

Bill Fortwangler

Dollar Bank

Omar Khawaja

Highmark Health
VP & Chief Information Security Officer

Susan Koski

SVP and Divisional CISO, Security Operations

Matthew Putila

Gateway Health
VP, Information Technology & CTO

George Rosato

Director, IT


March 3, 2020

5:00pm - 5:45pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:45pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Building for the Future — Business Enablers, Drivers and Innovators

Michael Abram headshot

Michael Abram


Westinghouse Electric Company

Paul Allison headshot

Paul Allison


California University of Pennsylvania

Melissa Alsing headshot

Melissa Alsing


Seton Hill University

Bill Balint headshot

Bill Balint


Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mark Caplan headshot

Mark Caplan

VP Infrastructure, Operations, Security & Risk

84 Lumber Company

Francois Estellon headshot

Francois Estellon

Chief Technology Officer

Matthews International

Summer Craze Fowler headshot

Summer Craze Fowler



Jim Gephart headshot

Jim Gephart

Director of IT

Gatan, Inc.

Raymond Grimes headshot

Raymond Grimes

Director of Information Technology Operations

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Dr. Henry Jiang headshot

Dr. Henry Jiang

VP - Business Information Security Officer


Susan Koski headshot

Susan Koski

SVP and Divisional CISO, Security Operations


Eris Symms headshot

Eris Symms

Chief Information Security Officer


The CIO and CISO roles have evolved to become customer-facing, revenue-driving digital experts. While the term digital means something different to every organization, the basic goal remains the same — to better serve customers and the business.

During this engaging conversation among peers, CIOs and CISOs will discuss their role in driving stronger business outcomes throughout the organization.

Building and Innovating New Processes and Businesses

  • What tactics have you used to increase awareness of technology and security across the business? How can you more effectively drive these conversations and changes?
  • How are you improving the cost, efficiency and value of program delivery?

Fostering a Growth Mindset — Enabling and Optimizing Culture

  • How should IT and security organizations foster a work culture that embraces change while enabling the business to move forward?
  • How are you developing your employees to have an owner mindset, and how can they strategically become business advisors and advocates for innovation?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

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

8:00pm - 8:30pm  Social Hour


Your Community Partners

CIO and CISO Thought Leader
Program Partner

Pittsburgh CISO Program Manager

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

Dan Philpott

Program Manager