St. Louis CISO Executive Summit

December 4, 2018 | Four Seasons St. Louis

December 4, 2018
Four Seasons St. Louis

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the St. Louis CISO Executive Summit.

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

St. Louis 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 Gibbons

Edward Jones

Gary Harbison

Bayer Crop Science

Kevin Hardcastle

Washington University in St. Louis

Shri Ramachandran

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Global VP & CIO


December 3, 2018

December 4, 2018

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Dinner

Join your fellow Governing Body members for an interactive night. Be prepared to participate as we kick the night off with the famed whisper challenge, as seen on Jimmy Fallon, and finish with a local improv group.

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:50am  Keynote

One Mission. One Goal. One Team.

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Former Combat Pilot, Author, Zero to Breakthrough

FlyGirl Enterprises

She answers to “FlyGirl” and make no mistake – Vernice FlyGirl Armour earned those wings. She flew the AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopter during Operation Iraqi Freedom and became the first African-American female combat pilot in U.S. Armed Forces history. Drawing inspiration and leadership lessons straight from the heat of battle, FlyGirl will challenge you as an executive and organization.

In this keynote, learn to:

  • Overcome personal and professional setbacks. 
  • "Get gutsy" with a Breakthrough Mentality Mindset
  • Engage your teams like never before.

8:50am - 9:20am  Networking Break

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Navigating the Middle: An IT/OT Success Story

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Sharon Gietl


The Doe Run Company

Last year, The Doe Run Company’s IT team took a look at their pace of digital transformation and decided there was room for two things: acceleration and increased OT collaboration. They targeted a high-potential helpdesk employee and gave him the reins to an IT/OT liaison position. From a team-wide drone-pilot initiative to state-of-the-art tool adoption, the results have been nothing short of dazzling, with IT and OT partnering for the greater good of the business.

Join this talk with Sharon Gietl to:

  • Hear a compelling case for prioritizing IT/OT integration
  • Survey strategies for finding operational talent on your IT team
  • Discover ways to persevere through the middle of a cultural IT shift

9:20am - 10:10am  Breakout Session

Securing Endpoints with Analytics and a Proven Framework

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Jason O'Keeffe

Senior Security Advisor

HP Inc. Print Security Solutions

As the breadth of IoT technology expands, companies that overlook the importance of protecting their endpoint infrastructure are more vulnerable than ever to the next wave of hackers. What steps should your organization be taking to detect unknown threats and defend your critical endpoints? This session relies on real-world examples to examine: 

  • How some of the most secure organizations are still lagging in security beyond the firewall
  • How to use data analytics and a proven framework to secure endpoint devices

9:20am - 10:10am  Executive Boardroom

Current and Emerging Security Solution Trends – A Practical Approach

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Matt Modica


BJC HealthCare

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Mike Gibbons


Edward Jones

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Dov Yoran

Sr. Director, Security Business Group

Cisco Systems, Inc.

The Security market is an incredibly complex industry with an ever-changing and challenging operational environment. IT executives have to balance cutting-edge tech with more practical and broad solutions. How aligned are organizations to meet current security challenges? 

In this boardroom, you’ll discover:

  • Future technologies you should consider implementing
  • Hot tech topics for the next few years
  • Strategies for balancing current team needs with future growth

10:10am - 10:40am  Networking Break

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

The Talent Show – Harnessing the Power of Your Company Culture

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Rhonda Spencer

Chief People Officer

Barry-Wehmiller Group, Inc

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Todd Finders


Barry-Wehmiller Group, Inc

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Gerry Lewis



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Michelle Kohler

Sr. Director Human Resources


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Peter Logothetis

Recently Retired SVP & Group CIO

Allstate Insurance Company

Every IT executive, team, and organization positioned for longevity is constantly working towards an innovative and healthy culture. But this universal objective to both attract and retain talent is likely one of the more difficult things on your plate. Listen in as two IT leaders and the respective talent executives at their organizations unpack practical strategies to overcome these obstacles.

In this panel, you will explore:

  • How to attract talent in today’s culture
  • The challenges and opportunities surrounding your crowded applicant list
  • What you’re willing to invest in new hires coming aboard

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Driving Business Value Through Cloud Security

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Nathan Case

Sr. Security Solutions Architect

Amazon Web Services

Are you effectively communicating the business value of the cloud in terms of security, risk and compliance to your organization? Nathan Case, Sr. Security Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services, understands the difficulty CISOs have when trying to manage a migration to the cloud.

Case will discuss how:

  • CISOs can move into the business of saying “yes”
  • The cloud can be more secure than an on-prem data center
  • Security teams can leverage tooling and automation to do more with less

10:40am - 11:30am  Breakout Session

Securing the Connected World

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John Knies



In a world where connectivity is the norm, device security is non-negotiable. IoT creates an added layer of complexity to the security challenge, and there’s no sign of it slowing down. How can you ensure the right conversations are happening to maintain adequate protection?

In this discussion, you will discover:

  • How organizations can safeguard technology from attacks
  • Strategies and solutions for understanding the liabilities of connected devices

11:30am - 12:00pm  Networking Break

12:00pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

GDPR’s Influence on Accelerated Personal Data Privacy

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Pete Hogan

VP Enterprise Applications & Chief Privacy Officer

Post Holdings

Months after the implementation deadline of GDPR, there are still plenty of reasons for data privacy to keep you up at night and, moreover, inspire action. Peter Hogan of Post Holdings educated his team early on GDPR before it was abuzz in the headlines, and has a plethora of advice for those looking to do better in the future. But how can your organization shift from data privacy panic to maintenance mode?

In this keynote, you will hear:

  • A retrospective on Post Holding’s successful early compliance steps
  • Data privacy laws across the globe
  • Tactics for drafting a blueprint of next-steps

1:10pm - 1:40pm  Networking Break

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Focusing on Leadership to Drive IT

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Frank Laquinta


Edward Jones

Technology knowledge is no longer a differentiator. Real change is now driven by leadership, confident learning, and communication. In order to move forward with transformation of any kind, these three factors need to work together towards the common good of the organization and client.

LaQuinta will cover why:

  • Leadership, learning, and communication are the value propositions that drive innovation
  • User experience must be top of mind
  • Everyone needs to be involved in change management to insure buy-in

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Breakout Session

Innovation Matchmaking - Finding and Engaging with Emerging Tech Companies

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PJ Amini

Director of Partnerships & Innovation


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Mary Louise Helbig

Executive Director


Finding new tech innovation is the first hurdle, but figuring out how to best engage with the company is the magic behind the matchmaking process. Mary Louise Helbig and PJ Amini share their first-hand experience on how organizations can satisfy their appetite for innovation by engaging with emerging tech companies to adopt new technologies.

Join Helbig and Amini as they discuss:

  • Creating a partnership mentality
  • Understanding your current appetite for external innovation
  • Identifying implementation and engagement options for adopting new innovation

1:40pm - 2:30pm  Executive Boardroom

Enabling A Business-First Network

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Renea Daesch

Enterprise Director of Information Technology

Barry-Wehmiller Group, Inc

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Margie Muthukumaru

VP & Chief Information Officer

Webster University

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Derek Granath

VP of Product Management, SD-WAN

Silver Peak Systems, Inc.

70% of applications have migrated to the cloud, yet most cloud apps suffer from monthly disruptions. Leading organizations are embracing a business-first networking model that conforms to business requirements, then uses automation and machine learning to make it work instead of forcing the business to conform to the constraints of the network. The rise of the Business-First SD-WAN is driving IT leaders to rethink their wide area networks. Join your peers for a candid discussion around the challenges that many enterprises face across their network and how SD-WAN can be part of the solution.

2:30pm - 2:50pm  Networking Break

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

Offense Taken – An Alternative Approach to Countermeasures

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Robert Jamieson

Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Organizations with a robust security strategy have a host of tactics when it comes to preventing cyberattacks. But what is the best way to tackle these threats consistently and effectively?

In this breakout, Bob Jamieson will address:

  • The importance of shifting your mindset towards offensive countermeasures for long-term, deliberate success
  • Tools his team used to triumph over attackers, including chatbots and change management
  • The challenges of having a defensive strategy without the tech to support it

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Breakout Session

The Next Wave of Enterprise Intelligence

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Phong Le

Senior Executive Vice President and CFO

MicroStrategy, Inc.

Organizations that build an intelligent edge today will be the dominant force of tomorrow. In order to join the ranks of these future-forward competitors, your team will need to go beyond business intelligence to deliver widely applicable insights.

In this breakout, you’ll learn:

  • How to transform your organization into a data-driven, intelligent enterprise
  • Ways to harness traditionally counteractive forces such as convenience and security
  • Ecosystem solutions to help manage data securely while remaining agile

2:50pm - 3:40pm  Executive Boardroom

Clouds in the Forecast - What’s Next for Enterprise IT

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Mike Chill

VP & IT Officer

HBM Holdings

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Tom Schunk


Emerson Electric Co.

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Jonathan King

VP - Strategy, Data Center, & Cloud


In a business environment driven by technology, the ongoing evolution of the cloud, the emergence of multicloud architectures, and the redefined data center are essential considerations for IT executives. With their promise of greater agility, enhanced service levels, and innovation enablement, these offerings present an attractive path for the enterprise seeking to leverage every advantage. But no two organizations are the same, and charting a course amid a cacophony of tools, providers, and promises is an increasingly complex endeavor. In this session, you and your peers will examine the present and future of the cloud and build strategies for navigating them to ensure maximum agility, security, and emerging multicloud architecture best practices.

3:40pm - 4:00pm  Networking Break

4:00pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap – Automation, AI and Creative People

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Eduardo Cabrera

Chief Cybersecurity Officer

Trend Micro Inc.

You’ve spent time and resources building a team of creative thinkers who lend an edge to your organization overall. But one cybersecurity misstep from the untrained employee can unravel your entire strategy. What tools and philosophies can you incorporate as an IT leader to help bridge this gap in security-savviness?

In this keynote, you will discover:

  • How tools like AI and machine learning can bolster employee productivity
  • IT benefits and security challenges surrounding a creative workforce
  • Ways to look beyond formal IT training when fostering security-consciousness

4:40pm - 5:20pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

December 3, 2018

December 4, 2018


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