Washington, DC CISO Executive Summit

December 5, 2023 | Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel

December 5, 2023
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Washington, DC'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:

Supporting Business Agility with Risk-based Programs

Managing and Analyzing Data to Improve Business Decisions

Building a Culture of Security and Enabling Smart, Secure Decision Making

Washington, DC CISO Governing Body

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


Ryan Boulais

AES Corporation

Vishal Gupta

CTO & CIO, SVP Connected Technology

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 Washington, DC 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

Eliminating Stress and Burnout: A Symphony for Success

Julian Reeve, former Music Director of the Broadway musical Hamilton, has spent a lifetime chasing results. On and off Broadway, his achievements have been applauded, conducted by ambition, and underscored by self-criticism. But a major life event demanded a change of tune. Now, as a noted authority on burnout and perfectionism, he offers concrete tools on how to build a burnout-free culture, retain high achievers and optimize self-care and performance for you and your team. Reeve is an Advisory Board Member for’s Research Institute, and his work has been featured in The Hill Newspaper and Fast Company/CEO World Magazines in addition to his TEDx Talk and children's book.

Join Reeve as he explores:

  • Recognizing and managing stress and burnout in yourself and your team
  • Identifying six keys to burnout control & avoidance
  • Clarifying individual vs. organization burnout responsibility

Keynote Presented by Zscaler


Delivering on Innovation and Leadership

Your local Post Office, Postal vehicles on your street, and your local carrier – all hallmarks of the beloved United States Postal Service. But Pritha Mehra, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, is re-envisioning and transforming the organization to add innovation leader to its brand. Under her dynamic leadership, USPS technology teams are modernizing the ecosystems, platforms, and network to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive marketplace. Just recently, her team supported the White House’s COVID pandemic responsive initiative that led to the delivery more than 750 million free test kits to U.S. households—and they only had three weeks to deploy a intuitive website that could handle millions of orders per hour.

Join this keynote as she shares how to:

  • Inspire a team to maintain an modernization-focused approach
  • Be a leader the effort for innovation
  • Use technology to create an exceptional customer experience

Breakout Sessions

Preparing Your Infrastructure for the Future of AI

It is no secret that 2023 has been a revolutionary time for AI. These advances are driving enterprises to leverage generative AI capabilities to improve business performance and create stakeholder value. With the push to implement AI, how do you modernize your infrastructure to realize it’s full value? The answer goes beyond general purpose storage and legacy infrastructure.

In this session, we will explore:

  • Strategies for modernizing systems and architectures
  • The data foundation for extending AI deep into the business
  • Modernization with resiliency, performance, security, sustainability, and compliance in mind

Leading with Digital Sustainability - A Strategy Led by Technology

Enterprises are under pressure to address multiple challenges impacting the planet, their people and profitability. This is all happening while a recession is looming, quiet quitting is real and climate change is a top concern. Now is the time to position technology leaders as key partners in tackling these issues maximizes sustainable value across the business.

Join this session to explore sustainable strategies for:

  • Reducing efforts in the negative impact your company and products have on the planet (environmental sustainability)
  • How to best champion and manage the impact on your people (social sustainability)
  • Managing the business' fiscal health and future profitability (financial sustainability)

The Importance of Influencing – A Renewed Focus on Soft Skills

Technical know-how is not enough to lead a team of IT and security experts.  Security roles are typically highly technical, but the best leaders know that by building up the skills not found in textbooks, they can be a major influence across the organization.  By becoming a better communicator, learning how to adapt and attuning to the needs of the employees, security leaders can help foster a successful culture that creates proactive defenders of the business.

Come with your questions as a panel of CISOs discuss:

  • Prioritizing soft skill development
  • Learning how to be a better communicator, thus influencer, across the organization
  • Exploring the connection between company culture and boosting cybersecurity resilience

Outcome-Driven Leadership Is About... Well, Outcomes

CIO’s and CISO's opportunities and responsibilities are expanding, with a greater focus on delivering business outcomes. They need to focus and align peers, partners and the IT organization to contribute to achieving business objectives. ODL is about adopting new leadership mindsets, principles and practices to become the outcome-driven leader the organization needs.

Join this interactive session with Interactive Session with Gartner VP Analyst, Christie Struckman to discuss:

  • Defining outcomes in terms the enterprise will understand
  • Aligning IT to business value
  • Developing systems to manage work

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Managing Risk from Critical Vulnerabilities

In today’s threat landscape, security teams are frequently forced into reactive positions, lowering security program efficacy and sustainability. Strong foundational security program components, including vulnerability and asset management processes, are essential to building resilience in a persistently elevated threat climate.

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • Defining what your emergency procedures and “playbooks” look like.
  • How you prioritize CVEs, VPNs and firewalls
  • Combatting the challenge of zero-day exploitation

Generative AI — Enhancing Cybersecurity and Beyond

AI and chatbots are quickly making their way into our daily lives, revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. The introduction of Chat GPT and other new Generative AI tools is bringing a new level of sophistication to chatbots, enabling them to generate human-like responses with high accuracy. As a CISO, you might be wondering how AI and Chat GPT can be leveraged to enhance cybersecurity and other aspects of your business. But you also may be thinking how you are exposing the company to potential threats.

Join this session to learn:

  • What possibilities and limitations these technologies provide
  • Why you may be at a disadvantage if you don not embrace the future of AI and Chat GPT
  • What risks are involved in using AI and Chat GPT type applications

Communicating and Measuring Cyber Risk More Effectively

In today’s environment, it is even more challenging for security leaders to communicate and measure their cyber risk and program to their executive board. Being fully transparent about an organization’s weaknesses, strengths, and investments as it relates to cyber risk can be an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it is essential to the overall health of the business.

Join this session to learn:

  • Metrics that quantify challenges & risks
  • How to create trust with dialogue delivery and engage leadership with non-security terms
  • Using data to communicate and explain the risks and how to best leverage this data


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

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Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel

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