9 Highlights at Upcoming CIO Executive Summits

Community Blog
Written by Liz Ramey

MAY 3, 2023

Evanta, a Gartner Company, is excited to continue to offer Executive Summits to CIO communities. This season, we will hold CIO Executive Summits in 17 cities across North America, providing agendas sculpted “by CIOs, for CIOs.”

IT leaders, who have been a part of the Evanta community, have come to expect excellence and insights at our gatherings. After attending last fall’s Chicago CIO Executive Summit, a CIO said,  “Clearly the event was focused on providing time for CIOs to network and discuss topics of interest. That is what was promised and what was delivered.”

Each CIO Executive Summit agenda is curated to illustrate the priorities and challenges that CIOs face today. CIOs can expect to see topics such as ‘The Evolving Role of the CIO,’ ‘Gaining Value from Data & Analytics,’ and ‘Delivering Outcomes to Exceed Business Expectations.’ These topics are designed based on the quantitative and qualitative activities that our Content Team gathers. Check out what CIOs are prioritizing in 2023 here: 9 CIO Trends in 2023

Here are a few sessions to look forward to at our spring CIO Executive Summits:

  1. Driving a Digital Enterprise – A Strategic Mindset Shift Dallas CIO Executive Summit

Dalia Powers, SVP & CIO, Digital & Data Platforms with Humana, is the Closing Keynote speaker in Dallas. Dalia is a phenomenal leader, who will discuss how to strategically shift an organization’s mindset about the digital future.

Dalia is a true influencer and knows that an IT leader must empower the digital enterprise by going beyond technology and disrupting the culture. Join this session to learn how to upskill your leaders, improve product management, design and technology, and establish the role of data at the center of transformation.

  1. Beyond Buying Offsets -- Substantial Sustainability at the San Francisco CIO Executive Summit

Join this session to hear from Peter Young, Chief Enterprise Architect with Granite Construction, Sanjay Srivastava, Chief Digital Officer with Genpact, and Evan Wayne, CIO with World Market, as they discuss how to build a decision-making framework for sustainability. 

These three IT leaders will describe how they have made sustainability a top business priority for the first time ever and how they are tackling the challenges they face today.

  1. Ascending the Mountain – Leading a Path Toward Business Value at the Southern California CIO Executive Summit

In this keynote session, Kelly Hamilton, CIO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, describes her journey to build a bridge between IT and the business. Kelly is two years into transforming the mindset of the business to see IT as a strategic enabler.

Kelly will discuss how she has developed her team to take an agile approach to solving problems, how she’s built transparency and trust with the business, and how she reprioritizes for value.

  1. Transformational Leadership in the Digital Age at the Toronto CIO Executive Summit

Please join Dave Aeri, VP & Head of Information Technology with Lactalis Canada, as he illustrates how CIOs can use the concepts of transformational leadership as they accelerate the digital business.

In this keynote presentation, Dave will share his strategies as a transformational leader, including the six dimensions of digital maturity and how to apply digital maturity in a meaningful way.

  1. Emerging Technology — Collaboration Across the Enterprise at the Calgary CIO Executive Summit

Join this interactive, non-traditional session with Jason Hinchliff, Chief Information Officer & VP IT, at Cenovus Energy Inc., and Jan Bradley, Chief Information Technology Officer, for the City of Calgary, to explore how executives are handling emerging technology trends within their organization. It's important to discuss how the changing technology environment, like generative AI, will impact the business.

  1. IT as a Business Driver — Driving a Digital Mindset at the Seattle CIO Executive Summit

This keynote with Lutz Beck, CIO, Daimler Trucks North America, will tackle communication skills and how CIOs should relay the needs, expectations, and value of IT within the company to key stakeholders. As the roles of technology leaders evolve into more collaborative business partner positions, strategizing and managing priorities has become an even more important aspect of their leadership skills.

  1. Driving the Business Value of Data and Analytics at the Florida CIO Executive Summit

Fostering a data-driven culture within an organization is a common goal among technology executives. But creating metrics to measure the business value presents challenges. During this data and analytics panel, audience members will learn from panelists Dora Boussias, Senior Director, Data Strategy & Architecture at Stryker, Ashish Bhatnager, Data Technology Executive at Bank of America, and Udit Mehta, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Carrier, about transforming a business into a data-driven operation amid uncertainty.

  1. The Magic of Empathetic Leadership at Minneapolis CIO Executive Summit

In this keynote session, Nash Fung takes a unique approach to tackling the concept of ‘empathetic leadership’. By using magic, Nash will discuss authenticity, making your employees feel valued, and using empathy to empower your team.

Nash has more than 15 years of experience volunteering on a crisis hotline. This taught him the foundational qualities of an empathetic leader. Join this session to learn how you can adopt these qualities.

  1. The Future CIO — A Well-Rounded Business Leader at the Atlanta CIO Executive Summit

Justin Mennen, EVP & Chief Digital and Technology Officer with Rite Aid, takes the stage and will discuss what IT leaders can do today to be well-rounded leaders of tomorrow. 

Justin’s keynote presentation will cover how to evolve with the times, how to scale your business performance, and how to position yourself as a well-rounded leader. He will illustrate these principles through the telling of his own journey and what he’s learned along the way.

Evanta Executive Summits for CIOs offer meaningful peer and industry connections and opportunities to collaborate with like-minded executives. Apply to join an Evanta CIO Community here, or check out our upcoming gatherings for CIOs here.


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Liz Ramey

Director, Content at Evanta, a Gartner Company