Atlanta CIO Executive Summit

December 15, 2021 | JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

December 15, 2021
JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Atlanta's top CIOs 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 CIOs today:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

Atlanta CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Puneet Bhasin

Unum
EVP, Global CIO & Chief Digital Officer

Curtis Carver Jr.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
VP for IT & CIO

Martin Davis

Southern Company
EVP & CIO

Edwina Payne

National Spirit Group
EVP & CIO

Ben Pivar

Carter's
CIO & SVP

Jaspal Sagoo

Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CTO

Grant Shih

National DCP
Chief Information Officer

Dan Webber

UST Global
VP Technology

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CIO 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 Atlanta CIO 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.

Agenda


December 15, 2021 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Digital Maturity – Measuring Progress, Identifying Gaps

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Justin Mennen

EVP & Chief Information Officer

Rite Aid

While 2022 hangs in front of us like one giant question mark, digital technology stands – fully capable – to deliver more right answers than the world can imagine. But to deliver on the infinite promise of digital ingenuity, organizations must align around a comprehensive maturity model.

In this interactive session, join your CIO peers to benchmark:

  • Organizational clarity around digital business – how your stakeholders collaborate and deliver
  • Levels of digital maturity – where your business stacks up in the competitive landscape
  • Gaps and opportunities for growth – where to invest and how to build competency


9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Dialing in the Data Ecosystem from Strategy to Delivery

“Data is at the core of everything we do.” Whether or not you relate to this Fortune 250 CIO’s decree, the struggle to be a well-oiled, data-driven enterprise is real. What opportunities has your organization missed along its data journey, and what strategic levers can you pull to drive competitive advantage? Learn what your CIO peers have achieved on the data forefront.

In this session you’ll consider:

  • Best practices for generating accessible, actionable data insights across the enterprise
  • Leverage points for executing on data strategy for short-term wins and long-term impact
  • Advanced analytics tools that improve decision-making, business process and customer experience

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Executive Boardroom hosted by Twilio

Details coming soon.

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Building Innovative Cloud Tech for Nationwide Transportation

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Steve Carrington

Chief Information Officer

Panasonic

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Chris Armstrong

Vice President, CIRRUS/V2X

Panasonic

To remain competitive, the enterprise must not only offer cutting edge products to its customers but maintain an organizational structure that allows for innovation. Panasonic is demonstrating this with the release of its latest V2X technology, an open architecture platform that allows third party developers to expand and optimize applications to keep our roadways safe and our critical, national infrastructure operational.

Join this session as Panasonic's CIO and VP of CIRRUS/V2X share how to:

  • Bring an innovative cloud platform to life at scale
  • Gain buy-in and the project budget from internal stakeholders for the necessary tools and partnerships
  • Structure internal and external teams to collaborate and prevent silos

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

How CIOs can Lead Employee Experience with SaaS Management

Gartner predicts that in the next five years 50% of organizations using multiple SaaS applications will centralize management and usage with an SMP tool. Modern CIOs will need better visibility into their app portfolios to make transformational decisions that benefit the entire organization.

Join this interactive roundtable discussion as CIOs discuss how to:

  • Gain visibility into all of your SaaS apps - including those owned by business units
  • Understand the barriers to engagement and how to craft an environment that results in productivity and innovation for employees
  • Maximize your IT resources and budget

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

December 15, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:25am - 12:40pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer-Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a 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.

11:45am - 1:30pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:05pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

Driving an Agenda that Enables and Transforms Your Business

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Chitra Subramaniam

Director North America, Chrome OS Commercial Channel

Google Chrome Enterprise

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Kiril Topalov

Chief Digital Architect

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

One of the biggest challenges facing the modern CIO is balance. When it comes to business transformation, the sky is the limit…until you run into budget, time and resource constraints. How can CIOs balance these real limitations while encouraging their teams to dream big and come up with outside the box solutions?

Join this panel to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce


1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 15, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

The CIO Imperative to Drive a Diverse, Inclusive Organization

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Jose "Joe" Marroquin

CISO

Encompass Digital Media

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Harold Shannon

VP, Technology and CIO

CoreCivic

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Grant Shih

Chief Information Officer

National DCP

It is widely known that diverse teams and organizations not only outperform less-diverse competition – they drive higher profits and innovation. With the powerful, connective force of technology at their fingertips, IT leaders are uniquely positioned to deliver diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that impact every aspect of the IT creation/workforce experience. 

Join this peer-driven discussion to explore actionable DEI strategies around:

  • Equipping marginalized sections of the workforce with the proper tools and opportunities to elevate
  • Promoting sponsorship rather than mentorship to grow diverse talent 
  • Removing bias from organizational process to ensure a level playing field for all employees


1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Enabling the Hybrid Workforce

Progressive organizations have included permanent work-from-anywhere (WFX) options in their connectivity strategy and according to IDC, 64% of business leaders will subsidize this connectivity. New solutions like 5G will reduce the in-home bandwidth battle for employees, alleviate the burden of managing multiple vendors and reduce security vulnerabilities is needed. Join your peers in a focused discussion on options to manage your hybrid work-from-anywhere environment.

In this boardroom, we’ll discuss

  • Investing in the right technologies to support WFX and decrease risk
  • Long-term planning to deliver equitable access across your workforce
  • Moving from workforce support to workforce innovation

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Digital Business – Growing Demand, Endless Opportunity

Whether “business as usual” is a place we return – or a constant moving target – we are all living in a digital world and there’s no going back. As the pace accelerates, opportunity is rich, and the organization’s future rides on how CIO business leaders exploit an expanding array of digital tools.

Join this peer-led conversation on seizing digital momentum to discuss ways to:

  • Transform your workforce to think, operate and deliver as a digital-first enterprise
  • Optimize digital capabilities and digital channels to create business value
  • Expand digital business and maturity for long-term success

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

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Bob Turner

Field CISO

Fortinet

With an increase in threat vectors comes the increased need for a sound yet dynamic cybersecurity program. CIOs must take a proactive approach in ensuring cybersecurity risk is considered at every step, even in times of rapid disruption.
Join this boardroom for a discussion on:

  • Managing third parties and holding them to cybersecurity standards
  • Quantifying, measuring, and communicating risk across the organization 
  • Upskilling your cybersecurity teams to stay ahead of emerging threats

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Edging Out the Competition Through Cloud and Automation

The proper cloud strategy allows for speed, scale and iteration of operating and business models, which in turn, translates to maintaining a competitive advantage. To be digitally agile, CIOs should cultivate an intelligent core, while adopting multiple clouds and cloud-native applications, to ensure flexibility and modernization. The challenge — operational complexity, security implications and increasing pressure on IT.

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Digital-first strategies that enable hybrid infrastructures
  • Modern applications that deliver a simplified app-first infrastructure
  • Automation capabilities and the organizational models necessary for enabling a digital business

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Kendall Ann Hennings / kendallann.hennings@gartner.com

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

The Bionic Business — Aflac’s One-Digital Journey

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Rich Gilbert

Chief Digital & Information Officer

Aflac

Aflac’s “One Digital” strategy started with a clear goal of customer-centricity. But along the road, CIO Rich Gilbert’s definition of “digital” evolved into something brand new – bionics. Fusing automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning with the organization’s talent base, bionics place Aflac at the digital frontier and are beginning to fuel every aspect of the business.

In this session, Gilbert will share:

  • Foundations and keys to executing Aflac’s One-Digital strategy
  • Gilbert’s digital evolution toward bionics and their impact on the entire business
  • What this ongoing technology journey means for the company’s future


4:40pm - 5:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

REGISTER

Returning to in-person conferences


We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines, in addition to taking all practical safety precautions onsite.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures are subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.

Location


Venue & Accommodation

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
MORE INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-866-343-5747. Please mention Atlanta CIO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $292 USD (plus tax) is November 21, 2021.

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Atlanta CIO Program Manager


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

Kendall Hennings

Program Manager

kendall.hennings2@evanta.com