Dallas CIO Executive Summit

November 9, 2021 | Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

November 9, 2021
Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Dallas'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

Dallas CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Sumit Anand

At Home
Chief Information Officer & Head of Strategy

Mike Anderson

Netskope
Chief Digital & Information Officer

Madhuri Andrews

Jacobs
EVP, Chief Digital and Information Officer

Paola Arbour

Tenet Health
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Nellson Burns

Daltile
VP of Information Services

Vipin Gupta

Toyota Financial Services
Chief Information Officer

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 Dallas 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


November 8, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

November 9, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Plotting Your Course: The CIO’s Path To Relevancy

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Sumit Anand

Chief Information Officer & Head of Strategy

At Home

The last few years have brought an ocean of change for the CIO -- and the seas are only getting choppier. The evolution of technology environments, the shifting tide of talent and the business demands for speed and agility have all impacted how CIOs must lead today. But how do IT leaders continue to captain their ships and take it to new horizons?

Join Summit Anand for an inspiring and provocative conversation around:    

  • Influencing your own evolution and IT’s future
  • Staying ahead of the fleet - embracing the blurred lines of business and technology
  • Balancing your current reality with increasing your relevancy


9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Putting AI to Work — How Natural Language Understanding Unleashes the Knowledge Worker

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Bhavin Shah

CEO & Founder

Moveworks

While AI makes everything instant for consumers, getting tech support at work still takes three days. Bhavin Shah will share how CIOs are finally making AI work in the enterprise—thanks to breakthroughs in natural language understanding. You’ll learn:

  • Why AI that understands language is unleashing knowledge workers
  • How to transform your “small data” into “big data” that can power AI
  • Where CIOs are implementing AI to cut workloads by 40%

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Orchestrating the Convergence of Technology and Business

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Jamie Lee

CIO

Ecobat

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Mark Overton

SVP & CIO

Greyhound

Surveying that nearly half of all enterprises have achieved maturity of their digital efforts, Gartner concluded “Technology is now an essential element of every successful business strategy.” As advanced digitization and value creation becomes a business-wide mandate, a technology leader’s vision and guidance is vital to enabling pervasive IT adoption. 

Join this peer-led session to discuss: 

  • How to create a thriving, integrated IT partnership across the business
  • How to deploy assets to fuel technology advancement – from business relationship managers to business-led fusion teams
  • How to leverage the right executive allies to expand technology’s impact

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Rob Wilson at rob.wilson@evanta.com 

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Hello to Human Connection

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Chris Hutson

Regional Vice President, Enterprise

RingCentral

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Mike Santimaw

SVP, CIO

Rent-A-Center

The world has become a very different place, and the way we work is forever changed. It took a major wakeup call to stir us into action. For most companies, the response to the challenge was about technology and digital transformation, but it should be more than that. It needs to center on driving the best possible human experience – sustaining human connection - so individuals and the companies they work for can thrive.

Join us to discuss how to:

  • Level the playing field for both in-office and remote employees so all experiences are equal
  • Bring together employee experience and customer experience to enhance productivity and increase customer satisfaction
  • Leverage the spectrum of no-low-pro code APIs to bring together all the ways people can work

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact your program manager Rob Wilson, rob.wilson@evanta.com

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Cultivating Hyperautomation Beyond Efficiency for Customer Experience

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Doug Gilbert

CIO

Sutherland Global Services

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Ashish Julka

CRO

Sutherland Global Services

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Scott Lindblom

CTO

Bed Bath & Beyond

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Sudhir Nair

Chief Information and Technology Officer

loanDepot

Today’s CIO is challenged to choose between the efficiencies of automation and the rewards of great customer experience. In order to gain the operational effectiveness of automation for both the business and the consumer, CIOs must strategically balance their operating model.

Join Sutherland Global as IT leaders share how emerging technologies are being applied by:

  • Combining tech to deliver operating and customer outcomes
  • Achieving digital transformations at pace and scale
  • Creating a sustainable trail to success

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Enabling the Hybrid Workforce

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Nellson Burns

VP of Information Services

Daltile

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Rob Wilson at rob.wilson@evanta.com 

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Digital Business – Growing Demand, Endless Opportunity

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Todd Kackley

EVP & Chief Information Officer

Bell Flight

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Sameer Purao

VP & CIO

Celanese

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Scott Willett

Executive Director

The University of Texas System

Whether “business as usual” is a place we return to – 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 work in new ways and reach savvy consumers on new platforms. 

Among the key talking points:

  • Transforming your workforce to think, operate and deliver as a digital-first enterprise
  • Optimizing digital capabilities and digital channels to create business-wide value
  • Strategizing to 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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact your Program Manager, Rob Wilson at rob.wilson@evanta.com 

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

November 9, 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 - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:05pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

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Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer

Netskope

With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  • Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  • The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS visibility in a SASE architecture

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

November 9, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Realizing Value – The Road to Data & Analytics Success

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Neelu Sethi

SVP, Chief Information Officer

Reddy Ice Holdings

Data is the true oil of the enterprise – without your engine cannot run, but with it the outcome can become unstoppable. From manual invoices to complete automation, Neelu Sethi, CIO at Reddy Ice, understands the prioritization of data lies within automation, analytics and AI. From building a digital highway of data to standing up a self-service data warehouse, the Reddy Ice IT team has created a path to operational excellence and set a foundation for the future.

Join Neelu, as she discusses:

  • Setting the tone from the top by creating consistent and meaningful messaging
  • Defining an inclusive mission and vision for value creation
  • Looking ahead – predicting patterns by understanding customer behavior

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Digital Maturity – Measuring Progress, Identifying Gaps

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Nimesh Mehta

CIO

National Life Group

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 

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Optimizing Operational Efficiencies, Productivity & Protection

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Mike Bullock

VP, IT

Texas Rangers

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Vipin Gupta

Chief Information Officer

Toyota Financial Services

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Gertrude Van Horn

CIO

NCH

As organizations build digital business practices, the foundational aspects of operational excellence must be in place in order to scale, protect and mature the enterprise. In 2021, CIOs continue to work to align to the business, in order to gain full benefits from their resources and capabilities, driving efficiencies and productivity. 

In this session, CIOs will discuss:

  • Designing for operational excellence in a digital world

  • Scaling productivity - hyper-automation and augmented business processes 

  • Protecting for progress - ensuring anywhere operations with little risk and high rewards

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact your Program Manager, Rob Wilson at rob.wilson@evanta.com 

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Back to Basics - Cybersecurity Accountability and Hygiene

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Chris Holm

CIO

The Perot Companies

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Brent Cerka

Chief Information Officer

Warren Equipment

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Shawn Surber

VP Technology Strategy, Office of the CISO

Tanium

According to Gartner research, 27% more boards of directors now see cybersecurity as a threat to the business at-large, no longer limited to the realm of IT. Though the responsibility for cybersecurity strategies is now spreading across the enterprise and despite expanded awareness of security hygiene, well-intentioned users remain a major area of risk for every organization. How can CIOs establish new governance for this shared accountability and integrate cyber hygiene into the very fabric of the enterprise?

Join this boardroom session as CIOs discuss:

  • Involving more organizational decision makers in cybersecurity efforts
  • Holding users accountable for good security hygiene
  • Helping the most complex organizations increase user and asset visibility to prevent breaches, outages and disruptions

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact your Program Manager, Rob Wilson at rob.wilson@evanta.com 

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:10pm  Closing Comments

3:10pm - 3:40pm  Keynote

The CIO’s Next Trick — Changing the Paradigm

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Gertrude Van Horn

CIO

NCH

Today’s digital agenda has introduced more demands and expectations than ever before, at times, causing tension between the business and IT. In order to manage the endless cycle of output expected throughout the modernization period, CIOs must strategically approach how IT can deliver and manage business demands.

Join Gertrude Van Horn, CIO at NCH, as she discusses:

  • Building relationships and telling IT’s story — capturing key funding
  • Designing IT strategy for the evolving ecosystem — making an impact
  • Taking back your sanity — resetting expectations across the enterprise

3:40pm - 4:10pm  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


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 972-661-2800.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $168 USD (plus tax) is October 25, 2021.

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Dallas CIO Program Manager


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

Rob Wilson

Program Manager

rob.wilson@evanta.com