Houston CIO Executive Summit

December 8, 2021 | Hyatt Regency Houston

December 8, 2021
Hyatt Regency Houston

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Houston'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

Houston CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Jennifer Hartsock

Baker Hughes
VP & CIO

Jennifer Hohman

Seadrill Americas
Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Lori Kittle

Landry's Restaurants
Chief Loyalty Officer

Al Lindseth

Plains GP Holdings
SVP, Risk Management & IT

Laura Tibodeau

AmSty
Chief Information Officer

John Varkey

Waste Management
VP, Enterprise Digital Services

Sudhakar Virupakshi

Par Pacific
VP IT & CIO

Allen Wuescher

Toshiba International
VP & CIO

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 Houston 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 8, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Leading Locally, Influencing Globally

Jennifer Hohman headshot

Jennifer Hohman

Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Seadrill Americas

CIOs are some of the most intelligent and influential people on the planet. Their understanding of business, economics and technology provides enormous opportunity to help influence their communities and industries. Jennifer Hohman, VP & CIO at Seadrill Americas does just that, using her intrinsic knowledge of value creation and problem solving to make a global impact on human rights and environmental citizenship.

Join this session, as Jennifer illustrates how CIOs can influence change by:

  • Applying common IT methodologies to solve global issues

  • Leveraging your knowledge and leadership to create solutions for the greater good

  • Shaping the way leaders overcome challenges using traditional IT approaches

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

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

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

The CIO’s Roadmap - Security at the Center


Heightened cybersecurity risks of the last two years have proven security initiatives and business continuity planning must be ingrained in every enterprise’s corporate culture. CIOs must set an example, demonstrating a commitment to security, positioning it at the core of IT and enterprise roadmaps. 

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss:

  • Building robust cybersecurity strategies that align with new business objectives and hybrid workforce models

  • Reconceptualizing cyber roadmaps to enable digital business rather than inhibit innovation

  • Tackle growing security threats against infrastructure through security awareness and threat intelligence


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, Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com 

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Advancing the Data-Driven Enterprise

 Gaps in the use of data and analytics grow wider as organizations continue to struggle with data literacy. The cultural acceptance of D&A is essential to delivering better business outcomes, yet CIO’s face the challenge of business leaders not leveraging the true value of information assets.

In this session, CIO’s will explore strategies for:

  • Creating a data literacy initiative for the entire enterprise

  • Expanding data and analytics core competencies to increase self-service capabilities

  • Gaining leadership buy-in to effect real culture change 

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, Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

December 8, 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

Enhancing Productivity of the Hybrid Workforce

Gary Sorrentino headshot

Gary Sorrentino

Global Deputy CIO

Zoom Video Communications

Over the last 16 months, companies have demonstrated productivity in various environments; with teams both together and apart. CIOs are now faced with the opportunity to reimagine the space used for productivity and collaboration by optimizing the way of work.

Join Zoom Global Deputy CEO, Gary Sorrentino, as he offers insights into hybrid work by:

  • Discovering the vision for hybrid work

  • Preparing your organization for the transition to hybrid

  • Uncovering best practices for remote work

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 8, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Restructuring the Enterprise for Innovation

An efficient and functional organization design is critical for the enterprise to evolve and maintain a competitive edge in the market. A successful structure should not only focus on internal team alignment but also on innovative technologies, like automation, that will allow the organization to reach new heights.

Join this session as CIOs explore ways to:

  • Compellingly communicate a vision for the future to gain buy in from stakeholders

  • Analyze market trends to identify and adopt competitive technologies

  • Break down silos in the enterprise to innovate collaboratively

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 Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Keep Them, Teach Them

As the data and analytics field has grown more popular, skills have still varied widely.  The role of the Data & Analytics team is becoming more prominent with businesses.  Creating a culture of providing opportunities to be innovative and are essential to talent retention in D&A.  Utilizing data and processes to invest in people will strengthen their talents and your team.  Aligning the team with business needs to make sure they understand how the data is being used is also key.  

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Developing talent and skills for your current workforce

  • Creating a culture in the D&A team that is attuned to business needs

  • Organizing your D&A team to align with business objectives and foster 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 Program Manager Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com 

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Accelerating Influence as a Strategic Change Agent

Al Lindseth headshot

Al Lindseth

SVP, Risk Management & IT

Plains GP Holdings

A successful CIO understands technology is only one small piece of their overall responsibilities. By broadening one’s role, the CIO can expand their influence on the organization, impact new processes and technologies and become a success business leader and change agent.

Join Alfred Lindseth, SVP Risk Management & IT at Plains GP Holdings as he considers the CIO as a strategic change agent by:

  • Considering behavioral processes when implementing new technology

  • Creating influence within the organizational culture

  • Leveraging optimal success as a transformative business

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

December 8, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Leading Locally, Influencing Globally

Jennifer Hohman headshot

Jennifer Hohman

Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Seadrill Americas

CIOs are some of the most intelligent and influential people on the planet. Their understanding of business, economics and technology provides enormous opportunity to help influence their communities and industries. Jennifer Hohman, VP & CIO at Seadrill Americas does just that, using her intrinsic knowledge of value creation and problem solving to make a global impact on human rights and environmental citizenship.

Join this session, as Jennifer illustrates how CIOs can influence change by:

  • Applying common IT methodologies to solve global issues

  • Leveraging your knowledge and leadership to create solutions for the greater good

  • Shaping the way leaders overcome challenges using traditional IT approaches

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

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

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy headshot

Jonathan Nguyen-Duy

Vice President, Global Field CISO Team

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 CIOs).

To reserve your seat, please contact your program manager Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

The CIO’s Roadmap - Security at the Center


Heightened cybersecurity risks of the last two years have proven security initiatives and business continuity planning must be ingrained in every enterprise’s corporate culture. CIOs must set an example, demonstrating a commitment to security, positioning it at the core of IT and enterprise roadmaps. 

In this interactive session, you’ll discuss:

  • Building robust cybersecurity strategies that align with new business objectives and hybrid workforce models

  • Reconceptualizing cyber roadmaps to enable digital business rather than inhibit innovation

  • Tackle growing security threats against infrastructure through security awareness and threat intelligence


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, Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com 

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Advancing the Data-Driven Enterprise

 Gaps in the use of data and analytics grow wider as organizations continue to struggle with data literacy. The cultural acceptance of D&A is essential to delivering better business outcomes, yet CIO’s face the challenge of business leaders not leveraging the true value of information assets.

In this session, CIO’s will explore strategies for:

  • Creating a data literacy initiative for the entire enterprise

  • Expanding data and analytics core competencies to increase self-service capabilities

  • Gaining leadership buy-in to effect real culture change 

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, Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

December 8, 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

Enhancing Productivity of the Hybrid Workforce

Gary Sorrentino headshot

Gary Sorrentino

Global Deputy CIO

Zoom Video Communications

Over the last 16 months, companies have demonstrated productivity in various environments; with teams both together and apart. CIOs are now faced with the opportunity to reimagine the space used for productivity and collaboration by optimizing the way of work.

Join Zoom Global Deputy CEO, Gary Sorrentino, as he offers insights into hybrid work by:

  • Discovering the vision for hybrid work

  • Preparing your organization for the transition to hybrid

  • Uncovering best practices for remote work

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 8, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Restructuring the Enterprise for Innovation

An efficient and functional organization design is critical for the enterprise to evolve and maintain a competitive edge in the market. A successful structure should not only focus on internal team alignment but also on innovative technologies, like automation, that will allow the organization to reach new heights.

Join this session as CIOs explore ways to:

  • Compellingly communicate a vision for the future to gain buy in from stakeholders

  • Analyze market trends to identify and adopt competitive technologies

  • Break down silos in the enterprise to innovate collaboratively

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 Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Keep Them, Teach Them

As the data and analytics field has grown more popular, skills have still varied widely.  The role of the Data & Analytics team is becoming more prominent with businesses.  Creating a culture of providing opportunities to be innovative and are essential to talent retention in D&A.  Utilizing data and processes to invest in people will strengthen their talents and your team.  Aligning the team with business needs to make sure they understand how the data is being used is also key.  

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Developing talent and skills for your current workforce

  • Creating a culture in the D&A team that is attuned to business needs

  • Organizing your D&A team to align with business objectives and foster 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 Program Manager Tim Bigley, tim.bigley@evanta.com 

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Accelerating Influence as a Strategic Change Agent

Al Lindseth headshot

Al Lindseth

SVP, Risk Management & IT

Plains GP Holdings

A successful CIO understands technology is only one small piece of their overall responsibilities. By broadening one’s role, the CIO can expand their influence on the organization, impact new processes and technologies and become a success business leader and change agent.

Join Alfred Lindseth, SVP Risk Management & IT at Plains GP Holdings as he considers the CIO as a strategic change agent by:

  • Considering behavioral processes when implementing new technology

  • Creating influence within the organizational culture

  • Leveraging optimal success as a transformative business

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

Hyatt Regency Houston
MORE INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Houston at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 713-654-1234. Please mention G-XEVG to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $219 USD (plus tax) is November 15, 2021.

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

Ashley Coryell

Program Manager

ashley.coryell@evanta.com