Houston CIO Executive Summit

December 13, 2023 | Hyatt Regency Houston West

December 13, 2023
Hyatt Regency Houston West


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:

Resiliency in Cyber and Communicating Risk Effectively to the Business

Vetting Application and Infrastructure Technology Strategy

Boosting Efficiencies by Scaling Data and Analytics Access Across the Enterprise

Houston CIO Governing Body

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


David Cain

CVR Energy

Vagesh Dave

McDermott International
Global VP/ CIO

Jennifer Hohman

Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Paula Smetana Stuart

Crescent Energy

Michael Thompson

Gulfport Energy Corporation
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

John Varkey

Waste Management
VP, Enterprise Digital Services

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.


Executive Boardroom Session

Strategic AI Opportunities for IT Operations and Development

Every business wants to get the most out of its resources. Apart from making more profit, companies constantly strive towards reducing overall costs. Surviving in today’s competitive world requires businesses make strategic decisions that lead to better efficiencies. AIOps seeks to do just that – ensure the delivery of highly performant digital applications and services.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Gathering and harnessing the data available to provide full stack and enterprise observability
  • Automating cloud resource allocation and management to optimize cost
  • Using AI in IT operations and management solutions

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: Stacie Cagney at

Networking Session

Rising Together — Empowered Women, Empower Women

This will be an intimate, informal space for women in leadership roles and their allies to freely discuss best practices, key challenges, and mission-critical priorities. Come prepared to share ideas and forge new connections that can help empower each other to make an impact in your organizations and communities.

This session is aimed at, but not limited to, women who are head of function at their organizations (CIO or equivalent) and those reporting directly to the CIO/equivalent. Priority access will be reserved for these groups.

Keynote Sessions

Achieving Organizational Transformation with Emerging Technologies

As CIOs look for ways to bolster productivity and efficiencies across the enterprise, they are more and more reliant on emerging technologies, such as the enterprise browser. According to recent Gartner research, "Enterprise browsers will evolve to become the core platform for almost all of the day-to-day enterprise productivity and security software used by the workforce."

 Join this presentation to understand how CIOs can leverage emerging applications to transform the enterprise. In this session, we will share:

  • Creating an employee experience centered on productivity and flexibility
  • Reimagining how IT leaders can enable users while creating unique business value
  • Benefits and possibilities for critical application protection

Shaping the Enterprise Culture for Digital Success

Culture is one the biggest barriers of digital ambitions and outcomes. As CIOs strive to foster an adaptive and agile environment, they must empower the organization’s culture to embrace the new digital environment and advance the enterprise vision.

Join this session as your peers discuss:

  • Fostering an innovative culture of collaboration and agility within IT and across the enterprise
  • Influencing culture change to advance digital adoption and success
  • Empowering the workforce to harness technology and innovation for better business outcomes 

Breakout Sessions

Breakout session by Zoom

Additional details coming soon. 

Breaking Through the Data With Predictive Analytics

When Sudhakar Virupakshi (SV) became the CIO at Buckeye Partners a year and half ago, he saw areas of opportunity to take their data and analytics strategy to the next level. With years of data and legacy systems, SV spearheaded creating a predictive analytics model for the maintenance on their pumps by assessing risk and assigning resources accordingly.

Join this session to learn about:

  • Building a strong foundation and resource analysis
  • Identifying small areas of opportunity to have the biggest impact
  • Creating operational effectiveness and driving positive business outcomes

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)

What’s Your Take? — An Interactive AI Discussion

As the hype around generative AI continues to build, doing nothing is no longer an option. Maybe you already dove in headfirst; maybe you’re still testing the waters as your team contemplates concerns like governance and ethics. No matter which approach your organization is taking to AI implementation, come to this interactive session ready to share, ask questions, collaborate and get inspired.

Pull up a seat to discuss:

  • Practical AI use cases
  • Strategies for creating governance and managing risk around AI
  • How companies are keeping up with the changing AI landscape

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

CIO’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.

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception Session

Governing Body Welcome Reception hosted by T-Mobile for Business

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.


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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.


Venue & Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Houston West

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Houston West at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 877-803-7534.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $149 USD (plus tax) is November 20, 2023.

Your Community Partners

Global Thought Leaders
Key Partners
Program Partner

Community Program Manager

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

Stacie Cagney

Community Program Manager