Seattle CIO Executive Summit

November 16, 2021 | Grand Hyatt Seattle

November 16, 2021
Grand Hyatt Seattle

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Seattle'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

Seattle CIO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Brian Abrahamson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
CIO

Anja Canfield-Budde

University of Washington
Associate Vice President, Information Management

Darren Challey

Amazon
Director - Security Operations and Technology (SOT) / Global Security Operations (GSO)

Chuck Markarian

PACCAR
Chief Information Security Officer

Sean Murphy

BECU
SVP, CISO

James Weaver

State of Washington
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 Seattle 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 15, 2021

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

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 16, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Cultivating Incredible Employee Experiences

Coonoor Behal headshot

Coonoor Behal

Founder, CEO, Author

Mindhatch

Many assume that creating incredible team and company cultures and engaging employees requires Pixar-level budgets. But simple, cost-effective tactics and processes can create incredible change for your employees. Coonoor Behal, Founder & CEO of Mindhatch and author of I Quit! The Life-Affirming Joy of Giving Up, will share her tips for leading workplaces with empathy and humanity, and creating cultures of innovation and creativity.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • Opportunities most leaders miss when it comes to cultivating a organizational culture
  • How to view employee engagement and experience as strategic assets
  • How to become a leader catalyst for innovation and creativity
  • Actionable steps you can start taking today to cultivate a more innovative and creative team culture

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

James Christiansen headshot

James Christiansen

VP, CSO Cloud Security Transformation

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

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

Ravi Waran headshot

Ravi Waran

VP & CIO

Clearwater Paper

Ronald Jimerson headshot

Ronald Jimerson

CISO

Port Of Seattle

With an increase in threat vectors comes the increased need for a sound cybersecurity program. CIOs and CISOs 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.

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Actionable Intelligence – Keeping Pace with Relentless Threats

Kevin Brennan headshot

Kevin Brennan

Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Whether it’s criminals motivated by profit or nation-state attackers with geopolitical motives, public and private organizations of all sizes have felt the impact of increased cyberattacks. In today’s evolving risk environment, you can’t always predict where and when cybercriminals will strike, but you can control how your company faces changing threat vectors and how you will respond to any attacks.

Join FBI Special Agent Kevin Brennan to discuss:

  • Strategies to defend against the ever-changing threat landscape and build resiliency
  • Step-by-step guidance for navigating ransomware response protocols
  • Best practices for creating a well-rounded response plan that includes internal and external partners

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Next Level Leadership – The Convergence of Business and Technology

Matt Modarelli headshot

Matt Modarelli

CIO & Director, IT

Washington State Department of Transportation

Todd Martin headshot

Todd Martin

CIO

Qorvo

Gartner research indicates that throughout the global crisis, business leaders relied upon CIOs more than ever to educate and drive high-impact initiatives. With trust in technology at an all-time high, how can you form a more perfect union between IT and the rest of your business?

This interactive boardroom discussion feeds on how IT leaders must show up to:

  • Embed technology as a connected, proactive driver of business transformation, versus reactively serving as a business tool
  • Drive the big discussion, lead the conversation and challenge the business to think differently
  • Strategically redesign the IT operating model to foster greater collaboration and business alignment

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.

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

November 16, 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

Lunch Keynote Hosted by SecurityScorecard

 More details coming soon!

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

November 16, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Transforming Employee Engagement

Laury Miller headshot

Laury Miller

SVP & CIO

Seattle Genetics

The transition to a remote workforce was both a monumental challenge and a unique opportunity for improving the employee experience. With the right approach, CIOs can leverage this disruption to re-envision business models, embrace new ways of empowering employees and optimize operations to fuel a competitive advantage.  

Join Laury Miller, CIO, Seagen, Inc, as she shares her successes with:

  • Creating a connected and motivational atmosphere for employees in hybrid and remote environments
  • Addressing challenges in promoting and building culture with both new and established employees
  • Strategies to strengthen employee engagement in the new normal

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Digital Experience – Executing to Win

Charu Jain headshot

Charu Jain

Senior Vice President Merchandising & Innovation

Alaska

Laurent Rotival headshot

Laurent Rotival

SVP, Strategic Technology Solutions & CIO

Cambia Health Solutions

Dan Willey headshot

Dan Willey

CIO

Wilbur-Ellis Company

Consumer trends speak volumes: Digital experience is the new order – and a winning game plan tracks with increasing digital demands. As the rules of engagement shift, a CIO is well-positioned to guide the organization from digital ambition to execution.

This interactive, peer-driven discussion will cover: 

  • Identifying digital opportunities that drive adoption and customer satisfaction
  • Optimizing digital platforms to build business capabilities
  • Delivering value through deeper external and internal engagement

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.

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:10pm  Closing Comments

3:10pm - 3:40pm  Keynote

Leveling Up - Reimagining Inclusion

Lizanne Vaughan headshot

Lizanne Vaughan

SVP, Chief People Officer

Getty Images

 More details coming soon!

3:40pm - 4:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

November 15, 2021

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

Governing Body Welcome Reception

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 16, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Cultivating Incredible Employee Experiences

Coonoor Behal headshot

Coonoor Behal

Founder, CEO, Author

Mindhatch

Many assume that creating incredible team and company cultures and engaging employees requires Pixar-level budgets. But simple, cost-effective tactics and processes can create incredible change for your employees. Coonoor Behal, Founder & CEO of Mindhatch and author of I Quit! The Life-Affirming Joy of Giving Up, will share her tips for leading workplaces with empathy and humanity, and creating cultures of innovation and creativity.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • Opportunities most leaders miss when it comes to cultivating a organizational culture
  • How to view employee engagement and experience as strategic assets
  • How to become a leader catalyst for innovation and creativity
  • Actionable steps you can start taking today to cultivate a more innovative and creative team culture

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

James Christiansen headshot

James Christiansen

VP, CSO Cloud Security Transformation

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

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

Ravi Waran headshot

Ravi Waran

VP & CIO

Clearwater Paper

Ronald Jimerson headshot

Ronald Jimerson

CISO

Port Of Seattle

With an increase in threat vectors comes the increased need for a sound cybersecurity program. CIOs and CISOs 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.

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Endpoint Protection is Workload Protection

Chris Bates headshot

Chris Bates

CISO

SentinelOne

Regardless of the environment your users are working in, it is the CISOs responsibility to defend the enterprise. While we are incorporating new tools, has the conversation of traditional workload and endpoint protection changed inside of the cloud environment vs legacy?

Join this conversation to discuss:

  • A shift how we think about workloads
  • The gap in adopting cloud and what the long-term looks like
  • Hybrid attacks changing the legacy environment

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.

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Actionable Intelligence – Keeping Pace with Relentless Threats

Kevin Brennan headshot

Kevin Brennan

Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Whether it’s criminals motivated by profit or nation-state attackers with geopolitical motives, public and private organizations of all sizes have felt the impact of increased cyberattacks. In today’s evolving risk environment, you can’t always predict where and when cybercriminals will strike, but you can control how your company faces changing threat vectors and how you will respond to any attacks.

Join FBI Special Agent Kevin Brennan to discuss:

  • Strategies to defend against the ever-changing threat landscape and build resiliency
  • Step-by-step guidance for navigating ransomware response protocols
  • Best practices for creating a well-rounded response plan that includes internal and external partners

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Next Level Leadership – The Convergence of Business and Technology

Matt Modarelli headshot

Matt Modarelli

CIO & Director, IT

Washington State Department of Transportation

Todd Martin headshot

Todd Martin

CIO

Qorvo

Gartner research indicates that throughout the global crisis, business leaders relied upon CIOs more than ever to educate and drive high-impact initiatives. With trust in technology at an all-time high, how can you form a more perfect union between IT and the rest of your business?

This interactive boardroom discussion feeds on how IT leaders must show up to:

  • Embed technology as a connected, proactive driver of business transformation, versus reactively serving as a business tool
  • Drive the big discussion, lead the conversation and challenge the business to think differently
  • Strategically redesign the IT operating model to foster greater collaboration and business alignment

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.

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

ZTNA for the Post-Pandemic Hybrid World

Tony Zirnoon headshot

Tony Zirnoon

Senior Director – Technology Alliances

Appgate

Andrew Kirkland headshot

Andrew Kirkland

Chief Information Security Officer

Starbucks

Steve Kolombaris headshot

Steve Kolombaris

Chief Information Security Officer

Sotheby's

Zero Trust Network Access adoption spiked in 2020 as organizations scrambled to solve an unprecedented remote access challenge. Now, looking ahead, enterprises are faced with the conundrum of staying fully remote, returning full-time to the workplace, or more likely landing somewhere in between. But not all ZTNA solutions are created equal, and many are ill-suited to address a range of use cases or environments.

Join this roundtable discussion to:

  • Understand the limitations of remote access-only solutions
  • Explore a wide variety of use cases that can be addressed by ZTNA
  • Learn best practices for transitioning to ZTNA from a legacy solution

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.


11:15am - 11:25am  Break

November 16, 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

Lunch Keynote Hosted by SecurityScorecard

 More details coming soon!

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

November 16, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Transforming Employee Engagement

Laury Miller headshot

Laury Miller

SVP & CIO

Seattle Genetics

The transition to a remote workforce was both a monumental challenge and a unique opportunity for improving the employee experience. With the right approach, CIOs can leverage this disruption to re-envision business models, embrace new ways of empowering employees and optimize operations to fuel a competitive advantage.  

Join Laury Miller, CIO, Seagen, Inc, as she shares her successes with:

  • Creating a connected and motivational atmosphere for employees in hybrid and remote environments
  • Addressing challenges in promoting and building culture with both new and established employees
  • Strategies to strengthen employee engagement in the new normal

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

From Mitigating Insider Threats to Managing Risk

Michael Boyd headshot

Michael Boyd

CISO

Qorvo

Will Longman headshot

Will Longman

Chief Information Security Officer

Blue Origin

As organizations adopt hybrid or fully remote work models, the landscape of insider threats and its challenges evolve. To keep up, CISOs need to know who is at risk, the sources of the risks and what triggers can activate risky behavior.

Join this session to discuss:

  • How remote work and emerging technologies have changed the nature of threats to data
  • Practical strategies for improving insider risk management
  • Tools and techniques to triage insider risks and improve incident response capabilities

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.

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:10pm  Closing Comments

3:10pm - 3:40pm  Keynote

Leveling Up - Reimagining Inclusion

Lizanne Vaughan headshot

Lizanne Vaughan

SVP, Chief People Officer

Getty Images

 More details coming soon!

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


Venue & Accommodation

Grand Hyatt Seattle
MORE INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Grand Hyatt Seattle at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-888-421-1442. Please mention G-EVA2 to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $229 USD (plus tax) is October 25, 2021.

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Seattle CIO Program Manager


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

Tony Stach

Program Manager

tony.stach@evanta.com