Southern California CIO Executive Summit

December 15, 2021 | Omni Los Angeles

December 15, 2021
Omni Los Angeles


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Southern California'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

Southern California CIO Governing Body

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


Glenn Coles

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA

James Davis

University of California - Los Angeles
Vice Provost IT & CTO, Manufacturing USA, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Ginny Davis


Mary Gendron

Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

Alex Grimwade

CIO, Disney Television Studios

Chad Hamilton

VP, Technology

Michael Keithley

United Talent Agency

Greg Moore

KB Home

Anthony Moses

Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance

Bryan Muehlberger

CIO & EVP of Technology

Robert Valle

Mazda Motor of North America
CIO and Vice President - Information 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 Southern California 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.


December 15, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

The CIO's Evolution of Leadership with Rhonda Vetere

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Rhonda Vetere

Global CIO


CIO of Herbalife and Leadership Expert Rhonda Vetere takes a look at how today's CIO are transforming and innovating in an ever-changing world of business.

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Building A Customer-Centric Culture

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Christopher Coye



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Glenn Coles


Yamaha Motor Corporation USA


Building a Customer-Centric Culture

Executive leaders at high-performing customer centric organizations acknowledge that the employee experience is a critical component to success. CIOs need to take the next step past creating a customer centric vision to fully enable employees to connect with the customers.

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss how to:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional leaders to enable employees to be customer-centric in their day-to-day work
  • Eliminate barriers that prevent employees from delivering the ideal customer experience
  • Incorporate feedback from employees to continuously improve how you interact with the customer

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Tools of Success for Machine Learning

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Carol Fawcett

Corporate Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Golden State Foods

With the increase of digital transformation efforts, there has never been a better time for leaders to assess and evaluate the tools they employ. How can CIOs incorporate advanced tools like machine learning to move their business strategy forward?

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • How Machine Learning can lead to predictive analytics
  • Way to develop an innovation program to experiment with advanced technologies
  • Key metrics to highlight that show the value of new technology

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

The Three Keys To Cybersecurity Transformation – Platform, People, and Process

The process of digital transformation improves business agility and information flow, but dramatically expands the attack surface and exposes your business to new threats. Your employees are on the internet now more than they are on the corporate network, accessing applications and data from everywhere. Protecting your business and retaining the benefits of digital transformation requires migrating to a zero trust security model delivered through the cloud, closer to where your users and business assets are now centered.

Join your peers for a session focused on:

  • Building your security ecosystem on a Zero Trust foundation
  • Developing new skills and embracing a new cultural mindset at all levels of the enterprise
  • Defining the right tools to empower your adoption of Zero Trust

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Beyond the Hype – Embracing the Hybrid Cloud

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Anthony Fiorot

IBM Public Cloud Leader, Power Systems Virtual Server, Americas Global Markets


Customers are demanding more convenient digital experiences, but security threats are growing and a complex, ever-changing web of regulations extends across the globe. How can businesses digitally transform with cloud – ensuring they have a secure environment where customers’ data is not compromised –while dealing with application sprawl and siloed data? The answer is clear - a secure and open hybrid cloud architecture, but the path to getting there is murky.

In this discussion, we will explore:

  • Strategies to unify existing cloud and on-premise environments and create a bridge to tomorrow’s infrastructure
  • The untapped value across complex hybrid infrastructure
  • How to take control of decentralization and manage, maintain and optimize enterprise systems

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).

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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

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

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Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer


 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

December 15, 2021 - afternoon

9:00am - 9:15pm  Break

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

An ERP Integration Journey

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Allen Fazio


Houlihan Lokey

 Allen Fazio will discuss his integration journey setting up an ERP program over a fully virtual workspace.

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

IT's Role in Space: Innovating with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Randi Levin


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

 Join us for a conversation with NASA's CIO Randi Levin and CTO Chris Mattman.

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


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.


Venue & Accommodation

Omni Los Angeles

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Los Angeles at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-213-617-3300. Please mention Southern California CIO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $189 USD (plus tax) is November 22, 2021.

Your Community Partners

CIO Thought Leaders
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Program Partner

Southern California CIO Program Manager

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

Dennis Keenan

Senior Program Manager