Washington, DC CIO Executive Summit

December 14, 2021 | Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

December 14, 2021
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Washington, DC'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

Washington, DC CIO Governing Body

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


Sam Abbate

Northrop Grumman
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mike Gordon

Lockheed Martin

André Mendes

Department of Commerce
Acting CIO

Shamim Mohammad

CarMax Inc

Christopher Porter

Fannie Mae

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 Washington, DC 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.


Keynote Sessions

Rising to the Occasion - The CIO & CISOs Growing Power and Responsibility

With threat levels and vulnerabilities becoming more advanced in today’s hybrid workplace, company leadership is depending on the CIOs and CISOs to take charge, anticipate attacks and limit risks. Building relationships and successfully wielding the power of your position is crucial in this new, shifting environment.

Today’s CIOs and CISOs should know: 

  • How to speak to leadership in relatable, business-focused terms
  • How to best utilize the budget and manpower secured in board negotiations
  • What it takes to not only survive, but grow stronger, in an ever-challenging business climate

SASE and Zero Trust – Shifting From Implicit to Adaptive

Some of today’s most common security challenges arise from the transition from one data center to many centers of data, the presence of sensitive data across multiple cloud services, and users working from anywhere on any device. Addressing these challenges requires enhanced visibility and context, and the most effective way for technology leaders to adapt is by shifting to a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture while focusing on core Zero Trust principles to enable Continuous Adaptive Trust.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • Why implicit trust is the root of most security problems
  • How Zero Trust principles make an excellent starting point for a new paradigm
  • Best practices for implementing SASE to achieve continuous adaptive trust

Self-Disruption and the Keys to Digital Transformation

About five years ago, CarMax leadership made a decision to shock the system and launch a company-wide journey to digitalization. It would require some self-disruption but the payoff wouldn't take long. Today, technology reigns an integral part of the overall business strategy and CarMax's award-winning digital organization thrives — more flexible, nimble and ready for rapid change.  

You'll learn:

  • The benefits of marrying tech and business strategy
  • Why you should disrupt yourself before something else can
  • What hurdles you can expect while developing your change-ready team

Breakout Sessions

Find the Hacker — An Interactive Threat Detection Game

So, you think you can tell a CISO, CIO or other C-level leader from a bad actor posing as one? Let’s find out in this game show-inspired security awareness exercise.

All you’ll need is:

  • A good set of investigative questions for our three hidden contestants
  • A willingness to participate in this fun threat detection practice
  • The ability to spot red flags dropped by our disguised hacker

Never Waste a Breach — Lessons from a Ransomware Survivor

They say you can’t know the impact of a ransomware attack until you’ve lived through one. But what if that’s not entirely true? What if you could gain all the post-breach wisdom of a cyber attack veteran, without putting your company at risk?  

Get ready to learn:

  • The keys to a quick and painless ransomware recovery
  • How to avoid paying in to bad actors
  • Real life tools and techniques for identifying and protecting your most sensitive data

Surviving in an Evolving Risk Climate

Not all threats are created equal — meaning, the results of a cyber attack aimed at your organization can vary. What kind of attack are you prepared to handle and, more importantly, what kind of attack could bring your team to a halt? 

Let’s talk about: 

  • The evolving threat landscape and what today’s bad actors are capable of
  • What attacks pose the highest risk to your industry
  • How you can go beyond preparation and build a threat response plan

Driving an Agenda that Enables and Transforms Your Business

 One of the biggest challenges facing the modern CIO is balance. When it comes to business transformation, the sky is the limit…until you run into budget, time and resource constraints. How can CIOs balance these real limitations while encouraging their teams to dream big and come up with outside the box solutions?

Join this panel to discuss:

  • Crafting a technology and cultural transformational strategy
  • Successful frameworks that allow space for a “test fast, learn quick” environment
  • Strategies for enabling and securing a hybrid WFH workforce

C-Suite Office Hours

Have you ever wished you could pop into your CIO or CISO’s mind to understand how they approach important topics and decisions? Now is your chance to anonymously pose (and upvote) questions to a CIO and CISO who will pull back the curtain on their thought process and share candid context for why and how they make certain choices.

The questions in this session will be decided by the audience and will touch on themes such as:

  • Building relationships across the C-Suite, with stakeholders and within the enterprise
  • Pursuing innovation while keeping the lights on
  • What’s next for the role of CIO and CISO?

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

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 C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Haydn McKee (haydn.mckee@evanta.com).

Connecting Business, Data, and Technology

According to Gartner, the challenge for many IT and business leaders today is to instill a culture of data-driven decision making across the organization. Those who want to exploit the potential of new data and advanced analytics capabilities at scale typically face numerous challenges. It's critical to develop a strong, clear strategy connecting business, technology, and data and analytics to maintain your competitive advantage and mitigate these challenges.

In this session, we'll:

  • Discuss best practices for designing data and analytics programs
  • Identify and define quick-win opportunities supporting the business data strategy
  • Brainstorm technology and resource 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, Haydn McKee (haydn.mckee@evanta.com).


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.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-800-233-1234. Please mention G-GART to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $185 USD (plus tax) is November 22, 2021.

Your Community Partners

CIO Thought Leader
Key Partners
Program Partners

Washington, DC CIO Program Manager

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

Haydn Mckee

Program Manager