Chicago CISO Inner Circle

August 9, 2018 | The Mid-America Club

August 9, 2018
The Mid-America Club

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Chicago CISO Inner Circle.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Strategies for a risk-aligned, resilient organization

Developing and investing in the security workforce of tomorrow

Creating business value and supporting agile business operations

Chicago CISO Governing Body

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


Waqas Akkawi


Jim Cameli

Walgreens Boots Alliance
Global CISO

Nicole Ford

Baxter International Inc.
Global CISO

Emily Heath

United Airlines

JJ Markee

The Kraft Heinz Company

John Reed

True Value Company
IT Security Program Manager

Steve Weber

Sr. Director, Information Security and IT Compliance


August 9, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Registration & Opening Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

CISO as Strategic Communicator

Michael Boucher headshot

Michael Boucher

Director, Information Risk Management

FTD Group, Inc

Shane Hibbard headshot

Shane Hibbard

Director of Information Security


Victor Hsiang headshot

Victor Hsiang

Information Security Manager

GATX Corporation

Michael Konopka headshot

Michael Konopka

Director, Cyber Security & Network Svs.

Eby-Brown Co. LLC

Larry Lidz headshot

Larry Lidz


CNA Insurance

Jake Middleton headshot

Jake Middleton

Vice President & Information Security Officer

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Jody Schwartz headshot

Jody Schwartz

Director - IT Security & Compliance


Patrick Zeller headshot

Patrick Zeller

Senior Manager, IT Enterprise Security

Robert Bosch

Being an effective CISO means being a skilled communicator, change agent, strategist and storyteller. It means making sure productive conversations around risk and security take place at every level – from the Board to individual contributors – and that each decision is backed with the right metrics. Whether it’s best practices for crisis communication or influencing the BOD, you’ll have the opportunity to share your approach with peers and unlock new ways to tell compelling, data-driven security stories.

Topic 1: Changing Communication

  • What does the Board want to hear from CISOs? Metrics are important, but what should the message be?
  • How do you tailor information and communication for different areas of the organization to tell a compelling story? How do you choose which KPIs/metrics to use?
  • Cadence is critical – when do you share information, and how do you decide?

Topic 2: Better Information, Bigger Impact

  • How are you measuring the effectiveness of employee-based communications, like phishing and security-awareness initiatives?
  • What are your successes and challenges as you collaborate across the business to drive threat intelligence (real-time information gathering, following through on incident response plans)?
  • What technologies are disrupting your workflow and/or organization? How are you talking about them with the Board and other stakeholders?

Topic 3: Trust and Alignment

  • What’s helping you build trust between security and the greater organization?
  • How is your team expected to respond to crises (ransomware, breaches, etc.)? How can we ensure the expectations of our teams align with the expectations of the business?
  • What does it mean for you to be an effective influencer? Who should CISOs be influencing?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


Your Community Partners

National Sponsors
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Chicago CISO Program Manager

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

Tim Bigley

Program Manager