CIO Leadership Forum: Digital Disruption and the CIO Business Partner - Argyle Executive Forum Events


Innovation is key factor to the modern CIO’s success. Digital disruption forced executives to rethink even their most foundational strategies to survive in the fourth industrial revolution.

In 2021, the value of the IT executive is only appreciating, as businesses rely more on technological advancements and data-driven insights to make strategic business decisions. IT now has a presence in almost every revenue-driving line of business.

How can today’s CIO continuously evolve to keep up with the ever-changing technology landscape?

Join us at the CIO Leadership Forum on June 17, 2021 to learn:

  • The value of the CIO as a business partner and decision maker
  • Troubleshooting for deployment of AI/ML and emerging technology
  • A deep dive into consumer data privacy regulations
  • Strategizing to mitigate security risk in a high-risk environment
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11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Accelerated Digital Transformation and the Evolving CIO

The golden age of the CIO is upon us. As business leaders adopt a data-driven and technology enhanced strategies to achieve business goals, it is up to visionary CIOs to lead the way.

Join us in this discussion to learn how IT leaders can embrace change and navigate through the unchartered territory of digital disruption.

Attend this session to learn:

  • How the role of the CIO is changing in 2021 – how can you succeed?
  • The ways to prepare IT teams with the endurance required to keep up with constantly advancing technology
  • How to leverage AI and machine learning technology to improve the efficiency of teams across multiple lines of business

Siva BaluVice President & Chief Information OfficerYMCA of USA

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Systems of Experience – The Role of the CIO in Shaping the Future of Work

The role of the CIO has been on a steady rise for the past several years. As the way people work continues to change, the demands from today’s global, mobile, and distributed workforce are also rapidly evolving. We’re at a point in time where the CIO is now front and center to defining the digital culture of an organization with a mega-trend at play that Trevor Schulze, CIO, RingCentral, likes to call, ‘Systems of Experience.’

In this session, Trevor will reveal the major components of an optimal Systems of Experience™  that can result in lasting impact for your organization.

You’ll Learn:

  • How the Experience Economy is evolving and why companies need to get on board to survive and thrive
  • Why CIOs and technology executives are at the nexus of this shift and how they can enable their organizations to accelerate into the future
  • Why the rules for customer engagement have changed along with recommendations for decision-makers to adopt
  • Advice on how companies can strengthen their experience strategies now and into the economic future

Trevor SchulzeChief Information OfficerRingCentral

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Evolving at the Speed of Technology – Bottom Line AI For Business Success

Automate or fall behind — AI is driving business transformation at an accelerated pace. CIOs nationwide are prioritizing an AI-first approach to propel their companies into industry 4.0.

An increase in AI investments has presented IT leaders with a challenge to regulate AI deployment and governance throughout their organization. How can CIOs position their teams to operationalize AI within their company and to deliver maximum value of this technology?

You’ll Learn:

  • Strategies to position your organization to leverage AI to drive business transformation
  • How to craft a governance structure that prepares organizations to assess and manage risk of AI technology
  • What resources and talent are needed to effectively rollout AI to create a lasting impact


Tatiana SorokinaSolutions Director, Data Science & Artificial IntelligenceNovartis


Padmaja Adusumilli Senior Director, Applications & Artificial IntelligencePearson

Aini AliVice President, Service Technology ADP

Shivani SharmaVice President of IT Strategy and OperationsMcKesson

1 PM - 1:45 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Explore the Covid-19 Conundrum

Utilizing real-world (not honeypot) data pulled from our global array of sensors, Unit 42 elite cloud threat researchers analyzed the cloud security impact and opportunity forged by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The correlation between the increased cloud spend due to COVID-19 and security incidents led to the conclusion that rapid cloud scale and complexity without automated security controls embedded across the entire development pipeline are a toxic combination.

Join Matt Chiodi, CSO, Public Cloud at Palo Alto Networks to discuss the findings of the research, what the impact might be to your business, and our key recommendations about what actionable steps you can take to reduce the security risks associated with your cloud workloads.

You’ll Learn:

  • What types of security threats are most common, and how different industries can be affected
  • How to prepare your organization to respond to various security threats
  • Why it is vital to grow your cloud security strategy to keep workloads secure as organizations scale up their cloud environments

Matt ChiodiCSO Prisma CloudPalo Alto Networks

1:45 PM - 2 PM ET

Afternoon Break

2 PM - 2:30 PM ET

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: How Digitally Competitive Is Your Enterprise?

Over the next five to ten years, there will be seismic changes across every industry sector as people, technologies, data, devices, and ever-expanding networks converge to transform every aspect of work and life. The resulting shifts are spawning new industries and reinventing existing industries, forcing organizations to adapt and evolve.

Technology will drive the business versus being the utility it has traditionally been. This session will discuss how successful companies will share core operating model characteristics, enabled by key technology tenets that will allow them to navigate change, continue to grow and thrive.

Ram ChakravartiChief Technology OfficerBMC Software

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM ET

Keynote Address: Smart Growth, Dynamic Change: How to Steer Your Business Through Organizational Transformation

Over the last few years, organizations have gone through unprecedented change. CIOs have a mission to lead their business through massive transformation efforts in Agile, DevOps, and ITSM to meet the shifting demands of their markets. These efforts have only been exacerbated by the era of virtual work, prompting IT executives to develop new road maps to manage organizational transformation.

Tune in to hear expert insights from Sean Mack, CIO & CISO, Wiley, and learn how IT executives can manage simultaneous transformation while continuing to deliver value to their customers.

You’ll Learn:

  • Insights from concrete examples about how IT leaders can drive DevOps, Agile, and ITSM transformation
  • How to measure the value and impacts of innovation
  • Leadership and development skills to build a strong, agile team that can endure transformation overtime

Sean MackChief Information Officer and Chief Information Security OfficerWiley

3:10 PM - 3:55 PM ET

PANEL DISCUSSION: Legislative Update: Complying with Consumer Data Privacy Laws

Echoes to CCPA consumer data privacy legislation are popping up everywhere. Following in California’s footsteps, New York, Virginia, Washington, and several other states are ramping up efforts to pass consumer data protection legislation of their own.

It is imperative that IT leaders act quickly to ensure that their organizations are prepared to obey new data privacy laws. In this timely session, legal experts in consumer data protection weigh in to discuss how you can revise your governance structure to comply with new regulations.

You’ll Discover:

  • How new consumer data privacy laws could impact your organization
  • Peering into CCPA at the federal level – how could nationwide legislation change the way CIOs do business?
  • Data governance measures to understand your organization’s data collection and usage in relation to consumer privacy


Elizabeth Smith Data Privacy Director & Associate General CounselSeagen


Jose EstevesPartner, Intellectual Property and TechnologySkadden | Legal Solutions

Ryan JohnsonData Privacy Counsel, Chief Privacy OfficerSavvas Learning Co

Michael LambGlobal Chief Privacy OfficerRELX Group



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Bob Pick is the SVP & Chief Information Officer for Tokio Marine North America Services, an organization providing shared professional services to North American businesses of the $40B Tokio Marine Group of insurance and financial services companies.  In this capacity, his responsibilities cover the full spectrum of technology solution design, service delivery, operations, and support for multiple TM Group carriers, including Philadelphia Insurance Companies and Tokio Marine America.  Prior to Tokio Marine, he was the Senior Executive Director for Technology at Condé Nast, also a shared services entity, supporting 30 additional media, cable and newspaper businesses owned by Condé’s parent, Advance Publications. Mr. Pick came to Condé Nast from PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he was a Principal Consultant in their Enterprise Technology Integration practice following-on several years in PW’s risk management and audit/advisory practices.

Mr. Pick serves on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University Press, the Strategic Advisory Boards for Guidewire, Insurity and Sapiens, and the CIO Advisory Board for Blumberg Capital.  He holds a BA, summa cum laude, from McDaniel College, an MA from Cornell University, and has been CISM and ITIL certified.