CIO Leadership Forum: Leading Digital Acceleration and Innovation - Argyle Executive Forum Events


2021 has been a year of digital innovation.  As we look to 2022, CIOs will continue to drive innovation and propel customer engagement, new revenue generation and digital business acceleration.

As CIOs and senior IT executives look to prioritize which areas of the digital enterprise to focus on in the new year, it is essential that they understand the latest trends, solutions and best practices.

Attend the CIO Leadership Forum on October 7, 2021 to learn how leaders are driving IT innovation, strategizing for continued growth, and improving company agility. Designed for CIOs, senior IT executives, and tech-involved business leaders, this virtual forum will feature strategies and actionable insights for success the new year.

Topics will include:

  • The future of the digital enterprise and work
  • The evolving role of CIOs as agents of both business and digital change
  • How CIOs are harnessing technology to support a hybrid workplace
  • Which leadership traits have the greatest impact for fostering a culture of innovation and how to hone them
  • Upskilling, recruiting and retaining top IT talent in a competitive career landscape
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11 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Keynote: Driving Digital - Executing Innovation & Growth in a Changing World

The past year and a half have taught IT executives that change is inevitable! And that digitally mature organizations have a greater capacity for innovation than their less mature counterparts.

Attend this opening keynote session to learn how to take your digital transformation to the next level, and:

  • Improve the success of experimentation and rapid iteration
  • Craft digital policies with an eye towards resilience
  • Measure the success of your digital investments
  • Craft repeatable innovation processes that enable growth

Sujeet BambawaleChief Information Security Officer7-Eleven

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM ET

Fireside Chat: Next Level IT Goal Management - Creating Impactful Business Outcomes with OKRs

Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are not a new concept. The framework, which helps organizations define goals and track outcomes has been in play since the 1970s. However, mastering OKRs remains a challenge in 2022 as success requires implementation of thoughtful processes and use of the most meaningful metrics/Key Results (KRs).

Attend this fireside chat with Jaisimha Muthegere, SVP of Engineering at, to learn how to rethink IT goal management for improved business outcomes.

You will also learn:

  • How to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls around goal management
  • Ways to assure your organization is applying a balanced approach to goal setting with top-down and bottom-up alignment
  • Best practices for real-time learning, knowledge sharing and understanding what’s working (or not)

Jaisimha MuthegereSVP

12:10 PM - 12:55 PM ET

Panel Discussion: Cloud Strategies for the NEXT Normal

Migration was just the beginning! The NEXT normal of cloud computing requires CIO strategies for developing a business-technology model that maximizes cloud speed, agility, and scalability.

Attend this interactive panel discussion to learn how top companies are shaping cloud strategies that gain the most value for investments.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Tips, strategies, and best practices related to hybrid cloud, disruption, migration, and management
  • How to accelerate business outcomes across the enterprise with cloud-powered solutions
  • How companies are elevating team support for cloud enablement and accelerating digital strategies


Partha ChakrabortyAssociate VP, Head of Cloud Security, Innovation, R&DHumana


Matt ConnorsChief Information Security Officer Southern New Hampshire University

Robert Novo Cloud Communication Service Delivery and Operations Support Director - Americas BT

Bogdan OpreaSenior Vice President and CIOAgency Insurance Company

1 PM - 1:30 PM ET


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Raj BadhwarSVP, Global Chief Information Security OfficerVoya Financial

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Afternoon Break

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM ET

Keynote: Data Privacy and Governance 2022

Welcome to a new era of data privacy! The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has raised the bar on IT’s role in the protection of personal data and information. In addition to increased data privacy regulations, savvy consumers want to know their data is safe.

During this keynote, you will learn the latest information on data privacy enforcement, best practices for compliance as well as

  • Latest updates and complexities related to data privacy regulations and how they affect IT
  • Ways to make data governance a shared responsibility within your organization
  • Trust building communication tactics to assure that customers understand your privacy policies

Paul LanoisDirector, Technology, Outsourcing and PrivacyFieldfisher

3:10 PM - 3:55 PM ET

Panel Discussion: Strategy Share - Navigating Escalating Global Cyber Threats

Nightmare on IT Street! Every IT executive is aware of the escalation of worldwide cyber threats. From ransomware to massive data leaks, the news is ripe with reports that could keep even the savviest tech exec awake at night.

No longer a CISO only issue, CIOs and other IT leaders are the front line for protecting their organization’s data, reputation, and business continuity.

Attend this panel discussion to learn how IT execs are detecting and mitigating threats, and:

  • Best practices for preventing new and unknown threats
  • Impacts of hybrid/remote work and human error on vulnerability
  • Emerging cyber threats and how to prep for the next wave


Tolgay KizilelmaChief Information Security OfficerUniversity of California Merced, Office of Information Technology


Dr. Curtis KS LevinsonChief Information Security Officer MetTel

Nikolai Zlatarev Vice President, Chief Information Security OfficerCastleton Commodities International


We are proud to share with you the following Argyle Industry Influencers. Their contributions to Argyle help keep the programs we offer our membership current and relevant, so we can continue delivering you premiere experiences, content development, and membership engagement.

Innovative IT leader with 20+ years of experience in risk management, security, compliance, third-party risk management, business analysis, and planning. Adept at driving business solutions, improving organizational processes and leveraging technology to better achieve business goals.

Tolgay Kizilelma is a business IT leader with almost three decades of experience covering the whole IT spectrum. He started his professional career in 1992 developing CASE ERP tools for System Software Associates (SSA, later acquired by Infor Global). After working briefly for the University of California, Berkeley as a business systems analyst, Tolgay transitioned to private sector leading and managing IT initiatives for a Distribution and Supply Chain Company, Shields Harper & Co. After almost two decades in private sector, Tolgay returned to UC and worked for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) leading statewide infrastructure projects to extend broadband to UC researchers in rural communities by connecting UC ANR sites to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN). UC ANR has been awarded the CENIC 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Broadband Applications due to these projects. At UC ANR, he also led and managed the service desk, network, infrastructure/systems, and information security teams covering the whole state.

He is currently leading cybersecurity efforts as the Chief Information Security Officer at UC Merced. He is an advocate of lifelong learning and teaches graduate business analytics courses at Saint Mary’s College of California. His current research interests are cybersecurity, digital transformation, business analytics, and educational IT programs. He has various industry certifications, a BS degree in computer engineering, an MBA, and PhD focusing on information security, quality, and patient safety.

Dr. Sasi Pillay serves as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Washington State University (WSU). In this role he oversees the computing infrastructure of foundational technologies and research computing, working in collaboration with his constituents. He is also responsible for telecommunications, local area and wide area networking and IT Security. He led the development of roadmaps for Academic and Research Computing, Administrative and Business Computing and for Foundational Technologies. He has improved the service delivery of the ITS organization, by instituting change management, architectural review and project management. In addition, his team is involved in improving IT Security across all of WSU campuses and in deploying a Security Operations Center and a Network Operations Center.

Previously, he served as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Wisconsin System, comprising 26 campuses. In this role, he was responsible for the leadership and guidance of a broad portfolio of enterprise technology operations including broadband networking, major academic and business applications, library automation and adoption of strategic new technologies that added value to the University of Wisconsin System for instruction, research, learning and public service. He led the creation of a Strategic Intent Document working closely with the Campus CIOs, initiated a working group to recommend and create a Unified Communication and Collaboration framework and worked on improving IT Security with the help of Campus IT professionals. He also initiated the formation of a system wide Data Governance Council and an Innovation Fund to help introduce and infuse new ideas into the system.

Dr. Pillay served as the Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology (IT) at National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). In this capacity, he directed how promising technologies are developed, evaluated and integrated into mainstream IT services at the Agency. To facilitate innovation, he set up two programs, Open Innovation and IT Labs. These programs have been heralded as a model in government and have received several national awards. He was also responsible for managing Enterprise Architecture, Open Government activities and the dissemination of Scientific and Technical Information for the Agency. Previously, he served as the Chief Information Officer at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center for 15 years. In this regard, Dr. Pillay had a broad scope of responsibility including managing administrative telecommunications, networking, desktop computing, several key administrative applications, computer modeling and simulation, and high-end computing and visualization. Under his leadership, NASA Glenn served as the lead for NASA for the development of Agency-wide standards and architecture for end user devices and systems with a focus on security, interoperability, and collaboration. He was also responsible for NASA Glenn saving nearly $8 million annually through standardization, consolidation and outsourcing of end user devices and services while improving customer satisfaction and other service metrics. These savings continue to accrue over the years. He also implemented and promoted a collaboration environment resulting in improved productivity and reduced expenses across multiple disciplines comprised of over 200 workgroups.

Dr. Pillay is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award recognizing him as a Meritorious Executive in the U.S. federal government. He was recognized as one of the Federal 100 winners based on his positive impact on NASA and the community. He was also named as one of the top 25 IT leaders in Government citing his technology vision, clout among peers in other agencies, and for the ability to show concrete results. He was recognized as the CIO of the Year by the North East Ohio Software Association in 2008.

Dr. Pillay received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also has a Master’s degree in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.