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Allan Jacks, CISO - Rolka Loube

This CIO event has provided a great forum with which we can exchange ideas and discuss business challenges with peers, but also to hear solutions to opportunities you have yet to face.

John Janthor, VP IT - Radwell International

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Adam Gunnett, Director of IT - Busy Beaver

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Larry Berger, IT Director - SKC, Inc.

Agenda | YOU SURVIVED, NOW LET'S THRIVE

9am - 12pm EST

Welcome & Introductions From Reset to Thrive: How to Lead a Growth Journey

  • Host
    Dr. Rebecca Homkes, Lecturer, Director, London Business School, Strategic Management Centre
Uncertainty challenges leadership teams to adapt, and to navigate their organizations through a journey of surviving (stabilizing the business with a growth mindset) to resetting (updating the existing direction and plans) in order to thrive or dramatically grow and prosper. Dr. Homkes will kick off our discussions by discussing the Survive Reset Thrive journey and how to lead the transition from reset to thrive. She will share stories of successful companies that are building robust organizations for growth and provide insights of how you can do the same! Then she will introduce her B.L.A.S.T framework that describes successful high-growth companies and their teams prepare for a successful growth path. She will challenge us as CIOs to embrace the challenge and build organizations ready to blast off and grow!

Opening Keynote A Closer Look at 2021s Most Innovative CIOs

Globally and across a range of industries, 2020 took existing patterns of activity for CIOs and sped them up radically and unexpectedly. Some organizations were more prepared than others. However, a select few overachieving teams solved these challenges in remarkably creative ways. In this session, we will dig deeper on strategies that allow for companies to not only survive, but thrive. In addition, we will explore companies who ‘broke the mold’ in 2020 and the strategies they plan to adopt as they take on 2021.

General Session The Way Forward

  • Presenter
    Matt Vance, Senior Economist & Americas Head of Multifamily Research, CBRE
The pandemic has completely disrupted how we live, work and play. Join an expert from CBRE discuss their thoughts on The Way Forward for the economy and commercial real estate, especially as conditions evolve due to a new U.S. administration and the vaccine.

General Session The Gen Z Story

Gen Z is about to surpass its Millennial colleagues and these two generations couldn’t be more different. Their priorities, needs and values are not like the traditional workforce. So it’s time you prepare yourself, your team and your organization to welcome and understand them. In this inspiring, entertaining and informative session, Josh Miller will offer an authentic glimpse into the Gen Z workforce. He will share what defines Gen Z, what makes their lived experience unique and how the environment in which they have grown up will shape them forever.

Josh’s presentation includes the perspectives of all generations and aims to foster learning and growth, rather than stereotypes.

General Session Welcome to the Era of Flexibility: Why Agility is the Key to Getting Ahead

  • Presenter
    Robert DeVito, Global Director, Customer & Partner Engineering, Google Chrome
There is no doubt that the workplace has undergone an unprecedented transformation in the last few years. As IT leaders prepare for what’s next, it’s key that they are strategic in determining which technology best supports their employees by keeping them secure and productive. Hear from the Chrome Enterprise team on what’s next for work and how leaning into solutions that provide flexibility and agility will future proof your business.

Closing Remarks Are you Ready to Grow?

  • Host
    Dr. Rebecca Homkes, Lecturer, Director, London Business School, Strategic Management Centre
We will pull together key insights and end with a call to action including recapping shared guidance on how CIOs can lead their organizations, accelerate learning and thrive through 2021 and beyond.

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CIO Forum | Boston

11.3.21

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