The CIO Forum gives me a means to mingle with a large gathering of my peers to discuss and exchange ideas on the real world topics a CIO must deal with in his/her day to day, without the pressure of salesmen badgering you, yet allowing for reflection on trends of our industry and leadership.

Vince Simonowicz, CIO - City of Rock Hill, SC

The forum targeted exactly what is needed to improve IT leadership.



CIO Forum

Check-In & Peer-to-Peer Networking Breakfast

Welcome & Introductions

Opening Keynote Humanizing the C-Suite

At the Forum, people are at the center of all business. With constant digital bombardment and disruption its becoming even more complex to truly connect and communicate effectively especially in sales and at events.

Have you ever wondered how you could become more relatable? Christine Miles, with Executive Leaders Radio and Premier Connects is breaking out from the traditional conference event model to ensure quality networking by bringing a select few CIOs into the limelight to discover the secret of how to make connections that change conversations and drive business success.

Through a unique story gathering process Christine discovers who executives really are and what drove their success. It helps people understand that executives are real, human, relatable, role models and people.”

Break - Networking Pavilion

General Session CTRL-ALT-DEL – Hitting the Reset Button Your Leadership Mindset and Professional Development

  • Presenter
    Jeff Day, President, North of 10 Advisors
Digital transformation is changing everything in our world! Perhaps the most overlooked is how our leadership approach, strategic thinking, and personal development. The proven tools have to be re-evaluated and new approaches considered. Success isn’t fast answers and straight lines, it’s intentional effort with less predictable outcomes than before. It requires non-linear, creative thinking known by many and mastered by few. In this session, learn how you can hit reset on your thinking, your leadership style, and your development.

Transition - Speaker Change

General Session Leading a Tech-Driven Business Transformation

  • Presenter
    Stuart Kippelman, SVP & CIO, Parsons Corporation
  • Presenter
    Brian Watson, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO, VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners
Stuart Kippelman has led significant transformations as the CIO of four different companies. In his new role, he leads the Global IT function, responsible for strategy and operations, including digital business transformation. He plays a crucial role in the implementation of critical capabilities to serve Parsons Corporation's customers, leveraging his experience in global transformations, business intelligence, data mining, and cloud computing to advance commercial offerings.

In this fireside chat session with CIO advisor and author Brian Watson, Stuart will discuss IT's importance in the transformation at Parsons; draw on critical lessons from his past experience in changing the way companies function; and offer advice to current and aspiring leaders on how can use technology to move their companies into a new era.

Break - Networking Pavilion

Lunch Table Talk Roundtables

This time is carved out to discuss issues your organization faces with your peers during our lunch session. This is a great opportunity to network and learn from others in your industry.

General Session Confessions of a Successful CIO – LIVE!

  • Dan Roberts, CEO, Ouellette & Associates

  • Brian Watson, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO, VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners
Do you know the top characteristics of modern-day IT leaders? Some of them might not be what you think. In this interactive session, Dan Roberts and Brian Watson -- co-authors of Confessions of a Successful CIO -- will explain the prominent CIO attributes they have discovered through their best-selling book and discussions with dozens of elite IT leaders. Dan and Brian will engage and challenge you to think differently -- and more progressively -- about your role and give you key takeaways to accelerate your evolution as a leader.

Break - Networking Pavilion

General Session Learning More About How You Run Your IT Financial Management Strategy

  • Moderator
    Katherine Rice, VP Financial Technology, LPL Financial
  • Panelist
    Phil Brown, SVP Infrastructure Platform Engineering, LPL Financial
  • Panelist
    Jerry Johnston, SVP Corporate Service Delivery, Wells Fargo
In this session, Katherine Rice, VP of Technology will be sharing with the audience her passion and creation of an IT Financial Management Peer Group that she is has just created and welcomes the audience to participate in an open and engaging panel with Jerry Johnson from Wells Fargo.

Transition - Speaker Change

ELR Wrap Up Beyond Today, the 6 Most Powerful Questions You Need to Know

Tapping into the stories of others to make deeper connections can be a transformative and powerful experience. Debriefing the experiences of your day and sharing stories helps further uncover how it can change conversations and business results. Learning how to go beyond today, and GATHER STORIES from your employees, customer and prospects is key to your continued development of your EQ. Christine Miles will arm you with the 6 most powerful questions you need in business to get the real story , gain insight, build trust and make meaningful connections to drive transformation in your business.

Executive Exchange

After such an invigorating day of problem solving, connections and non-stop content, let’s “wine” down with some beverages. This is your chance to exchange ideas and really get to know those you briefly met or haven’t had the chance to!

Join us in the networking pavilion for the reception you have stayed all day for.

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.

Mobile App

Our mobile app allows you to view our information like never before! Get engaged with other attendees, view speakers and session details, get involved with group discussions, meet our advisory council and sponsors, and much, much more!

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How to Download Your Event App

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