The quality of speakers and content is excellent. Worth blocking time to attend. Look forward to future events.

Joel Munch, Contract CIO - Colorado Hospital Association

Exceeded my expectations for a virtual CIO forum, well planned and executed with no disruptions. Topics and speakers were very enriching, virtually engaging and thought provoking. Talk Shifts tips were practical yet profound, this alone was a true gift to take away from the event.

Kevin Wilkins, CIO - City of Fort Collins

When it comes to hosting events whether they be in person or virtual Premier Connects is best in class. The events are well organized, well moderated and contains relevant topics with impressive speakers.

George Reichert, CIO - Genworth Financial


11am – 2pm 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
    Spencer Levy, Global Chief Client Officer & Sr Economics Advisor, 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 Enabling the Energy Transition - The New Normal

  • Presenter
    Larry Cochrane, Director, Global Energy Solutions, Google Cloud
The rate of change in the Energy Ecosystem is faster than ever before - and accelerating! New participants are flooding the space and demands on the business are unprecedented. Whether it is renewables, electrification of transportation & charging stations, decarbonization of the grid, or sweating your assets, Energy and Utilities need to be ready to take advantage of new tooling such as AI & ML and geospatial analytics to Drive New Revenue Growth, Engage Customers More Deeply, Optimize Operations, and Future Proof the business for Safety and Security. In this session we will explore how to approach these challenges, prepare effective strategies, and excel in 2021 and beyond.

General Session Legacy Modernization: A Real-World Case Study

  • Presenter
    Mike Jones, General Manager for Americas, Do iT Lean
Modernizing or replacing a legacy application has never been as cost effective as it is today using modern application development approaches. This session will explore how UGI Utilities tackled their legacy replacement project and share insight into the methods and tools they employed for success.

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

CIO Industry Forum | Energy & Utilities


Premier Sponsors

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