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Attendees across the region have come to expect a dynamic agenda with relevant, up-to-the-minute topics and exciting speakers who will share their wealth of knowledge and experience, helping you gain practical insights into your business challenges. The Premier CIO Forum includes powerful keynotes, informative breakouts, discussions with subject-matter experts, and cutting-edge solution providers.

41 Advisors

Our advisory council members offer valuable feedback to improve our event each year.

25 Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2018 sponsors of this event.

210 Organizations

These organizations have appointed one or more senior level executives to attend Philadelphia CIO Forum.


Speakers are hand-selected by our Advisory Council for their expertise and ability to translate big ideas into stunning presentations.

  •  Neall Alcott

    Neall Alcott


    IT Executive

  •  Juan Argueta

    Juan Argueta


    Sr. Legal Counsel, Data Protection & Privacy Office

  •  Mark Barbara

    Mark Barbara

    Rimini Street

    Director, Field Operations, East

  •  Adriana Braciak

    Adriana Braciak


    Cyber Security Account Manager

  •  Chris Darrell

    Chris Darrell

    Drew University

    Interim CIO

  •  Frank Diana

    Frank Diana

    Leader Strategist, Digital Transformer, Speaker

    Managing Partner, Futurist, TCS

  •  Frank Downs

    Frank Downs

    Director, SME Cybersecurity Practices, ISACA

    Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland

  •  Reena Driggs

    Reena Driggs

    TMNA Services LLC

    AVP IT, Custom Apps & Reporting

  •  Jordan Fischer

    Jordan Fischer

    XPAN Law Group

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner

  •  Harry Heiser

    Harry Heiser

    Montgomery County

    Development Manager

  •  Doug Keeley

    Doug Keeley

    The Mark of a Leader Inc.


  •  Kristen Lamoreaux

    Kristen Lamoreaux

    SIM Women


  •  Thomas Lembck

    Thomas Lembck

    Nabriva Therapeutics


  •  Mariann McDonagh

    Mariann McDonagh

    erwin, Inc.

    Chief Marketing Officer

  •  Gordon McGowan

    Gordon McGowan

    Montgomery County

    Deputy CTO

  •  Pablo Molina

    Pablo Molina

    Drexel University


  • Dr. Shawn P. Murray CISSP

    Dr. Shawn P. Murray CISSP

    Murray Security Services & Consulting


  •  Anthony Olivieri

    Anthony Olivieri

    Montgomery County


  •  Pamela Paul

    Pamela Paul

    Philadelphia SIM Chapter

    Senior IT Thought Leader

  •  Beverly Prohaska

    Beverly Prohaska


    Principal Consultant

  •  Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli


    Group VP & IT Executive Advisor

  •  Rick Rioboli

    Rick Rioboli


    SVP & CIO

  •  Chris Shull

    Chris Shull

    Engaged Impact LLC

    Founder & President

  •  Kimberly Tableman

    Kimberly Tableman


    Head of Digital Clinical Trials

  •  Milos Topic

    Milos Topic

    Saint Peter's University

    VP & CIO

  •  Angelo Valletta

    Angelo Valletta

    EagleOne Federal Credit Union

    Chair, Supervisory Committee for the Board of Directors

  •  Marcel van Hulle

    Marcel van Hulle

    Info-Tech Research Group


  •  Rich Vidil

    Rich Vidil


    VP Sales Engineering, Enterprise

  •  Brian Watson

    Brian Watson

    Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

    VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners

  •  Kim Wismer

    Kim Wismer

    Balllard Spahr LLP



May 22-23, 2018

We have worked diligently to put together a stimulating and focused agenda, bringing together experts, visionaries and professionals from the IT industry. We look forward to sharing this exciting conference with you.

Welcome to the Philadelphia CIO Forum exclusive networking reception. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary beverages in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself!

Admittance by Conference Badge Only.

Grand Ballroom

Grand Ballroom

Milos Topic, VP & CIO, Saint Peter's University

Leaders have the greatest responsibility in establishing the environment where people feel challenged, supported and safe to take risks, try new things and innovate. It is essential for organizational culture to grow over time into that of true collaboration, transparency and teamwork where individual goals are in service of the organizational mission and vision. Everyone works in unison, supporting each other towards mutual, shared success.

Grand Ballroom

Program Intro
Kristen Lamoreaux, Founder, SIM Women

Grand Ballroom

Rick Rioboli, SVP & CIO, Comcast

Brian Watson, VP, Enterprise Innovation at Traction Technology Partners, Co-Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO

Rick Rioboli spent 12 years in product engineering before becoming CIO at Comcast. Now, as the company evolves to put a greater emphasis on customer experience, Rick sits at the forefront of how the company leverages technology to transform the customer journey. In this fireside chat with CIO advisor and author Brian Watson, Rick will discuss his unique role, his perspectives on product- and platform-centric organizations, and the promise that technologies like AI and data analytics hold for the future of customer experience.

Grand Ballroom

Frank Diana, Managing Partner, Futurist, TCS, Leader Strategist, Digital Transformer, Speaker

The future is arriving faster than most people think.

When we look around us, we see a world in which digital is now woven into the fabric of our lives. Where the pace of change is accelerating, its trajectory exponential and the convergence of paradigm shifts is now the new norm.

We’re now living in a looking-glass world; where everything we think we know is being challenged, including our long-held notions of success and failure. At the same time it’s a world where we can imagine, create and enable like never before.

These paradigm shifts will require us to think deeply about the future, with a focus on improving the global standard of living, and an emphasis placed on right brain characteristics such as creativity, imagination and reasoning. They will have a profound effect as purpose, structure, value, scenarios, ethics and viability are challenged, re-examined and reimagined.

We are entering a very transformative period in history – one that could someday be viewed as the MOST transformative. In a world where change is constant and shifts occur instantly, we can no longer accurately predict the future, but instead must rehearse it.

Centennial Ballroom I

Kimberly Tableman, Head of Digital Clinical Trials, GlaxoSmithKline

To be truly transformative it is important to understand your north star, the things that won’t change – for example, at GSK, as long as there is disease we will be a company seeking to help people do more, feel better, and live longer (our corporate mission statement).

We expect HOW we do that will change dramatically with the advent of technological advances, and sophistication in how we capitalize on the bolus of information available to us both internally and externally.

Come to session to learn and discuss the realities of leading a digital revolution and the key skills you need to be successful.

Centennial Ballroom II

Harry Heiser, Development Manager, Montgomery County

Gordon McGowan, Deputy CTO, Montgomery County

Anthony Olivieri, CTO, Montgomery County

This session will be a panel discussion focused on significant technology initiatives in the public sector.  Leaders will share their perspectives on choosing technology partners, cloud benefits, training for staff, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity?  Panelists will also discuss how they prioritize these projects and drive toward best in class execution.

Centennial Ballroom III

Chris Darrell, Interim CIO, Drew University

Confidence in the 5 year old ERP is very low
Operational staff turnover has been very high since the ERP implementation
CIO suddenly leaves
Senior IT staff leaves immediately thereafter
Interim CIO brought in, but causes more damage than good  

How we’re tackling this entire set of issues, saving money, and improving services may surprise you.

Centennial Ballroom I

Mark Barbara, Director, Field Operations, East, Rimini Street

The one and only way CIOs can unlock the funding necessary to pursue those snazzier and unquestionably vital new initiatives like Cloud, Social, Mobile is to make a bold decision and take an entirely new approach to IT spending. Far too many companies today find they need to devote 70% or even 80% of their IT budget just to run and maintain what they’ve already got, leaving as little as 20% for innovation. CIOs need to determine which vendors are exacerbating this problem, and which ones offer modern alternatives that are better, faster, and cheaper. CIOs willing to tackle this issue will not only earn recognition but also will unlock increased value for their companies.

Centennial Ballroom II

Neall Alcott, IT Executive, SME

Reena Driggs, AVP IT, Custom Apps & Reporting, TMNA Services LLC

Pamela Paul, Senior IT Thought Leader, Philadelphia SIM Chapter

Beverly Prohaska, Principal Consultant, STEPRO LLC

It’s been said that Project Management is the "art of doing projects right" while Portfolio Management is the "art of doing the right projects." Many organizations focus on the tactical management of PPM (Project and Portfolio Management) Projects. However, many fail to perform any strategic management of the overall Portfolio. Join the discussion about performing in depth analysis and prioritization which can inform your short-term and long-term planning initiatives and ensure that you are in fact doing "the right projects."  Join us on May 23rd in King of Prussia to see how your organization can benefit from Portfolio Analysis and learn best practices around PPM.

Centennial Ballroom III

Marcel van Hulle, SVP, Info-Tech Research Group

A strategic direction is essential to making the right technological investments. Not every trend is worth pursuing, but missing the ones that are can be costly.  An outcomes-focused approach gives you a framework to strategically evaluate emerging technology's alignment with your business's direction. Most importantly, using a business outcomes framework can help you  create the foundation for your adoption strategy. Determine which trends are worth your attention, chart an adoption course and build a business case for your stakeholders. Info-Tech will dive into four trends that represents the convergence of several previously trending technologies:
  • User-facing AI to enable automation of front line business activities
  • Robotic Process Automation to augment, not replace, human performance
  • The Digital Twin, an aggregated data replicate of a system, will enable decentralized monitoring and predictive analytics
  • Blockchain 2.0 enabling distributed ledger technology to specific use cases

Grand Ballroom

Grand Ballroom

Mariann McDonagh, Chief Marketing Officer, erwin, Inc.

Organizations run on data. It’s the fuel for results - from regulatory compliance and operational efficiency to improved decision-making and revenue growth. But if data is such a big deal, why isn't data governance more of a priority? Maybe now it will be because people are worried about their data. With high-profile breaches at Uber and Equifax, the Facebook fiasco and the impending General Data Protection Regulation, it's time to revisit data architecture and governance initiatives. This session will cover:
  • The state of data governance based on recent research and the holes it reveals
  • The five pillars of data governance readiness key for overall initiative success
  • The importance of creating an enterprise data governance experience
Learn how to gain greater data visibility, control and value to achieve regulatory compliance and so much more …

Centennial Ballroom I

Dr. Shawn P. Murray CISSP, CISO, Murray Security Services & Consulting

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly gaining recognition as a viable method to increase successful problem solving, advance research in areas that exceed human capabilities and are automating menial processes to increase efficiency and productivity in expediential time.  In the future, your interface with a human doctor may be limited, as AI gains more prominence in the medical industry diagnosing patients and determining levels of care. AI is being used to develop humanoids for companionship and is providing additional conveniences that are starting to alarm some organizations.  there is a sense that the pace of AI is growing so fast that it may be impacting areas that are not getting the attention required to address various risks. Cybersecurity issues continue to arise regarding the integration of AI in computer systems, network and software platforms and the growing advances in IoT devices. As various industries invest in AI technology, CIOs, CISOs, researchers and manufacturers need to be working together to ensure cybersecurity and other safeguards are being considered in the design phase before allowing AI technology into the computing environment. 

Learning objectives will be tied to the following topics: 
  • Application of AI
  • IoT Concerns
  • Workforce Perspectives
  • Governance Concerns
  • The Pace of Technology
  • Balancing Cybersecurity and Risk

Centennial Ballroom II

Angelo Valletta, Chair, Supervisory Committee for the Board of Directors, EagleOne Federal Credit Union

Thomas Lembck, CIO, Nabriva Therapeutics

Kim Wismer, CIO, Balllard Spahr LLP

For most organizations, ensuring operational continuity is a looming, troubling, and difficult to define challenge. One clear factor in any strategy, however, is grooming and engaging next-generation talent. What roadblocks do we see in developing young professionals? How do we communicate and align them with business goals? How to we push them to leave their classroom mindset and meet challenges with real-world solutions? This session is an opportunity to pull back the curtain on how top organizations can open the minds of the next generation and train them to be focused, flexible, and confident as they help bring transformation to the group.

Centennial Ballroom III

Chris Shull, Founder & President, Engaged Impact LLC

Juan Argueta, Sr. Legal Counsel, Data Protection & Privacy Office, SAP

Jordan Fischer, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, XPAN Law Group

Pablo Molina, CISO, Drexel University

Beverly Prohaska, Principal Consultant, STEPRO LLC

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25, 2018, and applies to all organizations processing or controlling personal information about residents of the European Union, with penalties for non-compliance as high as the greater of 20m Euros or 4% of annual revenues!  

GDPR compliance requires collaboration between legal, information technology and business functions, and is best approached as an on-going process in a "Data Privacy Management Program" focused on continuous improvement. The panel will share real-world experiences of diverse companies as they prepare for GDPR, sharing hard-learned best practices and approaches for implementation, and ways of proving compliance and demonstrating accountability to auditors and regulators.

Centennial Ballroom I

Joseph Pucciarelli, Group VP & IT Executive Advisor, IDC

Newly published IDC global research about organizations undergoing digital transformation finds that 59% remain stuck in the early stages of their transformation journey. While some digital projects have been implemented and are progressing, most companies report they are still struggling to digitally transform their broader organization.

Challenges with legacy culture, process, and financial incentives are widely identified digital transformation impediments. However, IDC research shows that many organizations confront more specific operational challenges: 1) outdated KPIs, 2) siloed organizational structures, 3) tactical planning, 4) limited expertise; and 5) siloed innovation.  Though business and technical leaders can point to successful tactical projects, they often express frustration about their ability to achieve true systemic progress and competitive advantage.

In today's session, IDC provides unique insights and actionable recommendations to overcome these hurdles including recommended approaches for:
  • Creating new digital KPIs
  • Establishing an end state digital organizational structure
  • Constructing a long-term digital roadmap
  • Identifying and developing essential digital capabilities
  • Building a digital platform

Centennial Ballroom II

Rich Vidil, VP Sales Engineering, Enterprise, GTT

What’s the Big Deal About SD-WAN? How has the Enterprise WAN evolved? How is SD-WAN changing the network game? Learn more about the value and benefits of SD-WAN.

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of software-based network technologies to WAN connections to more effectively route all network traffic between headquarters or data centers, remote and branch offices, and the cloud.

More simply, it is the method of leveraging the benefits of the cloud, the bandwidth of broadband and existing enterprise-wide network infrastructure to more efficiently and cost effectively transmit media (data, video, voice) and quickly access cloud applications from every location in the network.

SD-WAN is transforming WAN management by giving enterprises more control, more visibility, and affordable broadband access options.

Centennial Ballroom III

Adriana Braciak, Cyber Security Account Manager, Darktrace

From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cyber security today is that the threat is already inside. Legacy approaches to cyber security, which rely on knowledge of past attacks, are simply not sufficient to combat new, evolving attacks, and no human cyber analyst can watch so much or react quickly enough. A fundamentally new approach to cyber defense is needed to detect and respond to these threats that are already inside the network - before they turn into a full-blown crisis. Self-learning systems represent a fundamental step-change in automated cyber defense, are relied upon by organizations around the world, and can cover up to millions of devices. Based on machine learning and probabilistic mathematics, these new approaches to security can establish a highly accurate understanding of normal behavior by learning an organization’s ‘pattern of life,’. They can therefore spot abnormal activity as it emerges and even take precise, measured actions to automatically curb the threat.  Discover why autonomous response and machine learning is the future of defense and how the ‘immune system’ approach to cyber security provides complete network visibility and the ability to prioritize threats in order to better allocate time and resources.
  • How new machine learning and mathematics are automating advanced cyber defense
  • Why full network visibility allows you to detect and autonomously respond to threats
  • How smart prioritization and visualization of threats allows for better resource allocation and lower risk
  • Real-world examples of unknown threats detected by ‘immune system’ technology

Grand Ballroom

Frank Downs, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland, Director, SME Cybersecurity Practices, ISACA

Artificial Intelligence learns from previous situations to guide, and in some cases, automate data-informed decisions. Will enterprises evolve to rely on AI for strategic business decisions, essentially guiding organizations as if this tool were a board member? ISACA Director of Cybersecurity Practice Frank Downs discusses AI’s and Machine Learning’s uses in risk management, security controls, implementation and monitoring, and what the future of AI may look like. Beyond the technology, examine the very human factors that ensure an organization’s success, particularly the role of the board – many of which may benefit from expanding their definitions of and commitments to governing business technology, opportunity and responsibility. In this insightful and entertaining session, Mr. Downs shares his views on AI and its potential for boards and governance, and how the use of AI may help them find the confidence in data to remain agile and strategic.

Grand Ballroom

Doug Keeley, CEO, The Mark of a Leader Inc.

CEO & Chief Storyteller of The Mark of Leader, Doug Keeley is renowned for his “tour de force” keynotes that inspire better performance and stronger cultures by leveraging what he calls “Five Level Stories”.

In this closing keynote, Doug will use stories from his incredible video library to inspire you to create a culture of leadership, and challenge you to replace your “decks” with stories that stick and cause people to change behavior. He will give you practical tips to put both into action.

Doug started his first company right out of college, and built it to be a global communications powerhouse. But it was leadership that fascinated him, and he realized that it is the secret sauce in business. He also noticed with dismay that PowerPoint and data started replacing stories in the workplace.
  He started The Mark of a Leader in 2004 driven by two passionate beliefs:
1) Everyone must be a leader in an organization today
2) The strategic use of Stories is the most overlooked and undervalued skill in most organizations today.

He and his team have energized and inspired hundreds of thousands of people at conferences and trained many more to be better storytellers and leaders. Along the way he wrote a book and has appeared many times on television and in other media.

His clients include brands like Bayer, Disney, IBM, HP, Microsoft, Pepsi, Starbucks, TDBank and many more.

Be ready for a closing keynote unlike anything you have seen before!
Welcome to the Philadelphia CIO Forum exclusive networking reception. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres in a relaxed setting. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers and some of the prominent speakers from the day’s agenda. Premier Connects, Inc. will be making a charitable donation to the Philadelphia SIM Chapter. Stay, chat, and enjoy yourself! 

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Advisory Council

  •  Mark Alberto

    Mark Alberto

    The Graham Co.

    VP IT

  •  Stephen Andriole

    Stephen Andriole

    Villanova University

    Professor of Business Technology

  •  Mike Anselmo

    Mike Anselmo

    NSM Insurance Group


  •  David Ballai

    David Ballai

    Reed Technology

    CIO & VP Content Operations

  •  Jeffrey Berger

    Jeffrey Berger

    Trinity Logistics


  •  Dale Danilewitz

    Dale Danilewitz


    EVP & CIO

  •  Tom Egan

    Tom Egan

    Arcadia University

    Deputy Provost

  •  Bob Ehlinger

    Bob Ehlinger

    Lannett Company, Inc.

    VP & CIO

  •  Stephen Fugale

    Stephen Fugale

    Villanova University

    VP & CIO

  •  Eileen Gadsden

    Eileen Gadsden

    E-Region Enterprises

    Managing Principal

  •  Matthew Grulke

    Matthew Grulke

    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Sr. Director Product Development & Technology

  •  Steve Heilenman

    Steve Heilenman

    Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI)


  •  Mark Jacobs

    Mark Jacobs

    Delaware Health Information Network


  •  Pete Julian

    Pete Julian

    TAG The Alliance Group

    President & CEO

  •  Patrick Keating

    Patrick Keating

    Pennsylvania Dept. of Health


  •  Cari Kraft

    Cari Kraft

    Jacobs Mgmt.


  •  Mike Krut

    Mike Krut

    Penkse Truck Leasing

    VP MIS

  •  Kristen Lamoreaux

    Kristen Lamoreaux

    SIM Women


  •  Ed Malinowski

    Ed Malinowski

    BAYADA Home Health Care, Inc.


  •  Randy McGarry

    Randy McGarry

    Automated Financial Systems

    Managing Director, Technology Services

  •  Terry Meehan

    Terry Meehan

    PEI Genesis


  •  Raymond Mungro

    Raymond Mungro

    Mungro Career Development

    President & CEO

  •  Tom Murphy

    Tom Murphy

    University of Pennsylvania

    VP IT & University CIO

  •  Rajeev Nair

    Rajeev Nair

    J Knipper & Co.


  •  Thomas Pacek

    Thomas Pacek

    Inspira Health Network

    VP & CIO

  •  Pamela Paul

    Pamela Paul

    Philadelphia SIM Chapter

    Senior IT Thought Leader

  •  Michael Perilli

    Michael Perilli

    Ultra Hardware Products, LLC


  •  Upinder Phanda

    Upinder Phanda

    Unisys Corporation

    VP & CIO

  •  Geoff Pieninck

    Geoff Pieninck

    Colorcon N.A.

    Director, Global IT

  •  Dale Polekoff

    Dale Polekoff

    Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc.


  •  Michael Pompey

    Michael Pompey

    Philadelphia Youth Network


  •  Raju Sankuratri

    Raju Sankuratri


    VP IT

  •  Grace Schuler

    Grace Schuler

    SIM Philadelphia Chapter

    Program Chair

  •  Candida Seasock

    Candida Seasock

    CTS Associates, LLC


  •  Patrick Sim

    Patrick Sim

    West Pharmaceuticals Services


  •  Brian Simmermon

    Brian Simmermon

    Subaru of America, Inc.

    VP & CIO

  •  George Sullivan

    George Sullivan

    Delaware County Community College

    CIO & VP of IT

  •  John Supplee

    John Supplee

    The Haverford Trust Company

    CIO & COO

  •  Angelo Valletta

    Angelo Valletta

    EagleOne Federal Credit Union

    Chair, Supervisory Committee for the Board of Directors

  •  Charles D. Wallace

    Charles D. Wallace


    SVP & CIO

  •  Bill Zebrowski

    Bill Zebrowski




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