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About the Forum

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 Portland CIO Forum includes powerful keynotes, informative breakouts, discussions with subject-matter experts, and cutting-edge solution providers.

30 Advisors

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

5 Sponsors

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

62 Organizations

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


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

  •  Tim Goodwin

    Tim Goodwin



  •  Theresa Jelderks

    Theresa Jelderks

    Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

    Senior Director of Operations

  •  Charlie Kawasaki

    Charlie Kawasaki

    Pacific Star Communications


  •  Sierra Modro

    Sierra Modro

    LEAP to Greatness, LLC

    Technology Futurist and Speaker

  •  Neal Petersen

    Neal Petersen

    No Barriers International

    Motivational Speaker

  •  Fred Pond

    Fred Pond



  •  Joseph Pucciarelli

    Joseph Pucciarelli


    Group VP & IT Executive Advisor

  •  J. Vander Stoep

    J. Vander Stoep

    Sound Counsel Crisis Communications LLC


Introduction from Neal Petersen

In sharing his captivating, uniquely delivered and extraordinary life-story, Neal delivers a powerful message that "There Are No Barriers – Only Solutions!"

"Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing"


October 3-4, 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 Portland 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.

Neal Petersen, Motivational Speaker, No Barriers International

Introduction from Neal:

South African-born, Neal Petersen is a history-making extreme adventurer, global investor, and award-winning author. Neal has faced many challenges in life – a childhood physical disability, economic hardship, prejudice during the harsh Apartheid era, and other insurmountable barriers and he always turned them into opportunities. In these challenging times of uncertainty, fear and insecurity rise, many CIOs feel like solo sailors, adrift, grasping for survival. Neal lays out the importance of a clearly communicated vision, followed by detailed planning, on how better to navigate the uncharted waters ahead using his remarkable personal story.

Neal completed the "Around Alone", a 27,000 mile yacht race, 9 months at sea, around Cape Horn and its notorious storms – solo, and in the smallest boat he designed and built himself.

In sharing his captivating, uniquely delivered and extraordinary life-story, Neal delivers a powerful message that "There Are No Barriers – Only Solutions!"

"Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing"

Tim Goodwin, CTO, Vacasa

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

Theresa Jelderks, Senior Director of Operations, Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

TAO Talks is five minutes of stage time where local people share their personal or professional passion.  Local, global, social and thought-provoking, TAO Talks provides an opportunity to get onstage and inspire others with an idea and a timed slide deck to prove it. This TAO Talk is focused on innovation within IT - this could be a new technology, or simply an innovative way of using a seasoned technology.  This topic theme is not welcoming sales pitches to the floor, but bringing unique ideas related to IT innovation or anything else your IT brain can create for a compelling 5 minutes on stage.

Sierra Modro, Technology Futurist and Speaker, LEAP to Greatness, LLC

  • Discover the specific technology trends that will affect your industry
  • Capitalize on those trends for long term growth
  • Define the technology strategy that will drive your organization to excellence
Is your business trapped in yesterday’s world? Rapid technology changes have disrupted multiple industries, forever changing the rules for success. However, these same technology trends also represent an opportunity to win – before your competition even knows the game has changed.

It takes an ongoing effort to identify and monitor technology trends. Sierra Modro has studied emerging technology trends for over 20 years as a technology evangelist for Intel and Wacom. In addition to engineering much of the technology you use today, Sierra has working with large organizations from the inside to establish effective trend strategies.

In this provocative presentation, tech futurist Sierra Modro identifies trends affecting your industry and provides concrete steps to profit from those trends today. She shows how trends like mobile computing, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, data security, data mining, and more could give you the opportunity to leap past your competition, driving innovation and productivity.

J. Vander Stoep, Principal, Sound Counsel Crisis Communications LLC

Client Risks that can become public:
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Hacking
  • Misuse of Funds
  • Lavish spending
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Workplace violence
  • Embezzlement
  • Hacking of personal information
  • Labor strike
  • Executive/Board DUI accident
  • Repeated employee injuries
  • Executive giving money to controversial organization
  • Management deceiving consumers
  • Technological breakdown
  • Business discontinuity
  • Race discrimination lawsuit
  • Workplace violence
  • Cost overruns
  • Misuse of social media
  • Defective products sold to consumer
Crisis Communication Best Practices
  • Speed
  • Maintain Credibility
  • Be Prepared to Own the Problem
The response is often more important than the original problem

Charlie Kawasaki, CTO, Pacific Star Communications

Fred Pond, Facilitator, RLF


Crowne Plaza Portland - Convention Center

Crowne Plaza Portland - Convention Center


1441 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 233-2401

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Advisory Council

  •  Grisha Alpernas

    Grisha Alpernas


    IS Operations & Productions Mgr.

  •  Richard Appleyard Ph.D.

    Richard Appleyard Ph.D.

    Oregon Secretary of State

    Deputy CIO

  •  John Boone

    John Boone


    President & Founder

  •  David Cummings

    David Cummings

    Clackamas County


  •  David De Fiebre

    David De Fiebre

    DP Associates

    Adviser & Consultant

  •  Mike Eom Ph.D.

    Mike Eom Ph.D.

    University of Portland

    Associate Professor of Business MIS

  •  Mark Farley

    Mark Farley

    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    VP Information Technology

  •  Brenda Gibson

    Brenda Gibson

    Multnomah University

    Director IT

  •  Andy Hedberg

    Andy Hedberg

    The Walsh Group

    Director IT & Risk Management

  •  Don Hornschuch

    Don Hornschuch

    Qorvo, Inc.

    IT Manager

  •  Theresa Jelderks

    Theresa Jelderks

    Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

    Senior Director of Operations

  •  John Kenagy

    John Kenagy

    Legacy Health

    SVP, CIO, & CISO

  •  Pradeep Kumar

    Pradeep Kumar

    Kaiser Permanente

    Practice Leader, Infrastructure Mgmt. Group

  •  Bob Leek

    Bob Leek

    Multnomah County

    Deputy CIO

  •  Travis Luckey

    Travis Luckey

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)


  •  Jeff Maurer

    Jeff Maurer

    Planar Systems, Inc.


  •  Kara McFall

    Kara McFall

    University of Oregon

    Director, Applied Information Mgmt Program

  •  Nate Oliver

    Nate Oliver

    Experis IT

    Engagement Manager, Project Solutions

  •  Curt Pederson

    Curt Pederson

    University of Portland


  •  Alex Pettit

    Alex Pettit

    State of Oregon

    Former CIO

  •  Emily Phan

    Emily Phan

    Stand for Children


  •  Elisabeth Richard

    Elisabeth Richard

    The Greenbrier Companies


  •  Josh Ricker

    Josh Ricker

    TEC Equipment


  •  Martin Ringle

    Martin Ringle

    Reed College


  •  Lola Simeon

    Lola Simeon

    Kaiser Permanente

    IT Operations Manager

  •  Tyson O. Smith

    Tyson O. Smith

    Beneficial State Bank

    SVP, CIO

  •  Terri Thoresen

    Terri Thoresen


    VP of IT

  •  Mark W. Van Patten

    Mark W. Van Patten

    Denali Advanced Integration

    Former VP Delivery Mgmt. & Sr. Engagement Mgr.

  •  Scott White

    Scott White

    Bridgewell Resources

    Director IT

  •  Paul Wogan

    Paul Wogan

    Washington State Community College

    Virtual CIO


Join us this year in Portland, OR as we discuss cutting-edge technologies with influential thought-leaders.


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