Premier set the stage for a highly informative and collaborative event for like minded senior Business and Technology leaders. I found it to be just the right blend of information sharing with notable speakers, and networking opportunities with fellow colleagues. The event was also held at a nice venue with great food, services and parking. Well done.

Greg Serian


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 What Got Me There Couldn’t Get Me Here: The Journey to the C-Suite

What is the secret sauce that differentiates leaders in disruptive times? In this rare (and vulnerable) fireside-chat you will learn how a career journey of constant self-analysis, intense situational awareness and pushing through the discomfort zone can help you push yourself through your next “glass ceiling”.

General Session Strengthening Your Brand!

  • Presenter
    Lily Benjamin, Global Talent & Organization Development Executive, SVP, Leadership Development & Org Design
Digital transformation is responsible for exponentially increasing the importance of the CIO’s role. CIO’s that help build the new generation of leaders, earn new stature and recognition among their peers and senior management. During this session a personal and relatable story will inspire you to think of your brand and who’s commercial aptitude you can foster to further your company’s competitive advantage. This pragmatic and experiential session will leave you with a plan and tools that you can implement immediately.

General Session Beyond Today: The 6 Most Powerful Questions you need to Know to uncover the real story

Leaders universally agree that Listening is one of the most, if not the most important skill, needed for workplace success. Yet most people don’t know HOW to listen effectively. Statistically, listening is a communication skill we use 40% of the time in the workplace, and we are given 0 years of training in school to build this skill. For the 2% of people who have sought listening training, it is often not truly effective because training focuses on WHAT to do versus HOW to do it.

The inability to Listen and get the real story leads to delivering technology solutions that the business asks for, rather uncovering the true need. This misalignment is a costly endeavor, as Technology Leaders agree that the cost to rearchitect, is typically more costly than the original implementation. Additionally, IT professionals are known for solving problems by chasing information, rather than uncovering what is below the surface and not articulated by the key stakeholder.

This session will enable you with the 6 most powerful questions you need to know to get the real story and uncover the true business need.

Break - Networking Pavilion

Lunch Table Talk Rountables

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 Unlearn to Lead

To be successful tomorrow, we must unlearn behaviors from yesterday. This is particularly true when it comes to leading people. As digital technologies become more pervasive and new generations enter the workforce, we must reflect on the characteristics that make us leaders today because those same traits might not be relevant for tomorrow.

Join Dave Ditillo as he explores his experiences of "unlearning" in a format that will kickstart thoughts about your own change journey… the path to the leading in digital times.

General Session Key Lessons from the Day: To Teach is to Learn

In this closing session, you, the participants become the teacher. During this facilitated discussion, we will focus on uncovering what was most impactful from the day, sharing stories and insights, and how you can apply your learning to 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.

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2451 Alumni Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606
Reservation Rates Good Through November 14, 2019 Single $170.00

Premier Sponsors

Premier would like to extend a special thank you to the 2019 sponsors of this event.