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

This was a well-organized event and a great opportunity to meet with and learn from CIOs with a variety of backgrounds.

Christopher Mumby, CIO - City of Lansing

One of the best forums. I’m attending every year.

Avi Ashkenazi, COO & CIO - BHU USA

This was an OUTSTANDING forum. I learned a lot, found some great people to connect with and received some great nuggets!

Patrice Walker - North Carolina Central University

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 – 1pm EST

Welcome & Introductions

  • Host
    Susan Drumm, CEO & Chief Empowerment Officer, Meritage Leadership Development

Opening Keynote Through the Lens of the Retail CIO: The Future of the Digitized Consumer

  • Moderator
    Kara Pelecky, Global CIO Stanley Security, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Panelist
    Tim Walter, Global CIO, SVP & CISO, Randa Apparel and Accessories
  • Panelist
    Ronald Blahnik, CIO, SVP Strategy & Innovation & Retail Analytics, Hibbett Sports & City Gear
There’s no doubt today’s consumer expectations have changed, completely transforming the landscape of retail IT. Join us for an engaging discussion with top retail technology leaders, who will deliver insight on today’s technology challenges, trends & where they foresee the future of retail IT heading.

General Session Building Deeper Connections Within an Isolated Workforce

  • Presenter
    Susan Drumm, CEO & Chief Empowerment Officer, Meritage Leadership Development
With the Great Resignation looming large, much of the national conversation seems to leap to 'What can leaders do to retain and recruit top talent?' This type of question leads straight into action-oriented solutions like 'offer flexible hours' or 'adopt a hybrid return-to-work model.' But there are deeper problems that underpin the widespread resignations and crisis of engagement happening now. Susan shares 3 key strategies for leaders to address these issues and thus shift the retention and connection problems at their root.

General Session Welcome to the Era of Flexibility: Why Agility is the Key to Getting Ahead

  • Presenter
    Robert DeVito, Global Director, Customer & Partner Engineering, Google Chrome
There is no doubt that the workplace has undergone an unprecedented transformation in the last few years. As IT leaders prepare for what’s next, it’s key that they are strategic in determining which technology best supports their employees by keeping them secure and productive. Hear from the Chrome Enterprise team on what’s next for work and how leaning into solutions that provide flexibility and agility will future proof your business.

Closing Remarks

  • Host
    Susan Drumm, CEO & Chief Empowerment Officer, Meritage Leadership Development

Virtual CIO Industry Forum | Retail


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