What’s Happening, and When

June 14-15, 2022

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Our best-in-class keynotes, conversations, and workshops give you insight into how leaders in every field approach their toughest problems. You’ll leave prepared with game-plans for the biggest market shifts, and ready for the future of work.

All times listed on the agenda are Eastern Standard Time.

Engagement & Collaboration

1:00 - 1:40pm

Maximizing Collaboration & Innovation

Cheryl Cran, Founder of NextMapping – Future of Work Expert

Ambiguity, uncertainty, and constant change are the workplace reality. This has created a massive opportunity for leaders to create the future for themselves and their teams and move beyond the status quo. To inspire creativity and innovation, leaders need to be empathetic and understand how to leverage communication and collaboration across multigenerational teams. Join Cheryl as she shares up-to-date research and key strategies on the future workplace and what it means for leaders today.

1:40 - 2:10pm

Interactive Workshop: Finding your Digital Trailblazers

Isaac Sacolick, Contributing Editor, InfoWorld, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

The future of work requires a co-creation model between IT and business leaders seeking to improve employee experiences, become more data-driven, and hyperautomate intelligent workflows. These leaders want to build apps, dashboards, and other technologies and need IT’s best practices that support extendable, sustainable, and secure technologies. In this interactive workshop, Isaac will guide you on defining a starting plan for creating a citizen development center of excellence. This plan includes finding the top business opportunities and identifying the tech, data, and business leaders in your organization ready to challenge the status quo.

IT and LOB Partnerships That Add Value Beyond the Core

Zeeshan Tariq, CIO, Zimmer Biomet

How can you establish strategy, structure, governance, and controls that result in stronger alignment between LOB and IT, measurably improved performance, and all-time high stakeholder satisfaction? Zeesham Tariq, who has accountability for 1,000+ team members, scattered across the globe, and budget and portfolio accountability of over $700M, will share insights about his model for partnership and collaboration success.

Interviewed by: Julia King, Contributing Editor, Computerworld/CIO, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

2:10 - 2:35pm

How to Empower Your Workforce with Digital Labor

Dinesh Nirmal, General Manager, IBM Automation, IBM

As baby boomers leave the workforce, approximately 2.4 million fewer workers are entering every year. The pandemic has impacted immigration numbers, and workforce attrition has hit a record high. These trends threaten to saddle your remaining employees with an unachievable workload or, even worse, bring parts of your business to a halt. But AI-powered automation can help businesses overcome today’s labor shortages. Join us to learn how IBM Watson Orchestrate digital employees will help knowledge workers boost productivity while spending more of their time on higher-level work.

2:35 - 2:55pm

Live Discussion with Cheryl Cran – Personal High Performance: Lead with Energy, Passion & Power

Cheryl Cran, Founder of NextMapping – Future of Work Expert

After a powerful keynote presentation that provides a view into the “me to we” mindset and tips for leveraging technology to maximize team communication and performance, Cheryl is ready to take your questions. Join Cheryl and your peers to discuss how to create sustainable positive change and growth. Get your questions answered and be better prepared to lead into the future with passion and energy.

Live Discussion with Bob Johansen – Weathering Future “Office Shocks”

Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future

This lively discussion, with leading futurist Bob Johansen, will make you think beyond the current moment, to thinking back from the future to anticipate directions of change. Bring your questions and experiences to share about your strategies for ensuring that the Office (the place), Officing (the process for how we work together) and Officeverse (a new concept that pulls it all together) can result in more sustainable and productive ways of working.

Hosted by: Dan Roberts, Host, CIO Whisperers

2:55 - 3:20pm

Platinum Partner Keynote

Join us for this keynote interview with an industry expert.

3:20 - 3:45pm

The CIO’s Changing Role in Employee Engagement

Irwin Lazar, President & Principal Analyst, Metrigy

The role of the CIO is undergoing a fundamental transformation Working together with HR, facilities, and line-of-business leaders, CIOs must ensure that their IT strategies align with the overall goals and needs of the organization. We’ll look at how collaboration needs are changing, and how CIOs must focus on ensuring collaboration and meeting equity, security and performance, and employee engagement. We’ll also touch on future trends including augmented and virtual reality and the metaverse.

Leaning into the hybrid workplace future at SAIC

Nathan Rogers, SVP & CIO, Infrastructure Enablement, SAIC

Workplace flexibility means so much more than when and where you work, says CIO Nathan Rogers of SAIC, the $7 billion, DC-based defense contractor. Two years into its own companywide ‘Future of Work’ project, a collaborative cross-departmental team created a dynamic work model that is thriving today. “We’re really leaning in on this,” says the CIO. In this session, Rogers will delve into SAIC’s evolving paradigm for work/life balance and discuss its impact on productivity and employee well-being.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

3:45 - 4:05pm

CIO Industry Partner Q&A – Freshworks

There’s more to come! Check back for additional sessions from the world’s leading minds in IT who are solving complex challenges and will share insights, strategies and solutions for your organization.

4:05 - 4:30pm

With Work-life ‘Integration,’ is the 9-5 Workday Gone?

Homa Bahrami, Senior Lecturer & Faculty Director, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, CA
Stephen Kohler
, Founder & CEO, Audira Labs LLC
Meg Madison, Senior VP, HR, Shure

Instead of forcing employees to choose between work and a personal life, companies are pushing work-life integration, effectively blurring the lines between the two. The end game? Results matter more than punching a time clock. Panelists will discuss how organizations can assist employees with combining their careers and personal life in a hybrid workplace. We will also explore why during The Great Resignation, attracting and retaining talent hinges on creating a “people-first” environment.

Moderated by: Lucas Mearian, Senior Writer, Computerworld, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

An HR and IT Partnership that Builds Employee Engagement

Karen Mattimore, SVP and CHRO, Honeywell
Sheila Jordan, Chief Digital Technology Officer, Honeywell

Learn how Honeywell, a global leader in high-tech sustainability offerings, is aligning its people- and technology-focused objectives to create a place where current and prospective employees – Futureshapers – make an impact, make real connections and can be their best selves. Honeywell’s Chief Digital Technology Officer, Sheila Jordan, and Chief Human Resources Officer, Karen Mattimore, will discuss how a relationship born of necessity has grown into a highly collaborative partnership, enabling the company to set equitable work policies, implement hybrid work strategies, and deploy technology to optimize productivity and protect privacy.

4:30 - 4:45pm

Invest in the Best: Creating a Culture of Learning to Drive Competitive Advantage

Jennie Drimmer, Senior Regional Director, EMEA, Coursera
Bartosz Zieleznik, Director of Service Delivery Transformation & Automation, IBM, Head of Online Learning, Prosus

A culture of learning can be the difference between accelerating business outcomes and digital transformation or stagnation. However, as learning and development professionals know, this culture can often be difficult to build.

Join Jennie Drimmer, senior regional director at Coursera, and Bartosz Zieleźnik, head of online learning at Prosus, part of Naspers, as they discuss how they’ve adapted to the changing role of learning and development, their experiences with building a culture of learning, and how they’re investing in their workforce to maintain a competitive edge. You’ll learn how the learning and development role has evolved and how to overcome the challenges of building a culture of learning within your organization.

Optimizing Your BYOD Strategy with Motus

Robert Locklear, Wireless Solutions Engineer, Motus
Dan Dietz, Enterprise Sales Executive, Motus
Mark Albro, Director, Mobility Sales, Motus

Whether employees are hybrid, in-office or fully remote, mobile devices are key business tools for the modern workforce. While cost control and governance remain high priority across all device programs, business leaders are taking a fresh look at how to leverage mixed-use and corporate assets. Many are finding value in using a combination of company-provided-device (CPD) and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs as they progress to meet employee and cost reduction needs. Join us as we discuss both the advantages and challenges of each approach, including the benefits of individualized BYOD reimbursements.

4:45 - 5:05pm

Beyond Hybrid: Re-imagining Collaboration and Culture

Karla J Viglasky, Global CIO, WL Gore & Associates

The companies best positioned to maintain their digital transformation momentum are those focused on a truly different way of working. That means pushing beyond hybrid work arrangements to further increase flexibility and develop new ways for dynamic teams to collaborate. Hear how Karla Viglasky, CIO at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., a $3.8 billion global materials science company, is re-imagining collaboration and culture to positively impact employees and create competitive advantage.

Interviewed by: Julia King, Contributing Editor, Computerworld/CIO, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

5:05 - 5:20pm

Industry Executive Demos

Join us for short demos from industry executives.

5:20 - 5:50pm

Rebooting Expectations to Connect and Lead in More Meaningful Ways

Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future

Purpose-driven people who work for purpose-driven organizations are happier, healthier, and their companies perform better. This thought-provoking session will reveal a plausible and provocative forecast that will provoke insights leading to better decision-making. Don’t miss this important content from Bob Johansen and Dan Roberts featuring the 7 Spectrums of Choice, Critical Leadership Skills for sustainable success, and what you need to know about the “shifting rubric of assessment” beyond traditional hard measures.

Interviewed by: Dan Roberts, Host, CIO Whisperers

Always On Sessions

Always On Sessions (June 2022)

Session descriptions listed in “Always On Sessions” tab above.

Using AI to Improve Personal Productivity
Jon Lester, Director of Service Delivery Transformation & Automation, IBM

Automation & Innovation

1:00 - 1:40pm

A Game Plan to Amplify Team Success and Happiness

Michelle McKenna, Founder & CEO, The Michelle McKenna Collaborative; Former CIO, NFL

In this inspiring keynote presentation, Michelle brings her technical expertise and leadership acumen to share a game plan focused on how IT leaders can tackle their toughest challenges to achieve optimal outcomes. With proven guidance, based on her more than two decades as a senior leader leveraging technology to improve the human experience, within Disney, Universal Studios, and the NFL, Michelle will share her tips for improving customer satisfaction, increasing efficiency and innovation, and amplifying the success and happiness of teams.

1:40 - 2:00pm

Building a Tech Dream Team to Drives Business Growth and Innovation

Mindy Simon, CIO, Global Business & Information Services, Conagra

Transitioning from Finance to IT, Conagra’s Mindy Simon leverages a diverse set of experiences in her CIO-plus role. Mindy brings an entrepreneurial spirit to her role as a leader, and she will discuss why that has become more important than ever. She offers more than food for thought on how to envision the future of work and build a tech dream team that drives business growth and innovation.

Interviewed by: Dan Roberts, Host, CIO Whisperers

2:00 - 2:20pm

CIO Industry Partner Q&A with IBM

Stay tuned for updates to our agenda with more sessions from leading IT executives that address today’s most pressing issues.

(session in development)

2:20 - 2:40pm

Live Discussion with Michelle McKenna – A Transformation Roadmap for Your Life and Your Organization

Michelle McKenna, Founder & CEO, The Michelle McKenna Collaborative; Former CIO, NFL

Michelle’s story is a real-life Sweet Home Alabama meets Working Girl, under the bright lights, on the biggest stage of professional sports. Following her inspiring keynote presentation, this is your chance to ask Michelle questions about how she transformed herself along with some of America’s largest brands.

2:40 - 3:00pm

Platinum Partner Q&A

Join us for this one-on-one interview with an industry expert.

3:00 - 3:20pm

Innovation Through Empowerment

Tim Martin, CTO, Audible

As the competition for talent in the tech industry grows at all levels of the workforce, building a people-first culture that champions innovation, diversity, and flexibility is crucial. In this lively and forward-thinking interview, Tim will share how Audible inspires customer obsession, agility to adapt, and a culture where employees aren’t afraid to fail in the pursuit of positive technology disruption.

Interviewed by: Beth Kormanik, Manager, Content Development, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

Case Study: An Audacious Program Where the True Force Multiplier is People

Ashish Parmar, Chief Information Officer, Tapestry Inc.

In this lively conversation, you will hear how Ashish Parmar, CIO of Tapestry, a global house of brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, has led his team on a journey to deliver bold results to better meet the needs of customers. Ashish will highlight some of his core principles of leadership, and his intentional strategy for developing next gen leaders and an IT workforce that continues to be relevant and drive value.

Interviewed by: Dan Roberts, Host, CIO Whisperers

3:20 - 3:40pm

CIO Industry Partner Q&A

There’s more to come! Check back for additional sessions from the world’s leading minds in IT who are solving complex challenges and will share insights, strategies and solutions for your organization.

3:40 - 4:00pm

AR and VR in the Enterprise: Everything you Need to Know Now

Mike Elgan, Contributing Columnist, Computerworld, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

Excitement and questions are building as AR and VR move through the technology adoption life cycle. Where are we now and were are things headed? Gain an understanding of why VR will happen first, but AR will end up being adopted in the enterprise. Find out what needs to take place from a technology standpoint to have AR become ubiquitous, and what AR applications you should be considering. Augmented reality will be taking the enterprise by storm, so take this opportunity to get prepared.

Interviewed by: Ken Mingis, Executive Editor, Computerworld, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

Innovation at Scale: Pizza Hut Doubles Down on Digital

Joe Park, Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Pizza Hut Global, Yum! Brands

Testing out new technologies in its restaurants took 6-8 weeks in the pre-pandemic world of 2019. Today, Pizza Hut and its parent company Yum! Brands can model physical stores in a digital lab, virtually vetting new products or services within a single week. In this session, Chief Digital and Technology Officer Joe Park will talk about the impact on IT’s workplace culture, as his teams are working faster than ever to drive top-notch customer experiences and business outcomes.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media

4:10 - 4:20pm

Lightning Insights

Join us for a variety of lightning insights from industry executives.

4:20 - 4:35pm

Industry Executive Perspective

Join us as one of the industry’s leading experts provides strategies and guidance on how organizations can improve their information security. (Session in development.)

4:35 - 5:00pm

Navigating the Automation Metrics Dilemma

Shail Khiyara, Operating Advisor, Peakspan Capital and Founder, VOCAL
Rickard Wieselfors, VP and Head of Automation & AI, Ericsson

One of the distinct elements of a scaled or failed automation program is automation metrics. Operational, Value and Lifecycle metrics of your automation program are often difficult to track, assemble and evangelize. This fireside chat will offer plenty of tips to ensure that your automation programs scale and don’t fail. We will talk about key metrics, how to track them, technologies available to do so and the importance of cultural transformation and associated metrics. Organizations that efficiently manage these inputs and outputs can maximize their business objectives and make their programs soar.

Moderated by: John Gallant, Enterprise Consulting Director, Foundry, formerly IDG Communications

Accelerating The Hartford’s Agile Advantage

Deepa Soni, CIO, The Hartford

Strengthening its appeal as a tech-talent destination, The Hartford is pursuing an aggressive technology agenda that leverages cloud, analytics and artificial intelligence to deliver digital experiences. “We are changing how we work, and agility is a core tenet,” says CIO Deepa Soni. “Everything we do is geared to deliver faster to customers, brokers, agents and employees.” Soni will discuss how culture is enabling speed to market, adapting to hybrid work, and positioning talent for success.

Interviewed by: Maryfran Johnson, CEO, Maryfran Johnson Media



5:00 - 5:30pm

What’s Next in Automation and How Do You Get There?

Amy Loomis, Ph. D., Research Director, Future of Work, IDC

You have adapted, automated, and digitally transformed, maybe more than you ever thought you could. So, what are the opportunities from here? Amy Loomis will share research insights covering three critical areas for ongoing automation opportunities: how to automate to enable work productivity and employee engagement; automating the intelligent digital workspace and workplaces; and how to lead the automated organization. Join Amy to understand how to get beyond the roadblocks holding you back, and to hear a viewpoint shining a light on what opportunities the future can hold.

Always On Sessions

Always On Sessions (June 2022)

Session descriptions listed in “Always On Sessions” tab above.

Using AI to Improve Personal Productivity
Jon Lester, Director of Service Delivery Transformation & Automation, IBM

Agenda subject to change.