CIO Dallas Summit | May 23, 2023 | Dallas, TX, USA


Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Opening Keynote Panel: 2023 Focus: CIOs as Transformation Leaders

9:10 AM - 9:45 AM

Successful IT leaders in the new world focus on the people, but why didn't they always? Leaders have to become the trusted advisor to the wider executive.

It's important for IT executives to be associated with transformation and collaboration as much as they are with the tin, the wires and the power point projector. 

 In this session we'll look at: 

  • IT executives' place on the board
  • How to build the team as a transformation team
  • Leadership should be fluent in new technology leaders, why? 
  • What do you need to lead a digital transformation team?

Kevin Inman

Senior Director DevOps SRE

Fannie Mae

Rajiv Sinha

Corporate Vice President, Technology

New York Life Insurance

James Schorr

Director, Cloud Platform


Sponsor Keynote: Put AI to Work in Your Business

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

The current AI landscape presents an opportunity for businesses to achieve a significant breakthrough in productivity and competitiveness amidst a challenging economic environment and talent shortages. Consumers around the world have been awakened to the possibility of AI to augment their abilities and improve work. But AI for business has unique needs: governance, a modern data foundation, and intelligent automation across tools and teams that allows organizations to seize new opportunities for growth. Learn from business leaders how they are taking advantage of this convergence of new technologies, unleashing creativity, and up-leveling skills with AI and automation at scale.​

Chris Bontempo


IBM Americas

AM Break

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM

Peer-to-Peer Roundtable Discussions

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Time to get up, get moving, and solve some of technologies biggest challenges. CDM Media's J.D. Miller leads a discussion on the following topic:

  • Are You Ready?: Practical Considerations for Harnessing the Power of AI/ML in Business

Go beyond the buzz surrounding AI/ML and discuss practical insights for implementing these technologies to drive business value.


Think Tank: DEVOPS Maturity and Enterprise Value

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM

In today's rapidly changing business environment, the adoption of DevOps practices has become crucial for organizations to stay competitive and deliver value to their customers. DevOps is a set of practices that combine software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops) to enable faster and more efficient software delivery.

For a CIO, understanding and improving the DevOps maturity of their organization can have a significant impact on enterprise value. Higher DevOps maturity leads to faster time to market new products and features, increased efficiency and productivity and improved customer satisfaction. These factors ultimately translate to increased revenue, market share and profitability for the organization. The DevOps maturity demands changes in how we prioritize capital, how we engineer solutions,  and how we deploy capability that enable repeatable and reliable services to customers.

Join this session to discuss how continuous improvement, collaboration and a culture of experimentation and learning play a pivotal role to achieving this.

Jag Kanchirakkol

VP, Information Technology

UnitedHealth Group

Peer-to-Peer Roundtable Discussions

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

Time to get up, get moving, and solve some of technologies biggest challenges. CDM Media's J.D. Miller leads a discussion on the following topic:

  • Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Talent Acquisition

As the job market evolves, CIOs face increasing challenges in attracting top talent. Discuss with your peers strategies for adapting to changing trends and securing the top talent for your business.

Innovation Session: Digital Innovation at the Speed of Business

12:05 PM - 12:15 PM
Learn how organizations from small to large are using high performance low-code platforms coupled with agile methods to deliver the innovative software solutions necessary to keep up with changing business needs.

Mike W. Jones

General Manager, Americas

Do iT Lean

Fireside Chat: Product Data Management, Control, and Collaboration

12:20 PM - 12:45 PM

This session will explore the challenges associated with retrieving specific product data at the right place and time, despite it being easier to store than ever before.

Using the example of the evolution of the wheel, which has become a critical element in many complex systems, the session will discuss how advancements in smart and autonomous vehicles have made the wheel an important element of indirect systems such as cloud-based knowledge bases. The clustered information from these systems can be analyzed and repurposed using AI algorithms for traffic control, coordination, and smart city systems.

The session will highlight the importance of understanding the complexities of these systems and the need for effective data management and analysis to enable their successful implementation.

Ad Ghauri

Director, Enterprise Architecture

Baker Hughes

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Think Tank: Employee Experience Tech - How Technology Can Help Attract, Grow and Retain Talent

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM
While most industries obsessed over customers in the past few decades, the pandemic has ushered in a new era. The era of employees - and next very many years will be spent focusing on how to acquire, grow and retain talent to maximize business value. The HR function stepped into the spotlight during COVID, and the entire HR function responded spectacularly to their call of duty to enable employees for businesses to operate with little to no disruption. Now that pandemic is in our rear view mirror, the focus on employee continues to remain, and rightfully so. Technology to deliver an optimal experience for employees is top of mind for many leaders, as each company tries to define its own new normal. Jayanthi Srinivasan will be providing an overview of some of the emerging themes in employee experience and how tech will play a crucial and critical role to create an environment where all employees thrive.

Jayanthi Srinivasan

VP of Technology

John Hancock

Moneygram’s Journey to Modernization With Kubernetes

2:15 PM - 2:40 PM

No matter where you are on your modernization journey, Kubernetes is likely a part of it. During this session, we will explore several stages of Moneygram's Kubernetes adoption, starting from the initial evaluation and planning phases, all the way to the successful implementation and ongoing maintenance. We will highlight key learnings, best practices, and insights gained from our experience, providing you with valuable guidance if you're considering a similar modernization journey.

In this session we'll cover:

  • Identifying pain points: Challenges faced by Moneygram pre-Kubernetes
  • Kubernetes adoption roadmap: Planning, implementation, and migration strategies
  • Real-world use cases: Examples of applications and workloads successfully migrated to Kubernetes
  • Lessons learned and best practices: Insights from Moneygram's experience with Kubernetes

Nitin Jaiswal

Head of Technology


Peer-to-Peer Roundtable Discussions

2:45 PM - 3:10 PM

Time to get up, get moving, and solve some of technologies biggest challenges. CDM Media's J.D. Miller leads a discussion on the following topic:

Discuss cultivating executive presence, how to build a strong personal brand to position oneself as a C-suite leader.

PM Break

3:10 PM - 3:25 PM

Think Tank: Using Data & Analytics to Drive Business Transformation

3:25 PM - 3:55 PM

Big Data initiatives have become a reality among almost every company today, however, what we have seen is lots of initiatives have become just science projects and did not deliver on early expectations. This situation needs to reversed quickly because those organizations that are being successful with Big Data and analytics programs are rapidly leaving those that are unsuccessful in their wake. Big Data and analytics has the potential to be transformational for the enterprise, but IT leaders need to be making the right investments, in the right areas, to ensure optimal success. This discussion will focus on how to use data and analytics to drive true business success and show some real examples of companies and individuals who made a difference. 

Key Takeways: 

  • Analytics is not a new capability and has always been aligned with the most successful companies 
  • The roles of IT and the lines of business are changing when it comes to data and analytics programs 
  • The business benefits of analytics programs can be huge but efforts need to be constrained so that they don't turn into flights free enough that they find the "unknown unknowns" that truly drive transformation

Russ Finney

Director of MIS Undergraduate Programs

University of Texas Austin

Closing Keynote Panel: Sustainable DEI + B Initiatives in Pursuit of Transformational Change

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM

Over 80% of companies now recognize the benefits DEI initiatives have on their businesses, however only about 1/3 of these company’s report having enough resources to support their objectives. With the prevalent commitment to re-vamping strategy and allocating investments, change can be accomplished. Join us as we discuss how employers’ use of training, incentives, communication practices, acquisition efforts and metrics all relate to an effective DEI strategy.

Lucy Mariappa

Chief Information Officer

International Leadership of Texas

Jayanthi Srinivasan

VP of Technology

John Hancock

Stephanie Erichson

Director of Transformation

S&P Global

Closing Remarks

4:45 PM - 4:55 PM

Summit Happy Hour

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM