2020 October CIO Summit

On October 22, 2020, FWSIM along with HMG Strategy as the conference planner produced yet another great CIO Summit. This has been an annual event for our chapter for the last 12 years. This year the event is even more important as it brings us all together during this time of the pandemic. The event was well attended with 120+ virtual participants.

Highlights of the day included a number of keynote sessions:

  1. Barry French, Nokia spoke benefits and value of 5G.

  2. Marcus Fowler, Dark Trace delved into recent advancements in AI application to the security space.

  3. Al Zollar, Siris Capital Investment joined to discuss his essay "the new white man", an exploration of race, inclusion and the mechanisms of change many companies need to embrace.

  4. David Pogue, technology columnist and TV correspondent on digital technologies lead an entertaining and wide-ranging exploration of the "post robot economy."

Jean Hill, Alvarez & Marsal led a panel discussion, whose topics included:

  • Business and technology strategies to address the new normal

  • The merging of human and digital workers (bots)

  • CIO preparing for the future, what to read and what to know

  • How to take risks in this time

  • Challenges of managing workers

Panelists included: Dutt Kalluri, Broadridge; Neelu Sethi, Reddy Ice; Anna Ransley, Heineken; and Khalid Kark, Deloitte.

Dr. David Bray, Atlantic Council discussed the interaction between politics and technology; along with the expansion of security concerns to misinformation campaigns.

Carla Harris, Morgan Stanley wrapped up the summit with a brilliant presentation focused on "transformational leadership in the time of crisis."  

In addition to the outstanding speakers, panelists and very informative sessions, we congratulate our newest winner of the FWSIM Rino Nori Scholarship, Manvitha Mullapudi. Manvitha is attending Case Western Reserve University as a freshman this year.

We thank everyone who attended and hope you found value in the sessions and enjoyed the chance to meet colleagues and make new friends. For those who could not join us this time, we hope you join us at next year’s event!

Written by Rick Wilson