2024 SCSIM Summit

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This summit delivers world class thought leadership, content and discussions that matter most to the future of IT, and insights to help navigate and overcome related organizational challenges.


SCSIM’s remarkable differentiator is that our membership is heavily comprised of industry practitioners which enables greater focus on key insights most important to CIOs.

Through collaboration with peers and an agenda designed by CIOs, we share best practices and relevant leadership topics influenced by various perspectives to support growth and enablement for our local audience.


Shaping the Waves of Change:  Integrating the Conceptual with the Practical


Attendees all represent end user roles at the companies they serve and are in a decision-making capacity (Director, Director IT, VP IT, CIO, CISO and CTO).


Enterprise Operational Plans for AI/Long Term Plans, including Quantum Computing, AI Enabled Infrastructure, Cyberthreats

Nyariana Maiko, CIO Port of Long Beach

Peter Voss, Founder/ CEO/ Chief Scientist, Aigo.ai

Rohan Sharma, Founder & CEO, Campaign.AI

Dr Peter Chang, Co-Dir Precision Health through Artificial Intelligence, Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences Faculty


Unprecedented take-up rate of generative AI poses fundamental questions for organizational strategies and implementation approaches. In this panel, we continue the discussion from “Where We Are Now” to “Where We Go From Here”.

Navigating Changes in Customer and Employee Experience 

Robert Lee Harris, President of Communications Advantage, Inc.

Nikki Parsons, Vice President IT Engineering, Akamai Technologies
Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, WSJ Best Selling Author, Competitive Advantage Consulting
Grant Anderson, CIO at Living Spaces
Jim Thomas, Vice President, CTO at City of Hope

Change is the only constant.  Navigating changes that impact customer and employee experience takes ingenuity, courage, and vision.  Join our panelists from a variety of industries as they share their thoughtful insights and lessons-learned from leading through change.  Expect to take away fresh perspectives that you can use to improve your customer and employee experience today.


No Code Low Code Implementation and Challenges

Kathy Lomax, VP, Technology Business Management, First American Title


Ben Irwin, Former Sr. Director, Technology, Sweetgreen

Charles Mel, Chief Technology Officer, Partner Engineering and Science

Dorian Workman, Director of Operations, Prime ECS

According to Gartner, Low Code/No Code platforms are growing at a pace exceeding 20% annually and will continue to see significant traction. No Code and Low Code solutions are tools and approaches that aim to democratize application development, making it more accessible to a broader range of individuals. These solutions are valuable for a wide range of applications, from simple forms to complex business processes, and they can help organizations respond to changing requirements more quickly. However, they may not be suitable for all use cases, and organizations should carefully evaluate their specific needs and the capabilities of available platforms before choosing a No Code or Low Code solution. This session will explore the success with these technologies and lessons learned through the experience of the panel participants.

Shaping a C-Suite Strategy for New Technology

Gary Zorko, Owner/Principal, 5 Sides LLC

Jennifer Terrill, SVP & CIO, Technology Services, Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
Mukund Kaushik, Former Chief Technology Officer, Inspire
Guillermo Lopez, Former Chief Information Officer, Org: LuLaRoe

Technology is more pivotal to company success than ever before. Still, a lack of alignment between technology leadership and the C-suite continues to hamper progress, often leading to high-profile and expensive project failures. Technology leaders must bring new strategies to educate stakeholders, find broad understanding and support for corporate initiatives, and gain company-wide accountability for projects end-to-end. Learn from our panelists on their plans to “play technology as a team sport.”

KEYNOTE: Evolution of AI to Where We are Now

Peter Voss

Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT are extremely useful and will continue to be developed and adopted. However, they have inherent limitations that prevent them from achieving human-like learning and reasoning. A new approach, called ‘Cognitive AI’ or ‘The Third Wave of AI’, is expected to spearhead the development of true human-like AI. Cognitive AI aims to create machines that can learn, reason, and interact with humans in a more natural and intuitive way.

KEYNOTE: Innovative Storytelling

Susan Lindner

Innovation Storytelling

Discover how to overcome barriers to innovation, or resistance to change, by using the Innovation Storytelling method to create organizational alignment in this three-part innovation workshop series. Participants will learn how to tell better stories that engage and align key stakeholders, get audiences on board with their vision, and deliver maximum impact.

This program is perfect for innovation leaders who:

  • Are under pressure to create new market opportunities. 
  • Need to communicate their breakthrough ideas in a way that is easily understood by the C-Suite, shareholders and stakeholders at home and around the world. 
  • Need others to support and champion their work. 

The audience will leave with:

  • A clear understanding of how to get other people on board with their breakthrough ideas.
  • A blueprint for creating stores that inspire any audience into action.
  • A process that empowers them to communicate with confidence.


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Peter Voss

Peter Voss, a trailblazing figure in AI who coined the term ‘Artificial General Intelligence’ (AGI) in 2002. He is the CEO and Chief Scientist at Aigo.ai. Peter has been on a mission for more than 20 years to bring the benefits of Human-Level AI (AGI) to the world. This technology promises to optimize human flourishing by dramatically reducing the costs of most goods and services, radically accelerating critical scientific research, and by providing hyper-personalized assistants. These assistants will serve as private and trusted advisors, helping individuals make better life choices and get things done.

Peter is an Innovator, Serial Entrepreneur, CEO, Engineer, and Scientist. Peter is also a highly sought keynote speaker for AI conferences worldwide.

He started his first ERP company at 25 and took the company from garage to a 400-person IPO in seven years.

After selling his interest in the company in 1990s, he studied a broad range of disciplines -- cognitive science, philosophy and theory of knowledge, psychology, intelligence and learning theory, and computer science -- which served as the foundation for achieving breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.

Peter and team have developed a brain-like Cognitive AI and successfully commercialized it in call centers. This proven, industry-beating technology does not suffer the limitations of Statistical and Generative AI systems. It is fully scrutable, explainable, accurate and predictable, and does not require massive data and computing resources to train.

The company now has a detailed plan to extend this core technology to full human-level cognitive ability. This radically different approach is reviewed in this new white paper: Concepts Is All You Need: A More Direct Path to AGI

French Poet Victor Hugo once said that “Nothing is More Powerful than an Idea whose Time has Come.”

Achieving Human-Level AI is that idea and the time has come.

Peter is now leading a major new initiative to rapidly close the gap to achieve human-level AI.

Peter often writes and presents on various philosophical topics including rational ethics, freewill and artificial minds; and is deeply involved with futurism and radical life-extension. 

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Susan Lindner
CEO and Founder
Innovation Storytellers

Susan Lindner is the Founder and CEO of Innovation Storytellers, a leading innovation storytelling consulting firm. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, workshop leader, messaging strategist, storytelling coach, and the world’s leading expert on innovation storytelling.

Every IT leader needs to move their agenda forward to help their business succeed. Storytelling is the key to motivating and inspiring fellow employees, the C-Suite and even the board to get others onboard. By learning how to apply innovation storytelling techniques to your communications, you’ll create memorable moments that keep people engaged and sharing your message, long after your meeting, Agile standup, or Town Hall meeting has ended. Susan gives leaders a blueprint for creating their own stories that offer a vision and path that all stakeholders can follow – with religious zeal.

 Take the Impact Back to Your Team: 

  • Using current business cases, learn how top IT pros are crafting stories that move audiences to embrace disruption 
  • Understand the art, science, and brain chemistry that drives the efficacy of innovation storytelling 
  • Get a step-by-step guide to telling your digital transformation story so that others will take up the cause and help, rather than hinder, your vision for the future. 


8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Networking

9:00am – 9:15am SCSIM Welcome - Lance Ralls/Jake Westphal


9:15am – 10:00am

Morning Keynote:  Evolution of AI to Where We are Now - Peter Voss
CEO and Chief Scientist, Aigo

10:00am – 10:45am Topic 1 - Enterprise Operational Plans for AI/Long Term IT Plans, Including Quantum Computing, AI Enabled Infrastructure, Cyberthreats
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:10am Philanthropy
11:10am – 11:55am

Topic 2 - Navigating Changes in Customer and Employee Experience

11:55am – 1:00pm Lunch/Networking
1:00pm – 1:45pm Topic 3 - No Code Low Code Implementation and Challenges
1:45 pm – 2:30pm

Topic 4 - Shaping a C-Suite Strategy for New Technology

2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Keynote: Innovative Storytelling - Susan Linder
CEO and Founder, Innovation Storytelling
3:30pm – 3:45pm Wrap Up
3:45pm – 5:00pm Cocktails/Networking

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