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CIO Institute: San Francisco (June 2023)

June 29

CIO Institute: San Francisco

Stanford University

Thursday June 29th 2023

8:00 - 6:30 PDT

Featured Attendees

Event Summary

The inaugural CIO Institute San Francisco brings together leading minds in technology to explore the latest trends and challenges facing today's CIOs.

The agenda focuses on five key themes that are critical for any modern technology leader:

  • Security,
  • AI,
  • Digital Transformation,
  • Risk Management,
  • Data Strategy.

Our expert speakers will share their insights and experiences on how to navigate these complex and rapidly evolving fields, and offer practical solutions to the most pressing issues facing technology leaders today. Join us for a thought-provoking and informative event that will help you stay ahead of the curve in this ever-changing landscape.



Speaker faculty announcement coming soon

Meet the Chair

Jennifer M. Krolikowski, 

CIO, Space Systems Command

Dr Beverly McCann

Senior Cyber Security Analyst





Fabian Libeau

VP of Sales, EMEA


Featured Partners


As technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate, the role of CIOs and IT leadership is rapidly changing. In this panel discussion, we will explore the key trends and challenges that are likely to shape the future of IT leadership and discuss the skills and strategies that CIOs will need to adopt to stay ahead.

  • Augmenting your workforce with artificial intelligence and automation
  • Delivering the best hybrid of old and new worlds
  • Incorporating technology into your broader business strategy to accelerate organizational objectives
  • Becoming an ‘agent for change’ - transforming business operations and driving revenue growth

It is becoming increasingly important to develop an effective cloud migration strategy that meets their business needs while maximizing the benefits of the cloud. In this session, we will explore the key considerations and best practices for designing and deploying the optimum cloud migration strategy.


  • Cloud security and compliance - data protection, access control, and regulatory compliance
  • Factors for deploying a successful cloud migration strategy -  governance, change management, and cost optimization

Businesses are striving to remain competitive and relevant in a rapidly changing market, and agile transformation has become an increasingly popular solution. Agile transformation is more than just a set of methodologies, it's a mindset and culture shift that requires the active involvement of every member of the organization. In this round table session, we will discuss how you can drive organizational culture through agile transformation.

  • Understanding about agile methodologies
  • Agile team building 
  • Selecting the optimum agile workflows for your team

As a tech leader, you play a critical role in shaping their organization's strategy, however, engaging the boardroom and getting buy-in for tech-led strategies can be challenging. This session will focus on the importance of aligning IT and business strategies to achieve organizational goals.how how you can build a strong business case for technology investments and communicate the value in the boardroom.

  • Clarifying the lack of understanding about technology, competing priorities, and budget constraints
  • Building a strong business case for technology investments and communicating the value to the Board.
  • Prioritizing investments, measuring success, and building a culture of innovation

Using MDM, organizations can gain a better understanding of their customers by analyzing their behavior across different channels. This can help organizations identify patterns, preferences, and trends in customer behavior, which can be used to improve customer engagement and retention.

  • Data virtualization for a unified view, composed of data drawn from both the MDM system and the data warehouse
  • Creating a virtual view of the transactional data across myriad sources, as in the operationally focused architecture
  • Using MDM to gain a deeper understanding of customer behavior and preferences, organizations can tailor their products, services, and marketing campaigns
As technology continues to advance, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming an integral part of many businesses, including their security systems. However, as AI becomes more prevalent, so do the risks of offensive AI attacks. These attacks can have devastating consequences, ranging from reputational damage to financial losses and even legal implications. It's critical to understand the importance of building organisational resilience against these attacks.
  • The ways in which offensive AI attacks can harm an organisation and the steps you can be take to avoid them
  • Investing in the right security technologies, training employees to identify and respond to potential threats, and creating a comprehensive incident response plan
  • Ethical considerations surrounding the use of AI in security systems and you can balance the benefits of AI with the risks

As you strive to streamline processes and increase efficiencies, one of the most effective ways to achieve optimum productivity is through automation. This session will explore how automation can help eliminate manual processes, reduce errors, and free up valuable time for IT teams to focus on more strategic initiatives.

  • Deliver automated workflows faster, seamlessly connecting systems and teams, across any technology you currently use
  • Automation at scale across platforms

As you are harnessing the power of AI to improve operations and gain a competitive edge, one of the biggest challenges in implementing AI is preparing the data pipelines that will be used to train these systems.

  • Governance and the need to establish clear policies and procedures for managing data
  • The importance of continuous monitoring and feedback to ensure that data pipelines are operating at peak performance
  • Data preparation and pipeline management, including data wrangling, ETL (extract, transform, load), and data augmentation techniques.

Businesses face a constant barrage of potential cyber attacks, ranging from simple phishing scams to sophisticated ransomware attacks. It's crucial that you have a plan in place to protect your organization from these threats. This session will discuss the various types of cyber attacks, and the potential impact they can have on your organization's operations and reputation.

  • Automation of threat hunting
  • Proactive risk assessment and event preparedness
  • Ransomware awareness and avoidance

Buffet lunch and networking

IT infrastructure has become increasingly complex, with many organizations struggling to manage multiple systems, applications, and devices. This complexity can negatively impact user experience, leading to frustration and decreased productivity. This session explores the challenges of managing complex IT environments, including issues with scalability, security, and maintenance.

  • Strategies and technologies for simplifying IT infrastructure, including cloud computing, virtualization, and software-defined networking
  • Adopting a user-centric approach to IT infrastructure design
  • Incorporating user experience principles into IT architecture

As the number and complexity of cyber threats continue to increase, traditional network security measures are no longer enough to protect organizations against potential breaches. This session will explore the principles and benefits of implementing the Zero-trust model for a fortified security network.

  • Issues with perimeter-based defenses and the need for continuous monitoring and threat detection
  • Micro-segmentation, and the use of multi-factor authentication and continuous authentication techniques
  • Importance of user education and awareness in implementing the Zero-trust model, including the need for ongoing training and support for employees and other stakeholders.

AI and machine learning have the potential to transform customer experience, by enabling businesses to analyze vast amounts of customer data, and personalize interactions at scale. This session will explore the various types of customer data that can be analyzed using AI and machine learning, including customer behavior, preferences, and feedback.

  • Types of customer data, including customer behavior, preferences, and feedback
  • Applications o, including personalized recommendations, chatbots, and voice assistants
  • The importance of data privacy and transparency in implementing these technologies

Automated business processes can greatly improve workflows, unify data, and optimize operations by reducing manual work, minimizing errors, and increasing efficiency.

  • Identify and prioritize areas that would benefit from automation
  • Latest tools and strategies for implementing automated workflows, and how to integrate them with existing systems and data sources
  • Importance of having clear process flows and monitoring and reporting features, identifying bottlenecks and areas for improvement

With the growing awareness of climate change and its impact on our planet, it’s vital to consider how your digital transformation efforts can contribute to a more sustainable future. This session will focus on the intersection of digital transformation and sustainability, providing insights and strategies for driving climate-conscious strategy.

  • How technology can be leveraged to reduce the carbon footprint of your organization, from optimizing energy usage to enabling remote work and reducing travel
  • Reducing waste and emission,s and implementing circular economy principle
  • Creating a collective impact  - working with suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders

As more and more employees work remotely, ensuring secure access to company resources is crucial for the success of any organization. In this session, we will explore how a cloud-first security architecture can help you upgrade your remote access capabilities and keep your business secure.

  • Benefits of a cloud-first approach to security, including the ability to scale quickly, reduce costs, and improve flexibility
  • How cloud-based security solutions can help you protect your network and data from cyber threats and attacks
  • Overcoming common challenges when implementing cloud-based security solutions, including legacy systems and cultural resistance to change

Attracting and retaining top talent is crucial to the success of your organization. To do this, you need to create an employee-first culture that prioritizes the needs and well-being of your team. This session will explore  the benefits of creating a positive workplace culture, including increased employee engagement, productivity, and job satisfaction.

  • Create a culture of open communication that empowers employees to share their ideas and feedback
  • how providing opportunities for growth, recognizing and rewarding employees, fostering a positive work environment, prioritizing work-life balance, and offering competitive compensation and benefits

Networking and prize draw

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If you are interested in attending the event, please click to register. Once completed a member of our delegate acquisition team will attempt to contact you within 24-48 hours regarding your registration to confirm your eligibility.

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