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The CIO Forum | Now in its 19th Year

Our conference program is refreshingly different to what you're used to seeing at regular tradeshows and conferences. Why?

  • Built Around Your Needs: We create The Forums conference program based on research and feedback from our clients, senior level IT executives, who like you are dealing with critical issues on a daily basis
  • First class speakers: Conference sessions are led by peers or industry experts, who have a clear understanding of the business obstacles inherent in controlling large technology departments and how they can be managed and resolved.
  • Intimate sessions: Sessions are for small groups of under 25 delegates. This environment encourages attendees to be able to share best practices, successful case studies, and receive opinions and suggestions from their colleagues.  

The entire conference is built around helping you become a more effective executive and opening doors to new perspectives and points of view to help you and your department move forward.


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2017 / Keynote
2017 / Keynote
  • Opening Keynote:

    Adam Segal, Cybersecurity Expert & Author of The Hacked World Order

    Adam Segal is a cybersecurity expert who is at the forefront of this burgeoning field. In his talks and in his new book, The Hacked World Order, he provides meaningful answers to urgent questions about hacking, cyberwar, and surveillance. What’s happening with our data? How can we protect ourselves? And what are the real, imminent cyber threats that exist in our post-Snowden world? Adam Segal has testified before Congress and briefed the Joint Chief of Staffs, State Department, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Department of Commerce on Chinese cyber espionage. The Director of Cyberspace and Digital Policy Program at Council on Foreign Relations, his talks discuss the intricacies behind U.S./China cyber relations—can the two countries break out of a dangerous cycle of competition and find areas of cooperation?—and what we as individuals and companies need to know and do about privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity.

    He was project director for CFR’s Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, and is the author of the books Digital Dragon: High Technology Enterprises in China and Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge. His new book, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age, exposes how the Internet has ushered in a new era of geopolitical maneuvering, and reveals its tremendous and terrifying implications for our economic livelihood, security, and personal identity. His other writing has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. He writes CFR’s Asia Program blog, Asia Unbound, which is carried by Forbes.

    Segal is on the board of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, has been a visiting scholar at MIT’s Center for International Studies, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, and has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University.


2017 / Industry Sessions
2017 / Industry Sessions
  • Fostering Culture from the Front

    Ashley Sprague, Head of IT, Quora

    Positive, passionate culture doesn't just happen by hiring the right people -- it begins with you as a Leader. By providing a framework of autonomy, innovation, mutual trust and transparency, the right culture will not only allow the best talent to thrive, but create a team experience that ot...


    How to become a Czar of Bad Systems

    Noel Pullen, Former Czar of Bad Systems, Hootsuite

    Bad systems seem to boil down to a few common failings: needless complexity, unanticipated bottlenecks or irrational fear of worst-case scenarios. These inefficiencies bog down an organization's effectiveness because they make people feel helpless and frustrated. These system don’t fix themsel...


    The Cloud Ring Leader of the Four Horsemen? Establish or Enhance Your CFCOE Next Week

    Brent Eubanks, VP Technology Optimization, Ticketmaster - Live Nation

    Cloud Financial Center of Excellence or CFCOE has been constantly suggested by all 5 major public cloud vendors for last 8 years. Where is yours? How is it doing, how do know? Do you want to know what exactly to do next to go from lagging to world class for your enterprise?

    In this ses...


  • VOICE - The art of mastering your message

    Tamara Carrillo & Melissa Goodwin, Co-Founders, The IdeaHouse

    Individuals and employers alike are interested in elevating their brand, outshining their competitors, and succeeding in the marketplace. Yet, at the heart of performance is the power to communicate. VOICE is a comprehensive communications program that gives you the capacity to unleash your st...


    How Strategic CIOs Provide Transformation Leadership in the Digital Age

    Phil Weinzimer, Author of The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise

    There is no better time to be a CIO. You have the perfect opportunity to help your C-suite colleagues leverage information and technology to improve the competitive advantage for your company. Are you ready for the challenge? Do you have the trust of your business colleagues to engage in a str...


    IT: The Next Engagement Leader

    Jamie Colvin, Owner, SimplyConnect Consulting LLC

    Look at your organizational chart. Pick which areas of the business are responsible for engaging the current workforce and making sure that rock stars flock to your doors wanting to work there tomorrow. Who did you pick? HR? CEO? Well, not bad choices. But, we believe that IT holds the keys to...


2017 / Discussion Groups
2017 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: Digitization & Setting the IT Table

    Moderated by your peers

    Once the decision for digital transformation is made, the next step can define the role (and future) of the IT Department for years to come: who will lead? The person/people defining the parameters and goals will set the position of IT – and the CIO -- within the organization.

    But it...


    Discussion Group: Maintenance Over Innovation

    Moderated by your peers

    Inspired by a recent Freakonomics podcast, this discussion group will take on the “innovation obsession” and wonder if all this focus on re-invention is costing us. More and more, innovation and driving the business is demanded of us, but we cannot forget that system maintenance will cost us...


  • Discussion Group: The State of the IT Department 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Getting beyond the fads and “nice-to-haves”, this discussion group is a dive into the tangible day-to-day issues we are currently facing as CIOs. Topics to be covered will be released closer to the event.


    Discussion Group: Security 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Reconnect with peers to catch up on the latest pressures, threats, and tools to protect your assets. Come and share your experiences on the most recent successes (and failures) in IT today, and extract some tangible actions you can take back to your team to make everything a little bit more ...


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