Future of IT & Cybersecurity

CIO & CISO Summit

November 7, 2024 - National

Past and Present Visionaries

Sameer Patwardhan



Summit Speaker

Sameer is the SVP , Technology at Forbes Media LLC and leads their DevOps, Security , Corp IT , Engineering and QA . He has extensive experience in all facets of IT right from starting out as a C++, Java developer to DevOps , Security and Cloud infrastructure. Sameer is also a member of ISC2 and has CISSP and CCSP certifications. He loves to work out , to go on long walks , a Linux hobbyist and avid gardener

Lena Smart



Summit Speaker

MongoDB is one of the most popular NoSQL databases in the world. It is an open-source platform that provides the querying and indexing capabilities of a NoSQL database. Lena joined MongoDB with more than 20 years of cyber security experience. Before joining MongoDB, she was the Global Chief Information Security Officer for the international fintech company, Tradeweb, where she was responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity. She also served as CIO and Chief Security Officer for the New York Power Authority, the largest state power organization in the country, where she was responsible for physical and cyber security. She also has previously served as a Sector Chief with FBI InfraGard. Lena is a founding partner of Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan, formerly the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which allows security leaders in academia and the private sector to collaborate on tackling the most challenging security issues.

Allison Miller



Summit Speaker

Allison Miller serves as the Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President for Optum. As SVP & CISO at Optum, Miller has accountability for the Enterprise Information Security Officers and the Global Cyber Regulatory Programs. In addition, she has developed a global security framework focusing on patient safety, the security of clinical operations, and a global cyber crisis response plan Prior to her role with the Global Enterprise Information Security Office, Allison was the Director of National Healthcare Compliance for UnitedHealthcare, Chief Privacy Officer for OptumHealth, and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, National Privacy Director for UnitedHealthcare. In addition to global cybersecurity, Allison has over 20 years of experience in health information systems and crisis management. During her tenure at UnitedHealth Group, Allison has developed methods to identify gaps in care and predict health outcomes for individuals with chronic conditions. Additionally, Allison is a volunteer EMT and First Responder in Louisiana, serving residents during Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Most recently, Allison was privileged to serve refugees in Greece, providing healthcare support to front-line clinicians. Allison has earned various degrees and certificates from Upsala College, the Wharton School, Kellogg Executive Education, ISC2, and MIT Sloan School of Management. She holds certifications from GIAC, ISACA, HCCS, and other technology areas of focus beyond security. She is also involved with several groups, including UHCL Cyber Security Institute, Health Care Compliance Association, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and HIPAA Security Officers. Allison continues to volunteer her time across organizations to help raise awareness regarding the emerging cybersecurity landscape and the global threats they present to patient care. Allison is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) and speaks publicly at schools and colleges around the globe.

Ian Clark



Summit Speaker

Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Clark worked as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at York Capital Management and Sculptor Capital Management, and as Chief Technology Officer at Bain Capital. Mr. Clark holds a Diploma in Telecommunications from Army Apprentice College, UK, and an MS in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Richard Rushing


Motorola Mobility Inc

Summit Speaker

Mr. Richard Rushing is the Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility LLC.; Richard participates in several corporate, community, private, and government Security Council’s and working groups setting standards, policies, and solutions to current and emerging security issues. As Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility, he has led the security effort by developing an international team to tackle the emerging threats of mobile devices, targeted attacks, and cyber-crime. He organized developed and deployed practices, tools and techniques to protect the intellectual property across the worldwide enterprise. A much-in-demand international speaker on information security Richard has presented at many leading security conferences and seminars around the world.

Amit Basu


International Seaways

Summit Speaker

Amit Basu is the head of IT and IT Security at International Seaways (INSW). INSW, headquartered in New York City, is one of the largest tanker companies providing energy transportation services worldwide. Amit is a proven IT leader with over 25 years of experience in maritime IT and has pioneered several technology innovations in maritime. Over the last decade, Amit has led a digital transformation in INSW with a Cloud-Only IT strategy and is instrumental in designing a multi-layered cybersecurity framework promoting a cyber resilience culture. Amit holds an MBA as well as a Master of Science degree in Information Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey. He is also a Certified Information Security Manager from ISACA, certified in Cybersecurity Risk Management by HarvardX, Cybersecurity Oversight by Carnegie Mellon University, Maritime Cybersecurity by Lloyds Maritime, and Artificial Intelligence by MIT Sloan School of Management. Amit is an advisory board member for the Cybersecurity program at Pace University and Ithaca College, on the advisory board of Exium, and a member of the Governing Body of New York CIO Executive Summit.

Tammylynne Jonas



Summit Speaker

Tammylynne is the Global CIO of Donaldson. Prior to this she was the Global CIO for Self Esteem Brands (SEB). SEB is the parent company of Anytime Fitness, Waxing the City, Basecamp Fitness and The Bar Method. SEB operates over 5000 locations in almost 40 countries worldwide. In her role, Tammylynne owns technology, digital, security, infrastructure, field support and data initiatives.

Prior to SEB, Tammylynne was the CIO for Holiday Stationstores (acquired by Circle K), and she spent

15 years at Kohl’s Department Stores. Tammylynne started her career consulting for Accenture.

Tammylynne holds an Executive MBA from Marquette University, and undergraduate degrees in Math, English and Spanish.

Tammylynne sits on the Board of Directors for MN Better Business Bureau, Northrop Auditorium, Twin Cities Innovation Advisory Council, Twin Cities CIO Leadership Association, and the MN Tech Association.

In 2020, Tammylynne was recognized as one of the “Business Transformation 150” by
Constellation Research, a “Top Women in Retail Tech” by RIS News and a finalist for “CIO of the Year” by Inspire CIO, Global category.

In 2019, Tammylynne was named a finalist for “Wavemaker of the Year” by Team Women, and a finalist for “CIO of the Year” by Inspire CIO, Large Enterprise category.

In 2017, Tammylynne was named “Young Alumna of the Year” by Marquette University.

In 2014, Tammylynne was named “40 Under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Tammylynne resides in Medina, MN with her husband and 3 children, aged 12, 8 and 6.

Leda Muller


Stanford Univesity, R&DE

Summit Speaker

Leadership in Cyber Security, Information Technology, Start Ups and Non-Profits. In-depth experience driving results as a program and department leader. Adept at managing performance of teams, projects, and programs in collaboration with senior leaders and in line with organizational goals. Excel at training and mentoring users and teams, fostering relationships, and strategically solving problems. Proven ability to develop, collaborate and network with staff, faculty, end users, vendors, volunteers and donors. Strong leadership, collaboration and interpersonal skills. Solid strategic mindset—both short-term and long-range--including past creation and development of strategy to leaders. Exceptional customer relationship skills, combined with the ability to coordinate the efforts of many to meet organizational milestones and goals.

Martina Fuchs

Martina Fuchs

Summit Speaker

Martina Fuchs is an international TV anchor, business journalist, event moderator, expert on China and the Middle East, and speaks 9 languages. She currently works as a European business correspondent for China's news agency Xinhua, international media ambassador and board member for the Montreux Jazz Festival China, and as an advisor for the St. Gallen Symposium and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation and is based in London and Zurich. Martina holds a Master in International Economic History from the University in Geneva, Switzerland, a Postgraduate Diploma in TV Journalism from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a Master of Science in Global Finance (MSGF) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the New York University (NYU) Stern Business School.

Shannon Rowbury

Track and Field Olympian

US Olympics

Summit Speaker

For 15 years, I found myself defined by my accomplishments on the track. I’m proud of these achievements -- three-time Olympian, World Champion, World Record Holder, and 2-time World Bronze medalist -- but they do not fully define me. I have also excelled academically, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Duke before going on to earn my Master’s degree. A lifelong advocate in women’s sports, I was selected by the US Department of State to serve as a Sport's Envoy to Morocco. I have also worked with Nike and USATF to update maternity policies to make Track & Field more equitable. My long career in professional sports, including becoming a mother in 2018 and navigating a return to top form, offers a unique perspective into the full range of the athlete experience. As I move on from competition, my mission now is to find ways to share that insight with other dreamers and high achievers.

Anthony Gonzalez

Former VP & CISO

QBE North America

Summit Speaker

Visionary, results and solutions-driven professional with 20+ years of experience in progressively responsible Cyber Security and IT leadership roles in the financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer goods,and chemical manufacturing industries. Adept in building and leading global Cyber Security, IT technical and support functions. Creative, resourceful problem solver with a track record of success in delivering cost-effective and value-added services to his customers. Additional experience in industrial engineering and process improvement. Specialties: Areas of expertise include: Cyber Security, Network Security,Application Security, Infrastructure Management and Security Incident Management, Disaster Recovery, Forensic Investigations, Operations Management, Financial Management, Project/Portfolio Management, Policy/Procedure Development, Budget Preparation, Strategic Planning, Process Design/Implementation, Risk Mitigation, Enterprise Architecture, IT Governance, Manufacturing/Laboratory Automation, Organizational Design, Vendor Audits, System, Start-Up Operations, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Talent Development/Mentoring, International Team Management, and Regulatory Compliance

November 7, 2024


All times Eastern Time

8:00 AM-8:30 AM

Welcome & Registration

8:30 AM-9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM-9:10 AM

Opening Remarks

9:10 AM-9:35 AM

Medalist Mindset

Created by Olympians Shannon Rowbury OLY & Lauren Gibbs OLY, the Medalist Mindset™ philosophy takes sports performance techniques leveraged by Olympians and translates them into the business space to optimize performance.

Participants learn how to adopt a Medalist Mindset™ so that they can reach their full potential at any business or life goal. The groundbreaking workbook illuminates the “5 keys of an Medalist Mindset™” through a combination of firsthand accounts paired with worksheets, each of which helps readers to integrate new learnings into their daily life.

9:40 AM-10:15 AM
Fireside Chat

Modern Pioneers: Navigating Digital Transformation in 2024

CIOs play a crucial role in driving their organization's digital transformation efforts. The last few years has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, and CIOs must continue to lead the way to stay competitive and meet the evolving needs of customers and employees. This requires a deep understanding of the organization's goals, processes, and IT infrastructure, as well as collaboration with other business leaders. By successfully leading digital transformation, CIOs can position their company for long-term success in a digital world.

10:15 AM-10:35 AM

Networking Break

10:35 AM-11:00 AM
Vision Voices Keynote

Cyber Security Evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI): Friend or Foe?

The potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is vast, as it is now being utilized across all industries. With the combination of machine learning, AI has made significant improvements in the field of cybersecurity. Automated security systems, natural language processing, face detection, and automatic threat detection are some examples of how AI is revolutionizing cybersecurity. However, AI is also being used to create intelligent malware and attacks, which can bypass the most up-to-date security protocols, making it a double-edged sword. On the positive side, AI-enabled threat detection systems have the ability to predict new attacks and immediately notify administrators in case of a data breach.

11:05 AM-11:30 AM

Digital Hostage: Ransomware and Cyber Readiness

Ransomware attacks are in the headlines, affecting businesses and individuals in all sectors. Through 2024, these attacks have continued to grow, resulting in significant financial losses, data theft, and reputational damage. Even businesses that have achieved a level of cybersecurity compliance remain at risk unless they have understood what impact a ransomware attack really means in the context of their business.

The good news? When you have identified how to protect your business from a ransomware attack you have already defined what needs to be done to reduce your total cyber risk exposure across all levels of attack. Ransomware might be the most reported attack, but is nowhere near the most expensive or damaging cyber attack you might face.

11:35 AM-12:15 PM

CIO CISO Mastery: The Nexus of Seamless Business-Technology Harmony

In 2024, CISOs and CIOs take center stage in fostering harmony between business and technology, balancing discipline and ownership. This session emphasizes their pivotal role, introducing 'Gen AI' as a crucial topic. Gen AI explores securing AI-driven technologies responsibly and ethically. Recognizing technology as a key enabler, CISOs navigate the evolving landscape, ensuring the integrity of data, driving innovation, and challenging traditional business models. Join us to explore the multifaceted responsibilities of CISOs, shaping a secure, agile, and ethically-driven future for organizations in the dynamic landscape of 2024.

Navigating the evolving landscape between business and technology demands a strategic blend of discipline and equilibrium. Recognizing that, for many organizations, technology is the business itself, this session underscores the imperative of understanding technology as a critical enabler across all facets of the organization. From the front lines to the back office, technology serves as a potent tool for creating value by processing data, driving innovation, and challenging traditional business models.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Lunch and Disruptor

1:10 PM-1:25 PM

Elevating Agility: The Strategic Imperative for CIOs in Prioritizing Cloud Engineering

In this session, we delve into the imperative for CIOs to prioritize cloud engineering in the contemporary digital landscape. As organizations increasingly rely on cloud computing for operational efficiency and innovation, CIOs play a central role in shaping robust strategies. The session emphasizes the strategic importance of cloud engineering in optimizing infrastructure, ensuring scalability, and fostering agile application development. Attendees will explore practical approaches to resource management, automation, and aligning cloud initiatives with overarching business goals. The discussion navigates the evolving realm of cloud technologies, highlighting how CIOs can strategically prioritize cloud engineering to drive competitiveness and resilience in the dynamic digital ecosystem.

1:30 PM-2:15 PM

Gen AI - The Hype, The Story & Cybersecurity

GenAI, a revolutionary innovation in the world of artificial intelligence, has garnered immense attention and hype in recent years. Its story is one of rapid evolution and limitless potential, as it promises to transform industries, enhance decision-making processes, and revolutionize the way we interact with technology. However, amid the excitement, the role of cybersecurity becomes paramount. With GenAI's ever-expanding capabilities, the need for robust cybersecurity measures is essential to safeguard against potential risks and vulnerabilities. As we continue to unlock the possibilities of GenAI, the fusion of its incredible power with stringent cybersecurity practices will be the key to a safer and more promising future.

2:20 PM-2:35 PM

In the Cloud We Trust: Elevating Cybersecurity Leadership Amidst Cloud Advancements

In the era of rapid digital transformation, the surge in cloud adoption has revolutionized business operations, demanding a heightened focus on cloud security. CISOs, as guardians of organizational cybersecurity, are at the forefront of navigating this evolution. This session explores the imperative for CISOs to advance cloud security strategies, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive understanding of cloud infrastructure, data protection, and regulatory compliance. As organizations increasingly migrate to cloud environments, CISOs play a pivotal role in orchestrating security measures that not only defend against cyber threats but also foster innovation. A proactive approach to cloud security involves staying abreast of evolving technologies, anticipating regulatory shifts, and implementing robust governance frameworks. This abstract delves into the multifaceted responsibilities of CISOs in ensuring the security, resilience, and compliance of cloud-based operations, ultimately shaping a secure and agile future for organizations in the cloud-centric landscape.

2:35 PM-2:55 PM

Networking Break

2:55 PM-3:40 PM

The Future of Digital Strategy in a Rapidly Evolving Landscape

The future of digital strategy in a rapidly evolving landscape is poised to be both dynamic and transformative. As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, organizations must adapt their digital strategies to stay competitive and relevant. Data-driven decision-making, AI and machine learning integration, and a seamless user experience will be at the forefront. With the growing importance of sustainability and ethical considerations, digital strategies will also need to incorporate responsible practices. Furthermore, the rise of new platforms and communication channels, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, will require businesses to be agile and innovative in their approach. Success in this evolving landscape will depend on a proactive and flexible approach to digital strategy, ensuring that organizations can not only keep up with change but also lead in shaping the digital future.

3:45 PM-4:00 PM
Vision Voices

Infinite Horizons: Unleashing the Potential of Generative AI in Shaping Future IT Landscapes

Let's explore the transformative power of generative AI technologies and their profound impact on the strategic vision of CIOs. This keynote delves into innovative applications of generative AI, ranging from creative content generation to advanced problem-solving, providing CIOs with insights on how to leverage these technologies to enhance operational efficiency, foster innovation, and navigate the evolving digital landscape. Attendees will gain a deep understanding of generative AI's potential, empowering them to drive their organizations towards a future where limitless possibilities meet strategic IT excellence.

4:05 PM-4:40 PM
Fireside Chat

Strategic Shifts: Reimagining Engineering Talent Deployment and Management in the Age of AI (GenAI)

Unlock insights into the evolving landscape of talent deployment and retention as board expectations drive CIOs and CISOs to rethink traditional IT talent models. Explore the impact of GenAI on coding processes and the software engineering lifecycle, and discover strategies for optimizing talent allocation and headcounts. Gain actionable insights into defining new roles, cultivating essential skills, and charting GenAI-centric career paths to align with organizational goals and stay ahead in a rapidly changing technological landscape.

4:40 PM-4:45 PM

Closing Remarks & Raffle Giveaway

4:45 PM-5:30 PM

Cocktail Networking

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