The Future of IT

CIO Think Tank

May 16, 2024 - San Francisco, CA


Arun C (Filler) Salesforce
Arun Changamveetil

VP - Enterprise Architecture & Digital Transformation


Think Tank Speaker

Arun is an accomplished Enterprise Architecture and Digital Transformation executive with over 20 years of experience as an Enterprise Architect, Design Thinker, Futurist, and Solution Engineer. As a people leader, Arun’s core values of empathy, integrity, equality, trust, and continuous learning form the foundation for his leadership philosophy and approach. Arun joined Salesforce ohana in 2016, since then has played a key role in elevating Salesforce's digital transformation motion to the office of customer CxOs. Arun is the founding member of Salesforce Enterprise Architecture, illuminate, and Dreamforce illuminate track. Prior to Salesforce, Arun worked for two early-stage startups - MongoDB and MuleSoft in various Engineering, Sales, and Marketing roles.

Khalid Turk County of Santa Clara
Khalid Turk

Chief Healthcare Information Officer

County of Santa Clara

Think Tank Speaker

I am an experienced executive IT leader, with over two decades of experience in the healthcare IT sector, with a keen focus on strategic, operational, and growth initiatives. My journey showcases consistent growth, moving from hands-on technical roles to leading Information Technology divisions. I have had the privilege of constructing and directing highly efficient teams to execute projects and initiatives of varying scales. This has included tasks as diverse as implementing Electronic Medical Record systems to launching new hospitals and clinics. My accomplishments as a healthcare technology leader include the successful implementation of tech solutions that enhance operational efficiency and curtail costs. I am recognized by customers, peers, and team members as a kind, compassionate, and inspiring leader who cultivates consensus and delivers outstanding results across all domains of a healthcare system.

Tanweer S (Filler) Wells Fargo & Company
Tanweer Surve

CTO Cloud Control Management

Wells Fargo & Company

Think Tank Speaker

Over 20 years of proven track record in IT & Business, executing various leadership roles as Technology CTO (Cloud), Head of Enterprise Architecture & Cloud Technologies, Director of IT Infrastructure Shared Services, Solutions Architect, and Business Development Manager. Constructively contributed to the ever growing analytical and technical Business scenarios conceptualizing, implementing and delivering complex Global IT Digital Transformation Programs across NORTAM, EMEA, LATAM and ASPAC with my Technical and Business Management expertise in Business Architecture, Infrastructure Systems Architecture, Data & Application Architecture and Information Security around Cloud Computing. Strategic and delivery focused Senior Technology Leader with deep subject matter expertise. Build cross functional teams by hiring, mentoring several team members and assisting with developing personnel career-paths. Drives alignment of resources, processes and systems to seamlessly support and advance the business strategy of the organization through technology. Adept at planning, leveraging, researching and implementing technologies and effective IT service delivery models to continuously improve all aspects of business. With experience in diverse lines of business across Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Retail, Telecom & Technology, highly effective in understanding business requirements and translating them to Architectural Design Requirements which helps in resolving complex technical issues during implementation, quickly and effectively.

Bob L (Filler) San Jose State University
Bob Lim


San Jose State University

Think Tank Speaker

San Jose State University is a public university. It offers higher education, teaching, learning and research. The company was formed in 1857 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Danielle Glassner Invest Northern Ireland
Danielle Glassner

SVP Americas

Invest Northern Ireland

Think Tank Speaker

Danielle Glassner is a highly accomplished representative of UK and Irish government with over 10 years of experience assessing various global policy initiatives. Danielle has played a key role in fostering strong economic ties between the US, UK and Ireland through her work promoting foreign direct investment and trade opportunities for economic growth. She has a strong track record of understanding the needs and interests of the US, UK and European markets resulting in successful business strategies and policy solutions. Danielle formerly served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the British Ambassador to the US during Brexit and Political Advisor to a number of US and UK elected officials. Danielle currently sits on the board of the British American Business Council and GBx.

Aaron Wurthmann SPIRE ONE
Aaron Wurthmann



Think Tank Speaker

Aaron Wurthmann is a seasoned CIO and CISO with a diverse background in both IT and cybersecurity, spanning over 25 years. His journey includes the founding of a security startup, working with more than 10 startups, and holding leadership positions in two Fortune 50 enterprises. Aaron’s expertise lies in enhancing capabilities, driving growth, and aligning technology spending with business needs. His strategic and tactical knowledge allows him to build executable visions and run lean organizations. Aaron demonstrates a keen understanding of business maturity levels.

Gopal Bhat PWCC Marketplace (A Fanatics Company)
Gopal Bhat


PWCC Marketplace (A Fanatics Company)

Think Tank Speaker

Gopal Bhat is an award-winning technology leader with experience in leading four startups through product and technology build, with successful exits through IPO and unicorn acquisition exits. Gopal’s recent success was building a Marketplace for Sports Card collectibles and leading it through successful acquisition by Fanatics. Gopal’s prior success involves starting a Gartner recognized technology transformation methodology and selling that to IBM, CTO at startups, and CIO at Rakuten. Prior to Rakuten, Gopal held similar leadership roles at Ebates (acquired by Rakuten) and AVG (IPO exit) – an antivirus company where he helped start-up level companies grow their technology teams and evolve application platforms to scale for hundreds of millions of customers. He held senior technology architecture leadership roles at Electronic Arts and Ebay in the past and holds MBA from San Jose State University.

Pallavi Gupta Impossible Foods
Pallavi Gupta


Impossible Foods

Think Tank Speaker

Impossible Foods Inc. is a company that develops plant-based substitutes for meat products. The company was founded in 2011, and headquartered in Redwood City, California.

Zameer Mithian Adobe
Zameer Mithian

Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Document Cloud


Think Tank Speaker

Zameer leads product marketing for Acrobat for business customers. Success for Zameer is in helping customers transform their business workflows and collaborating on projects to accelerate employee productivity. Having worked across multiple business functions in engineering, sales, consulting and business development, Zameer has a distinct take on customer needs and how to drive impact for businesses. Zameer lives in the Bay area, with his wife, 2 boys and a golden doodle.

Aaron Gette EOS Fitness
Aaron Gette


EOS Fitness

Think Tank Speaker

Innovative thought leader and influential IT executive with over 20 years experience in the SMB, Midsize and Enterprise markets. Extremely effective communicator, delivering CIO/CTO level leadership, with the ability to build and manage high functioning teams. Excellent relationships manager, with a keen instinct for leveraging technology to generate revenue and new lines of business. Product and project manager, with an impeccable track record of successful deployments across multiple business types. Wide breadth of experience and skill in software and hardware solutions; capable and consistent in delivering the solutions that fit needs and future growth. Strategic planner with a clear understanding of the cloud, managing the digital transformation of data and traditional infrastructure transitions to IaaS, SaaS and PaaS solutions.

Vilas Veeraraghavan Truckstop
Vilas Veeraraghavan

VP, Software Engineering


Think Tank Speaker

Vilas has spent his past work life at Comcast, Netflix, Walmart and Bill building high performance teams that focus their attention on automation, chaos engineering, CI/CD at scale and improving developer productivity across the enterprise by enabling engineers to do more with tools. He recently joined Truckstop to help drive engineering innovations to benefit the transportation and logistics industry.

May 16, 2024


All times Pacific Time

8:30 AM-9:00 AM


9:00 AM-9:45 AM

Morning Networking

9:45 AM-9:55 AM

Opening Remarks

10:00 AM-10:45 AM
Keynote Panel

CIO Nexus: Mastering the Art of Business-Technology Harmony

Bridging the gap between business and technology is not easy and requires discipline and balance between technology, people, and the business. For so many organizations today, technology is the business. Technology needs to be understood as a critical enabler in every part of the organization from the front line to the back office. It creates new value by crunching data to deliver new insights, it spurs innovation, and it disrupts traditional business models.

For business and technology leaders alike, new actions and behavioral changes can help their organizations make this shift. CIOs must take responsibility for problems, they should convey that when technology fails, many people typically share responsibility.

11:00 AM-11:35 AM
Fireside Chat

Level Up Workplace Productivity in the Age of Information Overload

With business running at the speed of digital, most knowledge workers are suffering from information overload. Workplace leaders must keep pace with an evolving technology landscape to deliver a productivity infrastructure that provides great employee experience and impacts the bottom line.

Join this session to get insights on the trends transforming the modern workplace, from automation to the role of Generative AI in shaping the next frontier and learn how emerging tools can help businesses transform digital experiences.

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11:35 AM-11:55 AM

Coffee Break

11:55 AM-12:10 PM

Bring your Systems to the Speed of Business: Achieve Operational Excellence with Standardization of Processes and DevOps Practices in IT and Business Applications’ Configuration Management

Put tech debt behind you. Through enabling standardized consistent processes and unsiloed knowledge transferability, Salto empowers CIOs to lead their organizations in adopting DevOps practices, mitigating risk, improving business outcomes, and achieving excellence in change management of IT and business applications. Teams managing IT and business applications learn how to get it right the first time through planning, monitoring, deploying and documenting configuration changes the same way throughout the entire stack - from Salesforce and NetSuite, through Okta and Jira, and more. 

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12:15 PM-1:00 PM

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.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

2:00 PM-2:20 PM
Vision Voices

A Year of AI in Memes

For over a year, I’ve been documenting the memes about AI within my corner of the social media echo chamber. For my job, of course.
Memes are a reflection of cultural sentiment. Like any other piece of art, interpretation is in the eye of the beholder. For this session, I’ll do what one should never: allow strangers (you) to peek into my iPhone screenshots folder. Together, we will look at a lot of memes in an attempt to understand: how have we been feeling about AI? Where might we be headed, really? We may not uncover the answers, but we will at least scratch the itch to doom scroll. And I’ll try my best to not spend our entire time together uncontrollably laughing.
Now and forever: please send memes. 

2:25 PM-3:10 PM

Gen AI - The Hype, The Story & The Future

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.

3:10 PM-3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM-3:45 PM
Vision Voices

The Innovation Fatigue (TIF)

Organizations navigate growth from founding to becoming public companies. When they were small is was all about building, proving,  acquiring the customers. As they become growth companies they focus on selling and retaining the customers and when they become public companies focus shifts to sustaining the growth, customer success, and market expansion. In this session Mr.Gali will use the RYG and SYC approach to explain how organizations can navigate these transitions, avoid fatigue and continue to innovate.

3:50 PM-4:25 PM
Fireside Chat

Future-Forward Strategies: Harnessing Cloud, Data Management, and Predictive Analytics for 2024 and Beyond

In this dynamic era of technological advancement, organizations are poised to unlock unparalleled opportunities by harnessing the synergies of cloud infrastructure, data management, and predictive analytics. Our session delves into the cutting-edge strategies shaping the landscape in 2024 and beyond. Explore how forward-thinking businesses are leveraging cloud technologies to optimize operations, streamline data management processes, and extract actionable insights through predictive analytics. From real-time data processing to proactive decision-making, discover the transformative potential of these technologies and gain invaluable insights into staying ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving digital age. Join us as we navigate the future of business innovation and success through the integration of cloud, data, and predictive analytics.

4:25 PM-4:30 PM

Closing Remarks & Raffle Giveaway

4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Cocktail Hour

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