CIO Southern California Summit | Nov. 10, 2022 | Los Angeles, CA, USA


Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Keynote: Digital Transformation – Innovating Through the Dynamic Business and Staffing Environment

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

Digital transformation during the volatile COVID19 and the Great Resignation era has been some of the most challenging period for most seasoned and new leaders.  The presentation will provide overview of the journey in accelerating innovation through advanced analytics, applying Machine Learning / NLP to key processes to further scale, meeting the ever-demanding cybersecurity and compliance requirements while handling challenges of COVID19 hybrid work-environment and the Great Resignation era.  The role of a visionary and humble CIO / CISO has never been more important to help navigate organizations with agility through these challenging yet competitively differentiating times.

Nader Nemati

Chief Information Officer

QTC – Leidos

Keynote: IBM - Let's Create in the New Era of Digital Transformation

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Technology and transformation have always gone hand-in-hand, but the pace of transformational change accelerated over the last 2 years in every organization. IBM Director, Americas Technology & Consulting Field Marketing Jacqui Galow will get our creative juices flowing as she shares stories and best practices sourced from thousands of IBM digital transformation engagements with the "new creators" - the change agents and forward thinkers in every organization - including yours.

She'll cover a wide-range of areas, from cybersecurity to AI and data-driven transformations, how to use hyper-automation to make your business supersonic, and give you the tools to get creative to solve your organization's biggest challenges. Welcome to today's IBM.

Jacqui Galow

Director, Americas Technology & Consulting Field Marketing



10:15 AM - 10:20 AM

Leadership Exploration to Unleash the Potential of Digital Transformation and its Ecosystems

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM

Democratization of technology means CIO’s share responsibilities with business units for technology leadership and accountability for business outcomes. With an unprecedented and ever-changing digital landscape, enterprises are striving to adapt faster and survive. 

However, enterprises may not have the proper capabilities or know-how to develop, scale fast, and ultimately deliver value creation for customers and constituents. 

In this session, you will hear about building blocks for digital transformation, how to extend technology leadership as enterprise orchestrators for various business digital initiatives, and to harmoniously deliver growth and value to the customers. 


  • Discuss eight digital business capabilities aligned to business value creation
  • Promote the use of digital platform business model
  • Describe digital business technology platform components 

Lorellee Welch

Director IT Strategy and Planning - Transformation

First American

Roundtable Breakouts: Zero Trust, Digital Transformation, Third Party Risk, and Hiring Struggles

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM

Time to get up, get moving, and solve some of technologies biggest challenges. CDM Media's J.D. Miller leads several simultaneous discussions around Zero Trust, digital transformation, third party risk, and hiring challenges plaguing tech leaders today. Join in on these interactive conversations with your peers to learn how other organizations are handling these issues and share your experiences as we all seek better ways to grow our departments and organizations.

Driving a Culture of Innovation Delivering Real Value in the Midst of Adversity

11:20 AM - 11:45 AM
Driving a culture of innovation is especially critical in the current environment faced by many organizations in terms of resource constraints and external challenges which impede the desired growth. It is essential to inculcate a culture of innovation that breaks through the constraints and ensures that an organization delivers increasing value while maintaining a positive environment. Vijay will discuss and share insights and actionable tips that help drive that culture of innovation and help transform the outcomes of any organization at any level of maturity. The discussion will include: · The key elements of establishing any meaningful and sustainable culture · The key habits and actions that directly impact and influence a culture of innovation · Making it stick

Vijay Panati

Deputy Chief Information Officer

County of Los Angeles Probation Department

Executive Boardroom: Developing the Plan to Transform your Identity Program

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM
Join IDMWORKS' Field Chief Technology Officer, Bill Willis as he dives into Identity Programs, what they are trying to accomplish, and the key elements for a funded, successful program.

Evan Homer

Director, Enterprise Sales West


Where has the Talent Gone? – The Future of Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

12:20 PM - 12:45 PM
This talk will provide an open-minded question for IT Security and IT Technology Talent and post COVID review of the missing gaps in specialized fields of Cybersecurity in many organizations throughout the U.S. and the globe. We will take a walk through several question posed as to where the talent post-COVID for Cybersecurity has gone, IT Technology and some C-Suite level executive positions that are still unfilled. Why has this happened post COVID during a thriving economy before inflation and how do we get it back? Why do women in leadership roles more likely than ever to quit? Women who do ascend to leadership role are more likely than their male counterparts to have their authority undermined and how some of their efforts go unrecognized. (Chief, CNN Business 2022) Among the employers studied, the report found that for every 100 men promoted from any entry-level jo to manager only 87 women are moved up the ladder. And overall, 60% of the managers in the date analyzed were men. And the C-suite also remains predominantly male and Caucasian, according to the report. Only one in four C-suite leaders was a woman, and just 1 in 20 was a woman of color. So, when we talk about the future of innovation in Diversity, Equity, and inclusion… it’s a topic worth getting after. So, let’s get into it.

Shonita Stevenson


Riverside University Health System

Driving to better Board and Committee Reporting

12:50 PM - 1:15 PM
Too often, board and committee presentation materials are awash with lots of good information - but are they driving the right dialog? This session will cover how to structure the materials presented - is it informational? what is your purpose in presenting? Is there a decision to be made? Is approval required? Is a recommendation to another committee the desired outcome? How should the lines of defense be represented in and by the materials? Chris Stoneley, Cathay Bank’s CISO will explore the topic of driving to better board and committee reporting – in a relatively painless fashion.

Chris Stoneley


Cathay Bank

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Innovation: Cloud breaches: Why a rapid paradigm shift is needed to prepare for the inevitable.

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
More and more businesses are migrating their on-prem workloads to the cloud, and existing cloud workloads are also growing exponentially. All this movement and growth introduces cloud security vulnerabilities threat actors are waiting to exploit. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ your cloud environment gets breached, but rather ‘when’ your cloud environment gets breached. Andre will discuss why preparing for the worst is more beneficial than hoping for the best as you mature your cloud security strategy.

Andre Rall

Head of Cloud Security


Meditating on a Merger

2:15 PM - 2:40 PM
Mergers are on the rise and show no signs of slowing. Be prepared for your next strategic merger, acquisition or divestiture by developing a Merger Readiness Plan. And while you are at it, let's create a plan for you to ensure you have the stamina, energy, and clear head for the tricky path down the road.

Carrie Nedrow

Vice President Information Technology


Change Management – A Critical Element for Digital Transformations

2:45 PM - 3:10 PM

Join Kymberlee Page for a session diving into Change Management. Kymberlee will be discussing:

  • Understanding the impact of the changes on People and      Processes
  • Empowering Teams and Users to accept and incorporate the changes
  • Factoring in Change Management tools and techniques as part of the transformation

Kymberlee Page

Director Project Management Office

TRI Pointe Group

Challenges in Securing Future of Air Travel

3:15 PM - 3:40 PM

Urban air mobility (UAM) is a concept that proposes to develop short-range, point-to-point transportation systems in metropolitan areas using vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) or short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft to overcome increasing surface congestion. To realize the potential of UAM, an assurance of cybersecurity is critical for public acceptance. Cybersecurity has come to the forefront highlighting the need to protect these networks and systems from cyberattacks. The growth in the development of UAM systems, and the associated data exchange and service interactions will create abundant challenges due to numerous types of cybersecurity attacks. As these threats evolve, the UAM cybersecurity capabilities must adapt to these changes as well.

Ken Freeman

Secure Airspace Engineer

NASA Ames Research Center

Executive Boardroom: Aspirin for that pain in the SaaS

3:45 PM - 4:10 PM

There's a common thread to LAPSUS$, the Solarwinds hackers, and initial access brokers like Exotic Lily: these modern day hackers are all targeting SaaS apps. More specifically, threat actors today are exploiting the complexity of the  SaaS supply chain and vulnerabilities of human behavior to commit data breaches. 

With a growing mesh of SaaS of applications, IT and security leaders are struggling to reclaim control over their SaaS posture. While your regulators are looking ever more closely at your adherence and compliance to core controls and processes that we take for granted on premise.

It's time for a change: securing the SaaS supply chain and staying compliant without breaking the bank must be a core objective of CISOs today. If it’s not already a top priority and a funded initiative for 2023, now is the time to reevaluate your risks, priorities, and budgets. 

Join our boardroom to discuss:

  • SaaS sprawl, shadow IT, and how to take back control
  • Reducing time-to-audit (and avoiding surprises during audits) for NYDFS, HIPAA, SOX, NIST, SOC2, CSF, etc.

Glenn Chisholm

Co-Founder and CPO of

Obsidian Security

Panel: The Future of Innovation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

4:15 PM - 4:50 PM
Organizational infrastructures and innovation in diversity have been impacted by the pandemic. Our panel joins J.D. Miller to talk about where we are when it comes to diversity in the workplace in 2022 and how this journey must shift going forward. From diversity targets to AI impacting hiring practices, the two will discuss how to build a better workforce for the future when it comes to DE&I.

Shonita Stevenson


Riverside University Health System

Konrad Fellmann


Cubic Corporation

Carrie Nedrow

Vice President Information Technology


Closing Remarks

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Summit Happy Hour

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM