Conferences that solve current IT challenges

IT Leadership Strategies

Strategies and techniques for leading and guiding IT through a business approach during dynamic times

October 18, 2017


7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois


How do you define IT Leadership? Does it consist of aligning IT with the business? Driving business efforts forward? Increasing quality of IT services? What skills does it take to be an effective IT Leader? How do you lead IT during challenging economic times?

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • ‘Winning’ in IT Leadership

  • Internet of Things (IoT) – How to Build a Program to Capitalize on the Opportunities and Manage the Risks

  • Leadership and Value Contribution – IT Executive Priorities in the Era of Disruption
    (CIO Panel Discussion)

  • Tearing Down the Walls Between Business and IT

  • Deploying Cloud Solutions for Business Agility

  • IT Optimization: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (CIO Panel Discussion)

Conference Program

8:00am - 8:30am - Registration and Continental Breakfast



‘Winning’ in IT Leadership

Dan Nottke, CIO, Kirkland & Ellis

The good leader, the bad leader, the so-so leader. We all have worked for, with, or been one on those three sometime in our IT career. Dan Nottke, CIO of Kirkland and Ellis will discuss his thirty years of leadership and provide you with tools that you can easily use in managing your career towards achieving your goals, be that in management or technical roles. He will discuss all aspects of personnel management from ‘Recruit to Retire’, and discuss how you can manage your professional life to the success you desire.

10:00am -10:30am - Refreshment Break



Creating a Sustainable Innovation Program

Armin Roeseler, Chief Information Officer, Swanson Health Products

In this presentation, we will define the key building blocks that are required to create a sustainable IT innovation program. The need for such a program is discussed, and key “how to’s” are presented. Emphasis will be on the management of the innovation process to assure continued and ongoing success. Key takeaways:

  • What is innovation, why is it important, and why is it hard to innovate?
  • What is the difference between innovation and invention?
  • What is "innovation thinking" and what are its elements?
  • What are required organizational and leadership characteristics for a successful innovation program?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities at the corporate, organizational, and individual leadership levels?







Leadership and Value Contribution – IT Executive Priorities in the Era of Disruption
(CIO Panel Discussion)

Josh Davidson, Principal and Co-Founder, Silent IT
Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics
Jean Luber, Vice President Information Technology, MYR Group Inc.
David Braner, CIO, City of Joliet
Cathie Kozik, CIO, PSAV
Greg Hubbard, IT Engineering Leader, Enova
and other CIOs/IT Executives

The accelerated pace of business change is forcing IT leaders to re-evaluate their contribution to the enterprise. This panel discussion will explore how leaders need to adapt to the new paradigm. The session will focus on leadership planning, and the extreme focus required to build organizational agility in the pursuit of strategic execution, creative innovation and operational excellence.


12:10pm - 1:10pm Luncheon




How IT Leadership Can Fundamentally Change or Affect the Culture of Your Company

John Head, Chief Evangelist, PSC Group
Dr. Mark Roden, Principle Architect, PSC Group

This session will challenge the tendency of IT leaders to focus on the technology.

Meaningful organizational impact starts with changing the culture, not changing technology.

In this session, we will discuss how to cast a vision for your organization, take a realistic inventory of where you are today and build an attainable implementation roadmap. We will draw from specific examples where culture change has impacted an organization more than any technology change (for better and for worse). Key topics will include productivity, efficiency, empowered talent, and the ‘cool’ factor in transforming how IT is perceived.



Tearing Down the Walls Between Business and IT

Patrick Emmons, President, DragonSpears

CIOs must play an active role in business strategy. IT can no longer strive to be aligned with the business, it must have a seat at the table to participate in the strategy of “the business”.

How can IT participate in business strategy when IT doesn’t understand “the business”? If IT is going to succeed in having a seat at the strategy table, then the IT team must have a clear understanding of what is “the business”. Fostering an outside-in versus and inside-out perspective is critical for IT departments to become maniacally customer focused.

We will walk through how you can develop a customer focus within the IT department (and no, “the business” is not the customer).

2:50pm - 3:20pm - Refreshment Break




Deploying Cloud Solutions for Business Agility

Bill Lowry, ServerCentral VP of Product, Server Central
Donnie Davis, Data Center Services, Vizient

Cloud technologies seem like commodity choices these days — easy to find, competitively priced, with many options. Choosing a cloud is one thing, but the success or failure of a project is usually determined by how cloud services are architected and deployed. The right cloud solution allows your business to move faster, meet critical timeframes, and still allows for innovation. In this session, we will review how to design a cloud solution that propels business innovation and speed, while delivering results on-time and under budget.








IT Optimization: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (CIO Panel Discussion)

Jeff Hendren, General Manager of North America, CAST
Ivan Imana, Chief Information Officer, Adelman Travel Group
Mir Ali, Director – IT Product Development & DevOps, FitchRatings
Kevin Larson, Chief Information Officer, Integrated Supply Chain Solutions/AAR CORP.
Gina Papworth, Director IT Americas, Coveris
Chuck Currier, Vice President, Information Technology, College of DuPage
and other executives from IT departments

Many IT Executives are stuck in cost-cutting cycles tied only to expense-line trimming rather than business investments and outcomes. This approach limits the business growth since organizations do not fully exploit the use of IT. In this session, attendees will learn strategies for finding the right balance to move the organization forward.

Conference Price: $289.00 per person

Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.


As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.