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CIO Solutions Gallery Breakfast

Thornton May


Dates: December 4, 2018
Location: Blackwell Hotel and Pfahl Hall


“A Re-Definition Of IT’s Future Leadership Role”

In 2021 the CIO distribution is forecast to be 1/5th trusted operator; 2/5th change instigator and 2/5th business co-creator.  Yet currently, more than half of in situ CIOs are trusted operators.  In three short years top shelf IT leaders will be spending most of their time driving (not just “aligning”) business strategy, as well as enabling the changes needed to ensure that there is effective execution of that strategy.

The bottom line is that creating “the future” will now be an IT leader’s primary job,…not his/her secondary role.  So,…are you ready?  If not, what are you doing to get ready?

Please join us in this final quarterly session of 2018, where we will conclude our year-long examination of emerging issues related to our series theme: “A New Kind Of Leadership For A New Kind Of World”.

The CIO Solutions Gallery series is an ongoing nationally acclaimed forum where senior IT leaders and their business peers come together in a comfortable setting to share their experiences and insights, as well as collectively and collaboratively attack common issues. Uniquely organized around peer learning, this provocative program has received high praise among participating CIOs and other senior executives in the technology and/or operations leadership community. It helps to build an improved and creative personal network of peers and executives devoted to sharing best practices, renewing their skills on an ongoing basis, and raising the level of technical literacy and effectiveness within their organizations.


There is no cost to invited senior leaders. Sponsoring opportunities are available for invited technology product and service providers, allowing them to also be fully engaged in these important discussions.




7:00am             Breakfast Available   

8:10am             Welcome and Initial Remarks   

Speaker:           Mr. Bob Mick
                          Director; Professional Programs
                          College of Engineering
                          The Ohio State University


8:15am             Opening Address

Speaker           Mr. Bruce Barnes
                         Program Co-Founder
                         Host For The Session

8:20am            “A Vision For Innovation In STEM Education”   

Speaker           Dr. David Tomasko
                         Associate Dean; Undergraduate Education
                         College of Engineering
                         The Ohio State University

The complexity of today’s digital environment requires all people to be equipped with a new set of core knowledge/skills for solving difficult problems, gathering and evaluating evidence, and ultimately making sense of it all.  This in turn places growing pressure on our educational institutions concerning the preparation of our next generation workforce, whose successes will result not just from what one knows, but also from what one is able to do with the knowledge gained.  With strong STEM-based education becoming increasingly recognized as a key driver of such opportunity, how are educational curriculums evolving to meet that need?


9:00am            Opening Keynote “Leadership In Transforming
                         Organizational Competiveness”

Speaker            Mr. Bill Haser
                          Former Global CIO

There are two sides of the fence.  The evolving nature of IT can compel organizational change.  Yet, IT can also help to soften that blow by productively enabling it.  Trying to find that balance can be both complex and taxing for any IT leader; however, those transformational efforts are indeed winnable.  You just need to know what you are doing.  Listen as one highly acclaimed IT leader shares his advice and own “lessons learned” in future-focusing a huge global enterprise through helping to transform its organizational competiveness.

9:45am          Break

10:00am        “Changing Leadership For A Changing Business”

Speaker          Mr. Wesley Rhodes
                        Chief Operating Officer; Sunrise Technologies
                        A Kroger Company

As U.S. grocery chains go, Kroger is an outlier regarding its early-adopter approach to technologies aimed at better serving its customers; e.g., the internet of things/IoT, data analytics, as well as mobile applications and services.  Now, the company is going even further by commercializing its investments through selling software, hardware and other products to rivals and other retailers.  While it may be exciting to be in a position where you are now commercializing the things that have helped to make you successful, it is also an approach that can alter a company’s approach to its leadership roles and strategies.  How is that working?

10:45am          "A Futurist’s View Of The Future”

Speaker           Mr. Thorton A. May
                         Internationally Acclaimed IT Futurist
                         Program Co-Founder

It has been said that futurist’s don’t predict the future; they induce preparations for it.  In doing so they can dish out some exciting, and occasionally downright scary, visions for how technology and science will enhance or replace activities, products and processes near and dear to us all.  These changes are now no longer decades away, but right around the corner.  The key once again is preparation.  So, as IT leaders what should we all right now be preparing for?

11:45am          Session Summary Of Key Points/Action Items, And A Last Word

Speakers          Mr. Bruce Barnes
                          Mr. Thorton A. May

12:00pm          Adjourn