Why You Should Attend!

Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together senior IT, data and analytics executives from a variety of industry verticals for our annual Chicago event. Throughout a full day of content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues facing IT executives specifically with regards to Data Strategy & Innovation. The agenda will be specifically geared towards Chief Information officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Digital Officers, as well as Data/ Analytics/MIS VPs, Directors, and Architects in a leadership role. Key topics we’ll explore include:

  • IT’s role in collaborating, strategizing, and enabling other areas of the business to be data driven
  • Leveraging an effective data strategy to reduce operational and infrastructure costs
  • Getting the most out of data and the top obstacles that get in the way
  • How IoT is simplifying operational ecosystems and disrupting industries
  • Safeguarding your organization’s data and understanding the top emerging threats to be wary of

Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. Speakers at our 2016 Chicago Forum included Rob Gonda, VP, Global Data & Digital at McDonald's Corporation; Kevin Steele, VP, IT and Enterprise Services at Cars.com; Kevin Boyd, CIO at University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Brenna Berman, Commissioner & CIO for the City of Chicago; Darren Cockrel, CIO at Coyote, A UPS Company; James MacLennan, CIO at IDEX Corporation; and more.

We look forward to bringing together another fantastic faculty in 2017, and to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 IT leaders hailing from the heart of the Midwest and beyond.

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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:

Jon Bergersen Vice President - Information Technology Shared Services
Rexnord Industries
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Kevin Boyd Chief Information Officer
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Graham Draughon Vice President and Senior Managing Director Information Security
OneMain Holdings, Inc.
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Munu Gandhi Vice President, Infrastructure Services
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Ciara Jackson Chief Information Officer
Illinois State Board of Investments
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Jean Luber Vice President, IT
MYR Group
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James MacLennan Chief Information Officer
IDEX Corp.
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Jerry Pittman Chief Information Security Officer
Tenneco Inc
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Aman Raheja Chief Information Security Officer
BMO Harris Bank
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Tom Schenk Chief Digital Officer
City of Chicago
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Dennis Waldron Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data Services
Northern Trust
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  • BREAKFAST Kick off the day with a healthy breakfast and networking. Connect with your peers in the IT community from a variety of industries before the morning’s content begins.
  • OPENING KEYNOTE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION FEATURING University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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    Join Kevin Boyd Chief Information Officer at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, in an interactive session about innovation in technology and how important its role is in your organizations success.

    Boyd is responsible for the technology at Chicago Booth’s campuses in Chicago, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Prior to coming to Booth, he was the Vice President of Product Management for Tribune Company. Boyd previously served first as a PMO Director and then as Director of Quality Assurance and Testing for CNA Financial in Chicago. Boyd previously worked for United Airlines as Director of Ecommerce Systems.

    Kevin Boyd
    Chief Information Officer
    University of Chicago Booth School of Business

  • MORNING NETWORKING BREAKS Take a break to make new connections and discuss the morning presentations over coffee and snacks.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION “Data Security and how to prepare for the inevitable data breach”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Best practices and preparedness
    • Increased security risks from a multitude of access points
    • Data classification and identifying what is most important to protect
    • BYOD security in the era of cloud computing

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    Join James (Jim) MacLennan Chief Information Officer at IDEX Corporation, in an interactive session about digital strategy and the importance of its role is in your organizations continued success.

     Jim is responsible for all aspects of the corporate Information Technology service offerings for the portfolio business units. Jim has over 25 years’ experience in a progression of roles, translating the strategic drivers of a variety of business models and markets into tactical plans and tangible results. His career spans multiple industries, including real estate / property management, building construction and maintenance services, pharmaceuticals, consumer durables, industrial manufacturing, and consumer package goods.

    James MacLennen
    Chief Information Officer
    IDEX Corporation

  • LUNCH Take a midday break to grab lunch, network with your peers, and discuss the morning presentations.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION “Evolving the IT Function”
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    Session topics include, but are not limited:

    • Keeping up with the evolving technology environment
    • Protecting data from device to data center
    • Leveraging new data
    • Recognizing the key benefits of integrating new technology

  • AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAKS Take a break to switch tables, meet some new peers, and discuss the afternoon presentations over coffee and snacks.
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    Join Tom Schenk, Chief Digital Officer of the City of Chicago, in an interactive session exploring how innovation in technology and data science can improve decision making.

     Schenk is responsible for redesigning the cities open data portal making over 1,000 raw data sets available to the general public. This allows researchers, technologists and average citizens to access some of the cities big data in order to conduct any analysis of their choosing. Prior to occupying the Chief Data Officer position Tom was the Director of Analytics and Performance Management for the City of Chicago and prior to that he was a Research Analyst at Northwestern University.

     Tom Schenk
    Chief Digital Officer
    City of Chicago

  • CLOSING RECEPTION Wrap up the day with a cocktail (or a few!) and hors d'Oeuvres. Head home with new connections and a notebook full of key takeaways to implement back at the office.

Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for IT leaders such as:

Innovation in technology

Examine how your organization is innovating in the IT space, and what new technologies will impact on the business sphere in the years ahead. Our speakers will discuss:

  • Driving productivity at work
  • Using the device to streamline practices
  • Harnessing data to create workable analytics
  • Realigning with online channels

IT's new normal

Review the major changes the field of IT has experienced over the past few years, the driving forces behind them, and the barriers they present. Get briefed on:

  • Overcoming obstacles in mobile integration
  • Protecting data from device to data center
  • Managing and enforcing BYOD security
  • Building a flexible org around the cloud

The cloud and mobility

How are CIOs guiding their teams through the inherent challenges that accompany growth in the mobile and cloud spaces? Learn to ease through the growing pains and gain insight into:

  • Leveraging real time data
  • Forging partnerships with other functions
  • Improving cloud communications internally
  • Recognizing key benefits of new technology

The business of security and the cloud

Evaluate how the cloud has transformed the way companies need to think about IT and security standards. Review the ways security infrastructure has evolved recent years, and catalysts of these changes. Hear discussions on:

  • Dealing with increased security risks from social technology
  • Closing the gap between security training and security awareness
  • Observing new industry trends and choosing which to adopt
  • Exploring major changes in business infrastructure

The CIO/CMO partnership

The digital sphere has changed the relationship between IT departments and other functions across the business. Talk about how successful CIOs are bridging the gap between IT and marketing to work toward common business goals. Gain insight on:

  • Establishing a common language to improve collaboration
  • Utilizing available business data from across the enterprise
  • Contributing to a customer-centric culture through partnership

Still have questions? We have answers.

I want to attend, but what if I'm unsure of my schedule and need to cancel my participation?

Just let us know. We understand that schedules change! However, we always have a waiting list for this event, and if you don't cancel, we will assume you are still attending and your spot will go unused. If you must, cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event to make room for others!

What if I can't be OOO for a whole day, or need to come late?

We have wifi and private rooms available for attendees to take calls and spend some quiet time on emails, as well as access to printing. Have a morning meeting you can't miss? No problem. This event was designed for busy executives - we get it.

I'd like to bring some colleagues. Do I need to register them online?

Events are more fun with friends, and we'd be happy to host your team. You can have them register online, or send us their names, titles and email addresses and we will take care of it for you! request a pass.

I don't see the event venue listed. Where will the meeting be held?

To maintain exclusivity, we don't release the venue address until the registration process has been completed. All logistical details will be shared once you have requested a pass and been approved.

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Traveling for the event? Stay at one of our recommended hotels nearby:

Please note the below is the preferred hotel of Argyle Executive Forum. Please specify that you are part of the Argyle group when booking sleeping rooms in order to receive a discounted rate of $107.00 per night, taxes not included. 


Hotel Blake Chicago

500 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: (312) 986-1234