Agenda for Wednesday, April 19

8:00 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:30
Breakfast & Round Table Discussions (Empire Ballroom)
9:30 - 9:45
9:45 - 10:30
Opening Keynote: Fast-Forward Your Business to Future-Ready (Empire Ballroom)

As a technology pioneer, entrepreneur, and CEO, Theresa Payton understands how critical it is for businesses to innovate relentlessly, perform at the highest level, anticipate customer needs and maintain every possible competitive advantage. This keynote will set the tone for the day, with a deep dive into the most important emerging technologies for businesses today. You’ll leave feeling empowered with a playbook that puts you in the driver’s seat, ready to innovate the path to digital disruption.

10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:45

Learn & Win! Digital Transformation Success Stories & Lessons Learned (Empire Ballroom)

As companies strive to stay competitive and drive shareholder value, effective digital transformations are vital for all areas of the business. However, the lack of proper execution is costly, and the digital transformation journey is becoming more complex as end-user expectations rise and integrations get more complicated. In this interactive panel we will explore best practices for driving transformation projects, while also sharing stories of some lessons learned along the way to help you capitalize on the full value of your digital investments.

Innovation Trends in Life Sciences (Auditorium)

Innovation is accelerating at a phenomenal pace in life sciences. Personalized (precision) medicine, digitization, 3-D organ printing, AI, data privacy, a medical metaverse, quantum computing, coopetition, the dynamic regulatory landscape and many other topics which illustrate how the life sciences industry is working to reimagine its approaches, outcomes and platforms. At the same time, companies and shareholders are struggling with converting great scientific advances into profitable returns and retaining their talent. And technology sits in the middle of it all. Please join us for an engaging & energetic panel discussion to explore these and other relevant subjects.

11:45 - 12:30
Lunch (Empire Ballroom)
12:30 - 1:00
Philanthropy Spotlight (Empire Ballroom)
1:00 - 1:15
1:15 - 2:15

The Leader Your Team Needs: How to Adapt Your Leadership to Attract and Retain Top Talent (Empire Ballroom)

Your leadership style is the key to attracting and retaining top talent. In a time when IT Executives face the unprecedented challenges of a hybrid workplace, decentralized teams, burnout, the great resignation, quiet quitting, and skillset mismatch, the key to addressing each of these is adapting your leadership style. In this workshop, we will explore how to identify and deliver the type of leadership your team needs to be their best.

Cybersecurity: Ransomware is Here to Stay, but What Else? (Auditorium)

Ransomware has dominated the headlines in the last few years with all its unfortunate success, but is that all we need to be prepared for or worried about? We assembled a panel of security and privacy professionals to discuss the current trends in the threat landscape beyond just ransomware. What should you as the technology executive be worried about other than just ransomware? What evolving threat patterns and trends are emerging and what are you doing now to address them? Our panels reveal what they are seeing and what you should be preparing for in your security and/or data privacy strategy.

2:15 - 2:30
2:30 - 3:15
Diversity in Tech (Empire Ballroom)

The Power and Energy of Belonging at Work


The energy of belonging is built or destroyed one human interaction at a time. In today's organizations, belonging can add or cost millions of dollars to the bottom line. In this program, Wendy Gates Corbett, Raleigh-based researcher and adjunct graduate professor of leadership and management high-tech industries in Duke University's Engineering Graduate Programs, shares real-world examples and insights from her research on belonging. You'll leave with at least 9 simple, tangible, doable practices you can use tomorrow to deepen rapport, recognize expertise, and show others they are welcome and included.

3:15 - 4:15
Closing Panel Discussion (Empire Ballroom)

Is the CIO Role Still the Top Executive for IT?

CIO, CTO, CISO, CDO….the C-Level roles of the Information Technology (IT) executive team have expanded and evolved over the last decade facilitated by several key advancements in business technologies and regulations that require more specialized roles just to keep up. How is this changing the career landscape for IT executives? What are enterprises looking for out of a CIO? Is the CIO the top IT role anymore? We bring together a panel of top recruitment experts in technology to give us insights into this very topic. What are the markets trends and skills that are in demand today as a technology leader (aspiring or otherwise)? What do you need to be thinking about in the recruitment and retention of your key talent?

4:15 - 4:30
Thank you
4:30 - 6:00
Social (Empire Foyer)

Opening Keynote

Fast-Forward Your Business to Future-Ready

Theresa Payton

As one of the nation’s most respected authorities on secured digital transformation, Theresa Payton is frequently requested to advise Boards of Global Companies, CEOs, and Technology Executives. Theresa is a visionary in the digital world leading the way as an inventor of new security designs and has an approved U.S. patent in security. She provides advice drawing from her experience as a technologist first and now veteran cybercrime fighter, entrepreneur, and author.

Theresa started her professional career within the financial services sector during a time when unprecedented merger activity and innovative and creative banking solutions were market differentiators. Theresa went from a developer to the management ranks quickly, running over 60 significant merger integrations as well as deploying several “first ever” platforms for her banking employers such as expert systems, artificial intelligence, mobile banking, and more. She started her career in a Board Room – while in her early 20s, Barnett Bank (now Bank of America) put her in charge of the CEO’s top strategic technology initiative and asked her to brief the Board of Directors.

Theresa was named the first-ever female White House Chief Information Officer with vast responsibilities that extended globally and included other duties such as maintaining the Federal records keeping for the entire operation and building out the first ever 24X7 security operations center.

She continues to practice her craft as the CEO of a leading, profitable cybersecurity company, Fortalice Solutions. She is a thought leader in key areas of importance to management and boards, including combating fraud, insider threat, improving customer experience, operational resiliency, and securing leading-edge technology deployments leveraging blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Option One
Learn & Win! Digital Transformation Success Stories & Lessons Learned

Scott Myrto MBA, PMP, LSSBB (Panel Moderator)
Vice President, Operational Excellence at Parexel

Scott Myrto is the Vice President of Operational Excellence and Delivery at Parexel.  In this role, Scott manages the implementation of a strategically aligned portfolio of programs that look to grow business value and meet the needs of the enterprise.  His business transformation work requires him to utilize core principles from strategy development, program management, IT project management, management consulting, business process re-engineering, and change management.

Scott has spent the last 15+ years of his career honing his cross-functional skills to deliver enterprise-wide strategic initiatives in the most responsible and organized manner possible. Scott has held a multitude of roles working within IT and Enterprise PMO’s, Corporate Strategy, Internal Consulting, and within the business.  As an outcomes based senior leader he specializes in driving business value by cultivating high performing teams, providing focus to the critical few, and simplifying the complex. Scott has a uniquely blended background that focuses on all aspects of people, process, technology, and data that allows him to deliver with precision, speed, and purpose.

Marykay Wells
Pearson, CIO

Marykay heads Pearson’s global Digital & Technology organization as CIO and leads the execution of the company’s corporate digital transformation strategy that is driving the shift from print to digital operations, and is the executive sponsor of the Women in Technology (WIT) program. She joined Pearson in 2014 and possesses 30-plus years’ experience planning and executing large-scale technology transformations with high-performing teams. In addition to her membership as part of the Pearson Executive Management team, Marykay serves on the board of Rewriting the Code, Salesforce Advisory Board, Greycroft Technical Council, and the Google Leadership Advisory Committee.  

Andrey Tapekha
CTO with Deutsche Bank

Andrey Tapekha is the Chief Technology Officer for Deutsche Bank, Russia Development Centre. Andrey has worked in the industry for 20+  years, in or around financial systems development, including positions in program and product management.

He has held various software delivery and management roles in several companies during his professional career. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Andrey spent several years developing software for the International Space Station jointly with engineers from NASA and European Space Agency in Dublin, Ireland.

Andrey holds MA in Information Technology at the Dublin City University.

Khalid Saleem
Wheels Pros - Chief Digital Officer

Chief Digital & Technology Officer with extensive experience establishing organizational vision & mission, defining and articulating business models with marketing plans, crafting digital product roadmaps, architecting innovative digital platforms & solutions fueling omni-channel growth and digital transformation that consistently deliver value for customers and stakeholders.

Breakout Session Option Two
Innovation Trends in Life Sciences

Moderator Mark Dronzek (Panel Moderator)
Transformational / Interim CIO

Dronzek has held successful CIO and other leadership roles in Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies, including Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Quintiles and Calumet. He’s primarily had global roles over the past 20 years, with IT accountability across over 95 countries. His career experience spans multiple sectors including life sciences pharmaceutical, agriculture, life sciences, env. sciences and retail.

Kristopher Justo
MindMed, Director of Information Technology

Kristopher brings 15 years experience at the forefront of innovation in Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals working for and with amazing teams. Today Kristopher leads the technology function with Mind Medicine as they strive to deliver on the therapeutic potential of psychedelics and other novel compounds to address unmet patient needs in the fields of psychiatry, addiction, pain, and neurology. Previously Kristopher had the opportunity to facilitate the development of an unlimited supply of transplantable organs via building dedicated organ refurbishing facilities, 3D printing organs, growing porcine organs for transplant into humans, developing digital twin pharmacology simulations, pioneering drone delivery solutions for organ transplant, and generaling exploring novel approaches to healthcare via technology while operating the pharmaceutical lifecycle for multiple treatments aimed at addressing unmet need in pediatric oncology and respiratory orphan diseases.

Jason O’Meara
Vice President, Digital Strategic Initiatives with Pfizer

Mr. O’Meara oversees Pfizer's digital business transformation strategy and portfolio of initiatives. He is an innovative, pioneering strategic leader passionate about driving digital innovation in life sciences and healthcare. His team collaborates fluidly with internal and external partners to deliver high impact digital solutions and to drive digital innovation pursuits across the ecosystem.

Jason is a Compliance Leadership Team member at Pfizer. He is a leader in HL7 FHIR Accelerators and Blockchain Collaborations, which provide standards and platforms for electronic information exchange & interoperability.

The Leader Your Team Needs

How to Adapt Your Leadership to Attract and Retain Top Talent (Workshop)

Jennifer Durbin Tuffy MBA, PCC
Scoutenger, Executive Coach and Founder

Jennifer is a Certified Executive Coach who believes that authentic, whole-hearted leadership is the key to discovering professional fulfillment and unlocking the full potential of leaders and their teams. Jennifer partners with executives and high-potential leaders who strive to realize their professional aspirations and live out their personal values.

As a strategic, transformational executive, Jennifer spent 20 years leading organizational and digital transformations by designing and developing high-performance teams. Through her years in leadership, Jennifer discovered true professional fulfillment being in service to others through coaching.

Jennifer received her coach training at the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business Executive Coaching Institute, her MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, holds an PCC Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation, and is the President of Scoutenger, LLC.

Cybersecurity Panel

Ransomware is Here to Stay, but What Else?

Anthony Foust (Panel Moderator)
Belron International, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer

I build organizational capabilities and develop organizational maturity in information technology, security, and privacy with rock star teams. I'm driven by strategy & technology, passionate about people, diversity & leadership, and a self-professed business, science & technology geek. I continually work and aspire to be viewed as both a servant and situational leader that is willing to roll up my sleeves when needed and get out of the way to let people flourish. I believe trust, transparency and integrity are essential.

My experience is both unique and diverse. I have served in just about every area of technology at either a Manager, Director, VP or CIO/CISO level in the areas of Technology Operations, Security & Privacy, Enterprise Architecture, Data & Analytics, and Software/Product Development & Delivery. That experience has been obtained through many sectors both domestic and international (e.g. Biotechnology, Financial Services, Non-Profit, Retail/Wholesale, etc.).

As the leader or key participant of several digital transformation initiatives, my energy is derived from organizational change and creating value-driven impacts to the customer and employee experience. My biases center around highly agile teams, scalable cloud-based solutions (e.g. HCM/HRMS, ERP, SCM, CRM, etc.) and hybrid operating models that focus on differentiating aspects of the core business from the non-differentiating/commodity traits of the business.

Rob Reynolds
City of Raleigh, Chief Information Security Officer

Robert Reynolds is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. With over 25 years of diverse experience in Information Technology, Robert has held senior leadership positions in corporate, State and Local Government organizations with extensive IT operations and security experience in law enforcement and military high value mission critical environments. Robert specializes in leading IT organizations in both the public and private sector. He has consulted for the federal government and corporate clients as Advisory CIO helping them to improve IT operations, achieve better outcomes, and accelerate their strategic and business plan objectives. Robert also served in the United States Navy.

Robert holds an MBA and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland. He also holds the CISSP, GCFA, MCSE and Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) certifications. Robert is an active member of FBI InfraGard, and ISSA Raleigh Chapter.

Jared Thomas
SIM - Research Triangle Park, Vice President

Jared Thomas is a security, cloud, and infrastructure leader and ITIL certified innovator with more than 19 years of experience modernizing the IT landscape to provide world-class enterprise leadership, solutions, and support. He holds dual Master’s Degrees and CISSP, CCNA, and MCSE designations.

He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer and Fractional CIO/CTO with ITSco - Integrated Technical Services, an engineering and consulting services delivered with personnel integrity, engineering excellence and a dedication to customer service. He is a skilled problem-solver and troubleshooter comfortable managing systems, projects, and cross-functional teams in a wide range of IT environments. Earlier in his career, he worked with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and Harvard University serving in leadership roles in IT support services.

Diversity In Tech Keynote

Wendy Gates Corbett
International Keynote Speaker | Belonging Researcher | Organization Consultant | Author | Duke University Adjunct Professor

Wendy builds belonging within people and workplaces. She champions this through her professional speaking and work as the President of Signature Presentations and as an Adjunct Professor of Management and Leadership at Duke University. Wendy helps companies identify, acknowledge, and address barriers to building thriving workspaces with a culture of belonging. She works with individuals and organizational leaders at all levels to create sustainable, safe cultures where employees know they can express 100% of themselves without fear of judgment or exclusion.

Having trained more than 100,000 people over the past 20 years, Wendy is a respected leader in the training industry. She is a past member of the international board of directors for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and is an advisor/reviewer of ATD’s Talent Development Body of Knowledge. Wendy speaks globally on building belonging, confidence, and powerful presence. She is researching strategies for building belonging at work and her book on the topic is scheduled to be published in the summer of 2023.

Closing Panel Discussion

Jonathan S. Meyer (Panel Moderator)
Chief Technology Officer, CAPTRUST

Jon Meyer is the Chief Technology Officer for CAPTRUST, an independent registered investment advisor firm headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Jon leads the firm’s Information Technology group, which includes teams dedicated to application development, server and workstation infrastructure, network, and information security. He ensures effective and secure technology operations, manages the development and support of proprietary applications, and implements strategies that position the firm for sustained and scalable growth. Jon led CAPTRUST’s transition to a “cloud-forward” architecture leveraging the public cloud to modernize proprietary solutions using serverless constructs.

Jon is a hands-on technology leader focused on digital transformation in the financial services industry. He leads the development of innovative solutions in mission critical environments by leveraging leading technologies and developing high performance teams. Jon has a proven ability to build and convey a common vision and gain alignment in complex organizations.

Prior to joining CAPTRUST, Jon managed the technology consulting practice for Greenway Solutions and led sizable Application Development departments for both First Citizens Bank and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina.  Jon began his career with Accenture where he was a senior manager focused on complex systems integration efforts for healthcare clients and SAP implementations for manufacturers.

Mary Ott
Stanton Chase, Managing Director

Mary Ott (Price) is a seasoned executive recruiter, business consultant, and executive coach with over 15 years of experience working with boards and C-level executives to recruit top talent to support her clients’ business goals and strategic talent objectives. With her 20 years of experience as a technology executive and former CEO, Ott has the insight to help clients develop cohesive leadership teams that can navigate rapidly changing environments caused by today’s global digital transformation.

She started her executive search career at Russell Reynolds Associates in New York, where she was a member of the technology practice and co-led the information officers practice, recruiting CIOs, CTOs, and their teams across all industry sectors, including retail, e-commerce, industrial, pharmaceutical, health services, and financial services. She founded the firm’s financial technology practice in NYC, which focused on global banks, insurance companies, asset management firms, and fintech companies. In 2011, Ott moved to a boutique firm, where she continued to grow her practice to include technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and operations.  She joined Stanton Chase in 2023 to grow their Information Officers practice.

Ott has a degree in engineering from Duke University and a master’s from Stanford.

Raymond Karrenbauer
The Cyber AB, VP and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Karrenbauer is the EVP and Chief Financial Officer at The Cyber AB. The Cyber AB is the official accreditation body of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Ecosystem and the sole authorized non-governmental partner of the U.S. Department of Defense in implementing and overseeing the CMMC conformance regime. Prior to this role, he served as SVP and Chief Information Officer for IFG Companies, one of the largest privately held insurance groups in North America. In this role, he was responsible for elevating IFG's information technology capabilities and re-engineering the company’s business processes. Prior to that, Mr. Karrenbauer held senior executive positions at Axis Capital Holdings Ltd. and ING Group. He has been a founding partner in several information technology ventures and online businesses, including Cyberian Outpost.

Along his four (4) decades journey as a CIO/CTO, Mr. Karrenbauer has had several notable personal career achievements:

· In 1995, he is credited as having invented the email auto responder. In same year, designed the first Microsoft IIS-based web server farm and established the first web-based free domain registration service.

· In 2003, recipient of the Smithsonian’s Laureate Award and derived works archived into the Smithsonian Institution for technology innovation having developed the first reference-based architecture for information systems.

· In 2018, he was inducted as the 105th member into the CIO Executive Council, CIO Hall of Fame. He is the first and only recipient to have received all three (3) major awards from the Council which include the CIO Ones to Watch (2005) and CIO Top 100 (2006).

He holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in radiological engineering from Harvard University and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University. He additionally holds certifications by ISACA, Carnegie-Mellon, and the prestigious Order of the Engineer.