• Event Date
  • 2021-09-29   5:00 PM CDT
  • Ambassador Hotel, Kansas City, MO

The CIO Initiative

The CIO Initiative is an industry-recognized think-tank that coordinates CIO-related research and activities, serves as the integration mechanism for CIO-related…

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The CIO Initiative Summits are invitation-only programs attended by technology leaders from Fortune 1000 companies and the top emerging entrepreneurs…

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Our Programs provide C-Level executives with an intimate setting to engage in focused, peer-to-peer, real-world experience conversations. This rare opportunity…

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The CIO Initiative Summit - Kansas City, 2021

From the Summit Participants

  • “Out of all the opportunities to “plug in” and discuss IT industry trends, I have made it a priority to attend this event for past few years.  Owlpoint has done a great job gathering CIO’s, authors, and industry leaders to share knowledge and insights.  Logistics have always been first class and served as a great opportunity to informally network and build meaningful relationships.”

    – Steve Holt, CIO Materion
  • I find the CIO Initiative Summit to be a great, engaging forum for being able to interact with true experts and leaders in the industry and both learn and share ideas, experiences and improvement opportunities.   The focused, more intimate setting and gathering enables tremendous interaction and synergies that is hard to get from other forums!

    – Walter Yosafat, CIO, Vibrant Emotional Health
  • “CIO Initiative Summits provide a unique opportunity to network with other IT executives and learn from their experiences.  The Summits are small enough to promote direct personal interaction with other IT leaders and yet broad enough to encompass a wide variety of views and opinions.  Unlike many other meetings, I’ve obtained information and advice at past Summits that is substantive, actionable and directly applicable to the challenges facing my IT team.”

    – Mark Settle, Author and CIO
  • “This conference is a must for CIOs tasked with technology leadership in ever increasing complex organizations. With more conferences than ever being held, and my ever busier calendar, its important to be selective about which conferences I attend. The CIO Initiative consistently offers the most high-level, impactful and transformational content along with valuable networking opportunities I can’t find at any other conference.”

    – Jim Rutt, CIO Dana Foundation
  • “The CIO Summit Initiative in San Antonio provided an intimate platform to share successes and failures as well as current initiatives with a peer group that covered many industries outside of the Silicon Valley bubble.  The format was a great way for the attendees to both present and participate in the discussions around each of the poinenient areas of focus.  CXO attendees were honest and open, we forged friendships outside of our common role related challenges and I look forward to connecting with them again at next year’s event.”

    – Aaron Gette, CTO West Agile Labs
  • “Unlike a typical conference, this was an intimate gathering of technology executives whose primary objective was to advance the role of the CIO as a business leader.  Everyone in attendance was there to share insights with one another in what could be best described as a servant leadership think- tank. “

    – John Doherty, Chromalox


Our experienced and thought-provoking speakers share their stories on success as technology leaders. Here are a few of our speakers for the Kansas City 2021 Summit.

Mark Settle

CIO and Author

Steve Holt

CIO, Materion

Mark Thomas

President, Escoute Consulting

Phil Fasano

CEO, Gigster

Paul Heard

CIO, Zuora

Toby Buckalew

CIO, OneShare Health

Dwayne Paro


Jesse Hillman

CIO, Tessco Technologies

Jennifer Hohman

CIO and Vice President, Seadrill

Ryan Loy


Jim Ballowe

CIO, Esquire Deposition Solutions

Jamal Farhat

Partner, Fortium Partners

The CIO Initiative Summit Agenda

High-level overview of the activities of the Kansas City

  • Cocktail Social

    Join your peers in a casual environment to network, share ideas, and learn more about others who are part of the CIO Initiative.

  • Fireside Chat

    As part of our social program on Wednesday September 29th, 2021 there will be a fireside chat with key CIOs leading the conversation on leadership.

  • Morning Keynote

    Join the CIO of one of the largest organizations in the world on how he dealt with IT Challenges.

  • Morning Session

    A variety of Speakers and Panel Discussions on topics selected and presented by CIOs and other leading C-Level Technology Executives.

  • Afternoon Session

    An interactive session of discussion on topics selected and presented by CIOs and other leading C-Level Technology Executives.

  • Summit Dinner

    The Summit concludes with a grand Dinner and Social.  Join your fellow summit attendees to discuss the topics of the day, make new friends, and enjoy the food, drink and live Jazz music ambiance at the new Lonnie’s Reno Club in the Ambassador Hotel.

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Pictures from our Summits

Savannah 2020 – Dinner Social

Savannah 2020 – Marline Thomas Panel Discussion

Savannah 2020 – Alan Nance Keynote

San Antonio 2019 – Mark Settle Keynote

San Antonio 2019 – Dinner Social

San Antonio 2019 – Panel Discussion

Nashville 2018 – Fireside Chat

Nashville 2018 – Cocktail Social

Nashville 2018 – Cocktail Social

Boston 2017 – Panel Discussion

Boston 2017 – Phil Fasano Keynote

Boston 2017 – Panel Discussion