IT Leadership Strategies & Digital Transformation


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


February 25, 2021


9:00am-5:00pm CST; 10:00am-6:00pm EST


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


Conference location: ONLINE




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:

  • Transform Yourself: Becoming The Leader Your Business Needs For Digital Transformation
  • Your Digital Transformation is Unlike Any Other
  • How IT Can Participate in Your Digital Business Transformation – and Make an Impact!
  • Strategy & Tactics for Effective Transformations
  • How to Develop a Digital Business Strategic Plan: A CIO’s Imperative (panel discussion)
  • IT Investment ROI: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (panel discussion)


Conference Price: $0.00 per person


Attendance is limited to enterprise IT executives, management and staff in companies with at least 25 employees. Registrants cannot be sales/marketing/business development professionals, nor executives, of companies that provide IT products or services to enterprises.


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.

9:00am-10:00am: Transform Yourself: Becoming The Leader Your Business Needs For Digital Transformation


Dr. David Rettig, C.E.O, Synoptus; Former IT Director


Technology has moved from the back-office cost center to the driver of digital business transformation. However, digital transformation requires transformational leadership. Based on his 2020 research, Dr. Rettig will cover the nine factors that contribute to your growth as a transformational leader. You will understand how leadership can positively or negatively impact your organization. You will also learn how to take control of your leadership development, select the best resources (including five free resources) to grow your leadership skills, and how leadership training can help you find your next job or promotion.



10:00am -10:30am: Networking Break

10:30am-11:30am: Digital Transformation: How to Prepare, Plan and Pace!


Alison Kassel, CGEIT, Vice President, Technology, TrueBlue


In this session, we will discuss how to launch your digital transformation with much thought and planning, while at the same time pacing it so that you keep up with business objectives and ensure alignment.



11:30am-12:30pm: Your Digital Transformation is Unlike Any Other 


Jeff Handa, Solution Architect, Liferay
Sharmila Wijeyakumar, Vice President, Veriday


Every digital transformation project is unique: unique business challenges, user demands, content and data requirements, and the need to bring together legacy systems.


Cookie cutter solutions just don’t cut it.


Join this session with digital and business transformation experts Veriday, and Digital Experience Platform (DXP) provider Liferay, for a creative look at how technology is employed to solve business challenges and satisfy user needs.


Experts from Veriday and Liferay will showcase client use cases that will illustrate the possibilities for your company.


Highlights of what you’ll learn:

  1. Scoping a digital transformation project
  2. The importance of integrating legacy systems, content, and data
  3. The possibilities of personalization


Handa    Wijeyakumar

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break

1:30pm-2:30pm: How IT Needs to Evolve or Die- Leveraging Digital as a Catalyst


Claude Scher, Chief Project Officer at Senta Technologies LLC; Former Director Applications Development and Maintenance, Charter Manufacturing





2:30pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break

3:00pm-4:00pm: How to Develop a Digital Business Strategic Plan: A CIO’s Imperative (panel discussion)


Steve Shelton, RSM, Vertica
Ritesh Patel, Chief Digital Officer – Health, Ogilvy Consulting
Praveen Moturu, VP, Digital Technologies & Chief Enterprise Architect, MARS
Tom Drez, CIO/CPO/CSO/Managing Director, Christian Brothers Services
Kirti Vaidya, Vice President, Business Architecture and Transformation, Gallagher Bassett
Patrick Carnathan, CIO/Director of IT, Carthage Vet Service
and other C-Level executives sharing experiences and lessons learned


For many enterprises, the digital enterprise is almost exclusively about customer engagement. The CIO is crucial in connecting business processes, enterprise information and the digital channels that achieve the always-on needs of customers and employees. The strength of the CIO-Business Leader relationship is vital to a company’s success, but can be challenging to navigate and manage.


In this session, attendees will learn from IT executives as to the strategies that they are using.


Moturu      Drez              Vaidya          Carnathan     Shelton

4:00pm-5:00pm: IT Investment ROI: Finding the Balance between Cost Cutting & Proactive Investments (panel discussion)


Sharmila Wijeyakumar, Vice President, Veriday
Nisar Syed, Director Operations & Infrastructure, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Pavi Agrawal, Chief Applications Architect, MARS
Neil Goodrich, CIO, M. Holland Co.
Peter Szoke, Senior Director, IT, Metals USA
and other C-Level executives sharing experiences and lessons learned


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.



Syed          Agrawal     Goodrich     Szoke      Wijeyakumar


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