We wish to thank everyone involved - co-chairs, speakers, advisory board, sponsors, and attendees - for helping to make another successful symposium.
We look forward to next year (March 7-8, 2012)!
Featuring these conference co-chairs
Tim Schaefer, CIO, Northwestern Mutual
Rick Roy, CIO, CUNA Mutual Group
Greg Pfluger, AVP Business Systems Transformation, American Family Insurance
Denis Edwards, SVP & Global Chief Information Officer, Manpower
In addition to the co-chairs listed above, here is a partial list of CIO's that have committed to attending Fusion 2011 and who will serve on the conference advisory board: (See full list
• Peter Logothetis, SVP & Head of Technology Services, QBE the Americas
• Steven Sheinheit, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, QBE the Americas
• David Cagigal, CIO, Alliant Energy
• Davor Grgic, SVP, CIO, Kohler Co.
• Kristin Kirkconnell, CIO, American Family Insurance
• Bentley Curran, VP & CIO, Brady Corp.
• Kerra Guffey, CIO, Meriter Health Services
• Bob Grawien, CIO, School Specialty
• Steve Cretney, CIO, Lands End
• Brent Leland, CIO, Trek Bicycle Corp.
• Steve Cartwright, CIO, We Energies
• Subash Anbu, CIO, The Manitowoc Company
Fusion draws a well-rounded audience of decision makers including CIOs, CEOs, COOs and CFOs. Fusion is a highly interactive event. Your presence in the sessions and at the networking events will put you front and center. Network with your peers and engage in lively discussions.
The advisory board has been giving feedback on topics of interest to them and these include but are not limited to the following: (No particular order)
When "Shift" happens: lead some of IT, enable most of IT, influence all of IT • The power of integrating business strategy with technology solutions • Business Transformation
in the Data Center • Analytics: The new path to value • The Business Impact of Big Data • Game Changers — How Emerging Technologies are Impacting the CIO • In the Cloud, Performance Matters • Catalysts for CXO Collaboration • IT Leadership — Seize the Moment and more...
All topics and sessions are vetted by an advisory board comprised of CIOs to ensure a lively discussion and non-commercial message.
The symposium begins with a keynote address at 5:00 pm followed by a networking reception at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 2nd. A full day (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) of speakers and networking breaks and lunch will take place on Thursday, March 3rd.
Previous CIO attendees say:
"The Fusion conference continues it's legacy of providing world-class IT industry discussion in a great local setting. The return on investment for attendees is phenomenal. The Fusion CEO-CIO Symposium is a highlight of the year for me."
--Oskar Anderson, CIO, WI Dept of Administration (2010)
"Many CIO challenges and opportunities are common. Fusion continues to be a timely and relevant venue for us to discuss and share potential solutions that are aligned with our business strategies, deliver value, mitigate risk and sufficiently mature."
--David Cagigal, CIO, Alliant Energy (2010)
"I found that the presentations I was able to attend were fantastic and the networking opportunities were extremely beneficial."
--Denis Edwards, CIO, Manpower (2010)
"I felt this conference was superb in its content and presenters. Newly back into the CIO position, this was just the shot in the arm I needed to reorient my compass in being relevant and delivering rapid, meaningful value... The Fusion conference has proven to be the 'technical inspiration event' in the past and I'd love to stay involved and help shape the symposium."
--Steve Cretney, CIO, Lands' End (2010)
"As always - relevant topics, excellent speakers, and great take-away ideas. This is like group therapy for CIOs, openly sharing problems and experiences."
--Galen Metz, CIO, Group Health Cooperative (2010)
"The Fusion CEO-CIO Symposium is a valuable resource that provides the opportunity to keep current with current technology/governance trends while the networking provides the pulse of how well we do as a community of adopting these."
--Richard Doty, CIO, WI Dept of Natural Resources (2010)
"Fusion 2010 was an exhilarating experience - from the valuable networking opportunities to the enthusiam of the presentors - all directed to increase IT value to our respective organizations."
--Vinnie Thousand, CIO, WI Dept of Workforce Development (2010)
"A great combination of thought-provoking presentations and peer discussions during the breaks. This is one of the highest value conferences I attend all year."
--Troy Lethem, CIO, Capitol Insurance (2010)
"The overall range of topics and discussions at Fusion CIO paints a great picture of the cutting edge in IT today - and how businesses in Wisconsin are using that technology to create value in their organizations. This information is indspensable for a fast growing company like Franklin Energy Services."
--Erik Kakulis, CIO, Franklin Energy Services (2010)