Fortifying the Future: Strategic IT Leadership for CIOs

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Starts: June 5, 2024 11:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm
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Fortifying the Future: Strategic IT Leadership for CIOs

In an era defined by technological acceleration and evolving cyber threats, the role of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) stands pivotal in steering organizations towards resilience and success. The panel discussion, “Fortifying the Future: Strategic IT Leadership for CIOs,” at the ElevateIT: Dallas Technology Summit, congregates eminent CIOs, industry leaders, and cybersecurity experts to dissect the imperative strategies and transformative approaches in navigating today’s dynamic digital landscape.

The discourse will delve into the multifaceted responsibilities of modern CIOs, emphasizing their crucial role in fortifying organizations against emerging cyber risks while concurrently driving innovation and digital transformation initiatives. This session aims to uncover the strategic imperatives that CIOs must prioritize to champion cybersecurity resilience, harness the power of emerging technologies, and align IT strategies with overarching business goals.

Esteemed panelists will share practical insights, success stories, and lessons learned from their experiences in steering organizations through digital disruptions and security challenges. Discussions will encompass topics such as proactive cybersecurity measures, effective risk management frameworks, fostering a cybersecurity-centric culture, and leveraging emerging technologies to stay ahead of evolving threats.

Moreover, the conversation will spotlight the evolving landscape of IT leadership, focusing on the symbiotic relationship between strategic vision, technological innovation, and cybersecurity preparedness. Attendees can expect an engaging dialogue that uncovers actionable strategies, enabling CIOs to fortify their organizations’ digital frontiers and lead confidently in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

The “Fortifying the Future: Strategic IT Leadership for CIOs” panel promises an insightful exploration of the pivotal role CIOs play in safeguarding organizational interests, driving innovation, and charting a course toward a secure, resilient, and technology-empowered future.


James McQuiggan

Security Awareness Advocate - KnowBe4

Security Awareness Advocate is responsible for amplifying messaging related to the importance of, effectiveness of, and the need for security awareness and training within organizations through social media, webinars, in-person presentations, industry trade shows and traditional media outlets. Information Security Awareness: manage Internal Awareness Program to inform and provide training to enterprise employees through department experts in the areas of Phishing, Intellectual Property Classification, Data Protection, Information Security Policies, and Workstation Audits. Training: create training programs in various aspects of Information Security. Training programs used throughout the business for Customs Transport Awareness, Security Awareness, Physical Security and Internal Processes. Project Management and coordination across multiple sectors and departments within the organization relating to Product & Solution Security, governance and NERC CIP standards. NERC Compliance: provide internal and external customer support in the areas of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Program (CIP). Support areas include Policy Creation, contract negotiation, Application Support Compliance, and Training.


Brim Basom

Managing Director, Technology & Innovation - Goosehead Insurance

Brim Basom joined Goosehead Insurance in 2022 as the Managing Director of Technology and Innovation. In this role, he drives innovation, ensures technology excellence, and leads efforts to enhance core technology solutions to support the company’s growth through digital and data transformation. He has over twenty years of information technology experience, working in banking, finance, non-profit, healthcare, and insurance industries, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has held several senior leadership roles in IT, leading all aspects of information security, software development, product management, data, and analytics. He is a results-driven leader, passionate about empowering his teams and building innovative solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University and has professional certifications in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Professional Scrum Master (PSM). Forbes selected Brim as one of the leading technology and non-profit experts to serve on the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an innovative community built to help the world’s most influential executives discuss and solve pressing business challenges. He is an Advisory Board Member for Elevate IT Xchange and was a Dallas CIO of the Year nominee. Brim enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and spending time outdoors with his family.

Bill Wade

EVP & Chief Information Officer - Independent Financial

Results-driven IT Executive and partner to the executive team focused on implementing and utilizing cutting-edge technology to drive revenue, reduce inefficiencies, and maximize ROI. Renowned for revitalizing companies through organizational design and restructuring, technology business case development, systems architecture design, system implementation/integration, application development, data outsourcing, cloud service utilization, and user training. Consummate problem-solver skilled in creating innovative IT solutions aligned with overall business objectives. Develops and maintains key strategic relationships internally across the organization and externally with vendors, outsourcing affiliates, and legal professionals. Passionate about building, coaching, and motivating high-performing teams to succeed through transformational leadership and a growth mindset. Dedicated to sharing knowledge and experiences with the community at large by promoting IT education through teaching and speaking opportunities.

Melissa Kraft - Technology Expert

Melissa Kraft

Chief Information Office - City of Frisco

Kraft is the Chief Information Officer at Dallas County, the ninth largest County in the United States, she oversees the Information Technology (IT) systems for approximately 7,400 County employees and the electronic records for over 2.6 million residents. Before coming to Dallas County, she was the Chief Technology Officer at the City of Denton, a full-service city that includes; electric, water, solid waste, and an airport. At the City of Denton, Kraft led the technology and infrastructure transformation, including a data center consolidation, a data academy, a consolidated 911 dispatch center with the Town of Little Elm, public Wi-Fi, an open data portal, and assisted in launching the city’s first co-working space for technology startups. Before working in Denton, she served in various leadership roles both in public and private companies for over 20 years. Kraft has dedicated her career to public service, serving the United States Army for almost 9 years including directing the network operations center in Baghdad, Iraq. Kraft holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Science from Troy University.

Ransom Max Horne

Chief Information Officer - Colonial Bank

Business focused technology leader with a track record of aligning IT to drive strategic goals and objectives. I am a passionate business problem solver and innovator with expertise in bridging organizational silos and engaging key stakeholders to deliver value. I have extensive expertise in high growth organizations, M&A, developing digital products and enterprise system implementation.