Fortifying the Future: Strategic IT Leadership for CIOs
CIO Roundtable

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Starts: July 19, 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: Minneapolis 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.


Brian Amundson

Chief Information Officer - ATEK Companies

Senior technology leader and board member with experience in strategy development to enable business goals and objectives. Experience in both large scale and mid sized organizations managing ERP, applications, managed services, cyber security, and infrastructure. A track record of building technology ecosystems that enable growth efficiently, effectively, and securely.

Dan OKeefe

Chief Information Officer, JELD-WEN, Inc

Tyrone Spratt

Chief Information Officer, MNIT Services Agriculture

Willing and engaged leader with proven track record of delivering projects that enhance overall organizational performance. MBA and Project Management Professional® applying critical thinking and strong strategy development and execution skills to implement multi-million dollar enterprise level business and IT programs. 15 years of project management, operations and supervisory experience within the government and private sectors. Specialties: IT application development and implementation IT Service Management Enterprise level Project Management Corporate training and development IT governance and portfolio management Project Management Office formation and management Budget development and management Lean Continuous Improvement

Tom Grahek

Chief Information Officer - Formerly of KGPCo & Bremmer Bank

Former CIO roles with KGPCo and Bremer Bank. Tom is a 𝗜𝗧 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝘆𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 who establishes and executes comprehensive technology that strengthens and protects organizations across industries. His expertise is building global platforms and control frameworks at the strategic and operational level. Designs and develops innovative technology solutions that balance IT capabilities, costs and risks ensuring alignment to business strategy and growth.