CIO Roundtable
Fortifying the Future: Strategic IT Leadership for CIOs

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Starts: March 13, 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: Phoenix 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.


Bianca Lochner, Ph.D.

Chief Information Officer - City of Scottsdale


Briana Brown

Chief Information Officer - Denova Collaborative Health

As Denova's Chief Information Officer, Briana Brown excels in driving technological advancements and operational modernization. With over 15 years in healthcare operations and technology, she has a proven track record of delivering significant savings and fostering centers of excellence. She is passionate about solutions that are designed on the fusion of people, process, and technology. Briana's academic credentials include a B.S. in Management & Organizational Development and an Executive MBA. Being a native Tennessean, exploring all that Arizona has to offer has been an amazing experience. She is quickly becoming an avid scorpion hunter.

Frank Sweeney

Chief Information Officer - Arizona Department of Child Safety

Known for bringing a high-energy approach and a knack for innovation, I thrive on driving change and making a difference for people and their organizations. My experience spans startups, major corporations, and government roles, all with the aim of pushing boundaries and fostering growth. My leadership style revolves around inspiring others, creating an environment where people feel motivated, and ensuring smooth operations through effective management. I believe in planning smart and taking calculated risks to achieve our goals. When it comes to skills, I prioritize understanding people, empathizing with their needs, and finding creative solutions. I enjoy storytelling, analyzing data, and coming up with inventive approaches to challenges. Ultimately, my passion lies in bringing people together, leveraging technology, and amplifying our collective impact. I'm committed to making work more engaging, efficient, and impactful in today's ever-changing landscape. Let's rewrite the playbook and set a new standard for success!

Ty Howard

Chief Information Officer - City of Goodyear

Senior Technology Officer and Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 20 years of experience across the public, private, and academic sectors. History of driving continuous process improvements, managing multimillion-dollar impact projects, and promoting the implementation of diverse information security frameworks and cybersecurity operating models to enhance program capabilities. Adept at managing service offerings and recognized for developing creative programs that improve user experiences while making data-driven decisions and creating cost-effective solutions compliant with industry standards. Passionate about personal and professional development, of self and others, demonstrated by a track record of Adjunct Professor positions at several large universities, mentoring, coaching, and collaborating with organizational leadership toward achieving goals and strategic plans.

Matthew Peterson

Chief Information Officer - Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates

For the past 7 years, Matthew has been the CIO at Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates, the largest practice of its kind in the country. Matt has been featured in numerous TV/radio shows and newspaper/magazine articles. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and from Arizona State University in 2019 with a master’s degree in Information Management and worked six years as the director of information technology at OneGuard and another six years as the chief architect and technology director at Glendale Elementary School District, serving 15,000 underprivileged children. He started a successful technology company and created an infrastructure that attracted half a billion website visitors in just the first few months. Matt wrote a best-selling fantasy novel called Paraworld Zero and was invited to speak throughout the country. He was also the radio show host of where he interviewed world-famous authors such as Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, and R. L. Stine. He served a 2-year mission for his church, earned the Eagle scout award in Boy Scouts, received a second-degree black belt in karate, and performed in several musicals. He lives in Peoria with his wife, seven children, and their giant African tortoise.