PAST EVENT

Apr 17 - 18, 2013

"2013 marks our 7th year for the annual NY IT Leadership Academy (formerly CIO Academy) and it has become a premier technology event in New York for the public sector community. The Academy focuses on IT leadership development and is a great venue for seasoned and emerging IT talent to sharpen skills that center around strategic thinking and effective leadership. As New York focuses on IT Transformation, the training provided at the Academy is more important than ever. The participation of our private sector partners is a critical element of the program as their insight further strengthens and validates the State's technology strategy. The interactions that take place throughout the Academy spur new and innovative ideas of providing better customer-oriented services to New Yorkers."

- Brian Digman, Chief Information Officer, New York State

New York IT Leadership Academy 2013 Overview

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Keynote Speakers

Bill Benjamin is one of the original partners at the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP) and passionately contributes to the development of the organization's future through his speaking, his engaging leader-to-leader conferences and his advocacy to get the message out to the rest of the world. He is a seasoned and sought-after speaker in the field of leadership.

Prior to joining IHHP, Bill was Vice President of a computer software firm, leading the sales, consulting and marketing divisions. Under his leadership, the company grew from $2M in sales and a number 10 ranking in their industry, to over $75M in sales and the number 1 ranking.

Bill is also a highly acclaimed and award-winning professional speaker. His passion and enthusiasm for Emotional Intelligence and its impact on leadership development, combined with his talent as a motivational keynote speaker, leave audiences inspired and wanting more. Bill has delivered leadership programs to diverse groups that include the US Army, NASA, Intel, Goldman Sachs and Surgeons!

Bill has a degree in Mathematics with a major in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. In addition to using his background in sales to motivate and inspire audiences, Bill leverages his Mathematics degree and technical background to take a scientific approach to helping leaders understand how to increase leadership and performance.

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Sessions

Thursday Apr. 18 9:00AM

Opening Keynote & Workshop - The Science behind Great Leaders

What do highly effective leaders do differently? Is there a science to great leadership? The answer is yes and the key is learning the science... more

In May 2011, the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Governor Cuomo's nomination of RoAnn M. Destito as Commissioner of the Office of General Services. Citing her experience as a 19-year member of the New York State Assembly, Cuomo stated, "Commissioner Destito will play a crucial role in modernizing our state operations and helping to restore performance to state government. She will use her wealth of experience, business acumen, and good judgment to cut costs throughout government and deliver more for the people of New York."

Commissioner Destito is leading transformational changes at the Office of General Services as it implements programs in support of Governor Cuomo's vision to change the way government does business and make it more effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of citizens. Destito is intensifying OGS' focus on procuring services and commodities at best value and maximizing the use of state-owned and leased office space.

As a longstanding public servant, Destito is committed to Governor Cuomo's call to restore public trust and create a government that New York can be proud of.

From Rome, New York, Destito was elected to represent the 116th Assembly district (Oneida County) in 1992. During her time in the Assembly, she worked to advance and strengthen the state's procurement practices, opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, and support for military families.

Beginning in 2001, Destito served as chairwoman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations, which provides legislative and budget oversight to the Office of General Services. Her experience on this committee gave Destito the unique opportunity to work with OGS on legislation related to procurement lobbying, energy policy, emergency contracting, and leasing transactions.

Commissioner Destito holds a degree in Industrial Relations from LeMoyne College. Prior to her election to the Assembly, she worked at the Muscular Dystrophy Association, SUNY College of Technology, and was president of the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley. Destito is the first woman to be confirmed as OGS Commissioner.

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Sessions

Thursday Apr. 18 2:45PM

General Session - CEO Panel

You do not want to miss this one of a kind session! Three of New York's top-flight policy makers and effective leaders will be on... more

John Thomas Flynn is the creator and host of TechLeader.TV - a Webcast on public sector information technology and politics - since 2006. John served as the first Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of California, and is a former President of the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO). He also served as a White House Appointee in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations.

John is a co-founder and partner with Flynn, Kossick & Associates, a business consulting, research and training organization dedicated to serving both business and government with a focus on information technology investment, management, procurement and oversight in the public sector.

For two decades, he has been at the center of the renaissance to upgrade the public sector's management and utilization of its information technology assets. He has been a member of the U.S. Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Information Technology Advisory Board since 1995, focusing on the federal government's implementation of Clinger-Cohen Act which instituted CIO's in federal agencies. He is a member of the faculty at Drexel University, College of Information Science and Technology, Sacramento Campus since 2008, and also taught at Northeastern University and Emmanuel College in Boston.

He has nearly two decades of private sector experience in systems integration and information technology marketing fields. An acknowledged leader and visionary, he has written and spoken extensively on effective government operations, and government's ability and capacity to successfully manage its information technology assets.

John has a bachelor's degree in economics from Boston College; studied economics and international relations at the University of Vienna, Austria; and has an MBA from The American University in Washington, DC.

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Sessions

Thursday Apr. 18 1:15PM

Lunch Keynote - Lessons in Leadership

Introduction by: John Thomas Flynn, Creator & Host, TechLeader.TV & Principal, Flynn, Kossick & Associates The Johnson Space Center is NASA's center for spaceflight training, research... more

Before joining the LBJ School faculty, Lieutenant General Howell served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until 2005. In that post he was responsible for planning and directing all of the center's programs, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also held specific responsibility for such areas as spacecraft engineering and design, flight crew training, space and life sciences research, and mission operations. Prior to this, Howell served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he flew more than 300 combat missions, eventually becoming Commander U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, responsible for over 80,000 personnel. He has held various staff positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon and NATO. Howell is the recipient of numerous military decorations and awards, including the Department of Navy's Distinguished Service Medal. In 1980 he received the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League of the United States. Howell has a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas.

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Sessions

The Department's core mission is to efficiently collect tax revenues in support of state services while acting with integrity and fairness in the administration of the tax laws of New York State. Balancing efforts to promote voluntary compliance -- the cornerstone of the State's system of taxation -- with the duty to enforce New York's tax laws is a focal point of the Department's management strategy. The Department administers more than 40 state and local taxes and fees which requires the annual processing of 24 million tax returns and the collection and accounting of more than $95 billion in annual state and local revenue; other responsibilities include the State's treasury function. The Department's workforce of approximately 5,200 employees is based in Albany and district offices across the State, and its annual budget is $468 million.

Mr. Mattox previously worked at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he served as a Managing Director and Global Head of Operational Risk Management, and Chief of Staff in the Controllers, and Finance and Resources Divisions.

Before joining Goldman Sachs & Co., Mr. Mattox was a Senior Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank where he led merger integration and business development initiatives in the Management Consulting Center and then Capital Market Fiduciary Services. He also served as a consultant at Monitor Company.

He is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an M.B.A from Stanford University.

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Sessions

Thursday Apr. 18 2:45PM

General Session - CEO Panel

You do not want to miss this one of a kind session! Three of New York's top-flight policy makers and effective leaders will be on... more

Rising from garbage collector to Wall Street executive, Alan Parisse uses his diverse life experience to deliver relevant messages on leadership, sales, and cycles of change to executives, managers, marketing and sales teams throughout the world. Alan's audiences benefit from his sound business judgment, hard won expertise and practical solutions for dealing with reversals and taking full advantage of booms. He is an expert in change, leadership, selling and sustaining success.

Combining insight and wit to penetrate the complexities of today's marketplace, Alan has been a guest lecturer at the Stanford Business School, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Business, UCLA Graduate School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

The first and only speaker to come out of the investment business to be inducted into the National Speakers Association's Hall of Fame, his expertise, consistency, and client-centric focus led Successful Meetings Magazine to name Alan "One of the Top 21 Speakers for the 21st Century". An accomplished author, Parisse's ideas have been quoted in numerous business publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Barron's.

Alan has written and co-authored numerous books and audio programs including: This Is Your Time, Taking Charge: Lessons in Leadership, The Great Salesperson, Questions Great Advisors Ask, 101 Best Marketing Ideas and The Real Estate Investment Pocket Guide.

Parisse's articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Executive Excellence, Advisor Today, Medical Product Sales, Life Insurance Selling, Financial Planning Magazine, Pharmaceutical Representative, The Stanger Investment Advisor, The Real Estate Review and The Bank Investment Representative.

Now a lifetime away from his garbage collection days, Alan works with the very best in financial services, healthcare, real estate, technology and more. Alan Parisse is the proven master, making lasting contributions to companies and industries undergoing major transitions throughout the world.

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Sessions

Robert (Bob) Samson was General Manager of IBM's Global Public Sector since January 2006, responsible for sales of IBM solutions and technologies to government, education, healthcare and life sciences industries. He was also a member of the Company's senior management team, the Performance Team, comprised of the Company's top 40 senior executives. In addition he was a member of the Integration and Values team focused on living IBMs unique values in the marketplace.

In August 2009, Bob retired from IBM after 36 years.

Since Bob joined IBM in 1973 he has held sales management and executive positions in a number of US locations. He was named Vice President of State and Local Government in 1995, and Vice President
Public Sector for North, South and Central America in 1999. In January 2000 he moved to run the
Company's hardware business and was named Vice President Worldwide Sales and Operations for IBMs Storage Systems Group and in 2003 he was named group Vice President for Worldwide Systems Sales with global responsibility for server, storage, supercomputer and advanced technology sales.

In 2006 Mr. Samson returned to the Public Sector as the General Manager for Global Public Sector.
In May of 2006 Mr. Samson received a lifetime achievement award from Government VAR magazine in recognition of his many years of working with governments around the world. In April 2008, EWeek, CIO
Insight
and Baseline named him one of the 100 most influential people in the technology industry. Mr.
Samson's most recent speech delivered at the National Defense University, "Challenges and
Opportunities the Power of Values to Change the World"
appears in the September issue of VITAL SPEECHES OF THE DAY.

Currently, Bob owns a small business "The Lemon Tree" located in the Adirondack Park of NY State which specializes in a number of recreational sports products.

In January of 2010 Bob was named by New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo to the SAGE
Commission (Spending and Government Efficiency). While on the Commission Bob was named the Chairman of the Information Technology Subcommittee. In this role Bob helped lead the largest I/T transformation in New York State history which resulted in the creation of a new organization: Information Technology Services. Over 4000 members of the State I/T workforce moved to this organization in November of 2012 from the silos of agencies. This project is considered to be the largest and most successful State Government I/T transformation in the United States.

Mr. Samson is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He also completed the Program for Management Development (PMD60) at the Harvard Business School. He has served on the
Boards of Wake Forest Calloway/Babcock School of Business, the New York State Museum, Tech Valley
High School and the Deerfoot Lodge camp for boys. He is also on the board of nFrastructure an
Information Technology company located in Clifton Park, NY. Bob and his wife Linda live just outside of
Albany, NY. They have 3 children, Rob, Dan and Sarah as well as a daughter in laws Jennifer, Sarah and son in law Benjamin. Bob and Linda have 3 grandchildren, Emma, Henry and Layla.

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Sessions

Thursday Apr. 18 2:45PM

General Session - CEO Panel

You do not want to miss this one of a kind session! Three of New York's top-flight policy makers and effective leaders will be on... more

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is the 15th New York State Commissioner of Health. He heads one of the nation's leading public health agencies with a budget of more than $50 billion, and administers the state's public health insurance programs, which cover 5 million New Yorkers. The Department also regulates hospitals and other health care facilities, conducts research in a premier biomedical laboratory, and supports public health and prevention initiatives.

A native of Buffalo, Dr. Shah is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Medicine. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA and a National Research Service Award Fellow at New York University. Before becoming Commissioner, he was Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, Associate Investigator at the Geisinger Center for Health Research in central Pennsylvania, and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Value and Comparative Effectiveness at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Dr. Shah has been a leading researcher in the use of large-scale clinical laboratories and electronic health records to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care. He is a nationally recognized thought leader in patient safety and quality, comparative effectiveness, and the methods needed to transition to lower-cost, patient-centered health care for the 21st century.

His vision for New York is a state where every resident has access to affordable health insurance coverage, high quality care, and early screening and other services to prevent chronic disease and improve overall health.

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Sessions

Thursday Apr. 18 2:45PM

General Session - CEO Panel

You do not want to miss this one of a kind session! Three of New York's top-flight policy makers and effective leaders will be on... more

Aaron Shidler is Vice President Oracle Applications Development at Oracle. He is responsible for driving product strategy and product management for the Oracle Siebel Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions and Oracle CRM On Demand solutions, which consists of sales, service, marketing, and commerce applications available on premise or in the cloud. Mr. Shidler is also responsible for aligning the Siebel and CRM On Demand solutions to the customer experience portfolio. Prior to this role, Mr. Shidler was Vice President, Oracle Fusion Product Strategy, CRM, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Master Data Management (MDM) Applications.

A 20-year veteran of Customer Experience Solutions, Mr. Shidler joined Oracle through the acquisition of Siebel Systems in 2006. At Siebel, he was Group Director of CRM Products, where he led product management for a number of CRM applications.

Prior to Siebel, Mr. Shidler served as Vice President of Operations at Value America where he was responsible for Customer Support Applications, First Data Merchant services where he was AVP, Quality Assurance, and Federated Department Stores Credit Services where he held management positions in the Mail and Phone Order and Bankruptcy Departments.

Mr. Shidler holds a degree from the University of Cincinnati.


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Sessions

Wednesday Apr. 17 1:00PM

General Session - The Changing Face of the Citizen Experience

It is generally accepted in a developed, modern economy that consumers are fickle and have become intelligent buyers. The single biggest driver towards achieving... more

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