Oct 10, 2013

"It's that time again! The annual CIO Academy is an excellent opportunity for IT professionals to focus on leadership development, sharpen our strategic thinking skills, and learn how we can become more effective leaders. The event will feature state leaders, well-known experts in leadership and technology, and topics of current interest. You will also have the opportunity to visit with our private sector partners and explore the latest trends in technology. I look forward to seeing you all at this important event. Your support ensures we can provide this important training for both seasoned and emerging IT talent."

- Karen Robinson, State of Texas CIO, Executive Director,Texas Department of Information Resources


Thursday Oct 10

Time Session
8:00 - 8:45AM

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:45 - 9:00AM

Opening Remarks

  • Karen Robinson - Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas
9:00 - 10:00AM

Opening Keynote - The New Face of a Leader

The traditional sources of power have disappeared or diminished. Today's leaders must re-evaluate their style and master new sources of influence. Lasting success will come... more

  • Alan Parisse - Author and Lecturer, The Parisse Group, Inc.
10:00 - 10:30AM


10:30 - 11:45AM

Concurrent Sessions


Talent Management in the New Workforce

The IT landscape is dramatically changing. Trends like mobility, cloud computing, social media, security, etc... are all game-changers. With that said, what does the "New... more

Moderated by:
  • Mel Mireles - Chief Information Officer, Employee Retirement System, State of Texas


Communication: Building Trust and Collaboration

Communicating to your business managers and executives is key to your success as a CIO or IT manager. This interactive session will help you with... more


Measuring the Value of IT

IT metrics, dashboards and scorecards abound, but what do people really want to see when assessing IT performance? This session takes a real look at... more

11:45 - 12:30PM


12:30 - 1:30PM

Lunch Keynote - The CIO's Perspective: Leading in Government

Leading in the public sector has always been challenging, but perhaps even more so today. Public sentiment about government is polarized, pressure for transparency is... more

Moderated by:
  • Heather Hall - Deputy Information Technology Director, Department of Aging and Disability Services, State of Texas
  • Lisa Richardson - Deputy IT Director, Texas Workforce Commission

  • Claire Bailey - Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Services, State of Arkansas
  • Karen Robinson - Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas
  • Kristin Russell - Chief Information Officer & Secretary of Technology, Governor's Office of Information Technology, State of Colorado
1:30 - 1:50PM


1:50 - 3:05PM

Concurrent Sessions


Code-a-thons and the ROI of Pizza and Mountain Dew

Government is under increasing pressure to provide IT services for citizens and constituents. With time to market pressures and tight budgets, government IT needs to... more

Moderated by:
  • Vijay George - Chief Technology Officer & Director of Innovation and Technology, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, State of Texas


Arming for the Cyber Security Battles

As cyber attacks have become more organized, advanced, persistent and adaptive, it is imperative for organizations, especially State agencies, to be prepared and well-equipped to... more

  • Brock Frary - Information Security Operations, Travis County
  • Chad Holmes - Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Fire Eye, Inc.
  • Brian Rexroad - Executive Director, Technology Security, AT&T
3:05 - 3:20PM


3:20 - 4:20PM

General Session - Leadership Panel

You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind session! Texas' top-flight policy makers and effective leaders from government and industry will be on stage together... more

Moderated by:
  • John Miri - Editor in Chief, Center for Digital Government

  • Representative Gary Elkins - Chair of the House Technology Committee, House of Representatives, State of Texas
  • Steven McCraw - Executive Director, Department of Public Safety, State of Texas
  • Phil Wilson - Executive Director, Department of Transportation, State of Texas
4:20 - 4:30PM


4:30 PM

The Texas CIO Academy Awards Ceremony and Reception

The Premier Awards Ceremony for Texas' Public CIOs. Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event sponsors.... more


Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.