CIO Forum

ICIS 2021 introduces an entirely new CIO Forum track to connect senior-level IT practitioners with academics seeking to increase the impact of their research.  The Society for Information Management (SIM) and the Center for Information Research (CISR) partnered with ICIS to design a forum that will address topics and questions of mutual interest to both groups.

On Monday, December 13, starting at 11:00 a.m. Central time, the CIO Forum will feature a series of sessions designed specifically for interaction and collaboration between practitioners and academics.   We will start by viewing a simulcast of the ICIS keynote with Dantley Davis, Chief Research & Design Officer @ Twitter.  The CIO Forum will continue with three interactive sessions, a networking luncheon, and a special holiday reception sponsored by the Austin SIM chapter.  Our goals for the track are to provide ample time to discuss information systems research, identify new teaching areas to develop information systems talent, and build relationships for collaboration on potential projects.   Please see the detailed agenda below.

ICIS attendees will need to register to attend the CIO Forum during their registration process.

Space is limited for in-person attendees.

SIM and CISR members should register using the link provided in their invitation.  If you can’t locate that link, please email Amanda Morris to request it.

In the “Comments” field of your CIO Forum registration, please enter “CISR” or “{City} SIM Chapter”.

CIO Forum Co-Chairs

Kieran Conboy

NUI Galway

Keri Pearlson


CIO Forum Advisory Committee

Daniel Gozman, Director of Engaged Research, University of Sydney

Charles (Chuck) Haseman, Director, Center for Retail Innovation and Strategic Excellence (RISE), UT Dallas

Andrew Jackson, President/Founder, BravoTECH (Dallas SIM Chapter)

Robert King, Sr. Client Partner, Ciber Global (Austin SIM Chapter)

John Manzanares, CIO, ITS Logistics (Southern California SIM Chapter)

James (Jim) Martin, CIO, Shepley Bulfinch (Boston SIM Chapter)

Amanda Morris, Associate Director, Center for the Management of IT (CMIT), University of Virginia

Lou Senko, Chief Availability Officer, Q2 (Austin SIM Chapter)

Clif Triplett, Executive Director, Kearney


11:00 am – 11:45 am ICIS Keynote:  Fireside Chat with Dantley Davis, Chief Research and Design Officer @ Twitter
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Welcome to the CIO Forum at ICIS 2021


Speakers:  Kieran Conboy and Keri Pearlson, CIO Forum Chairs; Mark Taylor, SIM CEO; Ryan Wright, ICIS Chair

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Industry Chosen Best Papers at ICIS: A Paper Competition

Three of the most industry-impactful papers submitted to the full ICIS conference will be presented and discussed during this session. The authors will receive an award in real-time from the CIO Forum.

Moderator:  Kieran Conboy, Professor of Information Systems, NUI Galway

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Networking Luncheon:  Birds of a Feather Paper Discussions

In-person attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the best papers with the authors over lunch in our CIO Forum track room.  Virtual attendees will have a break during this time.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm What Business/IT Issue do you expect to be working on in 2023: Table Discussions

Everyone sees the world from a different angle, and we want to learn from each other. In this session, all attendees will be placed into small groups for informal discussion (in-person by tables, virtual by breakout rooms). Each discussion group will have a mix of academics and practitioners. The discussion seed questions are “What is the most important business/IT problem you’ll have to solve 2 years from today? How can we collaborate to find new approaches/solutions to research/be prepared for them?” But discussions will take on a life of their own as the participants shape and share their perspectives. Each group will have a facilitator and a note-taker who will record key ideas to be included in a session summary white paper.

Moderator:  Keri Pearlson, Executive Director, Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Networking refreshment break
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Remote Working That Really Works: A Keynote Address and Discussion

Join our keynote session to explore misconceptions, counterintuitive insights, and approaches to work and hybrid inequalities. Our speakers will bring the latest insights and approaches to hybridity and a panel of CIOs will share their perspectives and practical experiences.


Keynote Speakers:  Sandra Peter, Director of Sydney Business Insights, University of Sydney Business School and Kai Reimer, Professor of Information Technology & Head of Discipline, Business Information Systems, University of Sydney Business School


Moderators:  Daniel Gozman, Director of Engaged Research, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Business School and Andrew Jackson, President, BravoTECH


Panelists:  Blake Holman, Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer, St. David’s Foundation; James Martin, Chief Information Officer, Shepley Bullfinch; and Shamim Mohammad, EVP & Chief Information and Technology Officer, CarMax; 

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap Up
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CIO Forum Special Holiday Reception & Austin Executive of the Year Award Ceremony

Registered CIO Forum attendees only.  No guests please.  Hosted by the Austin SIM Chapter 

CIO Forum Sponsors