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    • Tue, September 26, 2023
    • 7:30 AM
    • Wed, September 27, 2023
    • 5:00 PM

    We are thrilled to announce that registration for the ISACA Chicago Convergence Conference 2023 is now officially open!

    This year's conference is going to be a memorable event, bringing together subject matter experts and thought leaders from the Governance, Risk, Compliance, and Cyber domains to share insights and collaborate on the latest trends and emerging technologies.

    Why Attend!

    • Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry professionals who share your passion and drive for emerging technologies.
    • Inspiring Sessions: Discover new perspectives and ideas that can drive your personal and professional growth.
    • Cap off the conference with a private yacht cruise through the Chicago River!

    Register Now: Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to be a part of ISACA Chicago’s Convergence Conference! 


    • ISACA Members: $175  (AITP Chicago Members can use the ISACA Member rate)
    • Non-Members: $200
    • Students and In-Transition: $150

    To register and for more information about the conference agenda, speakers, and logistics, please click on the Convergence 2023 and Register Now links below.


    Register Now

    If your organization is interested in sponsoring the conference this year or another ISACA Chicago Chapter Event, submit an inquiry here Sponsor Form.

    We would like to thank our Conference Sponsors

    • Tue, October 10, 2023
    • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

    The CISO of the Year Committee and the Chicago Chapters of AITP, ChicagoFirst, InfraGard, ISSA, ISACA, SIM and WiSys are excited to welcome you to our 2023 CISO of the Year Award Breakfast!

    The purpose of the CISO of the Year program is to recognize the top CISOs in the greater Chicago area and provide a higher level of awareness and recognition to the CISO (or equivalent in authority) position.

    Join us for the culmination of the 2023 Awards Program on October 10th.  The events are Private,  intended to support CISO’s and their direct reports, 2023 CISO Nominees, the Program Judges, our CISO Program Sponsors and delegates from esteemed industry partners-AITP, Infragard, ISACA, ISSA, SIM, WiSys and ChicagoFIRST.   (limit of up to 3 Board Members from each Industry Partner per event).  

    Click Here for More Information on the Program 

    Click Here to Visit the New CISO of theYear Website

    This is a great opportunity to to recognize the exceptional talent we have in the Chicago Region, to network with security professionals and to meet the candidates and judges for the 2023 CISO of the Yea Program - and to congratulate the 2023 CISO of the Year Winners!  Great Food and Drink Too!

    Click Here to Register

    Please See the Union League Club's Dress Code Policy

    Prior CISO of the Year Award Winners:

    2022 - ENTERPRISE, Mahmood Khan, SVP & CISO, CNA Insurance
    2022 - MID-CAP, Walter Lefmann, CISO, Chicago Trading Corporation

    2021 - CISO of the Year, Ricardo LaFosse, CISO, The Kraft Heinz Company

    2020 - CISO of the Year, Paige Adams, Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

    2019 - CISO of the Year, Jill Rhodes, CISO, Option Care Health

    2018 - CISO of the Year, Bradley Schaufenbuel, VP & Chief Information Security Officer, Paylocity

    2017 - CISO of the Year, Erik Decker, Chief Security & Privacy Officer, University of Chicago Medicine

    2016 - CISO of the Year, Todd Fitzgerald, CISO, Grant Thornton International Ltd

    2015 - CISO of the Year, Kevin Novak, CISO and Technology Risk Officer for Northern Trust Bank

    2014 - CISO of the Year, Arian McMillan, CISO, Deparartment of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago

    2013 - CISO of the Year, Jason Witty, SVP & CISO, US Bank.

    Please Thank Our 2023 Program Sponsors:









    • Wed, October 11, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60604

    CIO of the Year Awards Gala

    Join SIM Chicago for a special event which recognizes the best and brightest CIOs in Chicago.

    In partnership with The Executives' Club of Chicago and AITP Chicago, SIM-Chicago is proud to present the recipients of the 2023 CIO of the Year Award; the 2023 CIO Innovator of the Year Award, the 2023 CIO+ Award and the CIO Impact Award

    Click Here to Register

    CIO of the Year

    Since 1995, the top CIOs in the Chicagoland area have been recognized by being nominated by their peers and CEOs for the annual CIO of the Year award. 

    CIO Innovator of the Year  

    This award recognizes a CIO who has been especially innovative in his or her approach to producing business results and is exemplary for their change leadership and innovation contribution to their organization.

    CIO+ Award 

    This award recognizes a CIO who has successfully expanded his or her current role into other business areas like Operations, Marketing, Sales, CEO role, etc., thus, broadening their impact on driving success for the overall business entity.

    CIO Impact Award

    This Award recognizes the CIO that has measurably contributed to their organization's mission, revenue, customer satisfaction, or workforce by leveraging technology and implementing business process improvements.

    • Tue, October 17, 2023
    • 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

       GCSI @ MXD 2023

    Global Cyber Security Initiative

    For More Information & to register go to

    Discount code: AITP2023

    8:45 – 9:00 am Welcoming Remarks – Berardino Baratta, CEO, MxD

    9:00 – 9:50 am Keynote 

    9:50 – 10:40 am CISO Panel on Critical Infrastructure

    Moderator: Robert Wagner, Field CISO


    Bruce Coffing, CISO, City of Chicago

    Karthik Swarnam, CISO, Kroger

    Adam Lewis, Director of Cybersecurity Architecture & Software Security, Motorola

    10:40 – 10:55 am Break

    10:55 – 11:20 am Distinguished Speaker – Paul Neff, Associate Director, ChicagoFIRST

    11:20 – 11:45 am Distinguished Speaker – Dr. Calvin Nobles, Chairman, Department of Information Technology and Management, IIT 

    Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch

    1:00 – 1:50 pm CISO Panel on OT 

    Moderator: Dr. Federico Sciammarella, CTO, MxD


    Shane Hibbard, Director of Information Security, Invenergy LLC

    Glenn Kapetansky, Chief Security Officer at Trexin

    John Kellerhals, CISO, MSSP

    1:50 – 2:15 pm Distinguished Speaker – Shafia Zubair, Director, Supply Chain Cybersecurity – Global Product Security, Johnson Controls

    2:15 – 2:40 pm Distinguished Speaker – Walter Lefman, Director of Security, Chicago Trading

    2:40 – 2:55 pm Break

    2:55 – 3:45 pm CxO Panel on Manufacturing

    Moderator: Dr. John Johnson, Founder/President/CISO, Docent Institute


    Laura Elan, Senior Director of Cybersecurity, MxD

    Victor Hsiang, Information and IT Security, Privacy and Risk, GATX

    Dr. Alvin Chin, Chairman, IEEE Chicago

    Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, Kraft Heinz

    3:45 – 4:10 pm Distinguished Speaker 

    4:10 – 4:35 pm Closing remarks 

    4:35 pm – IIT Students Presentation

    5:00-6:00 pm Networking

    • Wed, October 18, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Virtual Via Zoom

    You're Invited to an Informational Virtual Meeting (see registration information below)

    TOPIC:  Unlock the Power of OpenAI for the Manufacturing Industry

    Embrace the future of manufacturing with the cutting-edge technology of Azure OpenAI! Join us for an immersive virtual workshop designed to explore the incredible potential of OpenAI in revolutionizing manufacturing operations.

     Session Highlights

    • Discover How Azure OpenAI Transforms Manufacturing Operations: Uncover the limitless possibilities that Azure OpenAI offers to optimize manufacturing processes, streamline workflows, and enhance overall efficiency.

    • Real-World Use Cases: Explore successful case studies of companies leveraging OpenAI to gain insights and drive innovation across various aspects of manufacturing.

    • Live Demo of Azure OpenAI in Action: Witness firsthand how OpenAI can be seamlessly integrated into manufacturing systems, generating real-time solutions to complex challenges.

    • Security Aspects Surrounding OpenAI: Gain a deep understanding of the security measures and best practices when implementing AI technologies like OpenAI in manufacturing environments.

     Key Outcomes 

    • Effectively Utilize Large-Language Models (LLMs) in the Workplace: Learn essential strategies and techniques to harness the full potential of LLMs, enabling you to derive valuable insights from vast datasets.

    • Create Tailored LLM Applications for Manufacturing Needs: Equip yourself with the skills to develop custom LLM applications that address specific manufacturing challenges, giving you a competitive edge in the industry.

    Event Details

    • Target Audience: This workshop is tailor-made for professionals in the manufacturing industry, including engineers, data scientists, and AI enthusiasts eager to embrace innovative technologies.

    Workshop Instructor

    We are honored to have Bala Balakreshnan, Chief AI Officer at Microsoft, as the esteemed instructor for this workshop. He is an Innovation evangelist and who provides thought leadership, Solution Architecture, PoC and MVP Support to multiple projects with respect to governance, security and technology projects by crafting high level and detailed architecture for business use case. 

     Reserve Your Spot Today! 

    Click Here to Register to Receive a Meeting Link   You must register by 10/18 to attend!  The meeting link will be sent out the evening of 10/16 to all registrants, with a reminder sent the day of the event.  If you have not received the link by the morning of 10/17, check your spam folder.  If it is not there, send an email to and he will email you the link.

    “Implied Permission – When you register for an AITP Chicago Zoom event you are giving us “Implied Permission” to send you emails.  This is necessary so that  we can use Constant Contact to send all registrants the Zoom link for the virtual meeting.   This will also result in you being added to the mailing list for our Weekly Newsletter of upcoming events.  Occasionally you will also be sent special event announcements.   You will be able to “opt out” of these mailings at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link on the bottom of the page.”

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Past events

Tue, September 12, 2023 AITP Chicago Meeting - Metrics that Matter
Wed, September 06, 2023 CIO of the Year Series - Meet the Finalists
Wed, September 06, 2023 Cyber Security Summit - Chicago
Tue, August 22, 2023 4th 2023 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Wed, August 16, 2023 CIO of the Years Series - Announce the Finalists
Thu, August 03, 2023 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting on DevOps
Tue, July 25, 2023 3rd 2023 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Thu, July 06, 2023 AITP Chicago Virtual Event - Maximizing Product Ops Efficiency with Generative AI
Thu, June 29, 2023 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting - SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework)
Tue, June 20, 2023 2nd 2023 CISO of the Year Event - In-Person - Meet the Nominees
Tue, June 06, 2023 5th Annual American CIO & IT Summit - Generis
Thu, June 01, 2023 AITP Chicago Most Effective Team Award Ceremony & Dinner
Tue, May 30, 2023 1st 2023 CISO of the Year Event - Meet the Nominees
Thu, May 25, 2023 PMI Chicagoland May 25th Knowledge Sharing Event
Thu, May 11, 2023 Real-time Data Streaming
Wed, April 12, 2023 Managing 2023 Cyber Risks and Beyond Using Dynamic Risk Management
Tue, April 11, 2023 GCSI 2023 Conference at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law
Tue, April 04, 2023 CIO Showcase - Zoom Interview with Amir Arooni, 2022 CIO of the Year
Wed, March 22, 2023 SIM Chicago CIO Showcase - Zoom Interview of Kevin Lowell
Thu, March 16, 2023 AITP Chicago Chapter Meeting - Panel, OT, IT & IoT in Manufacturing
Wed, February 15, 2023 SIM Chicago CIO Showcase - Zoom Interview of Janet Zelenka
Wed, February 15, 2023 Joint AITP Chicago Security SIG - ISSA Chicago Event
Wed, February 08, 2023 FutureCon Chicago Cyber Security Conference
Tue, February 07, 2023 An Introduction to Agile Estimation
Wed, January 25, 2023 The Crown Jewels - Transformational Data & Analytics
Thu, December 01, 2022 2022 Joint ISSA/AITP Holiday Party
Thu, November 17, 2022 AITP Chicago Virtual Event - The Metaverse: What is it? And should you invest in Virtual Lake Front
Tue, October 25, 2022 GCSI at MxD - Keynote and CISO Panel
Thu, October 13, 2022 2022 CIO of the Year Awards Dinner
Tue, October 11, 2022 2022 CISO of the Year Award Breakfast
Mon, October 10, 2022 Dinner, Networking & Presentation on the Cognitive Telescopic Network
Mon, September 19, 2022 The Supply Chain is Now a Senior Executive & Board Room Topic
Thu, September 15, 2022 CIO of the Year - Meet the Finalists
Wed, September 14, 2022 FutureCon Chicago
Wed, September 07, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 6 of 6
Wed, August 31, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 5 of 6
Fri, August 26, 2022 7th Annual Official Cyber Security Summit
Wed, August 24, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 4 of 6
Tue, August 23, 2022 4th 2022 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Wed, August 17, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 3 of 6
Wed, August 10, 2022 People, Process, Technology
Wed, August 10, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 2 of 6
Wed, August 03, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 1 0f 6
Tue, July 26, 2022 3rd 2022 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Tue, July 19, 2022 Are You Quantum Ready?
Wed, June 22, 2022 Dinner & Panel on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Tue, June 21, 2022 2nd 2022 CISO of the Year Event - In-Person - Meet the Nominees
Thu, June 09, 2022 The Urgency to Treat Cybersecurity as a Business Decision
Thu, June 02, 2022 Layered Cyber Resilience
Tue, May 31, 2022 1st CISO of the Year Event - In-Person - Meet the Nominees
Mon, May 23, 2022 Creating Common Sense: Communicating Assumptions, Constraints, Risks and Issues
Thu, May 05, 2022 Unconscious Bias Awareness
Wed, April 27, 2022 Enhancing Business Effectiveness Through Storytelling
Tue, April 26, 2022 Global Cyber Security Initiative Conference (GCSI 2022)
Wed, April 20, 2022 Tackling Data Quality Across an Enterprise
Wed, March 16, 2022 AITP Chicago's DevSecOps SIG Presents - The 2020 SolarWinds Attacks and Impacts on the Industry
Thu, March 03, 2022 Understanding Your Customers is Key to Driving Value and Innovation
Thu, February 24, 2022 Leading in Today's New World
Wed, February 16, 2022 Panel - The Rise of the vCISO, is it Right for Your Organization?
Thu, February 03, 2022 ISSA Event - Hybrid Working and Cybersecurity Risk at your Organization
Wed, January 26, 2022 Data and Analytics: Moving to the Cloud
Tue, January 11, 2022 “Smart Homes”, “Smart Offices”, “Smart Cities”, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Thu, December 02, 2021 Joint ISSA/AITP Holiday Party
Tue, November 16, 2021 How Agile Are You? - (Agile Leadership)
Thu, November 04, 2021 Diversity Panel - Engaging Emerging Technical Talent
Tue, October 26, 2021 Your One Project Methodology Fails All Your Projects
Mon, October 18, 2021 Digital Identity on the Blockchain
Tue, October 12, 2021 2021 CISO of the Year Award Breakfast
Thu, October 07, 2021 A Networking Security Cruise at Navy Pier
Tue, September 28, 2021 AITP Chicago Meeting on Innovation Elegance
Thu, September 23, 2021 Announcement of the Finalists - 2021 CIO of the Year Awards
Wed, September 22, 2021 AITP Chicago AI SIG's Meeting on AI for Improving Customer Service
Tue, September 21, 2021 4th CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Tue, August 31, 2021 The Digital Dozen: Executive Overview of 12 Emerging Technologies for Digital Transformation
Tue, August 24, 2021 3rd CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Tue, August 24, 2021 6th Annual Chicago Cyber Security Summit
Wed, August 18, 2021 AITP Leadership SIG (Now a Virtual Event) - Future Proofing Your Career with Andy Kaufman
Tue, August 03, 2021 CompTIA Channelcon Digital Event 2021
Thu, July 22, 2021 AITP Chicago's AI SIG Meeting on AI, ML and DL
Tue, July 20, 2021 2nd CISO of the Year Virtual Event - Conversations with the Nominees
Tue, July 13, 2021 FENG Chapter Meeting - The Rules Have Changed . . . and You Must Change Too
Thu, July 08, 2021 AITP Chicago's Leadership & Teamwork SIG Meeting on Improving Interactions
Tue, June 29, 2021 1st CISO of the Year Virtual Event - Conversations with the Nominees
Thu, June 24, 2021 Diversity Panel - Why Does Tech Continue to Lack Diversity
Tue, June 15, 2021 AITP Chicago Security SIG and ISSA Chicago Virtual Meeting - Beyond SolarWinds
Mon, June 07, 2021 APLN's Research Laboratory 2021
Thu, June 03, 2021 ISSA June Chapter Meeting
Thu, June 03, 2021 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting on Big Data in Healthcare
Wed, May 19, 2021 AITP Chicago’s Leadership & Teamwork SIG Virtual Meeting on Transforming Culture
Fri, May 07, 2021 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting on Data Analytics
Fri, May 07, 2021 PMI Chicagoland 2021 Leadership Forum!
Thu, May 06, 2021 ISSA Chicago May Chapter Meeting
Thu, April 29, 2021 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting on Critical IT Trends and Their Impact on the Future
Wed, April 21, 2021 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting on Disruptive Innovation
Tue, April 20, 2021 Chicago Virtual Cyber Security Summitt
Thu, April 15, 2021 PMI Chicagoland Knowledge Sharing Session on Mental Agility
Thu, April 01, 2021 ISSA Chicago April 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting – 2 Speakers
Tue, March 23, 2021 AITP Chicago's Office of the CIO SIG Meeting with AWS on The Future of Enterprise iT
Thu, March 18, 2021 AITP Chicago's AI SIG Meeting on the Conversational AI

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